It is now November which means… Christmas is almost here!
I don’t celebrate Christmas but I’ve seen so many advent calendars pop out in the USA. They are boxes where you countdown the number of days till Christmas, often filled with flaps/boxes/drawers of surprises each day.
On the 1st day of December, you open the 1st drawer and get the first surprise, then the 2nd day, you open the 2nd drawer, and so on.
The surprise can range from chocolates to toys. Since cosmetic brands jumped onto the calendar bandwagon, they’ve come up with makeup advent calendars too.
I’ve never seen them in real life before (except for chocolate ones), but this year they’re popping up everywhere in stores! Here’s a list of what to look out for:
The Body Shop – $139, $159
The Body Shop supposedly has 3 advent calendars out this year, but so far I’ve only seen 2 available online and haven’t seen them appear in shops yet.
This green one comes with 24 drawers of mini-size goodies. Most items look great, except for a couple of puzzling ones like an eye/lip pencil sharpener and an eyelash curler. But there’s a good mix of items to use in the bath, after bath, and makeup.
This red calendar also has 24 drawers, and has even more fun skincare and body care items. Also has a couple of ‘dud’ items unfortunately, but there are some larger size items and what looks like a full-size body butter (items may vary, according to the website).
Lush – $99
This red box only holds 12 goodies, so you might either begin opening it from 12 days till Christmas, or open it on alternate days.
Either way, this box holds lots of bath bombs (Lush’s most famous items) as well as other shower-related items and body lotions so you can pamper and moisturise your skin on the days leading up to Christmas.
If you’re into Lush, enjoy luxuriating in long baths, or love fancy bath products and smells, this is for you!
Benefit – $75
This 12-pack from Benefit Cosmetics don’t just feature products, but sings to you when you open the box. I suppose it would fit the teenage demographic a bit better.
What I’m most disappointed in this is that they’ve kept to all the classic products in this box – great if you’re new to the brand and want to know all the hype is about. But bad if you’re already a fan, and want to see more of the new collections. To be honest, I think the only product that’s really worth it is the They’re Real Mascara.
But it’s a really great place to get all the classics. This box is full of makeup products – mascaras, blush, highlighter and lipgloss.
Jo Malone – $600 (this was the price in 2015, I’m assuming it’s still the same)
The monster of all advent calendars, the Jo Malone calendar is already available in both David Jones and Myers’ counters (if they haven’t sold out already!). This humongous 24-pack has drawers that slide out to reveal each day’s surprise – it’s filled with perfumes, candles, and creams. I’m pretty sure it’s a heavy piece!
L’Occitane – $85
Another bumper pack of body care goodies. This has 24 days of mini-sized products, mainly in body care such as shampoo, shower gel, soaps, some face products like face creams, and of course their hand creams. You can get this in L’Occitan shops and some department stores like Myers (or was it David Jones? I can never remember?).
Estee Lauder – $450
Another monster box that’s monochromatic with dashes of red. This is the one box that really has a different variety of items, from nail polishes to lip balms to serums to a face mask.
This is a really nice one but it’s full of samples (which sometimes you can get at the counter or if you buy something) so it does seem like quite a waste. Unlike the other calendars which have mini-sized items, these are tiny sized – not worth it at all.
Now, since it’s too early till Christmas, some stores may not have their advent calendars available yet. Here are some places to look out for:
Myers Beauty Box
Last year, Myers had a gorgeous ($160!!) Beauty Box by L’Oreal, which featured sample-sized products from YSL, Lancome and other members of the L’Oreal family.
I’ve heard that David Jones currently stocks the 2016 Clinique calendar, but I can’t verify it.
I love NYX Cosmetics! They made a huge splash when they came to Priceline this year, but why don’t people realise that they already stock them at Target too? I suppose it’s because NYX in Target is very low-key, and doesn’t showcase a big selection.
Either way, I’m not sure if the NYX calendar will show up on Aussie shores, but you never know.
Ciate Nail Polish
From what I’ve heard, Ciate London’s Mini Mani Month calendars will be available from Mecca Cosmetics. Since I’m not a nail polish fan, I wouldn’t personally look at it but I’ve heard good reviews about it – glittery nail polishes interspersed with wearable solid shades, what’s there not to like about it?
Also check places like Mecca Cosmetics, Myers, David Jones, Priceline and Target (they have a calendar in Target UK so they might reach our shores too).
Plus, since Sephora’s opened their doors to Australian shores this year, then they should probably have a couple of calendars coming soon too, no? Keep your eyes peeled!
I’ll showcase the non-beauty advent calendars too so you can countdown to Christmas, whether you’re a beauty fan or not.
Which beauty advent calendar are you lusting over?