Monday, July 15, 2019

JoahBox Korean Beauty Subscription Box

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JoahBox, a Korean Beauty Subscription Box, contains 5-7 full sized products of the best NEW k-beauty items in their monthly beauty boxes. From hard to find makeup, skincare, haircare and beauty tools, to the latest trends from Seoul– they are delivered right to your door each month.

Furthermore, all of the items selected maintain "'clean' production processes - free of harsh chemicals, rooted in social values and made with ethics in mind."

With each box valued at $60 to $100, subscriptions start at $33.95 and are now available with FREE SHIPPING for the USA & globally. You can select from 1, 3, 6 or 12-month plans that allow you to be the first to try all of the latest beauty finds from South Korea. Each month JoahBox picks the must-have k-beauty products from brands they trust and believe in.

To get started, simply sign up at to receive your first delivery of "must-have Korean beauty items curated with love by the JoahBox team. JoahBox selectively handpicks each item to deliver the trendiest, healthiest and most beautiful products to your doorstep, making your beauty journey significantly easier."

Subscription Choices:
1-month subscription: $35.95
3-month subscription: $35.31
6-month subscription: $34.65
12-month subscription: $33.95

Through their social media channels, subscribers can also learn more tips and tricks on how to use their new k-beauty products. Plus, each box will include special information too! For even more advice, check out their online k-beauty magazine at for additional beauty news.
I just received the JoahBox June Beauty Box this weekend, which is still available on their website, and it contains 5 full size products. It features 3 skincare products and 2 makeup products.
The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule ($29.00 value): This serum, which has a gel-like texture, is a collagen-boosting serum formulated to improve elasticity and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Farm Stay Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel ($3.00 value): This Aloe Vera Gel, which does include other ingredients, is free of mineral oil, artificial colors and parabens. They suggest using it as a facial mask, an eye mask, a moisturizer, and to soothe sunburned skin.
I'm Sorry for My Skin Galactomyces Drylock Mask (Listed Retail value $10.00): This  mask contains 69% of Galactomyces to help strengthen the skin and maintain moisture.
Missha Length Boost Cara ($9.00 value): This is described as a no-clumping, long lasting mascara that is easy to wash off. Length Boost Cara is formulated to lengthen lashes for a "clean, long look."
RiRe Air-Fit Velvet Lipstick ($17.50 value): This is described as a velvet matte lipstick that feels as light as air.
JoahBox Social Media:
Instagram @joahboxx
Twitter @joahbox
Pinterest @joahboxx
Air-Fit Velvet Lipstick in shade L03
Overall Assessment: While I just received this box, and haven't tested any of its products yet, I am really excited to try everything! The total value, based upon the description card, is $68.50– making this box a good value based upon the price of their tiered subscription rates. I have never tried any of the brands featured in this box, and I hope that I will love everything.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hint Sunscreen Spray and Sunstick

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If you are enjoying the outdoors this summer, please be sure to check to see whether your current  sunscreens have expired. I was getting ready to leave the house for the day, and thought that I should double check my sunscreens, and I discovered that several of them had already expired.

Hint, the same people who make Hint Water,  have sunscreen sprays and sunscreen sticks, and they are definitely worthy of your attention. Their sunscreen sprays come in three delectable scents, grapefruit, pear and pineapple, and they spray clear– leaving behind no white residue. This is a chemical, rather than mineral sunscreen, but it is free of oxybenzones or parabens. Furthermore, it is water resistant for 80 minutes– which is when you would be likely be reapplying it anyway (though I prefer to reapply every 60 minutes).
According to Hint,

Protecting your skin has never been so delightful. Introducing hint® sunscreen, a clear, continuous sunscreen mist made with the subtle natural fruit essences you love— grapefruit, pear, and pineapple. Try them all—you won’t be able to pick a favorite!

With broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection and easy 360° spray-on application, our hydrating, skin-quenching sunscreen is water resistant for 80 minutes. Employing Bag-on-Valve (BOV) technology, our innovative spray uses only compressed air, eliminating propellant chemicals, providing uniform coverage, and offering extra-fast drying time. Plus, it’s oxybenzone- and paraben-free—a delicious, radiant glow, delivered with only the good stuff.
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection
  • Subtly and deliciously scented with all-natural pineapplegrapefruit and pear essences
  • 80 minutes of water resistance
  • Free of oxybenzones or parabens
  • BOV spray is free of skin-irritating propellant chemicals
  • Easy 360° spray-on application provides uniform coverage and dries fast
  • Can be applied to wet or dry skin
  • Suitable for all skin types
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Hint Sunstick SPF 30 in Pineapple: If you are seeking a very portable sunscreen stick, then this is a great option. It is a chemical sunscreen, that has the delectable scent of pineapple, and it is free of parabens & oxybenzones. It is moisturizing, non-sticky and it sinks into the skin quickly.

According to Hint,

Sun protection so good you’ll want to use it indoors. The new hint sunstick provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection, infused with fruit and free of parabens & oxybenzones. 

Hint sunsticks are made from the best ingredients that moisturize while they protect; including aloe vera, vitamin E, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. hint sunsticks go on clear, are non-sticky, get absorbed quickly, and are water resistant for 80 minutes. They’re the perfect size to pop in your pocket so you’re always ready to reapply.
  • Provides broad spectrum SPF 30 protection 
  • 80 minutes of water resistance
  • Free of oxybenzones and parabens 
Overall Assessment: If you only use mineral sunscreens, then Hint sunscreens aren't for you, but if you do use chemical sunscreens, then their sunscreens are worthy of your consideration.

$24.00 for 6 oz for the Sunscreen Spray and $9.99 for the Sunstick from Hint, Target  and Anthropologie (Affiliate Links).
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Summer Sensations Worth Knowing About

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has discovered the perfect picks for a pink pout this summer! Winky Lux Flower Balm in Purple and Disco Lip Gloss in Hustle are fuss-free, whimsical and utterly gorgeous!

Prime Beauty shows you all the waterproof makeup options in the Cargo Swimmables Collection! And..she's giving away a few of those options!

Do you know about squalene, a natural moisturizer made by the body that decreases once you hit your 20s? Do you know the difference between squalene and squalane? Never Say Die Beauty has been using 3 skincare products from Biossance, the clean beauty, vegan squalane experts, and she's become a squalane convert!

Join Lisa from Beauty Info Zone as she shows you some great DIY beauty. It's fun and easy.

Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out Revlon's fun new lippie release: Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish!

Are you looking for a new, different and compelling summer fragrance? Head over to Notes from My Dressing Table and let Erika introduce you to Juliette Has a Gun Eau de Parfum Not a Perfume and the wonders of this gorgeous and confounding single note, synthetic ambergris scent. 

It just isn't summer in the beauty world without bronzer. You could even call it bronzer season... I Know all the Words dives into everything bronze with a selection of products to get you glowing. 

Stacie tried a brand of skincare that has a pharmaceutical grade aloe vera base. Sounds soothing, right? Check out her review of some of the products over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Living in Los Angeles means that I use a lot of sunscreen all year long, but I use far more during the summer because I spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying our magnificent weather. While I am diligent about applying, and reapplying, sunscreen to my face, neck, décolleté and hands, I have tended to be less consistent about applying it to my body. However, a body lotion that contains a 30+ SPF is more to my liking for daily use than a regular sunscreen. Therefore, once I began testing Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I found it so easy and pleasant to use that I began to use it constantly.
Trilipiderm All-Body Moisture Retention Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an emollient, and  seriously moisturizing, mid-weight body cream that immediately sinks into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue or a white film– therefore you do not have to wait for it to dry down to get dressed. It contains an SPF 30, chemical sunscreen, that offers the skin effective protection– provided that you reapply it about every 1 1/2 hours. It has a light and pleasant clean aroma, but it fades very quickly, and therefore should not present a problem for people with fragrance sensitivities. This product is cruelty-free and gluten-free.

According to Trilipiderm,

All-in-one hydration, protection and renewal. Embrace the outdoors with this hydrating body crème enriched with Vitamin D and UVA/UVB filters. Instantly absorbs to help prevent sun damage, leaving skin healthy and rejuvenated.

- Hydrate your skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays with Broad Spectrum SPF 30! This All-Body Moisture Retention Crème is the perfect all-in-one moisturizer and sunscreen for men and women, young and old.

- Trilipiderm uses natural ingredients to provide you with optimal hydration and contains certified Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to provide ultimate sun protection. Plant-derived lipids moisturize while simultaneously preventing excessive moisture loss.

- Unlike other products, our non-greasy formula won't clog your pores, meaning no dirt or bacteria get trapped and cause acne breakouts. This creme smooths on lightly and is quickly absorbed, so it’s not likely to stain your clothing.

- Enriched with Vitamin D and a source of essential lipids, Trilipiderm helps nourish and replenish dry skin.

- Gluten Free & Cruelty Free

Directions: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure ·Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating· Reapply at least every 2 hours·Children under 6 months: ask a doctor·Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: Limit time in the sun, especially from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Wear long sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Ethylhexy Methoxycinnamate 7.5%, Butyl  Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3%, Octocrylene 2.7%. Inactive Ingredients: Agua (Purified water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Vitamin D, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria flower extract, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Alcohol and Ethylhexyl Glycerin and Hexylene Glycol, Meadowfoam Estolide, Panthenol, Beta-Sitosterol, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 65, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Meadowfoama- midopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, O-Cymen-5-OL, Fragrance.
Overall Assessment: If you are looking for a cruelty-free and gluten-free body lotion that contains an SPF 30, then this one is worthy of your consideration. I am happy to report that I have been using it every single day, and I am very impressed by its quality and efficacy.

$39.95 for 8 oz. from Trilipiderm and $36.00 for 8 oz. from their Amazon Store (Affiliate Links).
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Thursday, July 11, 2019


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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Skin Actives Every Lipid Serum

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The more that I try from Skin Actives, the more that I extol the virtues of their wonderfully effective and infinitely affordable products. My latest discovery is their oil-based serum, and I simply cannot say enough good things about it.

Skin Actives Every Lipid Serum is a lightweight and fast-absorbing face oil that is formulated to meet the needs of dry and/or sensitive skin. While my skin is normal/combination, and not in the least bit dry, it can be a bit finicky and sensitive at times. Not only is it incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the face, neck and décolleté, but it is also incredibly effective its ability to heal dry cuticles. I apply it to freshly cleansed, and slightly damp skin, and it melts into the skin immediately. It leaves skin soft, smooth, supple, hydrated and luminous. Furthermore, since is particularly effective for sensitive skin, I have found the that it is a wonderful treatment after an at-home peel, or serious exfoliation. It calms and pampers the skin effectively and quickly. It has a very light earthy aroma, but it fades very quickly.

According to Skin Actives,

Every Lipid Serum nourishes very dry skin and provides every lipid necessary to help support a healthy skin barrier. This serum is 100% active ingredients with absolutely no fillers. This oil serum can be used daily by those with dry and sensitive skin types, or can be used more frequently to help rejuvenate chapped and cracked skin.

- Provides essential fatty acids to repair the skin barrier
- Moisturizes dry, sensitive skin
- Provides nutrients to revitalize skin

Ingredients: Squalane, Linum Usitatissmum (Flax) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Docosahexanoic Acid, Ceramide-3, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate (and) Cholesteryl Nonanoate (and) Cholesteryl Chloride (and) BHT, Phytosterols, Oryzanol.
Overall Assessment: If you haven't tried anything from Skin Actives, I highly recommend investigating their products, and this face oil is definitely worthy of your consideration.

$20.00 for 1oz. from Skin Actives (Unaffiliated Links).
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Winky Lux Picks for the Perfect Pick Pout This Summer

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For me, summertime means playing outdoors and wearing minimal to no makeup, and what I do wear has to be completely fuss-free. I wanted to share two whimsical, beautiful and fuss-free lip products that are perfect for the long and hot days of summer. Winky Lux Winky Flower Balm Lip Stain in Purple and Winky Lux Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle are the perfect pinks for summer, and they are so easy to wear. Not only are Winky Lux products charming, but they are also: Cruelty Free, Vegan, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free and Phthalate Free.
Winky Lux Winky Flower Balm Lip Stain in Purple ($16.00 for 0.13 oz. from Winky Lux, Nordstrom, Ulta and Macy's): I simply cannot think of a more whimsical or adorable hybrid lip balm and stain than this one. Suspended within the clear balm is a single real chrysanthemum– making it such a treat to use. The balm itself is moisturizing and comfortable on the lips, and while it applies clear it transforms into a perfect shade of pink. While the color name is purple, it seems to reflect the color of the flower instead of the shade on your lips. Once the lipstick wears away, it leaves the perfect pink stain that lasts for hours and hours.

According to Winky Lux,

Meet the Flower Balm creating all the fuss! Our most popular vegan lip stain delivers a pucker full of posies. Marvel as this custom lip balm applies on clear then combines with lips' natural pH levels to blossom into the perfect uniquely "you" shade of pink every time. A perennial queen, it's the only flower lipstick to feature a real chrysanthemum inside.

Ingredients: C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide. May Contain (+/-): Red 27 (CI 45410).
Winky Lux Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle ($16.00 for 14oz. from Winky Lux, Nordstrom, Ulta and Birchbox): I have such a penchant for lip gloss, and always have– therefore a glossy pink glitter-charged gleaming gloss is my perfect pink for summer. While it does contain glitter, it is not uncomfortable, chunky or gritty. The multi-colored glitter beautifully captures the light and makes the lips twinkle in the sun.

According to Winky Lux,

There's a new SPARKLE gloss in town. Packed with cosmic glitter, our latest color-changing Disco Gloss goes from clear to perfect-for-you pink right before your eyes.
Ingredients: Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aroma/Flavor. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 45410 (Red 27).
 Winky Lux is Cruelty Free, Vegan, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free and Phthalate Free.
Overall Assessment: This duo creates the perfect pink pout for summer, and the Balm Lip Stain leaves the lips with the perfect wash of pink that lasts for hours and hours. Whether you layer the balm and gloss, or wear them separately, you just can't go wrong if you are seeking easy to wear pinks this summer.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

FOUR: Organics Lip Balm | Review

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As I have repeatedly said, I am thoroughly obsessed with great quality lip balms, and I often wear them in lieu of lipstick and lip gloss. I just discovered a new-to-me lip balm that is definitely worth having on your radar. In fact, FOUR Organics Lip Balm is, dare I say, truly covet-worthy.

About FOUR Organics,

At FOUR: Organics in the East Village of New York City, we develop all-natural products with premium organic ingredients. Our mission is passionate yet simplistic.  Let us return back to the basics, to a time when dyhydroxinathium and red dye #4 was only used to paint your car.  As consumers, we grow tired of trying to pronounce chromiunylothum or wondering what its' purpose is. Our lip balm is raw, pure, and balanced, and most importantly organic.
FOUR Organics Lip Balm contains just four healthy ingredients (Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Peppermint Oil) and it's Cruelty-Free. This lip balm boasts the perfect amount of cushion and emollience for comfortable wear, and it is very moisturizing. It has a light peppermint flavor, but it is neither overpowering, nor long-lasting. It feels refreshing and it leaves lips soft, smooth, supple and very hydrated. If are vegan, then you should note that this lip balm does contain beeswax.
According to FOUR Organics,

Have you ever wondered what's in your lip balm? Did you know that most brands contain preservatives, chemicals, fillers, and even alcohol (to dry out your lips)? 

FOUR:'s Organic Lip Balm is a special blend of just four natural ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Peppermint Oil; hence the name FOUR:

Say goodbye to preservatives, toxic ingredients, and animal testing. With FOUR:, you can stop reading labels, and start loving life.
 Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Peppermint Oil.
FREE SHIPPING to all USA and Canadian customers (Canadian customers are responsible for any and all VAT) 
Overall Assessment: I am so happy with everything about this lip balm, and highly recommend it if you are looking for a healthy lip balm with a very short list of organic ingredients.

$18.00 for a three pack (each lip balm is 0.15 oz. from FOUR Organics (Unaffiliated Links).
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Sunday, July 7, 2019


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I am a proponent of double cleansing, with a cleansing oil as the first step, and while I don't do it every time that I wash my face throughout the year, I do it daily during the warm months of summer. The added step cleans the skin thoroughly and gently, and never strips it or leaves it dried out. Shu Uemura makes some of my all-time favorite cleansing oils, and in fact they have 7 different varieties from which to choose. They are housed in elegant thick plastic bottles which makes them perfect to use in the shower, and in fact I keep one in my shower at all times without the concern that it will shatter.
Each of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils is formulated to address specific targeted concerns and types of skin, but all of them transform into a lovely milky emulsion when they come in contact with water, and they do an exceptional job removing dirt, impurities and makeup. While I have normal to combination skin, I have found that I am able to use all of these oils without exception. However, since each one is quite different, it is worth assessing the needs of your skin before selecting the cleansing oil or cleansing oils that will best suit your skin.
Shu Uemura Anti-Oxi+ Skin Refining Cleansing Oil ($14.00-$83.00 for 1.69 oz. to 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA and $17.00-$94.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): Formulated for all types of skin, Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil is a lightweight oil that boasts an antioxidant-rich formula– which includes potent ingredients such as Moringa Oil and Green Tea Extract. This beautifully aromatic cleansing oil, which is punctuated by lavender, cardamom and geranium, is neither overpowering, nor cloying, and I find it quite calming and pleasant. When water is introduced, this cleansing oil transforms into a milky emulsion that gently removes every trace of dirt and makeup without ever stripping the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated, refreshed and thoroughly cleansed. It washes away clean without any greasiness or residue left behind. 

According to Shu Uemura,

Anti/Oxi is a cleansing oil with enhanced power to remove micro impurities and stubborn make-up with no residue. shu uemura’s latest anti-pollution breakthrough, Anti/Oxi with moringa and green tea extracts are combined for a more powerful removability. Anti/Oxi is balanced to provide a sensation that is refreshing and relaxing by awakening your senses at first touch with a top note of elemi, mandarin and ginger. During massaging, a stimulating and comforting middle note of lavender, cardamom and geranium invigorates your senses. After washing, you sense a healing base note of guaiac wood. An extraordinary cleansing experience that brings intoxicating fresh and relaxing scents to everyday cleansing rituals and restores dull yellow skin to a refined, supple and radiant complexion.
Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Cleansing Oil ($15.00-$83.00 for 1.69 oz. to 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA and $17.00-$94.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): This lightweight cleansing oil is formulated to brighten uneven skin tones by gently polishing the skin to reveal a brighter complexion that is more even in tone. As a result, it helps to fade discoloration, dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and it calms redness. While formulated for uneven skin tones, I find that it has an overall brightening and evening effect, and therefore will appeal to a wider range of skin types. It has a light and pleasant fruity floral aroma that is neither overpowering, nor cloying. When water is introduced, this cleansing oil also transforms into a milky emulsion that gently removes every trace of dirt and makeup without ever stripping the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated, brightened and thoroughly cleansed. It washes away clean without any greasiness or residue left behind. 

According to Shu Uemura,

Moving beyond stubborn makeup removal, blanc:chroma brightening & polishing gentle cleansing oil effectively polishes away accumulated melano-stains for brighter and more transparent skin, leading to a beautiful makeup finish. Fights against 4 chroma imperfections (uneven redness, yellow dullness, brown dark spots, greenish dark circles) for luminous, transparent skin. Ultimate removal system dissolves and lifts away makeup and impurities in a flash. New exclusive technology Clay EX: A combination of purifying Clay Extract and polishing Lipo HA lightens the skin tone by thoroughly removing accumulated melano-stains (dead cells containing melanin on the skin surface that cause uneven and dull skin tone) 
Shu Uemura Nutri Nectar Cleansing Oil in Emulsion ($41.00-$83.00 for 5.07oz. and 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA and $47.00-$94.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): A few years ago, when Shu Uemura celebrated their 50th anniversary of cleansing oils, they launched this very unique cleansing oil that is formulated to nourish delicate, sensitive skin. Antioxidant-rich Acai calms sensitive skin, while Magnolia and Reishi Mushrooms are utilized to restore and make skin more resilient. Rather than their traditional cleansing oil consistency, this delectable cleansing oil boasts a thick gel texture that magically liquifies and transforms into a milky emulsion when water is introduced. It boasts extreme efficacy in its ability to break down makeup, in part because the gel texture is so easy to use, and it lends itself to the speedy and effective removal of eye makeup. It gently removes every trace of dirt, pollution and makeup without ever stripping the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated, calmed and thoroughly cleansed. It has a beautiful, light floral aroma that is calming and peaceful to the senses. I love this oil and just finished up a bottle, and plan to get another one ASAP!

According to Shu Uemura,

To celebrate our 50th anniversary of cleansing oils, nutri:nectar has been created for nourishing cleansing oil for delicate skin. Composed with essential oils, this healing fragrance comforts skin as if taking a deep breath in the forest. Together, calming Acai, replenishing Magnolia and Reishi Mushroom for its resilience restorability, lies at the heart of the nutri:nectar formula. This extravagantly nourishing fusion is carefully composed to reboot skin barrier function while resisting the environmental stress. This cleansing oil in emulsion created with the power of nature help even dry delicate skin feels conditioned & strengthened.
Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($36.00-$71.00 5.07 oz. and 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA and $40.00-$80.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): This lovely cleansing oil evolved from the original Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, and this variant was specifically formulated to effectively and gently remove waterproof makeup from sensitive skin. It has a light to mid-weight consistency that transforms into a milky emulsion when water is introduced. It gently removes every trace of dirt, pollution and makeup without ever stripping the skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, balanced and hydrated. I don't wear a lot of waterproof makeup, but when I wear waterproof mascara it does an enviable job breaking it down and removing it. It has a light, clean aroma that is pleasant and refreshing.

According to Shu Uemura,

Evolved from the original shu uemura cleansing oil, "Classic" is reformulated with an advanced High Performance Cleansing Oil system for significantly improved removability of waterproof make-up. A medium-weight cleansing oil that leaves skin feeling clean, balanced and moisturized.
Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil ($12.00-$75.00 for 1.69 oz. and 15.22 oz. from Shu Uemura USA and $15.00-$86.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): This feather-weight cleansing oil, with its delectable light floral aroma, is specifically formulated to address the needs of acne-prone/oily skin. While it deep cleans the skin, it does so exceedingly gently and without any stripping or drying. It thoroughly removes dirt and excess oils from the pores, and makeup and dirt from the surface of the skin, and it leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. When water is introduced, this cleansing oil transforms into a milky emulsion that leaves behind no oily residue whatsoever. If you have normal to dry skin, you may find this cleansing oil a bit too clarifying for your skin to use on a daily basis, and while I have normal/combination skin, I only tend to use it a few times a week, or as needed.

According to Shu Uemura,

An incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. Ideal for normal to oily skin types and acne-prone skin. With the expertise in cleansing oil for half a century, our beloved fresh formula is powerfully reborn to target the source of oily concerns. The water-like cleansing oil goes beyond make-up removal to dissolve and wash away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores. No pulled or parched feeling after cleansing. The new formula, with cinnamon bark extract, regulates sebum secretion day after day. Shine is blotted and open pores appear shrunken. Blackheads are removed to reveal a refined, smooth skin.
Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil ($14.00-$96.00 for 1.69 oz to 15.22 oz. Shu Uemura USA and $49.00-$99.00 from Shu Uemura Canada): This ultra-luxe rich and emollient cleansing oil has a luscious lightweight consistency that leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and luxuriously hydrated. While it can be used by all skin types, I suspect that it will be coveted by people with normal to dry skin. When water is introduced, this cleansing oil also transforms into a rich and creamy milky emulsion that gently removes every trace of dirt and makeup without ever stripping the skin, and it leaves skin velvety soft and smooth without leaving behind a greasy residue. It has a warm and creamy aroma that I find intoxicatingly delicious.

According to Shu Uemura,

Cashmere skin quality: ultime8 complex delivers softer, smoother and moisturized skin for an exquisite makeup finish. The precious essence of 8 exquisite botanical origin oils has been merged together. These oils, carefully sought out from Chinese medicines and beauty oils all over the world, are proven to have the highest skincare efficacy. Utlime8 cleansing oil effortlessly removes all make-up and impurities.
Since I have normal to combination skin, I have a lot of flexibility in the skincare products that I can use. I can generally use things that are formulated for most types of skin, and make my selections based upon the needs of my skin at any given moment, and therefore that is how I determine which of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils to use.
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Overall Assessment: If you love cleansing oils, then you Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils are definitely worthy of your consideration. They were making them long before it was fashionable to do so, and their formulas remain covet-worthy.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Holiday Weekend Articles

Do you stay away from matte lipsticks? Are they too drying for you? That’s because you haven’t tried a silky matte from KarmelaBeauty Info Zone thinks their lipstick will change your perception of matte in a happy way.
Prime Beauty got her easy, pretty beachy waves with hair styling products from Hairstory, a revolutionary new brand!
Indie nail polish brand KBShimmer has partnered up with author Emily Liebert to create a new, limited edition nail polish duo to commemorate the launch of Liebert’s latest book, Pretty Revenge. Inspired by the book’s main characters, Jen shares both of these beautiful nail lacquers over at Laugh, Love, Contour.
Does a truly great drugstore concealer formula exist? Maybe… Find out why I Know all the Words has been loving the Kiss NY Pro Touch Dark Under Eye Concealer so much more than expected.
Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog thinks that Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten is a perfect eyeshadow pick for summer. Described as a “shimmering vibrant nude pink”– Kitten embodies a warm day of summer. The formula is lightweight, buildable and long-wearing. It can be sheered-out for a light wash of color, or built up for a bolder nighttime look. It’s a definite must-have this season.
A treatment essence is a fantastic first step to any skin care routine and Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table shares her thoughts on and how she loves to use the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence for a brighter, softer, more hydrated complexion.
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