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24 best beauty advent calendars to get you excited for Christmas 2020

Start thinking about which beauty advent calendar to put on your wish list this Christmas. Now, do you go for skincare or fragrance. Or both?

Leanne Bayley

We don't know about you but we're gearing up for Christmas - after a tough summer we need some glitter and sparkle, and we need it fast.

For some, the first sign of festivities is an advent calendar. Whether it's a chocolate one, a boozy one or a beauty advent calendar (or all three!), this year we're choosing our festive door-opening wisely - it needs to spark joy every single day. If you're looking for a luxurious fragrance advent calendar, one packed with skincare must-haves or a cult favourite that you need to beat the masses for, we've got all the details. And don't worry, there will be plenty more coming but the hysteria has already started.

Keep scrolling to see the Jo Malone advent calendar in all its glory, the luxurious Harrod's advent calendar packed with divine products, the vegan-friendly Lush advent calendar, and the cult favourite Elemis advent calendar, as well as many many more. Ready to shop? 

Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar 2020 

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It's back! Fortnum & Mason's 25 day beauty advent calendar is back and it looks better than ever. Available for pre-order online now, the Beauty Advent Calendar retails at £195 but holds a staggering £810 worth of products. The edit includes 25 of the bestselling products from Fortnum’s Piccadilly beauty floor, spanning skincare, colour, accessories, and bath and body. With only a limited number of calendars put together, after selling out in just weeks for the last two years, this will be a limited-edition piece for beauty connoisseurs looking for the ultimate way to countdown to Christmas. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It has to be the uber-luxurious red and gold Fortnum’s print. 

Price

This one's quite the shocker. It's priced at £195 but it's worth over £800. And no, that's not a typo.

Release date

Available to pre-order now.

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 

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Harrods - a favourite with the rich and famous - has unveiled its beauty advent calendar for 2020 and wow - it's super luxurious. Obviously it's chic on the outside with its deep, forest green casing and adorned with a delicate, snowy set illustration of Harrods iconic façade, the 25 drawers contain a covetable curation of the most sought-after, exciting beauty products from around the world. The ultimate Christmas treat! 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

The luxurious treats inside, of course. We're talking rose gold eye masks, bee venom and real silk scrunchies. 

Price

This beauty is priced at £250.

Release date

1 October - mark your diaries! 

MORE: Find out what's exactly inside the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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Packed full of pampering picks, the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar is a total bargain. Priced at £75, treat yourself to a spot of R&R courtesy of this luxury haul which contains products from Clinique, Elemis, Laura Mercier, and more. From charcoal face masks to restorative cleansers, statement lashes to nourishing hair treatments, indulge in an at-home pamper session this December. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

The outer packaging can be reused as a storage box for all of your new beauty buys.

Price

For just £75 you can treat yourself to a whole host of luxury beauty products. 

Release date

You can add this calendar to your basket right now! 

MORE: Surprise! ASOS drops THREE Beauty Advent Calendars - and you'll want them all

Net-a-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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Get in the holiday spirit with Net-a-Porter's 2020 beauty advent calendar! Unveiling this year's luxury haul, what better way to count down to Christmas than with 25 covetable goodies from your favourite brands? You'll find a number of incredible beauty buys from the likes of Charlotte Tillbury, Joanna Vargas, 111 Skin and Dr Barbara Sturm. Packed with an array of full-sized and travel-sized products, this carefully curated calendar is worth a grand total of £1120 and it costs just £240 – yes, really. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

This calendar is exclusively priced, there aren’t many calendars offering this kind of value for money!

Price

£1120 worth of products priced at just £240? Sign us up!

Release date

The Net-a-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar for 2020 is launching on 21 September. 

READ: The Net-a-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar for 2020 is worth £1120. Yes, really.

PrettyLittleThing Advent Calendar 2020

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Take a peek behind 24 little pink doors and you'll find a luxury haul of skin and beauty products sure to give you that holiday season glow. Priced at just £40, PrettyLittleThing is offering incredible value for money with this one-of-a-kind calendar. Worth £160, spoil yourself with the best pampering picks from Morphe, Beauty Works, Tatti Lashes, and Vita Liberata. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It’s filled with everything from super hydrating face masks, Insta Strobing Highlighter, self-tanning towelettes, and statement lashes.

Price

Spend just £40 and get £160 worth of goodies!

Release date

You can shop this pretty pink calendar right now –  but it’s selling fast!

READ: The PrettyLittleThing £40 Beauty Advent Calendar is super glam – and it's worth over £160

Molton Brown Advent Calendar 2020

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Giving off major Gatsby vibes, this lavish calendar nods to 1920s glamour with its holographic design. Behind each door on this beauty advent calendar, you'll find an opulent blend of bath and shower gels, hand creams, eau de toilettes, and restorative home infusions. Spoil yourself every day with a new fragrant experience courtesy of Molton Brown's extravagant and iconic range of scents – the Christmas period doesn't have to be stressful. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar? 

This stunning calendar shimmers with holographic foil to evoke a 1920s chandelier – so glamorous. 

Price

This festive find is priced at £200.

Release date 

You can shop Molton Brown's calendar online right now! 

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 

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The GLOSSYBOX advent calendar is always high on people's wish list and this year is better than ever. It contains 25 beauty treats that make the perfect countdown to Christmas. There are 14 full-size products and 11 deluxe minis, and this year’s lineup includes Fenty Beauty, Iconic London, Pixi, Lime Crime, and Huda Beauty.

Why do we love this advent calendar? 

For the first time, this year's calendar includes Glossy’s very own GLOSSYBOX Skincare.

Price

It's priced at £80 for subscribers and £99 for non-subscribers. It's worth over £390.

Release date

The calendar was made available to subscribers first, and will be available for non-subscribers to buy from 30 September at 12pm.

Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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Not only is the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar packed with some amazing products, one calendar contains a special golden ticket inside - worth one THOUSAND pounds to spend on Cult Beauty. 

Why do we love this advent calendar?

Cult Beauty will donate £15 from every beauty advent calendar sold to Beauty Banks; a charity helping those living in poverty, access the hygiene essentials. Christmas is a time for giving. 

Price 

Priced at £199, and products are worth over £930 inside.

Release date

1 October 2020.

Lush Advent Calendar 2020 

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Inspired by a magical nighttime garden, the Lush beauty advent calendar features elegant artwork created by London based designer, Sally Kelly. If you want a festive treat every day, this is it. Inside you'll find a candy cane bubble bar, Coconut Snow Body lotion, Yog Nog Shower Gel, and a Snow Fairy shampoo bar. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

The Lush advent calendar is handmade in the UK using reusable and recyclable packaging. There's also 24 vegan products inside– featuring a combination of products from different ranges including best sellers, 6 exclusive retro products and 3 exclusive products. 

Price

It's priced at £185 - and if you're a fan of Lush you might spend that in one sitting. 

Release date

Available to pre-order 27 September 2020.

Elemis Advent Calendar 2020

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Featuring award-winning superstars and fan favourites, Elemis’ new beauty advent calendar is pure skincare theatre waiting to be enjoyed. Reveal a new treat every day, leading up to Christmas morning, when you will unveil your final and most spectacular gift; a full-size jar of the No.1 bestseller, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

Only a limited number of calendars will be released, so make sure you get yours. Every single product inside this advent calendar will be used - mark our words! 

Price

It's priced at £175 and it's worth over £403. Well, when you think of it like that?!

Release Date

14 September 2020.

Jo Malone London Advent Calendar 2020

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The Jo Malone advent calendar is always a wonderful countdown to Christmas. Filled with 24 surprises including much-loved Colognes, travel-size Bath & Body and Miniature Candles. The ultimate indulgence, uncover a scented treat behind every door including an extra special something behind number 24!

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

The Jo Malone London advent calendar is the ultimate luxurious treat at Christmas - and friends will be extremely envious. 

Price 

This year's advent calendar is £320 which is a similar price to previous years. Start dropping hints now.

Release date

1 October 2020

Space NK Advent Calendar 2020

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Space NK has given us a sneak peek of the 2nd edition of the Beauty Advent Calendar. Divided into volumes, the spirit of the festive season is brought to life with captivating poetry from Charly Cox. Each pull out chapter reveals one of Space NK’s must-have beauty heroes, curated to see you through December. We’ve covered every base, from pre-party to little luxuries for self-care.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

There are some real skincare gems in this one. From Paula's Choice to Ren and Dr Barbara Sturm. 

Price

 This is £195 and it's worth over £480.

Release date

 1 October 2020

Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2020

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The No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar is always an annual treat - and die-hard fans will be counting down the days until they can call it their own. We can't tell you what's inside (yet) but those who sign up to the waiting list get 24hr early access to the calendar on Wednesday 14 October ahead of the general launch on Thursday 15 October.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

This year 10 lucky customers will find a golden ticket worth an exciting £1,000 hidden at random, redeemable on all No7 products.

Price

A really reasonable price of £45 and it's worth £172.50.

Release date 

15 October 2020.

Jo Loves Advent Calendar 2020 

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This is always a favourite with fragrance fans. The iconic Jo Loves advent calendar returns for 2020 in a beautiful wreath design and it features 24 deluxe travel products and a full size surprise on the 25th December.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

The design is crafted to become an eye-catching addition to your home. Style around a candle on the dinner table for the ultimate centre-piece or use the iconic Jo Loves Red Ribbon to hang it from your door. 

Price 

This luxurious treat is £300 and it's worth £459. Dear Santa...  

Release date 

8 October 2020.

L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar 2020 

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Ok, you have two to choose from! You can either go for the Luxury Advent Calendar or you can go for the Classic Advent Calendar (above). You can't go wrong, to be honest. The classic is the perfect gift for someone who really cherishes 'me' time and likes a long soak in the tub. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

This advent calendar is designed by Edith Carron, a beloved and award-winning French illustrator.

Price

This is priced at £53 and it's worth £87.

Release date 

24  September 2020.

L'Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar 2020

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The luxury version is the ultimate gift for yourself - hey, after a rollercoaster of a year, we all deserve some luxury in our lives. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

There's a cheeky fragrance hidden within this beauty. 

Price

Coming in at £99 but it's worth £135.

Release date 

24 September 2020.

Espa Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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ESPA has announced its highly anticipated 2020 advent calendar with the theme: 'There’s No Place Like Home'. Inside there are 25 hand-selected ESPA products for the skin, body and mind. Whether discovering new favourites from the coveted Modern Alchemy Collection, indulging in best-selling Tri-ActiveTM enriched formulas, or treating a loved one to a luxurious gift, the ESPA Advent Calendar ensures each day in December evokes a sense of calm and togetherness.

Why do we love this advent calendar?

It's like the super apt advent calendar by a company that has really taken into account what their shoppers have gone through this year. 

Price

It's priced at £145 and the goods inside are worth £230.

Release date

Available from 2 October 2020 at espaskincare.com and select stockists Harvey Nichols, John Lewis & Fabled.

Origins Advent Calendar 2020

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The 12 Days of Origins advent calendar is packed with 12 minis that will spark joy in the lead up to Christmas.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It features two items from the famous Origins Mega Mushroom collection which is perfect for stressed skin. 

Price 

Twelve days of treats and it costs £50 - but it's worth over £105.

Release date

1 October 2020.

Lumene Beauty Advent Calendar has been

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This advent calendar is inspired by the beautiful frostbitten nature of the North and its wintery colours and it features 24 enchanting vegan beauty favourites. You've got 17 skincare products and seven makeup products. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar? 

Perfect for any vegans, and all products are infused with precious natural Arctic ingredients, such as skin-brightening wild Arctic cloudberry and hydrating organic Nordic birch sap.

Price 

The cost of the advent calendar is £89.90 but the value of the products inside is £240.

Release date

1 September, and will be available on Feelunique, Lookfantastic, John Lewis and Allbeauty.

La Mer Advent Calendar 2020

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Introducing La Mer's beauty advent calendar for 2020 - it's 12 days of pure joy ahead of Christmas. Packed with skin saviours including the iconic Creme de la Mer, this is the holiday indulgence you deserve. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

Just look at it, it's dreamy! This would have pride of place on our dressing table. 

Price

The La Mer Advent Calendar is priced at £425 this year. 

Release date

1 November 2020.

John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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This year’s John Lewis beauty advent calendar could be the best yet. You know how you can open a calendar and it's packed with random products which don't really go together? Well, this calendar includes a full skincare regime, a versatile makeup look, a moment of calm, some finishing touches for the hair and three fragrances.

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

Sustainability was a big focus for this year's calendar and the carefully curated selection is housed in a fully recyclable pink box with reversible drawers for those that want reuse and fill up next year.

Price

Priced at £150 and worth over £375. 

Release date

1 October 2020. 

Marks & Spencer Advent Calendar 2020

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Fingers on lips regarding this year's Christmas offering - but it's not what you expect. It's better! 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It's usually a big secret and when it's announced shoppers go mad. Nothing gets you more excited for a purchase than the idea of beating others to it. 

Price

It's usually £40 when you spend £25 on Fashion, Homes, or Beauty. 

Release date

Predicted to be at the end of October.

Holland & Barrett Vegan Advent Calendar 2020

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This 25-day "natural beauty" calendar features 100 percent vegan products from brands like Weleda and UpCircle. 

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It's deluxe AND eco-conscious. Not only are there 25 vegan-friendly surprises included – 14 of which are full-sized! – but the calendar itself is 100 percent recyclable.

Price

Worth more than £170, it can be yours for just £40.

Release date

14 September 2020

Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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If you love Benefit then you're in for a treat this Christmas, with the brand's advent calendar packed full of 12 of its bestselling products. The Shake Your Beauty calendar includes everything from primers, mascaras, bronzer, eyebrow pencils and more. Plus, the mini sizes mean they're perfect for carrying around in your handbag – roll on Christmas!

Why do we love this beauty advent calendar?

It includes some of Benefit's bestselling items – and they're all small enough to carry around with you. 

Price

It costs just £58.50, but it's worth over £125.

Release date

Available online now – happy shopping! 

READ: The Benefit Beauty Advent Calendar for 2020 has dropped - & it's full of cute mini makeup products

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