The Best Beauty Buys For The Holiday

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Sure, we know Christmas is all about family, friends, and food, but let’s not pretend like a good beat doesn’t go far this time of year too. There are holiday parties at every turn, new parents and partners to meet, and, of course, New Year’s Eve festivities and we simply couldn’t forgive ourselves if we didn’t help you put your best foot — or face — forward. So we’ve put together this list of the best beauty buys for you to grab today so you can step out looking fierce tomorrow.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna (Stunna Lip Paint) $24

Not since Rihanna’s Ri Ri Woo has a red lip color been as coveted as Stunna which just hit shelves Thanksgiving. Like her foundations, Rihanna somehow managed to create a shade of red that looks good on everyone so trust us when we say you don’t want to be left out.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette $55

This time of year is all about shimmer and shine and so should be the case when it comes to your makeup too. Hence the inclusion of Urban Decay’s limited edition Heavy Metals eyeshadow palette which has 20 of the brands most pigmented metallic shades yet, ranging from neutrals to purples, blues, and greens. You can truly wear these colors on just about any occasion (and in any season).

MAC Face Powder/Snow Ball (Here Comes Joy) $34

Here comes joy is right when it comes to this peachy gold powder with the perfect amount of shimmer to light up the apples of any girl’s cheeks. This limited edition buy won’t be around long.


Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For™ No- Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector $28

The foundation of any beat face is a great primer and Peter Thomas Roth’s Skin to Die For complexion perfector will certainly give your current primer a run for it’s money. The lightweight formula easily glides onto skin and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles while mattifying oiliness, making it a great product to wear sans makeup when you want to enhance your natural beauty just a bit. Under foundation, however, the primer provides Instagram filter-like results, keeping pores at bay and letting your beautiful, natural skin be the only thing that’s seen.

GlamGlow Let it Glow! SUPERMUD® Set $69

If you really want to glow up this holiday season, do it with this set of four treatments from GlamGlow, designed to clear, smooth, soften, and brighten skin. Each product can be used in a variety of different ways, from a pre-makeup daytime mask to firm skin to an in-flight treatment to keep skin hydrated while in the air. You really can’t go wrong with this set. 

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $65

Want to leave your dark spots and hyperpigmentation behind in 2017? Let Murad help you achieve that goal with its Rapid Lightening Serum which has two percent hydroquinone to quickly diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. In a study sponsored by the brand, 85% of participants saw a reduction in the appearance of discoloration in just one week. We suggest you get on this now.

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette (Sublime) $125

If you haven’t heard, Pat McGrath’s makeup line is the new “it” collection and Sublime is just one of three new Mothership eyeshadow palettes recently released by the famed makeup artist that has us drooling. Plus, knowing this purchase supports a Black woman should make you feel a little bit better about splurging on yourself.

Orb Hair -Skin-Nails + Collagen $39.99

They say beauty starts from the inside out and Orb couldn’t agree more. The wellness brand’s Hair Skin Nails supplement was created based on the idea that these parts of your body need more than biotin to look and feel their best. Enter collagen and jojoba oil which work in conjunction with biotin in Orb’s 2-in-1 pill and oil formulation with patented time-release technology to give your body the nutrients it needs all throughout the day.

Ardell Flawless Eyelashes #801 $6.90

We couldn’t possibly give you all of these fabulous eyeshadow options without the icing on the cake. Nothing makes eyes pop more than a set of wispy, dark lashes and Ardell Flawless Lashes are definitely our fave. No other brand offers a premium product (we’re talking Remy human hairs) at such a modest price.


Pretty in Glam Nail Polish (Jazzed) $8

Truthfully, we’d take any shade of polish in Ashley Briana’s 100% Vegan Luxury Nail Polish line but we especially love Jazzed which is the perfect shimmer shade for fall and winter. Cruelty-free, no animal testing, and owned and operated by a Black woman? We’re sold.

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