When friends and family ask me what I want for the holidays, I always tell them I have everything. It’s true — and most of the time, the sweaters don’t fit into my existing wardrobe! But, I’m always happy to receive beauty gifts, specifically cruelty-free, natural and vegan skin care items and makeup.
Here are my top picks for cruelty-free beauty lovers in your life… including yourself, of course!
1. Amal argan oil
It’s (almost) not an exaggeration to say I wanted to write this article specifically so I could gush about this Amal argan oil! I’m no newbie to using oils for skin care, but Amal argan oil is truly special. It smells heavenly, absorbs beautifully and nourishes and heals your skin. It’s suitable for all types of skin, including combination and blemish-prone — trust me, I would know. Plus, it’s organic, produced ethically using traditional and sustainable methods. If you purchase it on Love Goodly, a part of the proceeds even benefits Farm Sanctuary, something all cruelty-free beauties will appreciate. (Love Goodly, $48)
2. Lily Lolo eye shadow palette in Laid Bare
All-natural, mineral-based eye shadows in perfect neutral colors in one sleek packaging? Be still, my beating heart! The Lily Lolo eye shadow palette in Laid Bare is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, preservative-free and fragrance-free — just all stylish. (Lily Lolo, $34)
3. Lily Lolo Eye Spy with My Gorgeous Eye kit
While I love the convenience of pressed eye shadow palettes, you have to admit that there are always one or two (or more) shades that you just never use, amirite? Fix that problem by customizing your own Eye Spy with My Gorgeous Eye kit with any three of Lily Lolo’s numerous loose mineral eye shadows. It also comes in a pretty gift box. Hooray! (Lily Lolo, $28)
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit limited edition
Six of Hourglass’ legendary skin-enhancing blushes, bronzers and highlighters in one beautiful compact — need I say more? These are no ordinary highlighters — they’re so universally and incredulously flattering, it’s like holding the key to instant glamour. The beauty lover on your list — or you, frankly — will be very happy to receive the Ambient Lighting Edit limited edition set. (Hourglass, $80)
5. Lurk AS01 perfume oil
I’ve had my eyes on this luxurious, all-natural perfume oil for some time. With notes of cedar, tuberose and rose, AS01 perfume oil is a gorgeous, sophisticated white floral. It also comes in a pretty muslin bag, making it a perfect gift. (Lurk, $55)