The Ulta Beauty Lover’s Gift Guide

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I’m guessing you may have a few beauty lovers on your holiday shopping list. Which, let’s be honest, is the most fun recipient you can shop for because you can just buy things that you really want yourself! (I like living vicariously through my gifts to others.)

And if you do have one of these beauty lovers on your list, there’s no better place to shop than Ulta. Because whether you want to spend a little or a lot, they’ve got you covered.


Here is my beauty lovers gift guide Check it out, then hit up Ulta to cross some items off your shopping list.


• Ladies Love Limited Edition: There’s nothing that can work a beauty junkie into a frenzy like the words “limited edition.” And the holidays are loaded with options. I was especially weak in the knees this season for the Smashbox Wondervision Cosmic Eye Set ($32); a gorgeous circular palette of six shades ranging from shimmery champagne to microglitter dusted sapphire, plus a full size Limitless Eye Liner in Oynx and a Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black. If this doesn’t make someone smile, nothing will.





• The Proper Tools: Growing up, my Grandfather taught me that “You always need the proper tools for the job.” Little did I know this advice would carry over to haircare! Using a quality styling tool will not only cut the time you spend on your hair, but you’ll get better results as well.

I don’t know one beauty lover who wouldn’t want to unwrap this Ultra CHI Flat Iron in Lacy Magenta ($80). This Ulta exclusive is lightweight, has 1” tourmaline ceramic plates, comes with a glittery carrying case and is a squeal-worthy gift for someone you want to splurge on.



A good thing about Ulta: Do you love a good coupon? They have tons of them! The Ultra Chi was regularly $150, on sale for $99, but a 20% off hair tools coupon brought it down even more.


• Everybody Bathes: Unsure of someone’s beauty style? Go with bath and body. A new body wash is always welcome, especially if it’s opalescent like the beauties in Philosophy Season of Sparkle ($26). Three 3-in-1’s (that’s shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath) in White Pear, White Cherry and White Cranberry are economical and oh-so festive.



• Best Bet for a Budding Beauty Lover: A mega kit is mega fun for someone who’s just beginning to explore makeup. The ULTA Beauty Box Blockbuster collection ($17.99) is 74 whopping pieces, including 48 eye shadows, 6 cream eye liners, 6 blushes and more. It feels like you’re robbing someone with this good of a deal! Plus, once the products are done you can use the box for jewelry and trinkets.



A good thing about Ulta: Sale galore! Not a tiny clearance section, but sales every week on the things you really want. (Like the Beauty Box Blockbuster, which was regularly $19.99.)


• A Splurge They Wouldn’t Buy Themselves: Like a $30 nail polish, filled with with real silver and 18K gold leaf! If that doesn’t say “luxurious splurge” I don’t know what does. It’s OPI Mariah Pure ($30) and it’s super pretty.




• Make your own Neutral Palette: I know, everyone and their mother wants the new Naked 3 palette (me included), but it’s far from the only neutral in town. In fact, why not piece together your own palette with these fabulous NYX Love in Rio Palettes ($5.99)?


I have to admit, I’m kind of addicted to them. 22 trios of eye shadow that rival the pigment and fashion forward shades of the high end brands. And their selection of nudes is INCREDIBLE.

Ulta-Gift-Guide-18Moonlight Skinny Dip

Ulta-Gift-Guide-19Barefoot in the Sand

Ulta-Gift-Guide-20Segredos de Giselle

Ulta-Gift-Guide-21Meet Me at the Copa

Ulta-Gift-Guide-23swatches (by threes) are: Moonlight Skinny Dip, Barefoot in the Sand, Segredos de Giselle, Meet Me at the Copa

And the BEST thing about Ulta – drugstore brands mixed with high end. The mix of brands is unlike anywhere else, and makes for a really exciting and varied shopping basket!

Need more ideas? Check out Ulta’s Holiday Gift Guide.

ULTA_Beauty_Logo_432ULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ULTA Beauty via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ULTA Beauty.


  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  1. A big, new ULTA opened not far from me a month ago, and I’ve literally been there every week. There is always something new, and you’re right, @stef , it’s the perfect place to find gifts from the beauty lovers in your life—- or yourself. How did I miss those NYX Love in Rio palettes? I guess I’ll have to stop at ULTA this weekend!

    1. I hear you @turboterp – I’m within walking distance to my local Ulta – it’s right next door to Target – so it’s a blessing (for my vanity) and a curse (for my wallet). I just can’t resist “popping in” when I am supposed to be picking up paper towels and laundry detergent.

    2. NYX Love in Rio’s are amazing! They have bigger “Love in” palettes, but these are my favs. Check out the super bright fun ones too.

  2. @stef – I am a big Ulta fan. Ulta is one of those places you can find what you are looking for at any price point. It is like a beauty clearing house – everything you need A-Z. I am also a firm believer that you need the correct tools to do the job. You can Never HAVE TOO MANY TOOLS!

    1. My bathroom cabinets would disagree with you about never having too many tools! But I tell them to be quiet and manage to shove new ones in all the time…

  3. I’ve been liking Ulta more lately. While it’s not on their website anymore, if any of you see their Tarte Gorgeous Getaways palette in store–an Ulta exclusive–do yourself a huge favor and grab it. Best. Purchase. Ever. They also have 2 exclusive Stila Convertible Color trios–one warm and one cool. Both palettes contain 2 standard shades and one limited edition. They are MAGICAL.

    Ulta has been wooing me with their exclusives and the fact that they give up deluxe samples more readily than my other love, Sephora. Sephora has been downright stingy with deluxe samples lately–you have to use a bunch of points or spend at least $25 for a sample so tiny that it should be free. I’ve never gone into an Ulta and NOT gotten a kick ass sample or sample set. Loving them.

    1. Thanks for the recs @krista – I’ve ogled that Tarte set in my Ulta – you may have pushed over the edge.

      One thing I like about Ulta is that I get coupons in the mail frequently – coupons that I remember to use. And if I use them when there is a sale going on (like one of their “buy two get one free” deals in hair care) the savings are pretty nice!

  4. What I love most about Ulta is their wide array of products–you’ve got drugstore products and high end products and everything in between!

    1. Right? I love a basket where a $6 eye shadow palette sits next to a $35 one!

  5. Love this gift guide! I think I need to add that OPI polish to my shopping list as a gift for myself!

  6. Ulta is amazing! They are great for both the high and the low. Also, I totally agree that they offer amazing coupons and sales. I am a fan and will for sure be picking up several Christmas gifts there this year.

  7. THANK YOU, @stef, for highlighting Ulta and all that it offers. I am discriminating when it comes to makeup, but I must admit that there are times when a prestigious name does not equal a superior product (two years ago, I had ONE palette from Givenchy which was a nightmare–there was very little pigmentation). The Ulta kits themselves are also useful for those who like more pricey items–Ulta puts great color combinations to make it easy to apply and go. Loved this piece!

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