We’re in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Heidi Klum with Santa

Oh look! It’s December 22nd and I’m writing about beauty stocking stuffers. It was December 22nd when I wrote about them last year, too. It’s just what I do. (Go on and have a look at last year’s post after you read this one if you still need more ideas.)

Anyway, clearly this post is designed for female recipients… unless less your guy has a thing for sequined shower caps and tinted lip balms. Non? Then yes, socks and lottery tickets are ENTIRELY appropriate, as well as the prodz I talked about in my ode to Harvey Specter yesterday. Otherwise, I promise you’ll surprise and delight any of the women in your life with these beauty editor-approved picks. Or, you know, drop hints for the person that’s stuffing your stocking. (Eeks! Did that sound dirty?)

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm ($4.99 each)

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

So this is the newest launch from Maybelline New York; one that we’ve only been hearing about for ages since it was all over the New York Fashion Week shows. Anyone remember Dr. Pepper lip balm that had just a hint of a red tint? Well, the shade I tried (Cherry Me) is exactly like that. Except more moisturizing than I remember. Yay! Fab product, fab price.

Sephora Nail Bling ($8)

Sephora Nail Bling Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Nail art (or as I say, “nart”) is still going strong… and if you haven’t heard, nail stickers are the easy way to cheat. Even though I cringe at the use of the word “bling”—didn’t that die in, like, 2004?—I’ll forgive Sephora because these metallic patterns are quite nice. Not to mention a heck of a lot cheaper than springing for a fancy mani.

Kevin Murphy Color Bug Coloured Hair Shadow ($20 each)

Kevin Murphy Colour Bug Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

I worship Kevin Murphy, and how cool is he for coming out with little pods of instant, wash-out hair colour? It’s the fastest way to get with the rainbow tips trend that’s gonna continue to be big right into next spring. You just swipe it on and lock it in with a styling product and some hairspray. Even I could do this one because I wouldn’t have to change my hard-earned strawberry blonde to get the look.

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G ($30)

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Because I am five years old, I squealed when I saw this. Not.Cute.Enough. It is a fragrance that is also a Christmas tree ornament that is also a Santa that is also a doll. I don’t think I need to write anything else here.

I Love… Cosmetics Coconut & Cream Body Butter ($7.99)

I Love... Cosmetics Coconut Cream Body Butter Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

I’m somewhat obsessed with coconut-scented body products, especially in the winter because it helps get you through. This new line may be a little too close in the font department to Philosophy… but the body butter is solid stuff. (Meaning good—not, like, hard.) It’s creamy but light and the smell is beyond. Price is great too!

eos Holiday Lip Balm Set ($9.99)

eos Holiday Lip Balm Set Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Have you tried these lip balms yet? I’ve already professed my love, and my friend J. has them as one of her top 8 products of 2011. Get the set, because one is just not enough.

Upper Canada Soap Shower Queen Shower Cap ($12)

Upper Canada Soap Shower Queen Shower Cap Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Now that most of us have embraced dry shampoo, we all need shower caps to go with. Right? There is something about an obnoxious sequined one that I kind of love.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($22)

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

A good hand cream is hard to find. TOO hard, really. This one is a bit of a splurge but I swear you won’t be sorry. (The folks at Makeup Alley agree, BTW.) It kind of reminds me of the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, but without the medicinal smell.

Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Holiday Shimmer Lotion ($20)

Victorias Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Holiday Shimmer Lotion Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

I know, I know. WTF. I wrote about shimmer body products twice in one week. Craziness! But again, I have to reiterate that the shimmer here is barely detectable. The main thing is that it smells soooo good. Musk, sandalwood, vanilla and white peony are the notes—so it’s pretty sophisticated for a body lotion (and would be great to layer with a fragrance if the notes matched). Plus, you can always dream that using it will help you look more like these ladies.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Change Purse ($9.99)

Burts Bees Lip Balm Change Purse Were in the home stretch now! 10 of the best beauty stocking stuffers—all under $30 (and SO much better than socks and lottery tickets)

Okay, so this pic is of the kit they’re selling in South Africa (they’re getting ripped off and paying $14.99 instead of our $9.99). It looks almost the same here, except you get three lip balms (not a balm, shine and gloss). And how cute is that change purse? Adorbs, Burt.

Tell me:

Are stockings a holiday tradition at your house?
What are you hoping Santa puts in yours?
Have you tried any of these prodz yet?

9 Comments

Lindsay
Thursday, December 22/2011 at 1:54 pm

Gah. I can’t find those Maybelline lip balms anywhere in Montreal. Sadface.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, December 22/2011 at 1:55 pm

They’re on Well.ca! But not all the colours…

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Megan
Thursday, December 22/2011 at 10:56 pm

My local Wal-Mart had the Baby Lips in stock…. I have had trouble finding the Revlon lip butters though!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:46 pm
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Friday, December 23/2011 at 5:28 pm

Beauty editor, I love your blog and YAY, cheap holiday eos collection (woot!), but I have an off-topic beauty question I think only you could possibly answer. Because I trust your wise judgment.

I have been using foundation/face powders (loose and pressed) for AGES to try to control my oily t-zone, with little success. I own probably hundreds of dollars worth of oil control powders (the money we spend on our ‘problem areas’, oy vei) and am still an oil slick. Just recently, I had this revolutionary idea (for me, at least) to go off powder all together. No more setting my foundation or mattifying, the only powders that touch my cheek are blushes. Shockingly, I am almost 85%-90% LESS oily. If anything, I get a little bit of shine on my nose and temples by midday, which is easily blotted away. My skin feels lighter, healthier and like it can BREATHE. It’s basically made a massive difference for me.

What I want to ask is, do you think this is a common issue for women with combination/oily-prone skin? Could our face powders actually be making the situation WORSE? Why would that be? Am I crazy?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:58 pm

Oh wow! Maybe the oil controlling properties in the products were making your skin rebel and produce *more* oil to compensate. That’s the only explanation I can think of – that the powders were over-drying and caused your skin to swing the other way. Now I’m going to experiment with this to see if I get the same reaction! I’m a hard core HD powder user… maybe I don’t need it!

Have also flagged this to ask a derm about it…

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Marina(Makeup4all)
Monday, December 26/2011 at 8:52 am

I REALLY want to try those Kevin Murphy Color Bug Coloured Hair Shadow, I’ve read they work great even on the dark hair!

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  Ninon
Thursday, December 29/2011 at 4:04 pm

I found the Baby lips on my Loblaws, all of them… And I am gonna get that Stila brow color, so hard to find something when you’re blond, thanks

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 4:00 pm

Urban Decay also has a great brow tint (although not waterproof, it’s really similar to the Stila one). Their blonde shade is very light – I recommend checking that out too!

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