I know there are a million and one gift guides floating around the internet at the moment, but whilst searching for vegan versions I didn't find any. So, in an effort to help myself (and hopefully some of you) a bit, I've put together this gift guide. The title may say 'for her', but anyone with an interest in beauty would like all of these products I'm sure, and there are a couple of things that you don't even have to be a beauty lover to appreciate.
Soap and Glory Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Box
Available from Boots, this gift set contains a body wash, body scrub, body buttercream and hand cream, all with the amazing scent of Sugar Crush, which is sweet lime, plus a shower puff. I adore this scent from Soap and Glory, it's one of my all time favourite shower scents. For 5 travel sized products of such good quality, I think £10 is an absolute steal, and just look at the box, it's adorable.
British Beauty Blogger Lip Trio Set
Jane of British Beauty Blogger recently teamed up with Marks and Spencer to launch her own line of make-up and nail polishes. I've been informed by Marks and Spencer that all of the products in the range are suitable for vegans, so obviously I now have them on my wish list. I've read so many good things about these lip crayons, and they're such a great price that I had to include them.
Seche Vite Top Coat Pro Kit
If you read my Manicure Monday posts, you'll know that I barely ever go a manicure without using Seche Vite, it dries faster than any other top coat I've ever used, leaves an amazing shine, helps my nail polish stay chip free for up to a week and isn't too costly. The most cost effective way to use it is to buy this pro kit, you get a regular sized bottle (14ml) and a refill bottle (114ml). A good top coat really does make a huge difference when it comes to the finish on your nails, so I'd be more than happy if Santa brought me this.
Crazy Rumors Peppermint Holiday Lip Balm Collection
Over the last month I've fallen head over heels in love with Crazy Rumors lip balms, so when I saw that they do a set of 4 balms in various peppermint flavours, I knew I had to include them in this guide. The flavours in the set are: Peppermint Twist, Pear & Peppermint, Pineapple & Peppermint and Plum & Peppermint. I'm sure anyone who's a lip balm junkie like myself would love this set.
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Take Me There Set
Pacifica is a brand that is relatively new to the UK, and one I am yet to try out myself. I follow a lot of American blogs and they all rave about their products though, so I'm hoping to get my hands on this set in the January sales. Containing a body butter, perfume roll on and lip tint, it's a set that would be perfect for those who love citrus scents.
Booja Booja Champagne Truffles
If you're looking for vegan chocolates, you could do a lot worse than picking up any from Booja Booja, but since we're talking about Christmas I figured the Champagne Truffles would be perfect. Described as "light and creamy, dark chocolate champagne truffles" and dusted with high quality cocoa powder, they're the epitome of luxury vegan chocolate.
ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette
I have 2 of these palettes; New York and the one pictured here, California. All of the shadows contain some glitter or shimmer, but they're fantastic quality. They're easy to use, easy to blend and stay crease-free all day. I really like the packaging of these palettes, they're chunky enough to feel sturdy, but not to chunky that they're too big to throw in your bag. They're definitely one of the best palettes available from ELF, in my opinion.
Moet Et Chandon Brut Imperial
It's been over 7 years since I had an alcoholic drink, just because I didn't like how it made me feel any more, but when I did drink this was my alcohol of choice. I don't like the taste of many wines or champagnes, but this one isn't too sweet or too dry, but falls perfectly in the middle. There's little that says 'it's the most wonderful time of the year' more than a glass of bubbly in front of the fire with the Christmas tree lights twinkling away in the background.
Lush Snow Fairy Gift
I don't think you could go far wrong with Lush for gifts, especially at this time of year. Their entire Christmas collection could be mixed and matched and would make a fantastic gift for the man or woman in your life. Snow Fairy is a cult classic for a reason, the smell is unlike anything else from Lush and is something that people tend to stock up on over Christmas before it goes off sale in January. This set contains the infamous shower gel, a shimmer bar, bubble bar and soap, all with the same delicious candy floss and pear drop scent. This would make a lovely gift for a man, woman or child.
Village Candle - Christmas Tree
I'm a big fan of Village Candle, although they may not be as popular as Yankee Candle, I prefer them. The scents are stronger and the throw is better too. I'd be happy to find any of their candles under my tree, but 'Christmas Tree' is obviously one of the most appropriate for this time of year.
Links to products mentioned:
Soap and Glory Your Own Sweet Lime Set - no longer available
Crazy Rumors Peppermint Holiday Lip Balm Collection - no longer available
ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette - no longer available in the UK
Moet et Chandon (gift boxed) - no longer available
Lush Snow Fairy Gift - no longer available
I hope I've helped give you some inspiration for the cruelty-free people in your lives, if not for yourself. If you have anything you think I should have included in this guide, please feel free to leave it in the comments for other people to see.