When I was younger I had a Playmobile advent calendar that, despite reusing for several years, never lost its excitement. I loved waking up each morning and taking a new piece out of that days box and placing it on the cardboard backdrop. On Christmas Eve the scene was completed and it was finally time for Santa to come! Having something to look forward to each day made the holiday season just that more special, and I cherish those memories.

The excitement of having an Advent calendar has not been lost on me as I’ve grown older, and I love that the trend of beauty Advent calendars is starting to catch on in the U.S. Last year at this time I was in England and it seemed like every store you went in had at least one calendar you could buy. I purchased a simple little chocolate calendar, however this year I wanted to put the spotlight on some of the best beauty Advent calendars your money can buy.

There are a lot of amazing options out there, however I’ve kept my post to calendars that are under $100. Anything above that is outrageous I think, and something I just can’t put my money towards right now. With that said, let’s get into it!

  1. Ulta 12 Days of Beauty Ulta-12-Days-of-Beauty-Advent-Calendar-Holiday-2016.jpeg

Price: $18.00

Available: At Ulta.com and in Ulta Stores

What’s Included:

  • 1 Liquid Highlighter (0.03 oz)
  • 1 Dazzling Lip Gloss (0.3 oz)
  • 1 Tinted Lip Balm (0.13 oz)
  • 1 Brow Pencil (0.03 oz)
  • 1 Gold Glitter Mascara (0.04 oz)
  • 1 Lip Gloss Stain (0.03 oz)
  • 1 Inner Rim Eyeliner (0.03 oz)
  • 1 Bouncy Blush (0.11 oz)
  • 1 Foil Rock Eyeshadow (0.11 oz)
  • 1 Gel Bounce Eyeshadow (0.06 oz)
  • 1 Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover (15 ct)
  • 1 Temporary Tattoo Sheet

What I’m Excited About: The two eyeshadows and the Dazzling lip gloss

2. NYX Wanderlust Advent Calendar


Price: $50

Available: At nyxcosmetics.com

What’s Included:

  • 12 mini NYX eyeshadows
  • 12 mini soft matte lip creams

What I’m excited about: Everything! I love the lip creams so much and NYX also makes great shadows.

3.  Benefits’ Girl O’Clock Rock Mini Bestsellers Set


Price: $45

Available: benefitcosmetics.com Ulta.com

What’s Included:

  • The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Face Primer mini (0.1 oz)
  • They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara mini (0.1 oz)
  • Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain mini (0.08 oz)
  • Posietint Cheek & Lip Stain mini (0.08 oz)
  • They’re Real! Makeup Remover mini (0.25 OZ)
  • It’s Potent! Eye Cream mini (0.1 oz)
  • Ultra Plush Lip Gloss mini in Lollibop (0.22 oz)
  • Hoola Matte Bronzer mini (0.1 oz)
  • Dandelion Brightening Baby-Pink Blush mini (0.1 oz)
  • BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara Mini (0.14 oz)
  • High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter mini (0.08 oz)
  • Lollitint Cheek & Lip Stain mini (0.08 oz)

What I’m Excited About: The mini Hoola bronzer and the mini Dandelion blush

4. BareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous

Price: $79

Available: At Ulta.com

What’s Included:

  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Crowd Pleaser (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Girl Next Door (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Daredevil (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Risk Taker (0.02 oz)
  • Deluxe Pop Of Passion in Pink Passion (0.03 oz)
  • Deluxe Pop Of Passion in Plumberry Pop (0.03 oz)
  • Deluxe Pop Of Passion in Rose Passion (0.03 oz)
  • Deluxe Pop Of Passion in Nude Passion (0.03 oz)
  • Eyecolor in Vanilla Sugar (0.01 oz)
  • Eyecolor in All Spice (0.01 oz)
  • Eyecolor in Ethereal (0.01 oz)
  • Eyecolor in Thankful (0.01 oz)
  • Eyecolor in Shine(0.01 oz)
  • Blush Lola in (0.02 oz)
  • Blush in Tropical Sunset (0.02 oz)
  • Radiance in Glee (0.02 oz)
  • Original Mineral Veil (0.03 oz)
  • Tinted Mineral Veil Finishing Powder (0.03 oz)
  • Mini Lash Domination Mascara (0.05 oz)
  • Mini Lash Domination Petite Precision Brush (0.05 oz)
  • Deluxe sample Skinsorials SkinLongevity (0.25 oz)
  • Keychain keepsake

What I’m Excited About: The eyecolor in Ethereal

5. Target’s 12 Days of Beauty Faves

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Price: $24.99

Available: At target.com

What’s Included:

  • Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash -.5 oz
  • Pixi by Petra Skintreats Glow Tonic -.5oz
  • Umberto Beverly Hills Lifting Powder -.16 oz
  • SinfulColors Professional Nail Color -.5 oz
  • Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin – 8.5 grams
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask -.5 oz
  • ME! Bath Mini Ice Cream Bath Soak – 2 oz
  • NYX Xtreme Lip Cream -.23 oz
  • Nexxus Comb Thru Finishing Mist – 1.5 oz
  • Mayfair Soap Foundry Bod Creme in Sea Lily Jasmine 1 oz
  • ACURE Day Cream Gotu Kola Stem Cell + CGF – 1 oz
  • ecotools Kabuki Brush

What I’m Excited About: The ecotools Kabuki Brush and the Umberto Lifting Powder

6. 10 Days of Clinique

Price: $39.50

Available: At sephora.com

What’s Included:

  • 0.001 oz./ 0.028 g Skinny Stick
  • 0.12 oz/ 3.7 ml Chubby Stick
  • 0.14 oz/ 4 ml Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
  • 0.24 oz/ 7 ml Pep-Start Eye Cream
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 ml Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer
  • 1 oz/ 30 ml Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser
  • 1 oz/ 30 ml Foaming Sonic Facial Soap
  • 1 oz/ 30 ml Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
  • 1 oz/ 30 ml Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • 1.7 oz/ 50 ml Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips

What I’m Excited About: The Chubby Stick and the Pep-Start Eye Cream

7. Lush’s’ 12 Days of Christmas


Price: $99.95

Available: At lushusa.com

What’s Included:

  • Fireside Soap
  • Candy Cane Shower Smoothie
  • Sleepy Body Lotion
  • Snow Fairy Body Lotion
  • Butterbear Bath Bomb
  • Twilight Shower Gel
  • Bubbly Shower Gel
  • Candy Mountain Bubble Bar
  • Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb
  • Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
  • Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
  • Baked Alaska Soap

What I’m Excited For: The Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Those are my top picks for this years Advent Calendars! I would love to get my hands on the Target calendar or the Benefit one. Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!




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