November 17, 2009

The Muse’s Gift Guide: Cheap Christmas Gifts

Hey chicas!

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What’s news today? My Tuesday is flowing along quite nicely today. I just got some nice news about a review I did which will be popping up somewhere shortly, kinda chuffed properly about that. Aside from that it’s the normal hum-drum Tuesday! Can’t wait for T-Day so I can stuff myself full of turkey…ok that was so a lie…I HATE turkey haha but I’ll dig into everything else thanks very much.

I was planning to do my Gift Guides after Thanksgiving actually but more and more people have e-mailed asking after them so I figure this means everyone is in full gift getting mode.

Today I’m covering cheap Christmas gifts. This is my guide to getting some great steals and deals on makeup, skincare, and more, all with really lower price tags so you can have a little spare change after the Holidays to indulge in all those semi-annual sales!

Christmas is on sale this year!

Jump for it!

Do yourself a BIG favor and check out Lorac’s VIP Section. I just hauled like makeup was going out of style as they have some stupid awesome deals. Prices ranging from $4.99 to $20 and free shipping on orders of $50 dollars makes it easy to snag some great deals here.

Here are some of my favs gifts or stocking stuffers from Lorac:

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Lorac Everyday Eye Collection ($22.50)
Includes 9 Lorac Eye Shadows, 1 Lorac Front of the Line Liquid Eyeliner, and Croc Train Case.

The Muse says:

Break this bad boy up! Split the shadows up and tuck them into festive boxes with a ribbon and some tissue baby! Grab some E.L.F. Brushes for a buck at Target and include those in with it. You can easily make this one into three gifts with a little creativity. Or be generous and give the entire thing to a good friend!

Lorac Cheek Stamp
A cool way to apply your blush!

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The deal was so bloody good I snagged every single shade they had! Tuck ’em into stockings or make up a gift with other $4.99 products from the Lorac sale section!

You really want a gloss set this season but shelling out $25-$40 is a bit much at the moment. No worries grab the Lorac Croc Mocktail Collection for $7.50! Sweet! Six glosses on the cheap.

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Lorac Holiday Smoked Out Collection ($18.50) is a total steal in my humblest and includes everything you need for a fancy face this season.

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  • Lorac Starry Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Rising Star
  • Lorac Midnight Sparkle Pencil Eye Shadow/Liner
  • Lorac Cheek Stamp in Island Spice
  • Lorac Lip Polish in Bliss
  • Black Makeup Bag

Review coming soon on this as I purchased it a few days ago!

For real makeup on the cheap head to my two favorite haunts, Beauty Ticket and BeautyCrunch for absurd deals on high end makeup.

My favorites from Beauty Crunch, Pop Lip Smoothies for $12 which includes five glosses per a set!

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Enjoy Stila Lip Glaze Sets for $12 (half the cost of the new Stila Lip Glaze Set) which includes a two set trio of glosses.

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Haul major deals at Beauty Ticket with a slew of palettes and posher cosmetic brands for way less than retail prices.

My favs:

Stila High Shine Lip Color ($6.99)

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Smashbox Shockwave Fusion Eye & Cheek Palette ($14.99)

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Smashbox Fusion Eye and Cheek Palette ($14.99)

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Don’t overlook Sephora this year. They have ALOT of gift sets marked at incredible values and as always use my nifty little trick for scoring a steal and a deal in their sale section. Be sure to check the sale section daily as it does change randomly from time to time and what you’ll find will sometimes shock your socks off!

My favs from the Sephora at the moment:

Philosophy A Kiss & A Wish Set ($15)

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Benefit Lust Duster Trios ($10)

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Ring in the Holidays with killer deals from Stila. They have a gift for every budget but of course we want the cheapest budget they have so try out these deals for size.

Stila 24kt Gloss ($8)

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Stila Lip Pots ($5)

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Stila Clear Color Stick ($5)

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Stila Charmed Eye Palette ($15)

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Visit All Cosmetics Wholesale for some seriously fab-o deals on everything from MAC to drugstore makeup.

My favs:

Smashbox Fusion Eye & Cheek Color ($9.99)

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($8.99)

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Rocket City Space Cases ($5.99)

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Urban Decay Loose Pigments for Eyes ($7.49)

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With a little searching you can find some incredible deals on the Internet this season! Hit up all your favorite brand sites and be sure to look in the clearance, sale, and vintage sections for steals and deals. As brands begin preparing themselves for Spring they tend to clear out entire sections of product and place them in a special place on their site with drastically reduced prices. This is a good time for you to snag killer deals on favorites and also get great deals on gifts for friends and family.

Christmas is so on sale this year ladies and you can save plenty of cash during your gift hauling with a little help from your mouse and keyboard.

Feel free to share your fav spots for saving a buck or steals and deals you’ve seen on the Internet.

Let’s not forget about Cyber Friday too, that should bring a slew of fabulous deals!

Hope this gift guide helped you discover a steal or two.

For some unique gift ideas check out the Muse’s Gift Guide to E-tailers.

Disclosure: Please take note links included in this post are NOT affiliate links. They are simply links to online stores I’ve shopped from in the past and enjoyed. I do not make money from these stores, I am not paid to post about them nor do they even know they’ll be featured on my blog, this is a simple and fun gift guide created by me.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jen

    OMG… Muse!!! These are fab deals!! THX for posting!!!!!! I really like the idea of splitting up that LORAC eyeshadow set with ELF brushes. How cute is that?? May need to do that – give some to my niece, some to my besties, etc 🙂

    • the Muse

      aww yay jen my pleasure!!!!!!!! 😀 Target has these cute chinese take away christmas boxes for $1 they are perfect to tuck makeup into!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • dangster

    Beauty Ticket’s item of the week is the Stila Winter Wonderland set in “Noire” for $18.99. With their 15% off gifts (code GIFTS15) promotion, that’s $16.14 for an eye/cheek palette, mascara, lip gloss, and tinted moisturizer! I’m tempted to pick this up even though I already ordered from Beauty Ticket a week ago. Also they just posted some new Smashbox sets.

    Beauty Ticket = bad for the wallet

  • Karrie

    The smashbox eye and cheek palette looks like something I could use.
    That sale section has some great deals!

  • Kristin

    thanks for posting all these fabulous gift guides! i love looking through all your posts for ideas…i’m on a mission to drag one of my non-makeup friends over to the glittery makeupy side this year and you’ve given me some great ideas to work with on my college student shoestring budget!!! thanks love <3

    • the Muse

      my pleasure kristin I’m glad you like them hun! hells yes they must all join the ranks of shimmer!!!!!!!!! 😀 I’ll have a few more unique ones that are cheap tomorrow 😀