Saturday, 20 June 2015

Beauty Haul: Foreo Luna Mini, Elizabeth Arden Intervene, Chanel Vitalumiere Compact

I spent a little over 250€ last Friday for this beauty haul.  It is certainly  extravagant and somewhat excessive for my ordinarily thrifty lifestyle, but my skin´s been pretty bad lately, so bad that even my ever-reliable Guerlain Lingerie de Péau foundation could not cover the red splotches around my mouth and the tired pallor of my face.

And then there is the fact that the sale season in Europe has began, with 30% to 50% markdowns on goodies.  And so I got a little crazy and bought goodies which will hopefully help me in my beauty battle against stress and ageing.

The Haul: Foreo Luna Mini, Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Powder, Elizabeth Arden Intervene Products (Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream, Time FightingRadiance Serum, Skin Tone Perfecting Capsules), and my freebie of Smashbox Makeup Pouch 

The Luna Mini

                     The Foreo Luna Mini( €120.00, regular price. No sale discount )

The Foreo Luna Mini is a facial cleansing device that delivers controlled pulses to the skin.  If you are familiar with the Clarisonic system, then it is sort of similar to Clarisonic.  The good thing with the Luna is that unlike Clarisonic which requires one to replace the brush heads ever so often, the Luna is a wash-and-go thing, with no need for replacements.   I figured that instead of buying facial scrubs for exfoliation which usually costs 10-15€ per tube,  buying the Luna would be more cost-effective, and will pay for itself if it lasts for at least a year.   I have been using the Luna for two days and I am liking it so far.  It does make the skin feel ultra-clean and refreshed, and I kind of enjoy the pulsing sensations on my skin.   Of course, it is too early to say if the Luna will make good on its promise of  helping one get clean and radiant skin.  In a month or so, I´ll write a in-depth review of this product.

If you are interested to learn more about the Luna, check out the video below:

Elizabeth Arden Intervene 

                      Intervene Timefighting Radiance Serum (63.50€, On Sale for 18€)
                      Intervene Skin Tone Perfecting Capsules ( 45€, On Sale for 23€)
                      Intervene Anti-fatigue Eye Cream ( 50€, On Sale for 18€)

I have yet to open this serum as I am still finishing up my serum which I got from a derma in the Philippines.  I might give this to my mother instead.

The Intervene Capsules contain pure vitamin C for brightening.  These are to be used as night treatment. One capsule equates to one application, and a bottle of the serum has 31 capsules.   I used one already and it went well, not sticky at all, and is absorbed fast by the skin, but for the brightening effect, well the jury´s still out on that.  Maybe in a month´s time when I finish the whole bottle, I´d be able to confirm its effectivity.   Truth was,  I  only set out to buy the Luna Mini and a good eye cream.   I have noticed  that  the dark circles around my eyes have become more pronounced.  I still try to sleep at least 7 hours a day so this is not for lack of sleep but due to the ageing factor and stress at work.   I sure hope that The Anti-fatigue Eye Cream would help with my dark circles.

Chanel Vitalumiere Compact

Chanel Vitalumiere Compact ( 53€, On Sale for 42€)

I asked the salesperson in Douglas, the  beauty shop where I bought the Luna,  to help me find a light, powder based makeup to keep away the shine.  We checked out Shiseido and Chanel, and in the end I bought the Chanel Vitalumiere. I like how it´s very light on the skin  (just like Guerlain´s Lingerie de Peau) and how unlike Lingerie de Peau which has no oil control at all, it does help keep the shine at bay. And that 11€ discount from the normal price sure meant a lot too!

For my purchases,  I got some nice freebies from the folks at Douglas:
A Smashbox silver makeup kit,  Smashbox red gloss  which I love! Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream sachets,  sample vials of Chanel Chance Eau Vive EDT and Cartier Baiser Vole EDT.

So now I am totally broke! No,  just kidding :-).  After this spree,  I promise not to buy any new cosmetic and beauty care products for myself in the next three months. I have my Luna, new skincare products and a good powder,  that should be enough to help me make it through the tempting  sale offers of the summer months. ^^


  1. I'm looking forward to the Luna review! The closest I got to these cleansing brushes was a 10 USD Chinese one from sasa, haha, which is of course quite useless. I've been happy with my Japanese and Korean foam cleansers paired with gentle chemical peelings from time to time, but I wonder if these vibrating brushes can really be better.
    The Elizabeth Arden things look like an amazing deal, I gotta check Douglas and not just Sephora for sales apparently!


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