Gift This: Beauty Gifts Under $50

Thursday, December 11, 2008

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Tarte Purse Your Lips Limited Edition Lipgloss Clutch
Tarte Lipgloss Clutch

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With the holiday season around the corner, and the continuing economic pressures, it is a relief that there are internet stores that have some awesome gifts to give (or keep)! This year I have set a $50 limit on gifts I purchase for my family and friends and I have found three fabulous gift items under $50 at This is the season to take advantage of holiday gift sets, which in turn can help you save hundreds of dollars. There are some worthy holiday gift sets out there that should be snagged before everyone else gets the same idea. I found three gift sets that will truly impress with both the amount of savings and the amount of useful stuff you will be getting for yourself or for use as a gift.

Sephora Ultimate Blockbuster Collector's Edition
Sephora Ultimate Blockbuster

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My first gift idea is the Tarte Purse Your Lips Limited Edition Lipgloss Clutch which includes 9 mini lip glosses. This gift set is adorable. The fact that the 9 fruity lip glosses come in a cute flirty clutch makes it all the more tempting this holiday season. Personally, I love mini-lip glosses because I stash one in all my bags, and I’m set. For $39, it’s a marvelous gift to give or get, and will definitely be appreciated. Especially when the giftee gets the opportunity to try 9 new colors-- maybe one will become her new favorite!

This Sephora Ultimate Blockbuster - Collector's Edition is perfect for anyone wanting to play with make-up or someone who wants to explore different color combinations. This is the ultimate makeup palette for anyone. The sleek black palette says enough about what a classy, sassy gift this is. With 71 eye shadows, 13 cream shadows, 5 blushes, 60 lip glosses, and different applicators to choose from, this gift set is a must-have! For a mere $48, I think it’s a steal-- it’s a $320 value! I love this sophisticated palette because it’s easy to travel with, and it has all of your basic beauty needs stashed all in one place.

Sephora Scent Sampler Trendsetters For Her
Sephora Scent Sampler Trendsetters

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My next choice is the Sephora’s Scent Sampler Trendsetters for Her. This gift set includes 9 samples, representing Sephora’s most desired fragrances for her. There are a few different fragrance gift sets available at Sephora this season, but this one is my personal favorite. Trendsetters for Her includes: Burberry Brit Sheer, Dior Addict Shine, Emporio Armani Diamonds Intense, Ferragamo Incanto Heaven, Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame, Lolita Lempicka Fleur De Corail, Nina Ricci Nina, Prada Infusion D’Iris and Pucci Vivara.

Similar to the mini lip glosses, these scents are perfect sample sizes to place in your purse or your car, just in case you need to smell beautiful on the go. I think this is a great gift set because it is something that will be used, and it’s great for the commitment-phobes who aren’t quite ready for a full size bottle. The neatest part about this gift set is that it comes with a voucher that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples included-- now that’s an extra incentive!

Sephora is a great one-stop shop this holiday season, and that’s the perfect way to get rid of some holiday stress. Less commotion and more savings-- just my style!
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.