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Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

Nature Republic Steam Cream, Argan

Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

I wanted to dive into some more skincare because I’ve been really flying through these products and have really enjoyed them. Back in the winter I needed some heavier moisturizing products, and it turned out that a Nature Republic had just opened up in Union Square. If you’re in New York City but don’t want to trek all the way out to Flushing to shop for Asian skincare, this is a great location to have here. It’s nice and large, unlike the Manhattan Chinatown location which is a closet.  Continue reading →

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April 29, 2016 Skincare , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum

Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)

Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)

I’m going to jump right into talking about more products from Andalou Naturals. Here are a couple of products from their newly released Quenching Coconut line that I was so excited to find at Whole Foods about a month ago and have been itching to talk about: the Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum.

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April 24, 2016 Skincare , , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask

I’ve recently gotten back into working an office job so I’m still trying to figure out a balance for writing blog posts on my off time, but I have some skincare that I’ve been working through and looking forward to talking about. Here are some nice ones, the Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

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Empties: February-March 2016

Products used up during February and March

Products used up during February and March

I’ve gotten out of the swing of reviewing empty products every month, and have been thinking it might make more sense to chat about them every two months or so. The upside of that is that there’s just a wider variety of stuff to talk about, though it also means there’s more to cover in a single post, as well. That means I’ll try to be quick as I give an overview of each product and determine whether it was worth the purchase!

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April 2, 2016 Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Makeup Geek goodies + swatches

Purchases from Makeup Geek

Purchases from Makeup Geek

I ordered from Makeup Geek weeks ago because I was pretty excited about the MannyMUA palette that they’d released. Ahead of the launch I tried to refine a little wish list so I would be able to throw a few more things in the cart without thinking much, as well. All told, I walked away with the palette, 5 single eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a gel eyeliner and a brush.

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BH Cosmetics goodies

Purchases from BH Cosmetics

Purchases from BH Cosmetics

Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.

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Raunsborg products available in the US + complete travel kit

Raunsborg travel set available at A Bit of Denmark ($69.95)

Raunsborg complete travel set available at A Bit of Denmark ($69.95)

I’m said very positive things about the Danish brand Raunsborg in the past, and I’m really excited to be able to say that their products are now available in the US through the website A Bit of Denmark. The site carries a bunch of skin, body, and fragrance products from the brand, and also has a collection of travel sizes available both individually and as a complete set.

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March 29, 2016 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Skincare , , , , , ,

Black Radiance eyeshadow palette in 8030 Deeper the Berry

Black Radiance 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 8030 Deeper the Berry ($)

Black Radiance 8-pan Eye Appeal Shadow Collection in 8030 Deeper the Berry ($6.99)

Here’s a pretty springtime release that I found in drugstores recently! Today I want to share thoughts and swatches from the 8-pan Eye Appeal Shadow Collection from Black Radiance called Deeper the Berry, which costs $6.99 at drugstores. It has a really nice range of neutrals plus a little pop of purple and blue, making it a palette that’s easy and fun to reach for day to day.

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March 20, 2016 Makeup , , , , ,

Color theory, part 1: color temperature

Nympheas by Claude Monet (c. 1897-1898)

“Nympheas” by Claude Monet (c. 1897-1898)

I’ve wanted to bring up color theory on the blog for a long time now, and color theory chat and color correcting products are only getting more popular so I wanted to go ahead and participate in that whole thing. I went to art school and have a lot of coursework relating to painting and color theory behind me, and so I’m better educated in this topic than I am in cosmetology. I see a lot of mixed up information about color floating around the internet and so I’m tempted to chime in.

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March 18, 2016 Color theory, Makeup ,

6 products from the Re’au Botanical Plus skincare line

Re'au Botanical Plus A

Re’au Botanical Plus A firming lift cream (rich moist)

When I was in Japan I was very close to running out of moisturizer, so I figured that while I was shopping around I might as well specifically look for one. A Tokyu Hands associate showed me the Re’au line, letting me know it was very natural and that I’d notice tighter skin within just 2 weeks. In addition to purchasing the cream, I was also given samples of the rest of the brand’s line, as well, and had the chance to try all 6 products that the store offered.

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