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!

*gift/media sample