These Beauty Advent Calendars Are Everything

One of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the anticipation. Eagerly counting down the days till the festivities is almost as exciting as the events themselves. But if you still want a way to take that anticipation to the next level, an advent calendar to help you count down the holidays is the perfect addition. And if you happen to be slightly more obsessed with lipstick than chocolate (a close call, I know), there are actually plenty of beauty-based advent calendars that can totally upgrade your travel-sized makeup, skincare, and nail polish collections. Because, c'mon, who doesn't love minis?

Plus, whether you've been looking to dip your toes into a new brand or already have a favorite, advent calendars are a great way to sample products across a line and even discover new favorites. With so many great options though, the only problem is choosing just one. So to help you decide which advent calendar is perfect for you (or a friend) to count down to the holidays with this year, here are 12 of the best 2016 beauty options. After all, you gotta love a gift that keeps on giving all month long.

1. Clarins

2016 Advent Calendar, $125, Clarins

Not only does this advent calendar offer a mix of makeup and skincare, but it also comes with some new and cult-favorite, full-size products.

2. L'Occitane

Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar, $55, L'Occitane

For the ultimate collection of bath and body, skincare, and haircare minis, count down the holidays with this advent calendar from L'Occitane.

3. Jo Malone London

Christmas Advent Calendar, $425, Jo Malone London

Behind every door is a mini perfume or bath and body product that will give you a luxurious countdown to the holidays.

4. NYX

Wanderlust Advent Calendar, $50, NYX Cosmetics

How cute is this suitcase-themed calendar? Plus, you'll be obsessed with the 12 Soft Matte Lip Creams and 12 eyeshadows inside.

5. Lush

12 Days of Christmas , $100, Lush

If colorful soaks and bubble-filled baths are your thing, you'll love this calendar filled with 12 holiday-themed bath and body treats.

6. Charlotte Tilbury

World of Legendary Parties, $200, Charlotte Tilbury

This sparkly calendar features a range of Charlotte Tilbury's most iconic products, as well as one exclusive product.

7. Look Fantastic

The Beauty Secret, $95, L ook Fantastic

If you can't decide on your favorite brand to count down the holidays with, try this calendar that features a variety of beauty brands and products from every category.

8. The Body Shop

Deluxe Advent Calendar, $125, The Body Shop

From body care, to makeup, to skincare, to accessories, this 24-day advent calendar has it all.

9. Ciate London

Mini Mani Month 2016, $59, Ciate London

For mani mavens, it doesn't get much better than this advent calendar chock-full of fun polishes.

10. bareMinerals

Countdown to Gorgeous, $79, Bare Escentuals

If there's no such thing as too much makeup, you'll love this calendar that has lippies and eyeshadows galore.

11. Benefit

Girl O'Clock Rock Mini Bestsellers Set, $45, B enefit Cosmetics

Try out a slew of Benefit favorites from tints, to mascaras, to cheek powders with this colorful calendar.

12. Laura Mercier

The Iconics, $170, Laura Mercier

This sleek case features deluxe and even full-sized Laura Mercier faves.

Because if you're going to count down anyway, you might as well do it with makeup.

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