Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts Under $50

December 4, 2017

Best Holiday Gifts Under $50 for the beauty junkie | The Beauty Look Book

Happy Monday! Today I’m rounding up some holiday gift guide ideas on beauty gifts under $50. I feel like beauty gifts in this price range tend to go fast! A few of these have already sold out online which I’ll note below but you may be able to find them in stores.

Palettes and Color

Best Holiday Makeup Palettes Under $50

There are a lot of great sets this year under the $50 price point from the MAC Snow Ball Collection. Their lip sets are the cutest with different color themes for pink and nudes. They also have some great face sets.

Lip Gifts

Lip Gift Sets Fresh, NARS, MAC, Kopari | The Beauty Look Book

The lip sets are everywhere this holiday! For some reason I think these are the most fun and with the winter season you can’t go wrong with any lip balm set.

Holiday Crackers and Ornaments

Best Holiday Beauty Crackers and Ornaments

These are always fun because they’re like little surprise gifts. Fresh has some of the best lip sets this year both under and over $50 – I’d recommend you act quick on those if you see any you like because a lot of their sets have sold out.


A few other cute gifting options. Perfume can be a tricky one as scent is so personal, however as long as you’re pretty certain of your friend’s taste and preferences, sampler sets can be a great option.

Holiday Beauty Gifts Under $50

Best Holiday Beauty Sets Under $50 | The Beauty Look Book

That wraps up my roundup of beauty gifts under the $50 price point! If you are in search of ideas I hope this guide helps you:) How far along are you on your holiday shopping? Have you already bought all your gifts or do you still have a ways to make through your list?

This week’s giveaway is going to be a mix of 4 products/sets featured in today’s post! I’ll select 1 winner at random through the Rafflecopter widget below and they will win all 4 sets. Giveaway is open internationally but you must be 18 years or older to enter. Simply complete one of the tasks in the widget. Giveaway will run from 12/4 to 12/9 11:59 PM EST. I usually pick a winner within 48 hours. If selected you must respond via email within 48 hours or another person will be selected. I typically ship prizes within 1 week. Not affiliated or sponsored.

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Press samples featured include the Cover FX Palette, Fresh Sweet and Sporty Lip Set, NARS Man Ray Lip Pencil Set, NARS The Veil Palette, Tatcha Kissed with Gold, Away Mini Suitcase and the JINsoon Trio.

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  • Kaoyee

    I always look forward to your holiday gift recommendations!!

  • Lauren Costello

    That mini away suitcase is so precious!

  • fgirl

    The IGK walnut hair scrub. Feels so good on my scalp.

  • Beth Cole

    I always love and look forward to your gift guides!

  • olivia

    I am excited to give those NARS love triangle sets! Too perfect.

  • Great ideas for a gift. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lyse Davitt

    Wish we had all the beauty options in Canada that you guys do.

  • nic

    UGH! I better start shopping. When will the Tom Ford singles be up?!

    • NJ

      I’m also curious about the Tom Ford singles.

      • Wish I could post now but I’m in between two trips ๐Ÿ™

        • nic


    • Probably not until next week.

      • nic

        My wallet thanks you!

  • I’m so curious about the Away mini but I can’t really tell how big it is. Can you post photos with a human for scale? lol

  • Megan Harrington

    The best under $50 purchase I’ve made this year is by far the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil – it smells so wonderful (and the fragrance stays put), leaves my skin feeling so soft, and stays on for a good amount of time (usually 3-4 hours for me). As someone who is relentlessly pale, and often red, and sometimes ezcema-y on my arms, this makes me look glamorous and shimmering (with no added glitter or highlight) when I’m showing some skin.

  • Diana DelRio

    The best find under $50 by far is the Kate Sommerville Detox Face Wash. Much love! – Diana @ddelriobud

  • Glenda

    I love me some sets! Especially the lipstick sets… Unfortunately for me, they tend to launch late in the year, and I’m a bit overeager and usually end up buying individuals as soon as they’re out (much earlier) because I have no self control. Ha!
    Sometimes I’ll even buy the sets even though they have repeats, just because… Minis…

  • Robin

    Great roundup! Love your recs.

  • Michel J.

    I haven’t found a super great steal yet ๐Ÿ™

  • Anjali

    I love the Stila Eye For Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set – I wanted to try out the new liquid shadows and I was so excited to get the set of minis instead and split them up with my sister!

  • Jane S

    My favorite beauty product under $50 is definitely the Shiseido Ink Stroke gel liner. It seriously does NOT budge or smear!

  • The NARS lip glide set is probably my favorite under $50

  • Laurence

    Great picks, Sabrina! I got the L’Occitane ornaments and the Away mini suitcase for friends but I want them for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shelby

    That Kopari lip set is calling my name

  • The Farmacy skincare kit was my favourite find ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda Roussel

    My favorite find of the year is a tie between two Ren masks, the calming one and the glycolic one. The glycolic masks reveals glowing skin, and the calming mask soothes my skin if it is irritated from wind, sun, or exfoliating!

  • Bojana

    I’ve got as a gift cerave pm moisturizing lotion. We do not have it in Serbia, it was ordered online.I fell in love with this lotion!

  • dollfeis

    one of my favorite finds under $50 is the ABH blush kit in Radiant!

  • Nadine Maurer

    Best beauty product I’ve discovered under $50 this year are the Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lipsticks.

  • Christina

    I bought a Shu Uemura lipstick for the first time, and it’s a matte that is really smooth on the lips and not drying at all!

  • Rose Browne

    Love the mini face mask set from caudalie! And $18 is a steal, even though the tubes are teeeny tiny. It’s still nice to try all 3!

  • Leah Davis

    I’ve been using a silk scrunchie in my hair…like 80s style scrunchie! They can be found several places like Ulta or a drug store. They’re great for putting my hair in a high ponytail to sleep in and the softness of the silk and the scrunchie style are super gentle!

  • Sandy D

    i took advantage of sephora 20% to score some items that ill be gifting: atelier cologne cracker set as well as fresh lip set

  • Ilvplumeria

    Does anyone have advice for a mom who has everything Christmas gift? Her birthday is this month too so Iโ€™m doubly stressed!

    • I’ll have a gift guide on this soon, let me know what’s your budget for the gift and I can try to think of some ideas sooner to respond here.

  • Jessica

    I love the CoverFx liquid illuminator set! I would never finish a full size and was curious about the different colours so this is perfect for me!

  • I purchased a First Aid Beauty set, I think it was $52, but so worth it for the full size products!

  • pinksuzanne

    I purchased Black Opium Nuit Blanche for $50 at a Shoppers Drug Mart as they had too many testers of this one and were raising funds for a woman’s shelter. This scent is my new go to and I love it.

  • Meegan

    I am loving the UD Heat collection lip colors! Definitely something that wasn’t on my radar that I enjoy now.

  • Lauren

    Soap and Glory Sugar crush lotion, it’s been really good at helping to smooth and tone my elbows/knees.

  • Cinnamon Tea

    A gloss (Class Act) and lipstick (Chianti) from The Lip Bar. $43 total. A Vegan, good-quality, woman-owned company I’m happy to support.

  • Cinnamon Tea

    A gloss (Class Act) and a lipstick (Chianti) from Lip Bar for $43. Vegan, great-quality, woman-owned. All things I love to support.

    (I logged in as Lora)

  • tasa

    I’ve really enjoyed the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara. It’s by far the best budget mascara I’ve tried in ages.

  • Jessica

    I just picked up a few sets of Ouai’s OUAIsted Essentials Kit from Sephora. ($45CAD). It also comes with cute hair clips, which are a major bonus.

  • Valerie Manke

    I love the First Aid Beauty skin cream!

  • Anne Capitant

    I actually picked up the NARS NARSissist Velvet Lip Glide Set a while ago for myself at Ulta. Great way to try out the formula! I want to pick up one of the Fresh lip sets for my sister as she loves those. Sadly their Sugar Lip Showcase set was out of my price range as that would have been perfect for her. Some of these smaller ones, however, are in my budget so I may grab one or two for her. I wish my mom was into beauty/skincare as she’s soooo hard to buy for and that would make it easier XD.

  • Maggie Hsin

    I LOVE the mini highlighter set from Becca in champagne pop! It comes with a powder and liquid highlighter. Great for in the go to just keep in my purse when I need a little pick me up!


    face masks I use them every Sunday now I am doing 2 more times during the week… face changing!! Tatcha always!!

  • Jenny B

    My best under $50 beauty discovery this year is the Glossier boy brow!

  • Liz

    That away case is so cute!

  • Shirley Y

    The holiday crackers are sooo cute! Never knew these existed

  • MBAMommy

    I saw you like the VERB Ghost Shampoo, so I picked up a bottle and am in total love! I got the large size from Sephora with the pump and it was like $32 or something? I think it is a steal and really love how it makes my hair look and feel! โค๏ธ #beautylookbook

    • It’s literally the best for me with the Florida hard water! Glad you love it too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hh

    My favorite under $50 is the E&J Nirvana bourbon rollerball–smells soooo good!

  • lisamhampton

    jack black lip balm w/spf. Best stuff around.

  • krishna

    Hey, can i recommend some products too ? The products above is tempting me to do so. My favourite under $50 is Nyassa Under the Ocean Light Body Lotion ($ 6.6) it’s one of the best body moisturiser for dry skin. Nyassa Under the Ocean Shower Gel ($19) and Nyassa Under the Ocean Hand cream ($5). Plus the fragrance lingers all day around.

  • Kim Mckain

    I have heavily highlighted blonde hair and have recently discovered Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil and Bb Repair blow dry. It has simply transformed my hair and now that Ulta carries love when I get 20% coupon. It’s all under 50.00.

  • Panna

    That Away case is adorable!

  • WOWZA5

    I LโคVE the new Gucci Bloom fragrance, so yummy. I managed to get a bottle for under $50 with perks and just snagged a rollerball for on the go!

  • FernandaRAndrade

    This mini suitcase won my heart…

  • Nicole Pazmino

    So many beautiful gifts, I want them all for myself! I definitely want to grab those Nars lip pencils and Man Ray sets!

  • Anastasiya

    I like nars set with lipstick and blush ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve been enjoying the Atelier Cologne advent calendar.

  • Tessa

    It’s $55 so barely doesn’t make the cut but I am loving the Amore Pacific My 12 Days of Botanical Beauty advent calendar! Great affordable way to explore a high-end brand.

  • Alix

    The Away case is too cute!

  • Sanam Hana

    I like Bath and Body Works and my favorite product is gingerbread latte shower gel only $12.50.

  • Tracy Black Rionda

    This may be the only way I find a Juliette Has A Gun fragrance!

  • S Anderson

    The best beauty product I’ve discovered this year under $50 is Makeup Revolution’s matte bronzer. It’s perfect.

  • Gail A

    Best beauty purchase is Whisper of Gilt – never had but was going to buy Chanel’s and tried this – great deal

  • satelliteoflove

    Okay Away REALLY needs to get the blush color back in stock!

    • It’s coming back soon! I confirmed with them it is going to restock!

  • Aracely Torres

    Thank you for all of the gorgeous suggestions. I really appreciate you linking to your reviews of the different sets you’ve tried. Your pictures are really beautiful, and they have definitely helped me decide whether I think I would enjoy a specific product.

  • Laura Schmaltz

    My favorite beauty purchase under $50 this year was a Sephora Mara Hoffman train case that was on clearance for $59 and with my 20% off coupon came to just under $50. I enjoy trying to organize things in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sondra

    My favorite beauty find this year was the Salux shower cloth. I’m OCD and LOVE washing with this and feeling squeaky clean.

  • Carole D.

    great information. thank you.

  • teadivamuse

    Your photos are beautifully produced. Great eye candy in every post.

  • Kristen

    What a great giveaway, thanks for your detailed posts!

  • Lucy

    This is such a good post, it’s given me so many ideas – thanks babe! Also might treat myself to the Away case bc I’ve been after one of them for ages

  • Jennifer Ryder

    I ordered Pinrose perfume from HauteLook recently at $29.95 each.

  • Karin Moore

    This is a GREAT post. Got so many ideas. Thank you for all the hard work and details you put into each.

    • Thank you so much Karin ๐Ÿ™‚ blogging is a labor of love!

  • Melissa.rva

    The best beauty product I discovered this year Under 50$ is the Marula Oil by the Ordinary, my skin really love this product ! Seriously, my face is so plump, so clear since I use it ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all this gifts ideas !

  • Ashlee Phillips

    Thanks for the suggestions! I may need that Nars cheek palette for myself!

  • Rahima

    Love that MAC lipgloss colour <3

  • Amy K

    I love the Dr Jart tarot of masks set, very nice way to try lots of masks.

  • Christie

    I might have to get the NARS love triangle for myself. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

  • J Lee

    I always feel too timid to give beauty gifts (so hard to know what others like) but then it seems like the recipient always loves them! This will give me a little more confidence!

  • Meghan M

    I love Urban Decay’s eye shadow primer! Really makes a difference!

  • Linda S.

    The Laneige lip sleeping mask. It makes my lips so soft.

  • C. Dang

    Very nice gift ideas both to give or receive ๐ŸŽ

  • Jeanie M.

    My best find has been the First Aid Beauty radiance pads.

  • Jacque Baca

    Great picks Sabrina! Too bad there aren’t many people in my family who enjoy beauty gifts, so it usually means I have to buy these for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bethany Ann

    So awesome!! Thank you for the post ๐Ÿ™‚ Although most will be gifts for myself lol

  • lbtcouture

    So man cute gifts! Iโ€™ve already bought several for myself, now need to move on to actual other people!

  • I’m a huge fan of warm/woodsy scents and anything travel sized so the Elizabeth and James Choose Your Nirvana Coffret Warm and Spicy is definitely on my radar.

  • Lisa L

    The It Cosmetics your skin but better CC cream has been my favourite beauty find under $50 this year!

  • Y E S to de Juliette Has a Gun discovery kit- I have Citizen Queen and looove it, they are such unique fragrances that every persosn is going to like at least one in my opinion! I still haven’t bought anything, I’m still waiting for sets to arrive to Spain… jajaja

  • Eda Gur

    I snagged up the tarte makeup holiday kit!

  • Andreia SPR

    Hello! I love the glamglow supermud mask.

  • Andreia SPR

    Hello Sabrina. I am sorry, but I wrote incorrectly my instagram name – it is andreia.sp.rios. Please consider me for the contest. Thank you very much.

  • Cadie Campbell

    i always love the bite beauty sets plus the agave lip gloss is really great.

  • Fernanda

    The smashbox Insta-matte lipstick transformer: my favorite beauty find of the year!

  • murphmeister

    i really like this FAB trilogies! you get to try a few new things and enjoy your faves as well! good deals!

  • Ashlee

    I haven’t even started on holiday gift shopping but this blog post definitely has me looking through sites and making lists of gifts for others ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda Jimenez

    I purchased the mini size of the Eve Lom cleanser for $24. I have combo skin. I was able to try the product for a lower price before making the splurge. It was worth it! I’ll probably dive in and get a standard size. The standard sizes range from $50-$135. It’s such a good product!

  • Alexandra Mariash

    the Juliette Has a Gun Set ($18) is such an awesome discovery for me! I am choosing between this set and the Le Labo discovery set. Has anybody purchased Le labo set here? I fell in love with niche perfumes and am looking for affordable options to try different boutique perfumes.

  • amcella

    A travel 10Xs magnification mirror is my best bargain beauty find. It goes everywhere with me and saves me from various embarrassments.

  • Sandy

    The minis are adorable!

  • Jenn E

    The best beauty find I’ve discovered this year is Drunk Elephant juju bar/cleanser! I love the gentle exfoliation, and I think it helps keep my blemishes at bay!

  • Laurie M.

    Boy Brow from Glossier! Beats the pants off of every other brow gel for $18!

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I love highlighters, so Pink Quartz from Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact is my best beauty find this year,…

  • kat.monolids.gods

    I love Jo Malone perfume but can’t afford all of them. My favourite perfume this winter is Masion Margiela Lipstick on.

  • Maja Boลพiฤ‡

    Freeman face masks.

  • Ellemomo

    Jordan Samuel Skincare is my best new skincare discovery this year. Simple, high quality ingredients, beautiful packaging, and it all works wonderfully! My favorites are the Hydrate serum, Etoile with retinol and the Performance Cream

  • Suzy D.

    Thank you for the giveaway, Sabrina. Best beauty find <$50 for me goes to Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. I resisted it for so long because the texture seemed weird but it's amaaaaaazing.

  • Tahrer

    The MAC fix + trio is the best gift ever! โ™ฅ

  • inkchick

    My best under $50 beauty find this year was Organic to Green Liquid Coconut Oil. It has been a skin-saving miracle, especially in this very dry cold weather.

  • Kate Rebmann

    Best purchase under $50: Bite Beauty lipstick! I am so obsessed with the formula and have turned my sisters an mom onto the brand as well!

  • Joo

    I love the Sephora favorite Series. There must be at least one item that you would like in a set. No failure!

  • Neha Kaul

    I usually steer clear of red lip colors as I think they look garish on me. However, the Makeup Forever Artist Plexi-Gloss 404 (Raspberry) caught my eye at the SF Union Square branch of Sephora. It’s an absolute cracker of a color on me (if I may say so myself) even though it’s a reddish pink. It’s a shame that most Sephora outlets don’t carry the Plexi-Gloss line. It’s such a vibrant, rich formula with a flawless finish- an true blue unsung beauty hero!

  • Lori Cinar

    I have been loving the Fresh Sugar lip treatments this year!

  • Katy

    Jo Malone minis๐Ÿ˜

  • Catherine Climaco

    I have the Juliet has Gun discovery kit! Great scents. Really cute display in the package as well. Not a Perfume is amazing.