Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover

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Beauty lovers are the easiest to shop for. It’s almost as though the options are limitless! This week, for Makeup Wars, we’re giving some recommendations on stocking stuffers. Below you’ll find Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover – and there’s sure to be something that you know they’ll love πŸ˜‰

Holiday Lips:

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick* (find it at ULTA Beauty). The shade shown below is called Sofia in Love and was made for Sofia Vergara to wear on her wedding day to Joe Manganiello! That basically means it’s the perfect red – there are many other reds to choose from so be sure to check out Red Siren, Red Revenge or Red Rogue!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (find it at Macy’s). You’ve heard the hype and it’s real. It’s the lip color that won’t quit so it’s the perfect gift! I’m wearing Heathers in this photo and I was SO impressed with how well it lasted through a Christmas party full of eats and drinks.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (find it at ULTA Beauty). If you’re looking to save money these are the next best thing to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. The color selection is decent and you have a lot more neutral options than with ABH. I’d recommend buying them online, though… my stores are always sold out of the best colors!!

LUSH Santa Baby (find it at LUSH). My fave lip tint is now in a tube! Seasonally appropriate and it smells, tastes and looks amazing. Buy buy buy!

Hooked on Hair:

Redken* (find it at ULTA Beauty). Three products I’ve been using and loving from Redken are the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender, Express Primer and Diamond Oil. It’s been a whole other level of hair care for me. The oil is the only one I’ve tried that doesn’t seem to travel up my strands and into the crown of my head making it even more oily. It stays where you put it and to me that’s a miracle. If the giftee enjoys hair care, they need this trio.

For the Brow Obsessed:

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Have they whined about how they want to try awesome brow gels and powders but they’re so expensive? Hook them up with the Salon Perfect ones at Walmart. Same thing, a third of the cost!

Always Doe-Eyed:

Salon Perfect Lashes* (find it at Walmart). If lashes are worn then you can never ever own enough. I know for my cousin if I handed her a stocking full of false lashes she’d love me forever. The Salon Perfect lashes are available at Walmart and look really good on.

Nudestix* (find it at Sephora). The Nudestix line is full of perfect multi-taskers. Travel-friendly and easy to use you’ll find items that work well on lips, eyes, cheeks and brows! So, if you’re not sure what they’d like this line will cover every single base with minimal product purchasing.

Gaga for Gadgets:

Real Techniques* (find it at ULTA Beauty). If they’re into brushes you need to get them some of the Bold Metals line from Real Techniques. They’re so pretty and the metal handles make them seasonally perfect.

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Affordable beauty gadgets abound! Who else not only has lashes and brow products but also a handy tool for helping you apply those lashes?! Get on it.

Because They Love Skin Care:

AVEENO* (find it at Target). There is some skin sensitivity up in this house and we are good with Aveeno. If the person you’re stuffing a stocking for is picky about what they can put on their body this line is an excellent choice. There are wonderful items available for the body and also the face.

Murad* (find it at ULTA Beauty). I put a lot of Murad on my face and have recently become very obsessed with the benefits of Vitamin C. They have a lot of products to suit any skin issues (or non-issues) but if your recipient hasn’t checked out the “C” line you must introduce them!

Lather* (find it at If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one already – but it smells so good it’s landing here too so no one misses out! Lather has 4 options of stocking stuffers that smell amazing. It’s a candle/soap duo that you can get in Lavender, Lemongrass, Vanilla and Cranberry Orange.

Manicure Addicted:

OPI* (find it at ULTA Beauty). OPI has released some gorgeous nail polish sets lately full of fun ways to jazz up core colors. You can also currently find their new Starlight collection in stores now!

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens (find it at Target). I’m not the greatest at nail art but I love to use these pens when I want to doodle a bit on my nails. If your person loves nail art these will be an excellent way for them to customize their looks.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish* (find it at Walgreens). For budget friendly nail polish options Sinful Polish gives you a ton of colors, both neutral and loud. Because they’re so reasonably priced it’s an easy add on to a gift or even easier to fill up an entire stocking with!

Pretty Perfect Nail Polish* (find it at I talked about this brand last year – you can pick a polish and put ANY name you want on it. Everyone likes to see their name on things πŸ˜‰ Ask someone to marry you with one… there are endless options!

If You’re On a Budget:

ELF* (find it at Target). I originally posted these items on my Instagram but they’re perfect for this post as well because they’re the best at being budget friendly! Basically anything you choose will work so pick what works best for the recipient. There are also some amazing holiday kits out!

Hard Candy* (find it at Walmart). If your recipient loves to bring the fun and flash then Hard Candy is the budget friendly beauty pick for them! Beautiful picks are available for holiday including palettes, kits, lip gloss and even a Disco Lip Gloss ball!

PIXI Beauty* (find it at Target). PIXI has a fabulous collection of core items as well as holiday picks. You’ll find everything you need in this section from holiday sets to lip balms to liners to shadows… anything you can think of!

Pick from the list and mix it up or stock them up on their must-haves (if they love lashes they can never have enough)!

What does the beauty lover in your life want in their stocking this year? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers are recommending by clicking the icons below!

*A * denotes that the item was received as a press sample. This post also contains affiliate links.

Top 9 Luxury Beauty Buys

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Probably even more annoying that shopping for your SO is shopping for the girl (or guy, for that matter) that has every.damn.thing. Maybe it’s a friend or relative… or someone you pulled during a Secret Santa moment at the office. Regardless… that ish is rough. Here are a few ideas on what to buy for this person whether you’re on a budget or if money is no expense – luxury does not mean designer it just means awesome!

  1. My number one gift for the person who has everything is a monthly subscription box. For a lot of these you can purchase just one month, three, six or even the whole year. Making this budget friendly for just about everyone. Depending on your budget you have options so I’ll list them in order from least expensive to most expensive – ipsy ($10/month – reviews), Birchbox ($10/month – reviews), Beauty Box 5* ($12/month – reviews), Scentbird* ($14.95/month – reviews), Glossybox* ($21/month – reviews), Wantable ($36/month – reviews), POPSUGAR Must Have* ($39.95/month – reviews). There are obviously MANY, MANY more, but these are the ones I currently subscribe to and have the experience with. I’m hoping to hop on a few new ones for 2015! Any recs?
  2. High end makeup storage. For those with a high or unlimited budget consider the Sherrieblossom ICEbOX*. This is a makeup/beauty organizer that is made with only the finest acrylics. You can absolutely see the difference, especially in person. It holds up well, cleans easily and comes in several sizes. Check out mine here!
  3. Personalized Jewelry. Onecklace* offers personalized jewelry that comes in a beautiful gold box complete with an authenticity certificate. Not only is there currently a Christmas Sale going on, BUT you can also get 10% off of your order using code GIFT10! Check out mine on Instagram (or purchase your own here)!
  4. Personalized Nail Polish. It does exist. Pretty Please Nail Polish allows you to pick a shade and give it any name you desire! It’s only $12 a bottle but wouldn’t it be fun to call it Will You Marry Me or something to that effect? Ahhh… a bloggers beauty dream proposal πŸ˜‰
  5. Candles. I’m not talking Yankee. I’m talking high-quality soy, organic goodness from right here in Pittsburgh (but you can order from anywhere in the US!). KTHOM Beauty offers seasonal and spa collections for only $18.00. Flat Rate shipping is only $2.00 which for a heavy candle is AMAZING.
  6. Specialty Bath & Body. It’s easy to walk into a Bath & Body works and grab something, but I’ve talked to many people that say that getting body care from there is very impersonal and makes them think that you forgot and needed something quick. If the person you’re buying for is into bath and body products consider A Girl’s Gotta Spa. Energizing Citrus Body Wash (8 oz. – $26), Energizing Citrus Body Lotion (8 oz. – $28), Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub (10 oz. – $35 only available on the website), Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set – $84 comes in a silver matte gift box tied with a guava colored ribbon so it is ready for gift giving. (only available on the website, $5 savings) All of the products have vegan ingredients, are 94-100% natural and certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. Best of all, they are incredibly hydrating and smell wonderful! (products are also available on Gloss48 and Amazon however if you purchase on the official website you get a 15% off code when you sign up for emails!).
  7. LUSH. Few things personally make me happier than a gift set from LUSH. There is one to suit every one in every single price range. You absolutely cannot go wrong. They’re Limited Edition so shop soon!
  8. Makeup Brushes. NO ONE has enough makeup brushes. IDC if you have a million, you need more. No one likes to wash them, so the more, the merrier. IT Cosmetics makes affordable sets of their 5 star brushes (shown in the main pic – Your Beautiful Basics* (3-piece Face & Eye Travel Brush Set $19.50) and Your Airbrush Masters* (6-piece Face & Eye Advanced Brush Set $65.00). You can get these sets plus a plethora of individual brushes at Ulta.
  9. Beauty Gifts that give back. Some brands partner with charities and devote a portion of product proceeds to a good cause. Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette($48), Lip GlacΓ© in Peach Hope ($25) and Bracelet of Hope($35) all give 100% back to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund; Kiehl’s has released their 6th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection where 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection, up to $100,000, will benefit Feeding America.

Of course, in the end, it helps to know who you’re shopping for. Obviously, specialty lip balm isn’t going to be okay for someone who doesn’t like to put anything on their lips. In the age of the internet, it’s not hard to get to know who you’re shopping for. Go ahead and stalk a little on Facebook… I won’t tell.

***Items marked with a * were received as a press sample. All others were found/purchased by me. This post also contains some affiliate links.