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Monthly empties: February 2015

Products used up during the month of February

Products used up during the month of February

I’m not normally the type to remark on the passage of time, but February went by really quickly for me. I had a major work event, flew around the US a couple of times, and then flew off to Europe for a vacation, which is where I am now! I have a handful of really great products that I finished up this month, including skincare, hand care, and a makeup brush that I’m tossing.

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February 28, 2015 Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , ,

Smashbox Cherry Smoke collection on discount

Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette (originally $39, now $19.97 at Nordstrom Rack)

Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette (originally $39, now $19.97 at Nordstrom Rack)

I’ve had another Nordstrom Rack discovery, which is this Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette from their fall 2014 collection. I had my eye on this when it was more readily available but didn’t feel like I had the spare $39 on hand, so I was really pretty excited when I saw it discounted to $19.97 a month or two after it disappeared from Sephora. It’s a smoky set of colors that’s perfectly aligned with Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, Marsala.

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February 23, 2015 Makeup , , , ,

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads ($15 for 60 pads)

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads ($15 for 60 pads)

I’ve been trying out some skincare products targeting acne recently as my hormones have been troublesome, and back at the beginning of winter I found these clarifying pads from MyChelle Dermaceuticals. These Youth Blemish Control treatment pads have willow bark extract, neem leaf extract, witch hazel, and a lot less alcohol than these kinds of products can often have.

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February 19, 2015 Skincare , , , ,

Sephora and LUSH goodies!

Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH

Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH

I had some fun recently at Sephora and LUSH and wanted to share the new stuff I’m trying out. I had a couple of products I wanted to return to Sephora and I took the opportunity to pick out a few more fun things, and I had a few necessities I wanted to pick out from Lush. I can talk about my first impressions and share a few swatches, as well.

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February 5, 2015 Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , ,

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 102 Shell Beige ($14.99 for 1 fl. oz.)

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 102 Shell Beige ($14.99 for 1 fl. oz.)

Drugstore cosmetics companies have been releasing tons of fun new products for the new year, and one of the items I knew I wanted to get my hands on was L’Oreal’s new Infallible Pro-Matte liquid foundation, which advertises an air-light texture and barely-there feel with a flawless, demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours.

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February 2, 2015 Makeup , , ,

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel ($4.95 for 1.8 fl. oz.)

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel ($14.95 for 1.8 fl. oz.)

This past fall, I decided to stop taking birth control pills after developing some symptoms I was unhappy with, and my skin promptly started to flip out. I’ve historically had fairly clear skin with only an occasional hormonal breakout but more recently I’ve started trying out a few products for troubled skin in an attempt to keep things under control as much as I can, and the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel is one of the products I’ve been experimenting with.

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January 31, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , ,

Monthly empties: January 2015

Products I used up during the month of January

Products I used up during the month of January

There are just a handful of products that I used up over the last month that I have to talk about! I haven’t used up as many products as I sometimes do on a monthly basis, but I have several different kinds of skincare products as well as a dry shampoo. Here are my thoughts on each of them.

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January 29, 2015 Hair Care, Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Hair care lately: Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo

Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo

Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta shampoo ($10.48) and Batiste original dry shampoo ($7.99)

I haven’t said much about hair care products lately, mostly because I’ve been very low-maintenance in this regard. I have been trying a couple of new products from Aubrey Organics and Batiste. The shampoo is probably the most natural one I’ve ever tried, and the dry shampoo is a really popular one that I’ve been using for the first time.

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January 24, 2015 Hair Care , , , , , ,

Five beauty resolutions for 2015

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year. Swan and koi in Chengdu, China.

I’ve taken my time gathering my thoughts about resolutions for 2015, and though it’s late in the month we’re still early in the new year, with plenty of time to work on personal changes. Like last year, I was able to come up with five beauty-related goals that I’d like to pursue. These also sort of build on my goals I set forward for 2014, so I’ll quickly revisit those first.

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January 21, 2015 Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , ,

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Mask

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet ($1.99)

I received the Apple Shine Peeling Mask as a free sample when I visited a Holika Holika store in Taipei. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was before I opened it up, and it took me a moment to figure out how exactly it works! This is a pad that includes both physical scrubby exfoliators plus a serum with fruit enzymes for a mild peel treatment to clean and polish skin for a more even and luminous appearance.

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January 19, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , ,