You may think that nobody knows you as well as your boyfriend or family, until your best work friend gets you the Colourpop lipstick you’ve been talking up for weeks as a Secret Santa gift. Thanks, Angela from Accounting! The Secret Santa gift exchange is a beloved tradition around the holidays, in which you’re required to buy an under $25 (or $10, or $50…) gift for friends or colleagues - whom you may or may not know well. The good news? Beauty products are versatile and universal Christmas gifts, and there are plenty of under $25 picks to make your Secret Santa partner feel stunning this season. From cult favorite lipsticks to highlighter palettes that let you glow hard on every Zoom meeting, these are the under $25 Secret Santa beauty gifts you need this year.
Ah, Better than Sex - the #1 best-selling prestige mascara with the cheeky name and talent to take your lashes from zero to bombshell in no time. There’s no denying the power of this volumizing, lengthening, and curling formula that conditions your lashes with peptides while bringing the drama. And you can give the gift of falsie-level lashes this season with the Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament! This limited-edition ornament features a beautiful swan embellished in pearls and a crown - while carrying a mini tube of Better Than Sex that you can hang on your tree for a very Too Faced Christmas. The brand always gets into the holiday spirit - with gingerbread lipstick and chocolate gold eye palettes - and this mascara ornament is the best Secret Santa beauty gift, ever. Wink wink.
“Okay hear me out: I LOVE this lip gloss, it’s in my top 5 and I wear it often. It smells heavenly and it’s long-lasting. It complements a variety of skin tones.” As MIRA reviews, and nearly every beauty influencer ever, will tell you… Gloss Bomb is the ultimate shimmery lip product that you need in your life. Rihanna says she launched it because she “wanted the girls to get kissed more,” which is definitely a plus when you find yourself under the mistletoe this season. The high-shine, non-sticky formula delivers explosive shimmer in one swipe - making your pout look fuller while conditioning with Shea Butter. And then there’s the peach-vanilla scent that’s sweet enough to wear all through the holidays. Choose from seven shimmery shades to give your Secret Santa, and snag one for yourself to carry in your pocket all season! 98% of our MIRA guests say that Gloss Bomb hydrates lips, and 96% call it long lasting and non-sticky!
The sad truth is that nearly all skin types struggle a bit during the colder months - when even the most oily skin becomes dry and winter dullness is a very real struggle. The best Secret Santa beauty gift is a moisturizer that keeps skin healthy and hydrated, without clogging pores or causing breakouts in the process - like Drench Quench! Bliss is the affordable skincare brand you need in your collection, and this cream-to-water hydrating moisturizer is packed with nutrients to strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Purified Micro Algae and Hydrozome™ lock in moisture, Vitamin C brightens and protects, Milk Thistle and Passion Fruit Seed Oils soothe and restore, while more ingredients give your skin a seasonal glow up. Not only will your complexion feel refreshed, radiant, and mega-hydrated after just a couple weeks, the MIRA reviews say that Drench Quench can also reduce acne and redness!
We all like to see things in a positive light around the holidays, especially in the form of this $22 liquid highlighter by Rare Beauty that lets you glow inside and out. Selena Gomez is a bit of an everyday makeup enthusiast herself, and this “second-skin” highlighter leaves you with the dewy, buildable, and barely-there glow that the actress-turned-entrepreneur is all about. With a doe foot applicator that you use to place a couple drops on your cheeks, forehead, or neck - Positive Light is a blendable formula that looks simply luminous on all features. There’s no blinding highlight or strobing effect here, just a subtle hint of shimmer that adds oomph to your simple makeup or Zoom call looks. If your Secret Santa gift has a bit of a higher spend limit, you can even pair it with the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush for a natural and radiant flush of color!
Bubbles have a place in any self-care and skincare routine, in the form of a relaxing bubble bath or the BUBBLESHEET Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask. Maybe even both at once! At only $9, this sheet mask is one of the more affordable options in the GLAMGLOW lineup, with the same amount of luxury. It’s infused with Bamboo Charcoal to deep clean pores and remove every trace of makeup, dirt, and oil - along with Botanical Green Tea to leave you with a glowing, camera-ready complexion in just three minutes. That’s right, three minutes. BUBBLESHEET is the best Secret Santa beauty gift for the beginner skincare enthusiast, or the girl who’s always stressed and just needs a detox of the mind and skin. 90% of the MIRA community agrees that it makes skin extra glowy, and 98% say it’s pore minimizing.
“I REALLY love this stuff. It’s so hydrating and really covers the under eye without being cakey. It’s basically everything I wanted in an under eye concealer.” Between the late nights studying for finals and finishing end-of-year work projects, the holiday season can be pretty stressful. And your Secret Santa partner deserves one of the best under eye concealers that covers puffiness and dark circles - Boi-ing by Benefit! This long lasting, waterproof, and non-creasing product eliminates the dreaded blue tones under your eyes and helps you look instantly fresh-faced - no cakiness or fading. Concealer is a holy grail beauty product that’s essential for everybody from beginners to glam makeup lovers, and no matter which name you draw out of the hat… your Secret Santa will be obsessed with Boi-ing. How do we know? Because our MIRA guests are too! 100% of the community says that this Benefit classic is blendable, hydrating, brightening, and long lasting.
Fresh isn’t just the name of this affordable, high-quality beauty brand, it’s also the way you’ll be feeling after you add Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer to your skincare routine. Among other things. This advanced gel-cream provides 24 hours of hydration, courtesy of a dynamic duo of Hyaluronic Acids and time-release hydro patches for your softest skin. What are time-release hydropatches, exactly? They’re basically moisture shields that increase (and lock in!) your hydration levels throughout the day, keeping skin soft and packed with moisture even when bad weather or an impending breakout try to bring you down. In addition to Hyaluronic Acid, this skin care favorite also features Rosewater, Angelica Leaf Extract, Plum Seed Oil, and Vitamin E to keep your complexion smooth and petal-soft. Exactly what you need going into the cold months of winter. 96% of our community agrees that Rose Deep is hydrating, and 100% say it applies smoothly on the skin.
Shimmery eyeshadow palettes are a holiday essential, and you don’t need to spend a fortune to give your Secret Santa the most blindingly beautiful eye looks. In fact, you can help them unleash the rose gold radiance with this $10 palette from e.l.f.! It features 10 matte and shimmer hues to create the most exquisite, ethereal looks for the virtual holiday party and beyond. Golds, purples, and pinks blend out with a silky texture to leave the eyes looking luminous - without any shadow fallout or chalkiness. And if you’re feeling a bit more creative, you can always wet your angled liner brush and dip into one of these shades before lining the eyes, using one of the best simple makeup looks for elegant rose gold eyeliner.
Listen, we would usually never encourage somebody to cleanse with a bar of soap (shudder). But this cleansing bar by Herbivore Botanicals is a big exception. An all-over glow is a great accessory during the holidays, especially as winter dullness spreads throughout the entire body, and Bamboo Charcoal helps to exfoliate and deep cleanse. The standout ingredient is Activated Charcoal, which purifies the skin by pulling oil and impurities to the surface. It can also clear up blackheads, along with redness and inflammation on other parts of the body like your arms and legs. Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap also contains Tea Tree Oil to fight infections and Bergamot Oil to balance the skin’s natural oil production - making it the ideal gift for skincare beginners, along with a lazy girl hack for those who want to glow with minimal effort!
When you can’t just choose one color, you get yourself a shade-shifting moisturizing balm that’s the epitome of K-beauty. And also, Secret Santa beauty gifts. Kaja’s Mood Balm isn’t just your typical lip product - as the hydrating formula drenches your lips in not only moisture, but a custom wash of sheer color that proves that beauty is a science. Despite appearing blue or pink in the tube, this creamy balm works with your natural body heat to change shades once applied. It’s available in four colors - blue-to-pink Twilight, orange-to-peach First Thing, fuschia-to-pink Late Night and black-to-plum Blackout - to transform your pout right before your eyes. Along with keeping your lips protected against winter dryness and flakiness while providing a simple pop of color. Introduce your colleague or acquaintance to the innovation and magic of K-beauty this season, with one of the best Kaja products!
How much sparkle do you need for the holidays? As Cady Heron once said, the limit does not exist. Do metallic makeup the Urban Decay way with this shimmery eyeliner, designed to transform you into a beauty rock star in every way. It’s made with superfine, multi-dimensional glitter that you can easily build up to add as much sparkle as you’d like, forming a shimmery liner effect for cat eyes, graphic liner, and anything in between. Pick your favorite of 14 shades, with glam names like Spandex, Distortion, Glam Rock and DISCO DAYDREAM, or layer multiple hues together for a prismatic, holiday-ready effect. Glitter liner pairs beautifully with eye effects from the best Urban Decay Naked palettes, and you can turn up the glimmer even further by applying a bit of Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in your brows!
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