Our little virtual Lovelula shopping trip continues today. The UK-based shop has such a large and splendid variety of brands that it may become a bit overwhelming for non-initiated green shoppers to know where to start. Therefore, I’m sharing my humble suggestions in products I enjoyed and would repurchase. Click (here) for my previous picks.
Madara Smart antioxidants anti-fatigue rescue eye cream*
Madara does it again. It’s a winning product, I’ve been using it religiously since I received the Lovelula November box. Enriched with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts of moss, fern, lichen, calendula, horse-chestnut and lady mantle, it is lightweight, quick-absorbing and non-irritating. Like other brightening eye creams, it contains Mica but to me, this is a more of a cross between a firming and hydrating product as I haven’t seen a noticeable improvement in dark circles yet. However, it has already diminished the appearance of fine lines. I can get milia sometimes with eye products, but thanks to its non-clogging formula, I had no issues with the rescue eye cream. The packaging has been cleverly designed: no dipping fingers into a pot, you just squeeze a tiny amount and pat it dry on your skin.
Ingredients: Aqua Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Glycerin Cetearyl Alcohol Isoamyl Laurate Arachidyl Alcohol Behenyl Alcohol Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline Sodium levulinate Palmitic acid Stearic Acid Arachidyl Glucoside Propanediol Aroma CI 77288 (Iron Oxide) Sodium anisate Mica ( CI 77019 ) Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) Seed Extract Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Flower Extract Coco Glucoside Sodium PCA Xanthan Gum Xylitylglucoside Anhydroxylitol Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome (Fern) Extract Sodium Hyaluronate Sodium phytate Tocopherol Xylitol Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Lactic Acid Cetraria Islandica Thallus (Lichen) Extract Citric acid Sphagnum Magellanicum (Moss) Extract Vanillin Escin Limonene Benzyl Salicylate Citral Linalool Eugenol
PHB Natural & Organic lip crayon in “Peach”*
One of the full-sized products of the Lovelula December box. It is a peachy nude color. The pencil applies seamlessly and I did not find it drying. Can be worn on its own but I prefer to pair it with a lipstick as the color does not quite cover my natural lip color. It is creamy and pigmented which is worth noting since it’s a lip pencil. I’ve had my fair share of dry and sturdy lip crayons hence why I don’t tend to buy any. The cherry on top? It is vegan and cruelty-free. PHB has a tremendous selection of green makeup at an affordable price. I have also reviewed their gorgeous professional makeup palette (here).
Ingredients: Octydodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Olus Oil, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglycceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77891, C.I. 77491
Ere Perez Vanilla Highlighter “falling star”
I love a good glow, maybe too much according to some people but I can’t help it, the dewy life chose me. The more bedazzling, the better. The Vanilla highlighter by Ere Perez is a product that will please both highlighter addicts and newbies. Just like RMS, it is a cream formula, but a bit thicker in consistency. It also has an initial sticky feel to it, but upon application, it blends like a dream. This is also one of the best long-lasting highlighters in cream formula I’ve tried. Skin looks dewy as can be, there are no glitter particles so those looking for a subtle and natural-looking product will love it. Perfectly appropriate for work. Versatile, I love to apply it all over on my eyelids for a glossy finish. It has a delicate vanilla scent, hence its name. My only criticism is that they changed the packaging for the highlighter so it doesn’t come in a compact form but in a pot instead. It has no mirror anymore which is a shame since it was super handy. I picked the lightest shade Falling star, which matches my skin tone, swatches are at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated olive (olea europea) oil, candelilla (euphorbia cerifera) wax, cocoa (theobroma cacao) butter, ozokerite, avocado (persea grastissima) oil, grape (vitis vinifera) seed oil, vanilla (vanilla planifolia) extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e) May contain +/- iron oxides, CI 77019, CI77891.
Ere Perez new arnica concealer “latte”
I’m clearly on an Ere Perez shopping spree. The reason that motivated this purch skincare/makeup hybrid aspect of the product. It has been conceived to treat as much as conceal since it is formulated with arnica. Arnica is more commonly found in body care products to relieve muscle pains and stiff joints. Since it has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be a great spot treatment too. I picked up the shade latte, which is the right shade as an undereye concealer but fails to provide full coverage for my blemishes. As a brightening concealer for dark circles, Ere Perez’ concealer is incredible. It gives me this wide-awake look as if I had slept for 10-hours straight. The product doesn’t settle into fine lines; once blended with a miniature makeup sponge, you get a flawless finish. I’m impressed because I sort of gave up on covering my dark circles, opting for brightening eye creams instead (my post on that topic here), but now I have a product in case I long for a full coverage. (Always nice to have options, isn’t it hehe?). Latte is a teeny bit too light for me to cover spots but I still use it nevertheless because it dries out spots and doesn’t aggravate inflammations. “Honey” would be the right shade for me. Also, if you found the RMS un cover-up too oily or greasy for you, the new arnica concealer might be a better option. Swatches can be found at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients: diisopropyl sebacate, mica, candelilla (euphorbia cerifera) wax, carnauba (copernicia cerifera) wax, cocoa (theobroma cacao) seed butter, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, sunflower (helianthus annuus) seed oil, arnica (arnica montana) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), stearalkonium hectorite, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, propylene carbonate. May contain +/- iron oxides, ci77891.
Laidbare For richer or porer – pore minimiser facial mask (oily/combo)
A fuss-free hydrating and purifying cream mask that I slather on in the morning when I feel my skin extra bumpy and clogged. It also provides mild exfoliation, but I would not consider it a scrub though. I enjoy using it as a skin prep before makeup but also on its own for makeup-free days. Formulated with kaolin clay to draw out impurities and gunk, Japanese seaweed to detox, licorice to brighten, rosewater to soothe and shea butter to hydrate. Washes off easily, it does not stain nor leave the skin red: after each use, my skin is baby soft, refreshed and calmer. Good news for those with a keen sense of smell, the seaweed is not noticeable at all, in my opinion, it has a slight licorice scent, nothing else. If you’re looking for an efficient and a budget-friendly product for oily/combo skin, the pore minimiser is worth checking out.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin (Clay), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (coconut),Isopropyl Myrisate(Palm Oil), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice,Glycerin (Coconut),Cetearyl Glucoside (Sugar),Glyceryl Stearate(Palm Kernal),Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower water,Zea mays (Corn Cob)Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter, Illicium Verum (Star Anis) Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Naturally Derived Preservative), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Citrus Aurantrum Dulcis(Orange)Peel Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Liquorice)Extract, Laminaria Japonica(Japanese Seeweed)Extract, Citrus Nobilis(Mandarin)Peel Oil, Tocopherol(Vitamin E), Xanthum Gum(Naturally Derived Thickener) Limonene(Essential Oil), Potassium Sorbate(Naturally Derived Preservative), Sodium Benzoate(Naturally Derived Preservative)
Have you tried any of these? Let me know if you enjoy this series and would like to see them pop up on a more regular basis?
*I’m part of the #LLABP program (see disclaimer), all opinions my own