Budget Beauty Christmas Buys 2023
There is no doubt about it, the Cost of Living crisis has squeezed many Christmas budgets. It seems like the cost of everything is going up, from the weekly grocery shop, to fuel and transport, and of course rent and mortgage repayments. If you find you have less to spend on Christmas gifts this year, don’t fret – we’ve found some gorgeous Christmas gift ideas for under $50 and $100. Here are our picks of the Top 10 Budget Christmas Beauty Buys under $50, and Top 5 under $100.
Gifts Under $50
OPI Infinite Shine Bestsellers Quad Gift Set– RRP $49.95
‘Tis the season to be colourful, and your giftee will love this gift set, featuring 4 of OPI’s best selling and most iconic shades – Funny Bunny, Bubble Bath, Suzi is my Avatar, and Barefoot in Barcelona in full 15ml sizes. The Infinite Shine long-wearing formula delivers high shine, gel-like finish for up to 11 days. The hardest decision your giftee will face is which stunning shade to use first. OPI has a festive Christmas range of individual shades too, from soft cream, purples, and pinks, through to Christmas green and red, golds and metallics. There is no excuse for dull nails this festive season. Available from Myer.
Natio Outback Refresh Gift Set – RRP $42.95
Featuring a curated selection of some of Natio’s best-selling Face and Body products, that will have your giftee glowing from head to toe. The Natio Outback Refresh gift set contains a full size Spirit Green Clay + Manuka Honey Purifying Face Mask, Kakadu Plum + Almond Body Lotion, Desert Lime + Salt Coffee Scrub and complimentary Natio Spirit Bath Mitt, in a very giftable reuseable Natio toiletry bag. Available from Priceline.
Circa Christmas Liquidless Diffuser Set – RRP $39.95
Gift the gift of a fragrant home with the limited edition CIRCA Christmas Liquidless Diffuser Set. Using innovative dry diffusion technology, each individual Scent Stem™ is infused with inviting fragrance, so you can mix and match to create your own unique blend. The diffuser set includes a Liquidless Diffuser Ceramic Arc Holder, Vanilla Bean & Allspice (5 Scent Stems™), and Raspberry & Rhubarb (5 Scent Stems™). Mix and match the stems to create your own unique blend – maybe 3 x Vanilla Bean & Allspice and 2 x Raspberry & Rhubarb, or 4 and 1, or even 5 of the same type – the choice is yours with this versatile gift. Available from circa.com.au .
Ugly Swan Microfibre Hair Wrap – Watermelon – RRP $45.00
Nothing says Summer like watermelon. Give the gift of an endless Summer (well the feeling anyway), with this revolutionary hair towel, designed for all ages. With its one-size-fits-all feature this gentle microfibre towel dries wet hair up to 5 times faster than cotton, all while securely staying in place on your head with its large elastic loop. No more worrying about friction damage – simply wrap hair in the towel up and enjoy hands-free drying that accommodates long, short, and thick hair with its spacious opening. Available from Ugly Swan.
Lanolips Baby Balm Trio – RRP $14.95
Gift the gift of soft, hydrated lips, with the cutest (and most budget friendly) gift this Christmas. Featuring three of the best-selling Lanolips 101 Ointment varieties – Coconutter, Strawberry, and Watermelon, these pocket-sized beauties keep lips, cuticles, and elbows super soft and nourished. At this price, get one for yourself before they sell out. Other sets available – this set available exclusively from Priceline.
VS Sassoon Petite Glam Wave – RRP $35.00
Short on size, but never on style, the versatile VS Sassoon Petite Glam Wave is the perfect Summer Holiday travel companion. The triple barrel waver helps to create beachy waves in no time – simply press your hair between the barrels & plate for instant mermaid inspired waves & texture with gorgeous smoothness & shine. Available from Target, Big W, Priceline, The Good Guys, Myer, and Harvey Norman.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette – RRP $49.00
That’s lips sorted, and now eyes are too, with the simply stunning Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. This sure-to-become essential mini eyeshadow collection features 9 full-pigment shades from neutral to berry tones in matte and metallic finishes, to help you to go from day to night, and work to party with ease. Available from Sephora*.
Okkiyo Prioriteyes Mascara – RRP $43.00
Does your giftee have sensitive eyes, and shy away from wearing mascara? No more missing lush lashes – We have the solution! Created by leading Australian Ophthalmologist Dr Jacqueline Beltz, this mascara is specifically designed for those with sensitive eyes and skin. The high performing mascara defines, volumizes, nourishes while protecting eyelashes. The formula is non-irritant, non-flaky and stays in place even when eyes are watery or eye drops are instilled. It’s also super easy to remove with cleansing balm and a muslin cloth, without rubbing the delicate eye area. The Mascara contains medical grade Manuka honey – an ingredient well known to be soothing and calming for the delicate eye area. Available from Okkiyo.com .
The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost – RRP $49.00 (500ml)
We all know collagen production slows in our 30’s, and with it, skin starts showing the effects of time (and a life well lived). Give the gift of great skin with The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost. The delicious, berry-flavoured elixir helps to support collagen production, to help keep skin soft, smooth, and plump. The best-selling probiotic, vegan elixir gives skin a healthy bounce. As a bonus, the formula also contains vitamin C and zinc for healthy skin, hair and nails. Available from Mecca*, Adore Beauty, and The Beauty Chef.
La Mav Ayurvedic Body Oil – Uplift – RRP $49.00 (120ml)
For those who find themselves burning the candle at both ends over the Christmas period, this Ayurvedic Body Oil contains a unique blend of Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine essential oils, and is formulated to enhance mood and reenergize. The nourishing blend helps to rebalance mind, body and soul, while it hydrates and nourishes body skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and supple. Available from Lamav.com.
Gifts Under $100
Revlon Beauty Blockbuster – RRP $95.95 (Valued by Revlon at over $170)
Looking fabulous on a budget is simple with this gift set, containing everything your giftee needs to create the perfect face this Summer. Featuring a Revlon Powder Blush 5g in Tickled Pink, a soft, buildable shade, Revlon Photoready Prime Plus Primer, 27ml, a hybrid skin mattifier and pore reducer, perfect for Summer, a Revlon Super Lustrous Nail Enamel 14.7ml in Romantique, with chip resistant and anti-fade technology, Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss 3.8ml in Super Natural, a moisture boosting universally flattering hue, Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner 2.8g in Black, for effortless definition, Revlon So Fierce Mascara 7.5ml in Blackest Black to lengthen and define lashes, and Revlon ColorStay Day to Night Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive, with 4 high performance day to night shades. All packaged in a reusable travel case. Just add your own Foundation shade, and you’re all set. Available from Myer.
Summer Fridays The Lip Butter Balm Set – RRP $79.00
You’ll be super popular with your giftee with this stunning limited edition gift from Summer Fridays. Featuring 3 cult Lip Butter Balms in best-selling Vanilla, and Cherry, and new shade Iced Coffee, the vegan, conditioning cream-oil lip mask helps to sooth and hydrate parched lips in seconds. Formulated with rich plant derived butters (shea and murumuru seed), this silky formula melts instantly into dry cracked lips, for intense hydration. Available from Mecca*.
Joico Defy Damage Duo – RRP $54.95 (Valued by Joico at $77)
Don’t let Summer hair be dry, lacklustre damaged hair. Give damaged hair some TLC this Christmas with the Joico Defy Damage Duo Gift Set. Featuring a full sized Shampoo & Conditioner, the Defy Damage range is designed to help protect hair from all types of damage, including heat styling, UV exposure, and environmental pollution, stopping dull, dry, and lacklustre locks in their tracks. Valued by Joico at $77. Available from Ozhairandbeauty online, and selected salons.
Who is Elijah Summer Nostalgia Trio Collection – RRP $70.00
Why choose just one fragrance this summer, when you can wear three, with this curated trio fragrance collection that entwines Summer Nostalgia. Each fragrance has been chosen to bring an element of the perfect Summer. Three 10ml fragrance atomisers, in Her, Muse, and Eau will have your giftee sorted, whether it is day, night, work, or just relaxing with a good book. Available from whoiselijah.com.au.
Eoya Scented Candle Raspberry & Hibiscus – RRP $54.95 (460g)
Bring a touch of holiday elegance to your giftees home, with the limited edition Ecoya Raspberry & Hibiscus Scented Candle. Packaged in a luxurious brushed gold aluminium vessel and filled with natural soy wax, the freshness of this sparkling, sweet and opulent fragrance, bursts to life with the scent of seasonal berries, hibiscus, and wild jasmine. The perfect Summer Christmas scent for any home. Available from Myer and David Jones.
We hope we have given you some inspiration for Christmas gift ideas for friends and family, and maybe even yourself. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.
* As a bonus, for those of us who are environmentally minded, Sephora and Mecca both participate in the TerraCycle recycling program, where empty containers can be recycled for free via TerraCycle – just drop the empty packaging back in store when it’s finished.