The best beauty advent calendars for 2021

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Yep, it's already the time of year where we're starting to think about Christmas plans. And now's the time to get your advent calendar organised. Whether you're buying for yourself or someone else, beauty advent calendars have become a big deal. Although they can be expensive, they're often valued at a lot more than you pay, and can be a great way to try small-sized products before you invest in the real deal. 

Here are some of the most coveted beauty advent calendars to get your hands on this year. Our tip? Order early so you don't miss out.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Dreams & Secrets. $295, worth $416.

Charlotte Tilbury is finally available in Australia, and if you're looking to buy into the hype, now's the time. This golden treasure chest of beauty products includes 3 full-sized, and 9 travel-sized products. Amongst the goodies are a full size Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium, and eyeshadow pencil Colour Chameleon in Pillow Talk. There are also travel sized Multi Miracle Glow, Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, and plenty more. A definite must on your beauty buy list.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Dreams & Secrets. $295, worth $416

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar, $150, worth at least $300

Packed with skincare, makeup, haircare, body care and accessories, this calendar contains 15 full-sized products, including a Mac Lipstick in Whirl, Revolution Glycolic Acid Glow Polisher, The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, and Iconic London Mini Warm and Blushing Eyeshadow Palette. If you like to try different things, and don't want an exclusively skincare or makeup advent calendar, this is a good mix. 

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar, $150, worth at least $300

Glasshouse Advent Calendar, $250

This is the first time Glasshouse has released an advent calendar - and it's worth the wait. Housed in a gorgeous Christmassy red box, expect to find goodies such as body lotions, shower gels, eau de parfums, atomisers and of course scented candles. 

Glasshouse Advent Calendar, $250

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Huda Beauty 12-door advent calendar, $245, worth $443

If you can pace yourself and open a door every second day, then this is definitely worth it. This lovely box contains plenty of goodies including their Water Jelly Hydrating Primer, the Honey Whip Peptide Moisturiser, and the 'Nude Obsession' eye shadow palette made up of both matte and shimmer shades.

Huda Beauty 12-door advent calendar, $245, worth $443

Amazon Beauty 2021 Advent Calendar, $99.99

Chosen from some of Amazon's best selling beauty items, this curated collection has some firm favourites, including a full size Weleda Skin Food, Wella Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir and Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Foaming Gel. You can also expect goodies from Burt's Bees, Sukin, Rimmel and John Frieda. 

Amazon Beauty 2021 Advent Calendar, $99.99

Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar, $400, worth $1800

This year's much anticipated calendar contains 38 products, including a full sized Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in 'Amber Gold', and Victoria Beckham Beauty lipstick in Pout. There are travel sizes from brands including Summer Fridays, Shiseido, Too Faced, and Drunk Elephant. A cult buy indeed - no wonder there's a waiting list. 

Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar, $400, worth $1800

Ciate London Mini Mani Month 2021, $118, worth $236

If you can't get enough of nail polish, this is the perfect calendar for you. With a different shade every day, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to painting your nails in 2022. The British brand has housed 1 full size nail polish, 22 minis, and a face primer in a cute box, that also comes with a removable illustration. A great gift - if you can bear to give it away. 

Ciate London Mini Mani Month 2021, $118, worth $236

Pretty Little Thing 24 day Beauty Advent Calendar, $132, worth $380

There's a great range of body products, makeup and skin care in this faux wood box. You'll find brands such as Bondi Sands, Pixi, Morphe and Illamasqua. It's great for anyone wanting to try a few new products, particularly teens.

Pretty Little Thing 24 day Beauty Advent Calendar, $132, worth $380

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