Sometimes we feel that shopping for others is a breeze. Other times, especially with gift-giving falls into the “last-minute” category, it can feel more like hurricane-force winds going a-mile-a-minute. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty buys on a time budget to take stress out of the equation.
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Make no mistake: hair accessories are back in black (and blue and red and green and every color of the rainbow). What better gift to give your long-haired loved ones than a statement scrunchie from MLE? Colorblocked and insanely in style, this scrunchie pulls it all together.
Light up your bestie’s day with this do-it-all, bright-light mirror that transforms from a handheld to a desktop or wall mount and features extensions for a cellphone holder, magnification mirror and hidden storage for makeup, keys and probably more makeup. Oh hi, seamless selfies.
For the relative who notoriously keeps it cool, reach for the Hey Dewy humidifier for an added moisture boost. The best news? This small-but-mighty skin savior is perfect for the office, home or even on-the-go — all it needs is a USB outlet to refresh.
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream ($64 for 30ml)
Did you know that the fountain of youth (and flawless makeup application) only costs $64? We can’t think of a better word to describe this nourishing cream with hyaluronic acid, vitamins and peptides other than magic. It makes the perfect primer for makeup too.
Pop quiz: what do moringa oil, passon fruit seed oil and killer color have in common? They’re all main ingredients in the hydrating recipe for NARS lipstick. And go with us for a second: pinky beige Chelsea Girls looks good on every skin tone, so it’s a no-brainer for any/all of your buddies.
For the fashion-obsessed, we’d like to present you with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s limited edition polish set fresh off the runway. Both neutral shades—a “pearly peach and warm pewter”—are the exact same shades that we envied on the models walking the MJ show last year, now just on our fingertips.
We’re calling it: this genius IT Cosmetics volumizer is the Dry Bar of mascara. But no, really, the formulation and innovative wand shape were legitimately created in partnership with the blowout brand and are inspired by the brush movements that give hair that coveted curly bounce.
A brush that detangles while it straightens? A NewBeauty Award-winning dry shampoo? A deep conditioner with jojoba seed oil that keeps strands sleek, smooth and strong? This limited edition gift set should be renamed the Hair Heroes Package.
Not sure what signature scent your bff loves? Gift her four mix-and-match fragrances so that she can concoct her own. Each aroma has its own profile and is musk-, vanilla-, spice- or citrus-based. Fun fact: Kayali comes from the Arabic word for “my imagination,” so this kit was literally made for those interested in creating divine DIY magic.
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