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The Great Holiday Wishlist: Best beauty advent calendars of 2020 to get

Beauty advent calendars always make fun gifts, and 2020 is no exception.

Nothing heralds the start of the holidays better than a good advent calendar. This year, we find more brands than ever are offering their own version of this boxed world of delights.

Perhaps more so than the limited edition gift sets that come once the holiday season is in full swing, advent calendars are the newfound blockbusters of the beauty industry. While Christmas is a little over a month away, some of these sought-after sets are sure to sell out, so you’ll want to act quickly if you want to get your hands on your favourite.

Whether you open one item a day or tear into the entire selection as soon as you get your hands on it, the joy of advent calendars combines our love of thoughtful packaging with the happiness that comes from getting to unveil a new surprise daily. Every nook and cranny of these marvellous sets hosts a different beauty treat — ranging from cute mini products to generous full-sized items — allowing you to try the highlights of each brand’s glorious range.

This year, some of our favourite beauty brands present an extraordinary collection of skincare, makeup and fragrances to keep you looking and feeling radiant throughout the holiday season and beyond. Whether you plan to give out the best gift ever or want to treat yourself to a deserving pampering session at home, you’ll want to get your hands on these top beauty advent calendars of 2020 before they’re all gone:

YSL Beauté

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With a holiday campaign titled ‘Dress Me Wild,’ this advent calendar from YSL Beauté is sure to be the perfect exhibition of the fashion brand’s daring style. Its sleek black and red packaging opens up to unveil an exquisite 24 drawers, stacked with travel and full-sized goodies of their most iconic products such as the Touché Eclat, Black Opium fragrance and Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks.

RM1,350; available at the YSL Beauté online boutique or YSL beauty boutiques and counters nationwide.

Armani Beauty

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Red carpet favourite Armani Beauty has arrived with a spectacular advent calendar this year, dressed in its signature red and gold combination. This indulgent gift presents an eye-catching assortment of 24 items such as the ever-popular Lip Maestro in #405, and a sneak peek of the brand-new feminine fragrance, ‘My Way’.

RM1,350; available online and in Armani Beauty boutiques.

La Mer

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Beloved brand La Mer is sure to blow you away with its luxurious selection of 12 skincare saviours in this elegant blue advent calendar. With deluxe miniatures of best-selling products such as the iconic Crème de la Mer and The Renewal Oil, this advent calendar is sure to be your solution for silky, splendid skin that glows from within.

RM1,690; available at La Mer counters and boutiques.

Jo Malone London

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The Jo Malone Advent Calendar is known to be one of the seasonal gifting blockbusters that will wow pretty much anyone in your life. This famed fragrance library returns with a curated combination of the brand’s most revered colognes, candles and bath products in well-loved scents such as Red Roses and Wood Sage & Sea Salt.

RM1,750; available at Jo Malone London boutiques.

Kiehl’s x Maïté Franchi

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Kiehl’s beloved Mr. Bones skeleton (you’ll spot him at every Kiehl’s store) is reimagined by the ever-creative French illustrator, Maïté Franchi in this stacked advent calendar of 24 gifts, including three of Kiehl’s most popular products in full sizes. From the always dependable Midnight Recovery Concentrate to the classic Amino Acid Shampoo, this limited-edition calendar offers everything to pamper you from head to toe.

RM399; available online and Kiehl’s boutiques.


beauty advent calendars 2020
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Calling all fragrance fanatics: the Diptyque Advent Calendar is one you do not want to miss out on. Already sold out in multiple locations before its official release, this collector’s item features beautiful illustrations by artist Ugo Gattoni, and will send you on a scented journey of Diptyque’s greatest hits — starring the limited-edition Moonlit Fir holiday candle, with deluxe sizes of their perfume and skincare favourites as supporting acts.

RM2,990; available at the Diptyque Pavilion KL boutique only.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

If you find yourself needing a little bit of skincare help during the holiday season, never fear, because the doctor is in. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s advent calendar is a motherlode of her best creams and serums — all wrapped in a shiny silver bow. Joining the idolised Hyaluronic Serum and must-try Anti-Pollution Drops are her other skin routine essentials, with the surprising addition of a men’s Face Cream to make sure there truly is something for everyone.

RM1,786 from Net-a-Porter


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The 24-day advent calendar might already be sold out, but you can still get your hands on the 12-Day Christmas Advent Calendar. This one boasts 12 of the brand’s best-sellers, including full-sized items like the Lip Comfort Oil and Beauty Flash Balm, and travel-sized options like the Hydra Essentiel Day Cream, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and more.

RM242; currently available online, or at Clarins boutiques.

KENS Apothecary

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KENS Apothecary’s boutiques are always a treasure trove of goodies, especially since you’re not able to find brands like Diptyque, Caudalie, Omorovicza, Sachajuan, and more elsewhere. Building on last year’s advent calendar popularity, the store is bringing KENS Apothecary’s 12 Days of Joy Advent Calendar 2020 back. Brimming with products worth over RM1,500 in total, items in the advent calendar include Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, the Diptyque Doson EDP 10ml, a full-sized By Terry lipstick or gloss, Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist, and more.

RM499; available in all KENS Apothecary stores and online.


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If you or someone you know loves Fresh skincare, then you’ll need to get this advent calendar. The Fresh 12 Days of Beauty Set features 12 of the brand’s best-sellers, from the Soy Face Cleanser to the Rose Face Mask, Sugar Lip Treatment and even the new favourite, the Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence.

RM566; available from Sephora or the Fresh boutique in Mid Valley.

Sephora Collection

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Sephora’s in-house brand isn’t missing out on the advent calendar adventure, and it’s rolling out the Sephora Collection Wild Wishes Advent Calendar. There are 24 brilliant days of gifts ranging from makeup to skincare, haircare, and even hair accessories. We won’t ruin the surprise, but expect items like the Cream Lip Stain, Lipstories, fizzing stars, and more.

RM280; available online and in Sephora stores.

(Header image credit: Jo Malone London; featured image credit: Diptyque)

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong, with additional reporting by PohNee Chin.

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