Halloween may have just passed, but truth be told, we can’t wait for Christmas to arrive already. After all that 2020 has brought us, we could use plenty of merrymaking during the year-end holidays.
For the beauty geek around here, we know just the thing to spread the cheer: advent calendars. They’re festive, they’re pretty and they hold just about enough beauty goodies to share around or keep us looking our best all through the Christmas celebrations. What’s not to be excited about?
Don’t miss out on the best beauty advent calendars this year – check out our favourites from Jo Malone London to YSL Beauty below.
In true Armani Beauty style, its 2020 advent calendar arrives in a bold red box emblazoned with gold Armani branding. It comes stocked with 24 skincare, makeup and fragrance products such as the iconic Rouge D’Armani Matte shade 400, the SÌ Passione eau de parfum intense miniature and the Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara.
A classic winter fairytale shapes the backstory of the diptyque Advent Calendar, one of 12 gifts in its whimsical Christmas 2020 collection. Designed in collaboration with artist Ugo Gattoni, the winter-blue calendar features three main characters: the Lion, the Swan and the Deer, which appear at the snowy entrance to the diptyque boutique at 34 boulevard Saint Germain. There are 25 surprises waiting to be discovered inside, including miniature and full-sized items – each awakening the senses with dreamy illustrations and fragrant bouquets.
Available from October 15th at the Diptyque Pavilion KL boutique as well as Ken’s Apothecary boutiques and online store. W kensapothecary.com.my
Aside from the fact that it comes with 24 of Kiehl’s top beauty products, we love how this advent calendar is made from zero plastic and 100% previously recycled paper this year! Launching as part of its greenest holiday campaign to date, the sustainable calendar features an illustration of its iconic New York City flagship store, as designed by Lyon-based illustrator, Maite Franchi. You’ll find the brand’s best-selling Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and new Vitamin C Eye Serum, among other favourites in this set!
Available exclusively online at the Kiehl’s Malaysia website. W kiehls.com.my
Jo Malone London
As per tradition, Jo Malone London’s 2020 Advent Calendar comes in an iconic cream and black palette. Designed for a magnificent countdown to Christmas, it features 24 scented treats encompassing its signature fragrances, travel-sized bath and body treats and miniature candles. What better way to perfume your body and home all though Christmas and beyond?
Available from October 2020 at all Jo Malone London boutiques. Visit the official website for more information on stockists. W jomalone.com.my
Count down the Christmas season while keeping your skin hydration in check with La Mer’s 12 Days of Luminous Hydration set. Reflecting the soothing and hydrating goods within, the set is housed in a limited-edition keepsake box with icy blue elements. It comes with 12 skin saviours comprising of the brand’s most well-loved products, such as the Crème de La Mer and The Eye Concentrate.
Availability to be confirmed. W lamer.com
Embodying the feminine, edgy spirit that YSL Beauty is all about, its festive advent calendar returns this year in a black and pink box with adorned with glitter and leopard prints. Inside, there are 24 gift items, spanning from skincare favourites like the Pure Shots Night Reboot Serum, to makeup products like Rouge Pur Couture in miniature size, and fragrance icons like the Mon Paris EDP.
Available now in all YSL Beauty boutiques and online. W yslbeauty.com.my
Bringing the magic of a Parisian Christmas to you, the Lancome Advent Calendar 2020 features a dazzling pop-up of the iconic Eiffel Tower. You’ll find 24 sparkling “houses” surrounding the landmark, each filled with a skincare, makeup or fragrance treat. From the best-selling Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate to a mini La Vie Est Belle perfume, each surprise will surely spark joy as you count down the days till Christmas.
Available now at all Lancome boutiques and online. W lancome.com.my
MAC Cosmetics is set to help you make a bang this Christmas with its iridescent Boom Boom Wow Mini Advent Calendar filled with 12 surprises. Shaped like a silver wheel of fortune, expect to uncover your mini makeup favourites from the brand, including lipsticks, eyeshadow pots, mascara and more.
Available now at MAC Cosmetics stores and online. W maccosmetics.com.my
Homegrown beauty retail store KENS Apothecary is bringing back its 12 Days of Joy Advent Calendar, featuring best-sellers from Caudalie, Omorovicza, By Terry, Sachajuan and Ren Clean Skincare, among others. A cult sell-out last year, you won’t want to miss these treats this time around.
Available now at KENS Apothecary stores and online. W kensapothecary.com.my
Designed in collaboration with award-winning French illustrator Edith Carron, the L’Occitane Signature Advent Calendar portrays the beauty of Provence at Christmastime. Discover the colourful streets of the Provencal marketplace during the holiday season as you count down the days till Christmas on this 24-piece set. Among the surprises you’ll find are hand creams, bath and body products, haircare and the brand’s Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum.
Available as a Purchase with Purchase item at L’Occitane stores and online. W loccitane.com
Photos courtesy of respective brands