Beauty on a Budget: 10 Beauty Gifts Under $30


Give the gift of glam.

By Betsy Hart

Among the cups of hot chocolate and the impending snowfall comes the holiday stress of finding the perfect gift for loved ones. With so many amazing people to shop for and so many amazing gift options out there, it can be difficult to even know where to start. For the beauty lover especially, there are great gift options that include everything from the simple basics to full-on glam. Here is your guide to finding the present that the beauty lover you are buying for will be head-over-highlights in love with.

  1. Urban Decay Hex Remedy Mini 24/7 Eye Pencil Set: $29


Once the holidays are over, it’s time to put on sparkly dress and glittery make up for New Years Eve. One of the best ways to make a look stand out is with a pooping eyeliner. This eyeliner set comes with four glittery eyeliners that will make the eyes shine brighter than the ball dropping in Times Square. It also comes with a plain black pencil that is perfect for an everyday makeup look. These eyeliners are an amazing gift for anyone who isn’t afraid to take a risk with their look but also appreciates a good basic.

2. Tarte Quench Squad Hydrating Mini Lip Set: $20

No one likes chapped lips. However, in the cold winter weather, they are unfortunately inevitable. With these Tarte tinted lip balms, there is no longer the need to choose between lip color and lip comfort. This mini lip balm set comes with four colors, ensuring the perfect color for every occasion.

3. Sephora Perfume Traveler Sampler: $25


Some of the best gifts are the ones that give the receiver that ability to get exactly what they want. This set from Sephora comes with six sample size perfumes and a voucher to get a rollerball size of one of the perfumes sampled. This is the way to go for the perfume lover who is particular about their favorite scents.

4.Sephora Glow For It set: $28

These are perfect for the person who likes their highlight to be brighter than the sun. This Sephora gift pouch comes with five different highlighters from five different brands. These highlighters come in multiple forms including powder, stick, and liquid. It gives the beauty lover the opportunity to try new brands and products for a price that won’t break the holiday budget. The highlighters also come in a fun, holographic makeup bag that is great for a weekend trip, so it is almost like two gifts in one!

5. BH Cosmetics Signature Rose Gold 13 Piece Brush Set: $18

With a brush for everything from powder to eyeshadow to eyeliner, this set is great for a makeup beginner. The brushes come in a versatile brush holder that can be kept on a desk for everyday use or it can even used as a crying case for travel. The brushes are a great start or addition to any makeup collection and the fact that they look great is just a bonus. Get them while they are on sale!

6. Beautyblender Sweet Surprise: $20

A Beautyblender makeup sponge is an essential for any flawless, natural makeup look, and this mystery version makes it even better. The packaging makes it so that there is no way to know what color sponge you got until you open it. There are four possible colors: pink, yellow, green, and a rare, mystery color. It also comes with a Beautyblender cleanser so that you always have a fresh, clean sponge to use.

7. Benefit Goodie Goodie Gorgeous Face Set: $29


Perhaps the worst part about holiday shopping is wrapping the presents after your shopping is done. Luckily, this set is not only a great gift, but it also comes pre-wrapped and ready to give. The gift not only looks adorable three-tiered cake, but it also includes a face primer, mascara, and bronzer. it contains essentials that any beauty lover will appreciate and makes your holiday gift wrapping a little bit easier.

8. Deborah Lippmann Supervixen Nail Trio: $24


Nothing can make a person feel more put together than beautifully painted nails. This nail polish set comes with three colors, all of which will look beautiful for the winter. These polishes can make a simple at-home manicure look stunning and professional. Anyone who likes to keep their nails painted would be ecstatic to add these colors to their collection.

9. L’Occitane Holiday Shea Butter Ornament: $15

The best gifts are always remembered for years to come. This gift’s packaging is both an adorable container and a festive ornament. Not only will your favorite beauty lover enjoy the shea butter soap and lotions, but they will think of you and this generous gift every time they decorate their Christmas tree. This set is sure to last in memories and on the tree.

10. Da Bomb Beauty Bombs Bath Fizzers Jar: $25


Help your loved ones put a fun twist on a classic bath. These mini bath bombs each contain a surprise inside when they fizz in the water. As many of these bath bombs can be added to the water to achieve the perfect bath bubbliness. Not only will they have an exciting surprise, but they’ll enjoy a relaxing, sparkly-pink bath as well.

Staci Soslowitz