Here are the best beauty advent calendars of 2023! Listing them has become a tradition that not-so-secretly starts my Christmas season every year. I always look forward to searching the most interesting, lovely and fun beauty calendars from different categories. Though I have to admit – the best ones are hard to beat and usually stay great year after year (Rituals I’m looking at you).

Whether it’s affordable or luxury you’re after, I got you, so let’s see what goodies we got!

And yes I know I know, it’s September when I’m posting this – but beauty calendars tend to go fast.
And on the other hand, as I mentioned, I kind of start my season early. If you like that vibe, come follow me on my Christmas Instagram account.


This list updates as new calendars come on sale.

Direct links to the best offers:
*Beauty advent calendars at Lyko
*Beauty advent calendars at Kicks

Benefit All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

This year Benefit’s calendar has 24 products and it’s really impressive. You’ll find all the best-selling products like the Hoola bronzer, Porefessional (it really does smooth your pores like no other), Roller Lash mascara and not to forget all those great brow products. For true makeup lovers – this calendar is for you!

Benefit All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar

KICKS Beauty Advent Calendar The Expert 2023

Last year I had this calendar and I loved it. There’s a really nice selection of different items from makeup to skincare to hair. You’ll find lots of products from KICKS’ own line Beautyact – which is a good thing, because having tried the brand’s makeup, it’s great. Price is also fair!

*KICKS The Expert Calendar (99€, Kicks)

the body shop advent calendars 2023

The Body Shop
Advent of Change – Big Advent of Change & The Ultimate Advent of Change

The Body Shop tends to offer multiple calendars and so is the case this year as well. The Advent of Change calendar is 79€, Big Advent of Change 109€ and The Ultimate Advent of Change 149€. All of the calendars contain great value with trusted lovely TBS products for bath, body  & hair (no makeup products). The two bigger calendars have 25 boxes, whereas the cheapest one 24.

79 – 149€
*The Body Shop Advent Calendars

Rituals Premium, Deluxe & Classic Advent Calendars 2023

Rituals has three calendars. The biggest difference is that two of those calendars are in a village form, where you get led lights as well. I’ve had that version once, and it looks super cute with the lighted houses. But I have to say, the Classic calendar also looks super cute! When it comes to contents, all of them contain lovely pampering products for body, face and hair. Both the Classic and Premium contain one of my favorite serums for the face: namaste anti-ageing serum.

Rituals Advent Calendars (70,90€, 99,90€, 169,90€
*Rituals Classic Advent Calendar (89,90€ Kicks)

lumene advent calendar 2023

Lumene Nordic Beauty Secrets Advent Calendar 2023

Lumene’s calendars tend to look like beautiful artwork. Not to forget the contents that your skin loves (and needs, in the winter). This year’s calendar offers products from all the different product lines, including the most loved Nordic C and Nordic Hydra. Some makeup there too – good choice if you want a bit of everything and love trying new products.

*Lumene Advent Calendar Nordic Beauty Secrets 2023 (75,92€ Lyko)


Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2023

This year Lookfantastic’s calendar is quite fantastic. There are some products you tend to see every year, but this year offers more surprises. I like seeing MAC, Medik 8, Rituals and NARS represented, to name a few brands. 27 products, 12 of them full-sized. A nice deal!

*Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2023 115€



♡ Luxury beauty advent calendars ♡

charlotte tillbury beauty advent calendar 23

Charlotte Tillbury ‘Charlotte’s Lucky Chest of Beauty secrets’ Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

This celebrity makeup artist’s calendar tempts me every year and I’m on the waitlist. This wonderful beauty chest contains 12 products, which gives a great chance to try some of the best-selling products like the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand highlighter. But scrolling through the products, I would honestly be happy to try any of those gorgeous products.

Charlotte Tillbury Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

Cult beauty Advent Calendar 2023

Cult beauty’s calendar, as the name suggests, contains some very nice cult classic products. It’s a great pick for someone who wants a big range of makeup, skincare and hair products from bigger, known brands. It contains 39 products, 20 of them full sized! You’ll get your money’s worth at least with Olaplex nro 3 hair perfector (travel size), a Jo Loves ‘Roasted Chestnuts’ small candle, Sunday Riley’s Sunday Genes full sized product (£70) and a really pretty Roen eyeshadow palette (£43).

Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2023


♡ Organic beauty beauty advent calendars ♡

Neal's Yard's Remedies Beauty Advent Calendar

Neal’s Yard’s Remedies Beauty Advent Calendar 2023


NYR offers you skincare pampering with their dreamy blue calendar. It contains only 12 products, but I’ll let it slide, since I love their products. This calendar is a great chance to try out a natural brand – and get the most basic skincare stuff on the shelf (a hydrating serum, a nourishing face cream, an eye cream and an oil – plus more). £95, worth over £180

Neal’s Yard’s Remedies Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

♡ Affordable beauty advent calendars ♡

makeup revolution beauty advent calendar

Makeup Revolution ’25 days of glam’ Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

When it comes to eyeshadows, lipsticks and pencils, you can get good ones on a budget. This pink calendar puts a smile on my face with the happy (yet wearable!) colors and sparkly textures. A good choice for a makeup lover. 55,95€ worth over £96

Makeup Revolution 25 Days of Glam
*Makeup Revolution 25 Days of Glam (55,95€ Lookfantastic)


essence Advent Calendars Merry Everything & Happy Always & X-Mas Mail DIY

As usual, essence has two calendars. One ready to go and other DIY one, where you wrap the presents yourself. Merry Everything & Happy Always contains a great brow gel and nail polishes. There’s also eyeliner stencils, which sounds interesting! The DIY calendar is also tempting, since it contains two mascaras (the best product you can get from essence, in my opinion), lots of nail polishes and other fun stuff.

*essence Advent Calendar Merry Everything & Happy Always (35€ Lyko)
*essence X-Mas Mail DIY Calendar (30€ Lyko)




Blush techniques and tips

blush techniques and tips



Blush techniques & tips for different face shapes and styles

Blush is probably the most important makeup product in my bag (right with a concealer). I think each and every one should wear blush. It’s the “does-it-all” type of product. It makes you look awake, fresh, glowy and lovely. It contours and lifts. Not to mention it comes in beautiful colors and packaging.

There are certain guidelines for different face shapes, but especially nowadays, I feel like it’s a free world. If you ask me, the most important thing is to wear it. Don’t worry too much about the placement. Blush applied somewhat-right looks better anyway, than no blush at all. Have fun with it! You can also think of like this: when you exercise (or run to a bus on a hurried morning), where does your face get red? Kind of on the cheeks, but also all over. So blush applied on the face? Probably looks okay and natural.

That said, here are three different techniques to applying blush. I use all of them, depending on the day!

Blush technique 1: At the center of your cheeks to round up your face

blush techniques for square face shapes - before after
Before & after – blush applied right in the center of the cheeks.

quick makeup tutorial

Blush applied on the center of the cheeks softens and rounds up square or strong features. According to face shape, this is the so called correct way to apply blush on my face. You know, since my face is square.

However, I feel like this technique also makes you look kind of cute and innocent. It’s a nice look for other face shapes as well! It also looks quite natural, since this area can get red anyway.


Blush technique 2: High on your cheeks to lift & elongate

blush technique high on the cheeks before after

Probably the most popular way to wear blush is to apply it high on the cheeks, blending towards the temples. This technique lifts your cheeks and elongates your face. I feel like this is a look that suits all face shapes, but it looks especially good on round or oval face shapes.

Blushes with some shimmer or glow look best applied like this.

Blush technique 3: All over your cheeks, nose & under eyes for a sunkissed look

blush trend 2023 before after

I could also call this “The 2023 way” or the “TikTok Blush Trend”, because even though I like the look, it can easily look a bit much. Though you can modify this – if you only apply it on the cheeks and just a touch on the nose, it looks more natural. I wear my blush often like this!

One good side to this style is that the blush can also help to hide your dark circles. You know, since peachy and salmon pink colors help to color-correct blueish colors (your dark circles can lean more to purple or green – check the color wheel to make sense of it).


Read the post: CONCEALER 101 – How to neutralize and brighten dark circles

color wheel dark circles opposite colors


Blush can also be your whole look! Here I wore it as an eyeshadow and also brought it quite high to my temples.

blushed makeup look charlotta eve

Which blush shade to choose?

When it comes to blush shades, a cool-toned pink suits cool undertones. So if you know you look great in cool colors, that’s your pick. Likewise, if you have warm tones, a more peachy blush looks beautiful on you. Coral can also work for both, since it’s kind of a mix of pink and peach.

Read the post: UNDERTONES & MAKEUP – Are you cool, warm or neutral?

warm olive undertone pinja
An example of warm undertones. I applied peach blush on Pinja.
cool undertone
An example of cool undertones. I applied pink blush on Linda.



Here are some of my favorite blushes listed:

*Rare Beauty Liquid Blush
Blends on the skin like a dream, great pigment (I’m wearing the shade Joy)

*Ilia Multi-Stick Cream Blush
Very beginner-friendly, creamy texture that gives you time to work it on the skin & layer it

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush
One of the best cream blushes, organic + refillable

Milani Baked Blush
Very affordable and simply great

blush tricks

How do you wear your blush?

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