Hi there lady!
Christmas is less than 2 weeks away (eek, how did that happen?! I could keep watching Hallmark holiday movies for AT LEAST another month and a half… #IsThatAllowed??) Anywho, beauty gift sets are a surefire present that I LOVE to give to all my girly-girl gal pals and to every makeup buff that I know – and I always hunt down the best of the best. I purchased quite a few to test and try, and now I’m sharing my top 3 favorites from Nordstrom (because their beauty department rocks and no other retailer can top their customer service!)
These sets are true winners, I promise.
Psst.. Did you know that most every makeup gift set = huge savings? You always get more products than you pay for (and this makes me feel less guilty about my makeup-obsessed-self… 😁)
#1 MAC Look in a Box (20% off for under $30 & My Favorite EVER!)
I love the concept behind Mac’s “Look in a Box”! A versatile shadow, a liner, a lip and a mascara – and they all cohesively create a particular look! It doesn’t get simpler than that. But, despite the enticing easy-factor, I can attest to the fact that this particular kit (“Downtown Diva”) includes my absolute FAVORITE everyday eyeshadow crease color of all time “Lyrical”, and I am mad in love with the matte red lipstick “Hot Pepper”. Also, I’m a total lash snob, but when I tried out the included MAC “Upward Lash Mascara” and layered it with my forever-fave Estée Lauder “Sumptuous Extreme” I was impressed. I’m a chronic lash layerer – so I never use one mascara on its own.
Side Note: I ALWAYS curl my lashes with this Kevyn Aucoin curler pre-mascara and post-mascara (after about 15 minutes of dry-time). I can’t imagine my lashes without this curler. They would be WAY lame!! A curler makes all of the difference in the world (any lash curler is better than NO lash curler!) – but this particular one is my favorite by far. (Read the reviews for proof 😉)
But back to the MAC kit – it wowed me. I now consider both the eyeshadow and the lippie, makeup bag staples. And I just love the idea of an entire look in one set – it seems so simple and streamlined. If your makeup-obsessed bestie (or wife… or sister… or whoever!) isn’t a red lip kind of girl, then opt for one of the 2 other “Look in a Box” options:
#2 Charlotte Tilbury Perfectly Pink Lip Kit (An $89 value for only $69!)
This is the lip color that I’m wearing in these photos! It’s oh-so-feminine and pretty, and pigmented enough to be clearly seen (I can’t stand those pink lippies that are virtually undetectable…) It’s the perfect peachy-pink (a color that every girl needs in her “toolbox”…)
You layer a liner (sharpener included!) beneath a lipstick. Then top it off with the gloss for a perfectly tickled pink, color matched trio! Charlotte Tilbury is the QUEEN of comprehensive makeup kits. If you don’t want to gift this smooch-worthy lip set then opt for one of her cult favorite full-face sets like the “Dolce Vita”, the “Bombshell” or the “Golden Goddess” (I have the Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad and it’s my favorite for date night!)
#3 Estée Lauder Sumptuous Lashes Set (On sale for $25 at a $64 value!)
You guys know that I’m ALL ABOUT the lashes and the brows. SO this is one of my all-time fave beauty gift sets! The best part is that it’s Estée Lauder! Like I mentioned above, I’m a longtime lash-obsessed user of Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara. It’s my everyday lash go-to. I’ve tried it all, people, and it’s the best.
Sooo, needless to say, I was itching to try this trio!
The mascara is an excellent lash separator and lengthener! It was lovely layered on top of my go-to Sumptuous Extreme (like I mentioned above, I’m a crazy mascara layering lady — I think they can each bring a little something to the lash party! No need to limit your lashes to just one.)
And I saved the best for last…
The brow gel in this kit is my new HG (aka: holy grail) favorite! For the past year I’ve been scooting by with a super lame-o brow gel that literally did nothing (and I was clueless!) I didn’t know how good a brow shaping gel could be. Well, I’ve been enlightened! The “Brow Now” Stay-in-Place Brow Gel in this kit is the bomb.com and I’ll never use anything else.
Before you go, these additional beauty gift sets from Nordstrom are too FAB to skip, so give them a browse:
Shop ’em all:
One (Best Affordable Brushes!)
Two (Perf Shadow Neutrals- from light to dark!)
Three (Eyes, Lips & Cheeks in One Compact!)
Four (Laura Geller’s highlighters give you the best glow!)
Five (My FAVE Eye Masks – I use them often and love them!)
Six (The Perfect Red Lip Kit – On Sale!!!)
Seven (Glam Makeup Set – It even includes a USB drive shaped like a lipstick that plugs into your computer for a tutorial on how to create the look!)
Eight (A girl never has enough sheet masks these days!)
Nine (YSL lippies – surefire gift pleaser!)
Ten (A versatile everyday kit by Clinique… the reviews rock!)
Eleven (Everyone sings the praises of SK II – and this set is $100 (an SK- II steal!)
Twelve (No nail lacquers are better than Deborah’s!)
Thirteen (An entire brow kit in one = a makeup kit must!)
Don’t forget that Nordstrom offers free standard shipping on EVERYTHING!!! Or, you can buy online and pick up in store (aka: my favorite way to shop!)
And a quick recap:
Before I forget, these makeup-clad pajamas are sold out in this print. BUTTT, good news: the the same cute print is available in a darling little sleep shirt with an adorbs eye mask included!
Happy shopping, makeup mavens! Chat again super soon! xo
A huge thanks to Nordstrom for partnering with me on this post!