Gift cards are great — until you can’t figure out what to do with them. They’re particularly helpful when you want to experiment with a trendy makeup product or stock up on your holy grail beauty buys. But here’s where it gets tricky: What if you have no clue where to start? That’s where we come in. We gave each makeup.com beauty editor an imaginary $50 to shop at Sephora until she drops (and the money runs out). See our picks, ahead:
I'm well aware that I'm an active lipstick hoarder, and truth is, I don't think I'll ever feel like I own enough Urban Decay Vice Lipstick. This one called Love Drunk (a deep red with tonal shimmer) is one of my personal fave red shades that I'm hoping to stock up on for life.
Every time I get my hands on a Sephora gift card, I always go for a luxe YSL lipstick. They're super creamy, rich and pigmented — not to mention the packaging looks killer on your vanity (and even better on your Instagram).
I would also definitely get a Dr. Jart Shake + Shot, aka the newest, coolest rubber mask that is perfect for makeup prep. Even cooler, there's a DIY element where you have to mix the mask together, and it comes in the trippiest packaging.
As an eyeshadow palette collector, I can’t resist anything matte, pigmented and neutral. This limited edition palette has five soft, blendable shadows that are perfect for an everyday eye look. The gorgeous pink packaging doesn’t hurt either.
I was wary about red lipstick before discovering this gorgeous red shade. It looks amazing on me — and on pretty much everyone else, as well. The formula is also one of my favorites — it dries matte but also wears comfortably throughout the day. Definitely my new fave.
CoverFX Perfect Light Mini Highlighter, $10
I can’t resist a good highlighter, especially a mini one that can fit in pretty much every bag I own. This one is a champagne shade and gives me just the right amount of glow. I’m obsessed!
Gift cards are for splurging, IMHO, and what’s more of a splurge than a wildly chic brow gel? This one fills and holds my brows all in one quick step, and the glam packaging makes me feel like a fancy French lady.
I love to travel, and I hate to wash my hair. Enter: This mini dry shampoo. It’s tiny enough for any overnight bag and refreshes hair so instantly and thoroughly, it’s like you’ve washed and blow dried.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.