Hi babes, it's that time of year! Whether you're shopping for loved ones or abstaining this year, I still wanted to share with you some of my recommendations for gifts this holiday season. I know that I get anxious when it comes to gift giving because I want to give gifts that are meaningful, appreciated, and most importantly useful.
Beauty gifts are a great way to share your love of beauty products with your loved ones and provide them with a lasting positive experience as they use the products in the upcoming months. Here are my recommendations for some special gifts (all unisex too by the way!):
Vegan Holiday Shopping Guide
Natura Brasil has some amazing gift sets for the holidays, but my favorite has to be the Hand Cream Trio. Who doesn't need a good hand cream when the weather turns cold? I love that these hand creams are super moisturizing and absorb quickly so they don't feel greasy. Made with Cacau, Brazil nuts, and Maracujá oil, this hand cream trio makes the perfect gift for one or spilt it up to share (keep one for yourself of course!).
Plus, Natura Brasil won the 2018 CEW Sustainability Excellence Award! So when you purchase from them, you're not only getting a great product, you're also contributing to a business that is healthy for the planet. Love that!
If you're like me and you've had a cancer scare in your family, the gift of SPF can not only be practical, it can also be lifesaving. What I love about the Zinc It Over mists is that they can be applied on top of makeup, providing an extra layer of protection in the morning or reapplied midday without messing up your makeup. These mists are zinc oxide SPF 25, protect against UVA + UVB rays, and are small enough to fit into your purse or bag.
Whether you or your loved ones are traveling during the new year or just in need of an extra layer of skin protection, these mists will become your new best friend. Mine lives in my purse and has replaced a traditional setting spray in my makeup routine.
If I were going to recommend one product from Velvet Report, I would say the French Beauty Set is a beautiful way to introduce someone to vegan beauty. It includes a travel-size Micellar Water, Rose Toner, and Daily Moisturizer. Whether switching to a vegan, cruelty-free, clean beauty routine or just looking for some gentle products that your skin will love, this set will definitely get used a lot. I know mine does!
All Velvet Report sets come in a reusable book box, glass bottles, and mostly recyclable packaging, so you'd be giving the gift of beauty without the ugliness of wasteful packaging.
Confession time: About a year ago, I wanted to make a lip balm for Velvet Report. I tried about 25 balms to help identify what I did and didn't like about each one. Then I came across Hurraw and I knew that I couldn't make anything better than this! Hurraw balms are made from vegan, raw, and organic ingredients. Their tube formula is super easy to use on the go and I like that it actually makes your lips soft and hydrated, not dried out like some other balms. Plus, have you seen all the fun flavors! Everyone in my family will be getting one of these this holiday season.
From researching vegan products over the last few years, I've discovered that a lot of people are not happy with their current haircare products. I was the same way before I discovered EVOLVh and their haircare products transformed my hair from dry and damaged to shiny and healthy. Everyone I've introduced these products to absolutely loves them so I'm confident that your friends and family will enjoy them too.
The holiday gift set gives you $19 off the original price of $98, but if these are a bit too big, you can always pick up the travel sizes which are a fun gift, especially for the jetsetters in your life.
Pretty much all of my friends have expressed interest in Glossier over the last year. If you didn't know already, I'm a rep for them, which means I have an affiliate link (linked above) that gives me a percentage of sales and also gets you 10% off your first order. The reason that I agreed to be a Glossier rep is because I was super interested in the brand and products too so I wanted to be more involved.
Some of my favorites that I've tried so far are the Invisible Shield Sunscreen (it's clear so if white cast is a problem for you, give this a try), Milky Jelly Cleanser (the travel size is great for trips and does an excellent job taking off makeup), and the Lip Gloss (a definite '90s throwback). If you have friends that enjoy trying out the newest trendiest products, Glossier is a great pick for them.
Full Glossier Vegan Products List