All about Luxury skincare! Come in and chat about your skincare, treatments, tools and products

Hello beauty talk members, I see so many color threads here. I love to chat about luxury skincare products and procedures. I am addicted to trying new things and am always on the lookout for something new in skincare. 

 

Have a favorite luxury brand or product? 

Have a fav skin tool or treatment? Please share.

Curious about botox? Spa treatments and peels? let's share our experiences here .

 

We can also post good GWP's, and specials. Smiley Happy

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The C firma DE at my local store yesterday were from the darkish batch. So i didn't get it, I still haven't finished my current bottle.

 

I think the most certain way to get the new batch is ordering directly from DE

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I ordered the DE C-Firma online from the sephora sale and was glad to see that it was from the newer batch (light honey color). Sorry to hear YoiFran that the one you saw in store was from an older batch.

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@uscgirlie thanks for letting me know. I might order it today 😊

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Anytime @YoiFran! Fingers crossed that you also receive a new batch if you order it! 

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 Anyone try Uma Oils? I know @greenchilli loves them! I bought the Face Sample set from their site for $70; it includes 5 different face oils. I tried the Total Rejuvenation Night Oil last night. I liked it! The scent was nice and light which I do like in general. My skin felt very hydrated this AM. I'm not sure if it's any better than May Lindstrom's Youth Dew, but I enjoy it considerably more than Mahalo's Vitality Elixir. Interested to hear other experiences with the line. 

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Hi @mrsbaine, I bought the Brightening Oil but didn't find it did much for my skin (oily, acne-prone, but starting to see some lines here and there -- I'm now in my early 30s). However, I also got a deluxe sample of the Clarifying Oil and feel that that's really helped detox my skin so far. I liked it so much that I've ordered a full size which is on its way to me right now! For me, the scent doesn't bother me too much; I find it quite "energizing" if that makes sense.

 

@Mochapj@greenchilli -- I bought a few skincare items based off your recommendations (Uma Oils, Aurelia, Mahalo balm) and really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks so much for your advice! One quick question I had for the both of you just in case you know the answer to this -- do you know what order one should apply sunscreen with if we're also using an oil? I've read conflicting info -- e.g., 1) sunscreen should be used as the last step before makeup, but 2) oils act as a barrier and don't allow anything else to penetrate, so it seems that sunscreen may be less effective on top of an oil? I'm wondering how best to use my Uma oil in conjunction with sunscreen. Thanks for your advice!!

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@uscgirlie glad to hear you've been turned on to some products that make your skin happy Smiley Happy

 

I will say, don't mind the scent of the Uma Brightening too much (it is strong, but it sort of reminds me of my mom's Christmas cake) but everyone else in my household (husband, pets) gets really upset when I use it, so I don't use it every day Smiley Very Happy

 

That said, I'm going to agree with @greenchilli suggestion here re: sunscreen.  I don't typically wear much in the way of creams, but I do always apply oils and then some form of balm on top (which is really just more solid oil, IMO) Having sunscreen as your final layer before makeup makes the most sense to me.  If you are really concerned about it, you could always get a misting sunscreen that you could apply over makeup when you are done? Or a base product that has SPF too?

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@uscgirlie

 

I hope you are enjoying the oils!

 

I know it seems like common wisdom to apply oils last, but I never do that.  Every morning I apply Vintners Daughter and top it off with a moisturiser (Tata Harper or something else).

 

I prefer using a cream over an oil instead of vice versa.  Any oil I use, I massage into damp skin and make sure it absorbs well.  I think my favourite oils are ones that I know absorb well.  A cream over it just finishes it off.  I don't find that the oil is a barrier to absorption.

 

All this to say - I would suggest you massage in your oil, and then apply sunscreen over it.  Let us know how it works out....

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Thanks so much @greenchilli and @Mochapj! I'm glad to hear that you both advise wearing sunscreen over the oil. That's what I had been doing but was worried if I was doing it in the right order and protecting my skin appropriately. I'm a bit relieved now to know that it was fine all along Smiley Happy.

 

@Mochapj I just received the full-sized Uma Clarifying Oil and in the full-size bottle (compared to the tiny sample bottle I had), the scent is much more powerful and it's quite noticeable in the room I'm keeping it in! I also wish it didn't come in a clear bottle and hope Uma is right when they say that it doesn't actually affect the efficacy...

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I've been using the Clarifying one since February @mrsbaine

 

It works really well but the scent of cloves in it (one of the primary ingredients) is very, very strong.  So strong in fact that it repels my pets Smiley Very Happy

 

I've tried minis from the 5pc sample set I got as a GWP when I bought it, but so far none of them have enticed me to buy any others.  

 

I like the product line, but am not a fan of the fact that it's in a clear bottle.  

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FYI sign-up for the next Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons box is up. Link is in Caroline's Instagram bio. Releasing in May.

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My last order I placed with Cult, they send me a tracking number and the package was held at custom clearance for three days, now I am curious to see if they charge duties when it arrives. Before it I never got the tracking info and was never charged duties on packages less than £100 value. This one is around £60 so I'll see how it goes. It will help me decide if I want to continue shopping from Cult on regular basis or only when there is some extra Ordinary GWP or deal 😉 

Have they posted the contents and price of the box? @bonafide11

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@fatimamummy My last order came like this and was also charged duties. It was under 100£ as well

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I have a feeling I'll be charged duties as well @Mochapj

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@fatimamummy who knows, you may not.

 

 My postman and I are on a fairly friendly basis at this point and he told me that what goes through the customs charges process and what doesn't is completely random.

 

They don't just pull everything that is over a certain dollar value, so it really is just luck of the draw.

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@Mochapj @bonafide11 My Cult package arrived and I was charged duties on it. Guess I should look for sales on Detox Market to buy the skincare I was buying from Cult so far.

 

On a side note how much should be the minimum value of package to get charged duties if it is arriving from US through UPS?

I am expecting a package with total value of only US$17 and the tracking shows I have to pay duties on delivery for that package 😐
I don't know if it is coincident or what last time when I paid duties on Cult order, A UPS package arriving a few days after also had duty charges. That was first time I paid duties to UPS. I have recieved many UPS packages after that of the bigger value with no duties. Now again after paying duties for Cult order my tiny UPS package is charged with duties again.
I know it's not a thread for this discussion but I wonder if we can ever solve the mystery of they decide when to charge duties and when to let it pass.

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@fatimamummy No details yet. She replied to someone that sneak peeks are coming. 

 

I think CB changed warehouse/shipping service recently. I placed an order on Apr 10 and got it today. I was sent a tracking number too even though I picked free standard shipping. The package came from Madrid, Spain, not the U.K. Canada Post delivered it and didn't charge duties. Order was around 50 pounds. 

 

Caroline's box tends to be pricey though so it's probably 50/50 chance they'll charge duties. 

 

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@bonafide11 Yes the package is coming from Spain. I guess I'll only know about duties when it finally arrives.

Since I was charged a good amount for the order with winter GWP so I'm 100% sure Caroline's box is bound to cost us duties so I'll get it only if it contains enough products that I actually want to try.

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I am wanting to treat myself to some skincare, and currently conflicted between two brands: May Lindstrom and Mahalo.  I tried The Bean mask from Mahalo, which was fantastic! I also tried a sample of ML Blue Cocoon and find it to be great for reducing inflammation and calming my skin.  The products I am considering are:

1)ML the Awakening collection (problem solver, honey mud, and blue cocoon)

 

2)Mahalo petal mask+rare indigo beauty balm

 

any recommendations on what should I pick up?

 

For ref. I have combo/normal, problematic skin that wants a lot of TLC.  I get frequent breakouts and suffer from hyper-pigmentation/scarring.  I am also really into the anti-aging aspect of skin care.

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@MiaM7

So I have not tried mahalo products but I do really like May Lindstrom.  We have very similar skin as well.

 

I actually bought the awakening collection two months ago.  It was my second ML purchase ever. 

- The Problem solver:  this is a great mask.  I have really enjoyed it.  It was my first ML product and it lasts forever.

 

- Blue Cocoon: interesting product.  takes a while to absorb, not sure how much use it will get this summer, but an overall good experience

 

- Honey Mud:  very very very light cleanser, personally not enough for me.   but i do feel like it works for the morning more so than at night. i have not tried combining products.