As you may have guessed, I love beauty products more than just about anything else (inanimate) ever. And the holidays are my absolute favorite time to get them because there are tons of new colors, lots of fun collections, and so many amazing sets of cool combos. And since I know everybody is on a budget this year, I’ve organized this particular gift guide into sections of budgets: $5, $10, $20, $50, and $50+.
While most beauty-related gifts are typically thought of as being for women, people of all genders love cosmetics, skincare products, haircare and more. So, considering this is absolutely my favorite fashion-related topic to write about, this gift guide has got tons of my favorites, many of which I have tried and loved or have friends who swear by them.
Got any questions, recommendations or other thoughts? Let me hear ‘em in the comments!
Gifts Under $5
Studio VIP Eyelash Kit
This little kit includes lashes, a small tube of glue and an applicator to help you apply your pretty, flirty new set of eyelashes! Great for beauty beginners.
JulieG Frosted Gum Drops Holiday Collection
Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, $4 each
Sparkle is so fun for the holidays, and each of these cute colors offers lots of glitzy glamour for your fingertips. And at a price this low, you can grab one for your friend, one for your sister and one for yourself!
CoverGirl Outlast Glosstinis Nail Polish
I tried these during Fashion Week and, seriously, they last a really long time on your fingers. Much longer than you would think $3 could buy you. And there are so many pretty colors, you can pick an assortment that works for whomever you’re giving a gift to!
Applicious Glossy Lip Balm
New York Color, $5
NYC is a great, inexpensive drugstore brand of makeup that’s great for people who love nice hues but don’t have a ton of cash to spend. These make a cute, sweet present for anybody with a desire for subtle shine and color.
Pure Ice Nail Polish
This lovely color is perfect for winter, spring and summer. And it’s only $2–excellent for your wallet and your recipient’s nails!
Gifts Under $10
Lulu Organics Hair Powder
Everybody’s hair gets gross once in a while, and sometimes, you don’t have time to wash it (especially when it’s 7 AM in the winter and you don’t want to freeze outside). This travel size organic hair powder is great for folks in your life who are always on the go.
Clove Cigarette No. 18 Lip Elixir
Tokyo Milk, $7
This has been one of my favorite lip balms for years. It’s an incredibly appealing scent in an excellent formula. (And anybody I’ve kissed while wearing it has said so!)
Proraso Shaving Cream
While this shaving cream may be intended for men’s beards, I’m not gonna lie, I tried it on my legs and it was awesome. The eucalyptus oil and menthol felt ultra-snazzy.
Jelly Soft Curls
Miss Jessie’s, $1 – $8.40 (with current discount)
Know somebody whose curls cause her major grief? This styling product can help! Instead of weighing down hair or making it crunchy, this gets curly locks super smooth and touchable.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow
Mandie reviewed these the other day and they seem pretty awesome. Jewel tones are just about always in, and these would be great for your favorite friend who loves to dress up and go out!
Cupcake Face Mask
This face mask smells incredible, just like chocolate cupcake mix or brownie batter–basically, anything you’d want to lick off a spoon. It’s great for teens or anybody with oily skin and leaves your face feeling refreshed, smooth and nourished. I recommend any of their masks, though; just ask a consultant which is best for you.
Creme de la Shave in Toasted Almond
I’ve been using this lately and good god it is gentle on my skin. It smells delightful, feels amazing, and is excellent for your loved ones with sensitive skin! Great for a gift basket of sweet-smelling body products.
Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
A huge set of eyeshadows on sale from $20 makes the perfect present for anybody who loves bright colors in a fun palette.