The 25 Best Holiday Beauty Gift Sets of 2014

'Tis the season for gorgeous gift sets at a great price.
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'Tis the season for gorgeous gift sets at a great price.
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The 25 best holiday beauty gift sets of 2014.

You may not be in holiday shopping mode YET, but trust me: this year's array of beauty gift sets are gonna sell out, quick! Not only are these offerings extra-adorable, but they're also extra-well-priced. Consider this your guide to the best of each brand:

1. Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag

Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag, $71

I always, always love the Tarte holiday set—which includes a whopping $500 worth of beauty loot! This year, you get 20 eyeshadows, a pretty travel bag and one each of mascara, cheek stain, lip gloss, lip tint, face oil and finishing powder. DAMN.

Where to buy: Sephora

2. Too Faced Everything Nice Set

Too Faced Everything Nice Set

Too Faced Everything Nice Set, $68

Ugh, within the less than 24 hours it took me to finish writing this post, this set went out of stock! (But they don't say "sold out," so I'm hopeful they'll replenish.) Like Tarte's, you get $500+ in makeup, including 20 eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, three mini makeup brushes and a mascara—plus a hot pink glitter pouch. 

Where to buy: Sephora

3. Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set

Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set

Yves Saint Laurent Love And Lacquer Reds Set, $60

YSL, come to mama. In this set, you get a full-sized Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in the classic Rouge Laque and matching Rouge Pop Art nail polish, plus a mini mascara. It's a $77 value.  

Where to buy: Sephora

4. Benefit Advent Calendar

Benefit Advent Calendar

Benefit Advent Calendar, $119

This beauty advent calendar trend is TOO fun. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but Benefit's includes everything from its cult fave cheek stains to BADgal Mascara to the POREfessional pore minimizer. You get 24 mini beauty treats!

Where to buy: Sephora, Bloomingdale's

5. Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar

Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar

Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, $72

In other advent calendar news, Ciaté's annual nail polish version has a Manor House theme this year. You get 17 miniature shades plus glitters, pearls and nail transfers. 

Where to buy: Sephora, Amazon.com, ASOS

6. MAC Keepsakes Gold Lip & Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes Gold Lip & Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes Gold Lip & Eye Bag, $59.50

My pick of MAC's Keepsakes collection for holiday 2014 is this sparkly grey pouch filled with warm-toned makeup: Mineralize Lipglass in Modest, Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone and a Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad. It also comes in Silver.

Where to buy: Nordstrom

7. Marc Jacobs La Coquette Four Piece Favorites Collection

Marc Jacobs La Coquette Four Piece Favorites Collection

Marc Jacobs La Coquette Four Piece Favorites Collection, $69

I've said it before and I'll say it again—now is the time to stock up on Marc Jacobs Beauty, if you're a fan. I like this kit because you get to try the Magic Marc'er liquid liner, the Lip Vinyl in Kissability and the Hi-Shine Lacquer in Madame. Plus you get a chic portable mirror for your handbag.

Where to buy: Sephora

8. Make Up For Ever Makeup Station

Make Up For Ever Makeup Station

Make Up For Ever Makeup Station, $345

Talk about a dream present! Make Up For Ever included nearly $800 worth of products in this professional makeup case. Some of the highlights include 12 Artist Shadows, two Aqua Eyes liners, two Aqua Lip liners, two Aqua Rouge lipsticks and soooo much more. WANT.

Where to buy: Sephora

9. Smashbox Rock A Legendary Lip!

Smashbox Rock A Legendary Lip

Smashbox Rock A Legendary Lip!, $45

I've professed my love for Smashbox's Be Legendary lipsticks and glosses before (they are SO good!), and with this kit, you get to try a whole bunch of 'em at a great price. Valued at $118, it includes three glosses, three lipsticks and three lip lacquers.

Where to buy: Sephora

10. Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection 

Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection

Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection, $43

This one's for the natural beauty girls out there. You get the new Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink (amazing!), Josie's famous Argan Oil in Light, and mascara, eyeshadow and illuminator. It's valued at $83.

Where to buy: Sephora

11. Hourglass Best of Hourglass Set

Hourglass Best of Hourglass Set

Hourglass Best of Hourglass Set, $68

This chic little kit includes some of the best Hourglass products: the Veil Mineral Primer (which really works!), the Film Noir mascara (another favourite of mine), Extreme Sheen lip gloss and the No. 28 Primer Serum. 

Where to buy: Sephora, Amazon.com

12. Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle

Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle

Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle, $118

When it comes to lip colour, Bite Beauty knows its stuff. (And did you know all their products are made with food-grade ingredients?) This kit, valued at $220, includes five lipstick duos (so that's 10 shades really), three matte lip crayons and two lip glosses. Amazing.

Where to buy: Sephora

13. Hello Kitty The Red Bow Beauty Diaries

Hello Kitty The Red Bow Beauty Diaries

Hello Kitty The Red Bow Beauty Diaries, $65

Hello Kitty... who can resist the cuteness? Your inner 12-year-old will love the 15 beauty goodies here, including glosses, eyeshadows, liquid liners, lip balms and hair mascara. Oh, and get this—there's a Milk Money coin purse and 16 All Better bandages. Because we all need Hello Kitty Band-Aids.

Where to buy: Sephora

14. Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette

Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette

Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette, $59

Every year, Sephora releases its very appropriately-named Blockbuster palette. As per usual, it's insane. You get a whopping 72 eyeshadows, 28 lip glosses, 18 eyeliners and eight blushes, for starters. The whole thing is valued at nearly $300.

Where to buy: Sephora

15. Crabtree & Evelyn Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin

Crabtree & Evelyn Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin

Crabtree & Evelyn Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Musical Tin, $60

Who wouldn't love a year's supply of purse-sized hand creams? And Crabtree & Evelyn make REALLY good hand cream. The 12 of them come in a wind-up tin that apparently plays music. Neat.

Where to buy: NordstromCrabtree-Evelyn.com, Amazon.com

16. Urban Decay Little Perversions Kit

Urban Decay Little Perversions Kit

Urban Decay Little Perversions Kit, $55

This one's for those who like their eye makeup long-lasting and in classic black. You get the famous 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, the Ink For Eyes waterproof liquid liner, Subversion lash primer, All Nighter waterproof liner and Perversion mascara. So basically a complete eye set-up that's valued at $90.

Where to buy: Sephora

17. Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette

Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette

Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette, $74

Lip gloss lovers, this one's for you. Buxom packaged $139 worth of its most popular shades in this 15-piece kit, including 11 Lip Polishes (sheer and shimmery) and four Lip Creams.

Where to buy: Sephora, Amazon.com

18. Kat Von D The Star Studded Look

Kat Von D The Star Studded Look

Kat Von D The Star Studded Look, $24

This little kit has a really great price considering you're getting to try three products here (in deluxe sizes): the new Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red (matte fire engine red), Tattoo Liner in Trooper (ultra-black) and the Immortal Lash Mascara. It's valued at $32.

Where to buy: Sephora

19. Bliss Crown Jewels

Bliss Crown Jewels

Bliss Crown Jewels, $55

You can't go wrong with this gift. Bliss packaged up its bestselling products for head-to-toe pampering: the Lemon + Sage Body Butter, the Triple Oxygen Mask (which I love!), Fabulous Foaming Face Wash and Love Handler.

Where to buy: Neiman MarcusDrugstore.com, ULTA BeautyUrban Outfitters, Macy's, Bliss, Amazon.com

20. Fresh Sugar Lip Legends

Fresh Sugar Lip Legends

Fresh Sugar Lip Legends, $65

Time to stock up on Fresh's must-have tinted lip balms! This set, valued at $93, contains seven of them—including the brand-new hot-pink Tulip (reviewed here) and my favourite Cherry red (reviewed here).

Where to buy: Sephora

21. Formula X Paint the Town

Formula X Paint the Town

Formula X Paint the Town, $69

Remember when Natacha said she was blown away by Sephora's new nail polish line? (And she's picky!) Now is a great time to try it out, with this 22-shade kit (a crazy $166 value). It includes cream, pearl and glitter finishes.

Where to buy: Sephora

22. Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead

Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead

Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead, $94

Philosophy skincare products are pretty awesome, and I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to receive this starter kit. You get the fantastic Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser and the cult fave Hope in a Jar in day and night versions. Plus an exfoliating cleanser and their new at-home vitamin C and peptide peel.

Where to buy: Macy's, Hudson's Bay, SkinStore, Shoppers Drug Mart

23. The Body Shop Winter Wonderful Music Box

The Body Shop Winter Wonderful Music Box

The Body Shop Winter Wonderful Music Box, $40

Here's another music box thingie, just like Crabtree & Evelyn's... but here, you get a Moringa fragrance and matching Body and Lip Butters in each of Shea, Strawberry and Honeymania scents. Even better: six cents from every holiday gift will go to War Child to fund a class for a child.

Where to buy: TheBodyShop.caTheBodyShop.com

24. Aveda A Retreat From Stress

Aveda A Retreat From Stress

Aveda A Retreat From Stress, $119

A retreat from stress—well, doesn't that sound perfect? This kit includes Stress-Fix body lotion, soaking salts and a cute lil' candle, AND it's packaged in handmade lokta bark paper from Nepal, which helps give back to families there in need.

Where to buy: Aveda spas and Aveda.com

25. Rebecca Minkoff x Holt Renfrew Holiday Beauty Bag

Rebecca Minkoff x Holt Renfrew Holiday Beauty Bag

Rebecca Minkoff x Holt Renfrew Holiday Beauty Bag, $50

This year's Holt's Beauty Bag is super-roomy and luxurious, with the most gorgeous pattern inside as well. No surprise, since it was specially designed by Rebecca Minkoff. The accessories designer also hand-picked the contents, which include a Sisley eye serum, Estée Lauder advanced night repair system, RéVive glycolic renewal peel, Laura Mercier eye pencil and a Clinique chubby stick. Plus you get a $25 voucher to put towards your next beauty purchase.

Where to buy: Holt Renfrew

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