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Christmas 2018 cruelty-free beauty gift guide

I promised a cruelty-free beauty gift guide, and here it is…my favorite beauty gift sets for Christmas 2018! I’ve sorted this gift guide into four categories: stocking stuffers, save ($10+), spend ($20+), and splurge ($30-$50). There’s a good mix of skin care, color cosmetics, and more. And most importantly: everything is easy to order online from Ulta or Sephora (the two major beauty retailers here in the U.S.), with the exception of the Essence and Julep boxes in the “splurge” section, which can be ordered through those brands’ websites. In other words, you won’t need to jump through multiple checkouts or even change out of your pajamas to order enough gifts to cover everyone on your list.

Scroll through to see all my picks, and click on any of the pictures to view them full screen. Elbow-deep in Christmas shopping? You might also want to check out my bookish gift guide, gifts for guys under $50, cozy gifts for almost anyone, and last-minute gifts you can shop online or at the drugstore!

Stocking stuffers


Christmas 2018 gift guide: stocking stuffers

(1) Mario Badescu Facial Spray, $7 (2) Hask Argan Oil Repairing Mini Gift, $5.99 (3) Too Faced Better Than Sex Ornament, $12 (4) Ulta Sweet Candy Cane Moisturizing Mud Mask and Strawberries & Champagne Hydrating Glitter Peel Off Mask, $3 each (5) Zoya nail lacquer in Rekha, Giada, and Alicia, $9-$10 each (6) EOS Holiday Lip Balm 2 Pk, $5.99 (7) Fizz & Bubble Spearmint Eucalyptus Large Bath Fizzy, $6


Save ($10+)


Christmas 2018 gift guide: save

(1) The Body Shop Peppermint Candy Cane Body Care Trio, $10 (2) Lime Crime Mermaid Goals Try-Me Kit, $10 (3) Milani Make It Last Duo, $10 (4) Memebox I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio, $19 (5) Formula 10.0.6 Clean  Getaway Travel Kit, $9.99 (6) The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-step Skincare Kit, $15 (7) The Body Shop Seasonal Hand Cream Trio, $15 (8) Colourpop Dream St. Kathleen Lights palette, $16


Spend ($20+)


Christmas 2018 gift guide: spend

(1) Urban Decay Hex Remedy 24/7 Travel Eye Pencil Set, $29 (2) Paul Mitchell Celebrate Cheer Lemon Sage Holiday Gift Set, $24.99 (3) Skyn Iceland Skin Hangover Emergency Relief Kit, $25 (4) First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Banish Acne Kit, $24 (5) Kat Von D Sinner Lipstick + Fragrance Duo, $25 (6) Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo, $23 (7) Becca Jet, Set, Glow! Prep & Prime Kit, $25 (8) OLEHENRIKSEN 3 Little Wonders Mini, $25 (9) Sunday Riley Multivitamins Set, $28 (10) Tarte First Class Lash Set, $29


Splurge ($30-$50)


Christmas 2018 gift guide: spend

(1) Essence Advent Calendar, $48 (2) Buxom Full-On Fantasy Mini Lip Plumping Set, $44 (3) No7 The Perfect Lift Giftset, $30 (4) Juice Beauty Best Of Juice Beauty Skincare, $49 (5) Skyn Iceland Detox Kit For Stressed Skin, $35 (6) Julep #Coveted 2018 12-Piece Mini Nail Set, $48 (7) Julep Korean Skincare Made Simple Double Cleanse & Boost Set, $49 (8) Urban Decay Hall Of Fame, $39 (9) First Aid Beauty FAB Holiday Cheer Kit, $48 (10) Tarte Sweet Escape Collector’s Set, $49


Any gifts catch your eye (for yourself or someone else)? Any I left out that you’re excited for? (It was hard to whittle this list down—there were so many eye-catching sets and offers this year!)


  • Trisha

    I got a really tough Christmas this year. My bf parents are coming with his 3 sisters…Anyway a lot of presents to buy this year and I am not sure if my budget will allow it. That’s why I really want to thank you for making this list. However the problems continue… because my fb family is all vegan :o do you know if those cosmetics are vegan? Especially the make up stuff? Or could you recommend me something?
    For the skin care, oils and hair products I already have my picks from Virginic ( They have amazing products, very soft and healthy. Also they are vegan, organic and cruelty-free. They prices are also ok, and they have a lot of products on sales. Anyway… I’m desperate for some vegan make up sets ;___;

    • Martha

      Hey Trisha! From this list, the Better Than Sex mascara and Zoya nail polishes are vegan. Julep also makes cute giftable vegan nail polish duos and trios and they often start a lot of sales at the beginning of December. A couple of other makeup picks (not necessarily holiday sets, but cool gift ideas) that are vegan are the E.L.F. foundation, blush, and bronzer palettes (available at Ulta for $6 each) and Pacifica eyeshadow palettes ($18). Some other brands that offer a lot of vegan options are Wet n Wild, Colourpop, Lime Crime, and Essence, and they all offer lots of holiday sets online. I hope that helps!

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