Weekly Catch-Up #31

Weekly Recap #31 Genuine Glow

Sorry for the delay, everyone, I had the busiest week, (no, I did not spent it at the beach, though I had to go there for lunch). I hope you’re all well! Here’s the recap…

Empties/Repurchased. This week I did not finish any products, mainly because I have new-ish bottles of skincare products that are at least half-full. However, there are a few things something I plan on purchasing this week. First, I want to hook my sister up with Nudus lipstick in 27 Kisses. She is a red lip lover, especially of glossy, sheer reds. I think that she would fall in love with 27 Kisses and it could be a nice alternative to red. I already sent her Ilia Beauty in Funnel of Love and In My Room, yet she wears red lipstick in every single photo of herself that she sends me, so I guess she is not using them much. (For the newbies, my sister still lives in Italy, while I moved to the United States). I also plan to purchase a refill of the Kjaer Weis Mascara, because it is still the one I like the most, and does not smudge, ever.

Kjaer Weis New Foundation Shades. Speaking of Kjaer Weis, I posted on Facebook that Kjaer Weis has launched two new foundation shades, and one of them looks like it could be my perfect match. It is called Silken, and it is described as the warmer sister of Paper Thin, the one I wore in my Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation Review (click on the name to read the review). It is meant to suit light, light-to-medium skin tones with yellow undertones. I am quite excited to use it, as color matching was my only problem with the Kjaer Weis foundation. The other new shade, Delicate, is designed for medium-to-deep skin tones with golden undertones. You can find both shades at Spirit Beauty Lounge and The Detox Market.

Nudus Lipstick Carmine-Free Shades. After an exchange of comments was left under this Instagram post, I received several emails from people who wanted to know which Nudus lipsticks are carmine-free. Nudus kindly sent me the list of names, and they are: 27 Kisses (which everyone needs), Naked, Fairy Tales, and Bittersweet. Also, for those who asked me where to buy 27 Kisses (it is currently sold out at BeauTeaBar), Integrity Botanicals may have some in stock.

Sales. **UPDATE** Spirit Beauty Lounge is having a flash sale! 15 % off sitewide for the next 24 hours! Click here and use code FS20150323.

The Detox Market is currently having a Spring Sale with up to $60 off! Use code Spring10 for $10 off $100; code Spring30 for $30 off $200, and Spring60 for $60 off $300.

Face Sunscreen Update. For all of you who are waiting on an in depth post about the face sunscreens that I have been trying, I am getting closer to a complete the list. I am definitely liking the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30*. This week I was using another one that I purchased last year (and remembered not getting along with), the Consonant Perfect Sunscreen with SPF 30. I was so excited to try it, because I read so many good reviews for it, and I waited months before it went back in stock (it was sold out for ages!). Yet, it did not work for me; it’s totally incompatible with my skin. I will give you more details later on. However, if I had to recommend any face sunscreen at this point, it would be the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF30, the Coola Mineral Sunscreen with matte finish, or Suntegrity 5 in 1, at least for all combination and oily skin types.

I am curious: has anyone tried the Josh Rosebrook Lift Texture and Volume Spray yet? I should be receiving it soon, and I am waiting for the mail by the window every day. Did anyone try to press their powders after I posted my mini tutorial last week? If you did, let me know how it worked!

Have a great week everyone, I should be posting more this week!

*gifted sample

  • Kim

    I was interested in the Josh Rosebrook sunscreen until I found out it only has between 12% and 15% zinc oxide in it. Pretty sure that makes it closer to SPF 15 than SPF 30. So, it doesn’t make it worth the $ as a sunscreen, in my opinion. But, it does still sound like a lovely moisturizer. Thanks for the reviews! I love your blog! So fun to read, and helpful!

    • Hi Kim, thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing the info. I most definitely need a good SPF 30 here in Florida, so I will have to look into that! Which face sunscreen is your favorite?

  • Chloe

    have you tried pratima’s face sunscreen? ^ ^ i use josh rosebrook as a backup, but i’ve tried erbaviva, badger, soo many others, but pratima sinks in well, and has no residue! it feels like nothing is on!

    • Laura

      Would you say pratima is lighter in texture than josh? Thanks!

      • Yes! Pratima is as fluffy as a cloud. While using Josh’s, it is absolutely necessary to use a toner beforehand. Both are favorites of mine.

        • Hi love, I am glad Pratima works for you. I can’t bear the itching I get from it :( The Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Cream is probably the one that my skin is the most comfortable with, together with the Coola matte sunscreens.

      • Hi Laura, Pratima’s face sunscreen is similar in texture to the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30. They both apply smoothly compared to other zinc-based face sunscreens with no silicones. However, I experienced intense itching from Pratima’s face sunscreen, which is the reason why I stopped using it.

        • Laura

          Hi, oh what a shame with the pratima… I will have to try both (pratima and josh) at some stage, but as is often the case there’s the eu issue….

    • Kim

      Thanks! I’ll check out Pratima.

      • Kim

        I’ve been using Suntegrity for a while. I don’t loooove the texture (a little sticky, but that just seems to be the nature of physical sunblocks that work well), but it’s worked well for me here in Southern California. I tried Coola, but it emphasized my dry spots. *I’m always on the lookout for a magical new and non-toxic sunscreen.
        I’m curious about Pratima, has it caused any of you to break out?

        • Chloe

          i am very adamant about sun protection and actually have pretty thin, sensitive skin but i have never had problems with breakouts with pratima. i absolutely hate the feeling of anything on my face but pratima is the only sunscreen that feels like there is nothing on. ^ – ^ i live in california too and have used it in the dry valley and i used it in

        • Chloe

          la just a few weeks ago and still no clogged pores! i use yuli skincare and gressa foundation and i feel like they are the best if you abhor feeling like having a mask on hehe.

        • hazyjane

          I also love Pratima and I feel like it actually keeps my skin more clear. However, I’m using the body/vetiver version rather than the rose face version because that has wheat germ oil in it and I have Celiac disease. I wonder if that was what caused the itching for Lilly? They have similar ingredients but the vetiver is more minimal. I love the smell of the vetiver sunscreen and it’s super light and a better deal, too (bigger bottle!).

          • Uh, that’s a great idea! I don’t know what has been causing the itching, but it may be worth giving a try. Thank you Hazyjane!

        • Dee

          Unfortunately yes on the breakouts for me. :(

    • Hi Chloe, I have used Pratima’s face sunscreen, and while I like the texture of it (light, and won’t leave too much of a white cast), I experienced intense itching from it a few hours after the application. Such a shame! Thanks for sharing, I am glad it works for you :)

  • Laura

    I have the silken shade – is is beautiful. Very sinilar to rms 11; I would say it is slightly lighter than paper thin with yellw undertones. Cannot wait yo hear your spf reviews! I never got into the coola/suntegrity ones because i avoid silicones. No use spending $$ on yuli and kjaer weis only to wrap the skin into silicone based spf…

  • Dee Dee

    I haven’t pressed any of my mineral makeup yet, but I will. I just ordered my first Z Palette, so I’m eager to give your suggestion a try. I have a lot of cream blushes. Do you think they’d work in a Palette?

    Thanks for letting us know about 27 Kisses. I try to choose products that are carmine-free.

    • Hi Dee Dee, in order to press a powder and place it in a Z-Palette you would have to use metal pans that fit in a Z-Palette, (just like the refillable pans that Kjaer Weis uses). I have not found any like those, but if yo do please let me know!

      Thanks for reading :)

      • Dee Dee

        Hi, Lilly,
        ZPalette.com sells round and square metal pans. Thanks for the tip.

  • b

    I received my order of Silken, I am a lighter yellow than you and I found it to be a good color match. I think you will find it the same, but it may be just a bit lighter on you (but perhaps doable). I personally wish it was a tad bit darker

    • Laura

      That was my thought too…

    • Thanks for sharing, B :) I am going to try it today for the first time! Fingers crossed :)

  • CindyBokma

    I love the Josh Rosebrook LIFT spray. It will give hair really nice volume!

  • The Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 and Nudus sound lovely!

  • Adrienne

    I just got the LIFT spray in the mail today. Can’t wait to give it a try tomorrow! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well!

  • Hi Lana, I did not think of layering them. I wonder if my skin would be okay with that. Suntegrity feels a bit heavy on my skin when used on its own. I am glad this combo works for you! :) Thanks for reading :)

  • Coola sunscreen is my all-time favorite. Literally the only kind I will use on my face.

    I did use a sample of the Pratmina and I liked it, but not as much as Coola.

  • Miss BB

    I have re-purchased the suntegrity 5 in 1, over 4 times (in the shade golden glow). I love using it on its own or as a primer for my kjaer weiss foundation. I found its changed my skin to become more even and glowy! I loved it so much I wrote them about making a suncreen setting powder and they said they were in the process.

  • RebeccaNMDL

    Great stuff here! I am anxiously awaiting my first try of Josh Rosebrook, including Lift and the sunscreen. The KW Silken is likely to be a match for me too, so I hope to try that at some point. I’m interested to hear what specifically you thought of Consonant. I heard so many good things, but the tint is all wrong for me, and it feels too occlusive and icky when I wore it while doing sweaty exercise outdoors. Based on that Instagram post, I recently asked for samples of the carmine-free Nudus shades with my last Beauteabar order. The colors weren’t right for me (I wanted to love 27 kisses, but like most “reds” it looks pink on me). The formulas are very nice, though, and I’m looking forward to more carmine-free shades from them in the future. I hope they’ll do a red that’s a real red on olive undertone pink-pullers like me!

  • Oh wow! Talk about getting creative :) I want to really try Josh’s sunscreen too, but since it has no tint, was wondering what to do…and now I know!