Beauty advent calendars. Nothing keeps us going like the thrill of unlocking and unboxing a new beauty surprise in the count down to Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for a loved one or treating yourself for making it through 2021, these curated advent calendars that run the gamut from iconic skincare to perfume, make-up and more, are worth the splurge.
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Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, US$325.12
This chest of drawers is positively brimming with cult classics alongside hot new indie beauty finds. Valued at over $1,700, the advent calendar features 17 full-size and eight travel-size products from skincare tastemakers such as Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Omorovicza, and 111Skin. On the make-up front, Charlotte Tilbury and Victoria Beckham Beauty offers a few surprises while Oribe, Leonor Greyl and Susanne Kaufmann offer their hair and body treats to help revitalise you literally from head to toe.
Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, US$325.12, available at Net-a-Porter
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Chanel N°5 The Calendar, $1,150
Nothing quite says ‘treat yo self’ like this epic N°5 shaped holiday calendar by Chanel. The limited edition advent calendar contains 27 surprises, from five to 31. Five, as they say, for the perfume and 31 for the house’s mythical address on rue Cambon. In addition to a limited edition Rouge Allure lipstick inspired by N°5 and the Le Vernis polish in a new red hue, the gift set also contains other charming treasures such as a one-of-a-kind snow globe.
Chanel N°5 The Calendar, $1,150, available at Chanel
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Diptyque Advent Calendar, $678
The art of gifting doesn’t get any chicer than Diptyque‘s Advent Calendar. Not to give too many surprises away—expect 25 treasures including 11 x 35g candles including Berries, Roses, Amber, Pomander, Aubépine, Violette, Feu de Bois, Figuier, Oud and Choisya with. There’s even a new limited edition scent; 8 eau de toilettes and parfums, and other art of skincare treats.
Diptyque Advent Calendar, $678, available at escentials
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The Body Shop Share The Joy Advent Calendar, $99
From now to December 2022, The Body Shop Singapore will donate $0.10 per transaction made both offline and online to Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT), in hopes this contribution will help DOT’s women and their families build a better tomorrow. And if that’s not reason alone enough to shop, this reusable pop-up calendar packed with 24 little treats is the best way to truly share the joy these holidays. Valued at $99, it contains tub-transforming Bath Bubbles, new Body Butters and even a Sheet Mask or two to pamper your skin right through the new year.
The Body Shop Share The Joy Advent Calendar, $99, available at The Body Shop
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Clarins 24-Day Christmas Advent Calendar, $169
Spanning skincare and make-up, this is going to be one of those gift sets you buy with the intention of giving away but end up keeping for yourself because they’re it’s too good to share.
Clarins 24-Day Christmas Advent Calendar, $169, available at Clarins
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Elemis Icons Advent Calendar, $360
25 Elemis skincare and body care goods for the final 25 days of the year. Featuring hits such as the full size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream alongside travel-size versions of the Cleansing Balm, Balancing Lavender, Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads and more, give the gift of glowing skin this Christmas with Elemis.
Elemis Icons Advent Calendar, $360, available at Elemis
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Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, $790
“My favourite Advent Calendar was made by my mother, who filled it with little surprises each day. My Advent Calendar presents 24 Dr. Barbara Sturm product surprises—a skin treat for each day,” says Dr Barbara Sturm herself. Each door opens to a new skincare surprise—24 in fact, in deluxe and miniature sizes.
Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, $790, available at Dr Barbara Sturm
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Penhaligon's A Fragrant Countdown Advent Calendar, $780
Forget staying faithful to but one signature scent. Penhaligon’s aptly named ‘A Fragrant Countdown Advent Calendar’ proposes a veritable scent wardrobe in one festive perfume-shaped offering. The calendar contains: Halfeti, 10ml; Quercus, 5ml; Evergreen Charm, Lord George, 10ml; Anbar Stone, 35g, Elisabethan Rose, 5ml; Babylon, 10ml, Halfeti Body Hand Wash, 30ml’ The Favourite, 10ml; Halfeti Cedar, 5ml; Pen Lip Balm OB, 15g; Comoros Pearl, 35g; Endymion Concentre, 5ml; Luna, 10ml; Juniper Sling, 5ml; Duchess Rose, 10ml; Halfeti, 5ml; Endymion, 10ml; Roanoke Ivy, 35g; Blenheim Bouquet, 5ml; Luna Body Hand Wash, 30ml; Empressa, 10ml; Christmas Charm, Maduro Leaf Candle.
Penhaligon’s A Fragrant Countdown Advent Calendar, $780, available at Penhaligon’s
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Chantecaille 12 Days of Botanical Beauty Advent Calendar, $620
From skincare essentials to the make-up must-haves, this wildlife-inspired beauty advent calendar features 12 of Chantecaille’s most covetable, best-selling products in a range of both full-size and travel-friendly options. Pull-out the reusable drawers to reveal goodies such as the Luminescent Eye Shade in Zebra (full size); Cheek Shade blush in shade Smitten (full size) and Gold Recovery Mask, 5ml; and Rose de Mai Face Oil, 15ml to reveal but a few treats.
Chantecaille 12 Days of Botanical Beauty Advent Calendar, $620, available at Chantecaille
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L'Occitane 2021 Advent Calendar
The bestseller is back. This festive set contains 24 surprises that don’t only include miniatures of the brand’s most beloved skincare and body offerings, but a full-sized tube of their Shea Butter Hand Cream and more.
L’Occitane 2021 Advent Calendar, $89 with $40 nett spend (purchase with purchase), available L’Occitane
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Kiehl's Limited Edition Advent Calendar
When the holidays hit Kiehl’s, you just know they’re going to get creative with their seasonal packaging, which in the past, has starred the likes of contemporary art greats such as Jeff Koons, Mickey, Kaws, Kenny Scharf, Peter Max, Jeremyville, Kate Moross and Janine Rewell.
For their 2021 advent calendar, Kiehl’s invited French artist Marylou Faure to bring to life the energy of New York City and the iconic East Village with her magical illustrations. Additionally, you’ll be pleased to know that Kiehl’s remains true to its Future Made Better initiative by creating this mini Christmas marvel of a calendar with fully recycled paper, made with zero plastics. And of course, 24 of your beloved skin and body treats within.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $188, available at Kiehl’s