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Meet the full-sized favourites hiding in our Advent Calendar

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert9 months ago
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If you’re currently engaging in a good ol’ game of “You put the Advent in, the Advent’ out” when it comes to your Cult Beauty shopping bag well, we’re here to break the cycle. Not only can you put your Status Points towards its purchase but, with 20 full-sized treats that make amazing stocking thrillers you can spoil yourself or view it as the gift that keeps. on. giving... equipping you with countless Secret Santas (savvy, non?).

Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

And if you still require some convincing well, these full-sized beauty favourites ought to clinch things... Read all about what's hiding in the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2023.

VOTARY Super Sensitive Cleansing Cream (worth £55) is the ultimate foil for the ravages wrought by the wintry weather. Powered by chia and calming oat extracts to soothe irritation, this melts away make up while bolstering barrier function for skin that feels blissfully balanced.

The CC Me Serum by cult brand SUMMER FRIDAYS (£65) is a must for sun-seekers — loaded with brightening vitamin C to diminish the toll of exposure while keeping things beautifully bright. And, it comes with a coveted ‘Clinically Tested’ Proof Point: 85% of testers said their face looked smoother and felt softer after four weeks (so you needn’t take our word for it).

A dreamy way to boost your beauty sleep, our limited edition Satin Pillowcase and printed Sleep Mask (worth £18) let you drift off with the knowledge that you’ll wake up looking healthy-haired and shiny-eyed. Emblazoned with our cosmic colours, these make a perfect present for whoever’s on your gift list.

RÓEN’s Eyes On Me Eyeshadow Palette (£43) boasts four of the brand’s stunning Lid Illume shadows in copper and rose golden tones. Gratifyingly tactile (as all palettes should be), this clutch bag-compatible quad is a great way to upgrade your gaze — just blend with your fingers for instant enhancement.

Craving healthy hair in time for Christmas? Hair Gain’s Hair Gummies (£29.99) are packed with growth-enhancing AnaGain, alongside fortifying zinc and biotin to strengthen strands and boost your roots for enviable volume. Vegan, Halal and free from artificial flavours and preservatives, just two of these great-tasting gummies a day will propel you towards your hair goals.

Winner of a coveted Cult Beauty ‘Haul of Fame’ award, Saie’s bestselling Glowy Super Gel in ‘Starglow’ (£22) is the key to achieving celestial skin. 75% water and packed with skin-nourishing extracts and subtle, light-scattering pigments, this lends a deliciously luminous finish when worn on its own, under make up or blended on top of your cheekbones.

Conserving Beauty’s Conserve You Face Oil (£38) is FSC verified, vegan and brimming with cherishing, barrier-boosting oils to soothe and safeguard your complexion. Light and non-greasy, it helps to deflect the skin-harmful effects of blue light and pollution while calming and comforting petal-esque skin types.

Intensifying the effects of any eye cream, Dieux Skin’s reusable silicone Forever Eye Masks (£22) upgrade your routine and respect the env—eye—ronment. A small way to minimise waste, these hassle-free patches are easy to care for (just wash, dry and use them again and again... and again), and they make for a cute self-care selfie...

A rich, chocolate-y brown, 19/99’s Precision Colour Pencil in shade ‘Barna’ (£19) is the perfect way to amplify your eyes with its creamy, long-wear texture that diffuses with your fingers for a sexy, smokey smoulder or facilitates crisp, graphic lines (or a smudge-proof smattering of freckles).

With multiple Cult Conscious accolades, DR. LEVY SWITZERLAND’s R3 Cell Matrix Mask (£69) unites stabilised vitamin C with retinol and hyaluronic acid to stimulate cells and encourage repair and renewal. Boosting resistance to daily aggressors while plumping and strengthening, this fast-acting mask is miraculous (it’s 5-star rated for a reason).

The swiftest way to fake a flush, Huda Beauty’s Cheeky Tint Blush Stick in ‘Coral Cutie’ (£23) lends a pop of dewy pigment that will instantly enliven winter skin.

An OG when it comes to smoothing, brightening and ‘tightening’, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (£70) helps to melt away the surface cells that compromise your radiance, while triggering renewal to keep things supple. And when you’re asked to share the secret to your newfound luminosity you can legitimately say “it’s just good genes” (your secret’s safe with us).

Starring REN Clean Skincare’s plant-derived alternative to retinol, alongside niacinamide and ceramides to buffer its intensity, the bestselling Bio-Retinoid Youth Serum (£62) is ideal for those who’re new to using retinoids, as well as being great for those with sensitive complexions.

Perfect for the colder climes, Kinship’s Leaping Bunny-certified Supermelt Hyaluronic Plumping Treatment (£19) warms on application and evolves from balm to oil to lavish lips while offering protection from the elements. With a subtle sheen and sweet vanilla scent, consider this the icing on your (skin care) cupcake.

An on-the-go essential, the limited edition Cult Beauty Compact Mirror (£10) will fast become a fixture of your get-ready routine. Its colour-pop hues make it easy to retrieve from the most ludicrously capacious bag, while the normal and twice-magnifying mirrors mean your lips will be perfectly lined and your brows are unfailingly flawless.

In one of two nearly-bare hues, BareMinerals’ nourishing MINERALIST Gloss-Balm (£20) leaves your lips gorgeously glazed. Brimming with cold-pressed fruit oils and delivering a subtle hint-of-tint, this keeps your lips cushiony soft and conditioned.

Instantly uplifting with invigorating notes of lemon peel and white tea, calming rose and waterlily with a reassuring base of musk and cedarwood, HERLUM’s Copa Dew Oil (£29) is a beautiful blend of elasticising cold-pressed rosehip oil, conditioning squalane, copaba and radiance-boosting buriti oils, this multi-tasking marvel works to cherish face, hair, body, cuticles and to elevate your bathing ritual.

Quickly absorbed to address any under-eye dryness, Biossance’s featherlight Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream (£43) creates a smooth canvas for make up while gradually plumping and strengthening delicate tissue.

And finally, Medik8’s Crystal Retinal Ceramide Eye 3 (£42) offers all of the line-smoothing, dark circle-diminishing benefits of retinol without the irritation thanks to ceramides which buffer the intensity. A pioneering product that delivers tangible results without the side-effects, it comes with rave reviews from our discerning Cult Community...

With full sizes totalling a staggering £698.99 (not including the 19 additional mini and travel-sized treats or the chance to win £1000 Cult Beauty pounds if you find one of three Golden Tickets), we think you'll agree that our calendar's well worth the £225 price tag. Now, over to you... (and don't forget to check your Status Points!).


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...