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For the past three years, I’ve opened a beauty advent calendar with my two closest friends over a glass of wine… in a single sitting. Against protocol as it may be, unshrouding the contents of every compartment — sharing each thrill, and divvying travel-size treats among the three of us afterward — is a tradition I fully embrace. Of course, beauty advent calendars also make for exquisite, impressive gifts; gifts that offer the recipient not one, but numerous treasures to try and savor.
If trying new products appeals to you, I’d highly advise snagging a beauty advent calendar for yourself, too. In addition to discovering new favorites and stocking up on travel-sized body and hair care for the year ahead, the act of treating yourself daily is sure to spark joy. What’s more, some of the snazzier beauty advent calendars double as decor — and storage, even, after the season is through.
Below, shop the nine beauty calendars worth snagging for the 2023 holiday season:
Shop Beauty Advent Calendars:
Sephora Collection After Advent Calendar
A surefire means of beating the post-holiday blues, this “after-advent” option keeps the cheer going strong with 11 beauty surprises from Sephora. Unlike many advent calendars, it’s exclusively stocked with full-sized products. The packaging is worth noting; its funky orange and pink design makes it more of a seasonless decor piece you can keep out — and even use as storage — any time of year.
L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar
Harsh winter winds and chilly, skin-drying temperatures call for rich lotions and nutritive body oils. L’Occitane, a French bodycare brand known exactly for this genre of product, packages its offerings in this cheery, colorful advent calendar. Upon opening, you’ll find a delightful popup element — and, of course, 24 travel-sized goodies, including the quintessential winter hand cream InStyle editors and testers swear by.
OPI Holiday '23 Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Piece Advent Calendar
The ultimate thrill for anyone who paints their nails, this colorful assortment of salon-quality polishes from an iconic, celebrity-used purveyor is nothing short of spectacular. The 25-piece collection includes new and limited-edition shades from the OPI Terribly Nice Collection, in addition to icons like Big Apple Red, Alpine Snow, and my all-time favorite, Lincoln Park After Dark. The polishes are housed in 0.125-ounce bottles — cute, but more importantly, purse-friendly (god forbid your manicure chips while you’re out) and more practical, IMO, than larger, traditional bottles. After all, who among us has finished any polish to the very last drop?
The Body Shop The Big Advent of Change
A sensorial delight, this elegant advent calendar stars scrumptious lotions, shampoos, and sheet masks, each tucked away inside an aesthetically pleasing box — complete with a popup element. You’ll find Body Shop fan-favorites, including its Tea Tree Shampoo and Strawberry Body Butter. It’s a fail-safe gift for almost anyone, and the perfect means of pampering yourself after a long, likely tiring year.
Charlotte’s Chest of Lucky Secrets
This luxurious burgundy box is brimming with 12 makeup treasures from the one and only Charlotte Tilbury, a celebrity makeup artist and creator of icons like the universally flattering Pillow Talk lipstick Amal Clooney and I wear. The drawer-style calendar houses 10 travel-sized products, including an adorable mini Magic Cream, and two full-sized makeup goodies.
Dermstore Holiday Chest
This Dermstore box contains $789 worth of skin and haircare — with a price tag over $500 less than its worth. In addition to a stellar deal, it’s a fail-safe gift option for skincare buffs on your list, with brands like Augustinus Bader, Supergoop!, Elta MD, and Elmis housed inside.
Kiehl’s Holiday Advent Calendar
Contained in this calendar are travel-sized Kiehl’s products — each as exciting as the next, with icons like the creamy avocado eye cream, Creme de Corps body lotion, and Overnight Recovery Serum thrown into the mix. Moreover, the product curation accounts for all skin types, including the most sensitive of complexions, making this a crowd-pleasing assortment that’s bound to delight most anyone (including you).
Revolve Beauty Advent Calendar
This 24-piece, pretty pastel set from Revolve boasts many of beauty’s buzziest products, six of which are full-size. This year’s box contains a soothing vitamin C serum from an Oprah-endorsed brand, a coconut body butter with ample acclaim, and a lightweight hair cream that adds serious shine. Hurry — Revolve’s calendar has sold out quickly in the past, so snag it while you still can.
Bobbi Brown 12 Days of Glow Bestsellers Advent Calendar
This Bobbi Brown advent calendar is perfect for any makeup-lover in your life. It contains two of my favorite glow-giving highlighters, a flattering, brick-hued lipstick, and a vitamin-enriched moisturizer that I’ve seen makeup artists use to prep models’ skin before fashion shows. Though makeup is rarely one-size-fits all, this set is carefully curated to suit anyone, with product picks that are universally flattering and perfect for any occasion.
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