Beauty Advent Calendars (2018)

As a child, I would look so forward to the 1st of December because it meant I could officially dig into my advent calendar. But if I am being honest, I never had the discipline to only ever eat one chocolate a day and would usually buy a backup calendar (chocolate is my weakness!) Nowadays, advent calendars have come a long way, and you can find just about anything in an advent calendar including all your favourite beauty items.

To make things easier for you, I have rounded up all the beauty, skincare and makeup advent calendars that I could find available in South Africa – have fun and don’t forget to comment and share which one you’ll be buying!

WBeauty 24-Piece Advent Calendar

Woolworths have really been doing the most with their in-house WBeauty range and following the success of their JT. One advent calendar last year, it’s no surprise that they’ve gone ahead and launched a blockbuster of an advent calendar which features 24 beauty items from the WBeauty range that includes everything you need to create a full look:

  • 15ml smoothing primer
  • 30ml makeup setting spray
  • x2 hydro lipstick in scarlet & oyster flush
  • x2 tinted lipgloss in raisin & pink blush
  • x8 mini gel-like nail varnish in mulberry & red berry, ivory pink & plum pudding
  • Ocean LTD Edition, kaleidoscope, metallic champagne & blackcurrant
  • nail varnish remover wipers (30 pads)
  • mini high definition mascara in black
  • dipliner in black
  • single eyeshadow in gold glow & sugared fig
  • 30ml makeup remover lotion
  • 12ml Heartlight Bella Rose EDP
  • mini kabuki brush
  • mini makeup blending sponge
  • mini emery board

Costs R1,150 | Available from Woolworths

CLARINS Holiday Advent Calendar

I absolutely adore CLARINS, especially their skincare products! So, I might have squealed when I saw that they’re offering an advent calendar that features some of my very favourite skincare picks from their range, plus a few that are new to me!

  • 50ml Beauty Flash Balm
  • 12ml Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
  • 15ml Gentle Refiner
  • 15ml SOS Hydra Mask
  • 30ml Exfoliating Body Scrub
  • 50ml Toning Lotion Normal to Dry Skin
  • 30ml Instant Eye Make-up Remover
  • 30ml One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
  • 4ml Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
  • 2.8ml Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
  • 0.39g Crayon Khol 01
  • 3ml Mascara

Costs R935 | Available from Woolworths

HD Advent Calendar

If you’re on a budget and LOVE nailpolish, then this is the advent calendar for you! The HD Advent Calendar features 12 different nail polish shades and promises to be a treat for those who love doing their own nails. I remember seeing these last year and wanting to pick one up, so I am glad that Clicks have decided to bring it back again this year.

Costs R199 | Available from Clicks

The Body Shop Advent Calendar

Wooooo-hoooo! This is sure to be a winner (it’s already sold out online!!!) I remember my friend in the UK getting one last year and having so much FOMO, so this is definitely at the top of my list. This year, I have really loved discovering products from The Body Shop and can imagine that their advent calendar is a proper spoil for the senses! The Body Shop 25 Days Of The Enchanted is filled with a variety of products from their skincare, body care, makeup and accessory ranges. Each is beautifully packaged individually in a larger, decorative box graced with the visage of Dani the Deer. If like me, you find the festive season to be stressful, this is the perfect excuse to include some self-care into each day as you count down to Christmas.

Costs R1,250 | Available from Clicks

LÓccitane Classic Advent Calendar

A few years back, I received 3 Christmas Crackers filled with LÓccitane products that were a real treat, so I can only imagine how amazing their advent calendar must be! L’Occitane’s much-loved Advent Calendar is back for 2018. Illustrated by the renowned French artist Kanako, this Beauty Advent Calendar features 24 of their most loved products and is the ideal way to countdown to Christmas. Don’t miss out, this annual favourite sells out every year!

  • 35ml Relaxing Shower Gel
  • 35ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
  • 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • 50g Almond Delicious Soap
  • 10ml Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
  • 35ml Repairing Shampoo
  • 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion
  • 25g Verbena Soap with leaves
  • 30ml Ultra Rich Shower Cream
  • 10ml Almond Delicious Hands
  • 20ml Almond Milk Concentrate
  • 35ml Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
  • 10ml Verbena Cooling Hand Cream
  • 35ml Almond Shower Oil
  • 10ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
  • 50g Arlésienne Perfumed Soap
  • 30ml Verbena Body Lotion
  • 35g Revitalising Sugar Bath Cube
  • 30ml Verbena Shower Gel
  • 3ml Shea Butter Lip Balm
  • 7.5ml Arlésienne Eau de Toilette
  • 5ml Shea Light Comforting Cream
  • 35ml Repairing Conditioner
  • 25g Shea Milk Extra-Gentle Soap

Costs R950 | Available from LÓccitane

12-Days to Glow Dermalogica Advent Calendar

Whether you’re completely new to Dermalogica or someone who swears by their products (me!), you’re bound to love this beautiful limited edition advent calendar. Shine the spotlight on your natural radiance with a collection of brightening and firming favourites that will reveal your healthiest skin, keep it smooth and protect it all day long. In addition to their advent calendar, they have also launched a few skin kits that make the perfect gifts and each boasting incredible value!

  • precleanse 30 ml
  • special cleansing gel 50 ml
  • daily microfoliant 4 g
  • multi-active toner 50 ml
  • biolumin-c serum 3 ml
  • stress positive eye lift 6 ml
  • NEW! skin smoothing cream 7 ml (coming February 2019)
  • dynamic skin recovery spf50 7 ml
  • skin perfect primer spf30 7 ml
  • rapid reveal peel 3 ml
  • multivitamin power recovery masque 10 ml
  • sound sleep cocoon 10 ml

Costs R1,795 | Available from Dermalogica

Barbor Advent Calendar

Here’s a brand I have never tried, so what better excuse to get their exciting bumper-packed advent calendar, where I can try a handful of their most gushed about skincare products. I hear that Barbor always have such an exciting and luxurious calendar, so I am itching to get my hands on this one! The calendar includes 24 perfectly coordinated active ingredient ampoule concentrates, so that by the time Christmas has arrived, you’ll beautifully radiant and youthful skin, perfect for all those selfies you’re bound to take around the Christmas tree.

Costs R1,620 | Available from Barbor

LUSH 12 Days of Christmas

Is it even Christmas, if you haven’t gifted some LUSH? Every year, LUSH bring out an epic advent calendar that includes 12 products for you to enjoy in the bath and shower, and that are sure to have you singing with joy to all your favourite Christmas Carols. Whether you’re in the mood for bubbles, fancy some fizz or are after loads of lathers, this traditional gift covers all bases.

Costs R1,395 | Available from LUSH

Cult Beauty Finds

Although Cult Beauty is based in the UK, they offer worldwide shipping (free for your first order!) and they deliver within a week right to your door. Their service is impeccable and they have a wide range of international beauty brands that we don’t usually get in South Africa!

NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar

The perfect way to count down the days this festive season, this irresistible advent calendar hides 24 fan-favourite formulas (in all-new shades!) Limited edition, this will make anyone’s month, with everything from lippies – like Soft Matte Lip Cream and Butter Gloss – to velvety eyeshadow, highlighter and blusher.

Costs R890 | Available from Cult Beauty

Iconic London Advent Calendar

I don’t know much about ICONIC London, except that it’s very hyped on YouTube. According to their site, they pride themselves on offering trend-led, celebrity-approved (it’s graced the face of Kim KW, for one) products and application tools that challenge tradition, ICONIC LONDON was founded by trained make up artist Jade Elliott. This irresistible advent calendar is bursting with the brand’s beauty icons and bestselling hero products. It’s sure to leave any recipient screaming with delight upon delivery (and that’s before they’ve even seen the contents!)

Costs R2,160 | Available from Cult Beauty


JT One Beauty Calendar

Woolies have an in-house brand called JT One, which targets teenagers and young adults who are on a budget. Just as they did last year, they’ve launched an affordable beauty advent calendar that boasts small treats for a girl who loves beauty!

  • 3 x 1g lipstick pots
  • 2 x 3ml lip gloss wands
  • 3x 1g eyeshadow pots
  • 8 x 6ml nail varnish
  • 4 x 1g nail glitter
  • 2 x double-ended applicators
  • 1x mini emery board
  • 1x mini cosmetic mirror

Costs R220 | Available from Woolworths

So, that rounds up all the beauty calendars that I could find available in South Africa, have I missed any? Comment below, and I will be sure to add them to the list!

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1 Comment
  • Janel Sunderlall
    Posted at 14:59h, 17 November

    I want all of them????