Best of Tom Ford Beauty and a makeover by Tom Ford Specialist!

Tom Ford is one of my favorite luxury beauty brands, but I haven’t talked much about it on the blog as it was previously difficult to purchase to Finland. Now we have a gorgeous big Tom Ford counter at Helsinki Stockmann dept store and also available on the website. In today’s post I’m showing you my top Tom Ford beauty products and a makeover done by Noora, the Tom Ford Specialist at Stockmann!

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I was kindly invited to have a makeover the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter. I live quite near the Helsinki dept store and I haven’t had my makeup done many times professionally. Of course I said yes, Tom Ford being one of my favorite brands! Noora is very talented makeup artist and an expert in Tom Ford makeup and perfume. I was very happy to see her working with some of my old favorites as well as new products. That day I had two lipsticks with me for inspiration: Indian Rose (pinky nude) and Sonia (red). We chose Sonia as the lip color, keep eyes simple yet shimmery and glowing, perfected skin!

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List of the most important products we used:

Base: 02 PINK GLOW TONE UP and foundation new SOLEIL GLOW TONE UP FOUNDATION SPF 45 HYDRATING CUSHION COMPACT in the shade 2.0 BUFF. Usually I wear a lighter shade in Tom Ford foundations, but 2.0 BUFF did look good on my skin.

Cheeks: SHADE AND ILLUMINATE CHEEKS, shade SCINTILLATE topped with powder blush CHEEK COLOR, 01 FRANTIC PINK. Powder FACE ILLUMINATING POWDER in TRANSLUCENT and highlight with FACE SKIN ILLUMINATING POWDER in the shade 01 MOODLIGHT. Noora used both of the highlighter shades for giving me some bronzed, healthy glow on the cheeks. Loved her technique!

Eyes: Cream eyeshadow in SOLEIL CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR, 06 YOUNG ADONIS (both cream and the top coat glitter), EXTREME MASKARA in the shade RAVEN. FIBRE BROW Gel in the shade TAUPE.

Lips: LIPS AND GIRLS lipstick in the shade Sonja

Such a gorgeous makeup!! I asked a lot of questions from Noora and have been testing her techniques on myself this week. For example wearing the top coat glitter all over the eyes - beautiful. Previously I’ve been frugal with glitter, only using it on the outer corners of my eyes, but it looks simple yet stunning all over! I own the Shade and Illuminate in Moodlight, but have mostly just used the lighter shade. Now I’ve mixed the lighter and more tan highlighter shade, or used the darker color as a blush topper to warm up the look. I can still keep my “Snow White” look, but with just added warmth and healthy shine.

To get your makeup done by the Tom Ford Specialist, come to Stockmann Helsinki and shop for three products of choice! You can also ask for test application when you are choosing your shade etc.

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Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Best of Tom Ford Ford Beauty Recommendations

According to Noora, the Tom Ford best-sellers are lipsticks, eyeshadow quads and foundations. I can see why, but today I’m sharing my personal favorites. Next I’ll list my personal top favorites or things that deserve a special mention. I try to keep this list short and sweet, so if I’m skipping a product it doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

Tom Ford TRACELESS FOUNDATION STICK

I wanted to try a foundation from Tom Ford and while the liquid foundation sample I tested was lovely, I felt I already had something similar. I opted for the stick foundation as it was a newer texture for me and unique in my makeup bag. It’s so quick and convenient to use, you can easily build more coverage where needed. Conceals redness and lasts for the whole day! I love to use this with my Sonia G Base One brush or other duo fibre stippling brush.

Cream Color For Eyes

I used to hate cream eyeshadows as my lids are hooded and everything tends to crease on me sooner or later - especially very emollient products. Please notice I do wear eyeshadow primer underneath everything. Tom Ford’s mousse-like eyeshadow creams apply effortlessly and set in place without feeling heavy or sticky. They don’t move around or gather in my crease. The cream shadows also set glitter top coats very nicely with little to no fallout and color selection is beautiful. My current favorites are Spice, Burnished Copper and Caviar.

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Cheek Color

Tom Ford has several blush options: “the baked gelee” formulas in the limited edition Soleil collection and traditional powder blushes. I love both, but I’ve noticed I gravitate more towards the baked formula as the colors layer beautifully and add a gorgeous sheen on the skin. The permanent powder blushes are mostly matte with an excellent shade selection that compliments both fair and dark skin tones. I rotate all of them! My favorite regular powder blush is Inhibition (nude).

Perfume

Bold, strong, elegant. Those are the first tree words that I would associate with Tom Ford’s perfumes. I wear them when I want to feel strong or romantic and don’t have the time to reapply perfume during the day. They last exceptionally well on my skin, you can catch a whiff on my clothes as well. His perfumes are on the heavier side but don’t feel suffocating in any way. My family also loves Tom Ford perfumes and body sprays, which are also very potent and long-lasting. My current favorite scent is Tobacco Vanille.

Have you tried Tom Ford beauty? What’s your favorite item? Thank you again for the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter for having me! x

Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask Review

My love affair with Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics continues, they seem to come out with very good and eco conscious mid-range products a lot. I’ve previously reviewed their Moisturizer and Luminizers, please check out the posts if you’re curious. Today’s product is a bit strange one as I think you’d either love or hate it..

*Product gifted for consideration, post contains ad links to support the blog.

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Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating Mask

Kora’s Turmeric mask is a two-in-one exfoliating facial treatment to promote brightening look and cell turnover. It combines enzymatic exfoliation with manual scrub with rosehip seeds and quartz. Continuous use of the mask promises to help with discoloration, pigmentation as well as congestion. €49.9 for 100ml. Vegan product, comes in a golden squeeze tube. Available at Kora Organics, Jolie and Kicks.

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Using Kora Organics Turmeric Mask

Up: Me and baby Cara

Some websites that sell this product do suggest regular using of 2-3 times per week. Personally I think that’s too much as this mask is pretty abrasive. The packaging also says “All Skin Types”, which I certainly disagree No matter how natural the exfoliating particles are - they can still be sharp and strong. This mask reminds me a lot of the Yon-Ka Guarana Scrub (review) I reviewed last Summer, but with an added kick. I don’t have a very sensitive skin, but I can’t put strong enough emphasis on the fact it is strong - scent-wise as well. The peppermint scent can be invigorating and cooling to some, but a big turn-off if you’re sensitive or prone to redness.

The texture of the mask is pretty fluid and feels cooling on the skin. I wouldn’t answer the door while wearing it as the “baby puke” color from the turmeric isn’t too attractive. I apply the mask on dampened skin, let it sit about five to ten minutes and gently rinse without too much rubbing or tugging. The feel is very refreshing, clean but not tight, which I like a lot.

If I want just a chemical exfoliant mask or more gentle physical one, I reach for Evolve masks. They’re also very good price-wise. I reach for Kora if I don’t have the time to do multiple steps, but want a clean and refreshed look with one product, miss manual exfoliation or want a mental pick-me-up with the strong peppermint scent.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Quartz, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Powder*, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder*, Lactobacillus Ferment, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder*, Glycerin^, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Lactobacillus, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit Powder*, Sclerotium Gum, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder*, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glucose, Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Limonene**, Linalool**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. ** From essential oils. ^Made using organic ingredients.

99.8% natural origin of total. 75.8% organic of total. 

Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Kora has two hero ingredients: noni, which is a native fruit to South Pacific Islands and quartz (rose?) as Miranda believes in its healing powers, vibrations and opening the heart chakra. As I know little about chakras, I’ll focus on the INCI instead! But I assume that in this mask quartz bits offer also a manual exfoliation among the rose hip seed powder. With these type of products it’s difficult to be sure if these powders are crystalized aka do they cause potential micro cuts to the face. Couldn’t find more information on the website, but I suggest you don’t rub the mask vigorously.

The powders are in aloe base, which is a nice soothing and hydrating ingredient for almost all skin conditions. It’s soon by Lactobacillus ferment, a probiotic ingredient with promising antioxidant or environmental protection qualities. As I’m not a scientist myself I cannot tell if green tea leaf powder works as effectively as extract, but I’m happy to see lots of promising plant based ingredients at the top. I wish there was more resources about the topical benefits of turmeric, but at least orally it’s a very good antioxidant.

Papaya fruit extract is a source of the enzyme papain, which has some exfoliating properties. It may be a potential skin sensitizer, but so are many other exfoliants such as glycolic acid (this mask does have a small amount of salicylic acid). Personally I haven’t found skincare with papaya extract irritating, but I think the amount of essential oils can be a make or break to many users combined with exfoliation. There is Lavender, Lemon Peel, Peppermint.. to name a few. If you have no problem with essential oils, I think the natural moisturizing ingredients such as rose hip will help to condition the skin after exfoliating.

Final Thoughts

Do I like and use this product? Yes. Would I recommend it? ..Maybe, but you need to love scrubs and peppermint. Or love Miranda and her good vibes, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I like many products from Kora and this is one of them. I found the ingredients list nice, but some difficulties to if powder forms have the best topical effects (compared to extracts and so on). The Kora Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating mask might give pretty polarized results. Especially with a price this high, I suggest you sample it somewhere and see if your skin and nose agrees. If you want a safer splurge, I’d go for Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser (review) and use it as a mask.

Do you currently have a favorite exfoliating mask, would you try Kora’s Organics Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating one? I’m also curious to hear if you love or hate peppermint!

SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review and Swatches

I think this is the second time SUQQU UK releases a limited edition 8-pan palette. The colors of the previous one from holidays 1 or 2 years ago didn’t speak to me, but my jaw dropped when I saw the teaser pictures of the new UK exclusive Urban Prism compact. The looks SUQQU’s makeup artists Jorge Balzaretti and Paul Holmberg have created using this are stunning, blended, chic and airy yet packed some punch with color choices. I was so excited for the reds and pinks so I marked my calendar with the release date.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

The inspiration for this collection was a kaleidoscope, contrasting textures and colors to create wearable looks: natural and elegant, chic and smoky, trendy and edgy. The other items from this collection were a powder highlighter, bronzer, highlighting crayon and two lip crayons. As I’m typing this the SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact is still available on Selfridges and Harrods. It sold out quickly during the first launch, but I’ve noticed Selfridges tends to restock their site from time to time. £59 for 12.4g of product, 8 pans of eyeshadow and two small applicators. Made in Japan.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Wearing SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

I refer to this palette as the Urban Prism although the packaging says ‘Eyeshadow Compact 101’. I think this is one of the most fun, unique yet wearable palettes SUQQU has come out with since they revamped to Designing Color Eyes formula. This palette doesn’t have holes on the backside, so it’s not meant to be depotted. I hope the glue is strong enough to hold the shadows, it felt little loose when finger swatching.

I’ve been looking for a palette to do more colorful looks: either a has-it-all palette with neutrals for contouring the eyes or a full blown colorful palette. Sadly, these types palettes are difficult to put together shade range and formula-wise, which is the reason I have been putting off purchasing a Natasha Denona palette for example. They are often very cool or warm, not enough color variety (just 1 pop of color) or just hideously expensive. Not that £59 is cheap by any means, but SUQQU combines warms with more neutral shades of brown, cool pink, blue and yellow. Thanks to the careful color selection and mattes I can wear this palette on its own without reaching for brown neutrals.

I’m really happy to report that SUQQU is consistent with their quality. Only one or two quads have had a more chalky black, but overall you can feel safe when getting a SUQQU palette online. The shadows are smooth, buildable, finely milled and silky texture. The colors don’t skip on the eyelids and blend evenly. There’s some variety in textures with more mattes to satins and shimmers, but they all perform very well.

I’d like to call these SUQQU shadows nicely pigmented, but they’re certainly more on the buildable side vs many US based brands that put an emphasis on high pigmentatiod when swatches. SUQQU shadows give a nice veil of color without being sheer or see-thorough, you can layer and mix them as you wish without the result turning muddy. With my NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow primer these shadows wear ~8h on my hooded lids.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Swatches

Orange leaning peach with golden shimmer

Red tomato matte

Dark khaki with slightly greenish undertone

Champagne shimmer with glitter bits

Purple leaning pink shimmer

Orange tomato matte

Dark navy blue with black undertones

Matte yellow with a greenish hue

Look with SUQQU Urban Prism

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

I was inspired by this look by Jorge Balzaretti. I had a lighter hand compared to the editorial pictures, but in real life the pinks and reds still popped out beautifully. I love the yellow in the inner corner, makes the look more interesting and playful in my opinion. I used MILK makeup’s gel liner in CEO on my waterline to get similar intensity to the look, but it’s not too visible as I’m looking down.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final thoughts

If you’re very color-shy I think you’re better off with 01 Yuushakuyaku (review) or other more muted SUQQU quad, but if you like to experiment - even with 1-2 shades at the time, I think Urban Prism is an excellent choice. I personally love this palette and have reached for it a ton. I think it’s going to be my go-to palette this summer thanks to the elegant vibrancy and wearing possibilities. Big recommendation!