The best beauty advent calendars for brides

There's still time to snap up a beauty advent calendar to make December extra magical

While we’ll never turn down a little novelty shaped chocolate from a traditional advent calendar, 2018 is all about the beauty advent calendar.


What better way to count down to Christmas than with a beauty treat each and every day? With 25 products, from full-sized to amazing travel minis, beauty advent calendars are the perfect way to try out loads of new products before committing to introducing them to your bridal beauty regime.

We tried out beauty calendars from the top brands to work out which are the best for brides… scroll down for our findings.


Mavala 12 Days of Christmas for Nails and Hand Care

If you’re hoping to get your hands and nails in perfect condition ahead of your wedding day, Mavala’s advent calendar is the perfect purchase for you.

Without giving too much away, it holds host to best-selling shades from the brand (see above), the iconic cuticle oil which we can’t live without, as well as a handy base coat to prevent bold Christmassy polish shades staining your nails.

If you’re planning on treating your bridal party to a beauty calendar, this is a great choice as it won’t break the bank.


Decléor 2018 Advent Calendar, £56

We all dream of achieving that coveted bridal glow, and Decléor’s beauty advent calendar is here to help you achieve it.

It’s packed with 24 of Decleor’s most loved products, from cleansing milk, to eye gels to night balm, some full size and some the perfect size to slip into your travel make-up back for your honeymoon.

It’s worth a huge £258, so is a massive saving (that’s how to justify using some of the wedding budget up on it!)


John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar, £115.50

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like John Lewis (we still can’t get over the Elton John ad!), and the shop has outdone itself with the beauty calendar this year, filled with new and iconic beauty treats in enticing little drawers.

The drawers include gifts from Elemis, NARS, Benefit and Charlotte Tilbury, among other amazing beauty brands – this is one we’ll be rushing to open every morning!


M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2018, £35

Already sold out online, this bright and beautiful calendar from M&S includes M&S own-brand items alongside products from beauty heroes like Nuxe, Stila, L’Occitane, Pixi and Ren.

It’s the perfect way to try out iconic beauty products before splashing out on the full size, and at just £35 it’s an undeniable bargain.


Dr. Hauschka Advent Calendar, £85

Our editor-at-large Peta Hunt is a Dr. Hauschka devotee, so we know she’ll be keen to try out the products in this beautifully packaged advent calendar.

Each of the products comes in an adorable numbered sack which will be perfect for storing jewellery in long after you’ve used up all of the sample-sized products.

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Dermalogica 12 Days To Glow Advent Calendar 2018, £120

When we’re looking for skincare products guaranteed to improve our complexion, Dermalogica always springs to mind, so we were so excited to learn the brand is releasing an advent calendar this year.

Each door houses a professional-grade skincare product, designed to give you the best skin of your life ahead of your wedding day.


L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar, £49

We adore the bright and bold packaging on this L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar – and the presents inside are just as delightful.


From hand creams to soaps, body lotions and foot cream, this calendar has the most useful treats of them all – it would make a great gift for the mother-of-the-bride.