Instead of lamenting the practice of giving gift cards, we’re going to celebrate it by telling you which beauty products to buy with your bonus bucks—whether they’re from Barneys or Target.
Diptyque Candle ($60)
There’s no better gift than one so luxurious you can’t imagine buying it for yourself—and a $60 Diptyque candle fits the bill. Our favorite scents include the woody Feu de Bois and the ever-popular Baies. (When the candle’s burned down, the jar will make a great brush holder).
La Mer The Lip Balm ($45)
You’ll have to shell out $5 on top of your gift card, but it’ll be worth it for La Mer’s minty moisturizing balm. It comes in a sleek glass jar and lasts forever.
Nivea Crème ($6)
The richest body cream you’ll find at the drugstore—and the best smelling, too.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara ($7)
L’Oreal’s latest mascara features a brand new asymmetrical brush to extend and lift your lashes, especially at the outter corners. Basically, it rocks.
Flip through any fitness magazine, from Shape to Women’s Health, and nearly every exercise involves a kettle bell. Put it to you use while watching The Daily Show every day and watch your arms take shape.
There’s no better time to experiment with hair products. Been reading a lot about mousse lately? Always wondered what a leave-in conditioner could do for your dry strands? These drugstore products are mainstays in our powder rooms.
Essie Nail Care Apricot Cuticle Oil ($7)
Make your manicures last extra long this year by applying this delicious smelling cuticle oil morning and night.
e.l.f. Luscious Lipstick ($1)
Believe it or not, you still have one dollar left! Snag e.l.f.’s Luscious Lipstick ($1) in Pink Lemonade. The spring shade will brighten up the Polar Vortex.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil ($50)
It’s time to find out what the fuss is about when it comes to oils. Fresh’s Seaberry version is a good place to start. Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin E, and plenty of omegas, the oil protects, soothes, and nourishes skin.
Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil ($24)
Break out of your red rut and try a hot pink lip this winter. This matte pencil from Bite also makes a great cream blush in a pinch.
Marc Jacobs Hi Shine Nail Lacquer ($18)
We’re partial to Blue Velvet and Sally, both swirling sea-like shades of dark blue and green, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the shades in Jacobs’ collection.
Devacurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser ($9)
You’re going to go over by $1, but it’ll be ok because you’ll have a travel-sized dry shampoo on you at all times—and it will change your life.