Kora Organics Luminizer Highlighter Swatches

Last Spring I blogged about Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer and fell in love (review here). You can imagine my excitement then they brought out new shades! While the Rose Quartz is lovely, it might not be suitable for every skin tone. In today’s post I’m swatching you all the shades, but for more detailed information check out the original post! I asked these items from a PR company for review, so I did not purchase them myself.

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Kora Organics and Luminizers

Founded by the model Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics’ philosophy is to be a holistic brand that not only creates beautiful products for the skin, but also pampers the mind with positive affirmations. Their special ingredient is the Noni Fruit, an antioxidant rich food, which Miranda started ingesting as a child. Some of their products are also infused with Rose Quartz for “good vibrations”. I don’t know about that, but whatever makes you happy! Kora Organics are certified organic (COSMOS). The luminizers come in 3 shades: Rose Quartz*, Clear Quartz* and Amethyst*. 6g for €29.9 at Kicks.fi*

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More Thoughts On the Luminizers

I still agree with my original review - Kora’s highlighters are excellent. They are quick, easy-to-use and blend effortlessly with fingers. After applying blush I dab some highlighter on the high points of my cheeks, nose bridge and cupid’s bow. For tips how to highlight your face check out this post. I’ve noticed that Kora highlighters don’t move my makeup (blush, foundation) underneath as some liquid or creamy highlighters may do. This isn’t a real issue, but I will say that the Rose Quartz one changed the texture little over the summer (the surface isn’t as smooth).

The colors are quite subtle and you might think the swatches look very similar, but IRL there is a more notable difference when light hits the highlighters. I can still wear the Amethyst Luminizer without looking like a purple unicorn as the base color is more subtle. I’d recommend choosing your shade according to which color you like the best, as they are all quite cool toned.

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Kora Organics Luminizer Swatches

Rose Quartz - a light pale pink with an icy hue

Amethyst - a light lavender with cool tones

Clear Quartz - a white clear highlighter that looks wet when blended.

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Final Word

I love these highlighters, they’re so quick and easy I find my hand reaching for them all the time. I prefer Kora’s softer formula to RMS or Tata Harper - I do not have their luminizers, but I’ve tested some other their “pot products”. I can’t pick a favorite shade easily, but right now I’m quite liking subtle, wet-looking highlighters so I’d might go with Clear Quartz.

This week has been swatch-heavy, but new topics next week! What’s your favorite cream highlighter?

*These products were kindly gifted for consideration.
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Great Lashes with Lily Lolo Natural Mascara (Eco Mascara Review)

When Lily Lolo came more accessible to me, I asked some makeup items for review. You know how much I love luxe beauty and that’s still very much true, but with mascaras I like to be more frugal. After all, mascaras go bad quickly and I try to replace mine every three months. I think there’s some hype around this particular eco mascara, but not 100% sure..? Anyway, enjoy the post and let’s see if the mascara is any good!

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara

Lily Lolo started as a mineral makeup brand for more than 10 years ago, in the UK (to my understanding). They make cruelty free eco makeup and a couple of skincare products. The brand has two mascaras ‘Natural’ and ‘Big Lash’. Natural Mascara* is 7ml and retails €17.9 at House Of Organic(FI)*, Lily Lolo (UK).

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review and Demo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review and Demo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Natural Mascara

Now, this mascara isn’t natural finish in my opinion.. Not that it’s a bad thing, but if you’re looking for barely there, natural look eco mascaras then Inika Long Lash Mascara (review) is pretty nice. Personally I’m all about va-va-voom volume, length and buildability. This formula is nicely dry after one to two weeks of use and you can layer and build the mascara to the intensity you wish. The wand is semi-large and the tube rations you quite a lot of product: I recommend swiping off the excess to a tissue or in the tube. The color is nicely black.

I have pretty average lashes so I need to curl mine carefully, then zig-zag the mascara wand from the roots and move towards the tips. Luckily enough the wand is not too obnoxious and I have managed to apply mascara without smudging or poking at my eye. The curl holds pretty nicely: not as efficiently as with water-resistant formulas, but pretty well. What I like the most is the dryness and I can keep layering this mascara without my lashes sticking together. There is little clump, but doesn’t bother me. For cleaner look, you can use a lash comb (mine is this from Wayne Goss).

The wear for the Lily Lolo Natural Mascara is another highlight - it does smudge if your eyes water (if laying on your side, for example), but if you walk in a slight rain or wear it +8 hours it doesn’t move around. This smudging is also far from panda eyes. No flaking. The mascara stays put and also removes well with an oil based cleanser and warm water.

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Btw this eyeshadow is Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon. Thanks Jenny/Geeky Posh for the help! If you want some kick-ass skincare reviews and info, check out her blog.

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

To me eco mascaras are not a “thing”, but I know that many of my readers prefer to choose a natural eco brand. I still prefer my Heroine Make and MAC Extended Play mascaras for HC long wear, but I’ve given 4.5/5 in my Excel sheet for Lily Lolo Natural Mascara. When you want something with volume and length that stays put, but doesn’t take a lifetime a remove I think this mascara is worth a go!

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I Am So Fat and Ugly So What’s The Point?

I’ve wanted to keep my blog strictly about beauty, but self-esteem and self-care are topics that I keep popping to my mind.. and I guess they’re related enough? Today’s post was intended to be a mascara review, but things changed when I scribbled the title phrase in my diary. I’ve done it multiple times, especially when anxious, jealous, depressed, stressed or plain tired, monsters from my past raise their heads.

 
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Me, My Muffin Top and Road To Achieve Self-Worth

When I was in my late teens-early twenties I had the worst self-esteem. I had good social relations, family, I was good in my studies and things usually went the way I wanted. On the outside I had no reasons to be unhappy. But we don’t always get to bloom without growing pains and for several years I strongly believed that my looks were equivalent of my self-worth. Instead of focusing on self-acceptance or discovering what I really wanted to do, I decided to focus on getting as skinny as possible. Eventually things turned out that I became double times heavier than I was at my skinniest. My life was the worst. Even with help and support it took me years to heal and grow from my destructive beliefs and behaviours. 

There isn’t a day I’m uncomfortable with my body. My muffin top, big face double chin, enormous boobs and flabby arms. My BMI says I’m overweight and that should be enough reason to loose the extra kilos; for my health, my climbing performance, my looks. But what I’ve come to realise that despite its flaws I have a working body and that alone should give it some respect. For example, I don’t have any chronic pain, which makes me very, very appreciative of my (healthy) body. In the end, my body is my tool to move and live - not the mirror of my self-worth.

You Do You, But There’s A Catch

Let’s get real: Many of today’s beauty standards or ideals are plain unrealistic. We probably all acknowledge that on some level. But can one change the whole society? No. What you can do (eventually) is to change your own perception of beauty and above all - how you view yourself. If you want to be a beach babe, have botox, dye your hair, not shave your armpits and dye them green, get tattooed or maybe – not give a damn about your looks, go ahead. I cannot stand behind any body or appearance related shaming. Your beauty ideals shouldn’t concern anyone, only the reasons why you pursue them. 

My point is, you can “fix” things in your appearance, but you cannot fix yourself with your appearance. Trying to please others or control your insecurities or dysmorphia is a slippery slope with no happy ending. Your looks won’t fix your shitty job, toxic relationship or low self-esteem. Don’t be afraid of askin help when you struggle. If your goals, ideals, tastes have a healthy background such as self-expression, fun or getting healthier, then by all means - go ahead.

Challenges or food for thought: 

  • Think what you appreciate in your body (appearance doesn’t count)

  • If you want a change, what are the realistic motives behind it?

Self-Esteem Post | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Afterword

How did you like today’s post? Feel free to agree or disagree with me, but I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Due to the sensitivity of this subject, I decided to publish this right away after typing without .. otherwise it might never see the sunlight, as most of my more unconventional topics. Take care! x

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