For the cruelty free beauty nut who has everything, only the best cult finds will do. You won't find any L'Oreal on their wish list this festive season (or any season in fact) and finding a product that they haven't heard of or tried already can be tricky. There's all your usual suspects - Illamasqua, GOSH and Barry M, but sometimes the best finds can be the ones that have been under the radar. Cult beauty finds don't need to be cult anymore when they're this good.
Aesop Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum
Put those fears of weird greasy films to rest because Aesop's Facial Serum has fast become part of my daily routine. With it's rapid absorbtion it's the perfect base for your moisturiser. It's light and adds moisture in to your skin without over stimulating it. If I had to pick any hero product from the range at Aesop it would be their serum. It's a bit of a cult beauty buy and leaves the skin feeling fresh and primed.
Organic, cruelty free, certified halal - Inika's Primer ticks a lot of boxes before it's even out the box. For those who want a high end vegan primer, you can do far worse than Inika. The formula is slightly sticky and reminds me more of a light moisturiser initially rather than a primer. It's got a light fruity smell and goes on a dream. It's the ideal base for your make up and I've found it helps it go on all the smoother. The fact the matte black bottle is a bit of a beauty helps too.
Lush Vanishing Cream
Lush is beauty's worst kept secret. Far from just bath bombs, Lush excell with their range of skincare and makeup. Vanishing Cream is Lush's best selling moisturiser and it's not hard to see why. A very light moisturiser, Vanishing Cream absorbs quickly in to the skin (some would say.....vanishes) and leaves it fresh and prepped. Perfect for break outs or those with oily skin, Vanishing Cream is gentle, crueltyy free and super soothing. For those who prefer something heavier on their skin in this morning, Vanishing Cream is a great wee top up to have in your bag throughout the day.
Sara Hill Gloss
Look, I'm not a huge gloss fan, but Sara Hill's gloss is a strong as contender as any to sway me. This high shine gloss is perfect for that party pucker. Suede is easily my favourite shade from the range, looking gogerous with any skin tone. It looks completely different on everyone and lasts for ages. Tested on grannies, not animals, this is one for those who aren't quite ready to go hard with Hill's glitters (baby steps) but fancies getting in and about the hottest new make-up brand going.
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream
Perfect for those winter months, Trilogy Night Cream is utter decadance in a pot. With a light rose fragrance and rich cream, this little number is a wonderful treat for when your skin is feeling a little bit tight. As someone who suffers from snakeskin in the Winter, this is part of my arsenal to keep me from fully having to shed. Think of it as beauty sleep in a pot.
Any beauty addict would be delighted to find any of these under their tree this year. With these products all cruelty free and more often than naught vegan and organic, you can rest easy that no bunnies were harmed in the name of beauty. Merry Christmas indeed!