A Capsule Approach to Eco-Beauty: Holiday Gift Ideas, Makeup Edition

december 4, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: makeup

I wish I had enough time to put this series into video format but I just don’t think I do! I got some requests to provide suggestions/gift ideas for those new to eco/green beauty. I thought I’d do a series of blog posts on creating a “starter kit” (not a fan of that phrase, anyone have anything better?!) across makeup, skincare, hair care, and lifestyle. These are my top picks for what I think would make nice gifts to any woman in your life interested in cleaner/greener products. Keep in mind these are all products I personally use and love, and therefore are targeted towards my skin type/hair type/preferences.

Let’s start with the most fun: MAQUIALLAGE.

1. An all-purpose facial sunscreen/base product

One of the most important products to transition first is anything you’re rubbing all over your skin. My favorite everyday first base product is the Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen. The texture is beautiful, coverage is light/light-medium, and I feel it would work well on a variety of skin types.

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2. A concealer

I think nearly everyone benefits from some undereye brightening! Concealer is also one of my favorites products to buy and try. My long-time favorite is the Studio 78 corrector in At Dawn, and my recent love is the Tarte Undereye CC Corrector in Light/Medium. The Studio 78 is a cleaner formulation, and is a cream-to-powder texture. The Tarte CC product is much creamier and more moisturizing, but I don’t have any issues with creasing or settling into fine lines. Highly recommend both of these!

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3. A cream lip/cheek product

These little pots of cream color product are SO versatile, and I think make fabulous gifts because of their versatility and aesthetic appeal (like tell me who doesn’t love to receive a beautiful little glass pot of makeup?). My top pick is RMS Diabolique, though I know many people react poorly to coconut oil. I’d also recommend the Gressa Lip Boost in Bare, for a nude option. Bonus, you can swipe the Lip Boost in Bare on the lids too, and it’s trΓ©s belle.

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4. Eyeliner

So for me this is a MUST but I know not everyone strives for the “everyday glam” look. I personally cannot exist without black liquid liner, and my longtime pick is Zuzu Luxe in Raven. It’s affordable, clean, dries down nicely, and stay put (on me). I know the application is not the easiest for everyone, but practice mes amis. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

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5. Mascara

Another makeup bag necessity, my dream team this year has been the Lily Lolo Mascara in Black, with Too Faced Better Than Sex over top. This gives me fluffy, extremely full, beautiful lashes. Keep in mind mascara seems to be EXCEEDINGLY personal, so take my rec here with a grain of salt; but I think a tube of Lily Lolo + a travel sized Too Faced Better Than Sex is a beautiful little eco-beauty gift (Too Faced Better Than Sex rates a 2 on EWG I believe, though the Lily Lolo ingredients are better).

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Next up in the series will be a capsule approach to eco-skincare. Stay tuned! xoxo.

  One thought on “A Capsule Approach to Eco-Beauty: Holiday Gift Ideas, Makeup Edition

  1. Karen
    December 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Lilly Lolo mascara. The Pacifica and BTS are ok but smear and smudge too much on me. The Lilly Lolo is amazing….The BEST ever!

    • lamouretlamusique
      December 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      So good, I totally agree! Glad we’ve reached consensus :) xo.

  2. Bonnie
    December 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Ahhh! Thank you so much for doing this. Definitely adding lily lolo mascara to the list. Also, Suntegrity and Gressa Bare. What is your favorite site to order from? I’m familiar with dermstore, but haven’t ordered from the smaller boutiques. Thanks again!

    • lamouretlamusique
      December 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

      You’re most welcome, glad you liked the picks! So I most frequently order from: The Detox Market, Eco Diva Beauty, Pharmaca, and then sometimes Beauty Habit, the Petit Vour Shop, and BeauTeaBar. <3

  3. December 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Hmmm, not a “starter kit” but how about “makeup wardrobe essentials”? Or even “makeup essentials”? I love your picks. It’s as if you are saying “L’amour et la Musique’s Hall of Fame” That Zuzu Luxe liquid eyeliner is just so precious. It’s the only liquid eyeliner that doesn’t sting and it’s just a TRUE black. I really got to get my hands on the Lily Lolo Mascara and more than likely their pressed bronzer. A beautifully curated selection! LOVE! <3

    • lamouretlamusique
      December 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Makeup essentials is good, I like that! Clean and crisp. So glad you understand the magnificence of Zuzu Luxe Raven. The junkie tendency in me wants to try so many other things, but it just really does the trick so I don’t really NEED to, you know?! xo.

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