Best of the Beauty Advent Calendars for 2016


Christmas is exactly 7 weeks away so it’s about the time to start stocking up on Christmas themed goods (if you haven’t already). I’m not normally one for getting on the Christmas train this early but look at me all organised and prepared!

Over the last few years, beauty advent calendars have slowly risen in popularity and I feel like this year they’re just absolutely everywhere. The first one I remember seeing was the Ciaté calendar years back – maybe 2012/13? You guys must remember that one. It. Blew. Our. Collective. Minds!

The selection of Nail Polish themed Advent Calendars hasn’t opened up much since that first effort from Ciaté (who are still in the game) but there are a crazy number of brands releasing their own beauty Advent Calendars. While I was making my own wishlist, I was blown away by the choice on offer – here are some of my top picks.

Nail Polish Advent Calendars

Cheeky Advent Calendar

What’s Inside? 24 x 5ml Cheeky nail paints
£50 Available now from Cowshed Online and Cheeky


Ciaté London Mini Mani Month

What’s inside? 18 x mini paint pots & 1 x full size including 4 new and exclusive shades. 1 x special limited edition surprise, 1 x mini treatment, 2 x magical nail toppers and 1 x new ‘nail care superhero’.
£50 Available now from Ciate and Look Fantastic


OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini Mani Month

What’s inside? 25 x Mini OPI Polishes including every shade from the new Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection.
~£50 Available now from Nail Polish Direct and Just My Look


Makeup & Beauty Advent Calendars

Asos: The Beauty Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 24 products including skincare, make-up and hair care worth £175 from brands stocked at Asos.
£50 Available now from Asos


NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar – Wanderlust

What’s inside? 12 new eyeshadows and 12 mini versions of the Soft Matte Lip Cream
£60 Available now from Boots


No7 Bright Lights Big City Beauty Calendar

What’s inside? 25 windows containing a mixtrue of makeup and skincare from No7 including some minis from their iconic Protect & Perfect range. There’s even a voucher for you to go and pick up a blusher shade (worth £9) in store. While this is a genius scheme to get you in to store and tempted to buy even more No7, it takes away the potential disappointment of ending up with a shade that doesn’t suit you.
£39 Available now from Boots


BareMinerals Countdown to Gorgeous Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 24 products from the BareMinerals make-up line from Lipgloss to Setting Powder.
~£80 Available now at Boots


The Body Shop – ‘Regular’, ‘Deluxe’ and ‘Ultimate’ Beauty Advent Calendars

What’s inside? Check out the website for a detailed list of what’s included in each box. They all contain 24 days of products.
£60-£99 Available now from The Body Shop


Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 12 travel-size makeup and skincare products
£150 Available now from Charlotte Tilbury


Fragrance Advent Calendars

Jo Malone Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 24 products – a combination of mini perfumes and scented body creams
£280 Available now from Jo Malone


Diptyque Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 24 products: mostly mini candles with a few mini bottles of EDT and Infused Facial Water.
£250 Available now from Selfridges


Bath, Body & Skincare Advent Calendars

Kiehl’s Advent Calendar

What’s Included? 24 of Kiehl’s travel-sized beauty icons
Available at Selfridges


Cowshed Advent Calendar

What’s inside? 24 of our most-loved Cowshed products including natural skincare, hand care and bath & body treats.
£85 Available now from Cowshed


Sanctuary The Let Go Days of Christmas

What’s inside? 24 products including the most amazing ‘5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask’. If you don’t go for the advent calendar, you should treat yourself to a bottle anyway!
£25 Available now from Boots