Forget fiddly foil-wrapped confectionaries

It’s official, the chocolate advent calendar is well and truly out of fashion. 

Forget fiddly foil-wrapped confectionaries and imagine, instead, opening a miniature beauty treat every single day. Having made the leap from niche to mainstream, beauty advent calendars have seriously upped their game with nigh-on every beauty brand launching one this year.

For confirmed beauty buffs, they’re a great pre-Christmas gift that promises to up the indulgence ante, but they’re also a really nice way to discover new brands or products you wouldn’t have otherwise encountered.

There might be one brand that you really want to try and these calendars ensure all its best sellers are sure to be inside. Fancy trying a miscellany of products? Luckily, plenty of retailers like Asos, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic showcase a range of brands in theirs. 

With one beauty treat nestling behind each day of Advent you’re guaranteed a beauty-filled Christmas that will make you look and feel better in the run-up to the festive season. 

If make-up’s your go-to beauty weakness then you’re in luck. Some of the industry’s most successful brands, such as Charlotte Tilbury, Benefit and NYX, have launched their own calendar bursting with hero products that allow you to test them out before investing in full-size versions.

Bath and body obsessives are really spoilt for choice and should keep an eye out for renderings from the likes of Lush, Molton Brown, The Body Shop and Cowshed. If you have the budget for it, we’d also suggest Susanne Kaufmann’s exquisite countdown, which includes a whole host of miniature skin care, hair, body and wellbeing essentials including healthy teas. 

Retailers offer the most varied of choices though, with small bottles of perfume and little pots of highlight hiding behind each door. For the ultimate splurge Liberty and Selfridges guarantee to meet your every beauty need while Asos do so for a fraction of the price.  

They might have been around for six years now, but 2016 marks the arrival of beauty advent calendars as a mainstay. More fun than cheap chocolate, these scent, skin and makeup gifts are the perfect way to count down to Christmas.