Beauty Loon

A petit pot of Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, travel size ($22.50 for 0.33 oz.)

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, travel size ($22.50 for 0.33 oz.)

When I was waiting in a long line to buy the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion foundation (I had been meaning to since finishing my sample, and I swear I went in just to purchase the one product), I found myself with plenty of time to browse the impulse purchases they line up right by the register. I saw something which I’d never spotted before: a travel size of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, which comes with a little puff and is priced at $22.50.

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May 6, 2015 Makeup , ,

A big, beautiful box of Innisfree skincare and makeup

A big box of Innisfree

Innisfree beauty products delivered straight from Korea

I’ve just received my first online order with Innisfree in the mail and I’m so excited to dive in. Innisfree is a Korean brand that I first experienced when I was in Taiwan, and soon after purchasing a few small items in-store I began working on an online wish list. Once I’d gotten to a point where I was in need of a skincare product or two, I decided it was time to jump online and add some items to my cart. I ended up purchasing a wide range of skincare bits as well as a few makeup items.

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May 3, 2015 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Monthly Empties: April 2015

Products used up during the month of April

Products used up during the month of April

Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.

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May 1, 2015 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask ($14.95 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask ($14.95 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Not too long after I started using Andalou Naturals’ Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel, I also decided to try their BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask, which is under the brand’s Age Defying line for dry and sensitive skin. I love using different kinds of exfoliating treatments and also tend to enjoy Andalou’s products, plus I like things that target the signs of aging, so this enzyme and antioxidant-rich mask sounded like a winner.

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April 29, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , ,

Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette

Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette ($40)

Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette ($40)

Do you like a good neutrals palette? The truth is, it’s hard for me to get excited about these kinds of things, I’m just more drawn to colors. The Power Neutrals palette from Bare Minerals is one I had on my wish list a long while back, and then I took it off, and then I ended up receiving it as a gift. I know that Bare Minerals’ Ready pressed eyeshadow formula is highly regarded, and so I was excited to be able to try the palette out despite being on the fence about whether to purchase it or not.

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April 24, 2015 Makeup , , , , ,

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream SPF 30

Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream SPF 30

I bought the Bright Fit BB Cream from one of the many Etude House stores I encountered while in Asia, and I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately. It’s the first real Korean BB cream that I’ve tried, and I can definitely understand why folks who are used to this kind of BB cream get frustrated with American versions. This one offers skin some moisture, solid medium coverage, a healthy and luminous finish, and an SPF of 30.

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April 22, 2015 Makeup, Skincare , , , , ,

KIKO Milano Ultra Tech Mascara

KIKO Milano Ultra Tech Mascara

KIKO Milano Ultra Tech Mascara

While I was in Europe recently, I had the chance to visit a Kiko store for the first time. I had been searching for a new mascara at the time and was excited to see that Kiko offers an almost overwhelming number of them. They were also a flat 7€ each, so they’re on the affordable side of things. I bought two, and the Ultra Tech mascara is the first one I decided to break open.

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April 19, 2015 Makeup , , , ,

Formula X Sheer Strength in Tenacious

Formula X Sheer Strength nail polish in Tenacious ($12.50)

Formula X Sheer Strength nail polish in Tenacious ($12.50)

Formula X recently released some new nail strengthening polishes that give a sheer tint to nails. There are 10 shades in the Sheer Strength line including, nudes, creams, taupes, pinks, and a purple, and they’re formulated to strengthen, nourish, and hydrate nails with keratin and botanicals. I grabbed the shade called Tenacious, which is described as a sheer linen porcelain.

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April 15, 2015 Hands & Nails , , , , ,

Some purchases from the past few weeks

Stocking up on some basics

Stocking up on some basics

So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.

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April 13, 2015 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monthly Empties: March 2015

Products I used up during the month of March

Products I used up during the month of March

Another month gone, so here comes another summary of the products I finished up. I mostly worked through some skincare in March, as I’ve been traveling and haven’t been reaching for a ton of different makeup products lately. I got to the bottom of a handful of nice products, so let’s chat a bit about about each one of them.

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April 5, 2015 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , ,