In the world of beauty, an item has emerged that signals that Christmas is coming more clearly than any twinkling lights – the must-have beauty advent calendar. Featuring iconic beauty products, often in limited edition sizes, these seasonal treasure troves offer a fabulous way to treat someone else, or yourself, as you head into holiday season. Here are the ones on our Christmas list.
NET-A-PORTER’S 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
As a fully comprehensive box of treats, it’s hard to beat NET-A-PORTER’S advent offering. A sleek and chic, cream and black creation, it opens to reveal an array of elegant boxes, each one filled with something for each day of December. Covering make-up, skincare, hair, bath and body, it represents the best of NAP’s brilliant beauty edit, with 10 full-size and 15 travel-size treats including items by cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Hourglass, Dr Dennis Gross, Votary and Omorovicza.
HK$2,300 available at net-a-porter.com
Charlotte Tilbury’s Glittery Galaxy of Make-up Magic
When it comes to prepping you for party season, Charlotte Tilbury’s box of delights is a wonderful place to start. Offering 12 days of ‘make-up magic,’ this box of treats includes party make-up must-haves such as the Eyes to Mesmerize shadow, Superstar Lips glossy lipstick, Rock’n’kohl eyeliner and an extremely handy mini Legendary Lashes mascara that all promise to get you set for your festive nights out. And, for those who need a little nurturing, you’ll also find skincare stars such as the nourishing Magic Cream to hydrate and comfort as well as the brand’s iconic Wonderglow Primer for those days when your skin just needs a little bit of love.
HK$1,244 available at net-a-porter.com and Charlotte Tilbury counters at Lane Crawford
Dr Barbara Sturm’s Advent Calendar 2019
Famous for her molecular approach to skincare, and for helping keep the faces of those such as Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian West looking quite so fresh, this is the calendar for those who take their skincare seriously. A go-to brand for her age-defying products, Sturm’s Dusseldorf clinic and carefully formulated creations have become the stuff of legend. And, for those keen to try her potions for themselves, this is a great start. With favourites such as her Enzyme Cleanser, Clarifying Face Cream, Hyaluronic Serum and Anti-Pollution drops all making an appearance behind minimal, little white doors, here’s a calendar to get you through December with your skin looking its very best.
HK$4,400 available at lanecrawford.com, Lane Crawford and JOYCE Beauty stores
Christian Dior Advent Calendar
For the ultimate in luxury, Masion Christian Dior’s calendar comes with a façade inspired by the Dior Atelier back in the 1950’s. Designed by artist Vincent Darré, the calendar’s beautifully illustrated doors open to reveal indulgent treats including 12 mini fragrances as well as delicious candles and skincare treats.
HK$3,500 exclusively available at Maison Christian Dior
Jo Malone Advent Calendar
For those keen on a lavish approach to December, Jo Malone’s Advent selection promises to get both you and your home feeling festive with its selection of 24 perfectly scented gifts. Featuring travel-sized bath and body products as well as signature scents and fragrances for your home, you’ll find some of the brand’s most loved items behind an array of chic, cream doors, including the Basil & Neroli Cologne, Pine & Eucalyptus Candle and English Pear & Freesia Body Crème.
HK$3,600 available at lanecrawford.com
Rituals Deluxe 3D Advent Calendar
A brand dedicated to encouraging us all to slow down and find happiness in the little moments of every day, Rituals is a Dutch Brand steeped in the history of Asian traditions, offering products inspired by everything from Ayuverda to Dao, and the ritual of karma. Inside the 3D calendar, you’ll find scented candles, diffusers and body products, all created with the purpose of bringing peace and a sense of calm to your home, life and mind – something we could all do with a little bit of at Christmas-time!
HK$880 available at Rituals stores in Times Square, IFC and New Town Plaza
Crème de la Mer Limited Edition Twelve Days of Glowing Renewal
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of glowing skin with Crème de la Mer’s calendar. Containing 12 products, each one infused with the legendary brand’s signature cell-renewing Miracle Broth, you’ll find little luxuries such as their Renewal Oil, Regenerating Serum, Eye Concentrate and Intensive Revitalising Mask to give you a radiance and glow to see you through party season.
HK$3,500 available at La Mer concept stores and Lane Crawford
MR PORTER 12 Days of Grooming
And, finally, one for the boys! The reliably slick grooming edit at MR PORTER has been shopped to produce a limited-edition calendar offering great pampering options for him. 12 full size products for his skin, body, hair and face delivered by classic favourites such as Floris and Pankhurst London and luxe labels like Dr Barbara Sturm and MALIN + GOETZ are guaranteed to get him feeling set for Christmas.
HK$882.84 available at mr.porter.com
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