Advent calendars are not just for Christmas. And we mean that quite literally. Especially now that so many of the best ones – from high-end to high street – are available now at incredibly discounted prices.
That means that you can enjoy all those coveted cosmetics and skincare products at some of the most bargain price points you'll find all year.
Here's a little preview of some of the things you can get your hands on: the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar contains £800 of cult fave products like Charlotte Tilbury, Ren and Paula's Choice that you can now get for £105. Lookfantastic's Beauty Advent Calendar is filled with over £500 of notable beauty buys, which you can now get your hands on for under £75.
Then there's high-street fave Revolution Beauty with its Beauty Heroes Edit 25 Days Advent Calendar that is jam-packed with eyeshadow palettes and other make-up must-haves, plus all the beauty kit you'll need to look good.
Whether you want to keep up that festive fun and give yourself a daily surprise by opening up one product a day for a month, or you're the impatient type and open the whole thing at once, these advent calendars are the best gift to self to cheer up a gloomy January.
9 of the best discounted advent calendars
Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2022 | £74.10 (was £95) from Lookfantastic
Worth £500, this has 26 of the most desirable products in the beauty world. Here's a taster of what's in store for you: a Rodial Vit C Brightening Mask worth £34; Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub worth £42; and a Disciple Gua Sha tool worth £30. Plus if you're a subscriber you'll get a further 15% off (and yes, you can subscribe now using the code ADVENTNEWSUBS).
Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar | £130 (was £260) from Net-a-Porter
Carefully curated by the luxury retailer's beauty team, this is worth over £1,000. So naturally, it has many of the biggest products by the biggest names in the beauty biz.
Some of the treats you can look forward to? Dr. Barbara Sturm's The Good C serum (which fends off free radicals); Augustinus Bader's The Face Oil – which is fast-absorbing and nourishing with an in-house complex of amino acids, vitamins and oils; and five doses of Noble Panacea's The Absolute Rejuvenation Night Balm which helps restore skin using the pioneering Organic Molecular Vessel™ Technology. Great skin is just a click away.
Clarins Women's 12 Day Beauty Advent Calendar | £52.50 (was £75) from Clarins
Fans of the brand rejoice – this has a value of £133, so you're getting over 50% off. Amongst the 12 cult faves, you get a full-sized Double Serum (a potent, anti-ageing serum that has an impressive 20 plant extracts to reclaim your skin’s natural radiance). Then there's the full-sized lip comfort oil which is packed with plant oils to nourish, protect and enhance. And a mini SOS Pure Mask to remove pollutants and tighten pores in a mere 10 minutes.
La Mer The 12 Days of Transformation Advent Calendar | £315 (was £450) from Net-A-Porter
You'll get over £546 worth of iconic products from one of the world's most luxe beauty brands so it's worth the splash out. While none of the 12 products are full-size, a little goes a long way with this brand.
You'll get a 15ml version of the product that started it all: Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream; a mini Regenerating Serum (with its new Metabolic Ferment formula – an anti-ageing must, plus it's also infused with the brand's signature Miracle Broth); and a 5ml version of The Eye Concentrate which tests show reduces dark circles and lines in just 21 days.
ESPA Wellness Advent Calendar | £112 (was £160) from Lookfantastic
With 25 products housed in a snow-white box, this is self-care at its best. Lie back and relax in the bath with the Signature Blends Energising Bath & Body Oil, while the Winter Spice Votive Candle flickers gently on the side. Apply the brand's Tri-Active Regenerating Bio-Retinol Sleeping Serum then spritz your pillow with Restful Pillow Mist. It's bliss-in-a-box guaranteed.
Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar 2022 | £315 (was £450) from Net-A-Porter
What the good doctor doesn't know about skincare isn't worth knowing, so this calendar, packed with 24 mini and full-sized science-backed products, is a great way to try the brand out. Or get stuff really cheap if you're a regular buyer.
Our faves? The Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum: a blend of low and high-weighted Hyaluronic molecules for maximal absorption and moisture. The Better B Niacinamide Serum helps to shrink pores for a smoother complexion and has Marine Plankton Extract for skin strengthening. Meanwhile, the Super Anti-Aging Neck & Decolleté Cream features a host of botanicals including Mangosteen and Prickly Pear to help restore firmness and suppleness.
Giorgio Armani 2022 Advent Calendar | £165 (was £249) from Selfridges
You'll get 24 super-glam, high-end products for a fraction of the price if you invest in this calendar. With loads of mini eau de parfums (including Sì and Sì Passione Eclat) as well as Lip Power lippies, Lip Maestro liquid lipsticks, Eyes to Kill Designer Eyeliner, plus eyeshadows, highlighter, skincare products... this is a beauty lover's dream.
Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar | £105 (was £210) from Selfridges
Make-up, haircare, skincare, perfume... you'll get 25 essentials that you'll love for work, rest or play. And they're all cult faves, trust us. Think a 30ml Escentric Molecule 01 perfume; Divine Rose Blush by Pat McGrath; Ren AHA Smart Body serum 200ml; and Charlotte Tilbury The Queen of Glow eye shadow palette. With names like that, it's no surprise this brilliant buy is actually worth over £800.
Revolution Beauty Heroes Edit 25 Days Advent Calendar | £48 (was £119.99) from Revolution Beauty
There are 25 full-sized goodies in this advent calendar haul, meaning you'll be getting £165 worth of kit for way less than half price. Known for doing good quality dupes of high-end brands, the affordable high-street beauty name also holds its own when it comes to quality. Plus its offerings are vegan and cruelty-free.
Want a taster? You'll get Revolution Skincare Gold Eye Hydrogel Hydrating Eye Patches, a Revolution Blush Palette, a Revolution Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette and an I Heart Revolution Heartbreakers Eyeshadow Palette Flourish plus eye and lip liners, liquid blush, skincare alongside microfibre face cloths, a make-up bag, skincare headband, a boob mask... seriously you'll want for nothing on the beauty front if you get this.