We can get (happily) lost in an Ulta Beauty store for hours, perusing the aisles with our phones in hand, making wish lists for all the latest launches. And during the holidays, the wish lists expand to include limited-edition kits and deals you can’t find any other time of year. These are 20 of Ulta’s best beauty gifts to snag this season.
Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit ($74)
Six of Drunk Elephant’s best-sellers in mini sizes in an adorable neon bag? Yes please! Stock your carry-on with these daytime and nighttime essentials: In the morning, apply C-Firma Fresh vitamin C serum, Protini moisturizer and Umbra Sheer SPF, and before bed, wash it all off with Beste No. 9 cleanser, apply T.L.C. Framboos glycolic serum and top it all off with Virgin Marula Facial Oil.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Gloss Bomb Trio ($38)
A $65 value, this full-size, limited-edition lip trio features three of the brand’s most popular lippies in shades that will look fab on everyone: Gloss Bomb Heat in Fenty Glow, Gloss Bomb Cream in Cupcakin’ and Gloss Bomb OG in a new shade, Fuchsia Flex. Keep them all for yourself and drop one in each of the handbags you keep on rotation, or share with family and friends.
KITSCH Holiday Satin Scrunchies–Winter Sage ($8)
The colors of these three scrunchies are so chic and on-trend for the season, and the satin fabric will keep your hair secure and smooth while you sleep. Plus, how cute is the ornament packaging? You can hang it on the tree for Christmas morning and you’re done—no wrapping required.
Lash Luggage Set by Grande Cosmetics ($69)
Perfectly packed for every possible lash need, this five-piece set will take your lashes to new heights. Included is a full-size bottle of the cult favorite GrandeLASH-MD, mini sizes of the GrandeREPAIR Leave-in Lash Conditioner, the lash-loving GrandeMASCARA (Regular & Waterproof) and the GrandeDRAMA Intense Thickening Mascara. It’s the ultimate lash care collection from America’s number-one lash and brow serum brand. What could be better?
NEST Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Classic Candle ($46)
This is one of my favorite scents from NEST ever, and that’s a huge statement because there are many I love. The fresh and unique aromatic blend of wild mint, eucalyptus, basil and Thai ginger sends my mind to a calmer, happier place every time I burn it, and I know whoever gets this as a gift will enjoy it too.
L’Occitane Hand Cream Classics ($29)
The pandemic forever changed our handwashing and sanitizing routines, and we can’t forget to replace lost moisture with a good hand cream. This trio includes the brand’s coveted formula in its most beloved scents—almond, shea butter and lavender—so you can keep your favorite for yourself and drop the others into stockings, or throw one into each of your own handbags. We won’t tell!
Tarte #1 Lash Wardrobe Mascara Set ($40)
Three lash-boosting, full-size mascaras for less than the price of two? I can’t think of anyone on my list who wouldn’t want this gift. Plus, they come individually packaged inside the box, so you can gift them separately as well (they’d make great stocking stuffers!).
Up first is cult-classic Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, which volumizes, lengthens, curls and conditions—the brand says it’s “like a push-up bra for your lashes.” Next is the new-this-year Tartelette tubing mascara, which lengthens for days and won’t smudge or flake—it also comes off easily with just water. Last but not least is super volumizing Maneater, which has 16-hour wear and a custom-molded brush with more than 500 bristles to really define the lashes.
Mario Badescu ‘Meet the Mists’ Mini Set ($12)
I’ve never met a Mario Badescu face mist I didn’t like—I’ve recently been hooked on the Coconut Water one—and this set is a steal for $12. I’d keep one on my desk, one in my purse, one in my carry-on, one in my car and one on my vanity, but you can also break up the five-pack and gift them to whoever on your list could use a nice refreshing skin-care pick-me-up.
Included are mini sizes of Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater; Aloe, Adaptogens & Coconut Water; Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea; Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender; and Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty Fruit Mix Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set ($12)
No one can go wrong with gifting lip balm this time of year, as most of the country will experience colder temps and drier lips. This four-pack assortment of fruity flavors includes the brand’s famous soothing beeswax formula in Pomegranate, Watermelon (one of my personal favorites), Sweet Mandarin and Dragonfruit Lemon.
Beauty Finds by Ulta Beauty The Gift of Glowing Skin ($30)
There are so many goodies packed inside this 13-piece sample kit, allowing the skin-care lover in your life to experiment with a little bit of everything before committing to the full size.
Here’s what included: Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, Fresh Milk Body Cleanser, Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream with Squalane, Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream, Mario Badescu Cleansing Oil, Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash, Patchology Serve Chilled Bubbly Eye Gels, Peach & Lily KP Bump Boss Microderm Body Scrub, ProActiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel and StriVectin Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer.
Real Techniques Limited Edition Frost Your Face Set ($45)
This 12-piece, hot pink makeup brush set is packed with everything you need to create a glam look for the holidays and beyond. Here’s what’s inside the black case: RT 200 Expert Face; RT 242 Brightening Concealer; RT 326 Flat Liner; RT 101 Complexion Blender; RT 104 Lip Exfoliating; Miracle Complexion Sponge; Miracle Cleansing Sponge; RT 404 Fan; RT 344 Winged Liner; RT 332 Smudge; and RT 401 Sculpting.
Briogeo The Ultimate Scalp Care + Hair Repair Mask Trial Kit ($29)
This trio of Brigeo’s supercharged hair masks is surely one to please. Inside you’ll find the brand’s best-selling Don’t Despair, Repair! deep-conditioning mask, which is scientifically proven to decrease hair breakage after two uses; the cooling Scalp Revival Scalp Mask, which is a must for dry, flaky scalps come winter; and the Superfoods Mega Moisture Mask, which uses avocado and kiwi to hydrate and nourish dry hair.
Shisiedo Essential Energy Intense Hydration Set ($49)
A $78 value, this skin-care trio includes a full-size Essential Energy Hydrating Cream (it’s TSA-friendly), alongside a travel-size Clarifying Cleansing Foam and Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. The moisturizer is a personal favorite, as it absorbs quickly and utilizes ginseng root and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines in just one month. It’s also now refillable, so you or whoever you gift it to can keep the glowing skin going with a more eco-friendly approach.
Drybar The Blowout Bombshell Kit ($199)
You can’t go wrong with this set for that special someone who loves a salon blowout. The price of the brand’s award-winning Buttercup Blow Dryer is $199 on its own, so why not get The Full Pint ceramic round brush (one of my personal go-tos), a travel-size Prep Rally Prime & Prep Detangler and Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray, and a full-size Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Root-Lifter for free?
IT Cosmetics Beautiful Together Confidence Boosting Anti-Aging Skincare Gift Set ($54)
Nearly 50-percent off (it’s a $98 value), this limited-edition holiday set features everything you need for a complete day-and-night skin-care routine. In the morning, splash your face with some water, then apply full-size Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer and Confidence in an Eye Cream.
At night, wash the day away with travel-size, sulfate-free Confidence in a Cleanser, and then apply travel-size Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream and repeat your eye cream step for the second time. Wake up to smoother, more youthful-looking skin.
Living Proof Brilliantly the Best Holiday Hair Kit ($39)
Two full-size hair must-haves are paired in this gift set, which offers a savings of $29! Stock up on the brand’s benzene-free Perfect hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo and Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray (I think many people forget that this one also contains heat-protective benefits up to 410 degrees!).
TULA Glow Getter Essentials 3-Piece Best Sellers Kit ($64)
Let me start by saying this three-piece, full-sisze kit is a $118 value for only $64! That’s a savings of $54, so if you love TULA, or one of your loved ones does, snag this holiday deal while you can! Inside you’ll find the brand’s cult-classic Purifying Face Cleanser—our editors have been obsessed with this for years—the 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream and the Glow + Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm, which we’re all going to need after those holiday parties with friends we haven’t seen in too long!
The Body Shop Lather & Slather Almond Milk Body Care Gift Case ($28)
Almond Milk & Honey is one of my favorite Body Shop scents (think creamy, nutty almond milk mixed with sweet, soft honey), and I also love the way the formula nourishes my dry skin. In this four-piece set, you get Shower Cream, Body Yogurt, Hand Balm, and a small bath lily. Plus, I love that you can feel good about gifting this because of the brand’s commitment to sustainability and ethics, and the products are made with Community Fair Trade almond milk and oil from Spain.
Dyson Special Edition Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long in Vinca Blue and Rose ($599)
Whether you’re upgrading or old Airwrap to this new and improved model that launched over the summer, or treating someone special in your life, this bouncy blowout must-have is an uber-luxurious gift, and a very in-demand one as well. And how striking is this limited-edition Vinca Blue and Rose colorway?
PATTERN Tortoise Tool Kit ($38)
I’m a sucker for anything tortoise: sunglasses, shoes, beauty accessories. This hair-tool duo comes housed in a gorgeous tortoise shell pouch that I’d personally repurpose as a catch-all in my purse (so I could admire it all the time) or carry-on, or even as a clutch—it’s that chic. (It’s also much bigger than it looks in this picture.) Inside you’ll find a Tortoise Wide Tooth Comb and a Tortoise Edge Tool to keep curls on point and baby hairs where they belong.
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