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Beauty and Your Budget: Festive Makeup Under $30

Holiday time often thins out the wallet when you’re buying gifts for friends, family and co-workers. And while we certainly believe in splurging on something special for yourself, it also pays to be mindful of your money. So we’ve rounded up five festive makeup options that are all under $30—combined.


Prestige Touchtones Rose Blush, $4
This light rose blush by Prestige is perfect for adding just a hint of pink to your cheeks. It creates just enough color to give you a healthy looking winter flush, without having to actually brave the cold to achieve it. 

Forever 21 Facial Glow Illuminator Compact, $7
Forever 21’s Love & Beauty Illuminator Compact gives your skin such a sweet and natural-looking wintertime radiance (try combining the blush and bronzer!). It also contains a pretty, neutral eyeshadow, which you can wear alone or use as a base to build with other colors.

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Red Carpet, $3
The perfect matte holiday red, this stain goes on smooth, won’t dry out your lips (thanks to vitamins C and E) and will last as long as any post-midnight fete. There are also seven other shades to choose from if crimson lips are not in your comfort zone.

Milani One Coat Glitter Nail Lacquer in Silver Dazzle, $5
Sparkling nails are a must during the holidays. You needn’t have any fear when it comes to shade or extravagance—during December, all bets are off. We love Milani’s Silver Dazzle, because of its gray-blue hybrid base, which makes the glitter bounce beautifully off of the subdued shade.

Bain de Terre Recovery Complex Anti-Frizz Silky Shine Serum (1.7 oz), $7
Don’t forget about your hair during the holidays! If you’re in need of a little extra luster and shine, smooth a few drops of Bain de Terre’s Silky Shine Serum to either damp or dry hair. It’s great for controlling frizz and it also masterfully hides split ends. It’s the perfect go-to if you weren’t able to squeeze in your regular trim due to a busy December schedule.

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