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So my second Luxola order has just arrived yesterday.
Since I’m more active outdoors these days (and recently got a really bad tan), I knew I had to get a more reliable sunscreen. I usually make do with an SPF-25, but when you’re under the sun for longer than two hours straight, I figured I need triple the usual protection. So I got myself the VMV Hypoallergenics’ Armada Sport 70 (IDR 480,700), which claims to be “ultra lightweight” on the skin. I guess we’ll just have to see about that.
It’s my bad that I didn’t look carefully before I hit the ‘Add to cart’ button when I got my KORRES Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub. Like I said, I thought I was getting myself a 40mL tube. It was a 16mL one instead, and the tube didn’t last up to a month. Though great, I finally decided to try out the exfoliator from an equally natural, all-organic skincare line, LUZERN Laboratories. Good to know that I can use the Micro-Exfoliant Deep Hydrating Scrub (IDR 513,500) a couple of times a week, as exfoliating constitutes a huge part of my skincare routine.
The same portion goes to a brown eyeliner for my default makeup. Take that into consideration and Edward Bess’ Defining Eyeliner (IDR 276,500) is a sweet deal when you get two eyeliners in one package. Plus, I’m a big fan of roll-on eyeliners. You need no sharpener to sharpen the saw, and a smokey look is just a smudge away.
A sample of elizabethW’s Sweet Tea Eau de Parfum came along with the whole package, and it smells like the onset of spring. It’s almost as if you’re drinking warm lemon tea in the morning, looking out from a five-star hotel – or perhaps it’s just my imagination. Not a big perfume collector, but once in a while certain scents do entice me.
This time I shopped using the IDR 100,000 voucher provided in my Lolabox last month. You could imagine how giddy I was to find that voucher when I was unboxing it. There were plenty more pleasant surprises inside, but we’ll talk more about the good stuff from Lolabox in another post
Here’s an overall review of the stuff I picked up from Luxola last time:
1. ZOEVA Cool Shimmer 88 Shade Palette (IDR 387,000)
INGREDIENTS: Mica & Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Kaolin, Magnesium Steatrate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. [+/- Mica, CI 77891, CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007, CI 77742, CI 77510, CI 77288, CI 77289, CI 16035, CI 19140, CI 42090)
Life’s a whole lot easier with this palette on my grooming table, since I can pretty much use it for any occasion. Neutrals for my everyday look, browns and subtle pinks for a little dress-up or for meeting people I work with, the darker, smokey-eyed look when I’m feeling dangerous, and everything else in your life that calls for pretty peepers.
In the meantime I’m no longer looking for eyeshadow palettes just because I’ve got more than enough shades in one sitting. All these cool undertones pop up my Asian eyes in countless ways I never thought of – I was never brave enough to try anything close to blues and greens till now. One word of note, though: I’d recommend using an eye primer before putting these on. Primer helps let the vibrance stick longer, as these colors get a bit dull whenever I put them on for more than five hours.
2. Sleek i-Divine Eye Primer (IDR 158,000)
INGREDIENTS: Ozokerite, Ceresin, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylparaben, BHT, Mica, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), BLUE NO. 1 LAKE (CI 42090:2), ULTRAMARINE (CI 77007), RED NO. 7 LAKE (CI 15850:1), BLACK IRON OXIDE (CI 77499), YELLOW IRON OXIDE (CI 77492), HYDRATED CHROME OXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), RED IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), YELLOW NO. 5 LAKE (CI 19140:1)
Speaking of primers, the rich, luminous texture from this one really sticks even when I was wearing it for seven or so hours. All twelve colors look radiant against my fair skin as the pigments are super strong. Just put on the white and any shade you top it off will look extra alive. So yes, I seldom use the intense green and electrifying blue under anything.
As expected, playing with these twelve colors alone is enough to look gorg. Whenever I decided to do that for my look, I tend to get lazy putting on powder eyeshadows. My favorite color combo is a massive smudge of the dark brown all over my eyelid with highlights from the florid pink to finish. Sweet and sultry has never gotten this simple.
3. KORRES Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub (IDR 142,200)
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Olea Europaea (Olive) Seed, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Glycerin, Isodecyl Laurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Polyisoprene, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum.
I hope Luxola will carry the bigger 40mL version of this baby someday, because I’ll gladly repurchase this and give it a longer chance. Three weeks is not enough to see whether this product is really effective on minimizing the appearance of my humongous pores, although I notice that my skin is getting less oilier (this product is designed for oily to combination skin).
Perhaps it’s the rich olive content, but I’ve certainly never used a face scrub that’s thicker and creamier than this one. Normally cleansing products produce a lot of foam when they come in contact with water, but I love the heavy consistency of this one. It makes itself stick longer even when I wash it off from my face, so my skin really feels rejuvenated afterwards.
FYI, you can bet smelling like fresh real poms after just one use.
The product prides itself with an 86.0% natural content, meaning:
4. Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Re-Tighten Mask (IDR 229,100)
INGREDIENTS: Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Aluminium Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Ethanol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic acid, Protulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavadula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Lead/Stem Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Oleanolic Acid, Sorbitan Stearate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Titanium Dioxide, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Xanthum Gum, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
I still prefer TBS’ Tea Tree Face Mask to this one. Perhaps it’s the cooling effect that really feels as if it’s penetrating deep into skin cells. While this mask leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and clean, I feel that the Tea Tree Mask did double the job to achieve these desired results. Not that this mask caused me breakouts or enlarged my pores or anything bad; it just doesn’t seem to deliver what it’s promised to do well: tighten pores and wiping out dead skin cells.
If I were a first-time user of a peel-off mask and I chose this, I might think it’s the best out there. Perhaps a month is not long enough to see its efficacy on my pores, but I admit it works great for oil control and generally for soothing the skin.
5. STEAMCREAM All-in-one Moisturizer Pisces (IDR 204,600)
INGREDIENTS: Oatmeal Infusion (Avena sativa), Orange Flower Water (Citrus Aurantium amara, Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Chamomile Blue Oil (Chamomilla recutita), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, * Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. *Occurs naturally in essential oils
Anything that works and simplifies my routine easily qualifies as a beauty staple, and STEAMCREAM practically spelled efficiency out for me.
It’s effective, multi-functional, and comes in such a compact size that makes it so handy to carry around everywhere. A sheer layer of this lush is enough to hydrate, moisturize, and hydrate your whole face before putting on makeup, although if you apply more than a pea-sized blob you’ll look a bit oily. With the right amount, you get a nice blossomy fragrance plus a dewy skin.
On the upside, the extreme moist is also effective as an eye cream. I dab these lightly whenever the areas around my eyes dry out from very little sleep. Compared to most moisturizers I’ve tried on the market, STEAMCREAM is fast-absorbing, especially when I use them on my freakishly dry legs.
Because it’s super hydrating and that you only need very little of it to work its magic, it’ll probably last you for a very long time after a single purchase. A month later and mine is still brimming.
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