15 of the best beauty advent calendars for 2021 including The Body Shop, ASOS and Lookfantastic
Christmas is literally the only thing worth showing up for early, as these 2021 beauty advent calendars prove – advent calendar waiting lists are now 100 percent a thing.
In fact, last year’s top brand’s advent calendars sold out faster than you could reply ‘busy’ to the office Christmas jumper calendar invite, making it all the more important to get your order in early in 2021.
This year, the beauty gods have got something for everyone. Vegan? Stressed out? Absurdly minted and want to drop a tonne of money?
We’ve got everyone covered with 15 of the best wellness and beauty Christmas advent calendars around.
Oh, and if you’re feeling more naughty than nice this year, we’ve chucked in a couple of sex toy calendars for good measure. Tis’ the season, and all that…
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1. Pretty Little Thing advent calendar
The Pretty Little Thing advent calendar is 24 days of pure delight from your favourite beauty brands.
Kick December off with the likes of Tanologist’s Tanning Drops or Starskin Dreamkiss Lip Mask; move into the heavy partying season with Land of Lashes Classic Lashes or an Illamasqua Lipstick; then hope that the PLT gods have been wise enough to pack those last few days of December with some much needed pampering products, like the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Pixi Glow Tonic.
The total haul for this bumper beauty advent calendar is £204 (there’s also a 12 day mini version you can get for a mere £25).
2. ASOS Grooming 12 Day advent calendar
The ASOS Grooming 12 Day advent calendar is here to serve you brand new beauty supplies, so you can finally chuck that charcoal face mask you’ve been hanging on to since 2019.
Packed with goodies like Wahl Refreshed Beard Oil, Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream and Barber Pro Brightening Mask, it’ll have you looking like you’ve had eight hours of sleep a night and drunk nothing but H2O for the whole of December.
3. Lookfantastic advent calendar
This is a big one: £414 worth of products for a mere £85 (buy a Lookfantastic subscription at the same time and that goes down to £70).
It’s a sell-out every year, and with the roll call of products it’s not hard to see why. The Lookfantastic elves are keeping the full contents on the DL, but are willing to tease us with a ESPA Active Nutrient Clean & Green Detox Night Mask, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Aveda Botanical Repair Treatment and NARS Blush in Orgasm. Basically, enough to let us know we’ll enjoying some banging brands over the course of December.
4. Cult Beauty advent calendar
Got some serious coin to spend on saving money? We’ve got just the thing. The Cult Beauty advent calendar is a not-cheap £215, but bags you £975 worth of products. Need more convincing? That’s like £81 of products every month of 2022, for just £17 a month. You’re basically making money if you buy this calendar (at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves).
You can expect appearances from the likes of Victoria Beckham Beauty, VIEVE and Youth to the People, with a grand finale on the 25th of an exclusive Bella Freud Loving Candle. There’s also one Willy Wonka-esque calendar out there that holds a one thousand Cult Beauty pounds Golden Ticket.
Again, it’s a guaranteed sell-out – so much so that there’s a pre-launch waiting list. Get on it.
5. Feelunique Beauty advent calendar
Worth over £385, you’ll get an impressive five full-sized products (including a gorge Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Palette), as well as 22 smaller treats. FeelUnique are spilling the tea on the contents, so we know you can look forward to the very best in creams, lotions and potions.
This includes ELEMIS Oxygenating Night Cream, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse and Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cream.
6. The Body Shop Share the Joy advent calendar
High street honey The Body Shop wants you to spread the love and share the joy this Christmas, popping a little act of kindness together with a pampering treat into every window.
You’ll enjoy the sweetest-smelling December ever, thanks to the likes of Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream, Banana Conditioner, Watermelon Lip Butter and Coconut Shower Cream. Mmm, fruity.
7. The Ritual of advent calendar
This advent calendar virtually screams extravaganza eleganza in the form of a massive gold house, promising you a moment of relaxation every day of the festive season.
It’s just the tonic if your December is characterised by hor d’oeuvres for dinner and downing bucks fizz by the bucketload (hey, at least it’s got some Vitamin C in it). Enjoy a host of fragrant mini-candles, hair masks, face serums and body mists, and end December feeling totally zen/like you’ve got your s**t together.
The Ritual of Advent calendar, £59.90
8. GLOSSYBOX ‘Surprise Me’ advent calendar
Worth over £465 and with 15 full-sized products, this is another guaranteed sell-out. In this oversized box of tricks you’ll find four drawers containing 25 skincare and beauty products.
They’re not giving much away as to what you’ll find, but last year’s featured an Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner, Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick and an Iconic London Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette, so we’re thinking: the good stuff.
GLOSSYBOX ‘Surprise Me’ Advent Calendar 2021, £105/£85 for subscribers
9. The Fragrance Shop advent calendar
Does your personal brand need an olfactory overhaul? The Fragrance Shop gives you the chance to find your signature scent of 2022.
It’s not just perfume – although you will find mini versions of big hitters like Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum, Burberry Blush and CK Gold. There’s a Purdy & Figg Hand Sanitiser (very 2021), Jorgobe Black Peel Off Mask and a Lord & Berry – Maximatte Lipstick, bringing the total value up to an impressive £309.
10. Origins advent calendar
What if you could end December with the skin of a well-hydrated, well-rested skin-fluencer? The Origins advent calendar comes with 12 must-have products to make your epidermis epi-glow, including GinZing™ Into the Glow Brightening Serum, Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash and Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, worth a total of £93.
11. Freedm Street advent calendar
We’re not normally the type to buy into a company’s marketing blurb, but this actually is an advent calendar unlike any other.
Sure, you get your skincare, beauty and haircare products (all vegan), but you also get three doors that hide a Good Deed that’s been done on your behalf – think a donation made to an animal-friendly charity – as well as three sweet treats, and a couple of “lifestyle products”.
You can choose between the 100 percent plastic-free no-make-up option, or the make-up version, which comes with refillable products and is 95% plastic-free. There’s also a golden ticket to be won, with the winner and a plus one heading off to a Spanish animal sanctuary for a week (with flights carbon offset, natch).
12. BARBER PRO 12 Days of Grooming Essentials advent calendar
If face masks are your vibe, the BARBER PRO 12 Days of Grooming advent calendar is here to de-puff your eyes and re-plump your skin.
You’ll find antioxidant-packed brightening masks, post-shave cooling masks and rejuvenating peel-off masks. Worst case scenario, you’ll have a host of things to hide behind if the Deliveroo driver turns out to be hot on 1 January.
13. Barry M Cosmetics Beauty advent calendar
Overhaul your tired and gloopy nail polish collection with Barry M’s advent calendar, serving 2022’s manicure must-haves in 12 different ways.
As well as eight Hi Shine shades, you’ll get a velvet polish, a high-vis colour, nail & cuticle oil and a make-up bag – all full-size and fabulous. At just £40, it’s a relatively budget-friendly way to treat yo’self this Christmas.
14. Lovehoney’s Sex Toy advent calendar
Lovehoney has something to make your festive season go with a bang – and a buzz and a tingle and almost certainly an orgasm or two.
This 24 door advent calendar features a variety of dildos, a selection of bondage items, and a very festive jewelled butt plug.
And if you find saving money extremely sexy, here’s something to really get you going: the calendar itself is £120, but includes the ever-popular clitoral stimulator Womanizer Classic, worth £119.99 alone, making the total value of the calendar £390.
Clitorises not your bag? Lovehoney has also got a For Him 12 day calendar available, as well as a dedicated For Her version, both £90.
15. Nasty Gal Twelve Days Of Sexmas Sex Toy advent calendar
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Part of a mixed-sex couple or throuple, or just love to give sex toys as gifts? This 12-day advent calendar has got something for everyone, featuring delights such as a clitorial tickler, vibrating butt plug and the delightfully retro edible chocolate bodypaint.
According to the company, “the only way to spread Christmas cheer is screaming loud for all to hear”, which sounds like a sentiment we can all get behind.