From limited edition gift sets to new skincare products — November brings about green beauty treasures that will make for perfect Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

Trusted Brands’ Beauty News in November

Ilia Beauty:
Perfect Brows + Holiday Gift Sets

Ilia Beauty is a huge favourite with the green beauty community. Even though the brand does deploy minuscule touches of synthetic pigments or silicones in some of their formulas in order to meet the market’s expectations, several other products deliver beautiful results the green way.

Essential Brow Natural Volumizing Brow Gel is just what you’d expect it to be — a tinted brow gel that offers flexible hold, a buildable colour, and a shine-free finish. Available in three shades, 3.8 ml, $26.

Ilia Beauty Essential Brow Natural Volumizing Brow Gel and Holiday Gift Sets review

But that’s not all the news. Ilia have also whipped up two limited Holiday Gift Sets that come packaged in delicious keepsake boxes. “Last night” ($42) comprises one Essential Face Palette and one Limitless Lash Mascara and is perfect for an Ilia aficionada; “Modern Romance” ($38) is a universally flattering duo of Ilia’s best-selling Tinted Lip Conditioner shades in nude and fire red, ‘Nobody’s Baby’ and ‘Crimson & Clover’ — a great introduction to the brand.

Ringana Fresh:
Eye Serum

Ringana Fresh Eye Serum reviewRingana textures have certainly the pleasant power to surprise (whilst the smell is often not-very-commercial): just like their fantastic After Sun lotion with a gentle touch of highlight and a self-tanning effect, the new Fresh Eye Serum strikes you with its distinct, very neutral beige colour. But hold on, we’ll get to that.

The ultra light texture (water, rose water and aloe gel) is jammed with botanical estracts that are known for their blood vessel strengthening properties in plant medicine. A blend of soothing extras nourishes the thin, sensitive skin in the under-eye area.

With just a touch of Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides in the formula, Ringana have given the Eye Serum a shine-free soft-focus effect. It will not cover up dark circles, but it instantly diminishes their appearance, leaving you looking more awake and less tired.

Can be easily worn under eye make-up or concealer.

Opener image: from Ringana Fresh Eye Serum campaign.

Schaebens:
Serum Ampoules

Best known for their range of natural beauty masks and Dead Sea Salt based salts and bath products, the German brand Schaebens introduce three new serum ampoules designed for three most urgent beauty needs: those for clear skin (green), hydration (blue), and smoothness (hot pink). Shake, open, apply — ampoules are a great product choice for frequent travellers.Interestingly, the ampoules are not made of glass, so they are really safe to use. What happened to Yours Truly with beauty ampoules made of glass once is that instead of having a healthy dose of ampoule-packaged sunscreen, I ended up with cut up palms. Will not happen here.

Green fact: As per August 2018, Schaebens’ products are completely CO2 neutral (ClimatePartner).

Und Gretel:
Winter Look + Limited Brush Duo

Something old, something new — Berlin’s own green beauty brand Und Gretel work with seasonal beauty looks, like any other makeup brand. However, they don’t always introduce new products. Often the looks simply demonstrate a new way to blend two colours or a different application technique (always very simple!). Winter season 2018/2019 brings about “Under the stars”, an ethereal beauty look. Lavender eye shadow, a neutral lip tint (2 lipsticks blended and applied using your fingertips), and a touch of natural brown mascara is all you need. The canvas for the look is a flawless complexion with a semi-matte finish.

Other news: Dienen is a limited gift set comprising two top quality synthetic makeup brushes. In Middle High German — the language all Und Gretel products are named in — “dienen” (spoken as if you spell “D N N”) means to help, to assist, to support.

Dienen introduces two first ever branded brushes: DIENEN Lip and Eye Liner Brush, with a stiff and tapered brush head designed for precise lipstick or eye shadow application, and DIENEN Soft Eye Brush, a flat brush perfect for pro-level blending. Both brushes are fully recyclable and fully vegan.

Bio:Végane Skinfood:
Baobab Smog Block Spray

A NEW trusted brand. German Natrue-certified natural cosmetics brand Bio:Végane Skinfood are specialists for on-trend, affordable natural skincare. 

We have discussed skincare that explores the idea of protection from blue light and from environmental pollution earlier. The new Baobab Smog Block Spray from Bio:Végane Skinfood is basically a make-up setting spray infused with anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory botanicals that can strengthen your skin barrier.

I like the idea of infusing an otherwise mundane and, in times of bare faces becoming the desired look, frankly rather needless product with skin-loving ingredients. Because for a long full-face-makeup day, or for a night out, a setting spray with skin-protective benefits is something I’d definitely add to my beauty menu.
Retails at approx. 9€ for a 100 ml bottle.

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