Welcome to Corallista! My name is Ankita and I’m the Author and Editor of this blog. You will find product reviews on makeup, skincare and occasional hair/body care products on this blog apart from Makeup Tutorials, Looks, Celebrity Makeup breakdowns and a little bit about my life outside of makeup.
Hi everyone! Nykaa launched 8 new shades in their Ultra Matte Lipstick formula recently, bumping the total tally of shades to 18. I really like this lipstick range; the magnetic closure packaging, the coloured tubes, the silky matte formula with its clean, powdery soft finish, and the fantastic shade range! I think the new shades that have been added are great for the spring/summer season, have a look at my swatch video.
LUNA 2, an essential and upgraded addition to my skincare routine
Hi everyone! Today I’m reviewing the FOREO LUNA 2, which I’ve been using for some time now, and which has become the most important part of my cleansing routine!
My skincare upgrade
My first brush with FOREO was the LUNA mini 2 device which came about when Foreo launched in India at Sephora a few years ago. I started by using the LUNA Mini 2, which is a great device to start with if you are new to t-sonic cleansing brushes. And recently, I upgraded to the LUNA2, since it has the added anti-ageing benefit as well, and I couldn’t be happier! For those who still haven’t seen my LUNA mini 2 review, check:
FOREO Luna Mini Review + Demo | corallista - YouTube
LUNA 2 Personalized Facial Cleansing Brush, Anti-Aging Device
All about LUNA 2
The LUNA 2 is basically a silicone cleansing brush that utilizes up to 2X the T-Sonic™ power to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores of makeup residue, and remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil that can contribute to adult-onset acne breakouts. There are 4 brush options to pick from depending on your skin type – normal, combination, sensitive and oily. Each of the variants comes in a different color so it’s easy to distinguish between them. The one pictured in this post is the blue variant which is meant for combination skin.
Cleansing side of LUNA 2
Anti-ageing side of the cleansing brush
LUNA 2 for anti-ageing
You’ll notice that the other side of the brush has grooves that looks different from the silicone bristle on the top side. Its reverse side uses lower-frequency pulsations to massage the face, visibly reducing fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and leaving the skin looking firm and lifted. The anti-ageing mode of the LUNA 2 also improves the absorption of your favorite skincare products- creams/ serums/gels/toners etc.
Cleansing side of LUNA 2
Using the LUNA2 is very simple ;
1. Apply Cleanser
Start by applying your favourite cleanser onto damp skin. Wet the LUNA 2 and activate its Cleansing Mode by pressing the button located in the lower half, center of the device.
Gently glide the LUNA 2’s cleansing surface in circular motions over your face for 1 minute.
Rinse and dry your face. At this stage, you can apply your skincare products (toner, serum, moisturizer etc.)
4. Anti-ageing massage
Activate the LUNA 2’s Anti-Ageing Mode. Press its anti-ageing massaging surface onto wrinkle-prone areas (under eye, cheek,
forehead, nose etc) for a total of 1 minute.
LUNA 2 for happy skin
Visible changes in the skin after using LUNA 2
After a few weeks of usage, 2x a day, I’ve noticed my skin feeling and looking much smoother and brighter. The anti-ageing mode helps your skincare absorb much better into the skin, thus boosting the efficacy of the products you may be using already! The deep cleansing helps skin shed the dead cells, not allowing them to build up and clog the pores, hence the skin stays clear and blemish-free.
LUNA 2 for the perfect radiance
Personally, for me, the traditional bristle-type cleansing brushes (with nylon bristles) always felt a little harsh but the FOREO LUNA devices are so gentle on the skin, thanks to the use of soft silicone bristles! I am truly happy to have made the upgrade to the LUNA2 and I highly recommend it to you all as well! Also, this cleansing device is available at a 30% discount for the black Friday and cyber Monday sale.
You can check the discounts here.
Disclaimer : Paid partnership in collaboration with FOREO. Honest review.
Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some of my current skincare favorites with you. Some of these are new launches, some are just new to me, but all of these have been working very well for my combination skin.
Skincare Favorites for combination skin
FOREO LUNA 2 for Cleansing
The weather has become exceedingly warm and humid in Mumbai, which always leads to my skin getting excessively oily, resulting in breakouts. I knew about the LUNA range of FOREO, and had reviewed the LUNA mini 2, about a year ago. Here’s the link, for those who haven’t seen it. Thankfully, the LUNA mini 2 worked wonders for my skin, and with the whole touching 30 phenomenon, I decided to upgrade my gadget into the next model, which is the LUNA 2. The cleansing brush comes in 4 variants, for every skin type and I’m glad there’s a variant for combination skin; I often face quite a bit of struggle when it comes to choosing products for combination skin!
TRIED & TESTED: MY VERDICT
What I like most about the FOREO cleansing brushes (since I’ve used two now) is the fact that they aren’t harsh and abrasive on the skin, unlike many others available in the market. Made with medically graded silicon, the bristles cleanse through the pores removing excess oil, grime and dirt, thereby making it the perfect skincare buddy and addition into my kit. As a beauty and makeup influencer, my biggest problem (also because of my skin type), was the constant feeling of my skin feeling oily, and lacking lustre. I noticed visible results, and the difference in my skin texture and tone after using it for a month.
FOREO LUNA 2 – Cleanser for combination skin – the cleansing brush, and anti ageing side)
IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
The product undoubtedly is on the expensive side. However, with all that investment, what you get in return is a drastic improvement in your skins external health, and the best part is it comes with a 2-year warranty (which is very unlike the other brands available in the market). So, it is definitely a YES, from my side! You can get this at Sephora in India, in-store as well as online.
Forest Essentials Pure Rosewater mist for toning
Right after cleansing, I’ve been using the Forest Essentials Pure Rosewater mist, which is an old favorite. It acts as a toner, as a hydrating mist and I love how it smells! I also like using this throughout the day, just as a refreshing mist and it helps my skin stay hydrated.
Clinique & Kiehl’s for moisturizing skin
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly for moisturizing
In the moisturizer/masking department, I’ve had to make the switch to lighter formulations with the changing weather. The new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly has been working really well because of its feather weight formula. Its a runny jelly, absolutely non- greasy, that sinks into the skin within seconds. It contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin as humectants and a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley and cucumber fruit extract for improving the skin’s moisture barrier. If you have oily skin, give this a go!
Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque as a overnight mask
The Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque also has a delightfully light jelly consistency that soothes and hydrates the skin instantly. I’ve been using this as an overnight mask lately and it does a great job of plumping and hydrating my skin! Also, a little goes a long way so this 100 ml tub will last you several months easily!
Olive Rosehip Oil – New Launch in Sephora)
Olive Rosehip Oil for dryness, wrinkles, spots and pigmentation
The latest new addition to my routine is the Rosehip Oil from the New Zealand-based organic brand, Olive. This just launched at Sephora India recently and I tried out several of their products. It’s a brand based on, you guessed it right, olives! The fresh olives from their farms are used to get the best of the first press of the oil and it is that oil that is used in their products. The Rosehip Oil combines the reparative benefits of rosehip seed oil with the nourishing properties of olive and the resulting mix is a powerful oil that addressed dryness, wrinkles, spots and pigmentation.
So those are my current favorite skincare items, have you tried any of these?
Hi everyone! It’s the wedding season and we’re all looking for new looks to try this season. I’ve partnered with BBLUNT to create really easy, beginner-friendly looks for lighter functions like mehendi. Whether you’re the bride yourself or a bridesmaid (or even just a guest!), I’m sure you’ll be able to pull off these looks with great ease. Being a novice when it comes to hair myself, BBLUNT products help make hair styling simpler and are very to use!
Look 1 : Braided Bun
For the first look, I created a braided bun. I started by using the BBLUNT Intense Moisture Hair Serum which is a clear serum that adds nourishment to the hair and makes it more manageable. It also contains oils of Jojoba, Avocado and Argan which make the hair softer and smoother. You can buy this hair serum online and also use it as a heat protectant before styling.
Next, I created a centre parting for my hair and proceeded to add some dimension to my hair using the BBLUNT One Night Stand Temporary Hair Colour in Bronze to a few strands of hair. This gives a dramatic splash of temporary colour that you can easily wash off the next day. You can buy these temporary hair colours online and I would highly recommend the
shades Bronze and Copper for the festive season.
Next, create a simple three-strand braid in your hair and twist it around to create a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun.
For the finishing touch, use a few spritzes of BBLUNT Spotlight Hair Polish for instant shine. I’ve also noticed that it works like a low-hold hairspray that keeps styles in place without the crunchy feel. It’s a must-have finishing product! Your braided bun in now ready!
Look 2 : Messy Side Braid
For look 2, I’ve created a messy side braid which looks gorgeous for mehendi functions. It’s similar to a regular braid, just a little more bohemian. I started by adding some beautiful colour to my hair using the BBLUNT One Night Stand Temporary Hair Colour in Copper. This colour adds a beautiful metallic highlight to the hair and is easy to wash off the next day. It looks particularly beautiful in a braid once you interlace the hair and gives you wonderful highlights without spending hours at the salon colouring your hair.
In the next step. I pulled the hair over one shoulder and proceeded to create a simple three- strand braid. Make sure you’re not braiding too tightly, leave it a little loose. Once the end has been secured, use your fingers to pull the braid a little looser, giving it a thicker look.
Finish off with a few spritzes of the BBLUNT Spotlight Hair Polish for instant shine and a soft hold, keeping your braid in place. Your beautiful bohemian braid is ready!
Happy wedding season!
Disclaimer : This is a paid partnership in collaboration with BBLUNT.