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    The 33 Best Beauty Gifts We’ve Ever Gotten Or Given (And You Should Too)

    These beauty picks are all BuzzFeed tested and approved.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

    Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

    Finding the perfect gift is...hard...to say the least. Lucky for you, that's our whole dang job so we're kinda experts at it *brushes off shoulder*. We've rounded up some of our most favoritest (yes, that's a word) beauty buys that are also total crowd pleasers so you can check everyone off your list. Peruse our picks below and listen to us wax poetic about mascaras, bubble baths, hair masks, and more!

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    1. Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara doesn't flake, fade, or streak — so go ahead and gift it to even your pickiest beauty-obsessed friend.

    buzzfeed writer's face with one set of eyelashes with no product on and the other wearing the mascara looking longer and darker
    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    "I don't think I ever knew the true meaning of wide awake eyes until I armed myself with this mascara from Stila. Let's just start with the look and feel of it: it comes in a weighty gold tube — so you already know you're about to experience something special — and the applicator is curved in the center with just the right amount of product on it. Clearly from my experience, you can tell the obvious difference between the with and without — and, TBH, the 'without' has been my general M.O. during these recent times. But that has all changed thanks to this lash extension in a tube! Not only do my eyelashes appear thicker, but the length is just truly phenomenal. I feel like a brand-new, less-tired-looking woman any time I apply a lick of this!

    "The product doesn't clump my lashes together, either, and there's no flaky leftovers come the end of the day. Just a really great formula that coats each lash. So if you're anything like me and want to do the complete bare minimum with makeup, you're going to want to have this in your beauty arsenal. It is the true definition of low effort, high *high* impact." —Jasmin Sandal

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    2. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask slurps the gunk from pores while tightening, brightening, and evening out skin in just 10 minutes using Australian pink clay.

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    "I'm always wary of brands that have been hyped up on Instagram. I'm just a natural skeptic. But this Sand & Sky pink clay mask!? I understand why so many people have been raving about it. My acne has thankfully calmed down in the past few years, but I still get breakouts about ~once a month~. When I see some pimples forming, I apply this before bed and when I wake up in the morning, all spots are visibly reduced and it's great at helping cystic acne come to a head (ew). It also helps...take away that deep pimple pain? If you know, you know. Definitely moisturize after using this as it can be a bit drying due to the clay formula." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

    3. BH Cosmetics acne patches make breakouts...fun? These hydrating hydrocolloid bandages create a barrier between a fresh zit and irritants in the environment (including fingers that wanna pop and pick the pimple!) so that whitehead can drain and heal quickly. And they come in the cutest shapes!

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    "I have written at length about how Nexcare patches are the holy grail of pimple patches, and my opinion has not changed after trying BH Cosmetic's new hydrocolloid offering. HOWEVER, even I will admit that Nexcare patches are not exactly...cute. They do not inspire selfie taking or Instagram story posting in the way that these BH cuties do (I got the pack with purple flowers, silver butterflies, and pink hearts, but there are several options). I also think these would be a better pick for people who are low-key grossed out by regular pimple patches. Personally, I LIVE for the moment when I take one off after hours of wear and see all the goop it's extracted from my pores, but said goop is much, much less visible with these if that is not your grossly satisfying cup of tea. These are also much thinner than other patches I've used — they feel more like a regular sticker. Because of this, I was pretty skeptical that they would work, but they really do shrink zits. Like all acne patches, they work on pimples with a head, not the more cystic, swollen variety. It's not a magic vanishing act, but all of the whiteheads I've put them on this week have been smaller and flatter when I took them off hours later. That + cuteness + vegan and cruelty-free = a win." —Katy Herman

    Shipping Info: Expedited two-to-three-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

    Get 36 patches from BH Cosmetics for $4.50 (available in three styles).

    4. Mirabella Beauty Velvet Lip Pencils pack a highly pigmented punch. And the color won't migrate during the day so drink, eat, and make out with reckless abandon!

    buzzfeed writer Taylor Steele wearing the Stay All Day Velvet Lip Pencil in misunderstood
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    Mirabella Beauty is a family-owned small business that's been operating since 2002. They prioritize cosmetics that are free of parabens, gluten, talc, synthetic fragrances, and other irritants.

    "I love how creamy this lip pencil applies! But the wow factor is in how perfectly it dries into a matte finish. I wore the color 'Misunderstood,' and it never cracked. And during a six-hour photo shoot traipsing through Brooklyn, it didn't need reapplication. Plus, my lips felt hydrated when I finally got home and took my makeup off! I highly recommend!" —Taylor Steele

    Shipping Info: Processing takes 24 to 48 hours and orders ship via USPS. Delivery typically takes three to five business days after the order has been processed.

    Get it from Mirabella Beauty for $20 (available in six shades).

    5. Alleyoop Pen Pal simplifies on-the-go touch-ups thanks to its ingenious design. It's an eyeliner, lip pencil, brow pen, and highlighter all in one!

    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    "OK, so, I didn't realize I'd ever use a makeup product in my 20s that had the ability to transport me back to a piece of stationary I used in sixth grade, but here we are; and here I am using a multitool pen...for my face. I gotta say, I love the concept of the Pen Pal from Alleyoop! After using all of the functions (eyeliner, highlighter, lip liner, eyebrow pencil) and as someone who LOVES makeup but is applying as little as humanly possible these days, I think it’s a great tool for an end of the day touch-up or a subtle, minimalist way to apply makeup in the a.m. The brow pencil is particularly soft and pigmented, and filled in my eyebrows quickly. I just adore the ease of application of each product, and appreciated the universal, does-it-all-for-you concept. Plus, it saves me so much room in my already-overflowing makeup bag!" —Jasmin Sandal

    Shipping Info: Expedited two-to-three-day shipping is available for an additional cost.

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25.

    6. C'est Moi Calming Treatment Mist spoils their skin with a soothing mixture of green tea extract, jojoba milk, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus and chamomile flowers.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    "Although many people don't see the point in face mists, I actually love them! And this C'est Moi calming mist is one of my new favorites. As someone who is always hot and sweaty in the summer, I find a couple sprays of this incredibly refreshing when I'm feeling hot and uncomfortable. It also provides a nice 'wake up' moment when I'm feeling tired or sluggish in the middle of the workday. It has a very light cucumber scent that's not overpowering at all. I spray my face a couple times almost every day and it's very pleasant!" —Kayla Boyd

    Shipping Info: Orders placed after 11 a.m. PT Monday through Friday will be processed the following business day. Once you place your order, you can expect it to be delivered in 4 to 10 business days via USPS. Expedited one-to-two-day shipping is available for an additional cost.

    Get it from C'est Moi for $16.

    7. The MakeUp Eraser wipes away every last bit of waterproof mascara and long-wear foundation. They are supposed to survive 1,000 washes or three to five years, which, I would assume, is longer than some of their relationships.

    BuzzFeed writer removing bright red lipstick with the makeup erasing cloth
    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    "I bought one of these cloths after including it in previous posts, subsequently selling myself on it (hazard of the job). It honestly works better than I imagined! You really do just need to dampen it with water to have your makeup melting off in seconds. I think this is a great zero-waste option for people (like me) who don't wear a ton of makeup on the day-to-day, because you can get a lot of uses from this cloth without needing to washing it constantly. Plus, I just keep thinking how easy this will be to travel with since I always have a way of forgetting to pack makeup remover on trips." —Danielle Healy

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in nine colors).

    This is our mid-priced pick for the best makeup remover! Plus, check out my colleague's MakeUp Eraser review for more deets!

    8. Bread Beauty Supply Hair Mask strikes the perfect balance between moisturizing conditioner and creamy treatment to coat their strands without weighing them down or leaving them feeling greasy.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Bread Beauty Supply is an Australia-based, woman-owned business that was founded by Maeva Heim in 2020. This product works best for hair types 3a–4c.

    "I recently started using Bread products and I really love how lightweight and easy they are to use. Since I have mixed textured hair that's been frequently dyed, it tends to get very dry. After using this deep conditioner my hair felt so much better and softer. In addition to that, the smell is A-MA-ZING. Definitely one of my new favorite wash day products." —Kayla Boyd

    Bread Beauty Supply Shipping Info: Processing takes up to three days and orders ship via USPS. Delivery typically takes between one and seven business days depending on your location.

    Sephora Shipping Info: Expedited shipping for an additional cost. Members get free two-day shipping.

    Get it from Bread Beauty Supply and Sephora for $28.

    9. An Alder New York Cleansing Body Bar elevates their shower experience with its creamy, rich lather and light exfoliation. Pair it with their Plant Fiber Soap Dish if you know they hate goopy soap bars.

    alder new york cleansing bar and soap dish
    @alder_new_york / Via instagram.com

    Alder New York is a queer- and woman-owned skincare brand based in New York City specializing in genderless skincare that is so simple to use and aesthetically pleasing to the soul.

    "I have this cleansing bar and soap dish in my shower currently and when I tell you this soap LATHERS, it lathers. I tend to stay away from bars of soap since they tend to get super gunky in my shower, but the soap dish keeps my bar in pristine condition and also fills my neutral, aesthetic-obsessed heart with so much joy. The exfoliation is gentle and not too harsh and is perfect for prepping my skin before I use my self-tanner." —Ali Faccenda

    Shipping Info: Processing takes one to two business days. Orders placed after 1 p.m. EST will be processed the following day. Shipping typically takes three to seven day depending on your location.

    Get them from Alder New York: the cleansing body bar for $12.99 and the soap dish for $12.99.

    10. Mane Club One Hit Wonder is for the person who's short on bathroom space but the list of things they want from their hair products is long. This product *checks notes* boosts shine, conditions, controls frizz, detangles, hydrates, prevents breakage, protects from heat, smooths, softens, and strengthens.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Mane Club is a small business!

    "I have a very thick head of naturally curly hair and have put it through just about everything, including all kinds of hot tools, at-home dye kits, the gamut of shampoo and conditioner types, basically every dry shampoo and hair oil in existence, and just about anything else to try for a story for you, dear readers. Lots of products have either straight-up failed, been meh enough for me to not recommend, or fantastic but so costly that I feel guilty recommending them. Basically, a lot of stuff ends up in the trash or pawned off on my (grateful) friends when it isn't a fit for me. But THIS STUFF. This stuff has become my go-to for spraying on my wet hair and then blow drying. Normally I'd apply a heat protector and an oil treatment or leave-in conditioner before blow drying. But this 10-in-1 treatment takes the cake! Most of the time when I use it, I don't even need to finish off my hair with hair oil (I've been doing that as an essential hair step for years now). It's really that good! Here, I have freshly blow dried hair with just this post-shower using this Amika blow dryer brush. This brush is fantastic on its own but this spray-on treatment has more or less doubled this brush's effectiveness. My hair comes out feeling softer, looking shinier and healthier, and stays looking good for days — which is especially great news because I wash my hair about every four days. 'Tis time for me to unload a bunch of hair products I now no longer need to my friends." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Mane Club for $8.

    11. Orly BB Crème Nail Polish helps strengthen their claws with argan oil, pro vitamin B5, and vitamin C, while getting them in the mood for fall with this seasonally appropriate hunter-green shade.

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    "I fell in love with this shade when I saw it and bought it immediately! It's such a lovely and eye-catching shade of green. The crème formula means it's thick so I only need to run over my nails with just one or two coats. I was actually surprised when my nails didn't chip for over two weeks — my other thinner polishes would chip within three days. That only told me I'd been using the wrong formula and polish this whole time! Orly's where it's at. Plus, my best friend and her little sister saw my nails AFTER they had already chipped and looked not their best, and they STILL noticed the color, said how pretty it was, and asked where I'd gotten it! That's how you know, guys!" —Nusrat Sultana

    Shipping Info: Orders ship Monday–Friday excluding holidays, and typically take five to seven days to process and ship via FedEx. Expedited shipping (three to five days) is available for an additional cost.

    Get it from Orly for $6.99.

    12. A Gellen Nail Polish Kit saves them a heck of a lot of money at the nail salon while keeping their manis in tip-top shape.

    kayla's nails painted periwinkle in front of her gellen nail polish set
    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    The set comes with a base coat, 16 colors, and a topcoat. This only comes with the polishes, so you will need a UV lamp — try this one for $29.99 on Amazon!

    "Long before quarantine days I was a nail salon regular. Once lockdown really hit, I realized I needed to take my manicure ~into my own hands~. These Gellen gel polishes give salon-quality results at home. Truly, I can get a full two weeks without peeling/chipping/breaking. The amount of $$$ I have saved..." —Kayla Suazo

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two color sets).

    13. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser harnesses all the benefits of the supergreens they love to add to their daily green juice and brings it to their face.

    genevieve holding a bottle of the cleanser
    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    "Having dry skin is *not* fun and my forehead, T-zone, and cheeks feel like a desert sometimes. This cleanser is like H2O for my face. It's packed with adaptogens and supergreens that help lock in hydration. I use this 'super smoothie' to give my complexion a moisture boost and remove stubborn makeup." —Genevieve Scarano

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser washes away dirt, grease, *and* makeup gently so their skin will never feel stripped — just delightfully clean and soft. It contains poloxamer, which is a cleansing agent found in contacts = no irritation if this gets in the eyes.

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    The cleanser is cruelty-free and vegan.

    "I have extremely sensitive skin, and back in fall 2019 I experienced a sudden onset of cystic acne all over my face, went on birth control for it in December, and now six months later, my skin is completely clear and I finally want to try all of these skincare products I was too scared to use. As someone who was using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for YEARS, I was nervous to make the switch to Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, and full expected I'd try it once and have to retire it. Quite the opposite actually. This cleanser is truly SO gentle. Rather than leaving my skin feeling hot and irritated like some skincare products do, this leaves my skin with a cooling sensation and I actually really look forward to washing my face in the morning and at night, rather than dread it. I haven't worn makeup much lately, but the few times I have since buying this cleanser, it's done an excellent job of removing my makeup, and I can go to sleep with peace of mind that my pores aren't clogged up." —Sam Wieder

    Shipping Info: Expedited two-to-three-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    15. Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream nourishes deeply with lipids and ceramides, two natural fats that strengthen the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss, irritation, and damage. It also contains hyaluronic acid for deep hydration!

    the thick white cream
    Amazon

    "This is one of those pricey beauty products where you buy it hoping it'll be just OK so you can go back to using the cheap stuff, but it turns out to be even better than expected — a bittersweet success. This decadent face cream is perfect for thirsty faces. Its thick consistency melts right into the skin, leaving it feeling bouncy and fresh with zero greasiness. Think: the glowing, dewy skin of an ethereal forest sprite. It's fragrance-free (good for sensitive skin) and uses vegan squalane (good for animals) to hydrate skin and help fight skin damage and free radicals. Also present to help with hydrations? Omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols, aka the skincare dream team. If you're OK splurging, your skin will definitely thank you." —Rebecca O'Connell

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $58.

    16. LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream brightens, firms, and rejuvenates so no one would ever guess that they routinely stay up until 2 a.m. watching TikToks.

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    "I can attest to the fact that this cream is *actually* safe for sensitive skin! As someone who has lost count of how many times I've woken up with swollen eyelids from an eye cream, I am excited to say this one has never done me wrong. Not to mention, it doesn't contain parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES, petroleum, or gluten, yet it still does exactly what it says it'll do: firm skin, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lock in all that moisture." —Brittany Gibson

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and in multi-packs).

    17. Peach Slices Citrus Honey Aqua Glow hydrates, plumps, and nourishes sensitive skin with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It's light on the skin (think serum texture rather than a thick, goopy cream) so it never feels suffocating.

    Peach Slices

    Peach & Lily is a woman-owned and Asian-owned small business.

    "This is my go-to moisturizer. I use it morning and night and love how lightweight and nonsticky it is. I have super-sensitive skin and this has never broken me out or clogged my pores. It gives me a subtle glow and really seals in all of the serums and facial oils I use beforehand. You also can't beat the fact that it's $12!" —Chelsea Stuart

    Amazon Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Peach & Lily Shipping Info: Expedited two-day and overnight shipping are available for an additional cost.

    Get it from Amazon and Peach & Lily for $11.99.

    18. An Esarora Ice Roller perks up tired and stressed skin, makes redness vanish, and helps de-puff perpetually swollen eye bags.

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    "My sister bought this for me and I'm obsessed with it — which is why I know it's awesome! It's my favorite thing to start my pampering with, but I also use it in the morning before I apply any makeup. All you have to do is pop the separate roller piece into your freezer and you'll be ready to de-puff in no time." —Heather Braga

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in nine colors).

    19. Grande Cosmetics GrandeLash-MD gives them the look of lash extensions without the hassle of having to make appointments for fill-ins. This miracle in a bottle is stuffed with amino acids, peptides, and vitamins that may make their lashes look longer and thicker.

    reviewer photo of their lashes in february, march, and april and you can tell that their lashes get longer and thicker looking as the months progress
    amazon.com

    "I use this religiously and notice a huuuge difference. I have allergies and tend to rub my eyes, which isn't great for my lashes, but this serum seriously helps with fallout and helps my lashes look much longer — when I use this they grow long enough to brush my brow bone, which would never happen otherwise. At the end of last year, I tried a different lash product (after running out of Grande lash for a while because ::shrugs:: pandemic) and it did *nothing* after *weeks* of trying. Now I'm back on the Grande lash for five to six weeks now and my lashes are already significantly longer. It just works, my friends." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get a three-month supply from Amazon for $65.

    20. Freck Beauty Slimelight highlights the skin beautifully, and application is out-of-this-world easy. They'll look vibrant no matter which angle the light hits 'em.

    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed, @freck / Via instagram.com

    "I consider myself *blessed* to have been able to try out this powerful, feels-so-good-on-the-skin beauty product. It comes in three highly-pigmented shades that complement different skin tones. And depending on the occasion, all three really do work for my darker complexion. Big Bang features a green/gold shimmer, Beam Machine a bronze/pink, and Space Face has a voilet/purple hue. I like to think Beam Machine is perfect for an everyday glow, Big Bang for a fancy dinner party, and Space Face for when I know I'm going out out."Jasmin Sandal

    Shipping Info: Expedited shipping for an additional cost. Members get free two-day shipping.

    Get it from Sephora for $28 (available in three shades).

    21. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick lives up to its name, staying put all damn day and leaving behind a matte finish.

    Ciera Velarde / BuzzFeed

    "When trying out a new lipstick, I absolutely hate when a great-looking lipstick completely disappears the second you take a bite to eat, start to sweat, or take a sip of water. That all changed when I tried Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. I have worn it almost exclusively for two years straight, I've rebought it several times, and the best part — it's under $10 a tube." —Ciera Velarde

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64+ (available in 38 shades).

    Check out Ciera's full Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick review to see the rest of the shades in action.

    22. InStyler Glossie shortens the straightening process for folks with thick, coily hair. The paddle offers more surface area for your strands, meaning it needs fewer passes to straighten.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    "You guys, with just one pass over my hair, it was almost entirely straight. My jaw literally dropped. Two more passes and it was pin straight, not fried looking, and just a joy to run my fingers through. I did my whole head of hair in about 15 minutes. I really can't describe how shocked I was by the results. There are four temperature settings too, from 300 degrees to 450 degrees, so you can customize the heat for your hair type. (I tried it on both the hottest and second hottest settings, and both worked for my very coarse hair — just make sure you protect your hair from the heat!)" —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Shipping Info: Orders placed before 11 a.m. PT Monday through Friday ship the next business day. Expedited two-day and overnight shipping via Fedex are available for an additional cost.

    Get it on Instyler for $79.99.

    23. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm actually loosens waterproof mascara, and is a great option to kick off their double cleansing routine. A major benefit of oil-based cleansers is that they attract the oils and debris already on the skin but are über-gentle and won't leave skin feeling tight and stripped. (And because it needs to be said — you absolutely can use an oil-based cleanser if you have oily skin.)

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    "I started double cleansing during quarantine because maskne and just generally being stressed — gestures at the world — was wreaking havoc on my skin. It was actually my coworker Nusrat (that's her above!) who convinced me to try the Banila Co's fan-favorite cleansing balm (check out her Banila Co Clean It Zero balm review for her full thoughts). Frustrated that my skin was breaking out, I blasted it with drying acne-fighting cleansers and harsh acid exfoliators. While my breakouts were marginally better, my skin became dry and ultra sensitive. So! I hit pause on my skincare routine (because obviously it wasn't working) and switched to gentle cleansers — including this one. It's the first step in my skincare routine and it feels super luxurious at the end of the day. I don't typically wear makeup because I work from home, but it's an excellent makeup remover when I *do* wear foundation or BB creams. It even lifts my waterproof mascara, which I pack on because I have stick-straight Asian lashes. I've seen the frequency of my breakouts decrease (even though I wear my mask more now, thanks a lot, Delta variant) and I wouldn't consider my skin sensitive anymore. This product is truly a winner in my book!" —Melanie Aman

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in four formulas).

    24. Black Girl Sunscreen protects and moisturizes without leaving behind that awful white cast. It's specifically designed for melanated skin and made with ingredients like avocado, carrot juice, jajoba, sunflower oil, and more.

    buzzfeed editor holding a tube of black girl sunscreen
    Marquaysa Battle / BuzzFeed

    Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman–owned brand. The sunscreen is SPF 30 and is paraben free, fragrance free, vegan, and cruelty free.

    "Babyyy! This was the best beauty find of 2020 for me. The first body sunscreen I've found that does NOT leave me looking ashy. Wearing sunscreen regularly (yup, even in the fall) is one of my new self-care methods and I feel good putting this on knowing it a) doesn't look ghostly on me and b) was made by Black women just like me." —Marquaysa Battle

    Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    25. C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub sloughs away dead skin, leaving behind a sugary sweet vanilla and brown sugar scent and soft, glowing, and smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom skin.

    a hand holding out a jar of the body scrub
    C & The Moon

    "I have pretty aggressive keratosis pilaris on my upper arms (aka my skin is prone to feeling rough and bumpy), so I'm always looking for a good body scrub that'll exfoliate without stripping my skin of that oh so necessary moisture The difference after using this product is noticeable and immediate. It's made with just a handful of natural ingredients, your skin will feel like a baby seal, and you'll smell like a fresh-baked cookie. A little goes a long way (I promise) and it comes packaged in a reusable and recyclable glass jar! My skin has never felt so soft so I recommending adding to your showertime routine ASAP." —Danielle Healy

    Get it from C & The Moon for $20+ (available in three sizes). 

    26. Love & Pebble Dermaroller Kit delivers the same smoothing and firming results they're probably paying a lot for at the spa. This face roller has itty bitty needles that, when rolled on the skin, leave behind pinpoints that trigger the body's natural healing response. Over time it can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring, pores, and fine lines, as well as help their skincare absorb better.

    Love & Pebble

    "This includes a travel case, a complete derma roller, and three extra roller heads. BTW, I use this! When I first started wearing masks outside I'd get painful, deep, red blemishes. They weren't quite whiteheads or open acne, so zit stickers and my daily cleanser and moisturizer weren't cutting it. I started using this when I heard that microneedling could help with that deep-set pressure. I use this a couple days a week and it was exactly what I needed in my routine to relieve my skin. I'm stoked I found this!" —Mal Mower

    Shipping Info: Orders ship via USPS, and shipping can take up to 14 business days depending on your location.

    Get it from Love & Pebble for $25.

    27. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray locks in their look for up to 16 hours so they can go from work to play without needing a touch-up.

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    "I use this spray and will swear by it for the rest of my days. I definitely have oilier skin in the summer months and over the years, I've tried a number of drugstore setting sprays that did absolutely nothing. This spray is worth the extra coins. I even wore it to Puerto Rico. Through the blazing sun and lots of ocean splashes, my makeup did NOT budge." —Marquaysa Battle

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in three sizes).

    28. Sandy Cheeks Highlight Palette leaves a stunning glow they'll love more than Sandy loves the great state of Texas.

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    "Don't let the cute SpongeBob Squarepants packaging fool you, this highlighter palette is GREAT. I love mixing between different shades to pop on as my highlighter and also as an eyeshadow base! I've gotten lazy with age and love just adding a highlighter on my lids and inner corners and then my bronzer as a crease shade, and this highlight palette is perfect for my no-fuss, simplified makeup routine. This cute packaging is truly a bonus for some seriously pigmented highlight shades. Get this palette, it's worth it." —Ali Faccenda

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    29. Cerave Resurfacing Retinol Serum helps them conquer their post-acne hyperpigmentation *and* their fear of this spooky-sounding skincare product everyone has been telling them they need to start adding to their beauty routine.

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    "I was immediately impressed with the serum's lightweight gel-cream consistency that's super easy to spread and basically melts into the skin. I typically apply it every other night after cleansing with my go-to La Roche-Posay cleanser, and one and a half pumps is impressively enough to cover my giant face and neck. Unlike a stronger retinol moisturizer I tried before this one, I experienced no redness or irritation even after the first use. My sensitive skin drinks it up without any problems. More importantly, it's made my skin look and feel amazing in the past year. I've noticed my skin tone looks way more even and slightly brighter, and the few pesky breakouts I previously experienced every month have basically disappeared." —Daniel Boan

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    Check out the rest of Daniel's Cerave Resurfacing Retinol Serum review for more deets!

    30. Pixi Glow Tonic reveals glowy skin underneath thanks to 5% glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliant that sheds dead skin cells to reveal the brighter, newer ones that have been hiding underneath.

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    "I've been obsessed with the Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic for a little over two years. Back then, I was dealing with a lot of random breakouts that led to hyperpigmentation, so I had some dark spots from pimples, and I wanted to find a way to even out my skin tone. I tried a bunch of different methods, but nothing seemed to work that well. I remember hearing about the Glow Tonic online, so I bought the travel-sized version to try it out. Within the first few weeks, I noticed that my breakouts were clearing up. Eventually, the dark spots faded, and with even more time, they completely went away. I still use the Glow Tonic in my nighttime skin routine (I apply it with a cotton ball after washing my face and before putting on my moisturizer), and it's honestly transformed my skin! Patience and consistency is key!" —Liz Richardson

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    31. Alaffia Everyday Shea Bubble Bath tells them you 100% understand how important bathtime is for them. Let them unwind with this sulfate-free unscented soap made with fair-trade shea butter and African wild yam extract.

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    Alaffia is a small business making skincare and body care products that are free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, and phthalates with the goal of giving back to and empowering communities in Africa.

    "I have ~the~ most sensitive skin in the world and I swear by this brand's unscented body wash! It's fragrance-, alcohol-, and sulfate-free and packed with moisturizing unrefined shea butter, just like their bubble bath 🛁." —Harper Hendrickson

    Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    32. Beautyblender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation blends flawlessly with skin, leaving behind a long-lasting full-coverage finish that doesn't feel heavy.

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    "Here's my face with Bounce! Pretty good, if I do say so myself. Foundation usually really gets on my nerves, but I barely notice when this stuff is on — until I look in the mirror, of course, when I'm taken aback at how well covered my blemishes and usual red spots are. The bottle can also act as a palette and has an awesome locking feature that makes it perfect for travel." —Rachel Dunkel

    Shipping Info: Expedited shipping for an additional cost. Members get free two-day shipping.

    Get it from Sephora for $40 (available in 19 shades).

    33. Seraphine Ginger + Gold Frosting Blush adds a subtle flush of color that'll leave them looking radiant.

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    Seraphine Botanicals is also a family-owned-and-operated small business that makes small batches (no more than 300 pieces of any product are made at a time) of their cosmetics, which ensures your products are always fresh.

    "If you've been on the hunt for an affordable vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand, pleeease let me introduce you to Seraphine Botanicals. I've been using their radiance and frosting blushes and all I have to say is, wow. OK wait, I do need to quickly add that this compact blush creates the most gorgeous, natural-looking flush with the softest hint of sparkle. It's a like an all-in-one blush and highlighter, and it belongs in your makeup bag." —Kayla Suazo

    Shipping Info: Shipping typically takes five to seven days via USPS.

    Get it from Seraphine Botanicals for $14+ (see all their shades here).

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