Thursday, April 27, 2017

Things I Loved: April 2017


Things I Loved: a new monthly series of beauty, skincare, and other favorites on Lumière & Lens.

I love reading monthly favorites on beauty blogs so I thought I'd start a segment here!  Two things I enjoy each day is doing my makeup (aka, War Paint) in the morning and applying my skincare at night.  Much like having a lit candle and music on while I shower, indulging in a beauty routine is how I practice self-care/pampering without taking significantly extra time out of my day.  I've managed to find high quality products on the high street that look and feel luxurious as part of my daily routine.  WIN!

An essence, facial oil, and serum from Lumene.

I've added SEVEN products from Lumene this month to my skincare arsenal and every penny is well spent.  For the first time, I'm consistently using an essence and serum, which makes a significant difference in hydration and brightness.  I love the Valo [Light] Glow Boost Essence, Sisu [Urban Antidotes] Urban Intense Hydrating Serum, and Valo [Light] Arctic Berry Cocktail Brightening Hydra-Oil.  After I shower, I mist my face before patting a few drops of the essence on my skin.  I then smooth the serum on, followed by the oil, and my moisturizer.  By the way, the oil is pink here because I've shaken it to emulsify the ingredients!  My skin seems to be getting smoother and brighter, with diminished redness.

My favorite facial sunscreen and contour kit.

After I used up my Clarins sunscreen, I was in search of a cheaper alternative that would be effective, lightweight, and moisturizing.  The Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces Sunscreen Lotion ticks all those boxes.  It's light enough to be worn under makeup and doesn't make my skin greasier, like some sunscreens.  As for makeup, I've been loving the Rimmel London Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow 002.  Despite owning contour/bronzing products from Clinique, Urban Decay, and Hourglass, I've found myself consistently reaching for this kit from the drugstore.  The shades look natural on me and there is a lot of pigmentation.  Best of all, I got this on sale, so it cost me about $4.  Doesn't get better than that!  

Your turn: what did you love this month?  Alternatively, what products would you recommend we skip over?  

7 comments :

  1. Having high-quality skincare products is always great! The prices for Lumene's products are pretty good. I should look into the glow boost essence. I don't have that in my routine and sounds like it'll definitely benefit me.

    I tried mascara for the first time this month and I'm loving the hint of thicker lashes!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. WHAT! The Arctic Berry Cocktail looks awesome - great that it's also super functional! I've been having a bout of crazy skin this week (sigh) so I'm trying to find something to calm it down.

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  3. Ohh, I love genuine monthly favourites! And these look good, I've never heard of any of the brands -except for Rimmel- but the skincare sounds amazing. I love it when skincare turns out to actually work for your skin.
    I am taking note here, I will try and enjoy my skincare routine more and try to see it as nice self-care time. :)

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  4. I always love my Palmer's clay mask. So relaxing and always clears up any breakouts! I've used up a few of my facial oils recently and haven't repurchased them or bought new things to replace them so my skincare is a little light these days.

    If I was to try one Lumene product, which one would you recommend?

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    1. The Sisu serum (but not under makeup because it will pill) -- huge difference in hydration!

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  5. I always love my Palmer's clay mask. So relaxing and always clears up any breakouts! I've used up a few of my facial oils recently and haven't repurchased them or bought new things to replace them so my skincare is a little light these days.

    If I was to try one Lumene product, which one would you recommend?

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  6. Honestly, I'm not so familiar with these products. I am using Cathy Doll skin care products + tea tree facial foam. Cathy Doll is popular here in Thailand and they are inexpensive too! Anyway, I like reading this.

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