I am really excited for today’s post with Sephora. I’ve polled you guys pretty extensively on Instagram stories etc with your thoughts on gift guides and the biggest piece of feedback I’ve received is that they’ve gotten too extensive and too expensive! I had a lot of requests for beauty gifts, specifically under $50!
It’s of course very fun to show really luxurious, beautiful gifts but at the end of the day most of the gifts I buy for friends and family are under $50! I wanted to showcase practical, affordable gifts that I would personally love to receive from brands I trust and love. Sephora gave me free reign of the site to pick and choose the best beauty gifts of 2019. I spent HOURS on the site (best part of my job) choosing these items and can say with full confidence: these are the best beauty gifts you’ll find!
clockwise from top left: Slip Watermelon Eye Mask // Laneige Lip Masks Set // NARS Palettte // Dr. Dennis Gross Set // NARS Mini Set // Urban Decay Naked Honey Eye Palette (the prettiest colors!!!) // Laura Mercier Eye Stick Set // Kiehls Men’s Skincare Set // NARS Lip Pencil Set // Anthony Skincare Set // Sephora Favorites Next Big Thing Set // Herbivore Set // Aquis Hair Towel (this thing is life changing!)
First up: this mini set from NARS!
what it is: This set is only $39 and features three of my favorite products in smaller sizes // perfect for travel! There’s the Afterglow lip balm (super hydrating + delivers a pretty wash of color) and my personal favorite, the Lip Tint (the perfect glossy pink!). And then there’s the orgasm blush/highlighter duo which I keep in my travel bag!
why I love it: I love this gift because it has only things you’ll want and need. And these shades literally look great on EVERYONE.
and then we have a gift I’d personally LOVE to receive:
Sephora Favorites’ Next Big Thing Set.
what it is: for only $39, this is a set of seven trend-inspired makeup products curated by the beauty experts at Sephora. It’s a great value (includes a full size lipstick + stamp blush!)
why I love it: I hadn’t heard of any of these brands (besides Milk), which excited me as I am pretty immersed in the beauty space. This set is perfect for your friend who LOVES beauty and is looking for (to use Sephora’s words), the next big thing!!! It’s also a really good value.
Next up is Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s “Your Skin Heroes” set.
what it is: This set features four travel size versions of Dr. Dennis Gross’ best selling products. It’s perfect for your friend who loves skincare or travels a lot. It contains the Alpha Beta® Cleansing Gel, the Alpha Beta® Extra Strength Daily Peel, the Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum, and C + Collagen™ Deep Cream!
why I love it: Dr. Gross’s products are some of my favorites and as an avid traveler I live for the smaller sizes! It’s also a fantastic value ($98 worth of product for $50).
And then we have Urban Decay’s Naked Honey palette.
what it is: a gorgeous eye palette with 12 golden neutrals. Perfect for the beauty lover or your best friend.
why I love it: I can’t think of a single girlfriend who wouldn’t love to receive this palette. It’s just SO PRETTY. I like it much better than the original Naked palette because the colors are metallic and golden – perfect for a night out!
Last but not least (and probably my favorite gift of all!!!)
Herbivore’s Glow Potions Emerald CBD + Prism 12% AHA Glow Duo.
what it is: A set of two of Herbivore’s best selling products: the Prism 12% exfoliating glow serum and skin calming Emerald CBD Deep Moisture glow oil.
why I love it: These are perfect for travel, and work brilliantly together (exfoliate with prism + then hydrate with the oil!) Both of these products are fantastic and effective (and clean!)
Created in partnership with Sephora. Photography by Allie Provost.
Ahh where is the book post this month!
It always comes out the first week of the month. It will be coming later this week!
Ooh, thanks for all the product recommendations! Urban Decay’s palette is the dream! I want it for myself haha! ❤️✨
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
You’re so welcome!!!!
Did I miss your book post for last month? 🙁
Hi Ellie, it always comes out the first week of the month. It will be coming later this week!
Omg I feel rude that I asked as someone else previously had Just anxiously awaiting! Thanks for reply! ♥️
So many great gift ideas, love this roundup!
Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
Ahhh yay thank you for putting together a list of gifts that I can actually use and afford to buy for the ladies in my life!!!
YAY that is exactly the reaction I was hoping for!! Gift guides have gotten a little too expensive 🙂
The timing on this post is perfect with the VIB discount starting this week! Thank you for the great ideas!
You’re so welcome – and I’m sooooo excited to shop the VIB sale!
Thanks so much for the roundup! Quick question, I can’t seem to find the Herbivore Glow Duo on Sephora. When I click on the link it says product not carried. Do you know where I can find it?
That’s so strange – the link works for me!!! https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=GYT3ZGhalq0&offerid=675628.10005469&type=3&subid=0
Thanks so much! I found out that it doesn’t work on my laptop but works on my phone. So weird!
WEIRD! Glad you figured it out!!!
And I got my VIB discount announcement today!
Wooo! So excited to shop!
These are perfect!!! Thanks
Yay! Glad you liked it!!!
Hi Grace, I remember you did an Instagram post or story awhile back on Sephora holiday items, and you mentioned a Nars lipstick that was a pretty rose/nude shade. Is that the same lipstick that’s in this Nars holiday kit? Thanks!!!
Nope! The one in this kit is a lip balm – I was talking about the lipstick, in “Barbara!” xo
Thanks Grace! Love that there are some great options under $50 I can get for some of my GOOD friends 🙂
YAY! Happy shopping!