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By Charlotte Cooper

Perfect for beauty lovers

The traditional advent calendar once revealed a poem or a story behind each of the 24 doors. Since then, adaptations have seen countdown creativity go beyond the typical chocolate figurines. For beauty lovers, this has meant that the possibilities of makeup and pamper countdowns are no longer a figment of our imagination. Here are our top picks…

Fenwick Beauty 

Filled with some of the department stores’ bestselling makeup, skincare and fragrance, the Fenwick advent calendar is not one to miss. This festive countdown comprises of four full-sized products including the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren, Neom Organics De-stress scented travel candle, Mac’s Prep and Prime Fix+ and Molton Brown’s Vitamin Lip Saver. The rest of the beauty drawers hold treats some of the biggest names in the industry like Estee Lauder, Aveda, Clinique and Benefit. 

Fenwick Beauty Advent

£150

www.fenwick.co.uk

 

Bare Minerals ’24 Days of Clean Beauty’ 

Prepare your skin, lips and makeup for a glamourous Christmas Day with this indulgent calendar. Worth over £218, Bare Minerals have set us ladies up with twenty-four mini products from its range. Discover the likes of the Prime-Time Original Foundation Primer, the All-Over Face Colour Faux Tan and the Lash Domination Volumising Mascara.

Bare Minerals 

£79 – worth £218

www.bareminerals.co.uk

Birchbox

Feel entirely pampered with this beauty advent calendar as each day reveals one of the beauty industry’s favourite branded products. Find treats such as Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion, Laura Geller’s Easy Illuminating Chubby Stick, the HD Brows Define Kit and a gorgeous Inglot lipstick. 

Birchbox ‘Countdown to Beauty’

£70 (£59.50 with Birchbox VIP member discount) – worth £206

SPECIAL OFFER: Now only £56 (£47.60 with VIP member discount) – offer ends at midnight on 16 November. 

www.birchbox.co.uk

The Body Shop ‘Dream Big this Christmas’

Each day you’ll receive a pamper-worthy gift, with 14 full-sized products included in the 25-day advent. From signature shower gels to mini body butter, The Body Shop has packed in £250 worth of luxury products. Its most popular Drops of Youth range also features in this year’s countdown as well as other special edition festive products. 

The Body Shop 

£99 – worth £250

www.thebodyshop.co.uk 

Clarins Men ’12 Days of Christmas’

Let’s not forget that the men in our lives enjoy a little pampering too from time to time and instead of them stealing your luxury moisturiser they can have their very own in the Clarins Men’s advent calendar. This countdown has products worth over £112 from the Clarins Men range, featuring a full-sized Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream, the Blue Orchid Face Treatment, the 7-day Double Serum and of course the bestselling Active Face Wash. 

Clarins Men

£60 – worth £112

www.clarins.co.uk

John Lewis and Partners Beauty Advent

Another department store favourite here at High Life North is this jam-packed advent calendar from John Lewis. With both full and deluxe sized products hidden behind each of the 25 doors, the products are worth around £225 in total. From makeup legends such as NARS and Bobbi Brown to skincare experts like Dermalogica and Clarins; there is even the Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Toilette.

John Lewis and Partners

£150 – worth £255

www.johnlewis.com

MAC ‘Starring You’

Calling all MAC lovers and makeup artists. This star-shaped countdown will take centre stage this Christmas, with twenty-four of MAC’s most loved products. Expect lipstick minis and mascara samples, as well as some full-sized products such as the Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, Brow Set in Clear and the Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana. 

MAC Cosmetics

£129 

www.maccosmetics.co.uk

Soap and Glory “Miracle on 24th Sweet’

The most affordable beauty advent calendar to make our list, available at Boots. The inclusive countdown is packed with our favourite products from this brand, with the likes of the Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss, Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, the Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer and the ever so popular Hand Food hand cream. 

Soap and Glory

£42

www.boots.com

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