Count Down to The Holidays With A Beauty-Inspired Advent Calendar

Sorry, chocolate, a beauty-inspired advent calendar is taking your place.

As a child, nothing said 'holiday spirit' more to me than when my chocolate advent calendar would arrive. Thanks, Grandma! Not only was I counting down to my most favorite time of the year, it was also the only time that my mother would allow me to have chocolate in the morning (talk about a win, win!).

#Adulting means that Grandma no longer sends me an advent calendar. And so, the search for a more adult-friendly version began. Enter: beauty-inspired advent calendars. They may not be edible, but thus far they've worked at filling the chocolate-sized hole in my heart during the holiday season.



With this advent calendar you'll get a little bit of everything—and an extra special surprise on day 25!

We won't spoil every surprise, but there are some things to look forward to:

This Works, Deep Sleep Beauty Spray—because the holiday season often means a lot of late nights celebrating!

St. Tropez, Instant Tan Gloss—if you're in a winter wonderland (like this New Yorker) you'll likely be missing that perfect sun-kissed summer look. St. Tropez to the rescue!

Lottie London, Arch Rival Volumising Eyebrow Powder—because, eyebrows.

Available at ASOS, $87


For the beauty product connoisseur, QVC's Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar will not disappoint.

This expertly curated calendar will have you wanting to open all 24 boxes in one go. We can't wait to get our hands on every. single. piece., but we're especially looking forward to these:

KOPARI, Coconut Mini Melt—if you're not already addicted to coconut oil (honestly, who isn't!?), this multi-use maven will have you hooked.

JULEP, Charcoal Konjac Sponge—probably the coolest all-natural exfoliator you'll ever get your hands on. 'Nuff said.

Peter Thomas Roth, Cucumber Gel Mask—for when you need a little TLC (tender loving cucumber).

Available at QVC, $63.95 + shipping


L'Occitane's Classic Beauty Advent Calendar offers a lot of luxe in a little(ish) package. The range of products is amazing and proves that you just can't beat a classic.

Some of our favorites included in the advent calendar:

Almond Delicious Soap—a little almond joy, anyone? This soap smells good enough to eat, and is also an amazing, natural, exfoliant.

Shea Butter Foot Cream—because your tootsies need love, too.

Sugar Bath Cube—give your bath a boost!

Available at L'Occitane, $69

Atelier Cologne

Invigorate your senses with this perfume-packed advent calendar by Atelier. You'll get a delicious mix of soaps, perfume dabbers, and sprays.

Some of our favorite scents?

Vanille Insensée—part of the 'Avant Garde' collection, this is described as "warm, audacious and unexpected." Uh, yes, please.

Orange Sanguine Soap—fresh and French-milled, this might be the most lush bar soap you'll ever get your hands on.

Sud Magnolia—part of the 'Bon Voyage' collection, this scent is described as "sunny, bright and colorful." Perfect to chase away those winter blues!

Available at Sephora, $49


Hey vegans and cruelty-free product lovers, this one's for you (although, quite a few on this list fit that description, too!). Lush's 12 Days of Christmas is packed with lush-ious (sorry, couldn't resist) goodies that smell as good as they feel. Bonus: you can totally reuse the box, too!

Everything in this box is a must have, but we're especially excited for these very Christmas-y inclusions:

The Snowman—read: the cutest little bubbleroon you ever did see.

Santa's Christmas Shower Cream—so you can have soothing skin and smell like Christmas at the same time. Is there anything better than that?

Christingle—a soothing and invigorating body conditioner infused with peppermint, menthol, jojoba oil and shea butter (among other delectable ingredients).

Available at Lush, $114.95