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The 10 best beauty gifts under $50

TEN AFFORDABLE GIFT IDEAS THAT ARE LEGITIMATELY LUXE, IMPOSSIBLY FUN AND BRIMMING WITH FESTIVE SPIRIT.

‘Tis the season to be generous, but that doesn’t mean you need to blow your budget or spend the rest of summer “laying low” while paying off your credit card. We’ve curated some of the most amazingly inexpensive beauty items in our store, all of them guaranteed to wow your gift-getters, and not one will set you back more than $50. Clever you.

Eve Lom Iconic Cleanse Ornament

This balm cleanser and trusty muslin cloth companion is one of the most praised products in the beauty game. The reason? It makes cleansing a ritual of self-love, and the results are 10/10. This miniature holiday version (even the cloth is half-size) is the perfect travel partner for anyone already nursing an Eve Lom obsession, but it’s even better for anyone yet to experience its glow-giving abilities. They’ll be hooked, and will definitely thank you later.

Stila 3D Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set

The glitter eyelid trend is set to reach peak popularity this party season, and, for the most shimmery, disco ball-like looks, vloggers and artists agree that Stila Glitter & Glow liquid shadows are the leading lights. This set of irresistible minis includes the MVP shade Kitten Karma, the angel-hued Perlina, plus the all-new Golden Girl—for lids that twinkle like tinsel.

Hourglass Confession Lipstick Duo

This gift looks more expensive than it is. For the uninitiated, these super-slim Hourglass lipsticks are designed for the carefully curated handbag of any woman with good business hustle. The set includes the brand’s bestselling shade, At Night (the perfect brick red for after-work drinks) and the new and exclusive, My One Desire (a dusty mauve that works with everything). And the limited-edition metallic pink case? Total collector’s item.

REN Dream Set

If your recipient is anything like It girl Aubri, and just wants to nab some precious shut-eye in the new year, this is the ideal present for him or her. The set contains an overnight radiance boosting night cream, balm cleanser and the all-important & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray. The spray taps natural ingredients, including lavender oil, that have been used since the dawn of time to help people chill out and a get a good night’s sleep.

Frank Body Coco Loco Coffee Cup

Body-con brand Frank has cleverly packaged its caffeine-fuelled collection in giant coffee cups this holiday season. Appropriate, eye-catching and so on-trend for java-obsessed Australians. Coco Loco, one of four “flavours” in the range, contains a Coconut Coffee Scrub and Coconut Body Balm. This duo works to reveal your softest, smoothest skin and leave you scented like a holiday vacay that you may not need to go on. In an eco-touch, the cups can be reused as vessels for flowers, jewellery or other small gifts.

Skyn Iceland Complexion Perfecting Kit

A MECCA exclusive, this set contains five of the brand’s standouts for eliminating dryness, eradicating blemishes and making clear, calm skin a reality. This is a practical gift for anyone with problem-prone skin, a regime rookie or the beauty innovation devotee—those Blemish Dots don’t have a legion of superfans for nothing.

Too Faced The Sweet Smell Of Christmas

Just because we’re not dreaming of a white Christmas in the southern hemisphere (well, unless you mean sandy white beaches) doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the delicious winter-inspired scents in this stocking-sized collection of Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks. Cinnamon Bear, Pumpkin Spice, Hot Buttered Rum and Sugar Cookie—yum! Plus, the shade range has you covered for every event in your calendar.

Mecca Cosmetica First Resort

This gift is exactly $50 (not under) but trust us it’s worth the extra cent. Packed with SPF protection, this set is ideal for anyone who leaves their front door – in other words everyone under the Australian sun. With SPF 50 formulas for face and body, plus a hydrating balm (boasting its own SPF 25), these beloved products keep skin nourished while blocking out age-accelerating UVA and UVB rays. We’re also huge fans of the lightweight beauty bag. It’s versatile enough for whatever your next adventure might be.

Glamglow Bubble Party Set

If they’ve never bubble-masked before, you’re about to rock their world, and if they have, they’ll thank you from the bottom of their pores for such an impeccable gift. Glamglow’s “bubblesheet” mask is infused with charcoal to deeply purify skin. On application, the carbonated formula fizzes to form tingling microbubbles on the skin surface, invigorating the complexion and leaving it noticeably brighter.

Words by Alexandra Whiting
November 2018

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