This Will Be One of the Most Popular Holiday Beauty Gifts This Year
Buying a beauty product for someone as a holiday gift can be tough considering all their personal preferences you need to take into account. Will they like the way it smells? Do they wear that shade of lipstick? Do they have sensitive skin? The list goes on. But, what if you could give them a bunch of products to try so they can determine their favorites through trial and error? That sounds like a brilliant idea, which is why so many beauty brands are jumping on the advent calendar bandwagon this year—let's face it, they're not just for chocolate anymore.
Whether they contain full-size or mini products, or a bit of both, these gifts keep on giving. And according to Pinterest research, searches for beauty advent calendars have increased 218 percent since last year. They're the ultimate gift to show your skin care–obsessed mom or lipstick-loving friend just how much you care, and these 10 are our top picks.
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Countdown to Christmas with 24 days of beauty in this advent calendar that packs a whole lot of goodies—everything from an eyelash curler to the brand's best-selling Mango Lip Butter and Coconut Hand Cream—into one super fun box. Plus, every purchase of the calendar supports the Peace Play Project in Lebanon for a year, which provides a safe space for refugee children to play and heal. Talk about a win-win.
What's in it: Mango Lip Butter, Mango Shower Gel, Frosted Plum Soap, Coconut Shower Gel, Nail File, Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel, Frosted Berries Soap, Coconut Hand Cream, Eyelash Curler, Mango Body Lotion, White Bath Lily, Vanilla Soap, Black Eye Definer, Facial Cleansing Sponge, Strawberry Shower Gel, Shea Lip Butter, Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover, Almond Hand Cream, Red Gloves Bath, British Rose Body Butter, Brush Brow/Lash Comb, Strawberry Born Lippy Lip Balm, White Musk Body Lotion, Gold Glitter Dust
The ultimate beauty roundup for every Sephora enthusiast, you get a little bit of everything in this festive 24-day advent calendar, from fizzy bath cubes to eyeliner. And how cute is the millennial pink winter wonderland packaging?
What's in it: Sleeping Mask in Lotus, 3 Creamy Body Washes in Capsule in Cotton Flower, Lagoon and Peony, Fizzing Cube in Cotton Flower, 2 Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, Fingertip Eyeliner in Smart Black, Eye Pencil Liner to Go in Intense Black, Removable Eyeshadow Pan in Tiramisu, Universal Brow Freeze in Clear, Blush in Sweet On You, Lip Pencil to Go in Classic Red, Cream Lip Stain Lipstick in Always Red, Nail Polish in It-Girl, 4 Instant Nail Polish Wipes, Ribbon hair tie, Pocket mirror, Ribbon, Post-it stickers, Badges, Nail file
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This is every beauty junkie's fantasy in one expertly curated assortment worth more than $350. Each of the 12 drawers reveals a full-size surprise—you get a mix of skin care, hair care and makeup—from top premium brands such as Caudalie, Dermalogica, Erno Laszlo and Philip Kingsley.
What's in it: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Philip Kingsley Elastisticizer, Pixi Eyeliner Pencil, Erno Laszlo Hydrogel Detoxifying Mask, Dr Botanicals Facial Oil, Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant, 7 MONU Recovery Balm, BrowGal Skinny Eyebrow Pencil, Balance Me Facial Wash, Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum, Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, FOREO Luna Mini
If you're a DIY mani kind of girl like me, you'll go nuts for this set of 19 mini polishes (and one full-size) of the brand's new Gelology formulation—five of the shades are brand-new and exclusive to this kit. And, there's more: You also get a mini topcoat and base coat, so you can get a super shiny, long-wearing, "no one will know you did your nails at home" mani on a regular basis.
What's in it: 19 mini polishes in After Party, Moonlit Whispers, House of Mirrors, Champagne Kisses, Roll up Roll up, Mostly a Minx, Midnight in Paris, Cabaret, Locket, Part Time Mermaid, Big Top, Moondust, Beach Please, Palm Springs, Desert Lights, The Naked Truth, Reign Supreme, What the Shell, Cosmic Love, Maybe Baby, Nail Super Hero Base, Gelology Top Coat; full-size polish in Showtime
Ole describes the time leading up to the holidays as "magical," and what's more magical than getting a new product every day for 12 days straight? This advent calendar supplies every woman with the skin care necessities she needs to achieve and maintain a clear, youthful-looking complexion. And although they're all mini versions—everything from eye cream and exfoliating scrub to foaming cleanser and moisturizer (and much more)—you can test-drive them all first and then pick your full-size favorites.
What's in it: Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, Force of Nurture Intensive Hand Crème, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator, The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser, Transforming Walnut Scrub, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel, Uplifting Transformation Eye Gel, Nurture Me Moisturizing Crème, Uplifting Transformation Eye Crème, Pure Youth Activating Oil
Diptyque Advent Calendar ($390)
For the woman who has everything (or the diptyque superfan), this ultra-luxurious advent calendar is sure to please. Twenty-five "little treasures" were handpicked by the brand and packed into one chic gift box to create a unique selection you will only find this season. According to the brand, there's a very limited quantity (they will most likely sell out soon), so grab yours while you still can!
What's in it: Vinaigre de Toilette, deluxe skin and body care, mini candles and a full-size candle
A vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly offering, this calendar features 12 minis from Ethique's best-selling solid beauty bar collection, which includes products for hair, face and body packaged in the brand's 100-percent compostable wrapping. Three things we love: There's no plastic whatsoever, the products smell good enough to eat and they're all TSA-friendly.
What's in it: According to the brand, the contents will not be released until December 13 so that it won't ruin the surprise for people opening each day.
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All of our favorite NYX lippies in one box? Yes please! You get 24 days of colorful surprises (all mini-size) to create endless looks whether you're in the mood for matte, shiny, pink, red or anything in between. The bonus: They're small enough to fit in even your tiniest clutch.
What's in it: 3 Butter Glosses in Creme Brulee, Sugar Cookie and Raspberry Tart, 3 Butter Lipsticks in Seashell, Root Beer Float and Ripe Berry, 2 Intense Butter Glosses in Berry Streudal and Tres Leches, 4 Lip Lingeries in Embellishment, Push-Up, Corset and Exotic, 3 Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in Stone Fox, Soft-Spoken and Vintage, 4 Matte Lipsticks in Shocking Pink, Indie Flick, Eden and Up the Bass, 3 Soft Matte Lip Creams in Sao Paulo, Copenhagen and Paris, Simply Red Lip Cream in Russian Roulette and Simply Vamp Lip Cream in She Devil
Perfect for the jet-setter who prefers to pack her own toiletries instead of using the hotel's, this travel-size, all-encompassing (everything from foot cream and face cream to body lotion and shampoo), calendar lets you experiment with all the yummy scents and pampering formulations L'Occitane has to offer. And the gifts don't stop coming for 24 days!
What's in it: Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel, Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream, Pivoine Flora Hand Cream, Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion, Aromachologie Sugar Cube, Citrus Verbena Shower Gel, Almond Milk Concentrate, Shea Light Face Cream, Almond Delicious Hands, Shea Ultra Rich Body Lotion, Aromachologie Shampoo Dry and Damaged Hair, Aromachologie Conditioner, Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel, Soap With Verbena Leaves, Arlesienne Mini Eau De Toilette, Shea Butter Ultra Rich Shower Cream, Almond Shower Oil, Verbena Shower Gel, Shea Butter Dry Skin Foot Cream, Shea Butter Lip Balm, Arlesienne Soap, Shea Butter Milk Soap, Verbena Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Soap
Behind each numbered window on this 24-day calendar is a miniature, recyclable glass bottle housing one of Susanne Kaufmann's bespoke, all-natural products spanning multiple product types including bath oils and salts, body products, facial skin care, hair care and festive teas.
What's in it: An assortment of the brand’s most popular products, including 10 products for relaxing baths (bubbles, salts and a solution for swollen feet), 5 hair care products (hydrating shampoos and conditioners, intensive repair masks and a three-in-one formula), 4 moisturizers (foot lotion, body cream and butter, and a mini hand lotion), 4 individual oils, and a mini soap
12 Days of Beekman 1802 Beauty Curio ($100; on sale November 20)
For the indie beauty guru, this "cabinet of curiosities" delivers 12 days of Beekman 1802 skin care essentials inspired by ingredients from local farmers in upstate New York and chock-full of botanical-based and certified-organic ingredients—you won't find any potentially harmful chemicals in these products.
What's in it: 3 travel-size hand creams, 4 lip balms, 4 palm-size bar soaps, and a cuticle treatment