The best luxury bargains this Christmas are to be found behind some of the most famous doors in the world.
Most of the leading beauty brands and houses are launching their 2020 advent calendars this month. Even Opi, the nail lacquer people, has its own calendar. One Feel Unique calendar contains a hidden golden gift card worth up to £1000 for you, a nominated friend, or a family member to spend at FeelUnique.
Dior’s glinting gold advent contains 24 miniatures spanning its iconic skincare, fragrance, and make-up lines. Your surprises include ‘J’adore EDP miniature 5ml, Sauvage EDT miniature 10ml, Mascara Diorshow Pump & Volume miniature 4ml, and Prestige lotion de rose 10ml. Around $440 www.dior.com
Acqua di Parma
Contains new launches like Mirto di Panarea vial spray, Rosa Nobile body cream, Signature Osmanthus miniature, Magnolia Nobile Hair Mist vial spray, Signature Camelia Yuzu vial spray, and Colonia Bath Salts. Around $320. www.acquadiparma.com
Retailing in the region of $300, the calendar contains almost $1000 worth of anthologized must-have beauty buys from brands like Diptyque, Augustinus Bader, and Nars. Nineteen of the 25 drawers contain full-size products. Expect indulgences like Hourglass, Le Labo, and Diptyque. The curated selection includes six new brands. www.liberty.com
Harrods of London
The luxury department’s Harrod of London beauty hall provides skincare saviors, makeup essentials, and a mini candle. Brimming with Augustinus Bader, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Natasha Denona, and Chantecaille, The box features the iconic facade, illustrated with a snowy design. $300
Behind the Lancome doors, the brand is the likes of Rénergie Nuit Multi-Lift night cream, Advanced Génifique Yeux eye cream, and travel-sized bottles of La Vie Est Belle Eau de parfum. The box features a festive illustration of the Eiffel Tower. Around $130.
Worth around close to $1500 and costs around $310. Net-a-Porter Highlights include Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum ( worth $300 alone), the gua sha jade facial massage tool from Hayo’u, and 111Skin’s Vitamin C Brightening Booster, as well as Virtue’s Restorative Treatment Mask, Oribe Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner, and Slip’s silk scrunchies. Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick and Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder. 25 days of bliss.
Plenty of a surprise in store. Expect the likes of Clarin’s Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara, Instant Eye Makeup Remover, and Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Men and women are available—around $115.
Illustrated by Edith Carron, L’Occitane contains classy deluxe o hand creams, shower gels, and hair masks. Including the Relaxing Pillow Mist, Immortelle Overnight Reset Serum, and the hero Almond Shower Oil as well as The Herbal. From $70-130
Clinique highlights include Moisture Surge Hydrator and Lash Power Mascara. There’s also Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream, Pop Lip Colour + Primer, Blush Brush Deluxe, Clarifying Lotion, Quicliner, and Aromatics in Black. Roughly $250 worth for around $115.
The beautiful, 3D Ritual advent calendar turns into a cute model village, complete with snow-covered houses illuminated by a set of LED lights from underneath. Each house contains a special Rituals gift—around $115.
Lumene Nordic skincare treats include Nordic-C Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream. Worth around $400. It costs around $150.
Birchbox individual drawers, each containing beauty heroes like Sunday Riley, Bare Minerals and Benefit Cosmetics, Vitamasques Rose Gold Hydro-glow Cream, Algologie Hydra-Replenishing Booster, Nudestix Intense Matte Lip, and Cheek Pencil, Dr. Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss –Eyeko Brow $100. Cheaper for subscribers.