Advent calendar lowdown

We pick out six of the best of what is undoubtedly a real treat for pampering lovers everywhere

It’s that time of year again! Beauty brands and stores have pulled together some of their most iconic products into gorgeously festive advent calendars
The competition is fierce, so you need to decide whether you are committed to one beauty brand or you fancy dabbling in the variety a department store version offers. Personally, we enjoy taking the opportunity to try out some newbies that often go on to become staples in our beauty regime. We’re not sure what the heck any of it has to do with the period of advent in its traditional sense, but it’s fun, indulgent and real treat. We’ve picked out six of the best, but almost every large brand and some small have released their own version, so if you have a favourite brand, do your research.

Worth £1,300 this is packed with items from 35 of the store’s most iconic brands and includes 25 full-sized products. You can also expect treatment vouchers including eyebrow shaping and a make-up consultation with a Fenty MUA. Plus, one in 50 calendars contains a £100 gift card.

This year’s gingerbread-themed calendar includes miniatures of your favourite colognes, candles and bath and body goodies as well as a 30ml cologne in one of the brand’s most popular scents. The box would make a gorgeous jewellery case or desk tidy, too.

Worth £1,094 this is packed with cult classics including Dr Barbara Sturm Clarifying Serum, REFY Brow Sculpt and Gisou Hair Fragrance and includes 16 full-sized products.

Expect classic Molton Brown scents like Orange and Bergamot and Heavenly Gingerlily as well as deluxe sizes of the brand’s new Marvellous Mandarin and Spice collection which smells like just like Christmas – think nutmeg, ginger, mandarin zest and cinnamon.

ELEMIS, £189
Worth £551 this includes 24 travel sizes of the skincare brand’s most popular products, plus a full-sized version of the brilliant Pro-Collagen Marine Cream on the 25th. It would be nigh on impossible to wait ‘til the big day…

KIEHL’S, £109
The most reasonably priced of the bunch, this contains all of Kiehl’s iconic formulas packaged in a gorgeous calendar that opens like a book featuring designs by artists duo Icinori. Kiehl’s is our go-to skincare so it’s the only solo brand version we’d consider – but we’re all unique, hun!