I LOVE seeing gift guides on blogs. I get lots of ideas that way. But what I love even better is when the gifts from the guides have been tried, tested, and recommended. And that's the purpose of today--I have spent hours at different Sephoras (not a hard task for me) checking out the gift sets, seeing if they were worth the hype, if the samples were too small, and buying a few. For research ;)
I wanted to pick sets that were still sold online (many of you said you don't live near a Sephora) and sets that weren't too expensive. Here are my picks:
Sephora Give Me Some Bold Lip--For the girl who really loves makeup and isn't afraid to change her looks $28
--I'd also add any of the other Sephora samplers--they are all really good.
Best BITE Redux--Everyone loves this brand, and for $25, you get 4 of their lip crayons
--They have a lipstick set as well I love
--I also recommend the Bow & Arrow liquid lip + liner set
Sephora Lip Pencils--Give the whole set or break it up and add them as stocking stuffers or as a part of another gift. I've mentioned these lots of times before, because they are so good! $25
Lancome Paris En Rose Hypnose Drama--6 of their best-selling products plus a full-size mascara $35
Foreo Luna PLay Mint with Benefit--Again, products I've featured on here before: Luna play, gel cleaneser, and the Pore Fessional $42
Becca Glow on the Go--My fave brand of highlighters, this gives you a liquid and powder version of Moonstone (you've seen them in my highlighter collection post/video). I suggest layering them for the ultimate glow.
Benefit Dandelion Wishes--5 piece, full-face set--lots of faves in here!
Ole Henriksen Try Us, Love Us! On-the-Glow Essentials--One of my fave skincare brands, this set of 3 travel-sized skin care essentials is a great way to try out the line. I have loved everything I've tried from them. They have other sets too. $15
Dr. Jart Masking All the Way--That's literally what this is--a book of masks! Turn the page for a variety of sheet masks $37
Sephora Essential Rose Skin Trio--There's someone on your list (maybe you) who loves the scent of roses. Get her this for only $10!
L'Occitane Shea Butter Ornament--I always try to sound fancy when I pronounce the brand's name. And now you can feel fancy with this adorable set of hand cream, soap, and lotion. $14
Drunk Elephant Dayglow--This skincare brand has been very popular this year, but it's very expensive. Try this hydration gel and serum combo (they have a night version too) $28
Nest Ornament Candle--They have this in a couple of scents, and if you saw my latest Sephora haul video, this was one of the special items. I like to share extra stuff in my videos that I don't share on the blog in an attempt to get you to actually watch them! Anyway, NEST makes some of the BEST candles out there. And the size is great for $16. This one smells like the holidays and I've been burning it nearly every day.
Bumble & Bumble A Few of Our Fave Things--Great set of tried and true fave haircare products for you to test out! $39
Sephora Romantic Shadow Palette--This isn't a set, but I wanted to include it since it's such a steal at $7. A great stocking stuffer or gift add-on idea! They have a great blush palette I'd recommend too. I say skip their big eye shadow palettes--the quality isn't there for me.
I didn't include--fragrances. These are so personal unless you know what the receiver wears, but there are some Sephora sampler sets. I feel like the sets have a better value at ULTA.
I didn't include--nail polishes--none of the sets caught my eye for price/quality. I will share some picks next week from ULTA.
Which of these products caught your eye?
I have EVEN MORE recommendations--just let me know if you need more.
Next week will be my ULTA list!
Next week will be my ULTA list!
Star Wars Pub Crawl tonight--just observing the fun.