I may be biased, but I happen to think that beauty gifts make the sweetest stocking stuffers. Even on a strict under-$20 budget, there are plenty of amazing prodz out there. Here are my top picks for 2014:
1. Sonia Kashuk Golden Age Four-Piece Brush Set
This had me at the tassels. They're adorning this darling black and gold pouch, which you get with four of Sonia Kashuk's famously excellent makeup brushes.
Where to buy: Target
2. Essence How To Make Nude Eyes Make-Up Box
I'm getting a Benefit vibe from this adorable eyeshadow set, which contains six ultra-wearable neutral shades in matte and shimmer finishes.
Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart
3. Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo
Batiste's dry shampoo is a total classic, and now it comes with a soft floral fragrance and in a super-cute flowery can.
4. Flower Beauty Cherished Rollerball
This scent is SO pretty. (Hard to believe, I know, considering the price and where it is sold.) But truly, it is a real find—notes are lily of the valley, vanilla and sandalwood.
5. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament
Perfect for travel, this three-in-one product acts as a cleanser, makeup remover and toner, and it's suitable for all skin types.
6. The Face Shop Bebe Lip Mask
No, that's not a typo. This really is $2. It's a made-in-Korea nourishing lip treatment—i.e. a sheet mask for your lips!—that contains hyaluronic acid and marine collagen. Amazing, right?
Where to buy: The Face Shop
7. Essie Nail Polish in Jump In My Jumpsuit
The most festive shade in Essie's winter 2014 collection is this juicy red. Santa would approve!
8. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Wipes
I already raved about my love for these cleansing cloths—the cult Sensibio micellar cleanser in face wipe form. They're safe for sensitive skin and hey, Scarlett Johansson uses them, too.
9. Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio
I'm a huge Pixi lover, so I use these lip balms—both regular and tinted—all the time. This three-pack is a wicked price, and I'm coveting that raspberry shade so hard.
Where to buy: Target
10. Ours by Cheryl Hickey EveryBody Lotion
ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey has just launched a body-care line, and you know what? It's great. Everything is made with natural ingredients, including this coconut oil- and olive oil-based body lotion.
Where to buy: Rexall Pharma Plus
11. Bliss Lemony Trinkets
The original Bliss lemon and sage scent is basically irresistible. This kit gives you a body butter and a body wash that doubles as bubble bath.
12. Maybelline The Smokes Eyeshadow Palette
Remember The Nudes palette? Well, The Smokes has just landed in Canada (it's been out in the U.S. for a little while), and it's only here for a limited time, so RUN. You just can't beat 12 smoky shadows for this price.
Where to buy: Amazon.com, Shoppers Drug Mart
13. Shiseido Facial Cotton
I blab about these things all the time because they really ARE the best cotton pads. And I did the math—believe it or not, they're actually the most economical, too.
14. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Real Techniques has their own version of the Beautyblender, and you know what? I feel like this one is just as good. And it's half the price, so....
15. Lancôme Manucure Poussière d'Or Nail Tattoos
Just for the holidays, Lancôme released these limited-edition nail tattoos, which can be worn over bare nails or polish to add a touch of golden glam.
16. CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
Just trickling into stores now is CoverGirl's latest mascara, designed to give you full but soft and "touchable" lashes. Kinda neat: the formula was made with natural beeswax.
17. Physicians Formula Super BB 1-in-One Cheek & Lip Beauty Balm
Another newcomer just arriving at drugstores is this cheek and lip balm. I'm a sucker for products like this, and the pretty pink colour is so flattering and buildable.
Where to buy: Drugstores
18. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
You can't go wrong with this classic hand cream, one of my all-time drugstore faves. It's fragrance-free, rich in glycerin and highly concentrated—so a little drop goes a long way.
19. Sephora Collection Clean Machine Konjac Sponge Duo
Sephora has responded to the whole konjac cleansing sponge craze with this well-priced duo. The purple one is infused with soothing lavender and the green one with energizing green tea.
Where to buy: Sephora
20. Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle
I'm obsessed with these lip stains, which give you rich, glossy, highly-pigmented colour in a formula rich in aloe and vitamin E. Plus, Shanghai Sizzle is the ultimate Christmasy red!
Which beauty products are you stuffing your stockings with this year?
Have you tried any of these things?