Make Up Store Aqua Cooling Powder

Aqua Cooling Powder er et underlig produkt. Det er et svært finmalt, silkemykt pudder - svakt rosa, men likevel fargeløst ved påføring. Det smelter raskt inn i huden, og hjelper til med å holde eventuell foundation på plass utover dagen. Selv om jeg i utgangspunktet egentlig ikke likte dette pudderet, har jeg blitt avhengig og veldig glad i det, enten jeg velger å bruke det alene over fuktighetskrem eller under foundation.

Det for meg unike med dette pudderet er at det både kan brukes under for eksempel foundation, som en primer over den daglige fuktighetskremen, eller for å fiksere foundationen ved å påføre et tynt lag med en myk pudderkost. Ved påføring føles det nesten vått, selvfølgelig uten å være det, og gir en deilig forfriskende følelse i noen sekunder. Etter påføring etterlater det en nesten ..klebrig følelse, noe jeg antar er grunnen til at det egner seg spesielt godt under foundation. Det matter dessuten ned huden, noe som er en fantastisk fordel for meg med kombinasjonshud, og gir en ekstra fuktende følelse.

Make Up Store Aqua Cooling Powder

Make Up Store Aqua Cooling Powder

Under lokket finner man også en flat, tett kost for påføring. Selv om jeg personlig foretrekker en vanlig, myk pudderkost til akkurat dette pudderet, er det svært hendig å ha en helt grei kost tilgjengelig.

Dessverre har jeg ikke bare positive ting å si, for jeg skulle ønske boksen var utformet noe annerledes. Det er nemlig umulig å unngå at det står en liten sky av pudder rundt boksen når man åpner og lukker den, uansett hvor forsiktig man tror man er, og jeg syns det er leit at det går produkt til spille på den måten. Jeg er kanskje i overkant gnien med produktene mine, men jeg tror en slags 'sikt' ville vært bedre enn bare et lokk.

Make Up Store beskriver Aqua Cooling Powder som «konsentrert brevann med innhold av mineraler», og anbefaler den medfølgende kosten til påføring. Du betaler 255,- kroner for 10 gram, og fås kjøpt hos din nærmeste Make Up Store.

Photos: Make Up Store Aqua Cooling Powder © Shamini Thevarajah 2013


I’m thankful. For a rash?

I'm going to tell you about something quite fun that happened some time last week. I woke up with a rash on my elbow and was quite alarmed - I never experience rashes, so I decided to schedule an appointment with my doctor. I had also been troubled with severely dry lips, not to the extent that they actually looked chapped or anything, but it felt like I had french kissed the Sahara! I went to the doctor, showed him my arm - and also remembered to tell him about my forehead, which has been bugging me for just about forever. Because of my situation I don't drink as much as I'm supposed to, so I've always assumed that was the reason why my skin had been acting up over the last years. My doctor glanced at my forehead - yes, he glanced - and told me that I'm suffering from something called Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. It sounds pretty scary and I'm sure it can be a horrible disease, but in my case it shows itself in the form of a tiny rash mainly concentrated along my hairline, on my forehead and above my eyebrows. He gave me a prescription for a cream, and told me that the rash on my elbow was triggered by the warm weather and would go away by itself.

I've now been using the prescribed cream for a week - naturally according to the doctor's orders, and my skin has never looked as good as it does now! Seriously. I thought it might have been my imagination, but I actually saw a huge improvement after only three days, and the best thing? It isn't itching anymore. As with most medical treatments there are possible side affects to this cream - and some of them are quite scary, so I didn't want to use it for my lips. By using Google I found a product from Eau Thermale Avène called Cold Cream Lip Cream, and picked it up at the local apothecary. It's nothing less than awesome! It's intended for severe dryness, and it's incredibly long-lasting.

I'm a little bummed out that I managed to ruin my summer tan by scratching my forehead sore, because I now have a few areas with a different coloration. Oh well, if it suddenly starts to bother me it can always be fixed with a little foundation. I don't believe I'm saying this, but if that rash hadn't appeared on my elbow, I might never have found the cause of my problems - and it could have gotten a lot worse.


Apples & Pears Calendula Lip Balm

Apples & Pears Calendula Lip BalmIn the middle of April Mr. Postman delivered a package from LoveLula, and one of the items inside was the Apple & Pears Calendula Lip Balm. Since my lips tend to get dry and sore very easily I'm always on the lookout for a good lip balm, and I'm kinda picky about the scent. The first impression of this cute little jar was very good. It's made of glass as far as I can determine, and it's got a screw on lid with the imprint of a bee. Why a bee, you might ask? Because the products from Apple & Pears are natural bee remedies, made from only the best honey and beeswax.

I said that I would try to write a review of my Apple & Pears Calendula Lip Balm, and I've now been using it almost every day since I received it with good results.

A soothing blend of sweet yellow beeswax, organic calendula infused oil and sea buckthorn oil, to heal and protect dry lips. Essential oils of citrus fruit fight infection and give this balm a zesty flavour.

Ingredients: *Jojoba Oil, *Castor Oil, Yellow Beeswax, *Shea Butter, *Sesame Oil, *Calendula Infused Oil, *Carrot Infused Oil, *Cocoa Butter, Honey, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Lecithin, and a healing blend of Citrus Essential Oils.

*certified organic

Ever since I was a little girl I have been taught that bees can do wonders, and that their honey and beeswax can work miracles on a sick body. Bee remedies have a quite distinct scent to them, and personally I'm not very fond of it. I don't like the taste of honey either, but I use it for medicinal purpose from time to time. And it works.

The jar contains 5 ml of lip balm, and cost £9.25 or about 84,- NOK with today's exchange rate, and can be ordered from LoveLula.
It comes in three different varieties: Calendula Lip Balm for sore and dry lips, Wild Rose Tint Lip Balm for daily protection and Beeswax Organic Lip Balm for sensitive lips.

The Verdict:
During my constant search for a lip balm that actually does something for my lips, I came across this cute little glass jar. I'm not a big fan of these jars you have to put your finger into to get the product out, but I decided that it couldn't be left untried. I'm also having a hard time describing its scent, but the best I can do would be something like citrus, Calendula and beeswax - and to me it has absolutely no flavor. It also feels kinda oily on the lips, probably as it melts with your body heat, and gives a nice sheen to your lips. Since I don't really like the feeling it leaves on my lips, I usually put it on straight before bedtime - that way I wake up with a soft pout.

I'm not giving this lip balm a full score. This is mainly because of the underlying scent of beeswax, but also because I absolutely hate sticking my fingers directly into the product. If you don't mind these two things, and can get past the somewhat oily feeling this lip balm leaves on your lips, it's indeed a wonderful product!

For more information, visit Apple & Pears.


LoveLula – the organic apothecary

It seems like this volcanic eruption is causing a lot of trouble, stopping all air traffic due to the ash floating in from Iceland. To me it seems a bit scary, and on the news they're saying that it might last for months and even years to come. As if the air isn't polluted enough already? The whole thing is making me think of the Fimbul Winter and the following of Ragnarök, the end of the world. Being completely shallow I'm irritated that this affects the mail system as well, as most of the mail is shipped from A to B by air. I'm not so worried about my two expected packages, but I'm also waiting for an important letter, and the sooner it arrives, the better.

Weleda Wild Rose Cleansing Lotion and Facial TonerMr. Postman also decided to stop by today, and left me a package from LoveLula. I ordered three items from them on March 24th, it was shipped the same day, and arrived today - 19 working days later. Quite long, if you ask me. Many years ago my parents, or rather my mom, sold organic health products from Helios. She also sold some skincare products from Weleda, and all I remember is the wonderful scents of these products. When I stumbled upon LoveLula, I was thrilled to rediscover Weleda. Since I didn't have any facial cleansing products - no, I don't use a ton of expensive skincare products every day and I still have nice skin, go figure - I decided to go ahead and order their Wild Rose Cleansing Lotion and matching Facial Toner. Some might say that these products has got a quite strong scent, but I like it and it smells exactly as I remember it from back in the days. The scent is fresh, somewhat floral with a touch of rose, but not overpowering in any way. If you don't like scented products, then stay away.

The WIld Rose series from Weleda also includes moisture cream, day cream, night cream, intensive eye cream, intensive facial masque, intensive facial oil, deodorant, body wash, body lotion and body oil - a little something for every need. I chose to buy only two of their products, as I've found love with "Ice Cream Time" moisturizer from Make Up Store. It works for me, so I'm sticking with it. Fair and square. I added a small jar of Calendula Lip Balm (for dry, sore lips) from Apples and Pears, which is a company offering natural bee remedies. I'll write a proper review after testing these three products for a couple of weeks.

The Verdict:
RatingSince this is my first time ordering from LoveLula I don't feel confident enough to reward them with a top rating, even though I don't have anything negative to say about them. My shipment was sent the same day as I placed the order, but it did take nine days longer than it was supposed to according to the shipping option. Such a delay may be caused by many different things, not necessarily something LoveLula did, or failed to do - delays often happens somewhere along the route to reach the target, or possibly in customs. LoveLula is situated in the UK, and shipping was £7 (Western European Airmail, 3-10 days) which would be 64,- NOK with today's exchange rate. LoveLula also operates with a bonus point system rewarding their customers with points every time a product is purchased.

Would I place another order with LoveLula?
Most certainly.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '10