We asked our beauty bloggers and Vince Camuto staffers to share their favorite budget-friendly makeup, hair and wellness products to give—and get!
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine, $7.50 “This lip gloss gives your lips the best shine—it’s not sticky—and it smells like fresh mint,” says Vince Camuto eCommerce Marketing Manager Eve Loughran. “People always ask me what smells so tasty! You can wear this gloss over any color for extra shine.”
C.O. Bigelow Lily of the Valley Perfume Oil, $15 “Perfume and cologne is always a great gift,” suggests blogger Marianna Hewitt of Life with Me. While full-bottle fragrances often cost more than $20, Vince Camuto Copy Director Lorraine Thompson found this affordable fragrance to give: C.O. Bigelow Lily of the Valley Perfume Oil. “This greeny-floral scented oil smells like Coty’s Muguet des Bois—my favorite drugstore eau de cologne—but lasts longer,” says Thompson.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $16.50 “I’m crazy for this cream. It’s a classic that my grandmother used to put in my stocking every year,” says Vince Camuto Vice President of Marketing Treena Lombardo. “It helps my skin from getting chapped by winter winds. I always carry a little tube of it to use on my lips and cuticles too. A little goes a long way!”
Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, $7.50 “Lately I've been using Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks, so I'll be handing some of those out as stocking stuffers this holiday season,” says blogger Saul Carrasco of Trend Styled. “They have different masks to combat any skin issues—sure to quickly boost your weekly grooming game.”
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Top Coat,$20 Vince Camuto’s super-busy PR Director Jennifer Williams says she has no patience to sit and wait for her nails to dry after a manicure. “After applying this top coat, within minutes, I’m fishing my keys from my bag and headed out the door!”
e.l.f. Essential Lip Stain, $2 “It’s a water-based lip-stain pencil that looks a bit like a felt-tip pen. You can brush on the color to remove that pasty look from lips—without appearing made up—before your run off to the gym. Or you can add layers for a more dramatic look,” says Thompson. “This is a matte color, so you’ll probably want to add a slick of Chapstick. I’d give this to my daughter, and at $2 a pop, I’d give her one in every color!”
Gianna Rose Atelier Monogram Bar Soap, $12 “Good packaging makes any gift immediately feel more expensive,” says Vince Camuto Senior Digital Content Manager Janice Chou. “The unique printed paper and elegant typography make this a romantic but quirky gift to open. Besides, who doesn’t need soap?”
Kneipp Eucalyptus Cold & Sinus Relief Bath, $20 “Created in the 19th century by a Bavarian naturopath and priest, this soak clears your head and revitalizes energy,” explains Thompson. “A great gift for my youngest son who runs himself down and needs a hydrotherapeutic boost!”
MAC Mattene Lipstick, $20 “My favorite lipstick is MAC—there is a huge selection of shades and I love the simple, light packaging,” says Vince Camuto Social Media Manager Erika Fox. “I especially love the Mattene Collection, which stays on for ages. This would be a perfect gift for any of my girlfriends or my sister.”
Hanz de Fuko Claymation Clay Hair Wax, $18.50 Help the man in your life start the day off right with a styling gel that will wake up his bed head. “I use a hair pomade daily without fail. I like to feel neat and my hair has a lot to do with that,” says blogger Blake Scott of The Scott Effect. He recommends Claymation Clay hair wax to get your guy’s hair office-ready.
OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx, $9.50 Nail polish is a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. Vince Camuto Marketing Manager Katy Lyons’s current favorite is OPI’s nail lacquer in Black Onyx. “I tend to wear dark nails in the winter and this one lasts for a long time!”
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $6 “Rosebud lip salve always keeps my lips moisturized, but in the winter I double up to treat the dry skin on my hands too. I give this gift to my sister, my friends, my mom, everyone,” says Vince Camuto Chief Communications and Strategic Development Officer Leah Robert.
Ernest Supplies Soap-Free Gel Face Wash, $18.50 Carrasco’s latest obsession? Men’s grooming brand Ernest Supplies. “It's transformed my skin into the healthiest it's ever been. There’s a cooling shaving cream that's perfect to combat razor burn, but my favorite is the Protective Matte Moisturizer—like the shaving cream, it’s a little over $20, but it keeps skin looking shine-free and doesn't feel heavy on your face.”
Sephora Collection Moisturizing & Energizing Jelly Mask, $19 “I would give a Jelly Mask to girlfriends,” says Vince Camuto PR Manager Lexi Miller. “If you pop the mask in the fridge for 10 minutes before applying, it’s extremely refreshing—it gives me that extra boost when I’m feeling tired or run down.”
Sonia Kashuk Grand Bazaar Collection, $11.99-$19.99 “I think makeup is the most fun to gift or get, because finding a new and flattering shade of lipstick or eye shadow gives you a thrilling little rush,” says Vince Camuto Vice President of PR and Communications Sarah Rosen. “Multi-purpose makeup palettes for eyes, lips and cheeks give you a small sample to experiment with new colors and formulas, without committing to a full compact. Plus, the palette packaging is super-efficient.”
Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Clear Shine Lip Gloss, $18 “My go-to stocking stuffer! I have gifted it to my boss, grandmother, mother, sister-in-law and best friend, who all now love it,” says Vince Camuto Director of Marketing Kacie Cellino Shiel. “I wear it too—on my lips to bed every night for a rehydration hit. It’s a great no-color gloss for daytime or over a lipstick for added shine at night.”
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Lotion Spray, $20 “It’s extremely important to protect your skin—especially living in sunny LA. I like to gift sunscreen to my brothers and dad because I know they won’t buy it,” says Scott.
Voluspa Scalloped Edge Glass Candle, $20 “I love to give and receive beautiful-smelling candles,” says Vince Camuto Copy Editor Jess Murphy. “It’s such a simple, inexpensive home improvement—especially with packaging as pretty as this! Candles make excellent presents for everyone, girls or guys—anyone who appreciates little luxuries but never finds the time to treat themselves.”
Weleda Skin Food Body Cream,$19 Everyone, everyone, wants youthful skin and protecting and moisturizing morning and evening is key. At night, refresh skin with this Vince Camuto staff favorite: Weleda Skin Food. “Made with organic sunflower seed oil, this rich cream also includes aromatic pansy, chamomile and calendula flower extracts, making it as much an aromatherapy session as a moisturizer!” says Thompson.
Tocca Crema da Mano Luxe Hand Cream, $20 “I can’t stand it when my hands are dry,” says Vince Camuto Marketing Coordinator Katharine Still. “I love that Tocca’s hand cream keeps my skin soft, smooth and has a subtle scent that lasts all day. They’re a perfect stocking stuffer!”
Do you have a favorite under $20 beauty find? Share it in the comments section below!