As we head into the last three months of the year, only a few things are certain. The first being the sheer bliss of cooler weather as we enjoy the respite of the desert heat. The second is our inevitable weight gain due to indulging at one too many festive parties. The final guarantee is the sheer luxury and joy we experience as our favourite makeup, skincare, and hair care brands release their 2021 holiday beauty kits. Not only do we have sugar plum dreams about the limited-edition sets, shades, and packaging, but the arrival of extravagant beauty-themed advent calendars too. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
One of the most luxurious holiday sets on the market, Net-A-Porter’s 2021 Advent Calendar (Dhs1285, Net-a-porter) features full-size and mini-size skincare, hair care, body care, makeup, and candles from brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Oribe, Sunday Riley, Sachajuan, Claus Porto, and Victoria Beckham Beauty. This calendar is valued at Dhs6,244 and contains cult-favourite skincare products like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Lifting Serum, Augustinus Bader’s Rich Cream, and Agent Nateur’s Holi(Oil) Ageless Face Serum.
With a value of Dhs4850, the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 (Dhs1069, Cult Beauty) has us ready to ring in the holidays with sparkle and shine. The calendar contains 38 beauty faves including products from Augustinus Bader, Victoria Beckham Beauty, VIEVE and Youth To The People. The last drawer is a full-size exclusive Bella Freud Loving Candle. As in past years, one Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 contains the elusive Dhs4975 Golden Ticket voucher.
If you love the beautiful things in life, then you’re probably already anticipating the 2021 holiday beauty drop from Hourglass Cosmetics. This year, their limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Unlocked (Dhs393, Cult Beauty) is as beautiful as ever. This vegan and cruelty-free palette features bestselling shades golden beige and warm bronze and three new blush and highlighter Ambient Lighting Powder shades. With tones of deep berry, bright peony, and metallic champagne, you’ll look both merry and bright this festive season.
Huda has us believing in the (makeup) magic this season with her Huda Beauty House of Huda 12-Door Advent Calendar (Dhs719, Huda Beauty). Brimming with the best of Huda Beauty, this advent calendar gives a major upgrade to both our skincare and makeup routines. Including Wishful skincare, lip products, and three Obsessions eyeshadow palettes, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’re on the nice list.
The Susanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar 2021 (Dhs1722, Net-A-Porter) is a sumptuous mix of skincare ranging from moisturising masks to foot cream, and everything in between. This advent calendar features products with skin-loving ingredients like rich shea butter, line-smoothing vitamin E, and nourishing almond oil. We love the Eye Rescue Stick, designed to eradicate puffiness and dark circles. Another favourite of ours is the brightening Glow Mask that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and evens out skin’s texture.
No one does (or loves) holidays quite like Charlotte Tilbury, so it’s no surprise that her holiday collection is created to bring some shimmer to the festive season. Charlotte’s limited edition Instant Eye Palette in Smokey Eyes are Forever (Dhs373, Charlotte Tilbury) features 12 shades of nude peach, rose gold, golden green, bronze, peach-gold, deep smokey plum, and black to create all your holiday looks. To match the eyes, Charlotte has created five new Limitless Lucky Lips lipsticks (Dhs139, Charlotte Tilbury) with long wear and ultra-matte finishes. The shades range in red-toned hues from poppy to rosewood and even orange red. No stranger to luxury, Charlotte has also given us the gift of beauty every day with her Instant Eye Palette in Smokey Eyes are Forever + Advent Calendar Duo (Dhs1293, Charlotte Tilbury).