Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there’s no denying that this time of year is the best time to get your hands on exclusive deals, limited edition products and other luxe items for your Big Day.
Beauty advent calendars have taken off in a BIG way, with some of our favourite brands jumping on the Crimbo bandwagon to create inventive countdowns, all stuffedwith gorgeous little treats to enjoy every day.
They’re especially useful for brides-to-be since you can road test a heap of products before you get the full-size versions.
Here’s the beauty calendars we’ll be wishing for this Christmas.
What’s inside? Cult classics like Magic Cream, Miracle Glow and exclusives such as a pocket size lip colour. The calendar holds just 12 products (the standard is 24) but we like to think of it as getting double the beauty thrill in half the time.
What’s inside? Lotions and potions of bestselling beauty buys from top level brands such as YSL, Kiehl’s and Urban Decay. It’s all we want for Christmas.
What’s inside? Goodies such as body polishers, scented candles and heavenly scented lotions.
What’s inside? A myriad of iconic products in miniature, plus three full-size items. Best for brides is Beauty Flash Balm (honestly, it's magic in a tube) and travel-sized treasures from the HydraQuench range.
What’s inside? Skincare, cosmetics and fragrances – this calendar’s got it ALL. Start each day with a little luxury, courtesy of Clinique.
What’s inside? Housed in a beautifully illustrated box, the online retailer’s festive offering features 12 treats from big brands including Nuxe, Decleor and Ole Henriksen.
What’s inside? This decadent gold box of luxe skincare goodies holds no less than 25 treats ranging from cleansing milks to masks and BB cream. You’ll think all your Christmases have come at once… oh wait.
What’s inside? Eyeshadow, glosses and finishing powders are just some of the treats hiding behind each door.
What’s inside? This generous offering from Benefit includes 12 of the brands bestsellers (hello mini High Beam) for an unbeatable price. The actual worth is more than £68, so really, it’d be rude not to buy this box.
What’s inside? Ciaté has absolutely nailed the nail varnish beauty calendar this year. Its 2016 offering is a gorgeous London-themed affair, housing 18 mini polishes in a range of colours including four new and exclusive shades.
What’s inside? The sharply festive black, white and red box contains 24 of Estée Lauder’s cult favourites including Advanced Night Repair, Modern Muse EDP and masks and balms, all in adorable miniature. Pure heaven for any beauty addict.
What’s inside? Perfect for skincare junkies, Kiehl’s Christmas calendar features 24 of its classic products including Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Crème de Corps.
What’s inside? If you want to give (of receive) the gift of great skin this Christmas, Liz Earle’s calendar is the only one you’ll need. The festive red-ribboned box features some of the brand’s hero products such as the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser along with two muslin cloths.
What’s inside? Lush’s vegan countdown begins 12 days before Christmas with bath bombs, lotions and soaps, all made cruelty-free. They’re the perfect bathtime treats to relax with before the Big Day, whether that’s Christmas or your wedding!
What’s inside? Update your beauty bag with decadent minis from Nuxe. The 30ml Huile Prodigieuse is a handbag essential, perfect for beautifying on the go.
What’s inside? Well, this depends on which Body Shop box you go for, because this year the high street favourite has released three calendars for the holidays. Each contains 24 surprises ranging from fragrant shower gels to the much-loved body butters.
Main image credit: Ciate London