17 last-minute beauty gifts you can get under $20
These products make incredible stocking stuffers
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Beauty gifts make amazing presents for nearly everyone on your list, from your sister to your mother to your best friend. But some of the best stuff can come at a price, especially if you shop at some of our favorite beauty retailers, like Sephora and Ulta.
But thankfully, there are plenty of gifts you can get at these retailers (and many others) for under $20, including lip balms, moisturizers, and face masks—all of which make for incredible stocking stuffers or gifts. We’ve combed through our favorite beauty products and narrowed down the best ones you can get for less than $20.
1. These beauty patches that can firm your skin
We tested the SiO beauty patches and found that the eye and smile patches reduced wrinkles within eight hours. These patches claim to use silicone to plump up skin while you sleep, and the brand also sells patches for your neck, chest, and even knees.
2. This cult-favorite ice roller
The Esarora ice roller has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, with reviewers noting that they see great results after use, including reduced puffiness and reduced migraine pain. Our staff writer Jessica Kasparian spoke to New York-based dermatologist Dr. Richard Torbeck to determine if putting ice on your face really made a difference, and he noted that while ice can’t fix all of your skincare problems, it can reduce inflammation and shrink pores. And, of course, it feels incredible on puffy or hot skin.
3. This hydrating facial spray for skin and hair
Hydration is an incredibly important part of your beauty routine, and this refreshing facial spray can do just the trick. Use it to alleviate dry skin, set makeup, and add moisture to dry hair. It has more than 6,200 5-star reviews on Ulta, and you can grab a bottle for less than $10.
4. This rejuvenating rice mask sheet with a massive online following
This rice mask from Tonymoly is one of the most popular face masks you can buy online. On Amazon, you can pick out one of these hydrating masks in 25 varieties, including rice, lemon, olive, and even cactus. Reviewers note that the masks make their skin feel soft and moisturized.
5. This life-changing $3 lip balm
Lip balm is a winter essential, whether you have a 12- or two-step beauty process. Staff writer Sara Hendricks swears by Carmex, saying it’s the only balm that keeps her lips perfectly moisturized throughout the day. You can pick this hyper-hydrating balm up at just about any market, but we recommend grabbing the 3-pack from amazon for under $3.
6. This travel-sized mini concealer perfect for sampling
Concealer is an essential for any beauty routine, but if you want a vial from a high-end brand, it could cost you. Instead, we recommend picking up a mini-version, like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which you can get at Sephora. This concealer, which is easy to layer and comes in tons of shades, has a cult following and makes for a great stocking stuffer for the makeup-lover on your list.
7. This highly-rated hydrating moisturizer
I cannot begin to list the number of people—from my friend who worked at Sephora to my dermatologist—who have told me that adding a moisturizer to my morning skincare routine would have a game-changing impact. And guess what? They were all right, and I apologize for ignoring them for so many years. This popular moisturizer from Neutrogena is intensely hydrating, perfect for those who are struggling with the winter-skin-blues.
8. This soothing lip balm that comes in a cool tin
If you’re looking for a lip balm that looks a bit more giftable than Carmex, we recommend Rosebud Salve, which comes in an adorable tin and an array of great flavors. It fits easily in purses and pockets, and can even hydrate knees, elbows, and diaper rash, according to Sephora.
9. This foot mask that actually works
Not sure how you feel about dipping your toes into serum-filled socks? Our staff writer Jessica Kasparian tried foot masks and discovered that they’re … actually kind of cool. While she says that all foot masks she tried were hydrating, her personal favorite was this lavender mask from Sephora because of its clean, refreshing scent.
10. This eyebrow pomade that gives you fluffy brows
Big brows are in, and as someone who absolutely hates to pluck, I am thrilled. This grooming pomade from Glossier looks like a tiny mascara, but it’s applied to your eyebrows. With one swipe, you can apply the pomade and achieve all-day hold. It’s one of the most popular eyebrow-enhancing products with nearly 3,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating.
11. This incredible mascara that people swear by
Mascara is another beauty product that can cost anywhere from $4 to $40. Maybelline’s “The Colossal” mascara is both inexpensive and high-quality, the best combination you could ask for when it comes to beauty products. Our audience development manager Rachel Moskowitz says she’s been using Maybelline’s mascara since middle school—and it’s been her favorite since then.
12. This stunning matte lipstick that costs less than $2.50
Know someone who loves to play with color? Opt for our favorite liquid lipstick, the Wet n Wild MegaLast Catsuit Matte Lipstick. This lipstick comes in 20 shades, meaning you can pick up a handful before even reaching $10. We found that this lipstick stays on all day and doesn’t require much effort to achieve full coverage.
13. This mini manicure kit for the one who always breaks their nails
Nailcare is equally important for everyone on your list, so whether you’re shopping for your nephew or your mother-in-law, this mini manicure set makes a great gift. It comes with clippers, tweezers, a nail file, and a nail cleaner. This kit is perfect for purses, desk drawers, and car doors—or essentially any place where you could potentially get a hangnail (everywhere).
14. This dry shampoo that can be life-saving
Dry shampoo is perfect for anyone who loves traveling, working out before going to the office, or frankly doesn’t love washing their hair every day. Our favorite after testing is the Dove Refresh+Care Volume Fullness Dry Shampoo because it leaves your hair feeling refreshed without leaving behind white residue. It costs less than $5 and fits perfectly in any stocking—and did we mention it has nearly 1,000 5-star reviews on Walmart?
15. This lip balm that doubles as a sunscreen
Are you wearing SPF during the winter? You should be. And so should everyone on your list, which is why this lip balm from the Jack Black collection makes for a great stocking stuffer. This lip balm comes in five different flavors and has an SPF of 25. Oh, and nearly 1,500 5-star reviews on Amazon.
16. This fully equipped beauty set perfect for all day long
Not quite sure what your giftee already owns? Get them a little bit of everything with this Party to PJs set from Sephora. It comes with mascara, lipstick, cleansing balm, and makeup wipes. It’s great for anyone who appreciates a few more beauty products in their inventory, especially if they’re looking to try before they buy.
17. This teasing brush that can add loads of volume to your hair
There are so many hair brushes out there in the world—but thankfully we took a look at which popular brushes are best for you. This teasing brush is ideal for the person looking for extra oomph, as it’s made for back-brushing, which can tease the hair and add volume. It’s lightweight, so it fits easily in purses and travel bags.
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