The Advent of Beauty: The Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2016

In the last couple of years, beauty advent calendars have become a massive deal, and this year pretty much all the big beauty brands have released one. After all, who wants chocolate when you can have a brand new beauty product every day in the lead up to Christmas?! Prices range from the eye-watering to the purse-friendly and everything in-between. This post includes my pick of the 2016 options, including the one I’ve bought for myself.

The Beauty Pro’s Choice: Charlotte Tilbury ~ ‘Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties’

Styled as a beautiful chest of drawers, this luxury advent calendar features 12 travel-size products with a good mix of skincare and make-up. Charlotte Tilbury as a brand is bang on trend at the moment as well, so it will definitely get envious looks from those who see it on your dressing table.

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The downside? At a whopping £150 (£12.50 average cost per product) it is definitely an investment. Arguably, if you’re spending that sort of money you might prefer to pick the exact products you want rather than have them chosen for you. Order online at

The Affordable Choice: Tanya Burr ~ ’12 Days of Christmas Beauty Calendar’

At the other end of the price spectrum is the Tanya Burr calendar, featuring 12 make-up items, all of which are limited edition. If you’re not familiar with Tanya, she is a beauty vlogger who has developed her own make-up range. Although particularly popular with teens, her make-up gets good reviews and is equally a worthwhile buy for adults.


The rrp of the calendar is £25, but at the moment it is on sale in Superdrug for just £12, meaning an average cost per product of just £1. You can’t really go wrong with that, can you? Buy in-store or online from Superdrug for the best deal.

The Ethical Choice: Lush ~ ’12 Days of Christmas’

Vegan-friendly and without the use of any animal testing, this is a great choice for those who want to treat themselves with a clear conscience. A simple, octagonal box tied with ribbon in festive green and red colours (Lush are anti unnecessary packaging) contains 12 cute, seasonal skincare items, five of which are Lush’s infamous bath bombs.

At £52.95, the average cost per product is £4.41, and will keep you smelling gorgeous over the festive period. Buy in-store or online from Lush.

The 24 Day Make-Up Choice: bareMinerals ~ ‘Countdown to Gorgeous’

There aren’t many beauty advent calendars that cover 24 days (most opt for 12) so serious make-up addicts will love bareMinerals calendar which includes (amongst other products) six lip glosses, four lip balms, five eye shadows and two blushes.


The external packaging in stylish black, white and gold tones opens up like a book to reveal a deep red interior containing the windows with the products hidden behind. At £75, the average cost per product is £3.13, meaning this is a great way to try lots of products from a premium brand at a fairly low cost per product. Buy in-store or online from bareMinerals for the best price (also available at QVC but the price is slightly higher).

The 12 Day Make-Up Choice: Benefit ~ ‘Girl O’Clock Rock’

If you love your make-up but spending £75 on the bareMinerals calendar is a little out of reach (let’s face it – this is an expensive time of year), Benefit is offering a 12 day calendar for just £34.50.


The packaging is in typical quirky style (it even plays you a song!) and contains 12 mini products, including some of the brand’s most popular items. The average cost per product is £2.88 – one of the lowest average costs of all the calendars I looked at.

The Variety & Outstanding Value Choice: M&S ~ ‘Beauty Advent Calendar’

First things first, the RRP of this calendar is £250…I know what you’re thinking, how on earth can this be outstanding value?! Well, the great news is that if you spend £35 on clothing, beauty or home in M&S you get the calendar for only £35. So after updating my work wardrobe, I popped one of these in my basket too.

What I love about this calendar is that it contains a variety of different products by different brands, and not just any old brands but really good quality ones – REN, Nuxe, Burts Bees, Neals Yard, Philip Kingsley and Nails Inc to name just a few. It contains 25 products (the most of any calendar I reviewed) and the average cost per product is just £1.40. No skimping on the packaging either – the calendar is shaped as a beautiful Christmas tree with each product contained in a separate box. At the time of writing, these had sold out online but some were remaining in-store so get in quick and grab one!

I’d love to know if any of you have bought the calendars I’ve featured and what you thought of them, or if you’ve tried others that are worth considering for next year.

Check out my Facebook page & Instagram, where I’ll be featuring the products from my calendar as I open them each day.

Beauty Geek x






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