Monday, November 26, 2012

HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE 2012 -- Beauty Steals $50 & Under


Hey everyone! Today starts a 5 day series where I show you a comprehensive holiday shopping guide based on my experience working in beauty retail!

Today I've rounded up some of the best beauty products and holiday gift sets that are $50 and under. The next 4 days will be devoted to fragrance, both women's and men's! Fragrance is typically the most sold item during the holidays, yet it's the product that people spend the most time agonizing over, so I'll be here to help you out!


  1. Stila Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner Set ($32) -- A $100 value, this holiday set contains 5 shimmery metallic shades: Moray (golden olive shimmer), Stargazer (black with gold and silver pearl), Tetra (deep shimmery purple), Oscar fish (warm brown with gold pearl, limited edition), Angelfish (metallic pewter). Perfect for any day or evening look, these pencils require no sharpening and won't smudge, budge, or fade.
  2. Stila All is Bright Lip Glaze Set ($25) -- A $110 value, the Stila Lip Glaze Set has 8 delicious flavors and scents in their classic formula to make sure that your lips are dazzling for the holidays and after! Shades included are: Black Cherry, Sugarplum, Jolly, Jingle, Holly, Splendor, Joy, and Jack Frost.
  3. Urban Decay Naked OR Naked 2 Palette ($50) -- These are so similar, that the difference in them is really up to the person receiving them. When trying to decide, it all comes down to this: Naked has more shimmer and warmer colors, while Naked 2 has some mattes and more greige/taupe colors. Naked also comes with a shadow brush and a mini primer potion, Naked 2 comes with a double ended crease/shadow brush and a mini Lip Junkie lip gloss in... Naked.
  4. Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Duo ($20) -- Any of the Philosophy gift sets will be a great gift, Sugar Plum Fairy just happens to be my personal favorite holiday scent! ;) Each duo comes with an 8oz Shower Gel/Bubble Bath and a .5oz high-gloss, high-shine Lip Shine in the selected scent.
  5. Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer ($34.99) -- This dryer packs an 1875 watt professional grade AC motor (similar to those found in CHI dryers!) into a sleek, folding handle model that is also perfect for travel! It has ionic technology to promote healthy, shiny hair while fighting frizz, a true cold-shot button to lock in curls and waves, 3 heat/speed settings, a concentrator and removable filter to prevent lint build up. Plus it also has a limited 4 YEAR warranty and a travel tote. This is absolutely my favorite hair dryer under $50 and easily one of our most popular models.
  6. Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous Gift Set ($34) -- This "Best of Benefit" limited edition set has everything you'll need to be absolutely fabulous this holiday and well into 2013! It contains: The PORE-fessional mini, Highbeam, Sugarbomb blush, They're Real! mascara deluxe mini, and a Laugh with Me LeeLee fragrance mini. (Note: There is also the Benefit Fast Train to Fabulous Set which is very similar and also retails for $34. It contains: The PORE-fessional (full-size), Benetint, They're Real! mascara deluxe mini, and a Laugh with Me LeeLee fragrance mini.)
  7. Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Set ($38) -- This set of 3/4 size pencils brings back two beloved LE shades and introduces two NEW shades not available anywhere else! Versatile, yet subtle enough for even the most color-shy, the Smoked 24/7 set contains: new shades Smog (copper) and Mainline (dark green/blue matte), returning LE shades Uzi (gunmetal taupe w/ silver microglitter) and Empire (dark eggplant satin), and best-selling core colors Zero (zealous black) and Demolition (deep brown matte).
  8. Benefit They're Real! Mascara ($23) -- This "holy grail" mascara is certainly a best seller for a reason! It lengthens, volumizes, lifts, curls, and separates.. all in one formula! It's jet black and water resistant, and would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
  9. OPI The Man With the Golden Gun 18k Gold Top Coat ($30) -- Part of the new OPI Bond Holiday 2012 collection, this 18k gold leaf top coat is sure to add some glitz to any manicure. Perfect for anyone who is trend and/or nail-obsessed, or just enjoys the finer things in life.
  10. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System ($35) -- Definitely the most user-friendly temporary fiber lash extension product on the market that I've seen. This one doesn't irritate my eyes (and I wear contacts), and truly gives stunning results, providing dramatic volume and stunning length in less than a minute per eye. Worth every penny of the $35 price tag. Would be perfect for anyone who is addicted to wearing falsies daily, or just can't seem to master them at all!
  11. Tarte Statement Lips 5-Piece LipSurgence Collectors Set ($34) -- This limited edition set contains 2 favorites and 3 new shades: Elite (sheer melon), Enchanted (sheer rose), Sweet (shimmering peachy-pink), Escape (shimmering pink), Exposed (matte nude). Each LipSurgence crayon retails for $25 a piece, so this set is truly an amazing value!
  12. Hot Tools 24k Gold 1" Curling Iron ($46.99) -- Truly the "gold standard" as far as curling irons go, the Hot Tools 24k gold iron heats up quickly and the gold provides maximum heat retention, making sure that curls will last all day. Be warned, however.. higher heat is also more damaging on hair. Be sure to use a thermal protectant spray with every use! (CHI Iron Guard is a favorite.)

Whew! That's a lot of information! I hope it's given you some amazing ideas for the wonderful people on your lists this year.. or maybe even an idea or two for yourself! Stay tuned.. tomorrow I'll be sharing the best-selling fragrances for women with you!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks this is so helpful even after the holidays!

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