13 Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2020 | The Sun UK

CHRISTMAS is still a few months away, but it's never too soon to get your Advent Calendar choices ready.

Forget your usual miniature chocolate this December, and upgrade your choice to a glamourous beauty advent calendars to countdown to Christmas with added luxury. 

Is there a better way to count down to Christmas than with a new beauty treat every December?

Beauty Advent Calendars are a great way to try out your favourite products for less than you'd pay for full price, and whilst the price tag may seem big, they are more often than not great value. 

Beauty fans can choose betweeen skincare, haircare, or makeup beauty Advent Calendars, but if you're not sure where to start then don't panic – we've picked out our favourite beauty advent calendars out there. 

You'll just need to be quick, as December will be here before you know it and most of these sell out every year!

1. The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Another eco-friendly favourite, The Body Shop's ever-popular Advent Calendars are back.

There are four calendars to choose from, and they all contain at least 24 joyful products – from bestselling minis to full-size favourites, as well as some feel-good ideas and tips.

Available from August 31, shoppers can choose from  the 'Share Joy Advent Calendar' which is priced at £55 but is worth £77, the 'Share Love Advent Calendar' which is priced at £80 but is worth £119'.

There's also the Ultimate 'Share Love and Joy Advent Calendar' which is £140 but worth £204, and finally the  Exclusive 'Share Love, Joy and Kindness Advent Calendar' which is £3320 but worth a huge £495.

Are these the best beauty advent calendars of the year? Could be.

  • The Body Shop Advent Calendars, from £55 – buy here

2. No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2021


No7's Beauty Advent Calendar is big news, and 2021 is no exception. 

It'll launch to those on the waiting list on October 13, and will available in store and online from October 26.

This year, No 7 has launched not one but two Advent Calendars.

Beauty fans will be able to choose from the iconic Beauty Calendar which retails at £47, and the new No 7 Ultimate Beauty Calendar which is £120 but will retail for £385 

  • No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £47 – click here

3.  Jo Malone London Advent Calendar 2021

This Advent Calendar is something special indeed. 

Jo Malone's beautiful Advent Calendar is not cheap at £325, but it's packed with 24 incredible Jo Malone goodies including  such as shaped miniature soaps to Little Luxuries and new scents such as Fig & Lotus Flower, plus a 30ml Cologne.

You can join the waiting list here, before it's available to shop in all Jo Malone London stores and online from October 18.

Trust us you don't want to miss out on this one. 

  • Jo Malone London Advent Calendar 2020, £325 – buy here

4. Fortnum's Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Fortnum and Mason's Beauty Advent Calendar is the ultimate in luxury beauty. 

It's priced at £225 and is filled with cult favourites and must haves from Fortnum's iconic beauty hall.

With 25 gorgeous doors it's worth over £750, with 20 full sized products, 16 deluxe samples and 1 travel sized miniature. 

With brands including Aromatherapy Associates, Cult51, ESPA, Dr Vranjes, Bramley and Elizabeth Scarlett; you can't go wrong with this one.

  • Fortnum's Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, £225 – buy here

5. Rituals Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Rituals is releasing two Advent Calendars agan this year – 2D and 3D versions, so it's going to be hard to choose which one!

The 3D Calendar is worth £150 but is priced at just £89.90; and the 2D Calendar is worth £120 but priced at  £59.50. 

Both have 24 doors, and are the perfect way to countdown to Christmas. 

  • The Ritual of Advent Calendar, from £59.50 – buy here

6. L'Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

L’Occitane has launched three advent calendars again this year.

They've bought back their hugely popular Resuable Advent Calendar, partnering with illustrator Kitty McCall. It's priced at £160 but is worth a huge £236 and includes coveted products including Immortelle Overnight Serum and Divine Cream, to body care heroes Petit Remedy and Almond Supple Skin Oil.

Shoppers can also buy the Advent Calendar Refill if they are reusing their Advent Calendar from last year. 

There are also the Luxury Advent Calendar which is priced at £99 but worth £141.50, and the Classic Advent Calendar which is £55 but worth £99.50. 

  • L’Occitane Advent Calendars 2021, from £55– click here

7. Holland and Barrett Beauty Advent calendar 2021

If you're after the best vegan beauty advent calendar, look no further, this year Holland and Barrett's Advent Calendar is completely vegan, packed full of natural beauty products – making it a firm favourite each year. 

It includes sustainable favourites from the likes of UpCircle, Q+A, Weleda, REN and many more. a

It's worth over a huge £170, but will only cost you £45, making it the perfect way to try out some new cruelty free faves for less.

  • Holland & Barrett Advent Calendar, £45 – click here

8. Glossybox Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Each year Glossybox's Advent Calendar gets better and better and this year is no exception. 

It's worth a huge £465, but will retail at just £85 for Glossybox subscribers and £105 for non-subscribers.

It'll go on general sale on September 24, but subscribers can pre-order theirs from September 10. 

There's 15 full size products, and 10 deluxe minis across skincare, make up, and haircare from must have brands including Elemis, PIXI, Sarah Chapman and Huda Beauty

  • Glossybox 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar, from £85 – buy here

10. Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Lookfantastic's 2021 Advent Calendar looks insane.

The 2021 edition of the calendar is packed full of beauty favourites and must-have brands including Kate Somerville, Phillip Kingsley and NARS.

It's worth an impressive £410, but will retail for just £85, however if you're a Lookfantastic Beauty Box subscriber you can get your hands on it for just £70. 

The calendar is available to pre-order now and will go on general sale October 1 at lookfantastic.com.

  • Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2020, £85 – buy here

10. Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar is worth a huge £975, but shoppers will be able to get their hands on it for £215.

It looks better than ever, with Augustinus Bader, Victoria Beckham Beauty, VIEVE, Youth to the People and even a money-can’t-buy, full sized, exclusive release on Christmas Day.

It'll be available from October 12, and one lucky winner will find a  a £1000 Cult Beauty Voucher –  enough for the beauty spree of a lifetime.

  • Cult Beauty 2020 Advent Calendar, £215- buy here

12. Feel Unique Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 

Feel Unique's 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar is full of 27 indulgent treats, and is worth over  worth over £285 but will only cost £119.

Beauty fans can expect treats from Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, Emma Hardie, ELEMIS and plenty more. 

But act fast, as this is going to sell out. 

  • Feel Unique's 25 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £119 – buy here

12. ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 

ASOS has released two Advent Calendars this year and they both look incredible. 

There's the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar which is priced at £75 and is filled with huge big name brands, and cult skincare and haircare heroes from Charlotte Tilbury, Olaplex, and MAC.

There's also an ASOS Grooming 12 Day Calendar, which is priced at £40 but worth over £80 – it includes treats from brands such as HBarber Pro, Bulldog and Gillette.

ASOS have even hidden golden tickets within 36 of their Advent Calendars, and each lucky finder will win a super  stash of Face + Body faves to start the new year in style.  

  • ASOS Advent Calendars, from £40 – buy here

13. Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar

Space NK's Calendar is worth over a huge £744, the incredible calendar will be on sale for just £199.

It's filled with must have products from luxurious names including the Crème de la Mer, Olaplex, Augustinus Bader and more.

Beauty afficandos can also get their hand on Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley and Charlotte Tilbury.

It'll go on sale September 18 – don't miss out. 

  • Space NK Advent Calendar 2021, £199 – buy here

What's the best value beauty advent calendar 2021?

All the beauty advent calendars listed above are good value, as they are nearly always worth more than their price tag. 

Shoppers should look out for those with the most full size items to get the best value, and also for included money off vouchers if they are regular shoppers. 

What's the most popular beauty advent calendar?

The most popular beauty advent calendars tend to sell out pretty quickly, you can bet that the No 7 and Liberty Advent Calendars will sell out pretty quickly. 

This year there's also been a huge buzz around the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 

When do beauty advent calendars start going on sale?

Most Beauty Advent Calendars will start going on sale in September and October, but make sure you keep an eye on this guide and mark the specific dates in your diary so you don't miss out. You can also sign up to waitlists for the inside scoop.

What are the best beauty advent calendars in 2021?

This list is all about the best beauty advent calendars, so if you pick any of the above you'll have made a great choice.

However, it all depends what you're into! No 7 sells out every year, but if you're looking for eco-friendly then maybe Holland & Barrett is more your thing. 

What are the best makeup advent calendars this year?

If you're specifically after the best makeup advent calendar, you can't go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury.

Although if you're after a mix of brands, check out Glossybox, Lookfantastic or Selfridges' advent calendars. They're amazing too.

Do you start at number 1 or 24 on an advent calendar?

Start at number 1 on December 1 and make your way up.

Occasionally, there's an extra special treat under the 24th door, so you'll want to save that until last. Maybe.

Can you pre-order beauty advent calendars?

Yes you can, the more popular advent calendars will have waiting lists for when they go on sale, and some will let you pre-order in advance, but you'll need to check which does which.

Are beauty advent calendars worth the money?

Beauty Advent Calendars are a great time to test new products and favourite brands before buying full-size products. Some Beauty Advent Calendars will also mean you're essentially buying in bulk and are cheaper than if you were to buy them all separately. Most will say how much they are worth, but who can put a price on a beauty surprise as you count down to Christmas.

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