A broke girl’s survival hack: Buy Sephora’s Christmas gift sets for yourself!
You know what’s better than a Sephora sale? Sephora during Christmas season. That’s right – makeup gift bundles are aplenty in every outlet now, and I was a kid in a candy store when I entered one yesterday. Best-sellers from brands like Tarte, Urban Decay, Fenty Beauty, Benefit, and more were going at slashed prices, and homegirl right here went home with an Amazonian Clay Blush and mascara set for just $18.
In the spirit of giving, here’s a list of some of the best value-for-money gift sets that you can bag for yourself too – cue melodic choir singing Hallelujah:
1) Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Duo Set – $36 per bottle
Known for being the Holy Grail of makeup setting sprays in the beauty world, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is suitable for all skin types, keeps your makeup smudge-proof for up to 16 hours, and most importantly, actually works even in Singapore’s humid weather thanks to a temperature control technology.
Retailing at a usual price of $48 per bottle (118ml), it’s a pricey must-have, but now you can save $24 when you purchase this duo set which is going for just $72 for 2 full-sized bottles! That’s $36 each and an amazing 25% discount when you do the math, which is way more than what you usually get at Sephora’s Private Sale. Needless to say, I stocked up on this even though I still have a half-full bottle lying at home, and I suggest you snag this fast because it’s a limited edition item.
Shop for it online here.
2) Tarte Beach, Sleep, Repeat Color Collection – $18
Another cult-favourite is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush collection, and a deluxe version (1.5g) is currently available as a set with a travel-sized Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara (5ml) for just $18!
Known as the Tarte Beach, Sleep, Repeat Color Collection, the blush is a limited edition peachy shade called First Class, and is a complete steal with the blush’s usual retail price being $21 and the mascara’s usual price being $19. That’s $40 worth of products for just $18 – need I say more?
Bag this online here!
3) Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip And Face Set – $33
Riri fans, Fenty Beauty’s 2 best-selling products are part of this list too – the long-lasting Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter and shimmery Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminiser are now available in travel-sizes (2.2g and 5.5ml respectively) in the Bomb Baby Mini Lip And Face Set for just $33!
Considering how a full-sized pan of the highlighter costs $50 (12g) and a full-sized tube of the gloss originally costs $31 (9ml), this is an incredible opportunity for us to finally get a literal glo-up with Fenty Beauty’s coveted luminisers without breaking the bank.
Plus, the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter is also in the supercharged peachy champagne shade of “Hu$tla Baby”, which usually isn’t available as an individual pan! As for the Gloss Bomb, it’s a gorgeous rose nude shade “Fenty Glow” that you can never go wrong with.
Shop online here.
4) Burt’s Bees Mistletoe Kiss – $38
If you’re a fellow lip balm lover, I’ve got great news – Burt’s Bees has a special edition trio package of a 100% Natural Pomegranate Lip Balm (U.P. $10), a Lip Shimmer (U.P. $17) in shade Peony, and a Tinted Lip Balm (U.P. $18) in shade Hibiscus.
That’s everything necessary for smooth, supple lips, whether it’s a colourless balm for stay-home days, a shimmery nude moisturiser for that luminescent shine at night, or a mauve red shade for that rosy glow in the day!
It’s also worth $45 in total, but the Mistletoe Kiss is retailing for just $38 – that’s practically akin to getting the Pomegranate Lip Balm for free!
Shop online here.
5. Benefit Cosmetics Goodie Goodie Gorgeous Holiday – $51
While Benefit’s most famous for their brow products, they’ve made a name for themselves with their POREfessional primer and Hoola Bronzer as well. A quick search on YouTube and you’ll find plenty of beauty tutorials using those two cult-favourite items, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for – a single tube (7.5ml) of POREfessional: Pearl Primer sets you back by $23, and a Hoola Bronzer (8g) easily costs $53.
That’s also why Benefit’s Goodie Goodie Gorgeous Holiday is currently sitting my cart right now, waiting to be checked out – for just $51, the The POREfessional: Pearl Primer (mini-size), Hoola Bronzer, and They’re Real! Mascara (U.P. $44) is all yours! That’s a grand total of $120 worth of products, and about a 60% discount.
Snag this amazing gift set before it gets sold out here!
6. Tarte Dream Team Liner Trio – $27
We all struggle to get that perfect eyeliner on some days, so do yourself a favour and make a beeline for Tarte’s Dream Team Liner Trio that’s going for just $27. The eyeliners might be a slightly smaller deluxe size, but with a value of $49 in total and 1 full-sized Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner alone costing $37, it’s a sweet, sweet deal.
Double-ended with a liquid tip on one end and a self-sharpening gel pencil on the other, you can tightly line and contour your eyes and achieve that sharp killer wing! On top of that, 2 of the shades – brown and burgundy – are limited-edition colours.
Shop online here.
7. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Sets – $29
Christmas really came early, because yet another Allure Best of Beauty Awards winner is up for grabs at a steal – the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! Available in a set of 3 deluxe-sized tubes (1.5ml) for just $29 – that’s less than $10 each – these creamy, transfer-proof lippies originally cost $32 for every full-sized tube (8ml).
Shades for Kiss Me from left to right: Beso, Beso Shimmer, Dolce. Source:Stila
Choose from 2 different sets – Kiss Me for bold red lips and Nude Attitude for cool muted looks – or just get them both since they’re so affordable anyway!
Shades for Nude Attitude from left to right: Patina, Illuminaire Shimmer, and Miele Shimmer. Source:Stila