Perfect Baby Pink Blush: Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko Review

Today I wanna chat you about Shiseido, a big Japanese cosmetic house that has several big brands under its umbrella: BareMinerals, NARS, Clé de Peau Beauté and tons of Japanese brands. Of course they’re also known for skincare and makeup under the name Shiseido. Today I have an interesting, unique *blush review for you. I also go down the memory lane when I lived in Japan and admired local cosmetic counters. Enjoy!

*Blush gifted for consideration. All thoughts are honest and my own.

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Me, Shiseido and Love for Blush

You may have guessed, I love Japanese makeup. When living in Japan I remember strolling by the Shiseido counter for countless of times, swatching the smooth, pigmented eyeshadows. Those eyeshadow trios weren’t necessarily very expensive in Japan, but I was a poor exchange student and mostly used Shiseido’s Japan exclusive drug store brands. I also struggled to select which palette I wanted. These palettes have been discontinued a while ago, but I still hold on to my limited edition trio of purple, orange and pink (although no longer wear it).

What I don’t mention too often is my other obsession.. blush. Blush and foundation might be just my two favorite makeup items. I especially love pale, baby pink blushes with blue undertones and I am constantly on the hunt for the best one. I think I found the one from RMK some years ago, but of course they discontinued it.

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About Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

This blush formula is described as air-whipped cream blush that turns into a long-lasting, breathable powder matte finish. From what I understood the shades are named after inspiring Japanese women. The product comes in a square glass jar, black matte cap with the name ‘Shiseido’ and a protective cap in between. Available in 8 shades ranging from light peaches to reds and fuchsia. 5g for $29. Made in the USA.

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Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush 02 Chiyoko Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I’m partial to brush application when it comes to any makeup, maybe except cream highlighters. Usually I like to grab a stippling brush to buff and blend any creams after initial application, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush has an airy, mousse-like texture that does feel powdery at the same time. I find the best way to apply this blush is to dab on with my ring finger; if I get it too close to my eye I use a clean finger to swipe. I’ve also used a damp BeautyBlender to smooth and blend any lines if I’ve gone too heavy with my application.

The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. I’ve worn this blush a ton and I’ve still only touched what’s in the inner cap. I find the second cap with cream products always a bit annoying, but I guess it prevents the product from drying. Once the blush sets it feels creamy and soft on the cheeks, doesn’t slip or slide and has a lovely matte “powder” like finish.

The blush wears perfectly +8 hours. I usually do a couple of layers and finish with a touch of finishing powder (such as Hourglass Ambient or Lily Lolo).

02 Chiyoko swatches

Compared to ADDICTION, a perfect pale pink with almost purple hue, 02 Chiyoko has more warm undertones. There is no sheen or shimmer. Chiyoko’s finish is more powdery than Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Gracilis, which is a matte powder blush. I think that Chiyoko is more universally flattering as it has no icy undertones and should show up nicely on medium to dark skin tones.

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Overall thoughts on Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I think that nowadays only a self-applying blush would blow me away, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder blush in 02 Chiyoko is very nice - both in texture and color. If I didn’t have so many blushes I would sprint to get more from Shiseido. I am considering Momoko, as it looked lovely in Shireen’s post. The lasting power is excellent; I often experience problems with cream blushes as they smear, move or they sheer away very quickly. Not with Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush. Only thing that bothers me is the inner cap, I never have a place to put it.. Anyway, I can highly recommend you go swatch this product! x

LookFantastic Beauty Box for August 2019 Review and Thoughts on Subscription Services

I’ve always had mixed feelings about beauty box services as I’m quite picky and tend to dislike surprises.. But I was kindly gifted LookFantastic ‘Heatwave’ *Beauty Box of August 2019 for consideration and decided to review it. To beef up this post I also wrote a couple of short paragraphs what is my personal take on subscription services in general. This post includes spoilers (obviously) as I’m quickly sharing my initial thoughts about each product. Hope you enjoy!

*Beauty Box kindly gifted for review, my thoughts are honest and my own!

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My Thoughts on Subscription Services

I think there are two kinds of people when it comes to subscription services: all in or very picky. I’d say I’m the latter as I’m very sceptic if I’d actually use or benefit from a continuous service. Moreover I’m constantly trying to be more considerate about accumulating more stuff, especially things I don’t need or want. I don’t have my own Netflix, HBO, Spotify, any magazine subscriptions.. Only things I can thing of I renew monthly/annually are my climbing gym membership, VPN and online cloud space.

I used to be a subscriber to a bi-monthly eco beauty box, but since the price with shipping to EU was pretty hefty I decided to quit once there came a sneak peeks of a box I didn’t care for. But I would considerate subscribing again, if the service was well-curated. My favorite type of a box is 1-3 full size items vs samples. I’m the type of person that believes samples should be free or gifts with purchase, not something I want to blindly order online and get delivered to my door.

Last year I wrote about a beauty box service Glamlin where the contents were personally curated to you (but delivered blindly) and in the end I didn’t want to repurchase any of the items. I got to say I was sceptic when getting a press sample of the LookFantastic box.

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How LookFantastic Beauty Box Works

You’ll pay a monthly fee of £15.00/€20 or a 3/6/12 month rolling subscription; longer subscriptions are obviously little cheaper. You’ll get a fresh Elle magazine (the size is a bit more compact) and 6 products with the total worth of over £50/€85. The items can be full-size or sample sizes, new trends or just updates to your beauty routine. Your subscription is automatically renewed, but you may unsubscribe at any time. Read more here or in Finnish täällä!

LookFantastic August 2019 ‘Heatwave’ Beauty Box

Sadly, looks like the peak of Finnish heatwave was in July this year, but I wanna stay optimistic and enjoy August to the fullest! Summer is not over. No, and I’m not in self-denial.. One thing that made an impression on me when I received the box is how LookFantastic uses only paper and cardboard packaging. There’s no plastic bubble wrap, only paper shreds of sort that protect the items. Everything looks beautiful and put together, like a gift. There’s even a matching silk paper wrapping and sticker that you won’t see everything right away, which adds a touch of elegance to the box. Love!

Anyway, the box comes with the latest Elle magazine, which I’m not reviewing, but lets just quickly say that if I love the compact size and if I had to pick a women’s fashion/beauty magazine in English or Finnish, it’d most likely be Elle or Trendi (in Finnish). There’s also LF Beauty Box ‘Edit’ with tips and tricks and the six products, which I’m going to reveal next..

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LUXIE 737 TAPERED HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH

This brush impressed me with its quality. Usually I’m partial to only Japan-made brushes, but from time to time there’s a synthetic brush from Western brands. Oddly I couldn’t find the Tapered Highlighter Brush 737 from LookFantastic website, but the prices were around £30/€33. Fairly pricey for a basic synthetic brush, but it is soft. Not as soft and lovely as my ITCosmetics brushes, but those are even more on the pricy side. I really enjoy the handle, it sits easily on my hand. The brush held well together when I washed this and I’m look forward trying it.

BELLÀPIERRE HEATWAVE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE

This palette was a mehh for me. Highlighting palettes are usually not my thing and the packaging/quality seemed cheap, so I swatched only one shade in the case I wanted to give this away.. and I will. The color swatched very sheerly. But this might be an OK addition to a youngster’s makeup bag or for someone who doesn’t want their glow to be seen from the space.

JAMES READ 1 HOUR GLOW MASK FACE & BODY (sample size)

I’m not going to even try this as I’m all about my Snow White complexion, but I could immediately think of a family member, who’d love this for some added tan and glow without UV radiation. 25ml seems to be enough to decide if you like the product or not.

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August LookFantastic ‘Heatwave’ Beauty Box Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

NATURA HERB INFUSED SHEET MASK

Now this mask I enjoyed a lot! The sizing was generous, which I like, and the sheet was packed with a lot of hydrating essence. There was a lot of extra to slather on décolletage or legs, as I usually do. If you find sheet masks are too expensive or wasteful for a daily/weekly treat I might use this mask for 20 mins, put it back to the original packaging and let it sink more essence for one re-use. Loved this was vegan! Sadly, Natura Herb masks are not carried on LookFantastic, I hope they’ll consider adding it to their selection.

DOUCCE LUSCIOUS LIP STAIN IN ’HOLIDAY GETAWAY’ (mini)

Yeah, another item I’m skipping. Not my kind of shade, I think a friend will enjoy this more than I do.

RITUALS ’THE RITUALS OF HOLI’ BODY CREAM (100ml)

I have a soft spot for Rituals body products. Their scrubs and scents are amazing, plus they don’t break the bank. We used to get Rituals products only online or abroad, but there is a nice selection now available in Finland. I think I’ll save this for my gym or swimming bag as the 100ml is a perfect size to carry around, but not too skimpy for a subscription box. Flamingo flower and pink grapefruit is quite a feminine and sweet scent, maybe a bit sickly, but the texture is spot on nourishing and sinks in quickly.

Total value of this months box according to the BeautyBox Edit: £92,79 / ~€100.47

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Final Thoughts on the LookFantastic Heatwave Beauty Box

You might enjoy LookFantastic Beauty Box if..

  • You already read Elle Magazine

  • Enjoy a little monthly “treat to yourself” and enjoy surprises

  • Consider purchasing a gift (especially good for young beauty enthusiasts)

  • Like to get value for your money

  • Need or enjoy minis for travel

I think I’m not the best target group for this box service as I’m so picky with my beauty products.. I think most of these items I will donate to a family member. This is too bad because I did prefer like the ‘Hydration Beauty Box’ from July much better, but since the press sample got delivered to me quite late I decided to not post about it. LookFantastic’s Limited Edition boxes on the other hand seem right up my alley, they are luxurious, you see what you’ll get and feature some amazing brands like NEOM or Omorovicza LE boxes!

What did you think about this month’s LookFantastic box? Do you subscribe to any services or beauty boxes?

Dermaceutical Skincare: DP Vitamin Rich Repair Cream & Antioxidant Cocktail Serum Review

Earlier this Summer wrote about my first Dermapen4 micro needling treatment done by REBEL Helsinki. After I was kindly gifted these *two DP Dermaceuticals (same company as Dermapen4) skincare treatments for test and review. I gave these a good go test go of two (serum) and three months (cream); now I feel like it’s time to share my experiences! I hope you enjoy reading.

*Products kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.

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Choosing Dermaceutical Skincare Products

When reviewing dermaceutical or medical brands I have very high expectations. I don’t want scents, pampering or simply “feeling nice on the skin” from these products, I want to see and feel some real results. Both of these DP Dermaceutical products can be used as a part of your micro needling treatment (before/after), please ask customized product recommendations and routine from your Skin Therapist. At REBEL Helsinki I was chosen three products: SPF (more about that later), Vitamin Rich Repair Cream and Antioxidant Cocktail serum. Both of these product retail €118 for 30ml.

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Using DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM

This cream is designed to nourish, comfort and repair the skin. It also promises to lift and firm skin’s contours and soften the appearance of lines. My own lines are fairly fine, I haven’t noticed any decrease or increase after my Dermapen4 treatment. The results have been excellent and I’ll partly give the credit to DP Dermaceuticals products. The INCI list is very impressive from what I understand; I started using these products without knowing much expect the titles.

The texture of this pink colored cream is very light. It spreads and sinks in quickly with no problem - I somehow imagined dermaceutical brand creams would be either very greasy or dimethicone heavy. The cream doesn’t dry you out despite some alcohol, dimethicone or retinol ingredients. On the contrary, this cream feels light yet nourishing. I sometimes enjoy a creamier texture in the evenings, but in day-time this cream sits beautifully under makeup; doesn’t leave a film or a greasy residue. Overall I’m very happy with the performance and ingredients. If I had to say one con it’s that there is some residue left inside the pump which tends to dry out - you’ll notice it the next time you’ll pump out some product. I feel it wastes the cream, but then again you don’t need a lot in the first place..

INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS VITAMIN RICH REPAIR CREAM

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Acetamide MEA, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol Denat., Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat/Spelt) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (alfalfa) Extract, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA

Every skin enthusiast loves vitamins and antioxidants, and this cream is packed with them. There are Vitamin A Esters (active derivates of Vitamin A) which stimulates collagen and elastin production. If you’re familiar with retinol for example, Vitamin A is used for clearer, brighter, blemish free complexion. There’s also Vitamin E, Neodermyl which is a patented version of copper peptide, resveratrol from red grape skins and triple weighted Hyaluronic Acid complex. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best skin hydrators while resveratrol is a potent antioxidant. I’ve tried only one Copper Peptide product in the past from NIOD so I was happy to see it used somewhere else. It’s not mentioned on the websites, but this cream also has squalene and various botanical extracts.

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Using DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL

The Antioxidant Cocktail seems like a  product where you see the effects during a longer period of use; it’s an anti-ageing environmental shield designed to protect against free radical attacks (pollution, stress, UV rays). It’s designed to hydrate, revive and also re-texture skin with a refreshed appearance. Anti-ageing means usually lifting and tightening the skin, which is also the purpose of this cream. If you want something stronger for texture issues, I’d suggest trying a glycolic acid peel, mask or something similar. The website does suggest the using this serum as a spot treatment, but personally I’ve used it all over my face.  

INCI DP DERMACEUTICALS ANTIOXIDANT COCKTAIL

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Xanthan Gum, Beta Carotene, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene

First of all, this serum is pretty hydrating on its own. I don’t feel necessary to add a hydrating serum on the top, but sometimes I do add a couple of drops of oil (such as Max and Me) for more moisturised look. The second ingredient is a stable form of Vitamin C (if you didn’t know, Vitamin C is notoriously unstable ingredient in skincare), followed by Aloe Leaf Juice, my favourite Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and highly active Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that may improve collagen production. There’s little “unnecessary” ingredients; fragrance is listed, but I personally haven’t paid attention to any scent from this serum. While I don’t necessary see a significant change in my skin after two months of use I can sayt hat my skin has been behaving exceptionally well. I can read from the simple ingredients list that this serum is designed to boost anti-ageing while giving skin protective, highly antioxidant rich ingredients with no nonsense.

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Final thoughts

I kind of wanted to not love these products.. They are fairly expensive, hard to purchase (not every website sells them, only beauty salons). The packaging is good, who doesn’t like an opaque pump bottle? But then again, it’s not “sexy”, hyped, highly branded.. just effective and simple, does what it says on the tin. A part of me wants to purchase highly hyped products, but then again so many luxe or high end skincare brands are in the same price range so… for once, I think I’ll repurchase both of these.

I’m more excited about the cream as it’s suitable for daytime use but includes Vitamin A Esthers and also its effects are easier to notice in the short therm. But then again, the Antioxidant Cocktail is wonderful, no-nonsense serum packed with great ingredients. I wish they had left out the fragrance and Limonene, but I doubts this serum would irritate sensitive skins. If you have concerns, ask help from your skin therapist. While this review wasn’t typography, packaging, styling or hype heavy, I think these are excellent products for people who want results and upkeep beautiful skin between possible treatments.

Have you tried premium medical skincare? Which one of these two would you pick up? x