December 2, 2009

The Muse’s Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Makeup on the Cheap

Gift Ideas from the Muse

My friends and family aren’t as nearly obsessed with makeup as I am but they sure do like getting gifts from me that are of the cosmetic variety. Makeup, cosmetics, skincare, etc…aren’t always the cheapest option to give but here’s some tips and tricks to give the gift of makeup on the cheap!

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The Muse suggests purchasing some nice boxes and tissue paper at your local Target for a buck (love the dollar bins) or if you have ALOT of friends and family hit up Oriental Trading to buy boxes in lots of 12 for as little as $3.99-$4.99 with free shipping (loving you free shipping).

gift boxes

So why do you need the boxes? You need them for filling up with cool cosmetic finds.

First off you’ll need some brushes so hit up E.L.F. and get brushes for a buck or sets of 12 for $12. Hello cheapness?

Cosmetic Brushes

Don’t be stingy…grab a pack of sponges, some puffs, and other cosmetic bits and bobs and tuck them into the box as well.

Now fill those boxes with great cosmetics.

Snag makeup for as little as $4.99 Each at Lorac’s VIP Sale.

Lorac Cosmetics 499

Spice it up by hitting Smashbox’s Curtain Call section. Use promo code sff91 for 20% Off and Free Shipping. Prices aren’t particularly cheap but with 20% off and a Smashbox lover in your life you’ll end up making up a nice little gift.

Smashbox Less

Get creative and break apart gifts! Try out Korres Cherry Lips Kisses ($19.50, $6.50 per a gloss), Korres Lip Saver Roll ($19.50, $6.50 per a balm), and my personal fav Korres Delight Your Lips Lipstick Set ($26.50, $6.65 or so per a lipstick).  Get them cheaper still by using promo code MUSE for 30% Off your order.  Visit

Korres Cosmetics Sale

Break it up even further by purchasing from ACW and hitting up sets like the Pop Mini Ribbon Gloss Set for $12.99, broken up it sets you back at less than $3 bucks a pot!

Pop Lip Gloss

Try to keep your boxes at $20 to $25 if possible and of course for best friends or closer family members you can go a bit higher.

There are endless possibilities with getting creative with each box plus with all the sales going on it’s a super easy way to get your makeup gifts on at really cheap prices. Don’t forget to always check out the sale sections or last chance areas of makeup sites as you’ll be surprised at how many killer deals are available.

Happy Gifting!

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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.

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  • Daituf

    I love your gift guides!!! they are so creative! The cupcake post was awesome!!!
    More please! 😀

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks hun 😀 I’m glad you liked the cuppycake one! Def have more to come yay!

  • Audrey D

    i do the same thing every year. haha i get cosmetics bag and fill them with beauty knick knacks.

  • Alice

    Those are awesome picks! *starts lemming* Off to oogle at the Lorac site now. Thanks Muse!

    Btw, I have a quick question– which websites do you usually haul from? I’m trying to find reseller websites that offer lower prices (like wholesalecosmetics and beautycrunch) but so far those are the only 2 I could find….Do you have any pointers? (thanks in advance!)

  • Tina Matuchniak

    love the ideas. Tempted by the elf brushes–never sure about elf as I have never bought anything from them. How do they sell everything so cheap?

    • the Muse

      I know I always wonder that Tina how the heck do they get away with it being so cheap!?

  • Dee

    Hi Muse…have you ever tried ELF lipsticks…I am always on a lookout for a good nude lipstick and someone recommended ELF stuff…my fave at the moment is Mac Peachstock …but one can never really have enough lipsticks …:)))Thanks,dee

    • the Muse

      I haven’t dee I’m sorry hun. But if I do I’ll def review babe!