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Gift Guide 2020: Beauty advent calendars for those who want to try a little bit of everything

By Camille Santiago Published Nov 27, 2020 4:36 am

Options are endless in the beauty industry, as brands hold exciting and innovative beauty launches one after another. If you're not beauty-obsessed, it's hard to keep up. But if you want to to step into the world of beauty, advent calendars are great starters and a great present to give, too.

Advent calendars offer up to a month’s worth of little gifts, and it's a great option if you're pressed in time for shopping or you're curious about which items to try from a brand.

The idea of an advent calendar is you'll open one "window" a day and get a special surprise until you finish opening all—good luck controling yourself to not open them all at the same time, though!

So, check out this year's beauty advent calendars and see if something interests you!

Benefit Cosmetics

Calling all Benebabes, Benefit Cosmetics released this year's advent calendar, Shake Your Beauty! Open one of each box per day for 12 days this December and get a total of 12 mini bestselling and fan-favorite beauty products for just ₱4,310 (valued at ₱7,880)!

The box includes a mini Roller Liner, mini Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, mini Gimme Brow, mini The Porefessional Hydrate Face Primer, mini The Porefessional Face Primer, mini Dandelion, mini Hoola, mini 24-Hr Brow Setter, mini Badgal Bang! Mascara, mini Roller Lash Mascara They'Re Real Mascara Primer, and mini They'Re Real Mascara.

Shop Benefit in stores and through Lazada.

Benefit Cosmetics Shake Your Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, ₱4,130

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlote Tilbury's products are really a luxurious dream for every beauty lover. Their advent calendar, Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures, is just what you need if you want to pamper yourself a little. It's available via Cult Beauty, which ships to the Philippines, and is priced at £150 or around ₱9,648!

This massive jewelry box contains bestsellers including Goddess Skin Clay Mask (15ml), Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir (8ml), Charlotte's Magic Cream (15ml), Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray (35ml), Beauty Light Wand in 'Spotlight', Colour Chameleon in 'Copper Lights', Travel Size Rock 'N' Kohl in 'Barbarella Brown', Travel Size Pillow Talk Push Up Mascara, Travel Size Lip Cheat in 'Pillow Talk', Matte Revolution in 'Pillow Talk Original'.

Shop Charlotte Tilbury via Cult Beauty here.

* Price includes UK sales tax. Tax will be deducted at checkout if you’re outside the EU.

Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures, £150

Dr. Barbara Sturm

You may have seen Dr. Barbara Sturm's products on some of your celebrity idols' vanity areas (fans include Kim Kardashian-West, Emma Roberts, Hailey Bieber, and Pinay supermodel Kelsey Merrit). Dr. Sturm is a German dermatologist who made "Vampire facial" popular—which involves drawing the client's blood, separating out the platelet-rich plasma, and injecting it into their face to promote collagen production.

While the prices may be very expensive, Dr. Sturm's products are definitely splurge-worthy. This features 24 products (12 are deluxe-sized), making it a covetable item for every skincare addict. It includes a Cleanser, Eye Cream, Hyaluronic Serum, Facial Scrub, Face Cream, Calming Serum, Anti-Aging Primer, Face Cream Rich, Glow Drops, Hyaluronic Ampoule, Face Mask, Super Anti-Aging Serum, Anti-Aging Body Cream, Anti-Pollution Drops, Enzyme Cleanser, and Face Cream Men.

Shop Dr. Sturm via Cult Beauty here.

* Price includes UK sales tax. Tax will be deducted at checkout if you’re outside the EU.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, £405


Are you in for healthy skin? Get skincare derived from natural ingredients with fresh's 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. This set includes, you guessed it, 12 deluxe-sized fresh products! It includes Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer, Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream,  Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum, Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment, Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, Sugar Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm, Rose Face Mask, Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum, and Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate—all housed in one white and red festive Christmas box.

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Fresh 12 Days of Beauty, ₱7,680


I spy with my little eye my favorite Kiehl's products!
This limited-edition set comes with 23 Kiehl's skincare products that are made of plastic-free packaging as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Plus, when you shop this set from Kiehl's Philippines, you get up to three full-sized products for every set bought!
Shop Kiehl's in stores at the Kiehl's Gift Shop in One Boni or at online.
Kiehl's 2020 Advent Calendar


When it comes to bath and body care, L'Occitane is one of the brands that come to mind. L'Occitane's latest advent calendar comes in two kinds: The Signature Advent Calendar and the Premium Beauty Advent Calendar.

The Signature Advent Calendar includes 24 treats like their best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil, and award-winning Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. It also includes new haircare products from their SOS Collection. It is housed in a box designed by award-winning French illustrator Édith Carron, wherein she recreates a holiday-filled Provence.

L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar, ₱3,300

Meanwhile, their Premium Beauty Advent Calendar includes their best-selling hand cream, face cream, multi-purpose balm, award-winning night serum, and new products like the Relaxing Pillow Mist and two hair masks from the SOS Collection. And, as part of their commitment to save the environment, L'Occitane has discarding the plastic from their holiday calendars and made them from paper instead. Plus, the container can also be reused as a storage box, too!

Shop L'Occitane at Rustan's The Beauty Source in stores and online.

L'Occitanne Premium Beauty Advent Calendar, ₱5,900


If you like giving yourself a little pampering once in a while, then you know that LUSH's goodies are something to keep in your bathroom. Always surprising, never boring, LUSH made this massive 31-piece advent calendar for you to open on each day of December! The set includes shower gels, bubble bars, bath bombs, soaps, body lotions, a shower scrub, a lip scrub, a dusting powder, and a shampoo bar, all for ₱14,995!

Shop LUSH in stores and online.

LUSH Wow Gift Set, ₱14,995


No NARSissist would miss this chance to snag a 12-piece holiday set that includes NARS' best-selling lippies! This set includes four Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, four Lipsticks, four Powermatte Lip Pigments. Plus, when you shop at Rustan's The Beauty Source, you will receive a full size Orgasm X Blush with your ₱1,500 purchase, or reach ₱5,000 and get an additional Orgasm Set.

Shop NARS in stores and online.

NARS Advent Calendar, ₱12,500

Sephora Collection

Need new makeup? Want to try a new skincare product? Or how about hair and beauty tools? No worries! Sephora's Wild Wishes advent calendar has them all! For only ₱3,800 you can get 24 products for all your beauty needs.

Sephora Wild Wishes Advent Calendar, ₱3,800

The Body Shop

Me-times are made better with The Body Shop goodies. Their Make It Real Advent Calendar has all you need for that much-needed end-of-2020 pampering. For just ₱4,395 you already get 24 pieces of deluxe-sized products.

Shop The Body Shop in stores and online

The Body Shop Make It Real Advent Calendar, ₱4,395


K-beauty lovers, this advent calendar is for you! Korean online store YesStyle released their Jet Set, Glow Advent Calendar and it includes 24 full-sized (yup, FULL SIZED!) skin care and makeup items (worth over US$400) from YesStylers' favorite brands all for ₱9,055! With travels halted this year, YesStyle hopes that, through their box, you'll feel uplifted. They also bring you arround the world with encouraging words written in different languages.

YesStyle Jet Set, Glow, ₱9,055

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