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Sugarpill Feline Fancy collection

Sugarpill Feline Fancy makeup collection ($48)

This is a big deal for me—it’s the very first time I bought myself some Sugarpill. I received an email notification from them on February 1 about a new Valentine’s release, and had submitted my order less than 24 hours later. The Feline Fancy collection is priced at $48 and comes with a 4-color eyeshadow palette, a liquid lip color, and some flipping adorable art on the packaging. It arrived at my home on February 13th which meant I could actually start playing around with it on Valentine’s Day.

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February 20, 2017 Makeup , , , , , ,

A face and eye palette comparison with Milani, Zoeva, and LH Cosmetics

Milani Spotlight Strobe Palette ($13), Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47)

I have a few face palettes that I have collected but have yet to talk about, and I thought I’d compare the pros and cons for each and share swatches. I’ll be comparing the Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe Palette ($13), the Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), and the LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47). They’re all a bit different in concept and approach, price point, and even country of origin, but offer some similar kinds of shades and effects.

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February 17, 2017 Makeup , , , , , , , ,

New from EcoTools: Define and Highlight brush duo

EcoTools Define and Highlight Brush Duo ($11.99)

It looks like EcoTools has come out with some new brushes, including this bronzing and highlighting duo for $11.99. The new line is marked by updated handles and ferules, and I thought that these two looked like brushes that I could use in my collection. They’re soft and fluffy, and I feel like over time EcoTools has been getting better with their brush shapes and the taper of the bristles. These are also vegan, tree-free, and utilize recycled materials including handles made of recycled bamboo.

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February 14, 2017 Makeup , , , , , , , ,

Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare set: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, and BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.

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February 12, 2017 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Visée Innocent Veil Powder

Visée Innocent Veil Powder (¥1,836, or around $16)

I can already feel myself getting excited for springtime cosmetics, so I have to remind myself at times to continue enjoying wintery things while we’re still living in that moment. One of the most delightfully wintery products that I have is this finishing powder by Visée that I purchased in Japan called the Innocent Veil Powder from their winter 2016 Winter Doll collection. Now that I’m back in the US, this powder also seems to be fairly easy to find and purchase online.

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February 5, 2017 Makeup , , , , , ,

Trying out Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser, CGF oil-free serum, and night cream

Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser ($9.99), CGF oil-free serum ($19.99), and night cream ($17.99)

I just wanted to quickly take a moment to chat about three Acure Organics skincare products that I’ve been using recently. I bought these at Whole Foods when they were on sale, and find them to be really solid, straightforward, and affordable options. I’ve been trying the Sensitive Facial Cleanser, CGF Oil-Free Serum, and Night Cream.

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January 28, 2017 Skincare , , , , , , ,

That time I visited Tokyo for New Year’s and bought a lot of stuff

Some of my Tokyo cosmetic purchases

My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.

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January 16, 2017 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Beauty Loon favorites: best of 2016!

Wrapping up the holiday season in Tokyo

Over 2016 I generally reduced the amount of cosmetics that I purchased and really scrutinized new releases, which means that a Beauty Loon year-end wrap up can be quite succinct and focused. There were a few specific brands that became new loves for me, so you’ll see some brands repeat in my product picks, and I’ve gone ahead and broken down the favorites into 10 product categories. Ok, let’s go!

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January 6, 2017 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ColourPop goodies: To And From and Sweet holiday sets, and more

Colourpop purchases

ColourPop purchases

I finally bit the bullet and placed my first ColourPop order and purchased the To And From Lippie Stix holiday set, the Sweet eyeshadow and Ultra Satin Lip holiday set, and a couple of single products, which all together totals 8 lip colors, 3 eyeshadows, and 1 highlighter. Over the past couple of years of resisting the hype over this brand, I’ve noticed that their holiday sets seem to be the most attractive to me and so this time around I jumped on a couple of them pretty early in the season. Here are some swatches and early thoughts.

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November 23, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream ($24.99 for 1.7 oz.)

After trying and enjoying the toner and serum from Andalou Naturals’ relatively new coconut-themed Quenching skincare line, I returned to Whole Foods to take a look the moisturizers. The moisturizing products I’ve previously tried from the brand’s rose line hadn’t been quite heavy enough for my skin, so I decided to go for the coconut night cream. Officially called the Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream, this one includes coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.

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October 30, 2016 Skincare , , , , ,