Gone are the days when I’d count down to the holidays with an advent calendar that housed tiny pieces of candy, which would be gone each day in a single bite (devastating, I know). Now, anything can hide behind those cute paper doors, but it’s the beauty advent calendars for me. They make for an easy way to introduce myself to a new brand and discover what makes it special. So if you’re looking for a little makeup and skincare refresh, take this beauty director’s advice: Don’t sleep on Chantecaille’s 12 Days of Botanical Beauty Holiday Box (which, by the way, has a $671 value but will only run you $375).
It’s special for a number of reasons. First of all, it comes in a luxe, wildlife-inspired gift box with 12 drawers, which are decorated with images of nature, botanical ingredients, and wildlife (all things that the brand holds close to its heart). Each drawer has one best-selling product from the brand’s makeup or skincare line. About half of the products in the advent calendar are full size (seriously!), while the other half are deluxe samples. The product formulas are made using smart science and pure ingredients found in flowers and plants (and are all vegan and cruelty-free!), and the brand makes a point to give back to charities that protect wild species and spaces. It’s really hard to not feel good about supporting a brand like that (all year, not just during the holidays).