Holiday 2021: The best beauty advent calendars to gift (to yourself)
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the yearly slew of seasonal stress. To avoid scrambling for a last-minute gift and losing your proverbial marbles, you might want to consider getting organised ahead of time. Fret not, however—we're here to make things as easy for you as possible.
We've curated a list of the best holiday advent calendars you can get in Malaysia, the first instalment in our holiday beauty gift guide series:
No. 25 Beauty Advent Calendar, RM1,050
Though this brand is new in our market, it's a real veteran in the global beauty world. Of their celebrated product lineup, this seasonal launch is the most exciting—the Elemis advent calendar is a 25-part advent calendar filled with the brand's best beauty buys. Within this calendar, you'll find an array of wonderful beauty goodies, including a full-sized version of the brand's best-selling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.
Available from November 5 at Elemis' 1Utama and Pavilion stores and online on their website.
The Calendar, RM3,090
If you're looking for an advent calendar that embodies the essence of luxury, this is the one for you. Shaped like a huge bottle of the house's emblematic N°5 fragrance, this holiday calendar is packed with some of the brand's most iconic staples. Without spoiling too much, you can expect to find a limited-edition Rouge Allure lipstick, a new shade of Le Vernis, and a bottle of the N°5 Eau de Parfum, as well as a host of other products inspired by the fragrance.
Another fun detail with the calendar is the unconventional numbering system—the 27 boxes are numbered from '5' to '31' as opposed to 1 to 27—five for the perfume and 31 for the mythical address. It's perfect for gifting this holiday season (or to keep for yourself—we won't judge).
Available exclusively in Chanel fragrance and Beauty boutiques.
Advent Calendar, RM2,990
Fragrance fanatics, this one goes out to you—this limited-edition set from Diptyque features 25 products from the brand's famous lineup. From travel-sized fragrances to the house's full-sized candles, this is not a collection to be missed.
Available exclusively in-store from 15th Oct 2021.
Beauty Advent Calendar, RM460
This advent calendar contains a luxurious collection of 25 beauty goodies and cult favourites. From Shiseido's Ultimune Concentrate to Aveda's Botanical Repair Treatment, the total worth of this holiday set is over RM2,300, making it an absolute steal at RM460. Needless to say, if we were you we wouldn't hesitate—the Lookfantastic advent calendar has sold out for six years in a row! Work quickly so you don't miss out!
Jewel Exclusive Fantasy Advent Calendar, RM935
The beauty brand is embracing the holiday season in full force with this 24-piece advent calendar. The opulent collection is packed with many of the brand's best-selling skincare, makeup, and beauty tools, hidden behind individual windows. From the Hyaluronic Hydra-Pressed Powder to three shades of the Lip-Expert Matte, this highly-coveted collection is guaranteed to make the 2021 holiday season exciting.
Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, RM1,222
The Cult Beauty Advent Calendar has only just returned for 2021 and it has already sold out! Don't worry, though—it's coming back with a restock, so you can pop your name on the waiting list. "Why would I want to do that", you say?
Well, for starters, it's worth over RM5500. You heard that figure right—this unbeatable 38-piece curation features products from beauty's hottest and most iconic brands, including Shiseido, Glow Recipe, Supergoop!, Briogeo, and more. Further, this year's edition comes with the added draw of philanthropy.
Cult Beauty will be donating £40,000 (approx RM230,000) to the Beauty Backed Trust, an organisation founded during the COVID-19 pandemic in support of beauty professionals through grants, mentorships, and masterclasses. They are also working with ClimatePartner, ensuring that for every calendar sold, one tree will be planted.
The More The Merrier 12 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, RM333
Benefit's 2021 Advent Calendar is the perfect gift for any avid bene-babe—featuring four best-selling mascaras, three brow treatments, and two cult-favourite face powders, it's the ultimate indulgence. The 12-day calendar is housed in a super-cute keepsake box to contain the purse-friendly goodies that will keep you looking snatched throughout the holiday season.
Charlotte's Beauty Dreams and Secrets, RM853
If you're hoping to feel like the single most glamorous person in the world, look no further than this glitzy advent calendar from Charlotte Tilbury. This Hollywood-inspired curation contains 12 of brand's best-sellers including full-sized versions of the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and the colour Chameleon, travel-sized versions of the Wonderglow primer and Goddess Skin Clay Mask, and much more.
Lush Advent Calendar, RM1,299
The Lush Advent Calendar has returned for yet another year, and this limited-edition launch is the most exciting yet. While it is packed with several holiday and all-year-round delights, the Advent Calendar also features exclusive goodies like the Sleepy, Thundersnow and Cinders Bath Bombs, Kris Mouse and Christmas Penguin Bubble Bars, and the Merry Christmas Shower Gel. In addition, the box it comes in is totally reusable and recyclable! Snap this one up quick, folks—it's guaranteed to be a sell-out!
Available online from 18th Oct 2021 and in-store from 19th Oct 2021
The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, RM1,500
We can't talk about beauty advent calendars without talking about the original—the Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar. Worth a whopping £844 (approximately RM4,805), this 25-piece collection contains long-time beauty favourites such as the REN Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic, the Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm, and plenty more. It features artwork depicting a snowy Liberty London, which opens up to reveal the individual drawers, decorated with a classic Liberty London Print.
PSST: You'll want to bag this baby up ASAP—it's an instant sell-out every year!
The Luxury Advent
This 13-piece advent calendar contains products from globally-renowned skincare brand, 111SKIN, curated to offer every skincare benefit from firming to hydration, to brightening and beyond. We won't spoil too much, but within the box, you can expect to find a comprehensive array of masks, boosters, serums, and moisturisers for your perusal.
Advent Calendar, RM1,820
Jo Malone's highly-coveted advent calendar is coming back for yet another year, so stay tuned! Though details on the collection are few and far between, you can expect it to be chock-full of stellar exclusive products, festive fragrances, and a 30ml cologne. The count down to Christmas just cannot wait!
Available from November 2021.
The Premium Advent Calendar, RM388
L'Occitane has actually launched two advent calendars this year, the Classic and the Premium, both of which are filled to the brim with the brand's best beauty products. We'd have included them both, but as this is a roundup of the very best advent calendars only, our personal pick is the Premium. Why? Well, within this calendar, you'll find 24 cult-favourite products from the brand, including five full-sized products worth RM277. The packaging isn't anything to snub either—intricately decorated and embossed with gold foil stamping, it's a memorable keepsake that will look great on your vanity.
NOTE: We'll be updating this article with more new launches for you keen beans—watch this space!
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