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15 cruelty-free beauty gifts to give for the holidays - from limited-edition makeup sets to skin-care essentials

Bite Beauty 4-Piece Lipstick Set

Bite Beauty 4-Piece Lipstick Set
$21, available at Sephora

Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Scrub exfoliates flaky, parched lips with natural ingredients, including fair-trade golden sugar. Bite Beauty has earned the "Clean at Sephora" seal, which means their products are free of potentially harmful ingredients.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA
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Clove + Hallow Lip Sets

Clove + Hallow Lip Sets
$53 on sale (originally $59), available at Clove + Hallow [you save $6]

Clove + Hallow's lip sets feature different variations of reds and pinks, from neutral and understated to more vibrant and bold. They work well for everyday wear or fancy occasions.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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Milk Makeup MVPs Set

Milk Makeup MVPs Set
$39, available at Sephora

A beloved media darling, Milk Makeup has bundled its bestsellers, like the Deluxe Kush Mascara, and cooling stick in this set.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny
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ILIA Limited-Edition Makeup Set

ILIA Limited-Edition Makeup Set
$52, available at Sephora

ILIA's True Skin primer has a soft, silky texture that is neither oily nor runny. Before applying foundation, we recommend allowing it to sit on your face for a minute or so.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny
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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment
$50, available at Juice Beauty

Dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles — begone. This eye treatment uses organic, all-natural ingredients to smooth sensitive under-eye skin, and smells citrusy and fresh.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA
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Kosas Limited-Edition Game Changer Set

Kosas Limited-Edition Game Changer Set
$160, available at Kosas

Kosas' Game Changer collection features eight full-sized liquid eye shadows that won't smudge or smear throughout the day. For "Euphoria" fans, these shades will make replicating Jules' colorful eyelids a breeze.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny
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Beauty Counter Limited-Edition Lip-Care Set

Beauty Counter Limited-Edition Lip-Care Set
$49, available at Beauty Counter

Winter weather can make lips chapped, cracked, and even painful to touch. This repair kit is a great solution, with products that work together as part of a regimen.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny
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Tower 28 Jelly Lip Gloss Duo

Tower 28 Jelly Lip Gloss Duo
$22, available at Sephora

With so many sticky glosses on the market, trust the Tower 28 duo to provide slick, around-the-clock sheen. We love this nontoxic brand because their products are affordable, high quality, and certifiably clean.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Vault

Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Vault
$235, available at Cover FX

Gift these multi-colored, shiny highlighters that will survive any office holiday party. Made for all skin types, this massive vault includes seven shades of drops that can be mixed and matched.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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Tatcha Create Your Own Kit with The Water Cream, Cleansing Oil, and Essence

Tatcha Create Your Own Kit with The Water Cream, Cleansing Oil, and Essence
$55, available at Tatcha

If I was somehow stranded on a deserted island, I'd hope to have Tatcha's sin-care products nearby (among other necessities, of course). Hailed for delivering exceptional Japanese skin-care, Tatcha created this set for those seeking an all-inclusive routine at a reasonable price. You can choose up to three products, but we suggest sticking to these vegan-friendly basics.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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Ellis Brooklyn Rose Perfume Set

Ellis Brooklyn Rose Perfume Set
$108, available at Sephora

Fragrance enthusiasts will appreciate this curated gift set by Ellis Brooklyn, a fragrance brand that has amassed a cult following. These perfumes have hints of fresh rose and peony that'll transport you to an open flower field — even in the dead of winter.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask
$32, available at Sephora

An Allure Best-of-Beauty winner, this hydrating jelly mask is especially ideal to use during the holiday chaos, as stress can wreak havoc on the complexion.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA
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Briogeo Ultimate Hair Repair Vault

Briogeo Ultimate Hair Repair Vault
$89, available at Sephora

Hair damage goes beyond split ends and can take a while to fix. Thankfully, Briogeo has a low-maintenance system that moisturizes, conditions, and strengthens locks, saving a visit to the salon.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny
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Jane Iredale Starter Kit

Jane Iredale Starter Kit
$56, available at Dermstore

Packed in a TSA-approved travel bag, this starter kit sticks to the basics, which conceal blemishes, under-eye bags, and fine lines. Natural ingredients, including aloe vera, green tea, and vitamin E, can help your complexion look brighter and healthier.

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  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals in the U.S.
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brands is vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA
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Tarte Sugar Rush Goals Goals Goals Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Sugar Rush Goals Goals Goals Eyeshadow Palette
$26, available Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte is at the forefront of cruelty-free cosmetics, known for its pigmented beauty products that are creative, high quality, and well-received. This whimsical eyeshadow palette features 36 shades, from natural and understated to colorful and exciting.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals in the U.S.
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brands is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA
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