It seems we all face that pressure to find the “perfect” gift, especially the closer it gets to Christmas. I’ve rounded up five great beauty gifts that won’t break the bank.  Coming in at less than $40, these gifts are budget-friendly and sure to please.

Chances are your holiday shopping will take you to Kohl’s–you can’t beat the great prices!  While you’re there, check out the FLIRT! Mini Perfume Sprays.  In your choice of FLIRTATIOUS – an intoxicating blend of exotic wild berry, enchanting honey suckle and creamy vanilla; FLOWERIFIC – a blooming blend of tingling fruits, waterlily and blue freesia or ROCK –N-REBEL – a luscious blackberry, apple nectar and pink grapefruit.  At only $14.99 each, these sprays would make a great Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer. 

A gift that “gives back” is the heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament Collection. 100 percent of the profits, no less than 30 percent of the purchase price of each ornament, will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and its on-going efforts to finding cures and save children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  My favorite is this adorable Harajuku Lovers Ornament, designed by Gwen Stefani.  Retailing at only $19.90, you can find it at (add the Harajuku Lovers Love EDT on sale for $22.50 and you’re still at under $50!).

The Scentsations Sparkling Champagne Gift Duo is a fantastic set from CND and includes a hand wash and lotion (and a free purse hook!), scented in Sparkling Champagne. Packaged in an attractive gift box and priced at $23.00, this set is perfect for anyone.  Available for a limited time in salons and professional beauty supply stores.  CND has loads of great gift sets, so if this one isn’t your thing, there are plenty others!


MAKE UP FOR EVER has some of the longest lasting and highly pigmented beauty products.   I love the Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes set of eyeliners for $36.  Shades include Gold, Bronze, Dark Grey (my favorite), Mat Black and Silver, this set is versatile for holiday looks and beyond.  Available at


Look no further than MAC‘s A Tartan Tale Gift Sets! This gift collection features sets of 5 Lipglass, Pigments/Glitter or Nail Lacquers, presented in a tartan plaid container.  Prices vary from $25.50 – $32.50.  Available at all MAC Locations and online at


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