Beauty based advent calendars have become ever more popular in the last few years and brands are not disappointing with their offerings for those of us looking Cruelty Free and/or vegan options this year.
It’s always advisable to buy early as many of the best beauty advent calendars will sell out early and I am desperately trying to work out which one I should go for this year. I have compiled a top 10 – perhaps you can help me pick!
1. Elemis (£150 with £347 of contents)
I was super excited to see this one advertised in early September. It’s an online exclusive and packed full of amazing travel size products as well as a full size Marine Cream. If you enjoy quality skincare then this could be the one calling to you provided you are happy going big budget and having a veggie friendly option (It may be vegan but you would need to double check the individual ingredients).
2 – Revolution (£120 – contains £149 of product)
At the time of writing, this calendar is reduced to £80 on the Superdrug website, further incentive to buy early. If you love going out over the festive period and going glam with your make-up then this calendar will have you sorted. More make-up than you could shake a stick at and a wide variety of products to work your way through.
3. Make Up Revolution (£50)
As with the last one, this one is currently reduced to £30 on the Superdrug Website. Again it is packed full of make-up. Less in the way of palettes but still lots of variety for the cost.
4. 12 Days of Liz Earle (£80)
Okay, so not strictly a full advent calendar but Liz Earle is another cruelty free skincare brand I love. At £80 it is much less than the Elemis one, though with half the products it’s arguably no better value, just kinder to the pocket in the short term.
My top tip would be if you are holding off on buying just yet, watch out for the Boots extra points events because you could end up getting £10+ back in points with this purchase. This is another veggie friendly company but some products contain honey and beeswax so please double check if buying for a vegan.
5. Superdrug Bloom 12 Days Perfume Advent Calendar (£24)
VEGAN ALERT – this one is for you. Bloom perfumes are all vegan friendly and this was such a popular advent calendar last year that I couldn’t not put it on this years list. This contains 12 x 8ml bottles and offers you the chance to try a good variety of their range. Perfect if you enjoy trying lots of different fragrances or like to wear different scents to fit different moods.
At the time of writing, this too is half price and retailing for £12
6. Bloom 25 days Candle Advent Calendar (£24)
Oh I am a big lover of a scented candle, are you? If so then this boy is the one for you. There are 6 different scents with 4 tea lights in each scent. There is also a tea light holder (I assume on day one?) to pop them all into. Without a doubt a great way to keep your house smelling magical over the Christmas season. It’s vegan friendly and reduced to £12 at the moment, I will definitely be grabbing one of these!
7. The Body Shop (£45, £65 and £99)
Every year The Body Shop knock it out of the park with a choice of 3 advent calendars to suit a variety of pockets and are veggie friendly. Each one is worth around double the value you pay and the come filled with delightful goodies (most in mini sizes) to give you the chance to pamper yourself and try loads of new products.
8. Bare Minerals, Out of this World (£79 worth £281)
This is without a doubt amazing value for money. Bare Minerals have opted for minis to let us try as many products as possible while keeping the price relatively low. People who use Bare Minerals in my experience normally swear by the whole range, so this could be a great gift if you have a Bare Minerals lover in your house.
9. Charlotte Tilbury, Magic Beauty Universe (£150)
Charlotte Tilbury always make their packaging look magical and this one follows that trend. This one isn’t available until October 4th and after the success of last years Naughty and Nice Magic Box I would put money on it selling out very quickly so please put it in the diary if you want this one!
I haven’t seen a list of contents yet but it will certainly be a very luxurious mixture of treats to indulge yourself on the run up to Christmas.
10. Hotel Chocolat, The Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar (£12.50)
Okay, if you REALLY want chocolate then who am I to argue. Hotel Chocolat have this cracking dark chocolate one available that is vegan friendly to let you count down the days munching your way through chocolate penguins, snowmen and Christmas trees. Winner!
So hit me, have any of these caught your eye? Or any tips of what cruelty free delights you are planning to go for this Christmas?