beauty trends 10 Holiday Beauty Buys Under $20

‘Tis the season for beauty that doesn’t break the bank.

December 09, 2022
Holiday Beauty Deals

You’ve made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice, but you’re still unsure what to get for a few really important people in your life. Enter self-care: The gift that keeps on giving, because it forces people to truly focus on themselves for a moment. It’s sure to make a lasting impression whether it be in the form of skin care, hair care or makeup because truly, who can say no to a little pampering?

Plus, beauty gifts don’t have to be costly to be effective, which means you can present your loved ones with an affordable gift that you’ll both feel good about. Below, check out our holiday gift guide for beauty buys for less than $20. These year-round beauty deals are exactly what you need to kick off your holiday season and get your holiday shopping into full gear.

1. Give the Gift Of a Shorter Routine

Once Daylight Saving Time ends, it doesn’t take long to start feeling the squeeze of “losing” an hour of the day. So products that simplify your routine and make getting ready quicker are key. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum ($19.99) is a makeup-skin care hybrid that offers lightweight, natural coverage like a tinted moisturizer, but with a dose of hyaluronic acid for added hydration. 

Layer it on after hyaluronic acid serum, add makeup (if desired) and they’ll be ready for the day in just minutes.

2. Give the Gift Of Decadence

It’s the thought that counts, but that doesn’t mean the gift can’t be fabulous, too. The L’Oréal Paris Les Nus by Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick ($9.99) is the perfect gift for the person who loves to feel fancy even when they’re just applying their makeup. The creamy formula goes on smooth and the silhouette bullet shape allows for easy application. 

The luxe packaging matches the luxe color, making it a statement piece all around that rivals high-end lipsticks. Gift all 12 shades for the ultimate holiday beauty indulgence. 

3. Give the Gift Of Self-Care and Healthy Hair

Creating a self-care moment at home doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s all about carving out the time to just relax and be present. Help your giftee transform their routine with the gift of healthy hair by wrapping up the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Repair Shampoo with Citric Acid ($8.99) and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Repair Conditioner with Citric Acid ($8.99).

This reparative system is formulated with citric acid to penetrate inside the hair cortex and restore weak bonds to strengthen the hair. Whether it’s the effects of heat styling, constant coloring, bleaching, or all of the above, this healthy hair duo can tackle all kinds of hair damage. Your giftee is guaranteed to be impressed with this shampoo and conditioner that can repair hair in just one treatment.


4. Give the Gift Of Drama

Most of us are no strangers to drama around the holidays — from intense political conversations around the dinner table to a Secret Santa amongst friends gone wrong — it’s exactly what we try to avoid. But when it comes to the perfect holiday makeup, drama is the name of the game and there’s always someone on your list who leans all the way into it. 

Indulge them with the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Makeup Mascara, 36HR Wear ($14.99). This mascara instantly adds volume while visibly lengthening your lashes. The innovative, double-hook bristle brush lifts, coats and separates every lash for next-level application without no clumping.  

5. Give the Gift Of a Year-Round Glow

For that person in your life that always wants to look like they’ve been on a tropical vacation (even though you know they’ve just been recycling old vacation photos into their social media feed), give the gift of a sunless tan with the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E ($14.99). 

All they have to do is swipe a cotton pad saturated with the tanning water over their complexion to wake up with a natural, faux-bronze glow. They can also build up the tan if they want a deeper bronze complexion. Plus, your skin-care junkie friends will appreciate the hydrating, vitamin E and coconut water formulation that doesn’t clog pores.

6. Give the Gift Of Silky, Shiny Hair

Every season has its own way of taking a toll on our tresses, but during the holidays we tend to  find ourselves indulging in a lot more heat styling and manipulating with products. Give the gift of soft, heat-protected and healthy strands with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In ($7.99) All your giftee has to do is spritz this through their strands before styling for frizz control, instant hydration and 450-degree heat protection.

You can also offer up silky, shiny strands in a bottle with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment ($10.99). And for your friends and family with long tresses, give the gift of length retention with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Rinse Out ($10.99), which helps to reduce breakage, seal split ends and nourish long hair. To take your gifting up a notch, wrap up both in a bundle and bestow this healthy hair duo. 

7. Give the Gift Of a Coin Saved — and a Salon Trip, Too 

Gorgeous, shiny and vivid hair color is always in, no matter the season. So, indulge your loved one with the gift of vibrant, post-salon hair color with the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss ($14.99). This at-home glossing treatment has a luxurious formula, infused with coconut oil to deep condition strands while enhancing color, correcting brassy tones and boosting shine. Your giftee can use it in the shower with results in as little as five minutes and no hefty salon bill in the aftermath.


8. Give the Gift Of Glam

A vibrant matte lipstick in a festive shade of red or cranberry wows for the holiday season and beyond. Give the gift of a powdery-matte lipstick that can last through a four-course holiday meal or a moment under the mistletoe — the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick ($13.99).

The slim bullet applicator makes for precise application every time. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, so while the transfer-proof finish is more than ideal, the hydrating slip that doesn’t feel dry or flat on the lips is an instant favorite.

9. Give the Gift Of a Bouncy Holiday Blowout

Give the gift of perfect holiday hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant ($12.99). This nourishing cream provides up to 450-degree  heat protection and 48-hour frizz control. With your blow dryer working overtime during the holiday season for many a holiday parties and family get-togethers, count on this heat protectant to keep your hair healthy while you sport a silky, smooth and voluminous blowout. 

10. Give the Gift Of Radiant Skin

Glowing, radiant skin is priceless — which makes it a gift that no one will refuse or attempt to return. Give that to your friends and family this year with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner ($19.99). This toner is formulated with pure glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that exfoliates the skin by dissolving dead cells that can clog pores on the skin’s surface. 

The toner smooths the skin’s texture to reveal softer, brighter skin and prepares it for the serum that follows it so that potent ingredients can work their magic. You’ll be tempted to drop one into your own stocking.

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Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Written by: Shalwah Evans, Design Credit: Sarah Duvivier