The Hottest Black Friday Beauty Advent Calendars Picked By Skincare Expert

Christmas is nearly upon us, but first we must navigate the chaos of Black Friday. According to Statista, the most searched-for items related to Black Friday in 2021 were the Nintendo switch, AirPods, and Apple Watches. But why not buck the trends and use this Black Friday as a great opportunity to get your hands on a luxury skincare advent calendar?

Luxury beauty advent calendars mean you can indulge in a little bit of self-care every day of December to get your skin party ready for the big day and New Years Eve.

Bloomingdale's released its first-ever beauty Advent calendar to mark 150 years of the store, which is currently $215 (usually $240) and contains 25 beauty gifts from brands such as BVLGARI, Valentino Rosso, and Clinique, worth $750. Another trusted name, Macy's, has released its 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. Usually, $277, its Black Friday deal means it's selling it at $49.50, and it includes the likes of Carolina Herrera, MAC, and Perricone MD.

Skincare stalwart Space NK has also just released its beauty Advent Ccalendar right in time for Black Friday, containing $1,002 worth of mini and full-sized products from La Mer, Charlotte Tilbury, Olaplex, Drunk Elephant, and more. Normally $280, it's currently on sale for $224.

Newsweek spoke to holistic skin therapist Emily Fritchey, founder of natural skincare brand Sunshine Botanicals and three times winner of the Beauty with Conscience award from Natural Solutions Magazine, about her top beauty Advent calendar picks that you can get your hands on this Black Friday.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar

First up, Charlotte Tilbury's Advent Calander. Last year, one Charlotte Tilbury Advent calendar sold every five minutes. Fritchey told Newsweek: "I have to shout out this amazing cosmetic brand I recommend to my clients all the time! Every Charlotte Tilbury product that I've tried is beautiful, high-quality, and easy to use. It just makes applying your makeup a breeze, and you look like yourself—just amplified!

"Since my work has always been about clearing the skin, using zero toxic chemicals in the process has always been my passion. Charlotte Tilbury is my go-to for fabulous skin and their approach to product formulation and ingredients is very similar to mine—so we are very much aligned in our values. Is it worth the money? You bet it is!"

Despite a total product value of $325, the beauty Advent calendar is available for just $200. It includes five full-size and seven travel-sized products, including the Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, the Color Chameleon eyeshadow pencil in Rose Quartz, and the Lip Cheat lip liner in Hot Gossip. You'll also get your hands on some of her best-selling skincare, including the Magic Serum and Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray.

Here is the full list of items included in the calendar:

$200, worth $325

2. Rituals Advent Calendar

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Holiday shopping. Stock image. Skincare expert Emily Fritchey shares the best self care advent calendars to buy this Black Friday. Elena Katkova/Getty Images

Second, Fritchey recommended the Rituals Advent calendar. She told Newsweek: "First off, this packaging is so pretty you almost don't want to open it! But once you do, these hair and body products are the perfect gift for that special guy in your life.

"The sports cooling shower gel and musky suede vanilla candle are two of my favs. Inspired by the wisdom and ancient traditions of Asian cultures, they have created an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products for home and body making this advent calendar the perfect present."

Rituals offer several options, at different price points. Its Premium Advent Calander is worth $326, but you can get it for $194, and it includes:

There are also two more cheaper calendars, the 3D Advent Calendar, and the 2D Advent Calendar.

$194, worth $326

3. MAC Cosmetics

Third, Fritchey suggested the MAC Advent calendar. She said: "Who doesn't love a good MAC lipstick? As a product formulator, I so appreciate the expertise and skill that goes into the formulation of MAC's vibrant colors and products to create the bold pigments and finishes that MAC. is so well known for. This brand is perfect for strong, fashion makeup statements and artsy looks. Interestingly, MAC is free of some of the major toxic ingredients found in many color cosmetics including triclosan, parabens and phthalates.

"Although this is not a green brand, the quality of the overall product formulation in terms of look, feel and finish is excellent. Their limited-edition holiday advent calendar is chock full of 24 mini and major surprises to unbox daily! This is absolutely perfect if you are ready to throw out all your make up and start over for a vibrant new look in 2024!"

The 2022 MAC Advent calendar retails at for $195, but it contains goodies worth more than $475. The full list of products included is:

$195, worth $475

4. Voluspa

Fritchey then pitched her own Advent calendar, from her company Voluspa. She said: "Since day one, our Sunshine Botanicals' dedication to innovation and product formulation has known no bounds. Since the beginning, we have devoted ourselves to research, product development and sourcing the finest medicinal plants and raw materials possible from around the world to treat aging and problem skin conditions, and in this process "scent" plays a major role.

"We do not use synthetic fragrance whatsoever. This being said, "scent" plays such a major role in our overall formulation and for this purpose we source essential oils and other raw materials (barks and berries, aromatic woods, resins, and marine notes) to mention a few, and these "scents" come from the raw materials and active ingredients that create the products. We never use synthetic fragrance. I know what goes into making ultra clean, healthy product formulations, and when I found this collection of candles, I knew this was the real deal and this brand is committed to integrity and excellence in product development. This Voluspa collection has 12 different scents from fruity to floral. My favorite is French Cade Lavender!"

The Advent calendar includes an exclusive wick trimmer and 12 petite pedestal candles from the signature Japonica Collection, which have a burn time of 25 hours each.

The calendar will cost you $158, but you will get one of each fragrance, which averages $33 a candle, and a wick trimmer. Scents included are:

$158

5. Uncommon Goods Advent Shower Steamers Set

Fritchey's fifth option was the Uncommon James Advent Shower Steamer Set. She said: "The scents in this advent calendar are amazing. My favorite scent is geranium and rosemary. I'm all about "Made is the USA" brands and this is another great hand-made find from a little company made in Austin, Texas that I just had to share! Imagine stepping your shower every day and having an amazing, mind-body sensory experience every single time? Can you imagine this as an advent calendar? Thanks to the magic of the holidays, the scents of the season and all brought together in this beautiful calendar!

"These sparkling shower steamers are the PERFECT gift for anyone on your list and an even better special treat for yourself to lift your spirits daily! The ultra-fresh scents in this collection include peppermint, eucalyptus, fir tree and clove will penetrate the spirit, and with the gentle exfoliating salts, they will exfoliate your skin as a fizzy, body-buffing scrub. For daily use, just allow one of these to dissolve into a holiday-scented shower-filling creating an aromatic home "steam" bath experience you will look forward to!"

The calendar will set you back $98, and for those that have never used a shower steamer, they are like bath bombs! But, instead of placing the tablet in your bath, you place it on the floor of your shower. The scents included in this set are:

  • Orange + Clove
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary + Fir
  • Eucalyptus
  • Anise + Geranium
  • Orange + Lavender
  • Rosemary + Geranium

$98