Everyone’s generally pretty happy when Christmas and the year-end season are approaching, and advent calendars are a super exciting way to amp up the fun factor. Advent calendars have been a huge thing in America and UK for so long, and they’re starting to catch on in Singapore too!
They are basically huge mystery chests packaged by various beauty brands, usually with 12, 24, or 25 small drawers. Each drawer has a number on it, corresponding to the days in December leading up to Christmas, you open each drawer and get a beauty surprise from your favourite brand every single day!
Of course, advent calendars are usually expensive, but you’re getting more than 20 deluxe-sized samples of so many different products that we can’t help but think you’re actually saving money. Some brands even include full-sized products!
Here are 10 of the most eye-catching advent calendars that have come out in the realm of beauty this year, and trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with any of these.
This French perfume brand has been making waves in recent years for its indie, hipster following. With candles named “Incense tears” and “Fiery orange”, we can really see why.
Diptyque’s holiday collection this year is inspired by the beauty on high: astronomical constellations. The advent calendar will contain 25 precious miniatures from the brand’s bestselling and latest scents.
Diptyque Advent Calendar 2017 retails for around SGD 460 at Escentials.
NYX has been around for a long time but they’ve really been gaining momentum in recent years, launching consistently high-quality products at a very affordable price point.
This year, their advent calendar is revolving around lipsticks and we’re not mad at that. NYX has long been renowned for their awesome lippies and we’re simply shook to unbox 24 deluxe-sized samples almost every day in December!
3. Jo Malone London
We admit: this calendar is a little pricey, but with Jo Malone you know you’re getting what you paid for. We love how they went bold and elegant at the same time, with vivid pops of colour on classic British architectural facades.
This calendar stocks 24 surprises that range from colognes to candles – you’ll never have a boring day in December.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar retails for SGD750 at Jo Malone boutiques.
4. The Body Shop
One way to make your The Body Shop Christmas gift more exciting? Get their advent calendar. It’s vibrant, it’s fun, and it’s packed with old favourites and new excitement.
You’ll get 25 deluxe samples, including the latest Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, their bestselling Vitamin E Day and Night Creams, and even their Matte Liquid Lip in the top-selling shade!
The Body Shop Ultimate Advent Calendar retails for SGD229 (worth SGD429) at all The Body Shop stores.
5. Sephora Collection
We’re totally loving the pink winter theme that Sephora has going on this year. Even if it doesn’t snow in Singapore, you can still enter a Winter Wonderland with the Sephora Collection advent calendar, packed with makeup, skincare, body care, hair care, nail products and more!
Sephora Collection Winter Wonderland retails for SGD69 at Sephora.
6. Crabtree & Evelyn
Christmas is a time for gathering with your loved ones and exchanging stories, and that’s what Crabtree & Evelyn are going for this year. Their holiday collection is packaged like the leather-bound fairy tale books of yore, and we can’t deny that it hits us right in the feels.
Do note that this advent calendar only counts down the traditional 12 days of Christmas, so there are only 12 products in here!
12 Days Of Crabtree & Evelyn Advent Calendar retails for SGD108 at Crabtree & Evelyn outlets.
7. Soap & Glory
The 60s flower power style lives on in Soap & Glory and we’re delighted to see that the same holds true for their advent calendar this year.
As their name suggests, you can expect body wash pods, body butter, and other body care products in here – but that’s not all! They have also included makeup products like mascaras and lippies, so you can get your glam on, inside and out.
P.S. We love the punny name of this calendar too.
Soap & Glory It’s A Calendar, Girls retails for SGD94 at Sephora stores.
8. Charlotte Tilbury
Ugh, if there is one brand that we wish would come to Singapore ASAP, it’s Charlotte Tilbury. Luckily, though, we can buy their stuff online! This 12-day advent calendar is going to reward you whether you’re naughty or nice.
Pst, this calendar contains not one or two, but five full-sized Charlotte Tilbury products in addition to seven “clutch-sized” minis. If you are at all familiar with their usual price point, you would agree with us that this calendar is a steal.
Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box retails for USD200 (about SGD270) on Beautylish.
If you’re the type that loves all kinds of scents, especially in your bath and body care products, then you’re really going to love this calendar from Lush. Bubbles, fizz, and suds – Lush has got all bases covered. You’ll be one squeaky-clean happy camper after your baths every day!
Is this not the prettiest advent calendar you’ve ever seen?! There are 25 drawers waiting for you to delve into here, and get this – there are a whopping nine full-sized products included inside!
We also love how LookFantastic designed this chest to be reused as a storage solution for your vanity – they even included a mirror on the top flap!
LookFantastic Beauty In Wonderland Advent Calendar retails for SGD155 (products worth SGD550 total) on LookFantastic.