It’s beginning to look a lot like beauty advent calendar season! My very favourite thing about this time of the year is the abundance of amazing products you can try at super discounted prices thanks to the humble (or not so humble) advent calendar. Whether they’re full size products or travel size, one thing is for sure when it comes to calendar bounty—it will cost you way less than it would at recommended retail price. Here are some of my picks for the best advent calendar in beauty, makeup and skincare for 2023.

L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, $119

If there’s one beauty advent calendar that is on my must-have list for 2023, it’s L’Occitane. The Classic Beauty advent calendar this year is overflowing with the very best body, skin and hair products from the French beauty house. I’m very driven by scent and the fragrances of L’Occitane products are DIVINE (hello Verbena and Osmanthus!). The Classic calendar is full of deluxe travel size products (plus one full size product!), perfect for popping a little luxury in your carry on luggage if you’ve got a cheeky vacay booked this year. Or just popping in your shower for a mid-week treat. 

 Lacura Skin Science 12 Days of Caviar Illumination advent calendar, $29.99

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Amazing if you can still find it in stores.

Look, technically this is a special buy that’s been and gone in Aldi, but it’s worth popping it in your thoughts in case there are still some floating around (or to jump on next year as soon as they’re released!) Lacura Skin Science Caviar set is well known in beauty circles as a dupe of a much MUCH more expensive luxury brand (IYKYK). Each product in the calendar contains powerful anti-ageing caviar extract—an energetic active ingredient which is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and lipid components

The Lacura Skin Science Caviar Illumination skin care range contains the revolutionary snow algae extract which stimulates collagen synthesis to effectively counteract the skin ageing process and therefore the visible signs of ageing. The calendar features the best products in the range, from day cream to night, eye mousse and masks, and serum ampoules. 

Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets, $300

She’s gorgeous!

Look out darlings, she’s back and she’s BOUGIE. This luxe advent calendar not only contains 12 stunning products from Charlotte Tilbury’s decadent range, but it comes in a box that is truly a beauty to behold. Seriously, it’s the type of box you just don’t throw out, complete with jeweled handles on each intricate drawer (jewelery box after Christmas is done, anyone?). The drawers feature 10 magical makeup and skincare minis, as well as two full size products. 

Sephora The Future Is Yours Advent Calendar, $100

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Amazing value from Sephora.

The essential Sephora Collection beauty advent calendar has 24 makeup, skincare, bath and accessories surprises and is a must this season. Makeup, skincare, bath, accessories… Discover a selection of Sephora Collection must-haves for the holidays. The hardest part will be waiting until Christmas to open all the boxes. Even better, the calendar was developed using a more responsible approach: the cardboard was produced from sustainably managed forests.

Mecca Max Mini Marvels 12-Piece Advent Calendar, $69

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Mecca Max products pack a punch.

What’s better than one beauty gift? 12! Kick off the countdown to summer with 12 mini-but-mighty MAX must-haves to open day-by-day (or all at once!). This beauty-filled holiday calendar—packaged in a reusable makeup organiser—comes loaded with everything from liners and bronzer to highlighter and tools, designed to slip perfectly into your carry-on, mini bag or pocket. Bring on the joy of unboxing, and feeling fresh and glowy all summer long!

Lancome Advent Calendar, $330

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A fabulous tour of the Lancome range.

Countdown the days to holidays as you unwrap each of Lancome’s extraordinary beauty surprises. The most extraordinary surprise is place under the Eiffel Tower to unwrap on the 24th. The packaging is stunning, with each of the presents wrapped in a profusion of joyful gold and adorned with the precious Lancôme x Orlinski rose. Gifts include everything from skincare and makeup and fragrant, from Absolue Eye Cream, Idôle La Power Crème and L’Absolu Rouge, to Lash Idôle, Rénergie Multi-lift Ultra Cream and Idôle perfume.

Revolution Beauty 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar, $80

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Excellent value from Revolution.

The ultimate bargain beauty advent calendar is back and better than ever in 2023. The countdown to Christmas never looked so good! Start your season right with the Revolution 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar, with everything you need to sleigh the most magical time of the year. From lip glosses to eyeliners and must-have accessories, beauty lovers will obsess over the ultimate countdown.

Kiehls Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar, $179

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Super soft skin with Kiehls.

A special gift awaits behind each door in the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar. Featuring holiday-inspired designs by artist duo Icinori, this collection houses Kiehls customer favorite skincare formulas for the ultimate gift that keeps on giving!

David Jones 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $240

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All the fanciest brands in the one place.

For a wondrous Christmas truly like no other, treat yourself and your loved ones to this year’s David Jones 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar and discover a selection of expertly curated buyers picks across luxury skincare, haircare, fragrance & makeup. This is wonderful if you want a selection of products across many brands, rather than all the same. Try all the luxe brands you’ve always wanted to, with 24 to choose from (including four full size products) worth more than $500. 

Elizabeth Best

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