The top 5 beauty advent calendars of 2018


Gone are the days when we’d count down to Christmas with a tiny chocolate that would disappear in one bite. Now, we can treat ourselves to a wide variety of goodies throughout the festive period, with make-up, fragrances and beauty products taking the reins this year.

Here at Salon Gold, we’ve had the ‘tough’ task of reviewing beauty advent calendars throughout December, and would definitely recommend the following five:

ICONIC London – “Night on the town”

Founded in 2015 by Jade Elliott, ICONIC London began as a “bedroom business”. Just three years later, the now Instagram-famous brand is loved by professional make-up artists, bloggers, beauty editors and celebrities including Kim Kardashian.

The £120 advent calendar includes 12 ICONIC days of surprises, consisting of the below make-up and accessories:

  • Chrome Flash in “Mystic”
  • Illuminator in “Shine”
  • Strobing stick in “Glow”
  • Mini Prep-Set-Glow in “Original”
  • Mini Prep-Set-Glow in “Glow”
  • BOOM Lash Mascara
  • Silk lashes in “Fabulous”
  • Lash curlers
  • Make-up brushes x3
  • ICONIC London pouch



Nordic skincare brand, Lumene, is fast becoming a favourite amongst beauty addicts for its targeted solutions. The advent calendar features 24 beauty must-haves consisting of 19 skincare and five make-up gifts. These include some of the brand’s much-loved products from the Nordic Hydra, Nordic-C, Nordic Detox and Nordic Rituals collections.

All of Lumene’s skincare products contain a potent blend of natural Finnish ingredients, including pure Arctic spring water, Arctic cloudberry, Nordic pine bark and Nordic chaga.


NUXE – Beauty Countdown Calendar

The NUXE advent calendar is a real treat for skincare fans. It’s perfect for those who want a pamper, and it provides everything you need to re-vamp your skincare regime. Behind each door is one of the brand’s cult skincare products, including the all-time favourite luxurious dry oil and clarifying cream mask. It also boasts a selection of organic tea bags!


Glossybox – “All I want”

For Glossybox subscribers, a monthly haul of beauty products is the norm – so this is the ultimate gift. The calendar is filled with treats on all 25 days and includes a number of must-have brands such as NARS, Huda Beauty and Bare Minerals. The packaging is stunning – in true Glossybox style – and looks (almost) too pretty to tear into. The inspirational words are a nice touch too!

This advent calendar was £99 or £75 for Glossybox subscribers.


Look Fantastic

Big brands such as Molton Brown, Illamasqua, Glamglow and Rituals are featured in this make-up, skin, hair and tan dream created by Look Fantastic. The calendar includes full sized products as well as sample sizes. The entirety of the 25 gifts is worth £300 but this calendar went on sale for £79!


If you’d like to see a fuller list of the beauty advent calendars from 2018, visit


Have you invested in a beauty advent calendar this year? If so, let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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