You know, the ones that are pretty and practical. The ones you want to keep all to yourself. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
Build up to Christmas with one of these. We’ll leave it to you to decide whether you want to keep to the one-window-or - drawer-a-day rule or open them all at once.
Sephora Collection Once Upon a Castle – Advent Calendar Set, $69
Houses 24 skincare, body care and beauty essentials.
What we really, really want: The #Lipstories lipstick in Labyrinth City, the charcoal nose strip, and the fizzing bath cubes.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar, $750
A collection of iconic scents: 15 colognes, six bath and body products and three mini candles.
What we really, really want: Peony & Blush Suede Body Creme, Frosted Cherry & Clove Scented Candle, and Orange Bitters, the brand’s Christmas cologne.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, $429
Holds 14 full-sized products and 11 mini treats, including body care, skincare, makeup and accessories. Each box also urges you to do something for the environment, like wrapping gifts with old fabric.
What we really, really want: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil, and the limited-edition Berry Bon Bon Mini Body Butter.
Nyx Cosmetics Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty, $100
Filled with fan faves – 10 exclusive powders (highlighters, eyeshadow, bronzer and blusher) and 14 midsized lip products.
What we really, really want: the iconic Soft Matte Lip Creams, and the highlighters with whimsical abstract artwork.
No one’s ever said no to one of these. So. Much. Fun.
Marc Jacobs Anything Go-gos, $30
A petite lip and lash duo: Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
Crabtree & Evelyn Join Hands, $33
The brand goes back to its’70s roots with these Christmas designs. Join Hands (pictured above) is one of two crackers. It has three Hand Therapy hand creams in Gardeners, La Source, and Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn scents. The second cracker is Hippy, Lippy Shake, which contains a Gardeners Hand Therapy and a Jojoba Lip Balm.
L’Occitane Holiday Crackers Set, $38 for a box of four
Each cracker holds a shower gel and a hand cream. Cherry Blossom, Shea, Lavender and Almond are the scents of the products in this set.
You’ll want the goodies inside ﬁrst, then the receptable to stow your trinkets after.
Aesop Atlas of Attraction, four gift kits available, from $75
There’s a skincare kit (two products), a body care kit (three products), a hand and body care kit (four products), and a home kit (pictured above). This is the first time the Australian luxury skincare brand is offering the latter, which contains a room spray, the brand’s Post-poo Drops, and a mouthwash.
Benefit Triple Decker Decadence, $68
It’s a sweet, sweet three-tier indulgence of cult favourites: a full-sized Badgal Bang! mascara, Porefessional Pore Primer, High Brow highlighting pencil and a mini Gogotint lip stain.
To feast your eyes on more holiday beauty advent calendars, go to our digital edition.
TEXT CHELSEA TANG ILLUSTRATIONS KENNETH WONG