We know it's early, but you need to see these.
I know, I know. You've not even packed away your sandals yet. Yet here you are, taking a sneaky peek at the best beauty advent calendars of 2020 – one of the less-traditional highlights of the festive season.
While those boots and padded jackets might still be stuffed under your bed, there is good reason to think ahead and get a little organised in the Christmas shopping stakes: after all, these calendars sell out fast (Cult Beauty stole the crown for clean shelves in less than two hours last year.)
If you're still puzzled by the phenomenon that is The Beauty Advent Calendar, let me catch you up. These weighty boxes are just like an original advent calendar, only behind each numbered door lies a pampering treat from the brand of your choice.
In the past few years, these calendars have become a behemoth craze, and now just about everyone is getting in on the act. For serious skincare fans, there's the likes of Liberty (good luck) Cult Beauty and SpaceNK, while brands such as Elemis and L'Occitane offer generous collections for brand loyalists. Vegan and cruelty-free options come from the likes of Holland and Barrett & The Body Shop, while Bareminerals always delivers for the sensitive-skinned among us.
The real draw, though, is the mammoth savings you can score. Many of these edited collections are worth two, three or four times their retail price, meaning you can try new and classic products without having to spend your entire Christmas budget.
This year, the choice is set to be overwhelming, so trust us to keep you up to date with all the best calendars, including exactly how to get your hands on one before they all inevitably sell out...