'˜Tis the season to snap up the best beauty advent calendars

These covetable beauty advent calendars are landing in-store and online. Beauty editor Stephanie Smith picks out the top five to grab quickly.

Jo Malone London Advent Calendar: With 25 gorgeous Jo Malone gifts comprising: Orange Bitters Cologne 9ml; Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense 9ml; Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash 15ml; English Pear & Freesia Cologne 9ml;Tuberose Angelica Cologne Intense 9ml; Frosted Cherry & Clove Mini Candle 35g; Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne 9ml; Wild Bluebell Body Creme 15ml; Wood Sage Sea Salt Cologne 9ml; Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense 9ml; Amber & Lavender Bath Oil 15ml; Peony & Blush Suede Body Creme 50ml; English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne 9ml; Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense 9ml; Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne 9ml; Incense & Embers Mini Candle 35g; Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne 9ml; Tuberose Angelica Body Creme 15ml; Grapefruit Cologne 9ml; Blackberry & Bay Bath Oil 15ml Black Cedar Wood & Juniper Cologne 9ml; Orange Blossom Body and Handwash 15ml; Myrrh Cologne Intense 9ml; Pomegranate Noir Mini Candle 35g; Plus another special surprise on the 24th. It's £300, online now, in store November 1.

The beauty advent calendar has become an object of desire in recent years, so much so that the dates of the drops are big news for those who truly cherish their favourite cosmetics and skincare brands. More than 400 people queued around the block at Liberty department store in London this morning to get their hands on the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar for 2018 (and they were entertained flash-mob style by London Gay Men’s Chorus).

With two months to go until Christmas Day, this week sees the launch of the most desirable beauty advent calendars on the market. Gorgeously packaged with 24 boxes or windows, which open to reveal a daily delight throughout December - perhaps a fragrance, a candle, an eye cream, a mini lipstick and who knows what other treasures to discover - these are the true beauy addict’s dream gift (and how clever of the brands and department stores to have created such lust-worthy gifts that need to be given at the start of December, as well as at the end - like having two Christmases).

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However, you have to be quick if you want one of these exquisite creations, because they will be snapped up eagerly by those who want give themselves – or a lucky loved one – a pre-Christmas bargain treat.

The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar: Back by popular demand, to make your Christmas countdown joyous with a little daily indulgence, thanks to a lovely bunch of presents hidden behind all 24 doors. Worth a total of £258, treats include mini home sprays, votives, skincare, hand creams  and more  in a host of our bestselling scents. One window will reveal a £10 gift voucher to spend on anything. It costs £150 in store and online.
The John Lewis Beauty Advent Calender available in stores nationwide and online, at £165. 25 key products, some with services, including: Lancome - trial size foundation sample; Elemis - 15-minute facial personally prescribed; AVEDA - Bring a card to a John Lewis AVEDA counter to book in for personalised hair and scalp camera analysis, massage and an aroma experience along with samples; Clarins - An invitation to enjoy a complimentary makeup or skin care consultation at one of John Lewis' counters. John Lewis also given you the chance to find £100 of beauty vouchers; they're hidden in a drawer in 20 of the calendars.
Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar: Contains cult beauty classics worth over £475, including: Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream; Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil; Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner; Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye shadow Mica (full-size 3g); BBrowBar Nourishing Brow Oil (full-size 11ml); By Terry Baume De Rose La Crème Mains; Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream; Clinique Smart SPF15 Custom Moisturizer; Dr Sebagh Serum Repair; Elizabeth + James Nirvana White Eau de Parfum ; Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara; Femmue Flower Infused Fine Mask; J.One Jelly Pack Multi-functional Gel Primer; Lebon Le White organic tooth paste; MAC Satin Lipstick Twig; Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum; Nails Inc Nail Polish Diamond Arcade; NARS Blush Orgasm; Neom Organics Tranquillity Scented Candle; Olverum Bath Oil; Pixi Retinol Tonic; Radical Eye Revive Crème. It costs £150 at fwww.fenwick.co.uk.
Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar: Launching today (Oct 24) with more than £600 worth of goodies. Last year's sold out in three days. Includes: Votary Super Seed Facial Cream 50ml; Hourglass Caution Mascara 3.5g; REN Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas 30ml; Malin + Goetz Mini Eucalyptus Deodorant 28g; Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser 30ml; Byredo Byredo Blanche Hair Perfume 30ml; Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser 50ml; Dr Sebagh Serum Repair 30ml; Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift Jumbo; Surratt Baton Rouge Quaintrelle; Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 50ml; Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind Rollerball 10ml; Skin Laundry Wrinkle Release Sheet Mask; Le Labo Another 13 EDP 15ml; Diptyque Figuier Candle 70g; Susanne Kaufmann De-Stress Body Oil 30ml; QMS Hand Care 30ml; Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream 30ml; Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss; Davines Oi Milk 50ml; Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml; Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist 50ml; Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Revitalise and Eve Lom Kiss Mix. It costs £195.
Today in London, October 24: The launch of the much anticipated Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar, where more than 400 people queued beforehand. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Liberty London)
Debenhams The Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar: Contains more than £150 worth of beauty goodies for just £70, with highlights including MAC Prep + Prime, Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Serum, Benefit BADgal BANG Mascara, Bare Minerals Slinlongevity Serum, GlamGlow Youth Mud, Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Available in-store on online at Debenhams.