I love this time of year. The smell of pine in the air, the crackling sound of a warm fire, the twinkle of Christmas lights, the taste of fudge and cookies. It makes me all warm and tingly inside.
You know what else makes me tingly (besides Chris Pine)? It’s when all the major makeup brands roll out their holiday palettes. If there is one thing I love more than makeup, it’s a bunch of makeup all sold as a set at a discounted price. Please, Santa, count me in.
Lucky for you, I’ve scoured the aisles of Sephora and Ulta and put together a gift guide for the beauty products obsessed. Are you overwhelmed when you walk into Sephora? Does the idea of picking out a gift that your super trendy BFF will love stress you out? Do you have a teen at home that loves black eyeliner and glitter? Well, worry no more because Andrea has your back! I have so kindly swatched each and every one of the sets I’m mentioning in this guide. Whether you add it to your list or purchase it for someone else, you simply can’t go wrong.
This value set is packed with products, and would make a wonderful gift for someone who wants to try new color combinations. Tarte’s Carried Away Collector’s Set contains six eyeshadow quads (a total of 24 shadows), blush, finishing powder, 8 lip glosses, mascara, and a brush. It comes packed in a stylish travel case. I own this set, and I am very pleased with it. I absolutely love Tarte products. The shadows are pigmented and perfectly blendable. Tarte blushes are my favorite – they truly do last the advertised 12 hours. The lip glosses provide a pop of color without being sticky.This set is $54 and if purchased separately would total over $500!
The Too Faced Sweet Indulgence ($52) is another palette that made its way onto my Christmas list. (Actually, husband, if you are reading this I sort of already purchased it for myself. Thanks babe!) I’m a huge fan of Too Faced’s shadows and lipsticks, and this set allowed me to sample some of the other products that the brand offers. It comes in the cutest pink tin (that can be reused and repurposed) and contains 16 eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, one highlighter, a full sized eye primer, and a double ended shadow brush. This palette would be great for travel – all you need is some powder and gloss and you are set!
LORAC is another brand I absolutely love and I was super excited about this set. The LORAC Eye Candy Full Face Collection contains four eyeshadow palettes (each consisting of four coordinating shadows), one cream liner palette, and one lip & cheek tint palette. You get 16 full size eye shadows, four liners, two lip colors, and two cheek colors. LORAC’s shadows are so creamy and blendable and the shades are varied yet are still wearable. This set is $57 – purchased separately you would pay $360 for these products. Can’t beat that!
The bareMinerals Fired Up Set is perfect for the girl on the go. It comes in a gorgeous gold bag that could be used as a clutch for a date night or girl’s night out. The palette itself contains everything you need to either apply your makeup or touch up on the go. Got a girlfriend who is a frequent traveler? Do you keep a makeup bag in your purse to refresh when you are out and about? This palette is for you. It is currently on sale at Sephora for $39.
The Origins Skin Brightening Superstars Kit is a great gift someone who prioritizes caring for their skin. It contains a face wash, night cream, serum, and eye cream. I really love Origins products – they are gentle products that really work to correct skin issues. At $39.50, I think this set would be a great gift for any woman on your list.
I’ve picked this set of glosses up every time I’ve been in Ulta or Sephora for the past few weeks, and I finally broke down and purchased it as a treat to myself. The High Flying Glosses ($26) are meant to be companions to Benefit’s popular blushes of the same names. They provide a pop of color and feel wonderfully moisturizing on your lips! I’ve already purchased this set for one of my girlfriends.
Got a friend who loves taking bubble baths? Do you love fragrant bath products? You just can’t go wrong with Philosophy. The Philosophy Snowflake Wonderland Set ($22) smells amazing and provides the most bountiful bubbles you will ever see in your tub. The set comes with a body wash/bubble bath and a body lotion. This is the perfect gift for a friend or teacher!
I have a friend who lovse Hello Kitty, and this is the perfect gift for her. The wide tooth comb is great for keeping in your purse, car, or shower. Who doesn’t love little touch of glam? At $12, it is the perfect “I was just thinking of you” gift.
This is one gift I’d be thrilled to have in my stocking! The Sephora + Pantone Universe Opulent Lacquer Trio come in several color combinations: gold, black, red, and silver. Each set contains 3 polishes – a shimmer, a opaque, and a glitter. I don’t own this set but I have purchased the Sephora + Pantone Universe polishes before and they are equivalent in quality to OPI or China Glaze.
Sephora Favorites are a great way to sample a lot of different brands of one type of product. Got a friend who is always looking for her next favorite perfume? The Sephora Favorites Beauty To Go Fragrance Sampler for Her ($18) contains large samples of five fragrances, plus scent certificate that is good for one rollerball fragrance pen of your choice. Try the samples, pick your favorite of the bunch, and then redeem your scent certificate for the perfume of your choice!
Will you be purchasing any of these sets? What beauty item is on your Christmas wish list?
Andrea House is a Southern bell and a self-titled beauty maven that deals with her toddler’s frequent meltdowns by seeking peace in the aisles of Sephora and Ulta. By day she is a social worker, while at night she manages her household while reading story books in her best Elmo voice. Andrea blogs at My Chihuahua Bites, where her blog philosophy is “keepin’ it real.” You can read more from Andrea on her blog, My Chihuahua Bites.
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