Beauty advent calendars 2020 | The best buys revealed

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  • Everyone needs a little joy at Christmas, and what better way to brighten up those dark December days than with a bright, beauty advent calendar filled with treats?

    We know there are still many weeks before December, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for the festive season right now. Especially when the beauty advent calendars sell out so quickly.

    Beauty advent calendars are the ultimate indulgent treat on the countdown to the big day – and given that they don’t contain chocolate or sweets, we don’t need to consider the health implications on the run up to the most decadent day of the year. If anything, all the slathering and grooming that results from opening that daily door means we’ll look our best self on Christmas day. So really it would be detrimental to our well-being not to invest in beauty advent calendars…right?

    For 2020 there are certainly plenty of excellent beauty advent calendars to choose from. From the bright and bold John Lewis advent calendar, to the classic The White Company advent calendar, there are beauty advent calendars for every skin concern, self-care practise, beauty emergency or product aficionado.

    Some beauty advent calendars even offer full-sized bottles of best-selling products, which means they are incredibly good value and a smart way to stock up on products from your favourite brands.

    Which beauty advent calendars offer the best savings?

    Often beauty advent calendars can mean huge savings. For example, this year, the Net-a-Porter beauty advent calendar will save buyers a whopping £880! It usually sells out quickly, but there are great savings to be made if you get in there quickly (hint, it launches this week!) In addition, Fortnum and Mason’s beauty advent calendar this year will save buyers over £600 on individual product purchases, while the Boots No7 one offers savings of one £127. You can also save £310 on the Glossybox advent calendar this year, too!

    Which beauty advent calendars sell out the most quickly?

    Now almost every beauty brand is doing beauty advent calendars. That means lots of choice, but some of the best buys require signing up for waiting lists and many sell out fast – some within hours of launch. Typically Jo Malone, Look Fantastic, No7 and The White Company are the fasting selling beauty advent calendars.

    Beauty advent calendars 2020

    If you thought picking a chocolate advent calendar was difficult, wait until you see what the beauty brands have pulled out of the bag for the festive season. Here are the most popular, and most exciting beauty advent calendars for sale in 2020…

    The John Lewis & Partners Advent Calendar

    John Lewis advent calendar

    Credit: John Lewis

    One of our favourite brands, John Lewis, has unveiled their beauty advent calendar for 2020, and it’s set to fly off the shelves. With £375 worth of goodies from the likes of Shiseido, ESPA, Clarins, NARS, Liz Earle, bareMinerals and many more, the John Lewis & Partners advent calendar will make those hectic days leading up to Christmas are a little more bearable.

    Some of our favourite products include the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global anti-ageing cell power crème, the much-loved Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, and the Neom Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow – perfect for unwinding at nighttime.

    Available: 01/10/20 with John Lewis app. (My John Lewis customers can purchase the Beauty Advent Calendar first via the John Lewis app across the My John Lewis Virtual Beauty Weekend, from October 1st)

    Price: £150

    Number of full size products: 8 full size, 17 miniatures (25 in total)

    Retail value of products: £375 – save £225

    VIEW HERE: John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

    Space NK Advent Calendar

    Space NK advent calendar, beauty advent calendars 2020

    Created around a Charly Cox poetry theme this year, the Space NK advent calendar is divided into four volumes, and has a huge amount of beauty and skincare goodies for customers to enjoy. You can look forward to a Laura Mercier Volume Panoramic Mascara, a Jo Loves Layered Christmas Candle, a Kate Somerville Retinol Vitamin C Moisturiser, Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land Hand Cream, and the Tan Luxe Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum, to help you maintain your glow all-year-round.

    Available: On 01/10/20 (you can pre-order from 23rd September)

    Price: £195

    Number of full size products: All 24 products are travel-size

    Retail value of products: Over £480 – save £285

    VIEW HERE: Space NK Advent Calendar 2020

    Next Beauty Advent Calendar

    Worth over £220, this beauty advent calendar contains a collection of full-size and mini makeup, hair, body and skincare products from the biggest brands stocked by Next, including Smashbox, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs, Elemis, and Liz Earle.

    There’s a ghd Final Fix Hairspray included, as well as a Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau De Toilette, the bestselling Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and a Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, as well as the gorgeous Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster. We can’t wait to try this one!

    Available: Early October

    Price: £69

    Number of full size products: Six – 25 in total

    Retail value of products: £220 – save £130

    VIEW HERE: Next Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

    The White Company Advent Calendar

    Back by popular demand, this White Company advent calendar is here to make your Christmas countdown especially joyous. It’s always a bestseller for the brand, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it! The calendar is very skincare and self-care based, so perfect for busy festive evenings. Worth over £260, treats include our body care, award-winning skincare, bestselling Seychelles products, on-the-go Sleep essentials, candles – and more – in a host of The White Company’s most popular scents.

    Included in the calendar is a rose quartz gua sha, a hand wash, shampoo and conditioner, a sleep pulse point oil, and a winter signature votive.

    Available: Now

    Price: £160

    Number of full size products: All 25 products are travel-sized

    Retail value of products: £264 – save £104

    VIEW HERE: The White Company Advent Calendar 2020

    Rituals Advent Calendar – 2D and 3D

    Rituals have two beauty advent calendars for 2020 – a 2D version and a deluxe 3D calendar too. They both include 24 travel-size products, but the 3D version is something you can set up and stand up, with lights attached – almost as another Christmas decoration – while the 2D version is more similar to a normal advent calendar.

    Both come beautifully wrapped and with free delivery, which is enticing in itself. It includes a unique selection of little luxuries, including four special Advent candles (Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas and to mark the beginning of this festive period a candle is lit every Sunday on the run up to the big day). As well as candles you’ll find a nice selection of shower gels, body fragrance, hand washes, scrubs and creams.

    Available: Now

    Price: £59.90 for 2D and £89.90 for 3D

    Number of full size products: 24 – no full size

    Retail value of products: £460 – save £58.60

    VIEW HERE: Rituals Advent Calendar 2020

    Boots No7 Advent Calendar

    This year’s Boots Advent Calendar has been done in collaboration with No7, so you can expect some of the most popular No7 products to be in there.

    Available: Early access customers will be able to purchase the calendar on Wednesday 14 October, a day ahead of general launch on 15 October.

    Price: £45

    Number of full size products: 24

    Retail value of products: £172.50 – save £127

    VIEW HERE: Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2020

    Harrods Advent Calendar

    Housed in a beautiful festive green box decorated with snow-covered doors, the box alone will serve as a keepsake for years after the beauty pots are empty! Harrod’s beauty advent calendar isn’t even on sale yet, but they’ve confirmed that is will be packed to the rafters with twenty five miniature and full size favourites including the Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask, Murad Multi-acid peel, Slip Scunchies x 3 set, Hourglass Veil Setting powder, and the Guerlain Orchidee Cream. It’s a box of pure luxury beauty and skincare goodies, and well worth the price for some of the finest products around.

    Available: 1/10/2020

    Price: £250

    Number of full size products: Unknown

    Retail value of products: Unknown

    VIEW HERE: Harrods Advent Calendar 2020

    Molton Brown Advent Calendar

    This beauty advent calendar includes some of Molton Brown’s signature fragrances in the form of scented candles, bath oils, body oils, body lotions, hand creams and shower gels – everything you need for a total pamper. It’s £175, but totally worth the splurge. Go on – treat yourself in the hectic run-up to the big day.

    Available: Now

    Price: £175

    Number of full size products: All 24 products are travel-size

    Retail value of products: Not known

    VIEW HERE: Molton Brown Advent Calendar 2020

    Cath Kidston Advent Calendar

    Cath Kidston Advent Calendar

    Let’s face it, we don’t always have the funds to splash out on beauty advent calendars while budgeting for our loved ones. For those of you wanting a more purse-friendly beauty advent calendar, Cath Kidston are offering a countdown calendar filled with body lotions, liquid soaps, cuticle creams and more for only £34.99. The calendar itself is a sweet Christmas village scene, so it’s a great calendar for such a fantastic, affordable price.

    Available: Now

    Price: £34.99

    Number of full size products: 24 full size

    Retail value of products: unknown

    VIEW HERE: Cath Kidston Advent Calendar 2020

    Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar

    Feelunique advent calendar

    Inspired by the northern lights, Feel Unique’s catch the light of Christmas beauty advent calendar has 24 days of beauty surprises. Worth over £250, this year’s treasure trove stars an decadent mix of full and deluxe-sized treats from firm favourites like of Benefit and Emma Hardie, plus up-and-comers including Sol de Janeiro and Huda Beauty. When you’re finished, reuse the boxes!

    Available: 5/10/2020 (pre-order now)

    Price: £89

    Number of full size products: Three

    Retail value of products: £277.58 – savings of £188.58

    VIEW HERE: Feel Unique Advent Calendar 2019

    Soap & Glory Advent Calendar

    This advent calendar is set to be as popular the brand’s beauty sets for Christmas. The hilariously named ’24 Days to Roam The Foam’ calendar features 24 of Soap & Glory’s most popular skin and make-up products, from their Scrub of your Life body buffer to their Heel Genius foot cream. It’s a brilliant option for an early Christmas present, and is one of the more affordable options of our edit.

    Inside there is a huge array to play with – from the Creamy Moisture Shower Gel to Body Butters, a Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash and Exfoliating Face Brush, Radiance-Boosting Mask and PUFFY EYE ATTACK Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches, which let’s face it, most of us will need come December 26th.

    Available: Now

    Price: £42

    Number of full size products: unknown

    Retail value of products: unknown

    VIEW HERE: Soap & Glory Advent Calendar 2020

    The Body Shop Advent Calendar


    After last year’s stellar advent calendar (one sold every 30 seconds!), this year Body Shop are once again offering three choices to suit your budget. The purse-friendly option retails at £50, with products worth a whopping £81. If you’re looking to spend a little more, you’ll find a £70 advent, including a full size body butter. And for the ultimate Christmas indulgence, Body Shop are selling their biggest advent calendar for £130, featuring a few full-sized items

    Available: Sold out online – but more stock coming (you can also ask if any are available in your local store)

    Price: £50 – £130

    Number of full size products: Dependent on which calendar you pick, there are three to choose from

    Retail value of products: £81 – save £32, £69 – save £53, £99 – save £150!

    VIEW HERE: The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2020

    Elemis Advent Calendar

    Credit: Elemis

    Suffering from dry, dull winter skin? Get your skin glowing once again with Elemis’ 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar, filled with full sized and miniature versions of their bestselling products such as the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Superfood Day Cream. Filled with £339.55 worth of goodies and priced at £165.00, it’s every skincare junkie’s dream!

    Available: Pre-order available now

    Price: £175

    Number of full size products: 1, 24 miniatures

    Retail value of products: £400 – save £225

    VIEW HERE: Elemis Advent Calendar 2020

    The Glossybox Advent Calendar

    Glossybox advent calendar, beauty advent calendars 2020

    Following a sell out in 2019, Glossybox’s 2020 offering takes the prize for the prettiest packaging with its marble swirl design in pink and metallic gold. Featuring 14 full size products and 11 deluxe minis, the line-up includes sought-after brands like Fenty Beauty, Iconic London, Pixi, Lime Crime, Huda Beauty and Glossy’s own line, GLOSSYBOX Skincare.

    Available: On sale now for subscribers, and from 30th September for non-subscribers.

    Price: £80 for subscribers and £99 for non-subscribers

    Number of full size products: 14 full size, 11 miniatures

    Retail value of products: £390 – save £310

    VIEW HERE: Glossybox Advent Calendar 2020

    The Lush Advent Calendar

    beauty advent calendars 2020, Lush Advent calendar

    This year Lush’s advent calendar is entirely vegan, and they sound incredible. Featuring 24 items, there’s everything from body lotion to bath bombs, all festive-themed for 24 days of fun in the lead-up to Christmas! This gorgeous festive calendar is the ideal purchase for anyone who loves quirky self-care products. You can pre-order the calendar now but it won’t dispatch until November, as Lush want their products to be as fresh as possible to enjoy at the beginning of December.

    Available: Pre-order now – available for purchase in November

    Price: £185

    Number of full size products: Unknown

    Retail value of products: Unknown

    VIEW HERE: Lush Advent Calendar 2020

    The Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar

    Fortnum and Mason advent calendar

    For serious seasonal pampering, look no further than Fortnum & Mason’s incredible advent calendar featuring brands such as Chantecaille, Aromatherapy Associates, Guerlain, and Sisley. It’s filled with £800 (yes, you read correctly!) worth of face creams, body lotion, serums, face wash, hand cream and so much more, all from the some of the most premium brands out there – making it the ultimate Christmas indulgence.

    Available: 12/10/2020

    Price: £195

    Number of full size products: 13 full size, 12 miniatures

    Retail value of products: £800 – save £605!

    VIEW HERE: Fortnum and Mason Advent Calendar 2020

    The LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar

    Look Fantastic Advent Calendar

    One of the most hotly anticipated beauty advent calendars is here – containing a whopping £460 worth of beauty and skincare products. For only £85, you’ll get your hands on must-haves from Molton Brown, Elemis and Morphe, among others. The calendar has sold out five years in a row, so don’t delay in ordering yours!

    Available: 12/10/2020 – but you can pre-order now

    Price: £85 (subscribe to their beauty box for £15 off)

    Number of full size products: Unknown

    Retail value of products: £460 – save £375

    VIEW HERE: LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar 2020

    NET-A-PORTER 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

    NET-A-PORTER have released their super luxurious beauty calendar for a third year in a row with 24 of their most popular hair, face and skin products. Inside the gorgeous calendar includes full-sized and travel-sized products for hair, face and skin. Get your hands on the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Joanna Vargas, and products from Dr Barbara Sturm. There’s also The Rich Cream by Augustinus Bader, and the Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner, which is a brand much-loved by celebrities including Meghan Markle.

    And, if you can believe it, whilst the calendar itself is just £240 – the products within are worth a whopping £1,120 – yes, really! It’s a bargain you can’t miss…

    Available: Launching this September – keep your eyes peeled!

    Price: £240

    Number of full size products: 15 full size, 10 miniatures

    Retail value of products: £1,120 – save £880!

    VIEW HERE: NET-A-PORTER Advent Calendar 2020

    With so many fantastic beauty advent calendars to choose from, it is certainly a tough choice. If only we could justify getting them all…

    Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar

    Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar

    Fans of Charlotte Tilbury will love this beauty advent calendar. This year it’s been named as a ‘Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures’ – so we’re already excited! Filled with 12 luxurious beauty treats including mascara, lipstick and a mini version of Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask, there is no denying this advent calendar is a little on the pricey side, but you save almost £50 on some brilliant beauty and skincare products.

    The products included – such as a full size Matte Revolution Lipstick In Pillow Talk, and the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand In Spotlight, are bestsellers, so it’s a bargain, really. The lipstick shade included is the best-selling, award-winning dreamy nude-pink matte shade, pillow talk. It’s heralded as the ultimate suits-all lip color for a fuller, wider-looking pout. Plus, the brand’s much-loved Magic Cream is also included in the calendar, which is a reason to purchase if nothing else!

    Available: From 01/10/20

    Price: £150

    Number of full size products: 3 full size, and 9 travel size products

    Retail value of products: Not known

    VIEW HERE: Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2020

    Aldi Advent Calendar

    Aldi’s Lacura Countdown to NYE Beauty Advent Calendar is the perfect post-Christmas pick me up, with six Lacura beauty treats that will ensure you’re looking your best come 2021. We particularly rate the Lacura Healthy Glow Retinol Toner, which beauty fans have compared to cult classic Pixi Glow Tonic. And at under £15, pampering yourself needn’t break the bank…

    Available: To order online from 17/11/20, and in store 21/11/20

    Price: £14.99

    Number of full size products: All six are travel size

    Retail value of products: Unknown

    VIEW HERE: Aldi Advent Calendar 2020

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