It can be difficult to buy cosmetics for women. Every gal has different tastes, different products that work for her skin tone or skin type and different ideas about how much or how little goes a long way. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the coolest, most luxurious and most affordable products that every beauty enthusiast will love… all at under $100.
Acure Argan Oil $13.97, Amazon
Acure Argan Oil is perfect for just about every woman on your list, beauty fanatic or not. This lovely oil can be used at night before bed, or before your makeup routine to add moisture and nutrients to your skin. It is light, non-greasy, and is said to do miracles for reversing the natural process of aging. This is one of my favorite gifts to give to friends all year round as it is good for all skin types, and gives you the feeling of pampering yourself a little bit every day.
L’paige Green Aloe Vera Lipstick $9.39, Amazon
The color may seem shocking, but rest assured this is not part of a Wicked Witch of the West costume. This aloe vera lipstick turns pink on your lips. Almost like a mood ring (and who doesn’t like a mood ring?), the shade of pink will be different for everyone. Give this to your girlfriends who like surprises and no fuss. It also comes in gold and blue, which become coral and purple-red when applied!
Living Lumizer $38.00, Spirit Beauty Lounge
This is the perfect gift for both the makeup-lover who has everything, and the minimalist. This product comes in a tiny bottle, but makes a big difference immediately (and lasts several months!). Perfect for highlighting under the eyebrows, on the inside corners of your eyes, or at the top of your cheek bones for a dewy look that makes your skin look baby fresh. This is my absolute favorite makeup product, and the best part is that it is all-natural, and actually good for your skin! If you aren’t convinced, simply read the hundreds of rave reviews online.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence $65.00, Spirit Beauty Lounge
The perfect lift after a long day at work when there is no time to freshen up before going out, or to use after a shower to lock in moisture. This hydrating spray nourishes your skin and revives your look instantly. The perfect product for any beauty collection, and a lovely aesthetic addition to any vanity tray.
Holly Golightly sleep mask $35.00, Etsy
For the friend who never tires of watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s with you, or simply wants to add a whole new level to their sleep routine. I can’t imagine sleeping anything but soundly in this mask.
Shany Bamboo Brush Set $17.95, Amazon
Anyone who knows what they are doing with makeup will tell you that the tools you use to apply it make all the difference. This super-soft brush set includes everything you need for flawless application and comes in a convenient cotton pouch. And at such a great price, you could add a few of your favorite shimmering eye shadows and call it good!
Himalayan Pink Crystal Bath Sea Salt $3.75, Amazon
Sure you can cook with Himalayan salt, but why when you can add it to your bath? This naturally pink salt is a luxurious (and inexpensive) way to spice up a quiet evening in the tub. Left for a few minutes to dissolve, this salt softens skin and strengthens hair as well as rids toxins from your body while you soak. If you have any new moms on your list, put these bath salts in a pretty bottle and pair with a bottle of wine and an encouraging note for the perfect gift.
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.