Beauty: This year's best beauty Advent calendars




Beauty Advent calendars bring joy in abundance to the approach to Christmas. Velvet goes behind the doors of the most wanted

Glossybox Reasons to be Happy: glossybox.co.uk

How much? Subscriber price £80, non-subscriber, £99 – products worth more than £390

Why buy? There are so many big-name beauty brands in this beautifully presented pink and gold swirl marble-style box – Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty and Sunday Riley for starters

What’s it got? A generous mix of mini and full-size make-up, hair and skin products – 14 full and 11 deluxe minis. Also featuring Glossybox own-brand skincare this year

Wish-list product? The full-size Iconic London Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette worth £45 caught our eye

Best buy for? Glam-gal beauty divas who loves all the latest products

The Body Shop Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar: thebodyshop.com

How much? £70 – products worth £143

Why buy? This is the inbetweener of The Body Shop’s three calendar offerings this year which all celebrate and support making a positive impact on people as well as the planet. A stonkingly festive and heart-warming illustration on the house-shaped box of treats is very joyful

What’s it got? Packed with 25 full-size Body Shop besties and an array of minis too

Wish-list product? The well-proportioned Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter worth £16 smells divine and makes skin super-soft

Best buy for? Thoughtful people who prefer to source products mindfully and ethically. Excellent for all ages

Look Fantastic 2020 Advent Calendar: lookfantastic.com

How much? £85 – products worth £460, the highest LF value yet

Why buy? Many beauty fans consider this one of the best calendars money can buy and it certainly punches above its weight in products. Sells out every year and runs a waiting list

What’s it got? Plenty, including 25 premium brand products across skin, hair and body plus make-up. Brands include Omorovicza, ESPA and Rodial. Impressive

Wish-list product? A full-size Avant Harmonious Rose Quartz Revitalising and Firming Mask worth £79. We say yes please

Best buy for? The more sophisticated beauty lover who appreciates high quality products and effective formulas

Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Natural Beauty: hollandandbarrett.com

How much? £40 – products worth more than £140

Why buy? An all-vegan beauty calendar boasting 14 full-size and 11 sample-sized sustainable products – serums, cleansers, oils and creams for hair, face and body – as well as money-off vouchers

What’s it got? Many top-notch premium ethical brands – plus it’s zero waste, refillable, waterless and palm-oil free – including Tisserand, UpCircle and Ethique. Packaging is 100 per cent recyclable too

Wish-list product? UpCircle Coffee Face Scrub Citrus Blend, £12.99. A delicious and gentle exfoliator made from repurposed coffee grounds, rosehip oil and shea butter

Best buy for? Fans of wellbeing who like to be kind to the world and all its creatures

L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar: uk.loccitane.com

How much? £99 – products worth £135

Why buy? Because L’Occitane’s award-winning products are just divine blending the best of nature from Le Provence

What’s it got? Drum roll please… minis of the brand’s best-loved products for face, body and hair. There’s fragrance too and the slumber-enhancing Pillow Mist

Wish-list product? So hard to choose. The Almond Shower Oil is legendary

Best buy for? Pamper-loving people who enjoy a little luxury in life

Space NK The Beauty Anthology II: A Poetic Tale of Beauty Discoveries: spacenk.com

How much? £195 – products worth £480 (#swoon)

Why buy? Why not? This may be a hike in terms of spend but your returns are impressive. Space NK is one of the best curators of beauty brands and this calendar is packed with wish-list products

What’s it got? As well as full-size and mini products – make-up, skincare and wellbeing from beauty big-hitters including Drunk Elephant, Byredo, Diptyque, Chantecaille and REN – the calendar is divided into four volumes, each accompanied by poetry from writer and mental health ambassador Charly Cox

Wish-list product? The handbag-friendly sized complexion-enhancing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light will be your new BBF

Best buy for? Yourself (you’re worth it) or somebody you love dearly who enjoys products from the cutting edge of beauty

The Lush Advent Calendar 2020: lush.co.uk

How much? £185 – including some exclusive products only available in the calendar

Why buy? Lush attracts a huge fan base for its quality, ethical and environmentally-friendly products and this fabulous trunk of sustainable beauty will not disappoint. Even the ribbons are made from 100 per cent recycled drink bottles

What’s it got? The beautifully illustrated handmade (from reusable and recyclable packaging) treasure trunk is packed full of vegan products from a number of ranges including best sellers and some retro products from yesteryear. Beauty booty includes Sleepy Shower Cream, Twilight Bath Bomb, Dream Cream Body Lotion and Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

Wish-list product? Crumble a piece of the Sleepy Bubble Bar under running water to create swirls of fluffy bubbles filled with the fragrance of lavender, tonka and ylang ylang. Sweet dreams

Best buy for? Young and old alike who enjoy high quality products that support a strong moral compass

Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin: uk.elemis.com

How much? £175 – products worth more than £400

Why buy? Elemis skincare is celebrated for delivering a difference and this box has 25 drawers containing a mix of hero and heavenly products

What’s it got? A full-size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream folks, with matching Eye Masks, (mini) Cleansing Balm, Eye Renewal, Oxygenating Night Cream, Marine Oil and Complex Serum. Then there’s peels, creams, pads, washes, body oils…

Wish-list product? The new Superfood CICA Calm Hydration Juice is formulated with antioxidants and Aloe Vera juice to keep skin calm and soothed – even faced with a peak in festive excess

Best buy for? People pursuing perfect skin and seekers of trusted, well-formulated and effective skincare products



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