The Oscars Gift Bag Is Worthy of an Award Itself (and Here Are 10 Swoon-Worthy Products You Can Shop)

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We’re in the thick of awards season, and now it’s all culminating to the biggest night of the year: the Academy Awards. While only one will win Best Picture (and don’t get us started on all the snubs), the good news is many more will be the winners (ahem, recipients) of an epic goodie bag presented by marketing company Distinctive Assets. This year’s swag bag is packed with more than 30 swoon-worthy products and services, including gemstone-laden gold bracelets and an Italian vacation. And while some of the items require an A-list budget, many are surprisingly affordable. Here are 10 of our favorite (and budget-friendly) products that you can shop for yourself.  

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  • Why We Love It: nourishing ingredients, can be worn alone or layered with your favorite shade

Obsessed with lip masks? Academy Award nominees will find this $20 Miage lip treatment in their goodie bag, which it launched in partnership with Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney. The company promises that the mask will render your lips “petal soft” for the perfect pout, with a pink tint that lets you layer it with other products or wear alone. It’s packed with Vitamin E and sesame oil, the latter of which Healthline reports has anti-inflammatory and healing properties and has been shown to offer UV protection.

  • Why We Love It: complex flavor, barrel aged for one to two years

This isn’t your average midnight-run tequila. Añejo tequilas are known for their complex flavors and are considered the richest variation of spirit, being barrel aged for one to two years. It makes for a good bourbon or whiskey substitute, so why not shake up an Añejo Old Fashioned or Añejo Sour at your next cocktail party?

  • Why We Love It: two-for-one jewelry cleaner and hand moisturizer, gentle on skin, female- and veteran- owned small business

Shinery’s Radiance Wash is one Oprah’s Favorite Things and is apparently so good, it made last year’s gift bag, too. Cleaning jewelry can be a pain, but this is a two-for-one. Simply apply it on your jewelry and your hands, suds it up and rinse. The company says that it’ll work on all metals and gemstones, from platinum and brass to pearls and diamonds. The solution is plant-based without toxic and harsh chemicals, with the promise of leaving your hands soft and moisturized, and your jewelry glittering.

oscars gif bag 2023: epic light beauty blush for eyes, lips and cheeks
  • Why We Love It: can be applied on eyes, cheeks and lips, nourishing ingredients, buildable

Lightweight and moisturizing, Epic Light Beauty’s all-purpose blush does everything. Apply just a tad to your eyes, lips and/or cheeks for a soft glow or layer on more for deeper color. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid, avocado oil and sea fennel extract designed to smooth fine lines.

5. Evolve Together Hand Cream

Evolve Together

  • Why We Love It: nourishing ingredients, recycled packaging, nice scent

Don’t feel like shelling out $300 for Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream, beloved by celebrities and skincare experts alike? Well, for $24, you can have the same moisturizer as Hollywood’s elite. Evolve Together’s hand cream is a 2022 Allure Best of Beauty award winner and Glamour Beauty Award winner. With a delicate Monaco rose scent, it’s rich in Vitamins B5 (to hydrate and smooth), C (to protect against damage), E (to firm skin) and glycerin (to prevent loss of moisture). Bonus? It’s packaged in a recycled aluminum tube.

6. All Better Co Bug Bite Kit

All Better Co.

  • Why We Love It: nourishing ingredients, available in pen and patch form

All Better Co.’s bug bite kit is a natural alternative when mosquito season hits. The pens and patches have CBD that’s designed to relax the irritated skin, tea tree oil to soothe the inflammation and coconut oil to moisturize the skin.

  • Why We Love It: fanciful flavors like birthday cake and salted umami, convenient packaging

Movie night is getting an upgrade. Proclaiming the popcorn revolution Opopop creates fanciful flavors of popcorn, like birthday cake, and comes in convenient “pop cups.” Hosting a crowd? Their popcorn popper is designed to optimize heat management, kernels popped and speed so you can enjoy mountains more of the beloved movie time snack.

  • Why We Love It: ergonomic design; dual bristles for shining, smoothing and detangling

This pocket-sized brush pulls double duty with its dual bristles. One set detangles, promising to work out even the gnarliest knots without taking fistfuls of hair with it. The others are polishing bristles to give your locks smooth and shine. While cute, the heart shape isn’t without reason: It creates a more ergonomic hold that helps evenly distribute force as you brush your hair.

9. The Human Being Journal

Mahara Mindfulnes

  • Why We Love It: guided prompts and questions help ease people into the practice of journaling, sleek design

Mahara Mindfulness created a sophisticated journal that helps you intentionally reflect on the many aspects of what makes a fulfilling life. With prompts that touch on health, career, relationships, money, community, creativity and other topics, the journal gives you space to dream, plan, execute and reflect on where you are, where you’re headed and where you’d like to be.

10. Beauty Tea Box

The Beauty Tea Company

  • Why We Love It: great gift, non-caffeinated option, interesting flavors

This loose-leaf tea sampler comes elegantly packaged in rose gold stainless steel tins that make it an easy and pretty gift. There are three teas: “I Am Love,” a green tea with rose and lychee; “I Am Energy,” a white tea infused with blueberry; and “I Am Peace,” an herbal tea to sip on at the end of the day.

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