Advent Calendars: Top 12 for the countdown to Christmas. 

With Christmas less than 3 months away, retailers and department stores all across the country are getting their Christmas displays ready, elves are building santas grottos and everybody is getting ready to buy one of my favourite things during the Christmas season, advent calendars.  While the thought of a little chocolate treat every morning of December may have excited us before, this year instead of waking up and munching on a little piece of chocolate, how about waking up to a grown up treat in the run up to Christmas instead?

This year, all your favourite beauty and lifestyle names are hauling out their hugely popular (yet often miserably limited) calendars in the countdown to Christmas.  Featuring everything from small bottles of perfume and little lipsticks to mini bottles of gin and vodka, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you decide on a luxury one or a more cost-friendly choice, a beauty or alcoholic advent calendar is a great early gift for a friend or partner, or even just as a special festive treat for yourself.

So without further ado, here are my top 15 advent calendars of 2016!



I’ve watched NYX’s popularity quickly grow over the past few months, including the opening of their new stall in Selfridges at The Trafford Centre.  This year, you can get their 24-piece advent calendar for £60, fearuring some of their most loved products!

Tanya Burr


Tanya Burr’s 12 days of Christmas calendar is a steal at the moment from Superdrug, costing just £12 if you get it fast!  This beauty calendar includes, eyeliners, glitter pots, matte lipsticks and plenty more of her own brand beauty products.



If your anything like me then you love Lush’s homemade products, such as their  frangrant bath bombs.  The Lush 12 days of Christmas calendar is filled with a collection of their famous shower and bath treats, perfect for those long warm soaks we all love in the frosty winter months.

Look Fantastic


If you don’t already know, Look Fantastic are know for their monthly subscription beauty boxes.  Just like the boxes, their 2016 advent calendar, The Beauty Secret Volume 2, is filed with over £200 worth of travel and full sized beauty products worthy of the biggest bloggers out their (including the incredible Zoella, who praised their 2015 calendar!).  If you want to make sure you get your hands on one you better act fast, as last yours calendar sold out in 2 weeks.

The Ginvent Calendar 2016

© Giles Christopher - Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - 2016

© Giles Christopher – Media Wisdom Photography Ltd – 2016

5 years ago The Gin Foundry released their ginvent calendar to “celebrate gin and help drinkers find their perfect tipple”, and soon it enough it became a big hit.  Available from the 10th October for £125 on Amazon, its perfect for parents, partners and all other gin lovers out there!

Bare Minerals


Bare Minerals beauty advent calendar is made up of everything you could need to build or expand your makeup collection, including lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and a skincare treat.  It costs £75 and is available from the 1st of November from Bare Minerals, Debenhams and a few more stores.



Need a new manicure for Christmas?  Then your in luck!  Equipped with 18 different coloured polishes, a treatment to keep your nails in tip top condition plus two magical nail toppers, Ciaté’s calendar will see you right.  Available at for £49.


Yankee have two calendars on sale this year.  One features 24 incredible smelling tea lights in a multitude of fragrances.  The difference between the two calendars, is that the other one also includes a votive (sample sized) candle and is £5 more expensive.
I love Yankee Candles, they last for what feels like forever in candle life and never disappoint when it comes to the strength of their scents.  This calendar is perfect if the idea of soaking in the bathtub with 100 candles and a perfected pamper playlist playing sounds like your kind of night.

The Vodka Advent Calendar


Behind each of the 24 windows on this one, you’ll find a different 3cl sample of vodka, including a number of delicious flavoured examples.  Like the Ginvent calendar it is not cheap and will cost you £99.95, but if you can afford it and love vodka then why not?  Go on… treat yourself.



Selfridges is my favourite place, it’s the place I spend the majority of my ‘spare’ money. Filled with little luxuries from the likes of Urban Decay, YSL, Viktor & Rolf and Lancome, you’re sure to find something special behind every window!  This Eclectic Little Luxuries Advent Calendar 2016 costs £95 and in my opinion is just perfect.



Selfridges’ Beauty Calender 2016 is £65 and great for the beauty lovers out there.  Cheaper than the last one, but filled with just as many Christmas treats it’s super pretty and includes products such as Too Faced’s incredible Better Than Sex Mascara your’e sure to be pleased with what’s behind those little windows.

Charlotte Tilbury


Lovers of Charlotte’s products are going to adore her World of Legendary Parties advent calendar.  Filled with some of her most popular award winning products, this calendar is perfect for both the beauty connoisseur and newcomer.   It is however £150 so not cheap.






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