34 Beauty Gifts Under $20 You Might Want To Keep For Yourself

34 Beauty Gifts Under $20 You Might Want To Keep For Yourself

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1.

A winged eyeliner stamp for your sister who obsesses over makeup tutorials but hasn’t been able to nail liquid eyeliner just yet.


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Promising review: “Let me start by saying this isn’t my first cat eye rodeo. I’ve tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out…but to my surprise I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye…again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning.” —LadyMeow

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.97

2.

Glossier’s Boy Brow, because the gift of flawless eyebrows will truly be the gift that keeps on giving.


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My coworker AnaMaria Glavan is passionate about this product. Here’s what she had to say:

“Believe the hype: this magic bottle is proof that not all heroes wear capes. The creamy formula, which comes in blond, black, clear, and brown (which is what I used!), goes on smoothly and doesn’t require a lot of product to do the job. I used the wand to brush baby hairs in the beginning/middle of my brow upwards, and then brushed the longer, toddler-like hairs at the end of my eyebrows, sideways. And one coat was more than enough! Boy Brow does what exactly what the Glossier brand claims to do; it gives me a filled-in eyebrow that doesn’t look filled in. The finish looks natural, which is exactly what I wanted — my facial caterpillars have never looked better.”

Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

3.

A face mask combo pack from nügg you can give to each of your friends and steal one away for yourself.


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I recently used the “Charcoal Skin Detox” mask and loved the way it made my skin feel. It was a nice consistency and had the perfect amount of product in the single-use package. My face felt really firm and moisturized after.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $19.99.

4.

A 3-piece gift set designed to keep your bestie’s skin soft and hydrated despite Jack Frost’s best attempt to leave it dry and crusty.


Avon

The boxed set comes with a nourishing hand cream, body butter, and a hydrating body wash.

Get it from Avon for $15.

5.

Acne absorbing cover patches that’ll blend in with any skin tone and are gentle enough for any skin type, so they can go about their day without worrying that it looks like they’re growing a second head on their face.


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Save this gift for your roomie who is usually asking you to help them pop their nastiest pimples. Avarelle’s pimple patches are formulated with tea tree oil and calendula, which is said to heal and shrink zits overnight. A single pack comes with 40 patches in a variety of sizes to fit any pimple you’ve got.

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

6.

A grapefruit-scented hand lotion with adorably designed packaging even your pickiest of pals will appreciate.


Soko Glam

This super-nourishing formula is made up of meadow foam seed oil, shea butter and grapefruit extract. Soft hands, here we come!

Promising review: “This lotion smells great and has a luxurious feel. My hands are silky smooth from wearing this!” —Shannon G.

Get it from Soko Glam for $6.

7.

A set of dazzling press-on nails for your friend who is forever over-spending on fancy manicures.


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I’ve tried out Dashing Diva’s press-on manicures and was honestly shocked by how natural they looked. They were super simple to apply once I figured out which nail size fit my own best. Everyone I showed them too thought that I had gotten a festive gel manicure and were super surprised when I said they were press-ons!

Get them from Sally Beauty for $8.29.

8.

An ice roller, which is said to help decrease under-eye puffiness, minimize fine lines, and shrink pores — as well as to relieve headaches and sore muscles. Your friend’s skin will thank you.


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This my favorite thing to start my pampering with, but I also use it in the morning before I apply any makeup. All you have to do is pop the separate roller piece into your freezer and you’ll be ready to de-puff in no time.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

9.

A black sugar strawberry wash-off face mask — perfect for encouraging your bestie to relax with an at-home spa night after the chaos of the holidays is over.


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My colleague AnaMaria Glavan spoke highly of this mask. She said:

“The black sugar ‘seeds’ exfoliate the crap (literally) out of your skin and get all the gunk out of your pores, but doesn’t dry it out to the point where your forehead is crying “moisturize me” in a hoarse whisper. Plus, the scent of strawberries actually makes my mouth water. It’s berry amazing. Ultimately, my skin feels smoother, doesn’t feel tight, and looks brighter because of the Vitamin C ingredients. My blackhead-ridden nose is, in particular, forever in debt to this amazing mask.”

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

10.

And a set of face mask brushes your glamorous pal who already seems to have every beauty gadget on the market will absolutely love.


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Promising review: “I love these! I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, but it was so messy and got in my nails, too. When I came across these silicone brushes I knew I had to have them. They are amazing and the low price is a steal. These brushes really changed my routine. I use my facial products more often because I’m no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely. Cleaning the brush is a simple task, just rinse and pat dry. Highly recommended!” —Wells Family

Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.98.


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Promising review: “My hair is very thin and curly. The ends are damaged from heat and color, causing my hair to look even more unruly. I do oil treatments once a week and only wash my hair two to three times a week but NOTHING has made my hair feel like this product does. There is an immediate difference as soon as this product touches my hair. It leaves my hair feeling so silky, even after I rinse it out and dry my hair.” —Maegan W.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

12.

Shape tape contour concealer your friend has likely been eyeing for months now and will be so excited to test it out. Fingers crossed they offer to give you a makeover using it.


Tarte

Promising review: “Best concealer till time!! Just love the consistency. Can be worn without powder to give a more dewy look! Love the travel size. Medium to high coverage! Would definitely recommend!” —Mehwish K.

Get it from Tarte for $10 (available in 30 shades).


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Promising review: “Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets, and have never been completely satisfied. UNTIL NOW! These are BY FAR my favorite — and for such an amazing price! If you’re worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying! And buy these extensions. Also, I have very short hair and they still look great! They’re very full and luscious. And you can straighten them! I’m very happy!” —Makenzie Long

Get a set of five clips from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four lengths and 22 colors).

Learn more about these extensions in our full write-up on these hair extensions.

14.

Velvet blending sponges to replace the one with caked-on concealer your friend has likely never cleaned / has been using for FAR too long.


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These lil’ brushes can be used wet or dry and have three different surfaces. Your friend will love you forever after giving one a try.

Promising review: “Woah! This sponge is revolutionary. I’m a sponge snob and will never go back to any other sponge. Let’s just say, with my old brand, it would take a full pump of foundation to cover my car wrecked face. With this sponge, I tried my full pump and ended up being covered in more layers of foundation than I could count. Learned my lesson and only have to use 1/4 of a pump with this sponge, because it doesn’t soak your foundation up like other brands.” —Lexi

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).


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I have a few of these beauties and cannot say enough good things about them. As someone who loves crystals and meditation, these soaps are simply breathtaking. I keep the Spirit of Eternity soap (complete with an opalite crystal) at my desk because it’s so gorgeous and use Fountain of Prosperity at home to wash up. Why NOT bring all the good vibes into your life, right?

Get them from Crystal Bar Soap; both Spirit of Eternity (left) and Fountain of Prosperity for $14 (right).

Check out the wide variety of crystal-infused soaps here!

16.

A set of SpongeBob face masks that’ll have the two of you rolling on the floor laughing while singing “F is for friends who do stuff togetherrrrr.”


Hipdot

This four-pack of face masks will both give you the giggles and provide you and your bestie with a relaxing at-home spa night! The masks are infused with hyalauronic acid, marine protein, and red algae to leave your face feeling fresh.

Get them from Hipdot for $20.

17.

A Makeup Eraser cloth they’ll wonder how they lived this long without after seeing how it magically takes ALL of their makeup off with just a few swipes.


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I have one of these bad boys and they even take off Kylie Lip Kits — a true feat.

Promising review: “YESS!!! I cannot LIVE without this product. I have always had pretty bad acne and every product I’d use would result in either a breakout or just constant irritation. This product can be used with JUST WATER to get literally all of your makeup off with zero skin irritations! I use it in the AM and PM and one rag will usually last me a full seven days before needing a wash. I have about three or four of these because I cannot live without them. My acne has become a lot better by using this as opposed to cleaners and crazy products for my skin. Who knew a clean rag and water could actually do so much?!?” —Nina Aristo

Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in a variety of styles).

Psst! This won for the mid-priced best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews, too!

18.

Or reusable makeup remover pads to replace the stack of cotton ones your roommate has been scattering all over your shared bathroom for months.


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The pads are machine washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don’t get lost.

Promising review: “These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!” —Phillip A. Rzewski

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in two colors).

19.

Tea bags for the bathtub that’ll turn your pal’s bath water a lovely shade of purple, fill it with luscious bubbles, and create a soothing aroma that’ll make them completely forget they have responsibilities.


Made With A Mission

When I’m stressed out, the first thing I want to do is retreat to my bathtub. I recently gave this bath tea a whirl and I was pleasantly surprised! I usually shy away from any products that might fill my tub with pieces of debris (yuck), but this “tea” was sealed in a bag so there were no stray bits to worry about. It soaped up really nicely and completely filled my tub with moisturizing bubbles. Then scent was really relaxing and my skin felt very soft afterwards.

Get a box of three tea bags from Made With A Mission for $7.49.

20.

Satin pillowcases to not only help reduce frizz in their hair and prevent breakage, but’ll also assist in retaining moisturize from their face. AND they come in a ton of stylish colors. What more could anyone want?


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My colleague Elizabeth Lilly has this pillowcase and is a fan. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“Yes, these will give you similar results to silk pillowcases, just without the hard-to-wash factor. I have a set of these in ‘Dark Gray’ and adore them. I even pack them when I go on vacation so I know my hair will be smoother, despite whatever hotel pillowcase situation I may be dealing with. At home, I have several sets of pillowcases and rotate them out weekly (at least). I can tell a difference in the level of frizz in my hair between when I sleep on these or cotton pillowcases. Also when you sleep on these, you don’t wake up with lines on your face… as a side/stomach sleeper, I’m forever waking up with lines on my face from cotton pillowcases!!!”

Get them from Amazon for $8.98 (available in four sizes and 14 colors).

21.

A universal nail polish bottle handle from Olive and June for your friend who loves doing their own nails but is forever struggling to do their opposite hand as beautifully as their dominant one.


Olive and June

I’ve been doing my own nails for a long, long time. It always seemed smarter to me to spend money on a bottle of polish I can keep instead of a manicure that only lasts a week. It’s a skill that took a while to work on but, luckily, for at-home manicurists like myself The Poppy has made doing my nails a lot less challenging. It pops right onto any bottle of nail polish (not just Olive and June colors) and provides you with a stronger grip and a more accurate swipe.

Get it from Olive and June for $16 (available in white or pink).

22.

Acrylic barrettes, so they can easily accessorize on days you they don’t have the motivation to really do their hair.


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Acrylic-anything has been so trendy lately and I couldn’t help but get on the bandwagon via these clips. I’ve been wearing them for about a month now and really love them. They are really sturdy and don’t slip out of my hair whether it’s straightened or naturally in waves. The set comes with 10 so I was able to share with my sister, too!

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two styles).

23.

A set of two mini lipsticks from Kyle Cosmetics to complete your Kardashian-obsessed friend’s Kristmas look.


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The set comes with a velvet liquid lipstick in Charm and a matte liquid lipstick in Mary Jo. I personally have Mary Jo and can attest to the fact it’s a PERFECT red lip with an everlasting formula you won’t need to reapply all day.

Promising review: “This is a great price for two Kylie lip minis. I’ve had her minis before and while they may seem small, they last forever. The red in this kit is AMAZING. It’s the perfect holiday red. It is matte so it can be a little drying but I make sure to exfoliate my lips first. The best part about the red? It’s 100% transfer proof!! I love it. This literally will not come off until the end of the day. I use makeup remover and a wipe to get it off. The velvet is a nice nude color as well. The velvets don’t dry down quite as dry as the mattes. Some very very slight transfer but barely any and super long lasting.” —Kate

Get it from Ulta for $12.

24.

Gold under-eye collagen masks they can break out for an at-home spa night or whenever they “accidentally” stay up all night bingeing something new on Netflix and need some de-puffing.


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Promising review: “These eye masks are absolutely amazing! I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes, as well as slight bags from being a mother of four. Eye creams do absolutely nothing for me, and I gave these a try just on a whim, not really expecting much. But they really work! The results aren’t permanent, but I put these on for about an hour in the evening while I relax and watch TV, and my under eyes are much lighter and less puffy. I absolutely love these eye masks, and I will never be without them again.” —Kate Johnson

Get a pack of 12 pairs from Amazon for $15.50.

25.

A Billie razor subscription that’ll make sure they never find themselves without a razor on the ONE occasion they actually want to wear a sexy dress and show off silky smooth legs.


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Billie is a fantastic subscription service that let’s you choose how often you need your razor refills then delivers them right to your doorstep. I recently tried my first Billie razor and, OMG, my legs have never been smoother. My coworker Rachel Dunkel is also a BIG fan of Billie razors and their other products. Here’s what she had to say:

“For the last five years or so, I haven’t cared that much about shaving. I’d let my legs and pits grow into a (beautiful!) forest, but whenever I craved a nice, smooth shave and picked up a razor from the drugstore, I’d end up disappointed. Even with more expensive razor brands, I’d still be prickly and end up regretting ever shaving in the first place. I have never, ever had that problem with Billie. Ever since trying their razors and shave cream, I’ve actually *wanted* to keep up with shaving. You get a ridiculously smooth result on the first go, even if your hair is super grown out. But most importantly, it STAYS that way for way longer than with other brands. With Billie, it actually feels worth the time and money to shave, something that I could never say about any other razor.”

Check out our full review on the Billie razor subscription here.

Get it from Billie for $9+ (available in five colors).

26.

A foot file to transform your partner’s scaly dragon-like heels into soft soles that’ll be so smooth you won’t even recoil if they accidentally touch your leg in bed.


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Promising review: “This thing is pretty amazing. I was skeptical for sure, since I’ve tried all kinds of lotions, balms, and stone-based products, none of which helped my heels whatsoever. I’ve worn socks to bed for years, because if I don’t the sheets hardly last a week before they have holes rubbed through them. My wife ordered this thing that looks like a mini cheese grater, lol, and after two minutes — two minutes! — of rubbing it on my heel, it’s a complete 180. I never would’ve believed it until I tried it myself. This is well worth double what it costs.” —LBK

Get it from Amazon for $8.38.

27.

Clump-free mascara with a lightweight and long lasting formula that’ll have people asking if they recently got eyelash extensions. Joke’s on them!


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Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara I was curious, as she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought why not. Holy moly. I’m in love. It makes my lashes longer, — looks like I’m natural but better — and has a thinner formula so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn’t rub during the day and give me that black eye look. It’s wonderful. Must buy.” —Katherine Ochsman

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

28.

A lavender salve they can apply to their lips, face, cuticles, elbows and even knees for quick pain relief without that usually menthol-like scent.


Anthropologie

Promising review: “I’ve been using this salve for a couple years and never leave home without it. Especially in the winter, it’s great on chapped lips, torn cuticles and rough patches of skin. The lavender is subtle yet relaxing. Definitely recommend!” —GardenState

Get it from Anthropologie for $8.

29.

A hair scalp massager that’ll quickly become their favorite shower accessory. They can use it to exfoliate and deep clean their scalp while applying your shampoo — it’s a game changer.


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I have one of these babies and it really is wonderful. Not only does it make me feel like I’m really getting in there while I’m washing my hair, but it also recreates that feeling you get when your hairdresser massages your head while washing it. Ugh, so good.

Promising review: “Love this product! About five days before I received it I dyed my hair at home. As some of you may know who do the same, it’s difficult to get the hair dye out of your scalp. I scrubbed my hair for days with my fingers and it seemed like everything was gone because the water ran clear. When I received the product I was excited so I am immediately jumped in the shower to use it. To my surprise a ton of hair dye that was stuck on my head came off. Not only that, but my scalp feels breathable and clean. Definitely not greasy 24 hours later like regular shampooing would do for me. I would recommend this product.” —Lisa Agro

Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

30.

Twist flex rods — great for your roomie who hasn’t been able to master their curling iron technique yet, but still wants bountiful waves on the daily.


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Promising review: “I have been using this type of roller for quite some time, as I have thin hair. I am always looking for products that create at least the illusion of thicker hair. The problem I found with other brands was that they cracked or the ends popped off and I was always buying more. These are great! Durable and do EXACTLY what I wanted. I am now a big fan. I will not have to replace them as the quality is very good. I highly recommend!” —terra

Get a set of 30 from Amazon for $7.99.

31.

A face mask mixing tool kit that’ll let them get creative and concoct their own creations at home for you and all your pals to try out during your next night in.


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The set includes a mixing bowl, three measuring spoons, a sponge, a spatula, a brush, spray bottle, and a small jar.

Promising review: “The products that come with the set all work as expected. The bowl is a great size for mixing together face masks. You can fit quite a bit in there, so great for more than one person to use at once. The brush works fine. Everything cleans off nicely. Exactly what I was looking for.” —Christopher D Yerkes

Get it from from Amazon for $6.99.

Need some DIY face mask inspo? Check out “20 Face Masks You Can Do Right Now With What You Have On Hand.”

32.

A rose quartz facial roller and gua sha to bring an element of class to anyone’s bathroom counter. They’re said to alleviate headache pain and increase circulation in the face.


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Promising review: “I LOVE this product. I keep it in the fridge for cooling and then use it to soothe my skin after applying serum to my face. The serum seems to soak in better. It reduced puffiness under eyes, helps with sinus issues, and made my skin glow! This will be part of my daily routine.” —h48371d

Get them from Amazon for $18.96+ (available in two colors).

33.

A Lily England detangling hairbrush they’ll love because it has an ergonomic handle and gentle bristles that’ll help battle their bed head each day. Oh — and it’s just SUPER pretty.


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Promising review: “Listen I don’t know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. Oh my lawd, am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it — it’s shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor.” —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

34.

And a purrfect headband with adorable ears attached to keep their hair out of the way while they wash their face or apply a mask.


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Promising review: “I am so so happy with this headband. I had been eyeing it for a while and when I got serious about my skin care regime I decided to buy it. It makes me excited to do my routine, and it’s super cute!” —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $4.90.

When you realize you CAN buy a gift for yourself AND your friend instead of giving all these goodies away:


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Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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