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The Beauty Lovers Holiday Gift Guide at Drugstore Prices

‘Tis the season for beauty that doesn’t break the bank.
November 06, 2023

You’ve made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice, but you’re still unsure what to get for a few essential people in your life. Enter the world of beauty-centric 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 a holiday gift guide that keeps your wallet in mind with beloved 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.

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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. Pick up L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum ($19.99) for the person who never skips foundation. They’ll appreciate this makeup-skin care hybrid that offers lightweight, natural coverage like a tinted moisturizer, but with a dose of hyaluronic acid for added hydration


2. Give the Gift Of a Long-Lasting Pigment

It may be the thought that counts, but that doesn’t mean the gift can’t be fabulous, too. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Resistance Liquid Lipstick ($13.99) is the perfect gift for the person who carries multiple tubes of lipstick on them at all times. This longwear formula eliminates the need to carry all that lipstick thanks to a formula that boasts up to 16 hours of wear and a pigmented, crease-free finish. 


The lipstick lover on your list will appreciate the liquid formula with added hyaluronic acid that doesn’t dry out the lips, so they can wear it even on the coldest winter nights. Choose one or many lippies from the 12 striking shades featuring hues of deep reds and purples along with light pinks and neutral browns. 


3. Give the Gift Of 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 Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner Kit ($19.98), which is ideal for all hair types (from straight to curly to coil).


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. Plus, the metallic pink packaging looks great in the shower for anaesthetically pleasing choice as well. 


Consider adding the nourishing pre-poo treatment L’Oréal Paris EverPure Bond Strengthening Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($12.99) as a needed bonus for your loved one. If their hair is in need of extra moisture and repair this hair treatment with citric acid will make the perfect strengthening step before shampoo and conditioner.  


4. Give the Gift Of Dramatic Lashes

The only drama anyone wants around the holidays is a dramatic makeup look. Gift that family member who always talks about getting their lashes done L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara ($14.99). This lengthening mascara instantly adds volume while visibly elongating your lashes. 


The innovative, double-hook bristle brush lifts, coats and separates every lash for next-level application without no clumping. With one swipe your family member will be making a dramatic entrance everywhere they go with how glamorous their lashes look — no expensive lash lifting session needed.


5. Give the Gift Of Quick Root Coverage

One of the annoying parts of coloring your hair is the constant upkeep to keep your color looking fresh between salon trips. During the holidays and beyond, save your loved one an expensive salon visit with L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up ($11.99) which quickly conceals gray hair and root growth for an even all-over color. There are eight natural shades to choose from including colors for bottle blondes and gray hair coverage styles alike. 


6. 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 who is constantly coloring their hair with the gift of vibrant, post-salon hair color with 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 afterward. Opt for the Clear toning gloss that works on all hair colors, the Auburn shade to embrace the pumpkin spice latte hair trend or one of the 13 additional colors to match a specific hair shade. 


7. 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.


8. Give the Gift of Vibrant Flush Year Round

Blush is having a moment right now, making it a perfect gift for that friend or sibling who tries every makeup trend and maybe even makes beauty content on their own TikTok. Pick up L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Blush ($15.99) in one of the four bold colors that look stunning on any skin tone. The intense colors offer buildable pigment for a subtle blush look or maximalist blush similar to the cheek-centric look of the strawberry girl makeup trend. Your beauty-loving friend will love the compact that features a mirror for on-the-go application along with sweat, heat, and transfer-proof coverage. 


9. Give the Gift of Glowy Skin

Help the beauty lover on your shopping list upgrade their makeup routine with  L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer ($15.99). This beloved liquid highlighter has reached cult status on social media with beauty beginners and makeup artists alike singing Glotion’s praises for its skin-illuminating and hydrating abilities. The formulation of glycerin (a moisture-attracting humectant) and shea butter leaves skin hydrated while the subtle tint enhances the skin’s natural glow. You’ll want to pick up one of these for yourself as well because once your giftee starts using it you’ll be envious of their added glow. 


10. Give the Gift Of a Spa-Like Experience

Treat one of the most important people in your life (you) to a moment of rest and repair with L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask ($12.99). After checking off every name on your list make sure to treat yourself to a little relaxation with skin care benefits. This clay mask is formulated with charcoal to detoxify and illuminate your skin by capturing deep impurities like dirt and oil while cleaning out pores. Your skin will feel clean, smooth and rebalanced for a more energized-looking complexion.


Regardless of when you start your holiday shopping, opt for the inexpensive options on this list which can be easily found online or at your nearest drug store. Talk about convenient last-minute shopping!


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