Let’s be real, you’re never too old for an Advent Calendar. But, if you’re over chocolate this holiday season, there are plenty of other options to look into, like homewares, pop vinyls, and, most importantly, beauty products.
Though they can be significantly more expensive than what you’d normally pick up from Coles, they can be the perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one in the lead up to Christmas, and with most brands making their own variation, you’re bound to find something for every type of beauty lover.
For the makeup obsessed
If makeup is what you’re after in an Advent Calendar, there are plenty of options of all sizes and prices.
Starting off on the higher end is this year’s M.A.C’s Advent Calendar, which retails for $450. In saying this, it’s filled with 24 best-selling items and all-new shades, including 21 full-sized products, giving it a value of $839.
Benefit Cosmetics’ All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar Set is also a standout this year, filled to the brim with their bestselling mascaras, powders and more – perfect for travelling, or to keep in your handbag for touch ups.
For a more affordable option, look into the Mecca Max Mini Marvels 12-Piece Advent Calendar, which includes all kinds of beauty favourites for $69.
For someone who loves to be pampered
Of course, beauty isn’t limited to just makeup products. Advent Calendars which include body, skin, and hair care products can be the best way to sample products from a new brand, or a brand that you love.
Starting off strong with Advent Calendars by The Body Shop. As always, they have a few different size options of The Advent of Change, but all of them include a mix of new and classic products, including their famous shower gels, body butters, and hand lotions.
L’Occitane’s Classic and Deluxe Beauty Advent Calendars contains a similar mix of products, with 24 doors worth of old favourites and new treats to discover.
Skincare fiends can’t go past the Kiehl’s and Clinique Advent Calendars this year, with both containing plenty of generously sized samples that may even inform full-size purchases by Boxing Day.
For someone who wants a bit of everything
Sometimes you can’t go past variety.
David Jones has released an Advent Calendar this year aiming to give you a taster of some of their top selling brands. Included in the calendar is everything from a La Mer cleanser to a Jo Malone London candle, and a delicious Carolina Herrera perfume sample.
Similarly, The Iconic is giving you the ultimate holy grail of beauty products in their Advent Calendar, with skincare, makeup, hair, body and fragrance favourites from a number of top brands.
Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.