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Buy like a beauty editor: The insider secret to trying products like a pro

by Kristin Granero /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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If you want to know an insider beauty secret, start thinking inside the box.

Gift sets can save you 10, 20, even hundreds of dollars otherwise spent purchasing products individually. Even better, they're often curated, featuring best sellers or a customized grouping that serves a specific purpose.

Still not sold? Read on for some of the most beautiful (and budget-friendly) bundles on the market.

1. Sephora Favorites Beauty Closet

Perfect for the ultimate beauty guru, this Sephora Favorites Beauty Closet, $99 (valued at $298), is a one-stop shop for all of your beautifying needs. It includes 21 beloved items — like Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and Lancôme Paris Lip Lover — and hand-picked by Sephora staff members.

2. Josie Maran Blossom & Bloom Argan Hydrating Color Collection

Josie Maran

Talk about a garden variety! Great for the green thumb, this Josie Maran Blossom & Bloom Argan Hydrating Color Collection, $62 (valued at $94), contains argan oil-infused fixings for a fresh-faced glow. As an added bonus, the Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee doubles as a poppy-hued lip balm.

3. bareMinerals Get Started Kit


If you're just starting out, this limited-edition bareMinerals Get Started Kit, $29.98 (valued at $124), has you covered. In addition to all of the necessities for a flawless foundation, it includes mascara, eye brightener and faux tan color for taking things to the next level.

4. WEN by Chaz Dean 4-pc. Deluxe Cleansing Conditioner Set

Chaz Dean broke the mold when he introduced his "five-in-one" conditioner formulas (typically ringing in at $32 a pump). Get the full sensory, strand-repairing experience for less with this WEN by Chaz Dean 4-pc. Deluxe Cleansing Conditioner Set, $84 (valued at $124), featuring Tea Tree, Sweet Almond Mint, Lavender and Pomegranate scents.

5. Crabtree & Evelyn London Hand Therapy Paint Tin

It can be easy to burn through your hand cream, especially when skin is dry. Make sure you're fully stocked with this beautiful Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Paint Tin, $60 (valued at $96). Nestled inside are seemingly endless moisturizing opportunities in the form of colorful tubes and sweet scents.

6. Bliss Vanilla Set

Give yourself the spa treatment without having leaving the house with this Bliss Vanilla Set, $44 (valued at $87), complete with Soapy Suds, Body Buff and Body Butter for cleansing, smoothing and protecting. Your summer skin will thank you!

7. Lorac Real Life to Red Carpet Pro Tutorial Set

Lights, camera, action! If it's been a while since you've experienced the red carpet treatment, look to this handy Lorac Real Life to Red Carpet Pro Tutorial Set, $42 (valued at $106). Equipped with lip gloss, cheek stain, a face palette, mascara, face primer and a handy tutorial booklet, it contains everything you need for your next close-up (ahem, even if it's just a selfie).

8. Korres Ultra-Hydrating 5-Piece Shower Gel Collection

Talk about looking (and smelling) good enough to eat! This kitchen counter-worthy Korres Ultra-Hydrating 5-piece Shower Gel Collection, $36.50 (valued at $80) features all the ingredients - from Basil Lemon to Mint Tea - for a truly aromatic and rejuvenating experience. Go through one at a time or keep a few on rotation to keep your senses guessing.

9. Urban Decay Smoky Naked Palette

Urban Decay

Cue the frenzy! The much-beloved Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palettes now have a new iteration: smoky. It's so anticipated that you can only sign up to be on the waitlist for now, but trust us that once the set is released, the collection of 12 shadows will become your nighttime go-to.

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