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Best beauty advent calendars for Christmas this year

Counting down to Christmas has never looked so good
Written by
Jenny Leung

Forget about the big gift unwrapping on December 25 – Christmas is about opening presents every single day of the month. Or at least that’s what all the swanky retail brands are telling us. Yes, these days, advent calendars are no longer limited to tiny chocolate treats. You can now count down towards the big day with a myriad of glamorous cosmetic goodies from the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Benefit, Kiehl's, and more. Here are just some of our faves to unwrap this December. 

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Benefit Cosmetics' Shake Your Beauty advent calendar will keep you looking as sharp as ever this holidays season. Setting you back at just $585, the calendar has everything from the brand's top-selling brow pencils and mascara to crowd-favourites like the hero primer and Hoola bronzer. 

Click here to discover more of Benefit Cosmetics' limited edition Kiss-mas holiday sets.

We’re sure all you beauty queens out there are no strangers to Charlotte Tilbury. The 'Charlotte's Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures' ($1,600) is a dazzling advent calendar that holds 12 beauty weapons in both full and travel size. From clay masks to magic serums, lipstick to setting spray, you'll have everything you need to stand out from the crowd this Christmas.


Watch out candle fiends. Parisian luxury brand Diptyque is back at it again to bring you 25 little treasures this festive season. This year's calendar – designed by Parisian artist Ugo Gattoni – includes some of the brand's classic scented candles and fragrances, as well as limited edition items in full and deluxe sample sizes. You’re guaranteed to smell fantastic every day throughout December. 

Working in collaboration with Lyon-based illustrator Maite Franchi, Kiehl's festive advent calendar this year pays homage to the brand’s flagship apothecary in New York City. Made with 100 percent recycled paper, the calendar is packed with a range of the brand's best-selling products in limited edition packaging, including the Midnight Recovery Concentrate (50ml), Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner (250ml), Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (50ml), and more.

Redeemable at $495 upon spending $500 on purchases. 


Jump into the winter tale of L’Occitane this December and treat yourself daily to a wonderful gift right up to the big Christmas Day with their 2020 Advent Calendar ($550)! Expect a slew of body and skincare products such as their signature hand cream, shower gels, lip balm, soaps, bath cubes, moisturizer, cleansers – basically everything you need for a perfect pampering session this winter. 

Have a stress-free Christmas and treat yourself to OTO's CBD Mindful advent calendar ($3,298) this year. Getting you through the 12 days leading up to Christmas, the thoughtfully curated calendar is packed with a range of full and miniature-sized CBD products such as pillow mist, sleep drops, CBD-infused cocktail bitters, and more. Each product is designed to calm the mind and promote relaxation, so rest assured that you'll have yourself a chilled out Christmas this year. 


This holiday, Sephora has put together a jungle-themed advent calendar ($500) that will make your wildest beauty dreams come true. Featuring 24 beauty surprises, the calendar is filled with products ranging from skincare to make up to bath products and accessories – all at an affordable price too!

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