Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and it doesn’t hurt that you can ask for all the things you’ve been pining over in the months leading up to it. However, the makeup that you’ve been wanting for a long time adds up to a copious amount of money, and most parents aren’t down to be spending that much on certain items. But have no fear, there are many amazing, top quality beauty items that anyone would be thrilled to get as stocking stuffers. And all for under $10! Besides, the cheaper they are, the more that you’ll get… that’s how it works, right?
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A perfect gift for the friend who always has amazing eyebrows. This highlighting pencil gives a bright glow on the brow bone, making your arch pop.
Sometimes we don’t give our under-eyes enough attention. As students, we end up just accepting the inevitable under-eye bags that come with countless hours of studying. But they deserve the attention that we give to everywhere else on our body, and these eye masks from Sephora sell for $6 each. They come in a wide variety of focuses for whatever you may need for your eyes, from moisturizing to brightening to reducing signs of fatigue.
These masks sell for $8 each and come in a wide variety of kinds for whatever your face needs, from an avocado mask for nurturing to a pearl mask for brightening and perfecting. They’re the perfect stocking stuffers for relaxing over the holiday break.
Who wouldn’t want dinosaur blotting paper? This adorable, easy to carry case comes with 50 oil-blotting papers so you can take them wherever you need to go. The gentle mulberry paper absorbs oil and makes your makeup look flawless and refreshed! These are only $10 and one of the best stocking stuffers to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Treat your friend to a hair boost with this Bumble and Bumble tonic to enhance her beautiful locks.
Every girl fears the ponytail-crease, so eliminate the worry for your friend with creaseless ponytail rings.
For a fun little addition, gift your friend these bedazzled temporary tattoos.
A gift ideal for any beauty lover. These wipes clean off device screens to prevent breakouts on the skin, which will help keep your face clear and glowing.
Removing nail polish can always be a pain, and nail polish remover can sting the sensitive skin around your fingernails. Luckily, there is a much easier way of taking nail polish off – and with a chocolate scent too! The Choc Pot is only $10 and comes in four different scents for all your chocolate desires. Now you no longer have to keep the small remnants of previous manicures, thanks to this easy item!
This cleanser is extremely convenient because it doesn’t require water, so if you have a friend that is constantly on the go, this kit is a great gift for her!
If you’re anything like me, you put off washing your makeup brushes until they’re disgustingly unusable. This solid brush cleaner will do just the trick to help you get everything back in order quickly to make your makeup look perfect. Only $10, this brush cleaner comes with an easy-to-use sponge that removes even the most stubborn makeup and dirt!
A cute little makeup bag every girl needs in her life. Plus, it’s TSA-approved, so it can carry all your travel-sized beauty items abroad.
It’s never a bad idea to ask for some new foundation, and the Maybelline Matte + Poreless is a great option. Excellent coverage, extreme blendability, long wear time, and redness reduction – what more could you want in a product? If you have dry skin and prefer a dewy finish, check out the alternative, Fit Me Dewy & Smooth.
This concealer is the holy grail of under-eye concealers. Something in this formula makes you look like you got a full night of sleep and are ready for the day, even if you stayed up all night studying. This concealer is definitely a budget-friendly life saver.
The right mascara makes your lashes look amazing and frames your eyes perfectly. Unfortunately, most of the mascaras that accomplish that are quite expensive… until now. Maybelline’s New York Lash Sensational Volume Mascara is only about $7, and is one of the best mascaras out there. Your lashes will look bigger, better, bolder, and thicker!
The unfortunate case of dry, cracked winter lips doesn’t have to exist anymore, thanks to eos lip balms. These lip balms come in a wide variety of flavours for any of your preferences that will nourish your lips and keep them exceptionally soft – perfect for some mistletoe. Take that winter!
These Burt Bee’s lipsticks are the best mix of colour and hydration, which make them great for the dry, cold winter season.
You can never have enough matte lipsticks in your collection, and there are so many affordable ones around it’s hard to resist getting more. The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipstick goes on and stays on for a reasonable amount of time, all while giving high quality colour. There are a variety of pink, nude, and red tones to allow for all the variation you want.
This applicator is a curved sponge, which is great for achieving full coverage, while the pointed tip gets in hard-to-reach areas of the face.
This 6-in-1 sponge – that’s right, I said 6-in-1 – does so many different tasks. This Real Techniques sponge is a high-quality dupe for the BeautyBlender and allows for many different applications for all your beauty needs. The rounded side is great for pouncing in your foundation, while the flat side with pointed tip is ideal for blending out your under-eye concealer.
Every makeup enthusiast started somewhere, so help your wannabe makeup artist with where to begin. Give your friend a standard eye shadow brush that’s fluffy enough to blend, but short enough to pack shadow on the lid.
This rich red goes right along with the merry holiday vibes, so any Christmas fanatic would adore this polish.
The ultimate sparkly nail polish, this would be a great accessory to any New Years’ Eve outfit.
We all agree that brows are very important. But we can also agree that getting our brows to look perfect is a long process. This tinted brow mascara allows for sculpted and tinted brows in just seconds so you can get out the door easily and quickly! It comes in five different shades to match your natural eyebrow colour and is only $7. Hurrah for quick brows!
Priming your lids before applying eye shadow is a key step in having a great makeup look. Primers will reduce the chances of your shadow creasing, smearing, or simply disappearing throughout the day! This NYX one is a great affordable option.
These eye shadow palettes are great for a quick shimmery or matte eye look. Each of the four highly pigmented palettes give room for several options, whether it’s a simple day look or a dark eye for a night on the town, making it perfectly adaptable.
Different choices in eyeliner can enable you to create a wide variety of looks, but the classic look is, without a doubt, a black liner. Pick one up from NYX and you’ll be able to easily create that perfectly thin line, or maybe even that perfectly sharp wing.
Fake eyelashes can make any makeup look more intense and bring more attention to your magnificent eyes. Ardell lashes come in lots of different styles and go for about $4! These have a thin band, which makes them easy to apply, so they’re great for those who are just beginning as well as those who are more experienced.
If you’re going to give someone lashes, you need to give them glue, too! Duo lash glue is cheap and the brush on applicator is super user-friendly.
Unfortunately, the winter months can make your skin quite pale compared to your glorious summer tan. We also know that as university students, it is quite costly to jet off for a winter vacation to the tropics. Thankfully, NYX’s bronzing powder allows for a sun-kissed glow without travelling half the globe to find it.
Highlight, highlight, highlight! It can be very hard to find a highlighter for a decent price that has a good payoff, but NYX has risen to the occasion. The small packaging and creamy formula allows for anytime sculpting of your face to be illuminated in the twinkling Christmas lights.
The struggle of finding an affordable lip liner that lasts and is comfortable to wear is always difficult. But finally, Milani is here! These lip liners can outline your pout and colour it in, so feel free to wear it under a lipstick or just by itself!
Matte lipsticks are definitely all the rage right now and stocking stuffers are the perfect way to add even more to your collection (they’re so small, you can fit so many!) The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream comes in 34 different shades to suit whatever makeup you are going for, from neutrals all the way to navy blue! The formula is soft, dries easily on your lips, and stays there for long periods of time with little colour loss. And they’re only $6!
This berry-toned lip gloss set is great for any makeup lover. The three-piece set is a perfect fit for any stocking, and the small tubes are excellent for travel.
A double-sided lipstick is ideal for busy girls who like to wear their looks from day to night. To really get into the holiday spirit, opt for “Red Hots Reds,” a festive red-purple combination!
Sometimes blush can get forgotten in our craze for highlighters. But the right blush can do wonders to your cheeks by giving you a rosy glow. e.l.f. blushes come in eight different shades, each for only $3 on their website. This Christmas it may be time to try blush out again and get a ‘just-in-from-the-cold’ glow without actually going outside!
A smoky eyeshadow palette is always a good present that a person can never have enough of. This palette has good quality pigmentation with great colours to make a plethora of eye looks. And for $10, this palette is a very good dupe for some high-end ones.
There’s nothing worse than getting a perfect makeup look and having it not last throughout the day. This Mist and Set Spray allows for makeup to stay perfect all day long and keeps your skin from getting oily. Infused with aloe, green tea and cucumber, this spray is amazing for $3.
The Body Shop
This set of beautiful rose products will give anyone the relaxation they’ve been needing over the busy holiday season.
The perfect gift for any hair enthusiast, this butter will de-tangle your luscious locks while making them soft and silky.
If baths are what your friend loves, these bath salts would be a fun and festive addition.
Throw this little tube of festive hand cream in your purse and you’ll be ready to brace the winter cold.
Good face masks are hard to come by, but are amazing when you can find them! The Brazened Honey mask gives your face a deep cleanse and leaves it feeling free of oiliness. This is the perfect face mask to freshen your skin up and relieve it of the sluggishness that you may have left over from final exams and get you ready for the next semester!
It’s a shame that body glitter is only seen for young children because I’m sure everyone enjoys feeling a little glittery every now and then. That must have been Lush’s thought process when they came out with Fairy Dust, a sparkling dusting powder! Use this to highlight or to just sparkle up any bare skin, this product not only looks great but smells sweet too.
Lip scrubs are great ways to prep your lips for a long day of wearing lipstick, or just wearing a matte color in general. Scrub away chapped lips and dead skin with this sugary, sweet, Christmas-themed lip scrub.
Of course, no bath would be complete without a lovely peppermint body scrub. Have a candy cane, while you’re at it.
Bath and Body Works
Christmas means winter, and winter means dry skin, and that’s never a good thing. Luckily, Bath and Body Works sells a wide variety of travel size body lotions to accommodate the battle of dry skin. In particular, to keep you in the festive spirit, this Vanilla Bean Noel body lotion is only $5, so you can have supple, soft hands and smell like Christmas treats! Double win!
It can be hard to find the scent that’s perfect for you, so these small travel size spray bottles are perfect to experiment with. A Thousand Wishes embraces the scents of parties and festivities in the holiday season with notes of sparkling champagne, peonies, and amber – how extravagant! For only $6 this bottle can last you through the Christmas period and allow you to enjoy its lavishness!
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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Alexandra Smith is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with family friends, and roaming the world with her camera in hand.