Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a friend, coworker, family member, or maybe just a treat for yourself this holiday season? While it can be hard to choose makeup shades for other people, there are a few things that everyone will love. There are tons of makeup sets out there ranging anywhere from $15 to $50 and upwards. These sets include various items including eyeshadow palettes, lip colors, eyeliners, and other things that people love to use in their everyday beauty routines. My favorite place to get these is Ulta, because they almost always have sales and coupons available, and they’re easily returned if you don’t love them.

Another great thing that Ulta does around this time of year is their 5 for $5 sale. This sale is great to get stocking stuffers, and it includes items like bubble bath, bath bombs, lip colors, nail polishes, makeup remover wipes, and more. What’s great about these, is that you can buy for people who aren’t crazy about makeup, because there are so many things to choose from. I’m sure other places have deals like this, but I haven’t stumbled upon them yet.

One thing I really love is a good lip kit. I don’t wear lipstick often, but when I do, it makes me feel really empowered. I feel like I can take on the world. There are a lot of great lip kits available this time of year, with several different shades in one box.  This is perfect for gifts, because even if the recipient doesn’t use all the shades, she’s bound to find one or two that she loves. Plus, it gives her a reason to try something outside of her comfort zone, and she may find her new favorite shade because of it.

As far as brands go, I like NYX solid lipsticks and their lingerie liquid collection. The lingerie liquids are mostly neutral colors, but they last a long time, the shades seem really flattering on everyone, and they aren’t very expensive (around $7 per color). I really like Corset, Baby Doll, and Push Up for neutral shades. I’ve also had good luck with Stila lip colors. Ulta currently has an 8-piece gift set for $45, which looks like it includes some really great neutrals and winter shades.

If lip colors aren’t what you’re looking for, Ulta has a whole section of their website dedicated to holiday gifts. Their gift guide breaks it down by price point (gifts under $25, etc) , makeup type (lip colors, eyeshadows) , and even who you may be shopping for (friends, hostesses). It may not cover everything, but it’s a pretty good place to start if you’re stuck on what to get someone for the holidays. Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season, too. Shopping for everyone else is hard work, and you deserve a reward for getting it done.

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