Weekend Catch-Up #27

Weekend Catch-Up # 27

Well, it was a frigid week wasn’t it? I am so glad that it is finally over and we are one week closer to Spring. Here’s the weekly recap…

Empties. This week I said goodbye to my African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm*, which I loved and will definitely buy soon. It has been a godsend to keep my dry hands soft and healthy during February, (believe me, it has been cold in Florida, too). Great intensive treatment for very dry skin. Read my full review here.

Repurchased. My Jane Iredale PureBrow Brow Gel started to get very dry (I think I have had it for 2 years and it expired after one year, ooops!) so I got a new one. I use the shade Blonde, which may sound completely wrong, but actually works because it’s an ashy taupe color. If you like to fix your eyebrow hairs in place, this is a very good brow gel that won’t leave your brows looking like they’re glued together. It has a soft hold.

Ilia Beauty Femme Fatale Nudus Dirty Diana Swatches copy

More Nudus to love. 27 Kisses* was definitely a hit for me, and I feared that the other lipstick shades would not be equally great (with many brands the texture of the lipstick changes with the different colors). However, this week I wore Dirty Diana* a couple of times, and I was not disappointed. For color reference, I swatched Ilia Beauty in Femme Fatale next to Dirty Diana, and the two are similar, but Femme fatale is more brown while Dirty Diana has more of a berry tone. Texture-wise, Nudus is a tad more creamy and soft on the lips compared to Ilia. I must admit that I have a preference for the Nudus formula. Also, I just read that some shades (including 27 Kisses) are carmine-free. If you missed it, read my full review of 27 Kisses here. I will have photos for Naked and Dirty Diana soon, and I plan to buy Fairy Tales some times soon. Looks like a very pretty, peachy color.

NEW! Lina Hanson Perfume Launch. I had been reading about it being developed for a while, so I could not wait for the launch of the Satori Perfume by celebrity makeup artist Lina Hanson. If you have tried any of her serums, you already know that she creates wonderfully gorgeous scents. Satori is described as “an uplifting and invigorating scent that awakens the senses with warm vanilla, grounding sandalwood, and notes of crisp and refreshing yuzu and ginger”. If you are not familiar with Lina’s product line, learn about her sincere committment to the sustainability and responsible, global sourcing of her ingredients. Satori is now available for pre-order at the Detox Market and will officially launch on March 2nd. **When you reach the product page, click on “other details” to watch an video featuring a day in the life of Lina Hanson, which will make you completely fall in love with her authentic, inner and outer beauty**. You can pre-order Satori here.

Tune in tomorrow morning for something special, VERY special ;) Have a great week!


  • Mmm Dirty Diana is one of my favourite lipstick shades! I’m happy you mentioned the Jane Iredale eyebrow gel, I’ve been looking for a good natural alternative to the one I’m using at the moment. Hope you had a lovely weekend Lilly. xo

    • Thank you Lauren. The Jane Iredale brow gel is actually very good. Such a shame that they haven’t made an ashy taupe shade yet, you know, one of those shades that suits most people. I am guessing that Blonde would work for you, too ;)

  • I’m definitely eyeing Nūdus and Lina Hanson’s new perfume. I can’t wait to see the exciting news tomorrow!

    • You’ll fall in love with Nudus for sure :) And the perfume is amazing! As long as it’s the type of scent you prefer ;)

  • JJ

    I am ind esperate need of a natural brow product. I have thick black brows with gaps that needs to be tamed. What would you recommend? Are you still using or liking the eccobrow?

    • Hi JJ, I do use and like Ecobrow. It’s similar to the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. As soon as I get the other three shades I will do a full review.

  • How did I not know JI makes brow gel? I was just thinking I need a product like that. :)

    • It’s very good. I only wish they would make more colors! The darker one has more of a warm/chocolate-y tone to it, which looks so funny on me. Let me know how you like it if you give it a try! :)

  • Great roundup! You’ve really got me tempted by Nudus. Both shades you’ve shared this week are beautiful! xo

  • Haley George

    Will you still be doing a brow post? I think you mentioned doing one in one of your weekly catch ups. I would really love to see your top recommendations. I need a green alternative to Anastasia brow dip. xxx

  • Bambi Organics

    Bellissimo il rossetto nudus :)

    • Sono eccellenti. Texture, durata, colori… proprio eccellenti :)

  • Demi

    I can’t wait to read your review and pictures of Nudus in color Naked.

    • I will post them soon! Thanks for reading, Demi :)

  • Diana

    Oh, please post your pictures with the two (and more) colors from Nudus!

    • Hi Diana, will do! :)

  • Tia

    I really want to buy my mom some skin care products. I want to introduce her to the green beauty world and I need some skincare suggestions please. She has sensitive combination/oily skin. Can you please recommend a whole routine or your favorite products. That would be REALLY helpful. My mom finally finished her chemo treatment and I really want help her feel beautiful again (she is always beautiful in my eyes but she doesn’t feel so). Pretty please, I would really appreciate this. Thank you times infinity! xxx

  • C

    Hey Lilly

    I recently made the switch to clean cosmetics and your blog has been a HUGE help, so I wanted to say thanks a million! (:

    I do have a quick question though – I’m currently looking for a clean alternative to my MAC Lipstick in Smoked Purple and got Lily Lolo’s Berry Crush, which was way too light and brick-reddish. I was wondering if ILIA’s Femme Fatale or nudus’s Dirty Diana would work, but looking at your swatches they both also look more red than dark purple. Would you happen to have a suggestion for me? I’d appreciate input from anyone else too!


    • Hi love, thank YOU for reading my blog and for your kind words.

      You could try ILIA Ink Pot, which is not an exact match, but is the closest to purple that I can think of. You can see it in this posts:
      September Favorites – Genuine Glow
      Weekend Catch-Up #5

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions :)

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