Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 - Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance Loves!

You know it’s a favorite when you reach for it immediately - over shiny new things, over expensive treasures. When I started planing this post it only took me a minute or two to gather these products. Some of them I’ve already reviewed on the blog while the others deserve much more attention. I think I have a good mix of skincare, makeup and fragrance here - including new and older products. Enjoy!

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Makeup

I was kindly gifted Rouge Bunny Rouge Light Corrective Eye Primer*, but I didn’t do a separate review as it took me months to decide do I dislike or love it. I find out it’s the latter, but it took me several tries to get it work for me. This primer doesn’t blend too easily and sets immediately: if you don’t work fast it may look patchy. For me this creates a perfect canvas for eyeshadow and corrects any eyelid discoloration. For under the eyes I’ve been testing the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer*, which is worth its legendary status. You need a miniscule amount and the coverage is very good - for me this works also as a spot concealer.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

For eyes I’ve been loving Chanel’s Ombre Premier cream eyeshadows (814 Silver Pink and 838 Ultra Flesh (LE)). I do love the old formula as well (don’t see too much difference there), but I think they have discontinued Illusion d’Ombre line, sadly. Tweezerman Lash Curlers* for Round Eyes have been life-changing. I can use the regular ones as well, but Round Eyes seem more comfortable. The curl and hold they give is excellent! Trust me.

Finally I gotta mention Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer* and Clear Luminizer* for highlight. I’ve done two posts on Kora’s Luminizers: Rose Quartz is reviewed here and new shades here. So easy to use, perfect consistency. To finish my makeup I’m liking the Kicks Setting Spray* (matte). Kicks’ house brand is pretty good and I find I prefer this setting spray to Urban Decay All-Nighter.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Skincare

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum* is like a better, less expensive version of the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. It’s packed with sodium hyaluronate and natto gum to hydrate, plump and quenches thirsty skin. The formula has some floral and fruit peel oils, so if you’re very sensitive you might check the INCI or patch test before applying.

Summer is coming (hopefully soon) in Finland and I’m testing body products for reviews. So far my favorites have been quite inexpensive finds, which is great. Skin Treat is a KICKS exclusive brand and they have expanded from their body scubs to Bright Renewal AHA & PHA Exfoliating Treatment*, which is a light mousse that you can apply your acne-prone body areas, such as back, tights etc. Skin Treat Instant Firming Body Serum* is a very light moisturizer that supposedly firms, but I like it as a décolleté and arm moisturizer as it sinks in so quickly and I can dress right away. Before I go to bed I slather on some Flow Cosmetics Refreshing Peppermint Food Butter* on my feet, give them a little massage and put on wooly socks. The peppermint scent is so fresh and invigorating, but doesn’t disturb my evening routine.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Fragrance

I’ve been a fan of Jo Malone’s scents for a good couple of years and she finally launched in Finland last Autumn. English Pear and Freesia cologne is my original favorite from her. This bottle of mine is rather old and almost empty, but since it hasn’t turned I’m trying to use it up. Spring weather and English Pear and Freesia go well together, even on cloudy days it brightens up my mood without being sickly sweet. I find colognes very subtle on me, but I’ve still received compliments while wearing this perfume.

What have you been loving lately?

*Products marked with asterisk(*) have been gifted for consideration.
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Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review

“More foundation reviews, Laura?” I swear to you, I don’t even own that many foundations. I just really enjoy testing and reviewing them, especially Asian ones if there is not enough coverage online. I probably should do a dedicated post what are my favorite product types and why - what do you think? Anyway, today we’re jumping again to K-beauty, but eco beauty style! Enjoy.

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Whamisa Organic BB Pact

I’ve introduced Whamisa in my earlier post about Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner review, but in a nutshell they are a Korean eco beauty brand specialized in organic and fermented skincare. For very sensitive skin types these fermented products might be too active and aggravating, but Whamisa is overall a good brand if it works for you. Whamisa Organic BB Pact* (*gifted) is their alternative to a cushion foundation: the foundation dispenses from little holes in the compact, but the packaging is similar to 99% of cushion foundations. Available in 3 shades. 16g for €42.9. This BB pact has 48.16% organic ingredients and SPF 50/PA++++. Available at Jolie (FI)*, House of Organic (FI)* and Natural Goods Company (FI).

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Packaging

I was surprised when I first opened the packaging - it’s not a cushion but “a pact”! Um, a compact, I guess? Which means you put the puff on the top and gently press down, the foundation dispenses. Although this might be more hygienic way to store your foundation vs a traditional cushion compact, I personally didn’t love this dispenser because:

1) Due to the small amount of holes, you get product unevenly on your puff.
2) The puff absorbs a lot of the foundation and is difficult to clean.
3) If you only press the dispenser, it can squirt the foundation. Not cool.

I’m also asking why is the compact so simple and boring looking? Whamisa has some of the cutest packaging and colors in their skincare line, I wonder why any of the floral print wasn’t used on the BB Pact? The puff is pretty standard and okay, but again - quite difficult to clean (VS with regular cushions the puff doesn’t absorb as much product in my opinion).

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Whamisa Organic BB Pact

My best way of application is gently press the pact dispenser without the foundation flying all over the place. I pick up the foundation with my finger, apply on my face and blend with the original puff or a Beauty Blender*. This does defeat of the point of the pact, but I’ve found this the most nice and hygienic way to apply. I usually do like the small puffs that come with cushion foundations. I have bought them in a multi-pact years ago, so I always have some clean in my makeup stash. I wash the puff after every use with Dr. Bronner’s soap* or Marseilles soap bar.

The foundation isn’t as runny, slippery or thin as some other cushion foundations, the Whamisa Organic BB Pact resembles a regular light-to-buildable coverage foundation. I usually press the dispenser only once to get a light coverage, but this does build a little bit - it’s not dewy or translucent in finish, so I imagine more combo skin types might enjoy this as well. I’d say the finish is normal.. demi-matte when applied and gets a slightly luminous during the day (but not as much as the YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau for example).

I’m on the dry side, but still the foundation doesn’t slip, slide or “get eaten” by my skin aka break apart during the day. I haven’t noticed the color oxidizing either, which is great. Foundations that change color when they dry are a big no-no for me. So a lot of good points in the Whamisa Organic BB Pact. One thing that I will say, this foundation might emphasize large pores (if you wear no primer/powder). I personally don’t have very large pores around my nose, but I’ve noticed the added luminosity does emphasize my texture a little bit.

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Whamisa Organic BB Pact Swatches

First of all, the color range is depressing. I know, some Asian brands seem to cater their shade range only to the local majority, but there is still variety from “Natural Beige” (deepest shade) to “Light Beige” and “Pink Beige”. To avoid this review turning into a rant, I’ll save it for another time and shut up for now.

21 Light is a light neutral beige with a hint of warm undertones, close to MAC NC15

Whamisa Organic Flowers BB Pact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

I very much like this BB Pact, if you’re looking for a more natural tinted moisturizer with a slightly more coverage (emphasising the word ‘slightly’). Compared to some other cushions, I think Whamisa beats the YSL Encre de Peau cushion for me, but the Chanel Les Beiges still remains as my favorite. I think I will use up this Whamisa BB Pact, but will not run to repurchase because of the boring / odd packaging (EDIT: I gave it to a friend, who says it’s “perfect”). If you can get past that, this is a nice eco AND K-beauty foundation.

If you can’t find a shade in Whamisa, I recommend checking out my Purlisse BB Cream review here. If you’d prefer to find an eco beauty foundation I have lots of new reviews coming to you soon!

PS: Cara says hello!

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Purlisse BB Cream Review + GIVEAWAY + Discount!

Happy Sunday! I love to review foundations, but today I also have a special announcement: for the very first time I’ve accepted a sponsor for my post! As I’ve become more serious about blogging there has been a lot of added costs (equipment, products, domain etc), so I’m very excited Oletkaunis.fi* beauty store teamed up with me for this review. Thank you! They gave me free hands to write what I want on a Purlisse product of my choice AND hold a giveaway for my readers residing in Finland! I hope you enjoy the review!

Sponsored post with Oletkaunis.fi*
This post contains affiliate links & gifted items marked with (*).
All thoughts honest and my own!

Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Purlisse

I’ve described the brand in my previous post (previeously called Pur~lisse), but in a nutshell the founder Jennifer Yen wanted to create a brand to combine Asian wisdom and modern skincare philosophy. They have labs in Korea, France and America to create modern skincare to women (and men and everything between) everywhere. Two years ago I had some problems with the original branding and stand behind my previous posts, but looks like Purlisse has gone through a face lift and added some new products to the line - including more BB cream shades.

PURLISSE BB Cream

What I like about the brand’s new look is its inclusivity: the Purlisse BB cream* is available in 8 shades and they run from fair to medium to tan to deep. They’ve also used a male model in the shade map, which makes me both happy and excited. The Purlisse BB Creams are also made in Korea (where most of the best BB creams are manufactured, in my humble opinion). The BB Cream comes in a convenient tube packaging and retails for €21 / 40ml on Oletkaunis.fi* (FI) and several US retailers.

Wearing the Purlisse BB Cream

I have a dry skin so I wear this BB cream over my moisturizer and SPF. The finish is beautiful, light coverage and natural (above is me with and without the BB cream). Like some BB creams or cushion foundations, Purlisse isn’t prone to get too dewy during the day, but if your skin type is very combo/oily I’d set the makeup with a little powder. I personally only use a sponge or a brush to apply my foundation, but if you prefer to use your fingers this BB cream does spread quick and easily.

I’m very impressed especially by the wear: this is one of those rare foundations you can apply and forget you’re wearing it. I’ve noticed only minimal gathering or piling on my fine lines, no moving around or color oxidizing. The finish stays natural and radiant for the whole day on me with zero touch-ups. By the end of a very long day (+8h) the foundation starts to wear off naturally, but I haven’t noticed any annoying blotchiness or breaking apart.

I usually don’t analyze the makeup ingredients, but the “beneficial ingredients” haven’t been very high up in the INCI list of old Purlisse products. So if you choose to use this BB Cream I’d do it for the aesthetic reasons and because it has a good sunscreen, not because it claims to improve texture of fine lines. Reduce the appearance, maybe, but by the end of the day this is makeup and not skincare. Sunscreen alone in makeup isn’t enough to protect you, but having some is a good plus! I checked that the sunscreen filters in the Purlisse BB Cream are reef safe (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.5%, Titanium Dioxide 4.24%, Zinc Oxide 3.5%). The formula is not vegan because it contains beeswax.

Swatches

Purlisse BB Cream Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Fair: Fair beige with a hint of pink undertones

Light: Light neutral beige with a hint of ash

Purlisse BB Cream Swatches | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Here’s some comparison swatches. I used concealers as you can see the differences in tones better. MAC’s NC15 is more yellow/warm than Purlisse’s light. My optimal shade is somewhere between NC15-NW13 in MAC, so the Fair shade of Purlisse blends very nicely into my skin.

Below: Me with full makeup. As a base with the Purlisse BB Cream I’m wearing some under eye concealer, La Mer original loose powder (under eyes) and Hourglass finishing powder. I’m liking!

Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Purlisse BB Cream Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final thoughts

Purlisse BB Cream SPF 30 took me by surprise. In my earlier posts I wasn’t crazy about the brand and their expensive shipping from US to Finland, but the Finnish prices are very reasonable. This BB cream is something I will gladly be wearing in the future. It’s not even 1/2 as expensive as some luxury foundations I wear on daily basis, but the application, wear time and finish is just as good. For ‘fancy events’ I like something with a bit more glow, but Purlisse will now be the tinted moisturizer in my routine. Perfect for carrying in your makeup or gym back to get ready quickly.

Purlisse BB Cream Review and Giveaway | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Giveaway and Discount code!

Oletkaunis.fi* has kindly offered a giveaway for my readers. I was allowed to pick two of my favorite products as the price: the Purlisse BB Cream* (in YOUR shade ofc!) and the new Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm*. The Watermelon Aqua Balm is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer you can use as a light-weight hydrator or even double as a primer for the BB Cream.

Please read the rules carefully:

  • Prices: Purlisse BB Cream SPF30 (your shade) + Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

  • Open for Finnish residents until 4th of April (23:59 Finnish time)

  • Comment this blog post: Have you tried K-beauty? Do you have a favorite product/trend?

  • AND Leave a working email address/IG username in the comment box for contacting. If I can’t reach the winner announced here in 48h I’ll raffle a new one.

  • Voit aina vastata myös suomeksi :) Huom. jotkut kommentit pitää hyväksyä ennen kuin näkyvät, eli ei hätää jos ei heti näy!

The Giveaway is now closed and I’ve emailed the winner! THANK YOU everyone!

-15% OFF Purlisse* at Oletkaunis.fi* until 30th Apr 2019 with code:
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-15% ALENNUSTA kaikista Purlisse tuotteista* verkkokaupasta Oletkaunis.fi* 30.4.2019 asti koodilla:
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