We never quite got over the thrill of opening our advent calendar every morning in December, despite knowing that we probably didn't need a cube of chocolate every single morning during a food and booze-filled month. Thank goodness for beauty advent calendars, then, which not only provide that daily dose of joy, but are also great ways to try new products beyond the Christmas makeup gift sets.
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Another benefit? If you get started with using the products right away, you'll end up feeling - and looking - much better than you otherwise would come the 25th. In fact, we think it's practically imperative that you buy one as an antidote to all the excesses of the month. Oh - and get one containing make-up, and you'll be sorted for soirees.
Have we convinced you yet? Good. Here's our edit of the best - and when you can get your eager hands on them. If you fall in love with one, make a note in your calendar of the date it comes out on - the last few years have seen sell outs online and stampedes to get the best ones. You've been warned...
1. Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? The mother of all beauty edits, this contains some cracking niche brands from sol de Janeiro and Aurelia, to Surratt and QMS. Trust us - there really is a treat behind each and every door of this one.
How much does it cost? £175, and the value of the products inside is over £500
When can I get it? From the 25th of October, exclusively at Liberty London.
Available at Liberty London | £175
2. Jo Malone Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? They're perennial Christmas pressie favourites for a reason, with Jo Malone always meaning good smells. The contents of this calendar are no different, with 24 of the famed fragrances tucked away behind those colourful doors.
How much does it cost? £300
When can I get it? October 2017, elusively to Harrods, November nationwide.
Available at Harrods | £300
3. Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? Amazon stock some mega beauty brands including Laura Geller, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Bourjois, so you can expect to fall in love with something in here - plus (spoiler) it contains some bath treats for those chilly evenings.
How much does it cost? £50
When can I get it? From the 1st of October
Available at Amazon | £50
4. M & S Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? First, because it’s pretty good value for money, and also because you’ll get to try a huge range of the products by stellar brands like Eyeko, REN, Ameliorate, and Rodial.
How much does it cost? £35 - but you’ll need to spend £35 on clothing or home wares from M & S to purchase.
When can I get it? From the 9th of November.
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Available at Marks & Spencer | £35
5. Estee Lauder #TheBeautyCountdown
Why should I buy this one? Each little drawer contains a beauty hero from the Estee Lauder brands (think Clinique, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Darphin, and GlamGlow) so you’ll get a top to toe pamper - and probably a big shopping list for post-Christmas beauty sales while you’re at it.
How much does it cost? It costs £125, and the value of the products inside is over £197.
When can I get it? From the end of October.
Available at Estee Lauder | £125
6. Elemis Beauty Countdown To Radiant Skin
Why should I buy this one? If you want better skin by Christmas Day, there’s no sounder bet. Containing minis of their skincare favourites including the Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm and Marine Mask, we reckon these will make your skin glow through even the onslaught of daily mulled wine.
How much does it cost? It costs £150, and the value of the products inside is over £319.
When can I get it? 23rd October 2017, exclusively on elemis.com
Available at Elemis | £150
7. Fenwick, Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? First, it’s beautiful - just look at those little painted doors. Second, it’ll definitely make you feel more beautiful - the bounty inside is a brilliant mix of bath treats by the likes of Aromatherapy Associates, make-up by Bobbi Brow, Lancome and Nars, and brilliant skincare by Clinique REN, and This Works.
How much does it cost? £150
When can I get it? It comes out in mid-October, but you can register for the waiting list here.
Available at Fenwick | £150
8. Feelunique, Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? Because the products in it are ALL tried-and-tested favourites of the seasoned Feel Unique team. Over here at InStyle, we oohed and ahhed at the Jurlique and Elizabeth Arden goodies.
How much does it cost? It’s £35, but the products inside are worth £90.
When can I get it? It’s out on the 19th of October.
Available at Feel Unique | £35
9. Birchbox, Beauty Advent Calendar 2017
Why should I buy this one? Birchbox are seasoned pros are putting together beauty products that’ll thrill - and this calendar is no exception. Think minis by classic favourites Caudalie, This Works and cult brands Lucas Paw Paw and Smith & Cult.
How much does it cost? It’s £65 for subscribers and £75 if you don’t subscribe.
When can I get it? Now! Hurry - we hear it might sell out any minute.
10. Lookfantastic Beauty In Wonderland Calendar, £79
Why should I buy this one? It's INCREDIBLE - that's why. Seriously, it is chocka with brands beloved to beauty boffs like Elemis, This Works, and Balance Me. And it's really good value for money, to boot.
How much does it cost? It costs £79, but the contents are worth over £300
When can I get it? Right now. RUN.
Available at Lookfantastic | £79
11. ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £55
Why should I buy this one? ASOS' newest Face + Body section comes with an expansive load of beauty goodies, something which their 2017 calendar definitely lives up to. Expect all your bases to be covered, from stellar skincare by Starskin, to Eyeko's hero cosmetics.
How much does it cost? £45
When can I get it? Right now from ASOS.com
Available at ASOS | £45
12. Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2017, £150
Why should I buy this one? Behind each of these 12 doors lies one of Charlotte's bestsellers, be it an Eyes To Mesmerise shadow stick or a Matte Revolution lipstick - and of course, a mini Magic Cream.
How much does it cost? £150
When can I get it? Now from Charlotte Tilbury stores and online, and nationwide from 12th October
Available at Charlotte Tilbury | £150
13. The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2017, £45
Why should I buy this one? According to The Body Shop, theirs was the first beauty advent calendar to ever be launched. So, being somewhat pioneers of it all, their psychedelic calendar is loaded with all the gorgeous, fruity skin and body care goodies to see you through winter - and beyond.
How much does it cost? £45
When can I get it? Now from The Body Shop
Available at The Body Shop | £45
14. SELFRIDGES Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £120
15. John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £149
Why should I buy this one? We've been waiting for John Lewis to jump on the beauty advent bandwagon for aeons now, and oh man, have they made a grand debut. Think 25 cult products from their illustrious beauty court, from NARS to Laura Mercier, all wrapped up in one place.
How much does it cost? £149
When can I get it? Now from John Lewis
Available at John Lewis | £149
16. Benefit Advent Calendar 2017, £34.50
Why should I buy this one? Benefit never disappoint with their beauty calendars; this San Francisco-themed one is packed with mini versions of their most beloved hero products (hello, Porefessional... and High Beam, and Hoola - need we say any more?).
How much does it cost? £34.50
When can I get it? Now from Debenhams.com
Available at Debenhams | £34.50
17. House of Fraser Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £25
Why should I buy this one? Everything inside will have you sorted for the holiday season. With glittery gold liquid liner, classic red and metallic nail polishes, and face stickers in the shape of champagne glasses, you're going to be feeling ever so festive.
How much does it cost? £25
When can I get it? Now from House of Fraser
Available at House of Fraser | £25
18. Clarins Advent Calendar 2017, £95
19. Mavala 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
20. Real Techniques Ultimate Sponge Set Advent Calendar
Why should I buy this one? This is the ultimate sponge collection and we mean ultimate. It contains literally every shaped sponge ever, meaning you can achieve whatever look you want create from dewy to full coverage.
How much does it cost? £49.99
When can I get it? From the beginning of November from https://realtechniques.com/
21. Susanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar
Why should I buy this one? This calendar will bring you 24 little goodies, including luxurious baths, indulgent body creams, nurturing hair products and fragrant body oils.
How much does it cost? £110
When can I get it? Now! From https://www.susannekaufmann.com
Available at Susanne Kaufmann | £110
22. ESPA Beauty Advent Calendar, £100
Why should I buy this one? Famed for their luxury spa products, ESPA have finally launched their first ever advent calendar, complete with nourishing bath oils, overnight masks, and superhero serums. Grab yours now - only 1,000 exist...
How much does it cost? £100
When can I get it? Soon from espaskincare.com
Available at ESPA | £100
23. Soap and Glory 'It's a Calender, Girls' Calender
26. Ciaté Mini Mani Month
27. Decléor Advent Calendar
28. No7 Beauty Calendar
Why should I buy this one? This calendar is packed full of beauty favourites! From beauty blenders to lip crayons, primers to day and night creams, this will have you opening a little bit of joy each day!
How much does it cost? £40.00
When can I get it? Available now from Boots
Available at Boots | £40.00
29. Molton Brown Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Beauty Advent Calendar
Why should I buy this one? Molton Brown make lovely soothing scents like no other - and this calendar is crammed with some classics from Pink Peppercorn to Ylang Ylang to make each day in the lead up to Christmas smell delicious.
How much does it cost? £165.00
When can I get it? Available now from John Lewis
Available at John Lewis | £165
30. Dr Hauschka Christmas Advent Calendar
Why should I buy this one? Dr. Hauschka is a cult organic brand, so it's a dream if you want effective but chemical-free products.
How much does it cost? £75
When can I get it? It's out now!