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The Beauty Edit

The Best Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars For Frequent Travellers

Opening the doors of a luxury beauty advent calendar every December morning has become one of the best countdown-to-Christmas rituals for beauty lovers. In 2022, you’re really spoilt for choice.

An opportunity to sample new products, stock up on existing favourites, or act as a generous gift, the best beauty advent calendars offer luxury treasures for a fraction of retail price.

This year, all the luxury retailers have a beauty advent calendar to entice you with. That includes multi-brand offerings at Space NK, Harrods, Liberty and Selfridges, as well as festive treats from Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, and La Mer. And, with many beauty favourites available in travel-friendly sizes, frequent travellers can test, trial, and treasure new products while on their festive journeys too.

These are the best luxury beauty advent calendars worthy of the investment – both for gifting and for keeping all for yourself.


LIBERTY BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

If you really like to get your money’s worth, Liberty’s advent calendar offers not just 25 but 30 treats behind its beautifully illustrated doors. What’s more, 20 of the products are full-size, which is seriously impressive. Worth £1065, this advent calendar is our top pick for those who want to sample the biggest niche brands. Highlights include a Le Labo perfume, a Liberty candle, and Dr. Barbara Sturm’s award-winning Vitamin C serum.

HARRODS 25 DAYS OF BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

We wouldn’t blame you if you cheated a little, and opened more than one door each day after snapping up a Harrods 2022 luxury beauty advent calendar. There are exciting products from Elemis, Augustinus Bader, Bobbi Brown, and Aromatherapy Associates to discover inside. Plus, the contents are worth four times the actual RRP – one of the best savings across the board that we’ve found.

SEPHORA BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR 2022

The excitement around Sephora’s arrival in the UK will only be intensified with this sneak-peak at the treasures to be found on the shop floor. There are 34 products in the calendar, which might be the largest offering we’ve discovered. That includes 17 full-size treats from Pai Skincare, Origins, Medik8, and Elemis, and more.

SELFRIDGES BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR 2022

It’s the breadth of products within Selfridges’ beauty offering that really impressed us this year. There are makeup artist favourites such as: Pat McGrath Labs’ blush; haircare heroes from Olaplex and Aveda; and even a 30ml size of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 – the original “smells like you but better” scent. You’ll be comfortably covered head-to-toe for any festive trips at home or abroad.

SPACE NK BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

A curated edit of the most talked about products available from Space NK, this calendar contains leading beauty brands including Medik8’s award-winning retinol, Rare Beauty’s lash-boosting mascara, and an ever-popular Summer Fridays serum. Nicely balanced between makeup and skincare, a standout inclusion is Ultra Violette’s sunscreen. It’s a timely reminder that a thorough routine for preventing premature ageing starts with (cast-free) sun protection.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY DIAMOND CHEST OF BEAUTY STARS

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most requested beauty brands on Christmas wish lists, so it’s no surprise that the 12-day advent calendar tends to sell out every year. Grab it while you can, and you’ll have everything you need for a makeup artist-worthy festive look – from the cult status Magic Cream to the brand’s classic highlighters and lipsticks.

JO MALONE LONDON 25-DAY ADVENT CALENDAR

What we like most about Jo Malone London’s advent calendar this year is that it acts like the ultimate teaser experience for the brand’s best-selling scents. You’ll be able to try 17 different fragrances within the 25-day offering, which should help you choose your 2023 signature a little more easily. There’s also a mini snow globe to unwrap too, to add something extra to your Christmas decorations.

LA MER THE CARNIVAL DE LA MER ADVENT CALENDAR

If generous gifting is on your agenda this Christmas, La Mer’s 12-day countdown calendar is guaranteed to bring a smile. It features the classic cult cream that is particularly effective at nourishing winter-worn skin, alongside products for every step of your skincare routine. You’ll enter 2023 with a revitalised complexion worthy of many a compliment.

DIOR BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

Designed by the artist Pietro Ruffo to evoke the constellations, the box alone of Dior Beauty's advent calendar makes it a worthwhile keepsake. The contents behind each door don't disappoint either. There you'll find mini versions of the brand's best-selling products. Specifically, travel-friendly fragrances, classic lipstick shades perfect for New Year's, and candles to brighten any hotel room.

 

LOOKFANTASTIC BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR 2022

With a value of over £5500, this is Lookfantastic’s most luxurious offering yet. In fact, it contains an impressive 26 beauty treats for only £95. It’s also one of the only multi-brand calendars we’ve seen to contain a diffuser (from the queen of relaxation, Rituals). Likewise, we were particularly thrilled by the range of skincare on offer too; from Zelens, The Ordinary, Drunk Elephant, and Avant.

NET-A-PORTER BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

Worth over £1100, Net-a-Porter’s advent calendar acts as a who&’s-who of the retailer’s best-selling beauty brands. That’s why we’d recommend it for anyone looking to add 2022’s cult status products to their collection. Covering makeup, skincare, bodycare, and fragrance with 12 full-size products, we can’t wait to find out which doors the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and Augustinus Bader Face Oil are hiding behind.

DIPTYQUE ADVENT CALENDAR

If luxury candles and fragrances make your heart skip, look no further than Diptyque’s festive almanac. With 25 fragrant delights to discover in total, the 2022 version features – for the first time – three limited-edition festive candle scents to help your home smell Christmassy. The Pine Tree scent is a particular highlight, transporting you onto crispy winter walks, without needing to leave the house.

FORTNUM & MASON BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR 2022

Fortnum’s collection of 25 nourishing rituals is designed to help you rest and recuperate as Christmas approaches: it’s basically an indulgent spa experience in calendar form. It provides one of the strongest bodycare assortments on offer this year, from brands including Aromatherapy Associates, Bamford and Acqua di Parma. The addition of an Elizabeth Scarlett makeup bag is a lovely touch for storing all your beauty gifts too.

JOHN LEWIS BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

Providing little festive rituals across skincare, makeup, haircare, and fragrance, John Lewis’ calendar will shake you out of a beauty rut this December. Featuring tried-and-tested full-size samples from Dermalogica, Olaplex, and Sunday Riley, each offering is just the tonic for dark, cold mornings.

ELEMIS SKIN WELLNESS ADVENT CALENDAR

Elemis’ advent calendar provides 25 nourishing little treats to keep your skin in top condition, from head-to-toe and there are mini-sized versions of all the British brand’s best-selling products inside. That includes the nutrient-rich Superfood and exfoliating Dynamic Resurfacing formulas, both of which will keep your skin glowing all winter. Plus, the icing on the (Christmas) cake is the award-winning Pro-Collagen moisturiser as a full-sized sample.

Main image: Courtesy of Parfums Christian Dior

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