There's definitely magic in the air when the festive season rolls around — the kind that whispers 'retail therapy' and ooh, check out all that marvelous limited edition makeup. Besides candy canes, carollers and cinnamon-flavoured everything, advent calendars rank up there in the list of daily delights to keep you in good spirits and cheer.
And positively bringing out the big guns to the makeup table are your favourite beauty brands with more advent calendars than you can shake a mistletoe sprig at. With everything from pocket-sized lipsticks to candle minis and petite nail polishes, these little beauty goodies also make great travel takeaways on top of sprucing up your home (or office) with its luxe packaging. Go on, these are the self-rewarding indulgences you've waited all year for:
1. Benefit Girl O'Clock Rock, $115
It's bestsellers galore with 12 cult products, such as the Benetint stain, Hoola bronzer and Porefessional primer in miniatures. Tucked away in Benefit's usual brand of cheeky and quirky, this advent calendar even opens up to play an original 'Bene-song'.
2. Lush 12 Days of Christmas, £49.95
Smelling like a delicious concoction has never been easier. With a box full of fragrant shower treats and bath bombs, luxuriating in the tub is totally the way to chill this holiday season.
3. NYX Wanderlust Advent Calendar, $101
This globetrotting itinerary of makeup is what we all need, regardless if you're hopping aboard an Airbus to hit up some sunny skies or hitting the slopes. Featuring 24 miniatures of hero products, this is also a great way to explore the cult brand for those new to NYX.
4. Kiehl's, $160
Skin-loving junkies will be buzzed with this bountiful offering from Kiehl's. Chock-full of award-winning complexion rescuers like the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Crème de Corps — and travel friendly to boot — 'tis the season to be merrily moisturised. Tip: It's great to give away to men too.
5. Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar, $83
If you're planning to swap your nail polishes as often as you slip into a myriad of party dresses for the festivities, this is the calendar to keep up with your chameleon act. Stocked with gorgeous brights, two glittery nail toppers and a treatment, this is the ultimate mani kit for the amateur manicurist in your life.
6. The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar, $240
This one needs no introduction; after all, The Body Shop has only been doing advent calendars since forever. Back in a 2016 edit that includes several popular products, the lineup also ropes in their limited edition scents for a bath and body bonanza to keep you fresh and lathered all the way to Christmas.
7. Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar, £150
Hands up if beautiful packaging and gorgeous makeup is your kryptonite because you definitely won't be able to resist this beauty wardrobe. Opening up to reveal pull out drawers with minis of Charlotte Tilbury bestsellers (inclusive of a full-sized Lip Lustre), this is the one to sit at your desk for envy-inducing stares.
8. Diptyque Advent Calendar 2016
For the folks who swear by their Figuier candle, this is pure Diptyque goodness to send you into aroma nirvana. Containing mini candles and one full-sized bad boy, the heavenly scent alone will lure you in. Disclaimer: You may be tempted to open up the entire thing and start dotting your home with candles well before Christmas is here.
9. L'Occitane Holiday 2016 Beauty Advent Calendar
If you believe in spoiling yourself, this is a must-have when it comes to luxe head-to-toe treatments. Behind each door of the château-themed calendar is a L'Occitane cult product, from Aromachologie shower goodies to richly textured hand creams. We'll take two, please.
10. Jo Malone Advent Calendar 2016
Jo Malone has pulled out all the stops for this Christmas with its most decadent collection yet, putting together a jolly assembly of mini toilettes and scented body creams. Fragrance fanatics, this is your dream perfumery bedecked as a pretty Georgian townhouse. Who can say no?