Counting down the days? These are the best affordable beauty Advent calendars on the market

13th Oct 17 | Beauty

Because we all need a daily treat come December.

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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.

What started out as a cute idea by a few beauty brands is now a big business. There are so many calendars choc-a-bloc with cosmetics, it’s a little mind-blowing.

Of course we’d all kill for the Jo Malone calendar, but few of us can afford the £300 price tag (already on eBay for £415, by the way). So here’s our pick of the best of the rest…

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

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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.

Technic Mini Nails Advent Calendar, £16, JD Williams

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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 jdwilliams.co.uk from October 19.

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

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

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

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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 sallybeauty.co.uk.

Exclusive Advent Calendar, £59.50, Rituals 

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

Morris & Co Advent Calendar, £39, JD Williams

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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 jdwilliams.co.uk.

No7 Beauty Advent Calendar, £40, Boots

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

2017 Beauty Advent Calendar, £35, Marks & Spencer

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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 home. 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

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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 infamous hand creams, the whole bundle is worth a total of £87. Available in store and online at uk.loccitane.com.

Jack Wills Beauty Advent Calendar, £35, Boots

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

Beauty Advent Calendar, £25, House of Fraser

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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 houseoffraser.co.uk.

Countdown To Radiant Skin Advent Calendar, £150, Elemis

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OK, OK, 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 elemis.com.

Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Advent Calendar, £40, Boots

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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.

The Advent Calendar, £55, ASOS

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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

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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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