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Our Pick of 2016's Best Beauty Advent Calendars

by Rose Adams ,
Our Pick of 2016's Best Beauty Advent Calendars

As if the Christmas countdown wasn't already exciting enough, advent calendars were invented to make it even better. But we're not talking about the chocolate kind, we're talking about BEAUTY advent calendars. Yep, make your December all kinds of beautiful by treating yourself or a lucky someone to one (or more) of our fave beauty offerings this year. Cos if there's anything better than chocolate, it's beauty products!

From excitedly opening a window to reveal a teeny tiny Mars or Galaxy each morning before school, to scoffing the whole damn lot in one sitting when adulting got too stressful, advent calendars have always been one of the best things about Christmas. So you can imagine our excitement when beauty advent became a thing.

​With a beauty treat behind each door, this lovely lot will make the countdown to Crimbo all the more glamorous. Try your best to just open one door each day, although... if you do end up on a door opening binge, at least it's calorie free. Silver lining and all that!

Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar


Bath time just isn't complete without some fizzy, aromatic goodies to turn your water all kinds of mermaid colours and make the experience all the more enjoyable, amiright? If a long soak in the tub is what you live for, then this calendar complete with bath bombs and best selling soaps behind each window, is definitely your festive best friend.

Available now at House of Harris Gifts.

Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar


If the idea of a new nail colour every day for a month is your idea of heaven, then this offering from Ciate London is for you. This year they've also thrown in some little extras to perfect your pedi including toe separators and a nail file, meaning you get more bang for your buck. Hello magnificent manis.

Available now at ASOS.

Rituals The Ritual Of Advent Calendar

£49.50 (online exclusive)

Known for their rich, relaxing scents and luxurious formulas, Rituals have scaled down some of their best sellers and squeezed them into this heaven scent package. Our faves are the minis from The Ritual of Sakura range, so we'll be eagerly awaiting those. With the amount of different products you get in the month, this is incredibly good value for money.

Available online at Rituals now.

Lacura Cuvee Royal Beauty Advent Calendar


All the fun sins of the festive period, including overindulging our way to a food coma can sure wreak havoc with our skin, so prepping before the festivities begin is a rather good idea. This offering from skincare brand Lacura contains mini products that will lift, moisturise and refine skin ahead of the merriment.

Available in Aldi stores Nationwide.

Boots No.7 Advent Calendar

£39.00 (Limited Edition)

It's always acceptable to take the glam factor up a gear during Chrimbo as ALL the sparkles make their way onto our outfits and our faces, and No7 is known for products that do just that. This contains some of their hero products to get your festive face on point, including their sparkly Stay Perfect eyeshadow. Products inside are worth £151.95 too, so get it quick!

Available for preorder here.

Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar


Calling all scent loving sisters: this beauty advent calendar was made for you. Behind each of the doors is a sweet smelling treat from the Molton Brown range including shampoo, body wash and scented candles to excite your senses ahead of Christmas day.

Available now at John Lewis.

Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar


Yes the price tag is hefty, but that still doesn't stop us lusting after it year after year. The packaging is cute af, encompassing the signature Jo look, and we just can't get enough of the sweet scents. Behind the windows sit 24 miniature fragrances, candles and creams, making it a must for any Jo Malone fan.

Available nationwide from 24th October.

The Sanctuary 'Let Go Days of Christmas' Advent Calendar


To say that Christmas is one of the most hectic times of year is an understatement, so we welcome anything that wil help keep us zen. Enter The Sanctuary then, whose advent calendar contains 25 pampering products to spoil ourselves with. We love the scented candles and face mask too, a must for making the most of those cosy nights in during December. Pass me the mulled vino.

Available at Boots from 21st October.

bareMinerals Countdown to Gorgeous Advent Calendar


Described as 'decadent textures, luxurious glistening finishes and complexion-loving skincare' this advent calendar is bound to brighten and bronze our dreary winter complexion. Containing all you need to get mistletoe ready, including the Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, this is a real treat for any makeup addict.

Available from 1st November at Bareminerals.co.uk, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis.

Clarins Advent Calendar


Yes this is a lot pricer than your average choccie filled calendar, but it's a great chance to try out a variety of makeup and skincare products from the Clarins range, not to mention prep your skin ahead of the potentially pore clogging festivities. Existing fans of the brand will love the variety of mini treats behind every door including their do-it-all Beauty Flash Balm.

Available online now at Clarins.

Jack Wills Advent Calendar


Taking us back to the days when we rocked Jack Wills head to toe, this is the ultimate in preppy beauty. Featuring all the mini treats you'd need for a weekend away, from hair ties to mini moisterisers, we can't not comment on how cute the calendar itself is too. One for keeps.

Available at Boots from 21st October.

W7 Advent Calendar


This is a great treat for beauty babes on a budget. Featuring nail polish, mascara and a range of lip colours, it certainly ticks the boxes for basic beauty bag essentials. We Love.

Available now at The Perfume Shop.

The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Ultimate Advent Calendar


Featuring beauty booty worth £187.00 this is a real bargain for Body Shop obsessives. It contains a range of makeup and skincare products, including their signature fruity body washes. This lot will see you through December and beyond.

Available now at The Body Shop.

Benefit Girl O'Clock Rock Beauty Advent Calendar


Every year we await the reveal of the Benefit advent calendar and our patience has paid off, cos it's a good'n! As well as the packaging being completely adorbs (of course it is) it also features mini sizes of our fave classic products, including They’re Real Mascara and High Beam. This is the perfect investment for Bene babes everywhere.

Available at Debenhams.

Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties Beauty Advent Calendar


This advent calendar is totally beaut, just as you would expect from celebrity makeup artist Ms Tilbury. It contains full size products as well as mini sizes, including the dreamy palette, which we are completely head over heels for. If you can bear to part with any of these gifts, they would make fab presents for the makeup lovers in your family, but that would take a stronger gal than us.

Available online at Selfridges.

Kiehls Beauty Advent Calendar


The science boffins at beauty brand Kiehls are delighting us with this little gem, featuring a large selection of mini versions of their best sellers. It's the perfect antidote to all that complexion damaging December partying - your skin will thank you for it. Breakout? What breakout?!

Launch date TBC.

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar

Price: TBC

It's still a mystery as to what is actually in this year's Liberty calendar, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be worth the wait. They've promised that behind the pretty signature Liberty print doors are over £500 worth of stuff, including 13 full-sized products and favourites from Le Labo, Diptyque, Byredo and more. Eek! Last year was a sell out and we predict the same for this year too, so purses at the ready.

Launches 26th October.

LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2016


After the success of their beauty advent calendar last year, beauty box brand LookFantastic are back and promise this year's edition is 'bigger and better than last year'. Well we reckon they could well live up to that claim, as the haircare, skincare, body care and makeup treats inside are worth over £300. Now that's not to be sniffed at.

Available to pre order here now.

Tanya Burr 12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

RRP: £25.00

Blogger Tanya Burr already has a successful beauty line under her belt, and now she's dipped her toe into the beauty advent calendar business this year too. Containing nail polish, lip glosses and liners from her range, fans of the famous vlogger won't want to miss out.

Available from Superdrug now.

NYX Advent Calendar

RRP: £60.00

Everyone knows Christmas is the best time to experimental with your beauty look as there's no limit to the glam. Sparkly eyeshadow in ALL the colours, long luscious lashes and erm, glitter lips? You'll find all the right kit in this advent calendar from budget brand NYX, featuring long lasting lip and eye colours to get you set for the season.

Available from Boots from mid November.

Which one takes your fancy this year? Let us know @SofeminineUK!

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