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The Best Beauty Advent Calendars for Holiday 2021

An advent calendar looks like a Christmas village, another like a chest of drawers, and a third is surrounded by products.

For me, nothing says it’s the holidays like an advent calendar. Who doesn’t like the idea of getting a present every day in December until Christmas morning? As a lover of all things nails, hair, and skin, beauty advent calendars are my favorite way to countdown to the big day.

Often, these collections of beauty products allow you to sample a slew of different brands a retailer sells or a collection of different products from a single brand.

So not only is it a great opportunity to try new things, but the advent calendars are often worth markedly more than they’re sold for.

Whether you want to countdown to Christmas via beauty products or you know someone who will love one as a perfect holiday gift, here are the best beauty advent calendars to choose from.

But, be forewarned! Year after year these calendars are incredibly popular and sell out fast. So if you see one you think will be a perfect fit for someone special (or for you!), it’s a good idea to snap it up while it’s still in stock.

Happy Holidays! This article is part of our Holiday 2021 Gift Guide where you can find the best-of-the-best recommendations from LifeSavvy, How-To Geek, and Review Geek to help you pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

L’Occitane Signature Holiday Advent Calendar

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L’Occitane

Those looking for a mix of body care and skincare should look no further than L’Occitane’s annual advent calendar. The countdown lasts the full 24 days of December and features everything from facial serums to shampoo.

While we don’t want to give away too much about the contents of the calendar (hello, they’re supposed to be surprises), the set does include a plethora of the brand’s famous hand creams.  With winter weather really getting into full swing during the holiday season, they’ll come in particularly … handy.

L'Occitane Signature Holiday Advent Calendar

Pamper your skin with this impeccable collection of body care.

O.P.I Holiday ’21 Nail Lacquer Advent Calendar

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O.P.I/Instagram

A different shade of nail polish every day? Sounds festive to us! O.P.I’s nail lacquers are some of the longest-lasting polishes you can get, and while sure, popping a new color out of an advent calendar every day might want to switch up your color on the regular, post-holiday season, you can continue to depend on these shades to make it through the weeks you just don’t feel up for an at-home manicure.

Voluspa Japonica Advent Calendar

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Voluspa

While candles might not be the first item you think of when you imagine a beauty advent calendar, they should make the list. They’re perfect accessories for holiday nights when you’re soaking in the tub, and bright, light scents are ideal for getting ready in the morning. You can always light one getting ready for your next holiday get-together. A bit unorthodox? Sure. But 12 days of luxe candles are definitely a treat.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar

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Charlotte Tilbury

If you’re a fan of Charlotte Tilbury and her iconic products, this collection is a must. It’s an annual launch and always sells out quickly. That’s likely because it’s a what’s what of Tilbury’s line. From her skincare items like the Magic Cream Moisturizer to iconic makeup like her Pillow Talk range, it’s a mix that’ll please existing fans and those who have always wanted to test out the pricy brand.

Liberty London The Men’s Advent Calendar

An advent calendar shaped like a home has products in front of it.
Liberty London

You didn’t think we’d leave the men out, did you? While any gender can use any sort of beauty product, if you’re looking for something that skews more traditionally masculine, this is the advent calendar for you. Inside, there’s 24 days’ worth of skincare, men’s grooming products, fragrance, and even gin (yes, really). Honestly, it’s one of the most all-encompassing advent calendars on this list, and whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else, multiple items are bound to be smash hits.

NYX Gimme Super Stars 24 Day Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar

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NYX

Makeup lovers on a budget should check out NYX’s Gimme Super Stars Advent Calendar. This 24 piece countdown features a variety of lip colors in all different formulas including gloss and matte. You’ll also find a variety of eyeshadows in festive hues, highlighters for some sparkle, and a finishing powder. Throw in your existing foundation, some mascara, and a bit of blush, and you’ve got a full face of makeup with this calendar.

Spotlight Oral Care 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Advent Calendar

A red box with tiny drawers has oral care products stacked in front.
Spotlight Oral Care

Yes, oral care is beauty care. While makeup and skincare might come to mind first, taking care of your teeth is most certainly part of a beauty regimen. With this dental-themed advent calendar, you’ll have the pearliest pearly whites around. Not only does it come with several whitening products, you’ll also get a sonic toothbrush, gua sha, and more items that’ll work long after the holidays are over.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar

A group of mini fragrances are arranged around books.
Jo Malone/Instagram

While fragrance is a highly personal gift, an advent calendar full of different options means you’ll definitely find a few you love. Jo Malone’s advent calendar features 25 products from fragrance to hand creams all in different scents. Already love Jo Malone signature scents like Peony & Blush Suede? Want to try more? This is the way to do it. While yes, the calendar is pricy at a cool $450, you’ll be stocked up on fragrance for a while, and you’ll have the chance to test scents you haven’t before.

George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

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George & Viv

Get a little bit of everything with the George & Viv Advent Calendar at Anthropologie. You’ll get 24 premium samples from ultra-popular brands like Sunday Riley, Caudalie, Living Proof, and Butter London. Plus, the calendar runs the gamut of beauty. Without giving away too much of what’s inside, you’ll get hair care, nail care, skin care, and fragrance. At $72, it’s kind of a steal considering the brands and items you’ll be surprised with each day.

Rituals: The Ritual of Advent Calendar

An advent calendar has popup homes that resemble a Christmas village.
Rituals

Advent calendars are meant to be displayed, and the Rituals calendar might just be the most beautiful. Designed to look like a Christmas village, this luxe selection of self-care goods and body care items is basically the perfect way to pamper yourself during the holiday season. We’re talking candles, shampoos, lotions, fragrances, and more all in one calendar.


If you’re looking for a way to countdown to the holidays and happen to be a beauty lover, these 10 beauty advent calendars are definite options. But you know, you can always go for a wine calendar instead.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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