Bells will be ringing, and holiday events will soon be filling up the calendar, so now is a great time to start stocking up on some of the most-coveted holiday 2012 beauty products. 'Tis the season for lots of glitter, jewel tones, and metallic hues, so don't be afraid to try something new! If you're working with a tight budget, you can even pick up a few runway-inspired trends for the makeup bag. I found a dozen or so holiday 2012 makeup and beauty must-haves that won't put a dent in your budget this season.
Here are 12 holiday 2012 beauty must-haves that cost $12 or less:
#1: China Glaze Holiday Joy Nail Polish ($7)
These nail lacquers will add a festive touch to any outfit, and the limited edition Holiday Joy Collection for 2012 is now available. The collection includes one metallic, one shimmer, five micro-glitter, two chunky glitter, and three cream polishes that are easy to layer.
#2: Bliss Mistletoe Musts ($12)
Whether you want to treat yourself to an ultra-luxe moisturizer or need a stocking stuffer gift at the last minute, be sure to pick up this moisturizing set that's perfect for the cold-weather months ahead. The set includes the Bliss "fabulips" softening lip balm and high intensity hand cream.
#3: OPI James Bond Collection Skyfall - Casino Royale ($7 - $8)
Show off your glamorous side with metallic purple nails this holiday season. OPI James Bond Collection Skyfall nail polish will up the glam factor with any outfit.
#4: Hello Kitty Charmmy Eyeshadow Stick ($7)
Currently on sale at Sephora, these pearlescent eyeshadow sticks are perfect for traveling with and will add a touch of shimmer to those lids. Pick up Teacup (shimmering brown) or Kimono (shimmering navy) for a glamorous touch.
#5: Urban Decay Lip Love ($12)
Need a new lip gloss for the season? Try Urban Decay's Lip Love Honey-Infused Lip Therapy for a boost of moisture and a hint of color. The color Taunt is a good match for all skin types.
#6: Zoya Nail Polish - Electra ($8)
This holographic glitter shade is made with holographic bar tinsel and has a clear base so you can layer it on top of other nail polish shades, or just wear it alone to add some sparkle to your tips. Zoya is a vegan-friendly line, and you can pick up some other holiday 2012 colors including Blaze, Aurora, or Storm for just $8 a pop.
#7: Essie Nail Color - Wrapped in Rubies ($8)
Dress up those nails in a rich crimson color this season with the Essie Wrapped in Rubies nail polish. This nail color is perfect for creating a glamorous Hollywood inspired look and can be layered with a glitter or crackle polish for an even more dramatic effect.
#8: Victoria's Secret Body Shimmer ($9 - $12)
A scented shimmering spray could be just what you need for date night and other dressier ensembles this season. Pick up one of the Victoria's Secret scents to add a subtle fragrance and a hint of glitter.
#9: Bath and Body Works Vanilla Products ($8 or less)
Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla and Cherry Vanilla scented products can be an indulgent treat for yourself or a girlfriend this holiday season. Pick up a moisturizer or body wash in these yummy scents as a sweet treat for the skin.
#10: L'Occitane Shea Butter Soap ($7 - $10)
Keep your skin silky and smooth this season with Shea butter products. The L'Occitane Shea Butter Soap is an extra gentle formula and will infuse your skin with natural emollients.
#11: Origins Peace of Mind® ($12)
When stress levels run high this holiday season, enjoy a time out with the Origins Peace of Mind sensory therapy formula. Just dab this stress-relieving formula on to your temples or earlobes for on-the-spot relief and comfort.
#12: Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips ($10 - $12)
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips eye-enhancing palettes are well-suited for layering, and you'll find a range of highly-pigmented shades. Pick up the shimmering purple, green, or bronze palettes for some holiday-ready looks.
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