Advent calendars are one of the most festive ways to count down the days until Christmas, and they've come a long way since those flimsy cardboard ones with the waxy pieces of chocolate. Of course, there's something decidedly nostalgic about those ones (even if the candy is borderline inedible), but the upgrade of advent calendars is something everyone can get behind — especially beauty advent calendars.
Yes, fancy advent calendars that contain gourmet chocolate or holiday-ready alcohol are great too, but for beauty lovers, ones filled with makeup, nail, and skin care goodies really are the gifts that keep on giving. They're definitely worth looking forward to every day before December 25 hits, and every time you open a window, it's a chance to fall in love with your new favorite product.
Beauty advent calendars make great early holiday presents if you're exchanging before the big day, but honestly, they're pretty great to snag for yourself, too (and maybe your beauty-lover roommate or best friend, just to be nice).
Here are 11 advent calendars that'll add a little extra sparkle to the 12 days of Christmas (and in some cases, more). This is about to be your most gorgeous holiday season yet — it's like getting a little surprise from the beauty gods every day.
1. 12 Days of Ciaté London
Hop across the pond this holiday season with Ciaté London's best-sellers, including their Liquid Velvet lipstick and Wonderwand mascara.
2. Origins Give Joy Super Set
While "12 days of Christmas" is the traditional phrase, this advent calendar goes above and beyond with 13 pieces.
3. Oh K! 12 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar
A mini nail file, lip gloss, hair ties, false eyelashes, and more are behind the 12 adorable windows in this advent calendar.
4. River Island Beauty and Jewelry Advent Calendar
In addition to a multitasking highlighter stick and a lip gloss, this advent calendar is also filled with jewelry including earrings, necklaces, and more.
5. OLEHENRIKSEN 12 Days of OLE Glow Skincare Advent Calendar
Give yourself the gift of incredible skin this holiday season with OLEHENRIKSEN's Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, Truth Serum, and more.
6. Target 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar Gift Set
This budget-friendly advent calendar is filled with drugstore favorites. Fair warning: This might give you 12 new items to get hooked on from Target.
7. Charlotte Tilbury Naughty And Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar
If you really feel like treating yourself this holiday season, this luxe advent calendar is filled with all of the celebrity makeup artist's cult favorite products.
8. Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Set
If you're the type of person who can never have enough nail polishes, the 19 mini ones in this advent calendar may finally round out your collection.
9. SkinStore 12 Miracles Of Beauty Advent Calendar
SkinStore's advent calendar includes the best of the best in skin care, featuring top brands and effective products you'll use to the very last drop.
10. Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar
Who needs a signature scent when you've got a bunch of little ones to play around with?
11. Clarins Advent Calendar
Skin care junkies will go crazy over this jam-packed Clarins Advent Calendar with two dozen surprises inside, including Clarins' Beauty Flash Balm and Moisture-Rich Body Lotion.