Beauty Files: Advent calendars with a twist

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Brighten up your Christmas countdown with beauty treats from Benefit, Ciate, The Body Shop and LUSH. Get your orders in quick – these will sell out.

Don’t get us wrong, we still love chocolate-filled Advent calendars. But for a quirky (and less calorific) countdown, how about a daily beauty treat instead? Three of these work like typical Advent calendars: you open a door a day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. The fourth is a 12 days of Christmas-themed gift set – but get your mitts on two and that’s your Advent countdown sorted. All are perfect gifts for December birthdays and anniversaries, or as a present to yourself for being awesome.

Benefit Advent Calendar

Sweet-shop themed and has travel/sample sizes of products, plus cute little accessories like hair ties and sticky notes. Ideal for someone who’d like to try the brand for the first time because they can sample all the classics, including High Beam liquid highlighter, PosieTint lip and cheek stain, and BADgal mascara. Die-hard Benefit fans hoping to restock might want to skip it, since the products are pretty tiny.

$119, at Sephora stores and www.sephora.ca
Benefit calendar (open)

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Ciate Mini Manor Advent Calendar ($72)

Ciaté is best known for its caviar pearls – tiny plastic balls that can be used to coat the nails for a simple nail art effect. This set includes a fairly decent sized sample of the caviar, plus nail polishes (one full sized and 17 mini), glitter and transfers. The colours are a mix of darks, pastels, nudes, in shimmers and cream textures, and they’re good quality and a decent size, so you feel you’ve got value for money.

$72, exclusively available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.ca
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The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar

This calendar is great value for money – $129-worth of goodies for just 50 bucks – and packed with makeup, skincare, fragrance and body-care. If that doesn’t appeal, how about this: With every purchase, The Body Shop will donate money to War Child to help fund education for children in Uganda.

$50, at The Body Shop (in-store exclusive)
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LUSH 12 Days of Christmas

If you’re after something with real wow factor, go for this. The picture really doesn’t do it justice. This ‘book’ is colossal – the size of an encyclopaedia, if anyone else is old enough to remember such things – and has 12 full-sized festive treats, including bath bombs, shower gels and lotion.

$99.95, at LUSH stores and www.lush.ca
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