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FOREO LUNA Mini 2 Review (+ Clarisonic Brush Comparison)

In my opinion, everyone should have a facial cleansing tool – whether it is a simple washcloth, a brush or any device that helps to exfoliate and better remove your makeup or any skincare product buildups. Of course, cleansing with your hands is fine but if you want to take your skincare to the next level then a cleansing device can make a big difference.

The two main options on the market are FOREO LUNA facial brushes or Clarisonic brushes. Please read on to find out which FOREO brush I think is the best and the factors that can help you decide whether to go with a FOREO or Clarisonic!

Note: I have both the FOREO LUNA 2 mini brush and the Clarisonic PRO brush.

FOREO LUNA series comes in three sizes at various price points.

The FOREO LUNA 2 retails for $199 and comes in four designs for different skin types: combination, normal, sensitive, and oily.

The FOREO LUNA 2 Mini retails for $139 and comes in five colors but it is only available for normal skin.

The FOREO LUNA go retails for $99 and also comes in four designs for different skin types: combination, normal, sensitive, and oily.

FOREO LUNA 2 vs. FOREO LUNA 2 Mini
Between these two options I personally think the mini version is the way go to for the following reasons:

  • You save $60
  • Mini version is smaller, more travel friendly and fits better in your hands
  • Even though the brush head area is larger on the regular LUNA 2, you won’t need it. Due to the curvature of your face, the larger brush area won’t be able to clean your face at all times anyways.
  • Although the brush heads look different for various skin types, I don’t think it will make much of a difference. I personally have normal and sensitive skin and think the Mini 2 works fine.

FOREO LUNA 2 Mini vs. FOREO LUNA go
Bewteen these two options, I personally think the Mini 2 is still the way just because the slightly bigger size will make it more efficient in cleaning your face.

  • Reasons for FOREO LUNA Mini 2
    • Bigger brush area – more efficient in cleaning your face
  • Reasons for FOREO LUNA go
    • $30 cheaper
    • Smaller and even more travel friendly (approximately the size of a cotton pad)
    • Offers different options for skin types (although I personally don’t think it makes a difference)

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Dr. Weil for Origins – Mega Mushroom Skincare Review

Time to review one of my favorite serums from the Dr. Weil for Origins – Mega Mushroom Skincare line. Actually it is not one of my favorite, it is my favorite and the only serum that I’ve repurchased and will continue to repurchase because the product works and offers great value for your money! I have tried four products from the skincare line; overall, I love the serum, like the cleanser and lotion but did not like the face cream. This skincare line is centered around the reishi mega mushroom (more details on this mega mushroom later in the post).

Dr. Weil Mega Relief Set
The set I got was the Mega Relief set which includes a 50ml cleanser, 50ml soothing lotion, 30 ml serum and 30ml face cream. I got the set from Sephora which didn’t include the makeup bag. The current set was retailing on Origins’ website for $72 ($111 value). Unfortunately, it is no longer on the website but I would keep an eye out for these value sets if you want to try a few products.

If you only want to try one or two of the items, I would suggest wait until Sephora’s Friends & Family sale in April to get 15% off!

Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser
This mega-mushroom face cleanser is extremely gentle so if you have sensitive skin then this will be a good option for you. It is non-foaming and very similar to the Fresh Soy Cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanser. With these non-foaming cleansers, I am convinced it doesn’t do a good job of deep cleaning and definitely would not be able to take off makeup. It is best to use it in the morning when you need a gentle cleanser or use it your as the second cleanser after you take off your makeup using a stronger cleanser. This cleanser leaves my skin extremely smooth and supple. Overall, I like it and will keep an eye out to see if it comes in a set with the serum but I will unlikely buy this separately.

Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion
The mega-mushroom skin relief soothing lotion is basically a toner you use after cleaning your skin and before you put on the serum. It is a clear liquid that isn’t sticky but is definitely more hydrating than your usual toner. I currently love the Caudalie Grape Water and I find this soothing lotion to be more hydrating. The only annoying part is the large opening of the 50ml bottle so I have to be careful every time to not pour out half of the bottle. I like this lotion and similar to the cleanser, I will keep an eye out to see if it comes in a set with the serum but I will probably not buy this separately.

Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum
Now onto my favorite serum, the mega-mushroom skin relief advanced face serum. I Love this serum. I have tried so many serums over the last 9 years and have never repurchased any because I love trying new products and didn’t find any product good enough or a must have that I needed to repurchase. This serum was the first that I repurchased and will continue to repurchase. There are three main reasons why this serum is a must have for me:

  • First, I can use this serum year round. My skin type is generally normal but it is slightly oily in the summer and dry in the winter. The texture is between a gel and cream and the serum gets absorbed immediately into the skin. The product is non-sticky so it’s great even when it’s super hot in the summer. Yet, the serum is hydrating enough that I can use it in the winter.
  • Two, this serum soothes, calms and hydrates my skin. Even though the serum is light, it keeps my skin well hydrated and smooth. For a while I couldn’t figure out if it was the Caudalie Grape Water or this serum in my new skincare regime that was keeping my skin smooth. I experimented by pairing the water with a different serum and a different water with this serum – it was this serum. Also my skin gets irritated easily and becomes redder / darker as the day goes on (no idea why) but I have noticed this serum helping to keep my skin calmer during the day. Since using this serum a year ago, my skin is honestly just smoother and calmer.
  • Three, for the price of the product, the hydrating and calming effects it delivers to my skin makes it a great value. At $54 for a 30ml serum, it is not cheap but on the relative spectrum of other serums, ~$50 is the entry point. I have tried so many serums around this price point that didn’t deliver that much or at least I don’t notice a huge different. The other serums are nice and do their jobs fine but none of them were memorable and wowing. Please note, I have never tried the pricier serums (i.e., SK II, La Prairie, La Mer) so I can’t compare but those products are so pricey that it’s not even comparable.

Overall, I love this serum and already plan to buy my 3rd bottle during Sephora’s F&F sale in April! Please note, the mega-mushroom skincare line does have a slight herbal smell, similar to Sulwhasoo products. The smell goes away after a few minutes but if you don’t like the scent then this product line might not be for you. I personally like the scent and find it to be calming! If you came to this post because you are debating on whether to try this serum then I would highly highly recommend it!

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Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks – Current 34 Shades & My Thoughts

I am going through another wave of lipstick obsession and this time it’s with Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. Instead of looking at the colors for the 50th time on its website, I decided to copy down the images so I can better compare the colors side by side. Charlotte Tilbury has three ranges of lipsticks but only two formulas.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipsticks – 10 Shades

Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks have a creamy formula with a light vanilla scent. Although this range has 10 shades, I am not a big fan of any of the colors. I ended up picking the popular peachy-nude shade called Bitch Perfect. Personally, I’m not a fan of nude lipsticks so that might be why the lipstick didn’t impress me.

I do like the formula and the finish and the lipstick doesn’t run outside the lip lines. However, I don’t see the light-diffusing pigments that are supposed to give a brilliant, luminous, and multi-dimensional finish. Overall, I was not impressed and in my opinion the combination of color, formula, finish and even packaging doesn’t warrant the $32 price tag.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks – 12 Shades
Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipsticks have a smooth formula with a soft-matte finish. This range has 12 shades and I love every single one of them! I love matte lipsticks but can’t stand the dry and tight feeling that comes along with many matte lipsticks on the market (MAC and Kat Von D). I can still feel these matte lipsticks but they are not uncomfortable. I received Bond Girl as a Christmas present because I was obsessed with Monica’s brownish-red lips in Friends!

The matte revolution lipsticks also have a light vanilla scent and in my opinion the combination of colors and non-drying matte formula alone are worth the $32 price tag. The other colors I love are Lost Cherry, Sexy Sienna, Amazing Grace and Glastonberry.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips – 12 Shades
Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips are 12 shades inspired by celebrities – so brilliant! If you love hot coral lipsticks and you idolize Miranda Kerr then it would be really hard to not pick up the Miranda May lipstick! In this ranged, I received Carina’s Love also as a Christmas present because I wanted to try a bold, red lipstick (plus Carina Lau has been my dad’s celebrity crush for decades now).

I also love most of the shades in this collection including Secret Salma, Kidman’s Kiss, Miranda May, Electric Poppy and Hel’s Bells.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks – K.I.S.S.I.N.G. vs. Matte Revolution
After trying both formulas, I have to say they aren’t that different. Both are lightly scented and offer a smooth application. They are neither hydrating nor drying. The only difference is the finish – the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. has a more satin finish while the matte revolution has a semi-matte finish.

You can identify the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks as the ones with the pointed tips and the matte revolution lipsticks as the ones with the square tips. I would have to say I am biased and love the matte revolution range more purely because I like the shades with the matte revolution formula much more. So knowing what I know now, I would go for the colors that I like without any consideration on the formula.

I usually limit myself to three lipsticks from a single lipstick line because there are so many lipsticks on the market to try. However, there are so many pretty colors from the matte revolution collection that I don’t know if I will be able to resist picking up some more!

Lipstick Tree – What Is It?

Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are infused with lipstick tree and orchid extracts to soften, protect and hydrate lips for a younger looking and healthy lips. Naturally I’m curious and want to know what on earth is the lipstick tree. Apparently lipstick trees are small tree or bushes that are native to Central and South America – to me they look like a cross between rambutans and pomegranates!

The seeds from the lipstick tree give a red dye that is used by indigenous people for body paint and treat a variety of maladies. According to various blogs and articles, the pulps / seeds can help repel insects, reduce inflammation, heal wounds, aid digestion, etc. It’s pretty neat but I’m sure the small amount of extract in the lipsticks won’t actually deliver visible changes.

 

Thank you for reading, if you found this post that means you are considering buying these lipsticks. I highly recommend the matte revolution lipsticks and think you should purchase one directly from Charlotte Tilbury’s website (free returns & shipping on all orders) so you can select a few sample colors!

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Sephora Friends & Family Sale (Nov 2016)

I am a huge skincare and beauty junky and every year I look forward to Sephora’s Friends & Family sales, especially in November when shoppers can get 20% off all products. As cliché as it sounds, Sephora is literally my candy store. Throughout the year, I add products to my wish list and then wait until April or Nov when Sephora has its F&F sale (15% and 20% discounts, respectively) to purchase everything. Remember to use the following: Ebates to get 4% cash back, Shop Through Chase to get 5% cash back or Discover Deals to get 5% cash back.

Here are my skincare and makeup goodies that I will be picking up this November:1-skincare-water-serumSkincare – Water & Serum

  • Caudalie Grape Water – This cult favorite grape water will be my third bottle this year. I honestly thought I wouldn’t try another water / mist product because I loved Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air. However, my last bottle of Breath of Fresh Air had a sticky and slimy texture and was impossible to use. I decided to look for a new mist and finally gave the Caudalie Grape Water a try. I am well into my second bottle and wanted to stock up on this. I use the grape water as a toner before my serum and I love the moisture it provides and I also love how fine the mist is! I also use this after my foundation to make it lighter.
  • Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum – This serum has the longest name ever but simply it is supposed to be a non-irritating, redness-reducing serum. This is actually my second bottle of the serum and the first serum that I have ever repurchased. I have been using this with the Caudalie grape water and this combination makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated. The serum has reishi mushrooms, which apparently have been used in Chinese medicine for over 7,000 years to heal, improve health and promote longevity. I contemplated ordering the larger size on Origins website but decided to get the 30mL version from Sephora for now.
  • Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment – I love trying new products and since I repurchased the Dr. Weil’s serum, I wanted to get another serum to try. The one I picked is Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Treatment. The two key ingredients are purified water and argan oil – the products are somehow spun and combined into this milky liquid that will nourish and moisturize the skin. Since hydration is the most important factor for me in the winter, I am really intrigued by this product and can’t wait to try

2-skincare-facial-oil-egg-mousseSkincare – Facial Oils & Egg Mousse

  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil and Pure Argan Oil Light Duo – Last winter, I had pretty dry skin so this year I want to make sure that won’t be the case. Besides hydrating serums, moisturizers and masks, I am incorporating facial oils into my skincare routine. Of course I have to try the argan oil and Josie Maran is offering this duo kit for $18 which is a good deal compared to one 15mL for $16. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to hydrate and nourish the skin.
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil – I am also planning to purchase the 15mL maracuja oil from Tarte to try. Marcuja oil comes from passion fruit seeds and delivers moisture and brightness to your skin. I love passion fruits so naturally I am interested in products with passion fruit seed oil. The last facial oil that I wanted to try was the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil; however, Sephora currently doesn’t offer the smaller size online.
  • Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack – I have wanted to try this egg mousse mask for a while because the texture feels so cool! The mask is supposed to tighten and brighten your skin while delivering moisture. From reviews, some people like the mousse while others don’t see any effects. Mixing an actual egg and applying it as a mask will probably give you better results but not as convenient as pumping out the mousse and applying directly. Good thing this mousse is $20, not a high price tag in case the product is disappointing.

3-makeup-lipsticksMakeup – Lipsticks
I am really surprised that I don’t have too many makeups on my wish list this winter. The only makeup products that I am looking to get are more lipsticks.

  • NARS Audacious Lipstick – I can’t wait to get my first NARS Audacious lipstick! I love the magnetic closure and the hyper pigmentation of this lipstick. The Audacious line also has so many colors that I want but I’ve narrowed it down to Anna (smokey rose) or Lana (orange red). I always gravitate towards hot pink or hot red lipsticks that I can’t wear during the work week so this time I’m forcing myself to get a more wearable color like Anna or Anita but still my heart wants Lana!
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro – I am also super excited to get my first Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro! The lip maestro is a soft matte lip stain that is long lasting which is great because I am always too lazy to reapply lipstick during the day so I just end up with colorless lips. I have always wanted the YSL lip stains but I can’t stand the alcohol scent. Also I know the Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets are super popular this year but I like the slim design of the lip maestro more.
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Lipstick – These I am purchasing as Xmas gifts for my aunt and cousin. I love these lipsticks so much that I want them to try the YSL lipstick and also get addicted to the yummy mango scent! Unfortunately, Sephora has very limited colors online this year so I am going any two available colors online and then exchange them in stores since the selection is much wider.

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  • Foreo Luna Mini 2 – For the longest time I have resisted getting the Foreo Luna because I have the Clarisonic Plus and couldn’t justify buying a similar cleansing device. However, I am tired of buying the replacement heads for the Clarisonic so I decided to pick the Foreo as my Xmas gift. The silicon brushes also feel much more gentle than the Clarisonic brush heads. Lastly, if you are debating between the regular size or the mini, I think the mini is the better size. The mini is more portal, easier to hold on your hands and $60 less. If you are deciding between the original mini or mini 2 then I think the mini 2 is worth the extra $40 splurge due to the larger brush area.
  • Shiseido Eyelash Curler – I normally don’t curl my eyelashes because every eyelash curler I’ve tried pinch my eyelids. Yet, I still want to have curled lashes so I am going to try the Shiseido eyelash curler. I have read many good reviews on this and apparently it is more suitable for Asian eyes, which have smaller curvatures. Really look forward to trying this out and hopefully this one won’t pinch my eyelids!

Thank you for reading! Happy shopping to fellow Sephora shoppers!

 

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3 Hydrating Masks for Different Skin Types in the Summer

We all know it is important to keep our skins hydrated during the winter but making sure our skins are moisturized is equally important during the summer. Often non-sticky (preferred) sunscreens contain alcohol, which will dry out our skins causing them to be irritated, red, itchy, dull, and more susceptible to breakouts.

The last thing we want to do in the hot weather is applying a thick and creamy moisturizer that sits on top of our skin and feels sticky. However, a light moisturizer that automatically gets absorbed into our skins is often not moisturizing enough. That’s when masks come to the rescue! More specifically, lighter and faster absorbing, more summer “friendly”, and hydrating masks. Here are the three masks I am personally using for my summer skincare routine. Depending on your skin type and skin condition that day, one of these masks can be more appropriate for you.

1. Fresh Rose Face Mask
Fresh Rose Face Mask
This is practically a cult favorite mask that I’m sure you are familiar with. The Rose Face Mask from Fresh is infused with real rose petals to “hydrate and tone the complexion”.

The best part about this mask is how light it is and the gel mask will absorbed into your skin immediately! You can either apply the mask to cleansed skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse off or use it as an overnight mask. On lazy days when I don’t want to put on my toner, serum and moisturizer, I just put on a layer of this mask and go to sleep. Then in the morning when I wash the mask off, my skin feels soft and moisturized.

There are two downsides to this mask. One, the hydration this mask provides is very “light”. If you have dry skin, this mask will probably not provide enough hydration. Two, because this mask provides light hydration, the higher price tag makes this mask the least value friendly option. However, if you have oily and acne-prone skin, this mask will be the perfect fit. If you have combination skin like me then you will also like this mask.

2.0 Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
Peter Thomas Roth’s (PTR) neon green Cucumber Gel Mask refreshes, cools, and moisturizes your skin. This is very similar to PTR’s pink Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask; however, I prefer the cucumber mask during the summer, especially if my skin is slightly irritated from the sun.

The cucumber gel mask has a list of fresh ingredients but for some reason the mask doesn’t smell like refreshing cucumbers any of its other ingredients. The mask just has a very light scent so I am skeptical of what percentage of the mask those ingredients constitute. Personally I think most of it is just a jello material; however, this mask does work and delivers hydration to my skin!

Compared to the Fresh Rose Mask, PTR’s Cucumber Gel Mask is thicker and more hydrating. Once you apply the mask on, the product will sit on your skin for 20-30 seconds before absorbing but once it absorbed you won’t feel the stickiness. The instruction says to apply the mask for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Again I like to apply this mask overnight and rinse off in the morning.

If you have combination to slightly drier skin then this mask should be the best fit out of the three!

3. Lush Don't Look at Me Mask
Lush Don’t Look at Me Mask
My old favorite mask from Lush was Love Lettuce; however, ever since Lush came out with this bright blue, Don’t Look at Me mask, I have stopped buying Love Lettuce.

Both Love Lettuce and Don’t Look at Me are exfoliating and moisturizing masks however there are two reasons Don’t Look at Me wins hands down. One, the ground white rice (used to exfoliate the skin) in Don’t Look at Me is smaller and much more gentle than ground almonds in the Love Lettuce mask. Two, after I rinse off the Love Lettuce mask, my skin is moisturized but there is an “oil coating” on my face, likely from the almond oil. On the other hand, after I rinse off the Don’t Look at Me, my skin is smooth, plump and moisturized with no residues on my skin.

Then the two cons are: Don’t Look at Me is $3 (~38%) more expensive than Love Lettuce and Don’t Look at Me has a very strong tofu scent that is not the most desirable. Nonetheless, the mask works really well, I apply a layer on my skin, let it dry and then rinse it off using circular motion to exfoliate my skin. Then I proceed with my regular toner, serum, and moisturizer.

If you have acne-prone skin, this might not be the best mask for you; however, if you have combination, dry or oily skin then you should give this mask a try!

Price Comparison on the Three Masks
Out of the three masks, the Fresh Rose Mask is the most expensive at $0.62 per ml, then the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask costs $0.35 per ml and the most budget friendly option is Lush’s Don’t Look at Me at $0.13 per ml. Costs aside, out of the three, my favorite is the Lush mask. However, I don’t always need or want to exfoliate my skin, then I tend to lean towards either the Fresh Rose Mask or the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask depending on how dry my skin is. Overall, in the order of my preference would be: Lush mask, Peter Thomas Roth mask, and then the Fresh mask.

Please note, Sephora carries both Fresh and Peter Thomas Roth so if you are interested in trying out these masks, you will be able to get 20% off during Sephora’s F&F sale in November. Then for Lush, for every 5 mask pots you save and bring back to the store, you can get 1 mask for free!

 

 

As always thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any great mask suggestions I should try in the comments below!