Move aside, chocolate treats, you've been replaced! When it comes to advent calendars in 2018, it's all about luxurious lotions and luscious lippies - and thankfully, there are more brands than ever bringing us superb beauty advent calendars for the festive season.
And they're PACKED with value!
Beauty advent calendars have been around for a few years now, and they continue to grow in popularity. Some calendars have even achieved a cult-like status — think Jo Malone, Sephora, ASOS and The Body Shop — and some are known to sell out on pre-orders alone!
All of the big-brand beauty advent calendars are hot property, so if you don't want to miss your favourite brand's calendar for 2018, keep this guide handy and get ready to pounce!
What are the most popular beauty advent calendars in Australia?
When it comes to beauty, everyone has their favourites depending on a number of factors: skin tone, skin sensitivity and preferences for certain scents. Considering this, there are naturally more than a few bestsellers when it comes to beauty advent calendars in Australia.
The Jo Malone Advent Calendar is always incredibly popular (despite the price tag) and it never fails to absolutely floor fans with the goodies included and the exquisite design. Just know that this one will sell out early, year on year.
Another favourite in Australia is the Sephora Collection advent calendar, which always looks incredible, and comprising loads of bestselling beauty products, it offers superb value.
The David Jones Beauty Advent Calendar was a huge hit in 2017, and it included a 12-day countdown for just $39.95. (Stay tuned to see if this is released again in 2018!)
What should I look for in a beauty advent calendar?
One word: Value!
It's natural to gravitate toward your favourite brands when it comes to beauty advent calendars (with a few distractions along the way!), and what you should be looking for is a situation where the contents is worth more than the price of the calendar.
If the calendar is worth a lot more than the price tag, grab it! You can re-stock your beauty inventory for a bargain.
Which is the best value beauty advent calendar?
Our favourite calendar for value has to be the stunning L'Occitane Advent Calendars. Packed with signature favourites, any loyal fan should scoop them up STAT!
There are two L'Occitane advent calendars in 2018. The Classic Advent Calendar is priced at $99 and worth $130, and the Premium Advent Calendar is priced at $180 and valued at $235. This is the sort of value that we love to see at Christmas.
What is the cheapest beauty advent calendar?
For advent calendars that don't break the bank, check out the Mad Beauty options. This year there are two 12-day countdowns available, and they both come in at under $30! You can find these at ASOS Australia - and remember, if you spend over $40 you get free shipping!
Which advent calendars make the best gifts?
All of them! They're all so gift-worthy!
But if we truly had to choose, there are a few that are extra special when it comes to a pre-Christmas gift, and it comes down to a combination of aesthetics and the products they contain.
Everyone loves to receive something pretty, and The Body Shop Advent Calendars are absolutely that. This year they follow a bushland theme and the artwork is next level. In terms of contents, these calendars are filled with cosmetics, fragrances and skincare - all signature items that are impossible not to love. (Plus, there's the reassurance of knowing that The Body Shop products are never tested on animals, and we all love The Body Shop's stance on such matters.)
Equally gift-worthy are the Revolution Beauty calendars. This makeup brand has achieved worldwide cult status for delivering affordable cosmetics of high quality and in a veritable rainbow of shades that knock it out of the park. That said, the Revolution Beauty Advent Calendars for 2018 will positively thrill any makeup fan, and at less than $100, they're excellent value.
But now, let's take a look at what's available for 2018...
ASOS Advent Calendar 2018
The annual ASOS beauty advent calendar is always popular, and the 2018 Face + Body instalment is the best yet. There are 24 pieces, with a focus on skincare and cosmetics. Among the offerings is a Carmex Lip Balm, a GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Mega illuminating Moisturiser and a Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. Price: $110. Buy it here.
Sephora Collection Advent Calendar 2018
In terms of packaging, Sephora's 2018 advent calendar knocks it out of the park. It's called, "Once Upon a Castle", and it looks like it was plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. You'll find 24 Sephora Collection beauty products within the calendar, including skincare and accessories. This is fabulous value for money. Price $69. Buy it here.
Clarins Advent Calendars 2018
This year, there are two Clarins Christmas countdowns, and with a huge pink flower on each box, they have a particularly floral feel. The 12 Days of Clarins Advent Calendar ($120) contains an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, SOS Hydra Mask, Instant Eye Make-up Remover, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil among others. The 24 Days of Clarins Advent Calendar ($170) will stand you in good stead for most of December, and includes mascara, face masks and treatment cream. Price $120 - $170. Buy them here.
Myer Little Box Of Beauty
Myer has put together a very special treat for beauty fans this year in the form of its Little Box of Beauty, and you'd want to get your skates on because this will sell fast! The calendar includes 20 deluxe products from some of Myer's bestselling brands. Items include Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, M.A.C Prep Prime Fix, Jurlique Activating Water Essence, Marc Jacobs Daisy Love EDT and a candle, to name just a few! Price $89. Buy it here.
Kiehl's Holiday Advent Calendar 2018
With beautiful designs by artist Andrew Bannecker, the Kiehl's Holiday Advent Calendar 2018 includes 24 favourite products from this popular and long-standing American skincare and cosmetics brand. You'll find goodies like face cleansers, serums, lotions and more in this one. Price $95. Buy it here.
Mad Beauty 12 Day Advent Calendar
This 12-day cube-shaped countdown includes useful and indulgent bath and body products to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas. Items include bath salts, a body puff, two nail fails, two lip balms, body lotion, bath fizzers and hand cream. This is a bargain, and definitely one of the cheapest beauty advent calendars in Australia this year. You'll find this one at ASOS Australia. Price: $28. Buy it here.
Mad Beauty I Love Christmas Calendar
This 12-day countdown is very similar in contents to the above Mad Beauty 12 Day Advent Calendar, except it comes in a triangular, tree-inspired shape as opposed to a cube. Items include a hand cream, two bath salts, a body puff, two nail files, two lip balms a body lotion and bath fizzers. Again, this one can be found at ASOS Australia. Price: $24. Buy it here.
The Body Shop Advent Calendars 2018
The Body Shop always treats fans to a series of advent calendars every year. This year the calendars are inspired by enchantment, and they come in the form of three exquisite woodland creatures: Olivia the Owl ($100), Dani the Deer ($150) and Freddie the Fox ($250). There are up to 25 beauty products in each, including shower gels, body butters, cosmetics and accessories. Price: $100 - $250. Buy them here.
Jo Malone Advent Calendar 2018
Get ready to move fast for this one - it's one of the most desired beauty advent calendars on the planet, and once you see what's in it, you'll totally understand why. Inside the exquisite London Townhouse packaging are 24 Jo Malone classics including colognes, candles, bath oil, and lotions. This calendar is available at Australian Jo Malone stores and online at Myer. Price $640. Buy it here.
Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2018
This sparkly advent calendar of pure joy will have you jumping out of bed in the morning! This year it's called "Charlotte's Beauty Universe" and it includes 12 glittery drawers filled with mini and full-sized luxury beauty treats. Price: $295. Buy it here.
Mecca Cosmetica Beauty Resolutions
This 12-day countdown is the ultimate way to countdown to a new year. It includes 12 beauty goodies to help you achieve your beauty transformation and kick of 2019 feeling fresh and beautiful. There's a Lip De-Luscious Nude, a sunscreen, eyelash curler, hydrating moisturiser, exfoliating scrub, and plumping balm among other must-haves. The calendar comes in an acrylic box, and is valued at $237! Price $180. Buy it here.
Diptyque Advent Calendar 2018
This stunning advent calendar includes 25 iconic Diptyque fragrance products, from candles to beauty products, and it is the ultimate indulgence for anyone who adores this world-renowned brand. Candles (35g) include Feu de bois, Pomander and Noisetier; there's also assorted EDT, shower gel, and rich cream. Price $610. Buy it here.
LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2018
The LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2018 includes not 24, but 25 irresistible beauty treats, with a little bit of everything your beauty regime needs: haircare, cosmetics and skincare. This calendar ships FREE to Australia from LookFantastic UK. Price: $150. Buy it here.
L'Occitane Advent Calendars 2018
The annual L'Occitane advent calendars are always stunning, and they make sensational gifts for anyone who loves this favourite beauty brand. This year there are two advent calendars on offer: L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar ($99), which is filled with travel-sized treats; and the L'Occitane Magic Premium Advent Calendar ($180) for a little more indulgence. Price: $99 - $180. Buy them here.
24 Days Of Clinique Advent Calendar 2018
If you're a fan of all things Clinique, the 24 Days of Clinique is an advent calendar you don't want to miss. It includes 24 signature Clinique products, including skincare, fragrance and makeup and it's exceptionally great value. This one is available from Selfridges Australia. Price: $114. Buy it here.
Balmain Advent Calendar 2018
We usually associate Balmain with high-end fashion, but this designer label also produces some spectacularly luxurious beauty products as well. In the limited edition Balmain Advent Calendar for 2018, fans receive 10 travel-sized beauty gifts from the luxury house, including salt spray, shampoo and conditioner. You can buy this from Selfridges Australia now. Price $230. Buy it here.
Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box
This Christmas countdown is valued at £245 (approximately $440), but costs just $104, making it one of the best-value advent calendars this year (although bear in mind you will have to pay shipping to Australia from the UK). It includes brands like ZOEVA, Limecrime, and Too Faced. Price $104. Buy it here.
Beauty & The Beast Advent Calendar 2018
From Mad Beauty comes a very special Beauty and the Beast Christmas countdown, filled with 12 pink, princess-inspired beauty products to enjoy. This would make a great one for younger girls who adore all things Belle. Price: $66.98 + free shipping. Buy it here.
Decleor Advent Calendar 2018
Decleor's exquisite 2018 advent calendar is called "For Christmas I Just Want To Glow", and judging by the goodies inside, it's certainly not going to disappoint. There are 24 beauty products in this calendar, including serums, hydrating masks, day creams and oodles more. Price: $146.26. Buy it here.
Cath Kidston Advent Calendar 2018
This calendar comes in an adorable house design and includes 24 mini Cath Kidston products: hand creams, bath salts and more. Goodies come bursting with deliciously festive scents like candied sugar and pine needles. Price: $68.06 + free delivery. Buy it here.
The Bomb Advent Calendar 2018
If you love bath bombs and soaps, this the advent calendar for you! From Bomb Cosmetics in the UK, this advent calendars is filled with 24 fizzy and cleansing bath treats. Price: $36.60. Buy it here.
Technic Winter Wonderland 2018
The Technic Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar is filled with 24 bath and beauty favourites like soap, a pumice stone, a nail file and an exfoliating glove. Price: $36.85 + free shipping. Buy it here.
Revolution Beauty Advent Calendars 2018
This year Revolution Beauty has released two swoon-worthy advent calendars this year that are almost impossible to choose between. The Revolution Lip Advent Calendar 2018 ($72) contains 25 full-sized lippies, while the Revolution Advent Calendar 2018 ($90) contains assorted makeup and accessories. These ship from the UK to Australia. Price $72 - $90. Buy them here.
NYX Sugar Trip Advent Calendar 2018
For just $100, you get so much value in this bumper calendar from NYX, and the fact that it's called a "Sugar Trip" just makes it even sweeter! This advent calendar is packed with 24 bestsellers, and you will get a unique product each day. Items include blush, highlighter, ten powders (yes, 10!), eyeshadow, and a whopping 14 lippies, including butter gloss, lip oil, lip lingerie, slip tease, liquid suede, matte lipstick, intense butter gloss, soft matte metallic lip cream, and soft matte cream. This calendar can be found at ASOS Australia. Price $100. Buy it here.
Lottie Advent Calendar 2018
The Lottie "12 Days Of Slay" Advent Calendar for 2018 includes 11 miniature makeup products and one full-size liquid lippy. Goodies include Shimmer Squad highlighters, Duo-Chrome Lipsticks, Matte Metallic LiquidLlipsticks and Eye Foil Metallic Eyeshadow Toppers. Price: $16.95. Buy it here.
NARS Advent Calendar 2018
For fans of big bold shades, it doesn't more exciting than this year's NARS advent calendar. The packaging is striking, and the goodies are plentiful! You will get 24 NARS favourites in this calendar, including Mini Bound Velvet Lip Glide, Anita Audacious Lipstick, Mini Let’s Go Crazy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Mini Le Palace Velvet Lip Glide, and Dolce Vita Blush. Price $220. Buy it here.
Technic Love Your Selfie Advent Calendar
The Love Your Selfie Advent Calendar 2018 is heaps of fun, not to mention incredible value. It contains 24 pieces of makeup or makeup accessories such as lipsticks, eyeshadow compacts, mascara, a pencil sharpener and a hairband. Price: $36.85 + free shipping. Buy it here.
Beauty Advent Calendars For Men
Why should the ladies have all the fun? Beauty advent calendars for men are becoming an actual thing, and there are some gems out there that give the fellas a great excuse to pamper themselves during the festive season.
The Grooming Advent Calendar 2018
From ASOS, this men's Christmas countdown includes the likes of Lab Series, Uppercut and Clinique, and there is a combination of both skincare and hair products includes. Price: $60. Buy it here.
Technic Man'Stuff Advent Calendar 2018
This advent calendar includes 12 items that gents can use for preening and pampering, including a charcoal face wash, soap, nail clippers and a comb. This calendar ships from the UK to Australia. Price: $33 + free shipping. Buy it here.
Do you have a favourite beauty advent calendar? What have you got your eye on this year? Leave us a comment!