10 Excellent Ways to Spend That $25 Gift Card to Sephora

If you got a Sephora gift card this holiday season, congrats: You've hit the beauty jackpot. The skincare, hair, and makeup megastore has just about every product you could ever imagine (and ones you never dreamed existed). But, we know that it can be overwhelming to decide how to use that dough—and if you're carrying the standard $25 credit, there's a good chance you may end up spending some of your own hard-earned cash on stuff you probably don't even need. That's why we've rounded up 10 legitimately life-changing $25-and-under buys always in stock at Sephora. Go forth, and wield that free money wisely! 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($22)
This dry shampoo is a serious game-changer: It contains patented molecules that ensure you won't be left with any white, powdery residue on your hair. 
 

 

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Benefit They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($24)
The staggered bristles grab every last hair, curling and defining your lashes. Oh, and the formula does not budge, so need to worry about flakes. 

Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask ($8)
Feeling dry this winter? Slap on this sheet mask, which is soaked in soothing, hydrating ingredients like witch hazel and chamomile flower water. At $8 a pop, you'll have plenty more to spend on other goodies. 

Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21)
Pull off that Kylie Jenner lip look with one of these nudes that lasts all day (seriously, they won't even smear during a makeout sesh). Bonus: They smell like cocoa. 
 

 

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Rita Hazan Root Concealer for Gray Hair ($25)
This innovative aerosol spray comes in a variety of natural hues and temporarily hides grays, giving you at least another week to spare between salon touch-ups.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21)
Brow guru Anastasia Soare's makeup line has a cult following for a reason. Her brow wiz is no joke: The mechanical pencil, available in nine shades, fills in over-tweezed brows and looks natural. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Hand Cream ($15)
Mary-Kate and Ashley may not be appearing on Netflix's Fuller House, but we forgive them since they're busy creating some pretty rad fragrances. This non-greasy hand cream is laced with the chic twins' signature nirvana black scent, featuring notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla. 

Beautyblender ($20)
If you have just one tool in your makeup arsenal, it needs to be this one. Use the Beautyblender, a sponge applicator, to dab on foundation, cream blush, and more—you'll be amazed at the airbrushed effect. 
 

 

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($24)
Available in every color of the rainbow, these bestselling eyeliners go on silky smooth and stay in place for hours. 

Clinqiue Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($20)
Give cracked lips the heave-ho with this duo. On one end: a sugar scrub. On the other: a sheer, tinted lip balm. 

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