Free money is the best kind, which is why shopping with a gift card is the closest most of us will ever come to nirvana. If you left the holidays with a shiny black Sephora card or two slipped into your wallet, then congratulations: You can finally take home that fancy face mask you just know you'll love (because you've already read all 5,000 reviews) without holding your breath as the cashier rings up your total at checkout.
You might already have an idea of how you'll treat yourself, but if you're still weighing how best to put those gratis funds to use, we've got you covered. Ahead, we've broken down how our Refinery29 beauty editors would spend their Sephora gift card based on price point, from under $50 to $75 and over $100. Scroll through to shop all our favorite picks — from clear self-tanners and watermelon mask sticks to luxe lip balms and round brushes — and start 2019 off right. Just don't forget to send a thank-you card.
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