Beauty Tips With Nicole Toledo-Brands That Give Back

Beauty Tips With Nicole Toledo-Brands That Give Back

||Authored by Nicole Toledo.||

|Photographed by Kylie Fitts|

It's the season which reminds us to be thankful and grateful. I always feel better about supporting brands that give back. It makes me feel a little less guilty about buying a little extra makeup or skincare.

MAC Cosmetics


Back 2 MAC Bring in any 6 items once you are done with them and get a complimentary lipstick of your choice. If you trade in your 6 items at a freestanding MAC store,  you can choose a free lipstick, lipgloss, or eyeshadow in the color of your choice.

Viva Glam Every cent of the $17 Viva Glam lipsticks and lip glosses is donated to the MAC AIDS Fund to provide things like meals and medication to those effected by HIV or AIDS. Since the program launched, it has raised over $400 Million. RuPaul was the first celebrity spokesperson. Ariana Grande is the current face of Viva Glam.

Estée Lauder

img_5205 The Breast Cancer Research foundation established by Evelyn Lauder has raised over $65 Million since the program began in 1993. Evelyn launched the pink ribbon as a symbol of breast cancer awareness. Sales of specific products help to raise awareness and further research and education in over 70 countries. Sister brands such as Bobbi Brown and La Mer, (to name a few) also sell products each October to help raise funds for the foundation.



The sales from various products throughout the year help to benefit a number of causes. This generous company has supported Amfar, Planned Parenthood, Rainforest Alliance, and the Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to just to name a few.


img_5200 Through Philosophy's Hope and Grace Initiative, the company donates 1% of all sales to community based mental health initiatives. I love that the money raised in each area is given back locally.


img_5207 Lush is an amazing brand that not only encourages recycling by giving you a free hair mask when you bring back five Lush containers, but it also sells a magical little product called the Charity Pot. It's much more than a moisturizing hand and body lotion. It's gives 100% of the purchase price to various causes like animal, human, and environmental rights. So far the company has donated over ten million worldwide.

Yes to Carrots

img_5202 Sales from the Yes to Carrots brand helps to feed communities in need. A portion of the proceeds from the Yes to Seed Fund helps to form community gardens, and works to "empower women to lead healthier, more positive lives."

Honest Company

img_5204 Honest Company has products in their line for kids, home, hair and skin. Every purchase helps to fund research, education, and access to safe non-toxic products. Purchases from the Honest Beauty line of high performance cosmetics supports to create "high school AP computer science curriculum focused on young women". "Honest Beauty is committed to programs that inspire girls to be leaders in the field and contribute to the next generation of change".

The Body Shop


Since 1986 The Body Shop has partnered with groups such as Amnesity International and Greenpeace to target Human and Environmental rights. They have also helped raise funds and awareness to a variety of causes such as domestic violence, sex trafficking, and HIV to name a few.

When shopping this year for yourself or others, consider supporting a brand that gives back to the community. It will give you all the holiday feels. Why stop during the holidays? Let's keep that good karma going all year.