A fact we all know: the holidays are an expensive time of the year.
With so many people to buy for, it can be hard to keep to a budget, or to find an amazing gift that will brighten someone’s day. I know for me, as soon as I step into a mall or department store, the lights, music, and decorations typically have me pulling out my credit card to buy things that I probably am spending way too much money on.
Anyways, if you want to make an impression this season and not spend a fortune, there are so many options available in the beauty world that have great value and are coming from some amazing brands.
Here are three sets that are $30 and under; perfect for a stocking stuffer or as a full gift for someone to brighten their day.
Bare Minerals Set & Shine kit
When I saw the price of this set, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The Bare Minerals Set & Shine kit comes with two full-sized products and only retails for C$13, valued at C$40! Now that’s a good deal!
This duo comes with a full-size of the Bare Minerals’ GEN NUDE Lip Lacquer in Girl Boss, a pinky nude, and a 30ml of their Dew Mist Shimmering Setting Spray. In case you haven’t tried both products, the line is a clean beauty brand and the lip lacquer contains a blend of jojoba oil, mineral copper extract, and algae that helps lips feel soft and smooth. The setting spray helps to set makeup and also give your skin a glow. Since it has a bit of shimmer in it, you can also use it all over your body as well.
Out of all three sets I’ll be chatting about today, this one is definitely the best in terms of value. Seriously, I can’t get over the fact that this set is only C$14!
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Set
For the lip lover, gift Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips 2 Mini Set (C$30).
Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line is on the pricier side, so for only C$30 you get three minis of her bestselling Hot Lips 2 lipsticks. Now I want to note that when I say “mini”, I mean mini. These lipsticks, housed in a cute leopard packaging, are only 1.34 ml, so you don’t get a ton of product in here, but they allow you to try out the formula and a range of colours.
Included in the set are the shades JK Magic (a soft pink nude), Amazing Amal (a warm berry pink) and Viva la Vergara (a soft wine). These lipsticks are blended with tree extracts so they are soft and smooth on the lips.
I’m not one to typically gravitate towards reds and berries, but actually quite enjoyed all three colours in this set (JK Magic was a no brainer for me, I knew I would love it). Like I said, this set is small, but it has three bestselling shades from the line. Plus, it’s Charlotte Tilbury and I mean, who wouldn’t love a little holiday kit from the brand?
IT Cosmetics It’s Your Daily Beauty Routine travel set
IT Cosmetics will forever hold a special place in my heart since not only are their products absolutely amazing, but they are also the first brand that ever sent me PR items.
For the holidays, their It’s Your Daily Beauty Routine set is priced at an amazing value and comes with an assortment of great products.
Available in two options (light shade CC+ cream and medium shade CC+ cream), this set comes with deluxe and travel-sized items of their bestsellers. Included in the sparkly makeup bag (Option 1 comes with a pink bag that says Let It Shine!), is the following:
- Confidence in a Cream (7ml)
- CC+ Cream (12ml)
- Bye Bye Undereye (3.23ml)
- Superhero mascara (4.5ml)
- Brow Power (0.07g)
- Bye Bye Pores Pressed (2.4g)
This bag retails for only C$29 (valued at C$71) and is available exclusively on the IT Cosmetics site. I’ve tried all these products and love them (the CC cream and their concealer are some of my favourite items from them!). If you have someone on your list that you think would love IT Cosmetics, then this would be a perfect set to gift since it comes with so many amazing items and really lets them try out a variety of products from the brand.
Considering that all three brands I talked about in this post typically retails in the mid-to-expensive range, these sets are all amazing value and would surely put a smile on anyone’s face who they are gifted to. And hey, for $30 and under, that will leave you with enough money left over for all the other gifts you know you’re going to have to buy this season as well.
Do you have a lot of people on your gift list?
Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.
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