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.
Gifts For $20 & Under
Shea Butter Body Oil
Out Of Africa, $19.99
Know somebody with a dry skin problem? This stuff will fix ’em right up. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer, or great for a collection of cool body care gifts. It’s 100% natural and cruelty-free with no parabens, sulfates, petrolatums or phthalates. Plus, each purchase donates $.25 to “help provide education and medical care to children in West Africa.”
Lethal Lipstick in Daughter of Darkness
Manic Panic, $14.99
Having had blue hair for about 7 or 8 years, I’ve always been a big fan of MP. Its dyes are amazing and consistently gave me the results I wanted, so I was thrilled when I found out they’re also making great cosmetics, like the Lethal Lipsticks collection. My favorite color is Daughter of Darkness, as you can see in this ridiculously contrasted selfie I posted to Instagram the other day:
Seriously, I love this shade. I have been pretty dedicated to deep red lipsticks and the occasional bright pink for years, but lately, I’ve been all about this dark burgundy/purple shade. They also have lots of others you may love, too, so definitely give all their colors a look.
S.W. Basics Vegan Lip Balm Flight
S. W. Basics, $15
S.W. Basics makes amazing products and these lip balms are no exception. My personal favorite is the Cinnamon flavor, but the Cocoa, Peppermint and Citrus varieties are fantastic, too.
As a side note, I keep reading the name of this product as “Vegan Lip Balm Fight,” which brings a hilarious image up in my head.
Plant Brooklyn Organic Body Wash
This body wash comes in 3 varieties, all with practical purposes. “Calm Down,” which is scented with lavender and ginger; “Wake Up,” which has lemongrass and rosemary fragrances; and “Get Happy,” featuring geranium and peppermint to get you out of a bummed out mood. Plus, it’s free of parabens, SLS, petroleum, silicones, and harsh chemicals. Rad!
The Grommet, $18
Each of these all-natural, cruelty-free 3-piece sets has a theme, ranging from “Good Enough To Eat” to “Beach.” Solid perfume sticks are easy, portable, and won’t spill all over your purse!
Feminine Dangerous Fun Palettes
Urban Decay, $16
These 3 palettes, originally priced at $36 and now on sale for $16, have 6 eyeshadows and 1 travel-size lip gloss. They’re fun, inexpensive and have a built-in zippered case.
Skinny Dip No. 116 Set
Tokyo Milk, $18
Sick of your perfume? Try this set by Tokyo Milk for unique scents including “Crisp Greens & Watercress,” “Sea Mineral & Cypress” and “White Tea & Ginger.”
Heat Is On Protective Daily Primer
Know somebody who loves his or her hair more than just about anything? This protective primer will keep it looking smooth and will help maintain its health through blowouts, straightening seshes and more!
Gifts For $50 & Under
Sheswai Love Bag
Twisted Lily, $36
I just tried out this polish for the first time recently and the colors are lovely. For this set, you choose 3 polishes–all free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dbp’s–and then they go in this “eco-chic jute satchel.” Perfect for your favorite environmentally-friendly manicure lover!
Malin + Goetz Haircare Gift Box
Malin + Goetz, $42
Featuring one 8 oz. Peppermint Shampoo and one 8 oz. bottle of their Cilantro Conditioner, this M+G gift box is perfect for anybody looking to enhance their haircare routine with high quality products that don’t smell like a fruit or flowers.
The Roy Hair Tie
Roy Teeluck, $35
Got a friend or family member who’s obsessed with hair trends and new styles? These hair accessories wrap up your hair into a stylish, unique style. You can put it in a bun, keep it in a pony, or give yourself a side style with one of these pretty, cool patterns. If you’re anything like me and absolutely hate walking out with wet hair (but also never have time or energy to blow dry), these work wonders to keep your wet ponytail or bun off your neck and away from your clothes!
Lavender Infused Dead Sea Mud Face and Body Wrap
Metropolis Soap Company, $32
This is perfect for both your face and your body, allowing you to calm your skin and mind down, helping to get yourself in a relaxed, soothed mood. This is great for those folks you know who get extra stressed during the holidays!
Cellular Lip Colour Effects
La Prairie, $40
As always, La Prairie has some of the most elegant products on the market. This plumping, nourishing lip gloss gets your pout looking luminous, smooth and soft–always a priority in for winter beauty.
Hydration Essentials Set
Winter positively sucks the hydration from our skin–these products bring it back, making your face, hands, body and lips look better than ever.
Brooklyn Grooming Gentleman’s Vial Kit
Twisted Lily, $26
Know somebody who loves traveling and grooming? They can pop this little kit complete with beard oil, shave oil, face serum and aftershave.
Tarte Stop & Stare 6-Piece Eyeliner Set
I’ve tried this set and, my goodness, it’s fantastic if you love metallics and jewel tones. The deep emerald and rich garnet shades are my favorite, but if you’re more inclined toward shimmery browns and golds, there are also lovely shades in this for you.
Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set
The cool (and convenient) thing about this gift set of lovely glosses is that you can either give it as a full collection or break it off into 3 sets, thus allowing you to give 3 people gifts instead of just 1.