Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: 10 Beauty Gifts under $50 from Nordstrom

Recently Marianne told me that she pretty much only purchases beauty stuff from Nordstrom these days and I get it. What's not to love? They have free shipping and returns and the holiday stuff is SO GOOD this year. Plus they carry some interesting brands, like Kiehl's and Jo Malone. For this gift guide I upped the limit to $50 (though several of my picks are $25 and under because I like to stay in the realm of reasonable.) Here's what I picked:

Oh, Dior Lip Glow. I have this and I've also given it as a gift. It's stupidly expensive but it's so nice! There's just something about it - just a little bit of luxury and the packaging is really satisfying. Lip Glow is a great gift, especially for people who like a little bit of makeup but not too much. 

I don't really do my nails but I love the whole nail art trend and a little Butter London tool kit in a cute tin? What nail fanatic wouldn't love this? I mean, I kind of want it and I have no business near any kind of nail kit ever. 

I think Clinique was probably most everyone's entry into department store makeup, in part because the products are really wearable and not too expensive. This Chubby Stick set is not going to, like, rock anyone's world, but they're good, wearable colors. Hashtag #safegift

Oh, man. I love Jo Malone so much. So so much. My current favorite is still the wonderful Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume. It's over $50, however, so instead I'm suggesting the Body & Hand Wash which is pretty luxurious stuff. (Or, if you really want to impress, just spring for the perfume. It's worth it. Nutmeg & Ginger is also awesome. You're welcome.) 

Julep polish is good stuff and the colors ink this set look perfect for winter! Plus, they all come in an adorable festive box. Done and done. You don't even really need to wrap it. (Am I the only one who hates wrapping gifts? Because I truly hate it.) 

Another scent I love is Kiehl's Coriander and this set of Coriander Body Lotion and Liquid Cleanser is a deal. Kiehl's Coriander is great - a gender neutral, herby/soapy, clean scent that I can't get enough of. I'd be super-delighted if someone gave this to me. Like SUPER delighted. 

More Kiehl's! This set includes minis of some of their most popular items in a gorgeous box featuring the artwork of FAILE. (Plus, 100% of net profits from the sale of this product benefits Feeding America® so you can feel all do-goodery about buying this.) Kiehl's is just killing it this holiday with lots of beautifully packaged, inexpensive gift sets. Wouldn't this little duo be a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift?

A few years ago Marianne gave me a small Lorac eyeshadow palette and I was really impressed by how nice it was. I haven't actually tried this one but I love that these colors would work on pretty much anyone and it includes matte and shimmer colors. Plus, a tiny tube of primer! If this is more than you want to spend on your SIL, check out this Lorac rose gold palette which is under $30.

A Beauty Blender sponge is a the kind of thing you can only give to someone who's a makeup fanatic because norms will be all, "Um, thanks for the pink...egg... thing?" It takes a while to figure out how best to use the Beauty Blender, but once you get the hang of it, it's a really good tool. You can use any damn soap you want to clean it but it makes for a nicer gift to give someone the set.

Finally, MAC has some really fun sets out for the holiday and this Nutcracker Suite set is SUCH a good deal - you get four full-size eye products and a cute bag for under $40! All the MAC holiday sets are on sale right now, just FYI. Get to it. 

A complete list of the products I featured:

Dior 'Addict Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm - 001 Sheer Pink • Christian Dior • $33
Butter London 'Colour Hardware' Nail Art Tool Kit • Butter London • $30
Clinique Chubby Stick Sampler Set - No Color • Clinique • $25
Jo Malone(TM) 'Wood Sage & Sea Salt' Body & Hand Wash • Jo Malone • $40
Kiehl's Since 1851 Classic Scents Coriander Edition Duo • Kiehl's • $45
Kiehl's Since 1851 Faile Collection For A Cause • Kiehl's • $45
Lorac 'Unzipped' Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette - None • LORAC • $42
Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge Applicator & Cleanser Duo • $25
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Eye Kit - Plum • M·A·C • $31.88


  1. I've been looking at the MAC kits for weeks. Bummed that my Ebates didn't work. Once I made a Nordstrom account it kicked in but that was AFTER I already bought it. Boo. At least you get a little something through your affiliate link.

    1. You can file a claim with eBates if your rebate doesn't show up. I do it all the time. :)

    2. Thanks!! I will keep my eye out and do that if it doesn't show.

  2. I bought one of the Kiehl'S for men kits for brother, almost as a gag gift, because he will roll his eyes so hard. But then if he actually tries it, it's all good, simple stuff like lip balm and moisturizer.