21 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

Continuing with my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series, my second present edit is all about the stocking fillers; miniature boxes housing taster and travel friendly sizes of all things from bath and body, to makeup tools and skincare, as well as individual nail lacquer and handbag essential ideas to stuff those stockings. I've rounded up ten of the best, ranging from £5-£29 meaning there's a little something for everyone price-wise, as well as the cute miniature beautifiers inside, whether it be for a loved one or for yourself wanting to add to the wish list, and so, from top, middle and bottom left to right, we have...

Molton Brown Mesmerising Oudh Accord and Gold Bath and Shower Gel Christmas Edition - £20 LookFantastic - Peppered with 24-carat gold flakes for a truly festive tub, this full-size spicy body wash is scented all things Christmas with cinnamon leaf oil, elemi oil and oudh accord - it leaves the skin feeling silky soft and your mind, body and soul uplifted. Already topped with a tied bow, this could be presented in some patterned cellophane and that's the wrapping sorted. Simples.

Smith & Cult 'Shattered Souls' Nail Lacquer - £19 Space NK - S&C's shade wardrobe is one of the best about, but if we're talking festive fingertips here's where it's at. Shattered Souls is a clear base ladened with both little and large gold glitter flecks; long wearing, high shine with a 5-free-from formula, it would work beautifully as a accent ring-finger finish or on all ten talons for a full-on glitter mani. For any lacquer lover, this top quality polish would make for the perfect stocking stuffer.

REN Glow and Go - £14 CultBeauty - The perfect skincare pair for a pre and post-Christmas complexion pick me up. Housed in this brightly coloured box is a 20ml tube of Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, a fast-plumping, glow giving treatment and a 20ml Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, a fruit enzyme gel which refines, exfoliates and leaves the skin looking luminous. 

Tangle Teezer Compact Twinkle - £13.50 LookFantastic - Adorned in a festive starry print and housed in a present box, this Tangle Teezer is the ultimate in-bag essential - shaped to fit snug in the palm of the hand and de-tangle without the tugs, it's a innovative brush that any gal would love to find hidden in their stocking.

Beauty Blender Red Carpet - £16 CultBeauty - As a limited edition 'red carpet' number, this sponge ties in nicely with the Christmas colour theme. Look this way for a perfected foundation application - it's a tool any makeup lover would love, even if they've previously had one, trust - these things get grubby and a fresh one would be greatly appreciated.

Tatcha Blotting Papers - £11.50 Space NK - With NYE to follow, these perfecting sheets are a night out necessity for keeping makeup photo ready - a quick once over soaks up excess oil and sets your base back in place, and being exclusive to the UK at Space NK, they're a little something special.

White Musk Treats - £6.00 The Body Shop - For the price, packaging and products inside, you can't go wrong with this tiny box of treats; White Musk Shower Gel and White Musk Body Lotion in 60ml bottles make up the contents alongside a Cream Mini Crinkle Bath Lily to lather up in the tub with. It's a scent to suit everyone, elegant yet with a raw edge of seduction. Dreamy. 

The Magic of Christmas - £5.95 LUSH - This whirl-around-in-the-bath wand keeps the bubbles coming as a reusable product up to five times. Topped on a real cinnamon stick, this star shaped bar foams up a blanket of bubbles when run under hot water, leaving you with a glittery golden pool and a spicy aroma paired with uplifting orange and sweet almond.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms - £29.00 John Lewis - Tucked in a teeny pull-draw box are three baby CT lippies that make for a clutch-friendly size, yet still offer the softening formula and pigmentation as the full size bullets. By far one of my favourites when it comes to lip products, these come in a trio of wearable hues; Penelope Pink, a pink-brown nude, Bitch Perfect, a mauve-nude and So Marilyn, a festive, crimson red - what's more, they come complete with ribbon loops to hang off the branches of your tree. 

First Aid Beauty Fab Cleanse & Exfoliate - £5.98 BeautyBay - Currently on offer, this is one bargainous set - boxed inside is a 56g tube of FAB's Face Cleanser, a daily cream treatment suited for even the most sensitive of skins to deep clean whilst nourishing and calming, as well as 10 Facial Radiance Pads which, when swept over the skin, exfoliate, brighten and renew, for toned, radiant skin that glows. Worth a whopping £11.50, it's an awesome starter set for any skincare newbie or for those who are a big time fan for the FAB line.

In case you missed it, my gift guide kicked off right here with the beauty tree trinkets, and will carry on tomorrow with the next edition, gifts under £25. Shopping lists at the ready...

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