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Count down to Christmas: 12 of the best beauty advent calendars you can get in the UAE

Plenty of beauty brands have launched festive calendars to brighten up your December

Forget windows stuffed with chocolates – skincare and make-up aficionados can make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting with a festive beauty advent calendar.

Packed with beauty, body and grooming goodies that you can reveal in the lead-up to December 25, these calendars are replacing the traditional variety for those seeking a different kind of treat.

Whether bought as an early gift for a loved one or a present for yourself, there are enough options on the market to suit everyone, whether offering up grooming essentials, scented candles, bath bombs or eye masks.

Here, we round up 12 of the best available in the UAE, whether you can buy in-store or ship online.


Namshi is offering an advent calendar filled with goodies from the skincare giant for Dh399. Featuring mini and travel-sized products, the lucky recipient will find essentials such as the All About Clean face soap, Clarifying Lotion and Moisture Surge moisturiser hidden behind the doors. Also included are Smart-Custom Repair Serum and Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry to add a dash of colour to lips and cheeks, as well as Blushing Blush in Precious Posy. There is even a Lash Power Mascara and Quickliner eyeliner to ramp up the glamour, plus a handy-sized Aromatics in Black perfume.

Dh399 at


Sephora offers a 24-day advent calendar packed with key beauty items from its own-brand collection. The jungle-themed Wild Wishes Calendar has a treat behind each door, such as charcoal nose strips, a pineapple mask, an almond lip mask and cooling cucumber under-eye patches, as well as mini versions of Sephora’s three-step skincare routine: All Day Hydrator, Purifying Mud Mask and Clean Skin Gel.


Dr Barbara Sturm

A go-to brand for those serious about skincare, this calendar is filled with 24 full, deluxe and sachet sizes of some of its most popular items. Included is the Enzyme Cleanser, the Facial Scrub and the Anti-Ageing Body Scrub, as well as the Eye Cream, Clarifying Face Cream, Hyaluronic Ampoule, Glow Drops and Calming Serum. There is even a serving of Face Cream for men, to make sure the man of the house does not feel left out.



MAC Cosmetics' Boom Boom Wow advent calendar promises to deliver some serious treats. To create a perfect pout, you'll find a full-sized lipgloss, four lip glazes, six lipsticks and a lip scrub. For the eyes, there are six eyeshadows as well as a brow gel and mascara, and the set even includes products to take your make-up off afterwards.

Dh940, with next-day delivery in Dubai,


This skincare brand's offering is filled with small versions of some of its best-loved products. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is behind one door, while a Facial Fuel Energising Moisture Treatment is behind another. Also included are the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner. Skin devotees will love the Hydroplump Retexurising Serum, the Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and the Dark Circle Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum.

Dh1,559, with free shipping to the UAE,


Perfect for budding beauty fans, this Carrefour-stocked Beauty Junky advent calendar is filled with tiny treats such as a mini nail file, a mini nail polish and mini nail glitter. There are also false eyelashes, 2D nail stickers, a pot of eyeshadow, a lipgloss and assorted hair ties, as well as a special window containing a ‘BFF Kit’ to share.

Dh46.55, free delivery in UAE,

OPI Nail Polish

Nothing beats a slick of nail colour to brighten even the gloomiest of days, and for the polish addict in your life, why not gift the OPI Shine Bright Collection Nail Polish Calendar? Containing 24 different shades of OPI nail polish, these come in travel-sized bottles and have festive names, such as Gingerbread Man Can, Snowfalling for You and Merry in Cranberry.



For those craving a whiff of the UK, the Brilliantly British Advent Calendar from Penhaligon’s, available from Selfridges, brings together the brand's signature scents. Packed in a perfume-bottle shaped box, you'll find Penhaligon's beautifully packaged miniature fragrances, as well as lip balms and scented candles. Unlike most advent calendars, this one has 25 windows, meaning there is even a gift to unveil on the big day itself.

Dh1,579, allow six working days for delivery, which costs Dh122.,

NYX Professional Makeup

Twelve shades of NYX lipsticks are contained in this limited-edition festive calendar, called Diamonds & Ice Please!. Ranging from soft and subtle shades all the way to a statement lip, there is a a colour for everyone.


Huda Beauty

Housed in a box shaped like a pair of bright red lips, the Huda Beauty advent calendar is a must for beauty fans. Packed with some of the brand's most famous products, there is a Thirst Trap face mask, a set of Hoodie #23 eyelashes, the Mercury Retrograde Eye Palette, the Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub and the Wishful Rose Oil. You'll also find a full-sized eyeshadow palette, a lip pencil, lipstick and two scents from the Kayali collection.

Dh1,425 (currently reduced to Dh755),

For the boys:

Technic Man'Stuff

This cube-shaped calendar will arm the man in your life with 12 grooming essentials. Packed with shower gel, hair and body wash, face wash and bath fizzer, this contains all the must-haves in one easy kit. In addition, there is a soap, bath salts, lip balm, comb, scissors, tweezers, nail clippers and a toothbrush.

Dh123, free delivery, allow five to eight days for order to arrive,

Barber Pro

Barber Pro's 12 Days of Grooming Essentials advent calendar is stocked with skin-saving products, including under-eye patches, Face Putty packs for a really deep cleanse and Foaming Cleansing Masks to help lift dull skin.

Dh195, usually ships within 24 hours,

Published: November 27, 2020 07:14 AM


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