Under-$30 Beauty Finds That Won't Empty Your Holiday Budget

by Katie Stanovick
Dec 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Advent calendars are fun at every age. When you’re a kid, they usually store candy, and when you’re all grown up, those sweet treats are replaced with more practical (but equally fun) finds. The upside of beauty-themed advent calendars is that there’s plenty to choose from. The downside is that sometimes, you end up not liking the products or worse: wishing you didn’t exhaust your budget for it.

If you don’t want to place all of your bets on just one brand this year, our 30-day round-up includes a plethora of hair, skin and makeup finds, from limited-edition nail polish to puppy-packaged lip balm. Did we mention each day’s gift is less than $30?

There’s no pressure to love it all; take and leave what you want. But if you ask us, everything in this list is a must-have. Like your average advent calendar, you’ll have to wait each day to see another item revealed — so make sure to keep checking back every day for more deals.


Originally posted on StyleCaster. 

1 /20: MAC Snow Ball mini brush kit

1/20 :MAC Snow Ball mini brush kit

Start December off right with this three-piece mini brush kit. These mini brushes are perfect for holiday travel, and their cute pink glitter and puffball make them even better.

MAC Snow Ball mini brush kit, $29.50 at MAC

2 /20: Nars x Man Ray Love Triangle in Dolce Vita

2/20 :Nars x Man Ray Love Triangle in Dolce Vita

The Nars x Man Ray collection is already on our list, but you can get two for one with this lipstick and blush duo.

Nars x Man Ray Love Triangle in Dolce Vita, $24 at Nars

3 /20: Margaret Dabbs fabulous Nutcracker, small

3/20 :Margaret Dabbs fabulous Nutcracker, small

You would never have guessed this is a nourishing nail and cuticle serum. With the emu and tea tree oils in this serum, your nails will be as soft as snow.

Margaret Dabbs fabulous Nutcracker, small, $14.28 at Margaret Dabbs

4 /20: Illume Contemporary Collage eau de parfum in Vetiver Blanc

4/20 :Illume Contemporary Collage eau de parfum in Vetiver Blanc

This new perfume has subtle notes of cedarwood with refreshing citrus and rich patchouli. You'll be blending in with the season in no time.

Illume Contemporary Collage eau de parfum in Vetiver Blanc, $25 at Anthropologie

5 /20: ARDELL Mini Faves Lash Lookbook + Duo

5/20 :ARDELL Mini Faves Lash Lookbook + Duo

For party season you're going to want this set of three lashes from Ardell. Not only do you get #110, #120,  and #105, it also includes Duo Lash Adhesive so your lashes won't be slipping anytime soon.

ARDELL Mini Faves Lash Lookbook + Duo, $9.99 at Ulta

6 /20: Beautyblender Midas Touch

6/20 :Beautyblender Midas Touch

In this cute ornament, you'll get the original Beautyblender and a mini. Bonus, you can fill it with glitter and throw it on your tree after opening.

Beautyblender Midas Touch, $25 at Beautyblender

7 /20: Hairprint Exfoliating Hair + Scalp Wash

7/20 :Hairprint Exfoliating Hair + Scalp Wash

In colder months, your hair could use some care. This new hair and scalp wash with ground walnut shells and green coffee bean extract will do just the trick.

Hairprint Exfoliating Hair + Scalp Wash, $22 at Cap Beauty

8 /20: Beauty Protector Ultimate Detangling Trio

8/20 :Beauty Protector Ultimate Detangling Trio

We love a good three for one. Here we have two Protect & Detangle bottles (8 oz. and 2 oz.) and a detangling brush to take care of all your hair matters this season.

Beauty Protector Ultimate Detangling Trio, $26 at Birch Box

9 /20: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color In Cherry

9/20 :Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color In Cherry

This new collection has quickly become a fan favorite. The satin matte finish glides on easy and stays long, plus the colors are perfect for winter photos.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color In Cherry, $29 at Bobbi Brown

10 /20: Bourjois Makeup Essentials

10/20 :Bourjois Makeup Essentials

With all the essentials this cute gift box has mascara, lipstick, eyeliner and blush. Perfect for traveling and perfect for gifting.

Bourjois Makeup Essentials $21.42 at Feel Unique

11 /20: Capri Blue Stargazer Candle

11/20 :Capri Blue Stargazer Candle

Who says candles aren't beauty? This new scent features spruce, vanilla, and basil which will make your kitchen smell like you're cooking something nice even if you aren't.

$26 at Anthropologie

12 /20: Caudalie Mini Must Haves

12/20 :Caudalie Mini Must Haves

This gift set gives you all the necessities with a revitalizing essence, an anti-wrinkle eye treatment, and lightweight, yet intensely nourishing cream.

$15 at Sephora

13 /20: Cirque Colors Rioja

13/20 :Cirque Colors Rioja

The Holiday 2017 collection from Cirque Colors is full of glitter and shine. Any swipe from the six different options are sure to make a statement.

Cirque Colors Rioja $14 at Cirque Colors

14 /20: Clinique Cheers To Chubby Set

14/20 :Clinique Cheers To Chubby Set

Clinique Chubby Sticks are a staple, so why not get five at once to make sure your lips will never go unnoticed.

$22.50 at Nordstrom

15 /20: Colour Pop Golden State Of Mind

15/20 :Colour Pop Golden State Of Mind

This new pressed powder eyeshadow palette is everything your eyes need for holiday parties. With 15 of the most glittery and metallic shades, you'll be standing out in the crowd for sure.

Colour Pop Golden State Of Mind $26 at Colourpop

16 /20: Dior Diorific Vernis Liner

16/20 :Dior Diorific Vernis Liner

Glam up your nail game with Dior's Holiday 2017 Limited Edition Vernis liner collection. A little glitter never hurt anyone, especially when it was on your nails.

Dior Diorific Vernis Liner $28 at Dior

17 /20: Disco Daze Holiday Set

17/20 :Disco Daze Holiday Set

Puuuurfection. In this holiday set, you get famed peel off mask Disco Kitten, a Silicone Application Brush, and White Cat Headband. Take an IG photo, we won't judge.

Disco Daze Holiday Set $29 at Ulta

18 /20: Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss

18/20 :Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss

RiRi can do no wrong and it's proven in this limited edition glitter-packed lip gloss. One swipe and you'll be shining bright as a diamond.

Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss $19 at Fenty Beauty

19 /20: Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub

19/20 :Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub

Day 19 and it's starting to get dry... your face that is. But with Frank Body's new creamy face scrub with coffee, bamboo, and walnut your skin will be looking refreshed and healthy in no time.

$21.95 at Frank Body

20 /20: Taste Beauty Frenchie The Bulldog

20/20 :Taste Beauty Frenchie The Bulldog

Who can resist a dog themed chapstick? It's peppermint flavored, scented, and that adorable sweater is removable. Talk about perfect stocking stuffer.

Taste Beauty Frenchie The Bulldog $10 at Sephora