As a kid, waiting for Christmas was almost as hard as waiting for your birthday — but better because everyone else was waiting for it, too. Enter the advent calendar: a calendar that counts down the days until Christmas with a little gift marking every day leading up to the big day.
Ten years ago, my advent calendars were filled with little chocolates that I looked forward to eating after school, but now I’ve traded chocolates for cleansers and lipsticks, and I’m never looking back. Check out some of the best beauty advent calendars, ahead:
Even though the beauty retailer is known for carrying some of our fave brands, Ulta’s makeup line is pretty badass, too. If you don’t know where to start, try their advent calendar — 12 days of Ulta, the perfect starter kit for the uninitiated.
Target Advent Calendar
The beloved Target (pronounced “tar-jay” in most circles) has one of the best advent calendars we’ve seen this year, providing a sampling of some of their best beauty brands. This is perfect for the girl who takes a holistic approach to her beauty routine — the calendar including hair, skin and makeup options for the overall beauty enthusiast.
Nail lovers, this one’s for you. Filled with 19 mini polishes and one full-sized option — this is a great gift for the babe who changes her nail color more than she changes her underwear. The set includes five new, exclusive shades and some old fan faves like Champagne Kisses and Midnight in Paris.
If you’re a kid at heart or can’t resist the iconic Creme de Corps in cute packaging, this advent calendar is the perfect way to countdown to the big day. For seven days, you can indulge in the Kiehl’s classics, including the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
Calling all NYX lipstick fans and babes who have been dying to try them all — this advent calendar is perfect for you. It houses 24 days of NYX goodies and is filled with their tried and true lip products, including their iconic matte lipstick and butter glosses.
Beekman 1802 Advent Calendar
If you love indie skincare as much as we do (which probably isn’t possible, TBH), this should definitely be on your pre-Christmas wish list. Filled with Beekman goodies, this calendar is a great way to get your hands on some travel-friendly faves or discover your new holy grail buys.
This calendar is basically an excuse to stock up on the best of No7, and we’re most definitely not mad it. The calendar includes some of their buzziest products (including the cult fave Protect & Perfect Serum) and last time we checked it was selling out left and right.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.