Best beauty advent calendars under £100 – from Lookfantastic to Next and more

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They’re one of the most exciting things about December, but can set you back a pretty penny – so we’ve rounded up the best beauty advent calendars under £100 in 2021 to keep your festive fun on the cheaper side.

Ask anybody on the OK! beauty team and they’ll tell you that these money-saving bumper skincare, makeup and haircare sets are easily the best bit about the Christmas period. Beauty brands everywhere are already rolling out some jaw-dropping calendar offers in time for the festive season, with everything from cleansers to scented candles hiding behind those cute little doors.

Below you’ll find the beauty team’s edit of the best beauty advent calendars under £100, as well as some more pricey options should your budget stretch. And so that you don’t miss out on securing your fave festive buy before December, keep checking back here for all the latest updates on this year’s offerings as and when we get them.

Best beauty advent calendars under £100

Lookfantastic Advent Calendar, £85 (worth £410)

Lookfantastic Advent Calendar is one of the most hotly-anticipated festive buys of the year, and with good reason – you'll get treats from some of the incredible beauty brands they stock online like NARS, Philip Kingsley, ESPA and more, plus the contents are worth almost five times the actual price tag. Not only will Beauty Box subscribers receive £15 off the calendar, but last year's offering completely sold out at the pre-order, so you'd better be snappy if you want to get your hands on one.

On sale: 1st September for Beauty Box subscribers, 2nd September for non-subscribers (join the waiting list)

Next Beauty Advent Calendar, £69 (worth £243)

High street store beauty advent calendars are a great way to go because they give you the chance to try loads of different brands out all in one go. Case in point: Next’s offering, which is stuffed full of treats from brands like Urban Decay, MAC, Kiehl’s, Philip Kingsley and more. There’s also a men’s option on offer for the same price, should you want to treat the grooming lover in your life. We’ll take three, please.

On sale: 15th September

Holland & Barrett 25 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar, £45 (worth over £170)

If it’s natural and organic beauty buys you’re after, Holland & Barrett really is the place to go, and the waiting list to get your hands on one is now live. Inside this calendar you’ll find more than £170 worth of products – a value of almost four times the actual price tag – from hero beauty brands like REN and Weleda. You’ll have to be speedy if you want to shop this one, though, as last year’s offering sold out completely in three weeks flat!

On sale: September (join the waiting list now)

Nivea Ski Lodge Advent Calendar, £40

Who doesn’t love a bit of Nivea? It’s a classic for a reason, plus a very affordable treat if spending £400 on an advent calendar just isn’t an option. Inside this year’s instalment of the annual Ski Lodge offering you’ll get 24 iconic skincare products like the brand’s Lip Balm, Shower Cream, MicellAIR Micellar Water and even an eye mask. Lovely stuff.

On sale: September

Origins Advent Calendar, £60 (worth £92)

Origins is a really lovely skincare brand and any beauty lover would be thrilled to open the doors of this advent calendar in December. Stuffed with 12 hero treats including the GinZing Gel Moisturiser, Mega-Mushroom Micellar Water and Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, your bathroom cabinet will be well-stocked for the foreseeable if you invest in this calendar.

On sale: 15th October

Dove Gently Nourishing Advent Calendar, £20

The most affordable beauty buy on our list, the Dove calendar is back for another year with a selection of 12 scented treats perfect for somebody in need of a little pampering. Inside you’ll find the iconic Beauty Cream Bar, hand and body delights and even tools like tweezers to replenish your self-care kit.

On sale: September

Paul and Joe Advent Calendar, £98 (worth £186)

Not a brand for people who don’t love cats, Paul & Joe’s festive offering is a great way to replenish your makeup bag for the year ahead with a load of fun, feline-inspired cosmetics (the highlighters are a must-try). And although its price tag comes in at just under £100, the contents are worth almost double that. Bargain!

On sale: 1st November

Best beauty advent calendars over £100

Glossybox Advent Calendar, £105 (worth £465)

Glossybox's seasonal offering contains an impressive 15 full-size products out of 25 this year, so you're really getting your money's worth here (£350 worth of free products in fact). You'll get your hands on some beautiful beauty brands like ELEMIS, Huda Beauty, PIXI, Molton Brown and more.

On sale: 10th September for Subscribers (who also get £20 off), 24th September non-subscribers (join the waiting list)

ELEMIS Advent Calendar, £175 (worth £410)

ELEMIS is one of those brilliant skincare brands that just about everybody loves . An advent calendar filled with the likes of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Cleansing Balm, Frangipani Monoi and Papaya Enzyme Peel? All housed in adorable illustrated tins? Sign. Us. Up.

On sale: 7th September (join the waiting list for access a day early)

Lush Advent Calendar, £185

Perfect for the bath bomb fanatic in your life, Lush’s seasonal offering is one of the most hotly-anticipated advent calendars every single year. As well as containing six products that are exclusive to the calendar, the brand is bringing back four “retro” products from Lush days past, and the sweet-smelling contents are entirely vegan too. Fun fact: this is the first time the Lush Advent Calendar will be available to buy in-store as well as online.

On sale: 26th August online, 23rd September in-store

ESPA Hidden Treasures Advent Calendar, £160 (worth £389)

If you love yourself an at-home spa day then ESPA will be right up your street (no seriously, these are the products you'll find in actual spas up and down the country. Jam-packed with some of their best-loved products like Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, Energising Bath and Body Oil and even a votive candle, last year's sold out within three weeks, so don't miss your chance to get your hands on one come October.

On sale: 1st October

Jo Loves Advent Calendar, £325 (worth £485)

The Jo Loves Advent Calendar is truly a festive sight to behold and can be strung up for the ultimate Christmas decoration. It’s by no means cheap, but considering the epic contents of scented candles, bath products and body lotions, all created by Jo Malone herself, it’s an investment that you’ll get a real (fabulously scented) return on.

On sale: TBC

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