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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. and if you’re just as organised as I am, now is the time to panic!

Every year I vow to myself that I will start buying gifts in August, yes you heard right August. Because then I can plan and budget ahead, (I am an accountant after all).

And then August comes and goes and it’s so warm and sunny and no way am I starting to buy Christmas presents now. Also people change their preferences and might see something they really like closer to the festive season. It is also impossible to buy anything for kids because they want something different every week or day.


If you are anything like me then don’t worry! I have put together a lovely gift guide with something for everyone. I really hope you enjoy it and I hope you find something lovely for your loved ones.

For him

Bulldog Skincare

Have you got one of those special guys in your life that will not use any kind of skin product that looks too much of a “Product” to be used by a man? Well I have. And I was struggling to make him use moisturiser and any sort of skin care. Until I found Bulldog Skincare. I was looking for a cruelty free and vegan brand that didn’t cost the world and that I could get my hands on quickly, (I was just as organised last year haha) and just by luck stumbled across them in my local pharmacy. I filled his advent calendar with 3 different products, moisturiser, facewash and aftershave balm thinking let’s see how it goes. And it went so, so well. He uses all three every day and his skin is so soft. So guess what’s he is getting this year again?

Bulldog skincare products are vegan and certified cruelty-free. They have a variety of different products such as moisturiser, aftershave balm, face wash, face scrub even beard shampoo and many more. I purchase mine here.

Norse London Double Edged Razor

Another great gift for the old-school man (maybe dad or your hip other half, or just someone you know would appreciate a great gift) in your life is a double edged razor. My dad has had his double edged razor for over 25 years now and I think it’s time for an upgrade. Over the years we have gifted him electric shavers, semi-electric ones and all sorts of other shaving equipment but he has never given up on his double edged razor. It is great because its plastic free which is great for the environment and you only replace the blades. It reduces waste and saves you money.

You can get stylish ones from Norse London with a stand for the razor and brush. As mentined on their website the brushes are synthetic. All at a very reasonable price and I know my dad will love it, maybe yours will too.


So what else does a man need? What about some stylish vegan and crueltyfree sneakers? These come in loads of different designs and are both for men and women. I really fell in love with mine and can only recommend them.

Get them here

For her


How about some jewellery for your beautiful ladies?

Ani is a UK based handmade jewellery company. Their jewellery says no to animal cruelty it represents, love for all animals.

Help them spread the word and stand together.

Anijewellery make beautiful necklaces and donate 10% of sales to your chosen animal charity feom their dedicated list. Isn’t that a beautiful idea? I absolitely love their product and I might get one for a special friend. Or maybe just myself??!!

Get the neclace here.

Deciem – The abnormal Beauty company
The Ordinary, one of the Deciem beauty brands was one of the the first products I got when I went vegan and cruelty free. I was looking for a skincare products forever and actually my partner’s sister told me about them. I checked the company and found they were cruelty free and a lot of their products vegan. There are over ten brands under the umbrella of Deciem ranging from skincare to haircare to food supplements for beauty. When you click on a product you are given a sort of dashboard that states whether the product is vegan, nutfree, waterfree, oilfree or similar.
So, when the Ordinary was one of the first brands I purchased, and at a very reasonable price, Hylamide was the next. Its a bit a more expensive but I absolutely loved their cleanser and pore reduction products. And there are so so many I will need to try. I could spend all day browsing through their products.
I think their products would be a perfect gift for the lovely lady in your life, mum, sis, wife or girlfriend.

Get The Ordinary or Hylamide

Labante London
Guys and Girls! Do I have to say anything other than “HANDBAG”? Most ladies, I know very few who wouldn’t, would love a bag for a present. I am not the most stylish or fashionable person in the world, BUT I do looove bags. I am sorry if I am being too materialistic and superficial now but I looove bags. And I absolutely adore Labante London Bags. I have two in my collection now. One is a small black crossover bag with a golden chain strap and the other is a lovely brown tote with a pink inside, featuring detatchable side pockets. I am definitely planning on getting more. Labante London are PETA certified VEGAN, so do I need to say more? Head over to their website and pick one out for your favourite lady or let her pick it herself (I’m messing, I love surprises) . She’ll love it.

Get them here

IVANOVNA_DARIA: Speaking of bags, if your lady is the more casual type and not very much into handbags but still needs to carry things around, they will definitely need one of these. The IVANOVNA_DARIA seasack. My sis Daria loves fashion and loves making fashion so she created this brand, making beautiful sea sack style bags that are so handy and fashionable. All her bags are handmade with love and come in loads of different styles. She will make them to order and you can choose the design. They are not only for women but there are beautiful masculine designs too. Go check her out guys! Id say this could be a beautiful present.
BTW I have three myself haha.

Get her bags here or contact her directly and get a custom made one through here

For Kids


Do you want to go #zerowaste? The first step I took when I started my journey to #zerowaste, I’m long not there but I am trying, was getting rid of my clingfilm and start wrapping my kids’ sandwiches in the Rolleat sandwich wraps and snackbags. They come in various fun designs for kids and adults alike. My kids love their wraps and bags and I really couldnt go back to using clingfilm. It is a great way of reducing your single use plastic products and you should give it a go. Get some for your kids as a stocking filler. They’ll love them.

Get them here

Homeware and clothing


Do you not just love linen? It is so simple beautiful and has that natural look about it. I would just love to use that material a lot more and maybe I will get someone to give me a present of notPERFECTLINEN.

notPERFECTLINEN is a small family business who make “not perfect linen”. From clothing to napkins, towels and accessories, you can find the most beautiful items on their Etsy shop.The products are handmade and have simple forms and colours and are made from natural fabrics. I certainly would love for someone to gift me a few items.

To buy click here


Another great brand I discovered recently was Whiteandgreen.

A new Irish Company making bedding, blankets, scarves and throws from the finest, hand-picked organic cotton creating luxuriously soft products.

The company is 100% Fairtrade certified meaning fair wages and safe working conditions for all of their workers. I met one of the owners at a health blog event and was lucky to see the products. They are absolutely beautiful and luxurious and can be purchased here.

Heres a short company bio.

“As an accomplished Interior Designer, Sari was left puzzled by the lack of high quality, yet affordable bedding on the market. “What could possibly be so difficult?” She set out on a mission, and became a top expert for the finest quality bedding in the world. As a family, we wanted to take this even further.

Together, we launched White & Green in May 2016 and it has flourished ever since. From seed, to factory, to finished product- every detail has been meticulously chosen by us with full transparency in our supply chain.

We simply supply the most beautiful sheets, without the misleading marketing ploys such as ‘thread count’- which is not in itself an indicator of quality. It truly is about the quality of the cotton used in the first place that matters most. We use the finest, hand-picked organic cotton creating luxuriously soft sheets that wash and iron beautifully.“

Other gift ideas

In the spirit of Christmas, why not give to our planet too?

With our increasing population and with it the increasing amount of waste and plastic, we should all do something to save our planet for our future generations. Please consider giving to charities such as Plasticoceans and Oceanconservancy, two of the many charities that try to save protect and educate about our oceans and the plastic pollution that endangers the life in them.

And last but not least and the reason why I went vegan, are the animals. Please give to the many animal charities such as Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary (here in Ireland) or any other maybe local animal charity in your country.

I really hope you liked my Christmas Gift guide and have a lovely lovely festive Season


All images are either taken by me or used with the permission of the feautured brands.

Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

First product review….had to be on cosmetics. Us being girls it’s only natural.
Going vegan for the animals for us meant also going crueltyfree. So we had to ditch all our cruel cosmetics. But you have to do research first, right? Nope. I didn’t. Off I went to the first pharmacy and grabbed the first product that looked lovely…turned it over and saw the bunny. Winner!!!! This is the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser by  Liz Earle. I was promised clear skin by the sales person and off I went to try it at home….Really optimistic with this one now.
Just a brief introduction to my skin
I am not sure why but for some time now my skin has been very clogged up with spots appearing on my forehead and chin. I tried  a few face washes and exfoliators but couldn’t get it to feel clean or even less greasy. So the reason I am trying this is that I really want my skin to clear up and get rid of those spots.
The sales rep told me the cleanser is really good for acne prone skin so exactly what I am looking for, right?
First of all a tiny bit about the company.

Liz Earle was founded in 1995 and is a British beauty brand. They offer skincare, haircare, bodycare and make up for all ages, stages in life or skin type.* According to their Sales Rep most of their products are Vegan except a few that include honey and beeswax from sustainable sources. Sooo, if I really like this cleanser I might move on to their other products and will of course review them here.

The Hot Cloth Cleanser

According to the official Liz Earle website this cleanser is suitable for all skin types. This statement makes me a bit nervous and sceptical as surely there cannot be a one for all solution for all skin types. But lets see how it goes. The cleanser has won numerous awards over the last few years including “InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2016 Award”, the “Woman&Home Best in Beauty 2015 Award” The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Award” and many others.

I got a 30ml tub that came with the cleansing muslin cloth. At €8 for the both it’s a reasonable enough price and worth a try.

How to use?

Massage onto dry skin over your face and neck, finishing over your eye area. Rinse the pure cotton cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream. Finish by splashing your face with cool water.*

I was also told by the salesperson that I can even remove my eye make up with it as it doesn’t sting the eyes.

First Impressions

When I opened the tub I got a soft and gentle Eucalyptus scent which was rather nice as it wasn’t overpowering. The consistency of the cream itself was smooth and not greasy.

So first I removed my eye make up which was easy enough and didn’t take that much product to do (not sure if I want to do that though considering there are other make up removers specifically designed for that purpose).

Then I went on to massage the product into my skin with circular motion. I rinsed my new cloth in hot water and polished off the cream.

Result. Very surprised. My skin felt very clean after the first use and it hasn’t felt like that before in a long time.

I was really optimistic and thought this is it, I might have found my favourite cleanser and if my skin feels like that every day and gets rid of my impurities Ill stick with it.

The following morning my skin was back to normal all greasy and my pores were blocked. So I cleansed it again. You are supposed to use it twice a day morning and night. Again my skin felt and looked really clean. I was so happy.

I have now used up the entire tube of 30ml which took me about 4 weeks and here comes the final verdict.

First of all one week into using the product I found out it wasn’t vegan. It contains bees wax. I got a bit upset as even though I was told not all Liz Earle products are vegan it wasn’t mentioned by the sales lady that this wasn’t. So regardless of my experience with it I will not be repurchasing it.

Now having used up the entire tub I am not entirely satisfied.

The Positives:

  • My skin felt and looked really clean after each use.
  • The product has a lovely scent and a creamy consistency which is easy to apply.
  • It doesn’t dry out your skin which a lot of cleansers do
  • The muslin cloth is lovely and soft and easy to wash after each use.
  • 30ml lasting four weeks with daily application in the morning and evening quite good

The negatives:

  • The Product is not Vegan
  • Even though my skin looks and feels really clean after each cleanse my spots didn’t disappear and my pores are still blocked. My skin keeps getting oily throughout the day and I have lots of impurities.

So having promised to clear up my skin it didn’t deliver.

But maybe this product is not suitable for all skin types after all. Maybe if your skin isn’t too oily or clogged up you will like it. As I said after every cleanse I was really impressed on how clean my skin felt and looked. And every time I thought maybe I need to use it for a bit longer to see a lasting result. But after having used it for four weeks I am a bit disappointed.

This is not to say that you wont like it. And if you are ok with having bees wax in your products give it a go.

My search for the best cleanser for me still continues and I am moving on to the next product.