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.
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.
For the ultimate collection of bath and body, skincare, and haircare minis, count down the holidays with this advent calendar from L'Occitane.
Behind every door is a mini perfume or bath and body product that will give you a luxurious countdown to the holidays.
How cute is this suitcase-themed calendar? Plus, you'll be obsessed with the 12 Soft Matte Lip Creams and 12 eyeshadows inside.
If colorful soaks and bubble-filled baths are your thing, you'll love this calendar filled with 12 holiday-themed bath and body treats.
This sparkly calendar features a range of Charlotte Tilbury's most iconic products, as well as one exclusive product.
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.
From body care, to makeup, to skincare, to accessories, this 24-day advent calendar has it all.
9. Ciate London
For mani mavens, it doesn't get much better than this advent calendar chock-full of fun polishes.
If there's no such thing as too much makeup, you'll love this calendar that has lippies and eyeshadows galore.
Try out a slew of Benefit favorites from tints, to mascaras, to cheek powders with this colorful calendar.
12. 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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