Catch-Up #50

Catch-Up #50

Wow, I just realized that this is the 50th catch-up I wrote. It’s been a while! I hope you all had a great week. I was sick with something terrible that I will never forget. Is it just me, or sick days remind you of how great it feels to be healthy? I did, however, enjoy the 9-10 hour sleep nights and frequent daytime naps. I had forgotten how underrated naps are, but they actually have great health benefits. I might have to make them a regular part of my life again. Onto the beauty stuff…

Empties. Last night I used my last pump of my last back-up bottle of ED4OLO (One Love Organics) Cleansing Oil. It was a sad goodbye because apparently, the formula was recently changed (did you guys try the new formula? I have heard it does not rinse off as easily as the old one). I haven’t had the chance (yet but I will) to contact the company to ask about the change, but I plan on giving another cleansing product a try in the meanwhile. Do you have any recommendations for a cleansing oil/balm/cream that removes makeup very well (just for first cleanse)? I am itching to try the In Fiore Gentle Cleansing Emulsion.

Another empty bottle I collected this week is the Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum (third or fourth bottle of this). My husband used most of this bottle, (I have been going through my scented body serums like this one), but I like using this body serum myself very much. It’s fragrance-free (no essential oils, or any other fragrance is added), which makes it perfect for babies, pregnant women, and sensitive adults. My husband uses it on dry spots like elbows and knees. It’s also perfect for when I get headaches (this past week I had headaches every single day) because I cannot tolerate any type of scent when I am sick. Full review here.

Fragrance-free Vs Unscented. Speaking of fragrances and scents, a lovely reader asked me to explain the difference between fragrance-free and unscented. Fragrance-free means no fragrance is added to the product. No essential oils, no synthetic compounds, nada. Unscented does not mean that a product is free of fragrance, and it may contain fragrance that is meant to mask the scent of the product. Therefore, unscented, may not be fragrance-free, and may be irritating to sensitive skin and noses. I hope this helps.

A few purchases. I finally remembered to order the black shade of the Fior Minerals Organic Eyeliner. As you may remember from previous posts (and as you may hear me talking about in the Youtube video I just uploaded), I received the dark brown eyeliner from Fior Minerals in a Petit Vour box*, and I have been very pleased with it. It is pigmented and long lasting,not many “green” eyeliners are. I will let you know if the black shade called Black Betty is as good as the dark brown one. I also ordered the Mineral Fusion concealer (shade warm) that I have seen several makeup artists using. Will keep you posted about that one as well. I also re-ordered the Yuli Cocoon Elixir (read my review if you need a reminder as to how much I love it).

Youtube. Thank you so much for the nice feedback; I was not expecting such positive feedback (I was expecting more comments like your English sucks). I went ahead and filmed my July/August favorites, which are now live on the channel (you can click here to watch it). If you have any video requests, please leave a comment under the video. So far, I was asked to film my makeup routine, show how I apply the Gressa foundation, do brand-focused videos (showing the best and worst from the brand, I assume), and do a “best of” from my makeup collection (best of lipsticks, best of eyeshadows, etc.). I will definitely film these asap.

Ilia Beauty Fall Launch. Ilia Beauty launched a few new products this week. First off, the Vivid foundation, together with a foundation brush, and a concealer brush. I was very excited about the foundation (especially of the packaging, because it has a pump, which is great for sanitary reasons and for dosage convenience), and almost ordered it, but then I saw that it contains coconut oil and rose hip oil. Nothing against these two oils which have many benefits, but coconut oil can break me out and rose hip oil can be photo-sensitizing. Sure, I have to wear sunscreen 24-7/365, but I would still prefer to avoid rose hip oil in a whole-face product that I use in the daytime. What do you guys think?

They also launched six Silken Shadow Sticks (cream eyeshadows in a stick form), and six Pure Eyeliners. From a brief chat on social media I had the impression that several people were disappointed that the products contained silicones. Personally, I am okay with using some silicones, depending on the product, and I am going to give these Shadow Sticks and eye pencils a try. I will keep you posted.

New Gressa makeup. I received samples of the two new Gressa Lumière fluid blushes*, in the shade Amelia (bright coral) and Elise (vibrant pink). I must say that Gressa keeps impressing me with their unique formulas. The Lumière fluid blushes come in a bottle with a pump (excellent packaging choice), and have a fluid consistency that blends so easily that you really don’t need to be an expert to apply well. They have a dewy finish and a hint of shimmer, which in my opinion is completely wearable. However, I am not sure how they would look on oily skin with enlarged pores (would they emphasize large pores?). On my skin they look luminous and dewy, but I tend to get oily only on my T-zone, so I can use any dewy products on my cheeks with no issues. They also have great pigmentation, and you can go from very sheer to more opaque coverage depending on how much you apply. Only thing I have to note is that while I love that they smell like rosehip oil, I am going to make sure to wear sunscreen underneath for the reason I mentioned in the paragraph about Ilia.

Gressa also recently launched a new lip boost color, called Jolie*, a pretty coral. I really like the lip boost, but they Lumière blushes totally stole the show.

Gressa Lumiere Blush Swatches copyGressa Lip Boost Jolie copy

Have a great (& healthy) week everyone.

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  • The Gressa Fluid Blushes look amazing. Especially Amelia! Lovely post xx

    • Thanks for reading, Jakhira. Let me know how you like it, if you give it a try ;)

  • Pauline

    I like Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular cleansing oil for my first cleanse. The consistency is thinner (more water-y) than ED4OLO but it does a really good job of removing makeup. It doesn’t really have a scent which I prefer. I know everyone loves the pineapple from ED4OLO but it’s too sweet for me.

    Definitely want to check out Fior Minerals eyeliner. I’ve been wearing Vapour Beauty’s eyeliners (Truffle is a nice brown) and they’re pretty good but does smudge towards the end of the day.

    • Hi Pauline, thank you for reading. I did try the Juice Beauty cleansing oil, and while it worked well, I was not very fond of its scent. Let me know how you like the Fior Minerals eyeliner, if you give it a try!

  • Love the ILIA info… their lippies have been some of my faves! xo

    • Hi Erin, thanks for reading! I have been collecting Ilia lippies as well! Emailing you soon, btw :)

  • Oh no! I had no idea the ED4OLO cleansing oil had been reformulated. Indeed on their product page, somebody complained about it leaving a film behind and they recommended using a washcloth, but I liked that oil precisely because I didn’t have to use a cloth. I guess I, too, will have to look into replacing this favourite. I heard really good thing about Corpa Flora’s cleansing oil which is supposed to rinse clean!

    • Hi Christine, thank you for reading the post. I also read your latest comment ;) So happy that OLO chose to bring back the old formula! Thanks for leaving your comment ♥

  • Vanessa

    I have the new OLO formulation, and it is incredibly disappointing. It is literally impossible to use alone– I only use it at night as part of a double cleansing method after a day of makeup+sunscreen. I won’t be re-purchasing… Really wish ED would bring back the old formula.

    • Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for reading. OLO has just announced that they will bring the old formula back! I am sure you are as happy as I am about it :)

  • Kate

    Did you try the Ilia tinted moisturizer? I wanted to love it but it never set, it just stayed tacky. So I have some reservations about the foundation but I am curious and a sucker for foundations and nice packaging.

    • Hi Kate, I did not try the Ilia tinted moisturizer, but I tried the concealer, and it felt exactly the same way you described, which was very disappointing. The packaging of the foundation looks awesome, but coconut oil is one of my skin’s worst enemies (together with certain essential oils). If you give it a try, let me know your thoughts!

  • laura

    Thanks for the post; glad you are feeling better! I Hhd the same thoughts about the ilia foundation, next to the rosehip oil, it also contains citrus oils, which are also super photosensitising and can be quite irritating; I also like a spf in my foundation if at all possible. I am with those who try to avoid silicones; big no no; so I am going to stick with the RMS eye creams rather than the new ilia ones, which I would have otherwise liked to try.

    • Thank you, Laura. I always look forward to reading your comments. I did not even remember about seeing essential oils in the Ilia foundation ingredients’ list, but it is one more reason for me to skip on it. May I ask you which sunscreen you are currently using? I am still searching for the one. Also, do you have a social media account where we can keep in contact?

  • I hadn’t heard about the formulation change for the ED4OLO Cleansing Oil. I’m very disappointed and wished I had picked up a bottle of the old formula while I still had a chance. I’m also excited to try the new releases from Gressa (Elise especially) and the In Fiore Gentle Cleansing Emulsion.

    • Hi love, OLO has announced that they will bring back the old formula! YAY! Thanks for reading the post :)

  • It seems like OLO just announced (via Instagram) that they were reverting back to the old formula for the cleansing oil. Yay!

  • Brooke

    I recently purchased the new ED4OLO cleanser and I’m so disappointed in the reformulation! It does not wash off in the least anymore and must be wiped off with a cloth or used in a dcm. What I loved about the old formula is it washed off easily and left my skin hydrated but this one feels thick and oily like a balm cleanser. I guess I’ll be going back to my Aurelia miracle cleanser now.

    • Hi Brooke, hold up! OLO is bringing back the old formula. They announced it on social media :) Thank you for reading the post ♥

  • Kirsten

    I saw on Instagram that OLO are going back to the original formula for the ED4OLO cleansing oil!

    • Thanks for reading the post, and thank you for sharing these great news! ♥

  • I hope that you’re feeling better now Lilly! I’m really looking forward to more of your Youtube videos :)

  • Suzanne

    Hi Lilly,
    The cleansing oil is back up on our site! It will be ready to send out to retailers in a few weeks, but we didn’t want to delay its release any longer than necessary so it is available on our site. We really do appreciate the feedback and work very quickly to make our customers happy. Thank you guys so much for your input and reaching out. Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne, thank you so much for leaving this comment. I am sure the news will make many people happy! ♥

  • Makenna

    Hello! I know OLO is now going back to the original formula of their cleansing oil, but does anyone know when they changed the formula to the one nobody liked? Lol. I want to know if maybe that’s the one I had purchased, bc it didn’t do well on my skin.

    • Hi Makenna! I don’t know the exact time when they introduced the “bad” formula, but I can definitely send an inquiry about it. However, I would expect that you did not receive the original one :(

  • Those Gressa blushes look divine and I’m so looking foward to seeing more of your YT videos<3 xx

    • Thank you so much, Jana! ♥

  • The Lipgloss Librarian

    oohh those gressa blushes are beautiful! so excited to see you are on youtube!

    • Thank you so much! :)

  • whoorl

    Hi Lilly! I bought the cleansing oil last month (on your recommendation, actually!) only to be disappointed when it wouldn’t wash off as easily as people had said. I’m pretty sure I received the non-original formula, so I’m thrilled to see that they are bringing back the original! Can’t wait to give it a try. (And kudos to OLO for listening and accommodating their customers!)

    • Hi Sarah! I am so sorry you bought the “bad” formula. I hope you’ll love the original one! Thank you so much for reading :) Also, I emailed you back ;)

  • Angelia De Meistre-Hammer

    Would love to know how the lina hanson baby serum works for the face. For the life of me I cannot find a solid natural moisturizer that doesn’t have shea butter or irritating essential oils.

    • I completely understand. My skin is very delicate and most products that contain many ingredients (especially those with nut butters and essential oils) can irritate my skin and cause me to break out. I plan on trying it on my face soon and will keep you posted. My husband likes it, but he has very different skin from mine (he has very dry skin). Have you tried to use a simple face oil like Argan oil?

  • So glad that OLO is bringing the old formular back! I’m even more loyal with this company, they do listen to customers feedback =)

  • Amy

    What nail color are you wearing in the above photos? It’s a lovely white/light pink color. My favorite nail polish is Treat (learned of them through you) for their performance and ease of application but unfortunately their color selection is still limited. They have too many blues/reds but not a long of nudes/whites/pastels.

    • Hi Amy, the nail polish that I am wearing above is Jin Soon in the color Doux. Unfortunately, while I love the color (I ♥ pale pinks, too!) I am not in love with the formula. It’s the only Jin Soon nail polish that I don’t find very easy to apply (it takes three coats to even out the strokes) and does not wear as beautifully as the other shades. I plan on trying Butter London 10 free nail polish in the color Pink Knickers next. It looks like a pretty pale pink like Doux. Thanks for reading!

  • Amy

    Lilly, I love your necklace. Where did you get it at?

  • Evie

    The OLO cleansing oil definitely is changed. It doesn’t washed off that well, which is a big disappointment for me. I’m also looking for alternatives, as I feel that my pores have been clogging recently and that is the only thing been changed in my entire skincare routine. :(