Chocolate Advent Calendars are a thing of the past, it's all about the beauty countdowns. With even more hitting the market this year, the decision just got harder with the selection I'm sharing on LW. A few of my favourites have to be Yankee Candle's 3D house, though the returning wreath calendar is just as tempting while You Beauty and The Body Shop's proving to be great value for money. Have any of this years beauty advents taken your fancy? Lucy x
1. Lush 12 Days of Christmas
My first beauty countdown may be classed as cheating. It's not your standard 24 day countdown though its pretty incredible. Lush are known for their fabulous ways of packaging gift sets and this year is no exception. The 12 days of Christmas is brand new and something I was hoping they'd do. Do any other Lush fans create imaginary products? Inside the giant fairytale book you'll find 9 festive treats and 3 classics to celebrate the festive season in style...or bring the festive cheer you may be missing. With Holly Golightly, Hot Toddy, Snow Angel and Lord of Misrule to name a few, whether you're buying as a gift or for yourself there will be no disappointment.
2. Ciate Mini Mani Manor
Each year everyone seems to go crazy for the Ciate advent calendars and who can blame them? The Calendar gives you the perfect excuse to take some time out and paint your nails each day of December or to simply build up your collection. You'll usually find a couple limited edition Ciate products within the 15 mini paint pots, 8 nail effects and 1 large paint pot - on Christmas Eve of course.
3. Jo Malone
Jo Malone have created the kind of beauty advents this year. Behind each town house door and window are 23 miniature luxury products and one 50ml Body Creme. If you're lucky enough to have one of these this year I'm sure I won't be the only one who's incredibly jealous. This will be available nationwide on November 10th.
Last year saw Boots' first venture into the advent calendar world, this year they've focused around the No7 brand. Behind each of the 24 doors you'll find full sizes and generous samples of their best selling beauty, makeup and skincare products.
5. Boohoo Assorted Gift Advent
This advent won't be for everyone, in fact I'd say it's aimed at teenagers just starting out with makeup. I've spotted the unbranded advent floating around on multiple sites online. Inside you'll find a mixture of makeup items from glitter eyeshadow to nail polish to jewellery. It'll definitely be a talking point with their friends on the first morning of countdown.
The fairytale theme for beauty advents carries on with Selfridges addition which sadly has also now sold out. All is not lost with the incredible range of beauty gift sets and other advent calendars on offer from fill your own, whiskey and charm bracelets. You never know, someone special may have you one hidden away.
7. The Body Shop
The Body Shop return with another fantastic 24 day countdown, packaged in a red townhouse. Full of their best selling body and face to their iconic fragrance and latest additions from the Glazed Apple, Wild Argan Oil ranges and Colour Crush Nail Colours. It's one you sure don't want to miss out on.
8. Yankee Candle 3D House
With the success of last years advent calendar Yankee Candle have two on offer for us this year. My favourite of the two is the 3D house - Christmas Past advent calendar featuring tea-lights of Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Garland, Snowflake Cookie (my absolute favourite), Sugared Apple, Christmas Cookie, Christmas memories and Spiced Orange with an additional Christmas Eve votive candle on you guessed it...Christmas Eve.
Elemis have also decided to join in with their 12 days of beauty, with a total value of £113. Inside you'll find their famous cleansing balm, enzyme peel, Monoi Body range to their Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. You'll have perfectly clear skin in time for the big day.
10. Yankee Candle Wreath
Who had the wreath shaped advent calendar from Yankee Candle last year? It sound out pretty fast and it's also sold out on some sites already!? We've only just entered November.. Inside you'll find a tea-light candle each day either of Icicles, Angel's Wings, Snowflake Cookie, Cranberry Ice, Christmas Cookie and Christmas Garland with another votive on Christmas Eve.
The L'occitane Advent Calendar has only just become available and from the image above how incredible do the generous product sizes look!? What a perfect excuse to try more of such a fabulous brand right?
12. Liberty London
I think I'll take back calling the Jo Malone advent the king of beauty advent calendars. How incredible does the Liberty London advent calendar look!? Inside each of the 24 drawers you'll find top luxury skincare, beauty and fragrance deluxe samples. Heck there's even an adorable miniature Nars Blush & Diptyque Mini Baies Candle.
Benefit have gone down the sweetie shop route this year, I'm not usually a fan of the brand though I have to say how incredibly cute this years has been packaged, as has all of their holiday gift sets. Each day you'll open a door to find miniature products and the occasional surprise non-makeup gift. Spoiler alert - notepads, sticky notes, hair ties and charms.
14. You Beauty
You Beauty are back with yet another incredible beauty advent calendar that I'm SO SO tempted to treat myself to after seeing so many of my favourite bloggers tweeting, posting and instagraming theirs. Just under £50, this treasure box has a whopping value of £240. The amount of luxury samples in this years is crazy, you have Molton Brown, Liz Earle, Glam Glow, Caudalie, full size Essie polishes & so much more.