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There are so many people who you want to get meaningful gifts for this holiday season, like your mom, bestie, grandma, cousins, the list goes on. Luckily, you can get them all something nice with these beauty gifts under $20. Plan ahead and grab a few of these affordable finds and you’ll make your giftee’s holiday and give them a little self-care time she so desperately needs. The quality isn’t sacrificed for a smaller price tag.
It’s also an unexpectedly great time to invest in the cult favorites everyone has been dying to try without having to buy the full-size version. This way, if she ends up not liking it, less product is going to waste. It’s a win-win for both the giver and receiver. Beyond that are those straight-forward hair, skin and makeup sets that rarely get two thumbs down because they’re also essentials most of us need, like body wash, makeup brushes, and face masks for a spa night in. So if you’re looking to tighten your budget without downgrading the quality of your gift-giving, here are some beauty finds you’ll definitely be impressed by.
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Holiday Mini Glow Highlighter & Eye Color Set
Get the highlight of your dreams with this Nudestix highlighter and eye color set that will have your (or your giftee) shimmering like holiday lights. The travel-sized sticks are perfect for on-the-go girlies who want to add a little pop to their makeup routine. This Nordstrom exclusive set can help take any look from drab to fab in just a few swipes.
Benefit Merry Mini Mail Holiday Set
Get the lashes and brows of your dream with Benefit’s mini holiday set that comes with all of the essentials—and then some. Get the beloved BADgal mascara, POREfessional primer and brow setter with a specialty tin. If you’re a first-time QVC customer, use code FREESHIP at checkout to get free shipping on your order (now through Jan. 31).
Smashbox Prep and Set for Eyes and Face
This set is for makeup aficionados who want to ensure that every look lasts. It comes with Smashbox’s coveted setting spray, as well as its Photo Finish and 24-Hour primers.
Laneige Midnight Minis Lip Sleeping Mask Set
Taylor Swift once said “Meet me at midnight,” and we’re listening. This Laneige set comes with all of the brand’s cult-favorite flavors and somehow costs under $20.
Mario Badescu The Icons
When it comes to fast-acting acne treatments, few stack up like Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. It zaps zits overnight and helps those red bumps diminish in size like magic. This skincare-focused set also includes a lush facial spray that has soothing ingredients like aloe and rosewater.
Sephora Collection Multi-Use Face Powders
Get three powders in one set—and a holiday ornament—all in one under-$10 purchase.
Jack Black Lip Balm Trio
There’s nobody out there who wouldn’t love this Jack Black lip balm set.
Pacifica Beauty Bright Stars for Glowing Skin
When Mom doesn’t get enough sleep — like always — she’ll love this bright-eyed skincare set. She gets mini versons of Glow Baby Brightening Face Wash and Vitaglow Face Lotion, as well as Eye Bright Undereye Vitamin C Spot Serum Masks.
Beauty Bakerie Organic Blending Eggs
We always need new makeup sponges and this unique gift set will delight Mom. What looks like eggs are actually egg-shaped sponges for seamless blending of any liquid and cream makeup.
Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler Duo
Tarte’s best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara is great for moms because it’s vegan, smudge-proof, flake-proof and long-wearing for up to 24 hours. This set gets her a travel size to put in her purse as well as easy-to-use eyelash curler.
Nest New York Mini Mediterranean Fig Candle
Mini candles are so cute to have around the house and Mom will love putting this luxe scent everywhere from the bathroom to the kitchen. The earthy fragrance features crushed fig leaves, blue cypress, and the essence of turquoise waters.
Dermalogica Power Cleanse Duo
Gift her two cult faves in travel sizes: PreCleanse and Daily Microfoliant. Each works to minimize the look of pores, fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture — all without drying out aging skin. Plus, the set has a $28.50 value!
Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set
With all the extra hand-washing and sanitizing we did this year, Mom needs to give her skin some love. This pre-wrapped gift set
includes almond milk hand cream, shea butter hand repair cream and lemon butter cuticle cream, plus a pair of cotton gloves.
Ulta Beauty Little Black Liner Haul Kit
Six eyeliner must-haves for less than $20? Mom will seriously would appreciate this set that has every day essentials like a classic felt-tip liner and a cat eye stamp.