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Festive treat: 15 must have beauty advent calendars

Because we all need a daily beauty gift in December

By Claire Spreadbury

Christmas is coming. Well, sort of. It might feel a teensy bit early to be spending your hard-earned cash on fancy Advent calendars, but the beauty world's big festive launches sell out in no time, so it's best to get organised.

Of course we'd all kill for the Jo Malone calendar, but few of us can afford the £300 price tag. So here's our pick of the best of the rest.

24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £45, The Body Shop

Without a doubt, The Body Shop is always a strong contender for best beauty calendar each year. Gorgeously designed, with cute feel-good messages written on the dinky boxes that contain 24 mini treats, this one holds £88 worth of swag, but is all yours for £45. Available in store and online now.

24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

Technic Mini Nails Advent Calendar, £16, JD Williams

With 24 mini nail varnishes - one for each day of Advent, this calendar is great for all budgets. There's a good mix of colours too, from vibrant shades, to pastels and glitter. Available from from October 19.

Sleek Make-up 'A Gift A Day' Calendar, £35, Boots

Lippies, eye pencils, nail varnish and brushes all come together in this glitzy box of treats. Available from Boots stores.

Sleek Make-up 'A Gift A Day' Calendar

24 Days Of Glamour Advent Calendar, £48, Sally Beauty

For something a little bit different, Sally Beauty is offering product junkies the chance to beautify their barnet this Advent with 24 top picks from hair and beauty brands such as Tigi, Wella, Sienna X and OPI. Available online at

Exclusive Advent Calendar, £59.50, Rituals

Containing 24 gorgeous Rituals bath and body treats - including their best-selling Hammam Foaming Shower Gel and Sakura Body Cream - this calendar is worth splashing out on. Available from various department stores and online at

Morris & Co Advent Calendar, £39, JD Williams

Hiding beautifully behind 24 William Morris-designed doors is the cutest array of travel-sized bath and beauty products. Everything's based around two signature scents as well, so they're perfect for lathering, layering and lazing around smelling heavenly. Available online from

No7 Beauty Advent Calendar, £40, Boots

If you want this rather delectable No7 Advent calendar, you'll need to get yourself on the waiting list at now. Featuring the brand's must-have make-up and skincare, all in a glam, gold box, it's perfect for party season and beyond.

No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

2017 Beauty Advent Calendar, £35, Marks & Spencer

There's even a Christmas Day treat in this uber-cute calendar from Marks & Spencer. Available from November 9, the catch is you have to spend £35 on clothing and homeware. But if you do that (and let's face it, who isn't going to spend £35 in M&S in the run-up to Christmas?), for another £35 this can be yours. Containing make-up, skincare, bath and body treats worth a total of £250, it's worth snapping up.

Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, £49, L'Occitane

L'Occitane's Classic calendar has been an instant sell-out for the past three years, so be fast if you fancy this one. Packed with 24 minis, from hand soaps and shower gels, to their famous hand creams, the whole bundle is worth a total of £87. Available in store and online at

Jack Wills Beauty Advent Calendar, £35, Boots

This calendar features an array of different goodies, from hair bobbles and nail varnish, to bodywash and lip balm. And it's not too pricey either. Available in store and online at Boots.

Beauty Advent Calendar, £25, House of Fraser

Containing everything you could possibly need for the Christmas party season - glittery make-up and nail art galore - at an easy-on-the-purse price point, what's not to love? Available in store and online at

Countdown To Radiant Skin Advent Calendar, £150, Elemis

Okay, okay, so this one isn't so affordable, but if you are going to splash a lot of cash on a beauty calendar this year, make it this one. Packed with decent-sized minis and even a full-size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (worth £82 on its own), if you buy Elemis products, you may as well spend a bit more on this. In total the products are worth a whopping £319. Get it while you can, online at

Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Advent Calendar, £40, Boots

Pretty as a picture, Laura Ashley's Christmas calendar will look blooming lovely in the hallway. Within each little drawer, you'll find one of their classic bath or beauty treats, each of which smells divine. Available in store or online at Boots.

Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar, £55, ASOS

Showcasing all the brands popular with fashionistas, the ASOS beauty calendar is always worth a look (there's even one for the man in your life this year). Bursting with 24 products - a good mix of make-up, haircare and skincare from brands like Smashbox and Cowshed - and a discount for the online store, which you could use on a New Year party dress.

Soap & Glory It's a Calendar, Girls! £40, Boots

Soap & Glory fans, rejoice - there's a whole Advent calendar, crammed with beauty, body, make-up and skincare must-haves. Each one guaranteed to make your day more fun. Available from Boots stores.

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