What’s better than a Christmas present? Presents from Dec 1 all the way to Christmas, of course – which is what you’ll get with a beauty advent calendar – a skincare and makeup set with a lovely surprise behind a little door that you open each day.
From heavenly scents to award-winning serums to must-have makeup items, here’s how women can look and smell their best next month. CNA Lifestyle has rounded up the best of this year’s bounty.
NET-A-PORTER’S 25 DAYS OF BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR, US$294 (S$400)
Last year’s sell-out advent calendar returns with a bang. In fact, this year’s rendition is even better. The beauty buyers at the online retailer called in 25 beauty treats – 15 full-sized and 10 travel-sized products – from beauty giants such as Charlotte Tilbury, Dr Barbara Sturm, Omorovicza, Dr Dennis Gross, Hourglass and Susanne Kaufmann.
But before you ask whether or not you – or the lucky person you’re giving it to – needs everything, let’s crunch some numbers. A full-sized 111Skin Rose Gold Radiance Booster retails at S$170, while Dr Barbara Sturm’s full-sized Anti-Aging Primer is pegged at S$150 and Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil costs S$113. Paying for these alone sets you back by S$433 – so that essentially means you get 22 other delicious treats for absolutely nothing. Ho ho ho!
CHARLOTTE TILBURY’S GLITTERING GALAXY OF MAKEUP MAGIC ADVENT CALENDAR, US$159 (S$216.36)
Charlotte Tilbury isn’t just a makeup artist to the stars, she is also a legend in her own right – she’s got an MBE and was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June for services to the beauty and cosmetics industry. Her confidence-boosting powers of makeup magic is changing the modern beauty landscape one palette at a time.
This advent calendar is specially curated by Tilbury to help her 3.1 million Instagram followers get through the party season, with shades to create not just one but two complete glamorous looks. Gems include the Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash foundation that her Hollywood clientele wear on the red carpet; the Legendary Lashes Volume 2 mascara that is said to amp up lash volume by a whopping 507 per cent; the Superstar Lips lipstick in a limited edition Sexy Lip shade; and her all-time bestseller, the Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk.
JO MALONE’S LONDON ADVENT CALENDAR, S$730
If there’s one advent calendar to lay your hands on, it has to be this gorgeous collectible. All 24 goodies in that set is pure addiction. We’re talking about all-time favourites Blackberry & Bay Cologne and English Pear & Freesia Body Creme and new additions such as Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense, Myrrh And Tonka Body Creme, Velvet Rose & Oud Shower Oil and Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense. Beauty insiders know to hurry because it won’t be around for long.
MAISON CHRISTIAN DIOR’S ADVENT CALENDAR, S$650
This is not your average advent calendar. On its website, artist-illustrator Vincent Darre, who designed the package, explained: “With this beguiling treasure in hand, each person may open the doors to an enchanting universe that few connoisseurs know: the extraordinary world of haute couture.”
Besides offering glimpses into the magnificent Dior workshop at 30 Avenue Montaigne, each tiny door of the package also offers up a star beauty product, including the sweet smelling Figue Mediterranee candle, a mini Holy Peony perfume and Balade Sauvage Creme. Is there any gift fancier this Christmas?
CLARINS’ 24-DAY ADVENT CALENDAR, S$188
This online exclusive serves up the best of French beauty care. From skincare to makeup to body care, these 24 bestsellers – such as the Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Hydra-Essentiel Cream, Extra-Firming Mask, Beauty Flash Balm, Joli Rouge lipstick, Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara – have got you covered.
DIPTYQUE’S ADVENT CALENDAR, S$560
No time to cleanse your space with sage? There are 11 heavenly smelling mini candles inside this lucky-charm themed advent calendar that won’t just cleanse but turn your space into a truly happy place. What’s more, there are scented oils and travel-size perfumes in there to ensure that no matter where you take off to, you will always smell like a class act. And because it’s Christmas, the good folks at Diptyque even included luxurious lasercut tree decorations as a bonus. Tres chic!
L'OCCITANE’S MAGIC ADVENT CALENDAR, S$118
The best of L’Occitane – legendary Immortelle Reset Serum, the nourishing Almond Shower Oil and the addictive Herbae perfume – are all bundled together in this festive set, which is available with a minimum spend of S$50 in stores.
A little birdie from the French brand divulged that there are some collectibles in there that aren’t available in the stores. We never say no to special edition beauty snags, right?