If there’s one person in life who could use a little pampering leading up the holidays, it’s a mom. From shopping for teacher gifts, to preparing baked goods (allergy-free baked goods, that is) for class parties, to staying up late at night just to get the presents wrapped- the holidays can give little room for self-care. Instead of waiting until December 25 to shower a mom with love, why not think ahead and give the gift of a beauty advent calendar? There’s still plenty of time and these are just some of our favorites for this year. And we won’t judge if you straight out buy one of these yourself- we just might!
1. 12 Days of Antica Collection
Founded in 2003 by Seattle-based best friends, Antica Farmacista has quickly risen to popularity when it comes to their body products and candles. While this calendar doesn’t come cheap (it comes in around $175!), you can guarantee the utmost quality and fragrance you already love with Antica. This is a limited edition set that comes with perfectly-sized products you’ll love.
2. Adventures Advent Calendar by the Body Shop
The Body Shop has put the fun back in Adventure with their 2017 Advent Calendar. In addition to finding fun-sized beauty products you already love, they have hidden a few extra treats and special “feel good” action for you to do every day in December. After everything’s been opened, enjoy the trivia quiz game that emerges on Christmas day! Even better is every purchase of this products helps to fund the Peace Play Project in Lebanon which provide safe places for play and activity for refugee children of Syria.
3. Ulta’s 12 Days of Beauty
Holy cheap prices Batman! Ulta’s 12 Days of Beauty Advent calendar may not be for the entire month, but at $18 just buy yourself two if you really want to open something every day. Technically, this may be a better fit for a younger gal (it does come with glitter and body gems), but if you’re looking for some basic makeup products, we think this’ll do just fine.
4. Box of Wonders by Bare Minerals
The 24 days leading up to Christmas never looked so beautiful as it does with this advent calendar. Open up 8 lip products, 10 eyeshadows and a handful of other amazing makeup products to glitz and glam yourself up during the holiday season. Good luck not opening everything at once!
5. No7 Beauty Advent Calendar
Day cream, night cream and makeup, oh my! If you’re looking for a cost effective advent calendar, this is it. At only $40, you will be treated to all the essentials in the No7 beauty line. In addition to skincare, you’ll also find makeup treats like mascara, lip gloss, eye and brow pencils. This is a great way to count down the last 12 days til Christmas, and look great while doing it!
6. L’ Occitane Advent Calendar
Hand cream lovers unite! L’Occitane is known for a lot of products but their Shea hand cream is one of their most popular. Enjoy small version of both the foot and hand cream, in addition to some other amazing body products like delicious smelling shampoo, conditioner, soap and perfume. And you can’t beat that adorable packaging!
7. Morris & Co Pure Advent Calendar
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in putting together this list of beauty advent calendars, it’s that the Brits do it way better than we do! There is easily 5x as many advent calendars available from amazing British retailers as there are available here in the US. And that’s why I was excited to see this William & Co Pure advent calendar available for us here in America! Textile Designer William Morris’s iconic prints are used to decorate these amazing beauty products that are sulfate and paraben-free. Scented with pure essential oils, this extravagant looking set is going to be hard to NOT open everything right away!
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