Christmas is on it’s way guys and if your anything like me I have been lost and confused with everything to do with present shopping this year. From expensive wrapping paper and five different types of sellotape to 3 for 2 deals and blogger gift guides suggesting everything under the sun including £280 toothbrushes and Primark’s affordable makeup range. There has been all sorts under your radar this year but in the mist of it all, it can be hard to distinguish what is cruelty free and what is tested on animals. With the attention of making things a little bit easier for you, I’ve round up some of my favourite cruelty free picks for you to give to loved ones or perhaps add to your Christmas list this year.
Starting with the skincare maniac, there are so many affordable offers when it comes to skincare. This Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser(£15.50) set is brilliant for someone who is just starting to get into skincare. It’s definitely on my wish list and has been for sometime now. Many bloggers have wrote in-depth reviews about how much it does for your skin too so it is definitely something worth considering. For those shopping on a budget I know that Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser(£5.99) is a much more budget friendly option and would be great for a stocking filler too.
Superdrug usually have many deals on when it comes to cruelty free skincare. I picked up their Fruity Trio Cube(£4.00) for my cousin’s girlfriend because it was super affordable and packaged beautifully. They have the options of three scents: Raspberry & Strawberry, Satsuma and Coconut & White Peach however if you have a lot of friends to buy for Superdrug have you covered. They have an amazing Fruity 18 Piece Shower & Bath Set(£12.00) with six different scents all with a body scrub, shower gel and body butter.
The Body Shop have some great deals on at the moment and if your an O2 customer like me it is worth keeping an eye out on the Priorities app as there is usually deals where you can get a certain amount off when you spend money in store or online. One of my favourites is their Handfuls of Happiness Collection(£25.00)* because you can easily add them into gifts divided between friends and family. Another option from The Body Shop is their Body Butters(£6.00-£14.00)*, especially their Christmas scents – Spiced Apple, Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chai. In selected stores, they have the option to personalise the body butter with their favourite zoo animal and 11 characters of your choice which is such a unique idea.
One more idea which would be perfect for a bath enthusiast and skincare lover is one of Lush’s Bubble Wands. I will be writing a more in-depth blog post about them later this month introducing them to you all but they are such a lovely gift idea. The Bubble Wands can be used for multiple baths and can create so many bubbles just from a small amount of product. The one pictured is the classic snow fairy scented Magic Wand(£5.95) however there are another three which I will be sharing on my blog and across social media throughout the rest of this month. On the topic of Lush, they have some amazing gift sets for bath lovers as well such as the Christmas Bathtime Favourites(£39.95) that I unboxed on my YouTube channel last week.
If you have a makeup lover to buy for then their are some amazing palettes on the shelves at the moment. My personal favourites are Urban Decay’s Limited Edition Full Spectrum(£43.00) and the Ultimate Basics Palette(£38.50) that everyone is raving about in the blogosphere. I think what I like about them is that they are two completely different palettes. The Full Spectrum includes a lot of colourful shadows that are surprisingly really wearable whereas the Ultimate Basics include some amazing matte shades that they could create many neutral eye looks with.
If your looking for something a bit more affordable then I would recommend Sleek’s A New Day Palette(£8.99) as includes a range of shimmers and matte shades that are ideal for creating subtle smokey eye looks. Another option from Sleek which is super affordable is their Mini Matte Me Collection(£5.00) which includes four mini Matte Me Liquid Lipstick shades including the 0h-so-famous Birthday Suit which I can say is gorgeous for every day wear.
Perfume is another lovely idea for women in your life whether that’s your mum, aunt or sister. The Library of Fragrance is a lovely brand and have really affordable and unusual scents. I spoke about them in more depth the other day which you can read here however I have chosen to include Blue Spruce(£15.00) and Myrrh(£15.00) because they are both scents that I think anyone can wear easily.
Moving on to the men in your life, the ones who I really struggle to buy for – why are guys so hard to buy for?! I feel as though they would get offended if we brought them something to smell nice but I do have a couple of ideas which can help you. The Bulldog Skincare Trio Set(£12.00) is the perfect cruelty free option for your man – whether he is your partner, brother or dad. It is an affordable option for anyone on a budget so even if he doesn’t use all of the products in the set, it doesn’t much matter.
The Body Shop is another great option for men too as they have four different scents for you to choose from. At first, I did feel a bit overwhelmed but I worked my way round the problem buy choosing a scent that I liked. I went for White Musk Sport but you also have the option of five other scents that include: White Musk For Men, Activist, Kistna, Arber and For Men Maca Root. The Body Shop are usually really good with sets and sell the deodorant spray, hair & body wash and eau de toilette in a set for £20 which I think is really affordable.
Lush are really good for men as well with the option of buying Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash(£6.75) for your bearded friend. I brought one for Edd earlier this year and he loves it! I have used it too when I have forgotten my cleanser and it is great for removing makeup but it also leaves you skin feeling so nourished. The almond, jojoba oils and cupuaçu butter will leave his beard so soft whilst the fresh pineapple juice is brilliant for cleansing the skin. Another stocking filler idea is one of Lush’s Shaving Creams – I recommend Dirty Shaving Cream(£5.95) and Five O’Clock Whistle Shaving Cream(£7.95) because they are both really caring on sensitive skins.
I hope this was helpful to any of you who still are looking for ideas. Let me know in the comments what you get for the men in your life.
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