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Whether you’re looking for a gift for a vegan friend or family member or are a looking to treat yourself to something cruelty-free, this is the perfect guide for you! I put together my ultimate vegan gift guide including cruelty-free beauty products, plant-based cookbooks, delicious dairy-free chocolates, chic vegan fashion, gifts that give to sanctuaries and so much more! My gift ideas are grouped into five categories:

1. Cruelty-Free Kitchen
2. Plant-Based Beauty
3. Rescue, Shelter & Sanctuary Support
4. Vegan Fashion
5. Peaceful Yogi

Keep reading and click on the links beneath each item to start some feel-good shopping!


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I love a day at the beach or sitting by a pool but can’t stand having oily hair, a sweaty face or sunburnt skin so I’m always looking for the most effective summer beauty products.  These are my favorite beach beauty essentials. Hydrating leave-in conditioner, age-defying hand cream, waterproof bronzer, my secret for an oil-free face in seconds, an ingenious underarm product and more! All vegan and cruelty-free, of course!

1. Supergoop! “Forever Young” SPF 40 Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn
This is my favorite summer hand cream.  The subtle scent is delicious, it absorbs quickly and brightens and improves skin’s texture! The small size is perfect for throwing in your beach bag.
view on www.amazon.com

2. Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense
In addition to my liquid face sunscreen, I always use a brush-on powder sunscreen for touch-ups and to control shine. This power is antioxidant-infused with sea kelp and white tea!
view on www.amazon.com

3. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
This is my absolute favorite dry shampoo. It quickly absorbs excess oil and restores bounce after a long day at the beach. I use the tinted version but they also offer their original clear dry shampoo!
view on www.kloraneusa.com

4. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers
These are the best blotting papers I’ve ever tried! I always carry a package in my purse during the summer. The sheets are made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flake. They’re as pretty as they are effective!
view on www.amazon.com

5. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
This vegan lip balm is made with moisturizing cocoa butter and comes in so many yummy flavors. Flavors pictured: key lime, pink grapefruit, coconut, banana, mango & pomegranate!
view on www.amazon.com

6. Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
If you’re protecting you’re face like me, you’ll need a bronzer to give your cheeks and forehead that perfect summer glow. This bronzer contains vitamins A, C, and E and even contains water to help your skin retain moisture!
view on www.amazon.com

7. Supergoop! SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary
This three-in-one mist controls oil throughout the day, sets makeup and provides UV photoaging protection. I love the fresh rosemary-mint scent!
view on www.amazon.com

8. Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave-in Spray
This lightweight leave-in spray smells amazing. Like one Amazon reviewer put it: “this product smells like your childhood summer at the beach”! It conditions and protects with coconut oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and banana leaf.
view on www.amazon.com

9. Coola SPF 30 Piña Colada Sunscreen Spray
This hydrating sunscreen is made with organic ingredients like cucumber, algae extract, strawberry extract and red raspberry seed oil. It sprays on evenly and smells incredible! Want higher SPF? Try their unscented SPF 30 sport sunscreen spray!
view on www.amazon.com

10. MyChelle Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray
Soothe, cool and hydrate your skin after a day in the sun with this cucumber and aloe spray! Made with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients.
view on www.mychelle.com

11. MyChelle Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 Anti-Aging Cream
This is such an amazing anti-aging sunscreen for your face.  It protects, moisturizes and reduces lines with plant-based ingredients like zinc oxide, red algae extract, kukui oil and macadamia nut oil!
view on www.mychelle.com

12. Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
This ingenious product by Pacifica wipes away underarm sweat, neutralizes odors and soothes with coconut milk and essential oils.
view on www.amazon.com


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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I put together a list of my favorite “pink” products. All of these items benefit breast cancer causes and research. Click on the links below to get shopping!

1.  Deborah Lippman “Shape of My Heart” Nail Color  view on www.deborahlippman.com
2.  Tory Burch “Kerrington” Hard Shell iPhone 5 Case  view on www.toryburch.com
3.  Carolee Word Play Double Take Bangle  view on www.bloomingdales.com
4.  Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet  view on www.teleflora.com
5.  NEST Fragrances Passion Breast Cancer Awareness Candle  view on www.amazon.com
6.  Nancy Rose Performance Pink Top  view on www.nancyroseperformance.com
7.  Pilot Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Pens  view on www.amazon.com
8.  Tweezerman Precision Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Slant Tweezer  view on www.macys.com
9.  Holst + Lee for Loft Necklace  view on www.loft.com
10.  Sephora “Together in Pink” Hair Ties  view on www.sephora.com
11.  Jane Iredale “Smell the Roses” Hydration Spray  view on www.amazon.com
12.  KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Series Pink Mixer  view on www.amazon.com
13.  Metrokane Original Rabbit Corkscrew in Pink  view on www.amazon.com
14.  NEST Fragrances Passion Reed Diffuser  view on www.amazon.com

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Deborah Lippmann is the go-to manicurist of the stars and the fashion industry and her high-quality line of polishes puts all others to shame. This amazing nail polish brand is cruelty-free, entirely vegan (except for the cuticle remover), and full of the most gorgeous sheer, creamy, and sparkly shades! They are easy to apply, fast-drying, and long-lasting. And, best of all- you’ll feel extra beautiful knowing that no animals were harmed for your manicure or pedicure!  Here are my picks from her current collection.

Crème, Sheer, Glitter & Shimmer: Treatment-infused nail colors with Biotin and green tea. No Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, or DBP. No animal testing.

1.  Before He Cheats Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
2.  Between the Sheets Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
3.  Mermaid’s Dream Glitter Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
4.  P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Sheer Nail Lacquer {view on Amazon}
5.  Daytripper Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
6.  Happy Birthday Glitter Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
7.  Shape of My Heart Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
8.  Let’s Go Crazy Glitter Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
9.  Flowers in Her Hair Crème Nail Lacquer   {view on Amazon}
10.  Build Me Up Buttercup Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
11.  Stop and Stare Crème Nail Lacquer  {view on Amazon}
12. Mermaid’s Kiss Glitter Nail Lacquer {view on Amazon}

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These are some of my absolute favorite vegan beauty products- perfect for sensitive skin and those who want to take a stand against animal cruelty (while looking gorgeous).  It’s easy to shop cruelty-free with amazing options like these!

1.  Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée by Josie Maran ($22) view on www.josiemarancosmetics.com
This 14-hour cheek gelée adds a natural-looking flush and hydrates with coconut water and argan oil.   Available in 6 flattering colors.  My shade:  poppy paradise.

2. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay ($20) view on www.urbandecay.com
This waterproof liner is a creamy, long-lasting, and available in over a dozen gorgeous colors- everything you need in a liner. My favorite is their new, pitch black “perversion”.

3.  Argan Beautiful Eyes by Josie Maran ($36)  view on www.sephora.com
This shadow is infused with argan oil and fruit and floral extracts. The result is a soft, nurturing shadow that you’ll want to wear everyday.

4.  Absolutely Flawless Concealor by Two Faced Cosmetics ($20)  view on www.amazon.com
This flexible coverage concealor does it all: it smooths, moisturizes, and de-puffs with vitamins a, e and chilean treebark plant extract while covering imperfections and masking redness.

5. Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay ($24)  view on www.urbandecay.com
This is the ultimate eye shadow primer. It keeps lids creaseless for 24 hours while smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and plumping, firming, and hyrdating your skin!

6.  bareMinerals Matte Foundation by Bare Escentuals ($27)  view on www.sephora.com
I fell in love with this mineral-based makeup almost 10 years ago. I saw the infomercial, bought a starter kit from Sephora and could not believe the light coverage the product delivered. I never went back to liquid foundation and know lots of ladies who followed suit. Their Matte version controls oil while providing the same coverage and SPF as the original- perfect for Spring and Summer!

7.  Glamour Gloss by Two Faced Cosmetics ($14)  view on www.amazon.com
This volumizing gloss comes in a variety of shades to flatter your complexion and is infused with a combination of omega 3, 6 and 9, natural vitamin e, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.

8.  Primed & Poreless Primer by Two Faced Cosmetics ($30)  view on www.amazon.com
I’ve tried so many primers and this is one of my favorites. Vitamins A & C, Mulberry Extract and a dose of Retinol smooth over pores and and hydrate, firm, and detoxify!

9.  gifted™ Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara by Tarte Cosmetics ($19) view on www.tartecosmetics.com
This “smart” mascara’s Amazonian clay lengthens, conditions, repairs, and replenishes thirsty eyelashes.

10.  Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer by 100% Pure ($28) view on www.amazon.com
Get a sexy faux glow with this natural bronzer.

 

More Cruelty-Free Recommendations:
Cruelty-Free Beauty: Vegan Cosmetics
Cruelty-Free Beauty from Head to Toe
The Best Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products
16 Must-Have Vegan Skincare Products to Brighten & Tighten Your Face

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It’s easy to ditch your animal duds and make the switch to cruelty-free fashion choices!  Who needs leather when you can find adorable vegan handbags like these?

1.  Mae Vegan Tote by Free People  ($68)
view on www.freepeople.com

2. Falabella Hearts Fold-Over Tote by Stella McCartney ($1,235)
view on www.saksfifthavenue.com

3.  Rubber Candy Satchel by Furla  ($248)
view on www.bloomingdales.com

4.  Slouchy Vegan Tote by Free People ($68)
view on www.freepeople.com

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1. {lip primer} Two Faced Lip Insurance View on Amazon
2. {anti-crease eyeshadow primer} Two Faced Eyeshadow Insurance View on Amazon
3. {face primer} Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer + No. 28 Primer Serum Duo View on Amazon
4.  {anti-aging cream} 100% Pure Cosmetics Super Fruits Reparative Cream View on Amazon
5.  {face scrub} MyChelle Dermaceuticals Fruit Enzyme Scrub View on Amazon
6.  {deep moisture face cream} MyChelle Dermaceuticals Deep Repair Cream View on Amazon
7.  {mud mask} MyChelle Dermaceuticals Cranberry Mud Mask View on Amazon
8. {vitamin C serum} MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Serum View on Amazon
9. {SPF} Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush On Sun Defense View on Amazon
10. {anti-aging peel} DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Alpha Beta® Peel  View on Amazon
11. {jojoba oil} Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil View on Amazon
12. {gentle cleanser} Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser View on Amazon
13. {lip balm} Hugo Naturals Grapefruit Lip Balm View on Amazon
14. {lip scrub} LUSH Bubble Gum Lip Scrub View on Amazon
15. {toner} LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner View on Amazon
16. {day cream} Acure Gotu Kola Stem Cell + 1% Chlorella Growth Factor Day Cream View on Amazon

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These are some of my favorite cruelty-free, vegan products to beautify from head to toe.

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1. Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ophelia, NSFW, Grandma (view on www.occmakeup.com)
2. Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tink by Urban Decay Score (view on www.urbandecay.com)
3. Color Quench Jumbo Lip Tiny by Pacifica Blood Orange (view on www.pacificaperfume.com)
4. Lush Lush Mascara by Urban Decay (view on www.urbandecay.com)
5. Loose Colour Concentrates by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pale Creme Shimmer, Peach/Pink Shimmer (view on www.occmakeup.com)
6. READY Bronzer by bareMinerals The High Dive (view on www.bareescentuals.com)
7. Liquid Eyeliner Pen by Blinc (view on www.sephora.com)
8. Call of the Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Palette by Tarte (view on www.tartecosmetics.com)
9. De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay (view on www.urbandecay.com)
10. 24/7 Concealor Pencil by Urban Decay (view on ww.urbandecay.com)
11. Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer (view on www.tartecosmetics.com)

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