Catch-Up #52 – Kjaer Weis Launch, Ilia Beauty Shadows & more.

Catch-Up 52

I hope you had a lovely week. I planned to upload a video on my YouTube channel yesterday, but I was in bed all day with nausea and headache, and I was unable to finish it up. It will be up as soon as possible :) I have a bunch of new things to share, so let’s get to them.

Have you tried Kypris Beauty?. For the past couple of months, I have been receiving many emails asking me if I had tried anything from Kypris yet–yes, I have. However, the only product I tried, the Moonlight Catalyst, was more active than my skin could handle and ended up going unused. My skin looked very irritated during the few days of use and I felt like discontinuing the use was the appropriate thing to do. The other products from the line (the serums) contain a high percentage of coconut oil, so I passed on them for the fear of breaking out, (my skin does not do well with coconut oil). The only Kypris product that I thought could work for me was the Antioxidant Dew*, which I just started to use it last night. I will be using it for the next few weeks and let you know how my sensitive skin likes it. Have you tried the Antioxidant Dew? If so, how did your skin like it? You can check it out here.

Kjaer Weis Fall makeup launch. It is officially available for pre-order: new eyeshadow, new blush, new lip tint, and two new foundation shades. The foundation shades are Lightness, for very fair skin with neutral undertones (if the shade Like Porcelain wasn’t light enough for you, Lightness may be), and Transparent, which is described as a half step in between Velvety and Delicate. The new eyeshadow shade is called Transcend*, and it’s definitely my favorite of the bunch: a rich, warm brown with copper hues that I think would look great on anyone, but especially on people with green and blue eyes. The lip tint, Captivate*, is a warm, brown-nude with subtle golden shimmer. It’s very wearable, a bit more warm and more brown than Dream State. The cream blush, Above and Beyond*, is a bright coral shade, that will look particularly great on medium-dark skin tones. You can pre-order it at the Kjaer Weis official website and at LeVert Beauty (here), where code GG10 saves you 10% every time you shop.

Kjaer Weis Fall 2015 Swatches

Jane Iredale Holiday Palette. Jane Iredale is launching a new palette in November, which is called In the Blink of a Smoky Eye*. Beside the lovely packaging (this would make a beautiful present), the palette is pretty balanced with two nude shades (a matte one and a shimmery one), two shimmery medium shades( a rose and a taupe), and four more intense shades: purple, green, brown and black. The palette also has a mirror, and a compact eyeshadow brush that is perfect for traveling, if you’re the type that likes to save space. It also comes with a guide on how to create a few different looks with the palette. Would you be interested in a video/review using this palette? Let me know in the comments. Together with this palette, Jane Iredale will also launch a new Lip and Cheek Stain, in the shade Forever Red*. More deets to come, (coming soon at Jane Iredale official website and Dermstore).

Brush Shampoos. For the past year or so, I have been using foaming castile soaps to wash my brushes, but I came across these brush shampoos while shopping at Beautylish. I thought I would give them a try because I don’t like despise washing my brushes and when I find a product that promises to make it an easier/quicker task, I’ll try it for sure. The London Brush Company Brush Shampoos, which are made with food-grade ingredients, come in two formulas: a vegan formula for synthetic brushes and a non-vegan formula made with goat milk. They are solid cleaners that you swirl your wet brush in to loosen up the makeup, and then rinse it. I bought both formulas and used them two days ago, and I am really, really pleased with them so far. Fancy a review? Let me know. Despite being non-cheap, they are worth trying. Unless you love washing your brushes and don’t mind putting extra effort into it (lucky you!). You can find them at Beautylish (here).

Hubalou Hair Wrap*. This lovely hair towel is made with 100% sustainable bamboo fiber, and is oh so soft, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. It absorbs some of the water residue I have in my hair after washing, it’s very gentle, and prevents some frizz. Since I started to use it, my other hair wraps went to trash can, literally. This is particularly helpful if you like to put some oil or other conditioning product after washing your hair, or even if you like to apply a hair mask and leave it on overnight. It’s so soft and comfortable that you can sleep in it. You can check it out here.

Ilia Beauty Silken Shadow Stick. This week I used my Shadow Stick in the shade Age of Consent for the first time, and I am sorry to report that I was underwhelmed by it. The packaging is awesome, and perfect for a quick, easy application. It goes on smooth and it’s very easy to blend. The shade I picked is beautiful; a luminous taupe shade with a hint of a plum tone to it and a little silver shimmer. Honestly, it is a bit more shimmery than I would prefer for daytime. Beside the shimmer, my real problem with this stick is that it creases on my eyes. It deposits almost entirely into my eyefold within 30 minutes. It may work for you if you have very dry eyelids, but oily and hooded eyelids may have a hard time with it. It most likely happens because of the high content of coconut oil. Lastly, I should also mention that these stick contains dimethicone, a silicone, which some people are uncomfortable with using due to the concern that it may irritate the skin with long-term use, and that it may be occlusive when used on the face. Due to the shimmer, coconut oil, and creasing that I experienced I think I’ll pass on the other shades :( . It’s a shame because the concept and the shades are gorgeous. I bought it here.

Ilia Beauty Creasing Stick

Giveaway. Today is the last day to enter my Beautyhabit $100 gift card giveaway. Make sure to read to contest rules in this post. The winner will be announced on my Instagram page. I will have another one shortly after this one ends, so stay tuned for that ;)

Have a great week everyone!

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  • icklefickle

    Looking forward to hearing how you get on with the Antioxidant Dew, like you I have given the oils a miss due to the coconut but I love the Clearing Serum and my skin seems to handle the Moonlight Catalyst. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Hi love, thank you for your well wishes :) I will keep you posted about the Antioxidant Dew. Thanks for reading!

  • Loranne

    Although brief, I so appreciate your thoughts on Kypris! I was reading so much about how great they were that I purchased all the serums and the healing bouquet (for sensitive skin). Sadly my skin had a major freak out and looked worse than it has since my pregnant phd student days. The Moonlight Catalyst is just a very rough exfoliant in my opinion that causes my skin to flake and peel off, and foundation just looks so bad the next day when I put it on. Clearing Serum isn’t good for actual acne that has popped up yet it will dry me out so much. Antioxidant Serum wasn’t quite as horrible but I certainly didn’t see too much either which is disappointing having seen all the praise that Citrine heaps on it. You are right that the beauty elixirs with coconut oil may not be worth the try as I got a full size healing bouquet and proceeded to breakout immediately and kept breaking out until I stopped a week later with a face FULL of acne. It was basically just a nightmare!

    • Hi Loranne, thank you for sharing your experience. I ask this question myself all the time – why would a skincare company use coconut oil in their products when a large number of people experience breakout from it? (it’s literally all over the internet, if you just google coconut oil acne breakouts, you’ll find loads of real people’s reviews). I don’t know. I do believe that some people have no trouble with it, but it’s just not for everyone. Having sensitive, slightly oily skin, I just pass on products that contain coconut oil, especially when it’s one of first in the ingredients list. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend the Yuli Skincare, Kahina (great for combo skin, in my experience), Pai (good for sensitive, dry skin). These lines are free of all the major skin offenders for sensitive skin, such as essential oils, citrus, and bergamot oil, and coconut oil. You can find some reviews of their products if you search by brand. How is your skin doing right now? Please let me know if I can be of any help.

  • Catch ups are my favorite! I find so much good stuff from you and of course I trust everything with your seal of approval. The Kaejer cream blush looks beautiful!

    • I am so glad you enjoy the catch-ups, Chelsey! Thank you for reading :)

  • Wonderlusting

    Get well soon! Drooling over the Kjaer Weis blush. I did wonder how the Ilia eyeshadows were going to perform on the eye, they felt very creamy swatching on arm which generally equals creasing. Maybe would be better over a neutral powder eyeshadow.

    • Thank you for your well wishes! I tried the shadow stick in a few different ways, including over a setting powder and over a powder shadow, but I could not get it to stay put :( I think that people with dry eyelids may be able to use it, but I doubt it would work for anyone else. What a shame; such beautiful colors and packaging! Thanks for reading :)

  • Andy

    Great catch up as always! I’m on the fence on the Kjaer Weis make ups, do they last for long? The tin sliders just look very slim so I end up getting something like Vapour. I tried samples of the Kypris serums, Antioxidant Dew was my least fave because it felt like it did nothing. The Clearing Serum had a cool tingle and Moonlight Catalyst smells like peach. I don’t think any of the serums will be a purchase since they didn’t seem to do too much in general.

    • Hi Andy, I am glad you enjoy the catch-ups, thanks so much for reading! Vapour has great products, but I love the Kjaer Weis color offer and how well the eyeshadows and cream blushes wear on my skin. What are some skincare products that you love and recommend? Would love to hear :)

  • Wow, that’s too bad about your KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst. It is one of my favorites. For something gentler, you might look into Marie Veronique’s Gentle Retinol Serum. To me, KYPRIS is in between MV and Mad Hippie’s evening serums — with Mad Hippie’s being EXTREMELY active. My skin is so oily and not really sensitive, so it works really well with these types of treatments. I like the Dew a lot and enjoy blending it with my facial oils. It’s extremely light, so pairs well with a dense oil, and is a dream to use in the summer months. I hope it works out better for you!

    • Thank you, Kim, I will look into the Marie Veronique’s Gentle Retinol Serum. I am doing okay with the DEW so far. Sensitive skin is a pain to deal with :S Thanks for reading!

  • Jackie

    Say it ain’t so about the Ilia shadow sticks! I have 2 coming in the mail today. I was obsessed with the marsala look on the website. Great reviews – I shall have to come around more often :).

    • Hi Jackie, thanks for reading! Have you tried the Ilia shadow sticks yet? If so, how are they working for you? I was tempted to buy several shades when I saw the looks on the Ilia Beauty website – they all look so gorgeous. However, I have tried to use my stick a couple more times, and it just won’t stay put on my lids. Not to mention I got silver shimmer inside my eyes, and it irritated them :( Let me know your thoughts!

  • I have also heard so much lately about Kypris and had been eager to try the products out, but I know that my skin does not do very well with heavy oils (especially coconut oil) and I noticed that it is listed as an ingredient in much of the line. My skin is so sensitive (even on my body) so I was happy to read that the body oil didn’t have any coconut in it. I purchased it last week and so far, so good – I plan to use it exclusively for a couple weeks before making a judgement about repurchasing, but my skin tone already looks a little more even and the oils absorbs really well. I always find your reviews so thoughtful and helpful, and just wanted to share what I’ve noticed from the line for myself!

    • Hi Christine, thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience. I am very glad that the Kypris body serum is working well for you so far, and I would love to know which products have worked well for your sensitive facial skin. I agree with you about the heavy oils like coconut oil – they just don’t work for everyone. I hope that more lines will come up with products that are free of irritating and pore-clogging ingredients. Thanks for reading!

  • annabelle807

    Hi Lilly!

    Love your post – I’m especially interested in the cream blush, it looks like it would be really brightening!

    One thing that I had to mention is that occlusive actually doesn’t mean “pore-clogging”, and means that it forms a barrier that seals in moisture instead (as opposed to humectants, that draw moisture from the environment to the skin). Maybe the word you were looking for was “comodogenic” instead?

    Hope you feel better soon! I’ve found that loading up on sleep really helps out :)

  • Christine

    I’ve been using the antioxidant dew since July and really enjoy the texture. It’s the perfect first step after toning. I then moisturize and add a serum. I just bought an odacite autumn of the world serum ($$$$ OUCH) but would love to try the kypris I or III serums!

  • Hi Lilly! I hope that you’re feeling much better now. Really love the Above & Beyond Cream Blush color– it’s so pretty.

  • Angelia De Meistre-Hammer

    would also love to hear how you get on with the kypris skin dew. i emailed citrine asking for their product pick for a moisturizer sans essential oils and coconut oils that wouldn’t break out my sensitive skin. they pointed me in the direction of the kypris dew, but I find myself hesitating to purchase! can’t wait for your review!