Catch-Up # 53 – Empties, Kypris, Lily Lolo, and more.

Catch-Up #53 Kypris Antioxidant Dew Lily Lolo Blush Jane Iredale Palette

Long time no see! I hope you’re well and had a great week. I had some technical issues over the weekend and was unable to film. Well, actually, I filmed a requested video, and was feeling pretty good about it until I watched the footage, and I realized that the lighting was completely off. It was a makeup video so I wanted the lighting to be right. When I tried to film again (last evening), I knocked off another CFL light bulb to the ground (it was the second bulb I broke during the two past weeks). In case you are not familiar with it, it is a bit of a hassle when these type of light bulbs break because they release mercury :( . Anyways, I am going to film again soon, so keep an eye on your Youtube feed for another video popping up asap, and subscribe here if you haven’t yet.

Empties/Repurchases. This week I finished my first bottle of True Nature Botanicals Shampoo*, and I promptly purchased a new bottle. I have been happy with the way my hair has been looking/feeling. A little less happy with my hair cut, but that’s a whole different problem (if you were thinking about cutting your bangs, may I just say, think twice). My initial thoughts about the shampoo have not changed, which is why I bought a new bottle. It cleanses properly and smells fresh. Some of you told me that you were giving this shampoo a try, so please let me know how you have been getting along with it. If you didn’t read my first review, you can do so by clicking here.

Purchases. A few things I recently bought are a pressed mineral blush from Lily Lolo in the color Just Peachy (I got it here), because believe it or not, I have plenty of peachy/coral blushes, but not even one in a powder form. I also bought a few more of those clever brush guards I showed you in my October Favorites. I have been less annoyed with washing my brushes since I started to use the London Brush Co. shampoos and the brush guards. Less time=less boring. If you do not enjoy washing your makeup brushes then make sure to check out the products I mentioned in my October Favorites.

I am pretty sure that I am forgetting about a few more things I recently got, but will blog again in a few days and will keep you posted about anything noteworthy. I am also going to post a couple of reviews, including one of a versatile makeup palette from Jane Iredale* that I am really enjoying (which I use to fill in my eyebrows, among the other things). In the meanwhile, you can check out the palette here.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew. I am super sad that even the Kypris Antioxidant Dew* did not work for my skin, (I mentioned before how the Moonlight Catalyst also did not work for me). I gave it three weeks, even though I had the impression that my skin did not agree with it from the first couple of days of use. I have found that sometimes it does take a couple of weeks for my skin to “adjust” to a new product, but as my breakouts got progressively worse, I decided to discontinue the use. At first I noticed tiny whiteheads on my cheekbones, but then I began to get full blown red pimples on my cheeks and at the sides of my nose, which is so unusual for my skin. The only areas where I tend to breakout, (you probably already noticed if you have been following me for a little while, because when I do breakout, is usually big and loud!), are my forehead and (rarely) my chin. I cannot tell which ingredient(s) my skin is not okay with because there are many “new” ingredients in this product that I have never found in a previously used product.

It has fantastic reviews (one online reviewer wrote that she stopped wearing foundation after starting to use this and another Kypris product, which sounds more than desirable), so I don’t discourage you from trying it. However, if you have delicate skin that is prone to breakouts, I would recommend getting a sample first. The texture is like of a lightweight lotion with a milky consistency, so I actually really liked the product formula and how it felt upon the application. The Antioxidant Dew contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which may help dry skin types to stay hydrated and look more plump during Fall/Winter. Not to mention, several ingredients with antioxidant benefits. You can check it out here. Kypris recommends adding a few drops of the Prismatic Array serum to the Antioxidant Dew to boost hydration and UV protection. Back to the Skin Fuel serum I got (mentioned here). Use code GG10 to save 10% on any LeVert Beauty purchase. As soon as my skin gets better, I’ll start to test out another face serum that you guys emailed me about :)

Eyebrow help? You guys! I don’t know how much money I have wasted over the past year trying to find a decent replacement for the discontinued Lavera All Brows, Brow Pencil. It was perfect for my dark, ashy brow hairs. I know I can, (and I do) mix a couple of different eyeshadows to fill them in (I pick up dark, matte, green, brown, and black eyeshadows on an angled brush and fill my brows with that). However, especially when I am in a hurry, I just can’t bother with doing the artist thing and I need a quick product that does the job. If you know of any decent brow product that has an ashy tone to it (with a hint of green it’d be even better), then please leave me a comment.

Have a great week, ciaooo xx

*gifted/PR sample

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  • Mariela834

    Hi Lilly great blog you have here ;) and for the eyebrow product, i just love silk naturals brow cream in medium ash, tried different products before, but this is by far the best! http://www.silknaturals.com/store/index.php/brow-cream-medium-ash.html

    • thanks for the recommendation…I will give it a try too :-)

      • Mariela834

        You should definitely try it ;)

    • Hi Mariela, thank you for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out! :) Is it pretty long-lasting? Thanks for reading.

      • Mariela834

        Yes,almost whole day,you will not be disappointed :)

        • Sounds great! Thank you so much, Mariela :)

          • Mariela834

            Np ;)

  • Buutify3

    Hi, Lilly I am really happy to read an another honest review from you. I have been using Kypris for about a week, and I am glad it did not break me out. However I did not see any difference in my skin. I will wait until I finish the bottle. I just feel like everybody raves about them in a very advertising way. For the brow products, I feel the same way. I am about to make an exception and go get some long lasting brow gel(ingot in my mind), but every time when I read the ingredients, I don’t want to purchase it. Anyways, I am sorry this comment is getting really long. I got the Sante and Logona eyebrow pencils recently. And I think Sante no 2 is on the ashier side, the only problem I had with it, it did not last on me. But nothing lasts on me including Anastasia brow wiz, pomade, or ecobrow. If you don’t have problem with longevity, check this one in whole foods. The packaging looks warmer than the actual product.

    • Hi lovely, I ended up purchasing the Sante brow pencil. I should receive it in about a week. Hopefully it will have decent staying power on me (I doubt it, but I wanted to try it anyway). I think that I have tried pretty much everything available in the green beauty world. Ecobrow lasts very well on my brows, but still not ashy enough for me. I think that my next best option is possibly some Anastasia product.
      As for the Kypris Antioxidant Dew, I really wanted to like it, but I didn’t get the chance to even notice any benefits because I started to get a skin reaction as soon as I start to use it. To confirm my suspicion that it was the Dew to cause my skin reaction, my skin started to get better as soon as I stopped using it.
      I am glad you appreciate my honesty. I am pretty sure that all the positive consumer reviews online are honest, but I, too, take what some beauty writers with a strong marketing tone have to say, with a grain of salt. Thanks for reading! x

  • Katrina57

    I would love to hear more about your thoughts on bangs…I’ve been thinking about getting them but am nervous about the maintenance.

    • Hi Katrina! I am glad you asked :) I love the look of bangs, but if I could go back, I would not cut them. They look cool after I wash my hair and style them with a round brush and hair dryer, but the next day they look already greasy. I haven’t found any quick way around it :( Back when I used spray dry shampoo (like the Klorane one) it was not an issue, because a little spritz would make them look clean again. On top of that, I need to trim them at least every two weeks.
      Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading, x

      • Katrina57

        Hi Lilly! Thank you so much for the details. I like very low maintenance hair, so I really appreciate your honesty about bangs! Maybe when we’re older and have less oily skin, we can have bangs easily. ;) Thanks for all the great posts, I’ve used your recommendations several times (Yuli Pure, yay!). :)

  • Jill

    I second the recommendation for silk naturals brow cream in medium ash brown. It works great, lasts all day, the small pot lasts forever, there is no red in it and at $6.50 it is so affordable.

    • Mariela834

      Totally agree, just perfect, i have it now on me,and it`s the same as it was 6 hours ago :)

    • Sounds really great! Will place an order for that, and a couple more things :) Thank you, Jill!

  • Bambi Organics

    Ciao stella mia!!!
    Kypris è orribile…non capisco come mai abbia tutto questo successo!! Ha ingredienti che per me sono “meah” e in più come sai, anche io ho provato qualcosa da loro ma niente che mi abbia fatto innamorare….diciamo che si fanno pagare profumatamente per del semplice olio di girasole come primo ingrediente XD.
    Ci sono certe marche che per me cavalcano l’onda del bio per moda o per i soldi…nn so..a me da questa idea! Boh

    Per le sopracciglia ti consiglio come sempre di provare benecos o hai già visto la marca italiana Nabla (nn che mi stiano simpatici ma i prodotti per le sopracciglia mi attirano molto) ha lanciato le DIVINE EYE BROWS PENCILS…per te e x me andrebbe bene il colore Uranus…se vuoi posso passare in settimana dalla mia bioprofumeria di fiducia a swatchare i colori e posso prendere qualcosa e spedirtela!!!!
    Oppure se leggi questo adesso, mandami una email xk posso comprarti la matita di Lavera tramite un sito ecobio dove ho fatto un ordine ieri! Se mi ricarichi paypal 7€ me la faccio inserire nell’ordine ^_^

    Fammi sapere ❤️

    Un bacione
    Ale

    • Alena

      Hi Lilly,

      I can also recommend brow pencils from Nabla cosmetics. I have ashy blonde hair and dyed ashy-brown eyebrow. I use Venus (sometimes it’s to light for me) and Neptune which is darker and enough ashy for me. It can work for you too I think, even though you have darker eyebrow than me. Application is very easy, pencil is tiny.

  • I have heard great things about the Pixi brow pencil. It also comes with a gel. The NYX pencils are also great and have a wide shade range. Brows are a must.

  • Hi Kim, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy you enjoy it! I am definitely going to check out the Hynt Beauty brow product you mentioned. I have also heard great things about their concealer; have you tried that one as well? Thanks for reading, x

    • Kim

      I picked up the concealer in that order as well and I’ve been loving it! It is definitely thick, but blends pretty easily with a Beauty Blender. The coverage is insane though! By far the highest coverage concealer I’ve tried.

  • I felt the same way when I tried Kypris…so dissappointing. but like you say, there are plenty of people out there who love it. Have you tried the new Alima Pure brow pencil? It doesn’t really have any warm tones to it which is awesome :)

    Mayah x

  • Angelia De Meistre-Hammer

    so sorry to hear that about the kypris!!! I’m officially out of shea butter/coconut oil/ and strong essential oil free natural moisturizer options.

  • Angelia De Meistre-Hammer

    ps., have you given the glo minerals powder brow duo a try or the lily lolo brow duo?

  • Denise

    I too was let down with my foray into Kypris. All the products just did not work out for me. While I don’t think there is paid advertising, I notice a lot of the rave reviews come from like.. retailers that carry them or people who love their message of feminism, which is noble but not really going to do anything for my skin, you know? I’m back on my system of Yuli and Kahina and my skin is getting back in shape.

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  • Katerina

    Hi Lily!

    An awesome brow product I recently stumbled upon is Eyeko’s brow liner. It’s subtle, in that you can barely see it when you’re applying it, but it shows up in a most perfect universal ashy shade. (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eyeko-brow-liner/3820736) This version is for one shade fits most and, I believe, Eyeko recently released one for lighter shades and one for darker. I haven’t tried the latter, but the former I definitely vouch for. :)

    Hope you find what you need!

  • Maulee

    Try “Jet” brow pencil by Zuzu! It’s perfect and much better looking than a terrible warm brown tone! I always struggle to find the right colour too and this one is the only natural one that seems to be perfect.