Limited Edition Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

We’ve officially passed Halloween, and now it’s time to start getting into the Holiday frame of mind. Of course, by all means prepare for Thanksgiving and eat to your hearts content but you always need to be plotting, er I mean planning out your Holiday Beauty Buys because this is the best time to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to the world of beauty. To make it easier for you, I’ve scoured Sephora in search of the best deals and steals and put them all together in this neat holiday gift guide just for you. Now I’ll be honest, and there may be some brands that didn’t make the cut, but had some really great deals. However, here at Cosmetically Challenged I only support brands that support the African Diaspora. So, in a nutshell if the color of my skin is not good enough to be featured in a companies ads, well that company isn’t good enough to be featured on my site. Can I get an Amen? Stroll through the look book below to see which deals I think are best. Below the look book, I break down why I’ve chosen this particular product. I may even give you a mathematical breakdown but… that depends on if I feel like counting on my fingers today or not.



From lipsticks to glosses and more, this multibranded lip set features different formulas and four color families for you to pair up with: red, berry, pink, and nude. Perfect for a beginner or a beauty addict, it lets you explore 14 of Sephora’s favorite brands and 17 different products, making it a value set that you’ll want to give as a gift or keep for yourself. This is a great set if you want to amp up your collection of lip products. There is a range of high end (Make Up For Ever and Laura Mercier) and Sephora Store Brands giving you a great amount of different proucts to try. While there are some nude colors in the set the color range is mostly pink and red so keep that in mind when purchasing this product.
If you missed out on the Make Up For Ever 30th Anniversary Palette which featured 30 of their new Artist Shadows here’s an even better deal! Worth $662 this kit gives you the 30 of the BEST in face, eyes and lips from Make Up For Ever. I am a huge Make UP For Ever Fan and if you really want to try out the brand without spending a lot of money this is the best way to go. If you use your 20% VIB code the kit comes down to $240!
Everyone has wanted to get in on the action of the Kat Von D studded lipsticks. They were flying off the shelves when the first arrived, but now here’s your chance to own nine of the shades in mini tubes that look just like the originals. This is great if you’ve been wanting to sample them all. Make sure you check out my blog post that breaks down the hit and misses of some of the colors before you by. With your Sephora VIB discount this set comes down to $31.20 which is $10 more than one full sized lipstick.
Estee Lauder is a brand that many people look over and definitely should not. Have you see their blushes??? Orgasmic!! Their lipsticks are exactly the same, moisturizing and pigmented for the Gods! The set comes with a range or red, coral, pink and nude lipsticks in mini size. With your VIB discount the set retails for $30.

You may think you need to get that MAC liner but seriously think again. Sephora has some of the best eyeliners ever made and people don’t know about them because they are constantly slept on and over looked for some of the bigger brands. My favorite eyeliner is the black one from Sephora, yea I suck because I don’t know the name of it but trust me it’s amazing, plus you get 10 hours of wear out of it. For $39.20 (with your VIB discount) you can’t beat getting 10 amazing full size eyeliners.
I’m not a huge nail polish person but this is an amazing deal! 24 mini polishes for $60! The Ciate brand is a haute brand at Sephora and this collection gives you a little bit of everything. One mini alone retails for $8, and if you were to get 24 you’d be paying $192! With your Sephora VIB the price is $52 which is an even better steal.
I love perfume and I have a very large collection. However, I’m rather picky about my scents and I also don’t like to pay full price. The Sephora Fragrance sampler is the best way to take home 14 sample vials of fragrances. You can try out each one and narrow down your favorite fragrance. Once you’ve picked the one you like best just take the voucher to Sephora and turn it in for a full size bottle. I like these kits because the sampler usually contains several fragrance that I like so I end up being able to take them with me when I travel. This product retails for only $52 with your VIB discount!
Just like the Sephora Lip Sampler, the Sephora favorites offers a little bit of everything ranging from hair to nails. I love how you get a Nars Blush along with a Urban Decay eyeshadow, and a Anastasia eye pencil. This is a great set for someone looking to jump start their makeup collection. With your VIB discount this retails for only $60!
I’ve already gushed about the Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow so I’ll keep this short and sweet. In this kit you get 12 Artist Eyeshadows and a Artist Eyeliner in nice Make Up For Ever Case. While the shadows are a bit smaller than the original sizes you’re still getting a huge bang for your buck as they retail individually for $21 each for .07oz compared to the 0.024oz you get in this kit. With your VIB discount you’ll only be paying $47 for 12 of the most coveted colors in the Artist Eyeshadow line up.
The Big Hair Don’t Care Dry Bar kit is something every girl needs in her bathroom. I have natural hair and while I don’t blow dry it that much I still know the difference between a so so blow dryer and a one that is absolutely amazing. The Blow dryer alone retails for $190 so for an extra $9 bucks your getting a awesome deal. Snatch this one up before it’s gone. With your VIB discount you’ll only be paying $159. Talk about savings!

Last but not least we have another nail polish gift set that you can keep all to yourself or split with friends. While these are mini’s you’re still getting a great deal as your getting 22 mini polishes for $55. The original sizes retail for $12.50 each, and lets be honest, how often do you really go through an entire bottle of nail polish. These mini bottles are great for throwing in your bag and taking them on the go. With your VIB discount this set drops down to $44!



  1. November 4, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    I’m all over the MUFE sets myself. I love that you put in the Sephora F&F prices – makes me want them more. I am very interested in that SephoraX set.

  2. November 4, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    I’ll vouch for the dry bar set – I have the hair dryer and it is amazing!

  3. November 4, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    If the MUFE set was cruelty free I’d snap it up

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