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Quick review: Integrate Magical Lash Curl mascara

Integrate

Integrate Magical Lash Curl Mascara ($15-18)

In my last post I mentioned that an Integrate mascara had ended up being my favorite mascara of the three that I picked up while in Japan. That being the case, it’s only fitting that I share a few photos to show you what I mean. The box is entirely in Japanese, but based on some internet reading I believe that it’s called Magical Lash Curl with Curl Enhancing Fibers. That seems like a fitting name, anyway.

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June 8, 2016 Makeup , , , , ,

5 current everyday makeup favorites

Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate

Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate

I’ve found myself reaching for the same base makeup products nearly everyday when I’m getting ready for work, many of which are affordable, and all of which have been working really well for me. Most of them have only been mentioned in passing on the blog, but deserve a little more attention. So, here are the primer and complexion basics, as well as a mascara, that I’ve been loving recently.

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May 30, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comparison: Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, and The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

Alaffia Africa's Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with distinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.

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May 25, 2016 Bath & Body, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Trying Kiehl’s for the first time

Kiehl's purchases

Kiehl’s purchases

It probably shouldn’t have taken me this long to try some Kiehl’s products, but now that I’m in New York City I’ve passed through their flagship store in the East Village at a couple of times and have started to explore product range. Their flagship store is actually their original location that dates back to 1851 (a date that’s proudly proclaimed on all of their product packaging) when it was a pharmacy, and is a really cool place to visit.

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May 8, 2016 Skincare , , , , , ,

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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March 31, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , , ,

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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March 30, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,