I love the Holiday season; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve are by far my favorite holidays and lucky for me, they seem to arrive earlier and earlier every year! Case and point, in early October, Nordstrom’s Christmas gift guide went live and two weeks later Neiman Marcus launched their Fantasy wish list and in another two weeks Christmas music will undoubtedly ring from every radio.
Another reason I love this time of year is all the beautifully packaged gift sets. It’s the perfect way to sample a new product you’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on, or, you know, get a little Christmas shopping out of the way! Though they’re technically “gifts,” I love to stock up on my favorite beauty items while they’re bundled in gift sets.
For the best beauty gift sets and why I love them, keep scrolling!
Best of Beauty
Anastasia Brow Set
Why I love it: I’ve been brand loyal to Anastasia’s ‘brow wiz‘ for the better part of the last decade. As a victim of the early to mid-2000s barely there brow trend I fully rely on this brow pencil to restore what has been lost in the name of staying current with beauty trends. The pencil alone is $23 and in this set you get the full-size pencil, and a travel size dip-brow gel and clear gel for $30. I’m here for the bargains …and brows.
Dior Lash Set
Why I love it: I have about three different mascaras I rotate through that give me that enviable, dramatic lash so many people covet and Diorshow pump n volume mascara is just one of those secret weapons. Regular price for a Diorshow mascara tube is $29 and in this set you get the full size mascara plus a 3D maximizing primer.
Price: $29.50. You basically get the primer for $.50 which is a bargain for one of the best mascaras on the market!
Moroccanoil Moisture Set
Why I love it: Moroccanoil makes the best quality shampoo and conditioner I’ve found! It leaves my hair feeling clean – not caked with smoothing, shining chemical residue – looking shinier and feeling silkier than any other high-end shampoo I’ve used. I also love the treatment oil (that comes in this set!) as it is the best at straightening out flyaways. When purchased individually, each 8.5 oz bottle is $23 and the travel size treatment is $15, so you really just get the latter for free – which is awesome!
First Aid Beauty Skin Care Set
Why I love it: Nate and I swear by the FAB Ultra Repair Cream – it was the only moisturizer (out of the 10 or so brands we tried) that kept our hands in one piece last winter and this year I’ve made sure we’re prepared with plenty of these little pots! This set not only includes the miracle moisturizer mentioned above in a full size, but also an arsenal of dry-weather defenses such as the oatmeal mask and ultra-hydrating serum, to name two. On its own the Ultra Repair Cream is $32, so this is a FAB deal! 😉
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Duo
Why I love it: Another product I’ve been loyal to for many years is this particular Yves Saint Laurent lipstick. This light-coverage, moisturizing oil lip shine is one of my favorites for casual, everyday wear. It comes in this beautiful tube with magnetic closure and has just enough pigment for an elegant understated glow. If you’re like me, kissing babies all day and what-not, the last thing you want is a heavy, full-color lipstick transferring all over your little one. One tube by itself costs $38 and is made in the USA!
Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Set
Why I love it: So, I can’t exactly remember why I started using this product but I can tell you that after doing extensive research during my most recent pregnancy to find a safe and high-quality moisturizer, I ended up choosing this one. Caudalie, a French skincare brand originates in the Bordeaux region and creates natural products derived from grapes and the grape vine. I’ve been able to find this box set all year round and love how delicately moisturizing it is for everyday wear and how refreshing the grape water mist is on dry skin days! The SOS serum on its own is $79 so you basically get that at a huge discount, plus the other two items for free with this gift set! Plus, during their Fall Friends & Family event (going on now) this box is on sale for 50% off, which actually seems too good to be true!
Price: $49 (on sale for $24.50!!!)
NEST Fragrances Christmas Candle Duo
Why I love it: Not ‘technically’ beauty but this is a great gift set and I’d be doing you a disservice by not including it! Every year, I buy a new NEST Christmas candle. These candles are high-quality, USA made luxury candles that fill the whole room with beautiful fragrance and unlike other popular brands, these don’t give me migraines. This duo includes the Holiday and Birchwood Pine scents (the latter smells just like a Christmas tree but better!) which are perfect for getting you, your family and guests in the mood for the Holidays! Consider it the easiest whole-house decor. Just one of these generously sized single-wick candles on its own is $48 but you get a lot of bang for your buck. I also love this votive set that includes spiced orange & clove!
If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I’m not going to recommend anything that I haven’t personally used or love. Each of these items has earned my seal of approval and although they may not be what’s trending on social media (read: these brands aren’t paying people to endorse these products) they are high-quality, all around good products that I truly believe would benefit you, as they do me. So, if you do try any of my recommendations, please leave a comment and tell me about your experience!