Saturday, January 19, 2008

Pure Luxe order

I made another online purchase again today...shhhhh...this time from Pure Luxe Cosmetics.

But in my defence, I really need to find a suitable cleanser for my dry yet blackhead prone skin. So after seeing Vanessa rave about Pure Luxe's calamine soap, and checking out the ingredients, I decided to give it a try.

The ingredients look quite promising:

"Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, water, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, calamine powder, ricinus communis (castor) oil, bytospermum parkii (shea) butter, sodium hydroxide, emu oil, matricaria recutita (chamomile), hibiscus sabdariffa (hisiscus flower), anthemis nobilis oil (chamomile essential oil), melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree essential oil), pelargonium roseum asperum oil (rose geranium essential oil), sodium lactate, silk fiber".

Since shipping was $3.50 for orders under $10, I decided to try other samples too. So I ended up ordering about $7 worth of samples and a face brush:

1. Soothing Calamine facial bar sample, $1

From the website: "This soap is excellent for troubled skin. Full of beneficial ingredients all designed to aid and soothe. Made with premium oils such Shea Butter and Emu Oil. Calamine powder (zinc oxide & iron oxide) for its soothing effect, chamomile and hibiscus for soothing anti-inflammatory properties and mild astringency, rose geranium essential oil to help balance sebum and to keep skin supple. Tea tree essential oil for its anti-bacterial and anti-acneic effects, and chamomile essential oil to help soothe irritated skin. "

Sounds like its exactly what I need! Hopefully it'll live up to its claims.

2. Facial brush, $2.50

"The perfect cleansing brush for all of Pure Luxe's new facial bars! Ultra-soft bristles gently exfoliate as you clean. Palm sized brush with overcap. "

3. Cleansing oil sample $2 (their cleansing oil is actually more expensive than DHC - maybe because it uses all natural ingredients?)

4. Kaleidoscope eyeshadow in Oasis sample, $2

Brighter summery turquoise in jar. Color changes from metallic blue/green/pearl beige/silver.

5. Kaleidoscope eyeshadow in Prismaic, $2

Medium teal green in jar. Color changes from lilac-red/silver/green-blue.

These shadows are supposed to be different than regular ones hence the more expensive price. Apparently they are similar to duochromes but more like multichromes - the site shows how they can change to 3 different colours in total under different lighting. From the website:

"The Kaleidoscope Collection is a unique set of shadows that completely change colors depending on light and angle! Each color shifts to three seperate shades. This is NOT interference like most micas, THESE are a complete, radical changes of color! Within each different color shift, you will have interference in those, so it is possible to see 6-8 shades. ALL IN ONE PRODUCT"

Sounds too good to be true, but I want to try them anyway - 3 different shades would be interesting enough for me.

Will post pictures and review as soon as they arrive.


Mary said...

hi! just thought you should know that ive linked you on my site!

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

Hi! Nice haulage! ;) You know, Pure Luxe Cosmetics resells Northwest Orca Soap's D-Licious Calamine Bar? :P Also their Rhassoul Bar is from Northwest Orca Soaps. :] Also, Northwest Orca Soaps offers GENEROUS samples for only a dollar each and shipping is pretty cheap. :] I have Northwest Orca's Calamine Soap as well as well as several of her other soaps and they're wonderful. Just wanted to give you a heads up though. :D

Shawnta bought Pure Luxe's cleansing brush and said it was rough as hell. LOL. But she also bought Coastal Scents cleansing brush (the one I use) and she said she MUCH preferred it. :P Just another heads up. :P

BUTTT everyone likes everything different so I hope the brush works out for you! :]

Can't wait to see those eyeshadows on you. ;)

watercoloursky said...

hi mulzanza! thanks so much :)

christiana: aww damm, i knew i should've consulted you first :S i guess i'll use it as a body brush if it turns out to be too rough. thanks for the heads up on the soap! i'll definitely get it from Northwest Orca instead if I like it enough to reorder :)

na said...

Please let me know how the brush is! I contemplated buying it, but didn't want to pay $3.50 shipping. :\ The Pure Luxe eyeshadows look freaking gorgeous!!!! I'm a sucker for anything duochrome, and multichrome sounds even better, lol.

I second Christiana's recommendation for Northwest Orca. Their shipping prices are very reasonable ($4.60 for 3 full size soaps), and their soaps are really nice, too. :)

watercoloursky said...

hi girlmeetsmakeup! actually i managed to cancel my Pure Luxe order so I'm emailing Northwest Orca to see how much their shipping is for the samples. They might cost more or the same as Pure Luxe going to Canada, so I'm juts waiting for them to get back to me. If Pure Luxe is still cheaper I might go with them after all.

Vanessa said...

Yeah northwest-orca is great for soaps, but that's pretty much the only thing they have (skincare and such) not so much mineral eyeshadows (as Pure Luxe has 3 webpages full of different colors!), so if you are just getting the soap then go with northwest-orca for cheaper shipping, but for $3.50 shipping under $10 at pure luxe, that's not so bad to try a few of their items since they have so many to choose from, from primers, to eyeshadow primers, brushes, skincare, eyeshadows,etc AND I look at it like that's how much the envelope is to pack it in!

So that's a steal!

watercoloursky said...

vanessa: i know what you mean actually. i ended up going with Northwest Orca for the sample soap a few days ago because I've been thinking of enforcing a no new makeup ban after my mega EM haul but if i like it, i'm definitely going to order the full size soap from Pure Luxe when i'm off my makeup ban, and then try out those Kaleidoscope samples. thanks for all the info btw, you've been really helpful! :)

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