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Beauty on a Budget

The Holiday Gift Guide for College Beauty Lovers

By Helena Enciso

It’s so stressful to shop throughout this time of year, so hopefully this makes your job a little bit easier. In an industry saturated with what it seems like millions of beauty products and a budget of a college student, how does anyone know what to buy for someone passionate about cosmetics and/or skincare. These gift ideas have some of my favorite products with a little something extra and won’t break the bank. These are perfect for your best friend, roommate, secret Santa and anything else that comes up.

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  1. The first thing on the list is a 12 Days of Beauty gift set from Target for only $19.99. This set hits all the beauty marks like skincare, haircare and makeup. You actually get a full size version of one of my favorite highlighters from the drugstore, the Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals. This set is a great way to sample a ton of products from the drugstore. 

  2. What better gift to give during the holidays than the gift of beaming cheek bones? This Amrezy x Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter is a must have for all beauty lovers. It retails for $28 and works on so many skin tones. You can literally build this up to be seen from space or start slow to be subtle. It has a golden hue perfect for anyone on your holiday list. Once you use this highlight, you will never touch another one ever again.

  1. If you’re looking to spend a little more, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette is the perfect holiday gift. It retails for $42 with warm tones galore. It’s great for everyday looks, but can also be used to create a sultry going out eye. The possibilities are endless with this palette. 

  2. If you’re looking to give a gift with a little something extra, this Limited Edition Watermelon Jelly Tote Set is your product. This gift set includes a travel size version of the best-selling Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask & the Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer. On top of that, it includes the new Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask with the cutest pink jelly tote for only $40. You get a great accessory with some amazing skincare, it’s a win-win scenario. 

  1. Lastly, you can never go wrong with beauty tools. The best bang for your buck is the Morphe Complexion Crew 5-Piece Brush Collection. Morphe has great quality brushes for make-up lovers of all skill levels.  These ones are especially great, in my opinion, because they have a cute gold ferule and comes with a sequenced makeup bag. 

 These products are or include my holy grails.  Hope this guide helps you out check off all the holiday gifts on your list this year with confidence.