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The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel ($18 for 1 oz.)

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel ($18 for 1 oz.)

The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Gel caught my interest when it was released about a year ago and I made the purchase during a store-wide sale. A sales associate had assured me of its healing abilities, and I was really interested to see how it differed from the standard aloe gel you can pick up for a few bucks at the drugstore.

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November 25, 2014 Bath & Body, Skincare , , , , , ,

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes ($8)

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara ($8)

Lately, I’ve been using Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara, which is a new one for me. I expected to like it after enjoying the original The Falsies so much and having heard good things about it. I also have really fine, blonde lashes and really liked the idea of having the smaller wand dedicated to defining the lower lashes because I often feel like normal wands deposit way too much mascara on my lower lashes.

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November 23, 2014 Makeup , , ,

A new haircut, and my first experience with LUSH Caca Rouge henna hair dye

LUSH Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye ($25.95)

LUSH Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye ($25.95)

I generally like to fool around with my hair color about once a year and I adjust my hair style on a fairly constant basis, but recently I was feeling up for a relatively big change. As I’ve slowly switched out some of my beauty and personal care products to more natural and healthy alternatives, I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that chemical hair dye is probably not something I should continue to use. After a lot of research and trepidation, I decided to give Lush’s Caca henna hair dye a try. Henna is a whole new world for me and today I wanted to share how it went!

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November 22, 2014 Hair Care , , , , ,

Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” masks: Green Tea and Kiwi

Innisfree "It's Real Squeeze" mask in Green Tea

Innisfree “It’s Real Squeeze” mask in Green Tea

I stopped in an Innisfree store when I was in Asia, and walked away with a few small items including these two “It’s Real Squeeze” sheet masks in Green Tea and Kiwi. I used both of them in the last couple of weeks and wanted to share my thoughts. I didn’t know much about these when I bought them as I can’t read Korean or Mandarin (as I was in Taiwan at the time), so I was flying blind but was definitely excited about diving into Asian sheet masks, which I purchased for the first time while on that trip.

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November 20, 2014 Skincare , ,

Big, cheap, and effective: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($5 for 7 oz.)

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($5 for 7 oz.)

I don’t typically devote a whole post to one dry shampoo, but I’m pretty excited about Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. Over the past few months I’ve been moving from dry shampoo to dry shampoo and not feeling too great about any of them, and came to this one without having heard anything about it. The claims are simple: it’s supposed to absorb excess oil, clean hair without water, and provide a light matte finish.

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November 13, 2014 Hair Care , , ,

Urban Decay nail colors marked down to $5 at Nordstrom Rack

Urban Decay Nail Colors in Addiction and Vice (discounted to $5/ea)

Urban Decay Nail Colors in Addiction and Vice (discounted to $5/ea)

I just wanted to quickly note that I found a handful of Urban Decay’s nail colors marked down from $15 to $5 at Nordstrom Rack this weekend, and I picked up two shades that looked really lovely, Addiction and Vice. This was a fun deal to find, and I wanted to just take a moment to compare the deal with pricing and availability online.

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November 12, 2014 Hands & Nails , , ,

Trying out 3 more natural deodorants: Nature’s Gate, Earth Science, and Kiss My Face

Nature's Gate ($6.29), Earth Science ($6.95), and Kiss My Face ($5.99) deodorants

Nature’s Gate ($6.29), Earth Science ($6.95), and Kiss My Face ($5.99) deodorants

I have three deodorants to talk about because it’s a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been trying throughout the summer. They do all have a few big things in common, though: they’re all very available (I found them at Whole Foods) and are all between $6-7, so they’re just as affordable as any run of the mill antiperspirant. These three natural deodorants are all aluminum-free and feature gentle and environmentally friendly formulations, and are cruelty-free, as well.

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November 9, 2014 Bath & Body , , , , , , ,

Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer

Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer in Porcelain ($9.99)

Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer in Porcelain ($9.99)

Sonia Kashuk’s All Covered Up is a cream concealer with a hydrating formula boasting hyaluronic acid and black tea, and claims to offer buildable coverage that seamlessly blends into a second-skin finish. It’s available in four shades and comes in a teeny weeny pot that’s super easy to store, which means it’s gone every where with me as I traveled throughout the summer.

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November 5, 2014 Makeup , , , ,

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation ($10.99 for 0.6 oz.)

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation ($10.99 for 0.6 oz.)

I feel like this review of Sonia Kashuk’s Perfecting Luminous Foundation is overdue, as it’s one I’ve had for close to a year, so I’ve had plenty of time to develop opinions on its quality. This is a brightening foundation with a hydrating formula that’s available in 6 shades. Sonia Kashuk calls this a buildable cream-consistency foundation and doesn’t indicate any particular skin type that this foundation is most suitable for.

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November 4, 2014 Makeup , , , ,

Monthly empties: October 2014

October empties

October empties

I’m back to a more stable life and returning to my monthly empty posts. I finished a lot of products over the summer, and between my recent purchases in Asia and my batch of Derma MD products, I have a lot of new things I’m just started working on. Consequently, these monthly summaries of the products I use up may be a bit shorter than they used to be, but there’s still a handful of products to talk about from October!

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November 3, 2014 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , ,