The Best Beauty Gifts for the Holidays

There’s no denying it, Christmas is right around the corner, and if you haven’t made a dent in your Christmas shopping yet, you better get busy!!!

Beauty gifts are always a great idea because they always fit and they’re the type of product we don’t always want to buy for ourselves. I don’t know about you, but beauty products are often the last thing I buy for myself because they seem indulgent even though a lot of times they’re important to good health and hygiene.

I’ve put together a list of a wide variety of beauty products that I personally love or covet. Everything here is something I highly recommend, and you know me, I’ll tell you why. I’ve tried to include a range of price points, so hopefully this is useful!

1. Clarisonic Mia Fit // 2. Rodan+Fields Lash Boost // 3. Smoky Eye Palette // 4. Brush Cleaning Mat // 5. Hydrating Lip Plumper // 6. Beauty Blender & Cleanser // 7. Flat Kabuki Foundation Brush // 8. Curling Wand // 9. Basic Eyes Brush Set // 10. Travel Manicure Set

Best Beauty Gifts Under $50

Sigma Spa® Express Brush Cleaning Mat $25 – I just bought this for myself a few weeks ago, and I LOVE it. I used to procrastinate washing my makeup brushes, but now with this brush cleaning mat, it’s a snap. I just use Dawn dishwashing liquid.

Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® Express Brush Cleaning Mat

Sigma Flat Kabuki Foundation Brush – This is THE best foundation brush. I use it every day.

Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki™ Brush

Travel Manicure Set $24 – Perfect for throwing in her purse.

Beauty Blender with Mini Blender Cleanser $25 – I love my Beauty Blender, and this one comes with a mini cleanser for gift giving.

Best Beauty Gifts: Beauty Blender & Cleanser

GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper $27 – I just started using this and I love it. It’s so moist and shiny. I have the Lust Red, which is the PERFECT holiday red.

Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper

Best Beauty Gifts Under $100

Sigma Basic Face Brush Set $83 – This is a great gift for the woman looking to up her beauty game. This brush set has all the basic makeup brushes you need for a full face, and it will last for years.

Sigma Beauty 'Basic Face' Kit

Sigma Basic Eyes Brush Set $77 – The perfect addition to the Basic Face set.

Sigma Beauty 'Basic Eyes' Kit

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Shadow Palette $54 – This is my favorite eye shadow palette. I have two of the Naked palettes and a Bobbi Brown, but this is the one I go for day after day. It has plenty of lighter shades for daytime so it works for both day and night looks.

Silk Pillowcase $79 – I’ve been sleeping on a silk pillowcase for a while now, and I love it. It is supposedly anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head, but mostly, it just makes me feel fancy. Ha! It would make a great gift for the “girl who has everything.”

GLAMGLOW® Sexy YOUTHMUD® Set $69 – I’ve used the GLAMGLOW mud mask, and it is fantastic. This limited edition gift set includes a facial treatment, a clearing treatment, and a hydrating treatment. It’s basically an at-home facial.

Best Beauty Gifts Worth Splurging On

T3 Whirl Trio Curling Wand $270 – This is the curling wand I use to get my curls. I tried cheaper drugstore versions, and my hair wouldn’t hold a curl. I saw fashion bloggers recommending this one so my husband gifted me with it for my birthday, and it’s a total game changer. I love it. I usually use the 1″ wand, but I’ve tried the other two and they’re fun for trying different looks.

Clarisonic Mia Fit $219 – I’m a huge fan of my  Clarisonic Mia, and a few months ago, the brand sent me a Mia Fit to try out. It’s a cute little travel size Clarisonic, and I love how easy it is to stow and go. It’s perfect for travel, or for the woman who gets ready at the gym. This set comes with a cleanser, making it a great gift.

Best Beauty Gifts: Clarisonic Mia Fit Cleansing System

Rodan+Fields Lash Boost Holiday Gift Set $150 – This holiday gift set includes a full size Lash Boost, a mini Eye Cream, and a cute travel pouch.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Holiday Gift Set

I’m a R+F rep, so I’m linking you to my online shop. Of course you should feel free to order from your own R+F rep if you have one.

Lash Boost is an eyelash conditioning serum that claims to visibly enhance eyelash volume and length in just 4 weeks with daily use. I’ve been using Lash Boost for a couple of months now. My lashes are already pretty long, but I was hoping it would make them thicker because I’ve noticed them thinning recently.

I’m a huge skeptic about products like this that make grand claims, and I really didn’t expect to see much difference in my lashes. I was so convinced I wouldn’t see a noticeable change that I didn’t even take a before picture, and man, I wish I had, because this stuff WORKS, and I wish I could show you! After using Lash Boost for 6 weeks, my eyelashes are so long, it’s almost embarrassing. I find myself using less mascara than I used to in order to compensate for the insane growth. My mom was here last weekend, and she hadn’t seen me in a few months, and she noticed them immediately.

All that to say, this stuff really works. It’s spendy, but it lasts a long time. I’ve been putting it on my eyebrows too and it is still going strong after about 6 weeks. I’ll update you as to how long it lasts when I run out. Hopefully that will be a while!

I hope this gift guide helps you with some of your gift giving needs! Of course, feel free to forward this post to your favorite Santa, or maybe even treat yourself to one or two. I’ll never tell!

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15 thoughts on “The Best Beauty Gifts for the Holidays

  1. I’m giving my mom the Lash Boost for Christmas…can’t wait to see her results! Lots of great ideas here…thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m definitely going to try the lash boost! You mentioned having house decorating done. How’d you find a designer to help? We don’t have many in my area and I’m looking for someone with a better eye and experience to help!

    1. Hey Debbie. I am the same way, I don’t have the eye for it and I waste SO much time left to my own devices. It makes sense to hire someone. I just asked around and got a recommendation from a trusted friend. Good luck!

  3. JoLynne, this was a great post. My daughter is a make up artist and she is a big fan a many of the brands you listed. She has several of the Naked Palettes as well and is a fan of the Kibuki brushes and Glam Glo. I have never seen one of those brush cleaning mats before. I may just have to order one for her and for myself. Thanks for all the great info! – Amy

    1. Hey Amy, that is good to hear! I’m glad to know my recommendations are good ones. I’m far from a beauty expert, but I have learned a lot from reading other blogs, and that’s now I found out about those brushes. They really are fantastic.

  4. Hi there! I have the lash boost and would love to try it on my eyebrows. Do you just dab it on or brush it across your brows?

  5. JoLynnne, I’d love it if you could share what your decorator rooms look like when finished. I try to do it myself, but I don’t have the confidence necessary to undergo major changes. Would like to see what you had done! Please and Thank You!!

  6. I might’ve snagged 2 naked smoky palettes at 1/2 price at ulta last week. 🙂 I should gift them both, and I sort of am. One is going into my daughter’s stocking, and one is to me from me with love. 🙂

  7. First of all I LOVE your gift giving suggestions! Aside from the one you did with HSN, will you be doing another one with other (non-HSN) products.

    Second: What do you recommend as a replacement for the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Shadow Palette that is sadly now discontinued? 

    Thank you so much. I am a terrible gift giver with my adult daughters (who have everything). You always have things that they don’t have and I love surprising them 💕😉! 

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