Beauty Loon

A few basics from Makeup Geek

Eyeshadow pans from Makeup Geek ($5.99/ea)

Eyeshadow pans from Makeup Geek ($5.99/ea)

I recently made my first purchase from Makeup Geek (one of my New Year’s resolutions), though I kept the purchase small. I’d originally had a much longer wish list on the site, but realized that the most useful stuff for me right now would be to have some neutral staples that I could stick in my new magnetic eyeshadow palettes next to my more colorful indie shadows that I’m pressing myself.

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August 26, 2015 Makeup , , , , ,

Book of Shadows handmade magnetic makeup palettes

Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)

Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)

I’m on a mission to reorganize and consolidate makeup, which includes pressing loose shadows, de-potting other makeup and giving things a new home in a magnetic palette. After some research and knowing I was going to need to drop a chunk of money on whatever palettes I decided to buy, I landed on the Book of Shadows shop on Etsy run by Anothersoul. Book of Shadows offers a wide variety of beautiful, handmade magnetic makeup palettes in all different sizes, and I bought a pretty good mix of them for my collection.

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August 20, 2015 Makeup , , , , ,

Fyrinnae birthday purchase

Fyrinnae eyeshadows x8, blush x1, and Lip Lustres x2

Fyrinnae eyeshadows x8, blush x1, and Lip Lustres x2

I’ve had a little wish list going on Fyrinnae’s website for a while, and since my birthday was at the end of July I thought I’d grab myself a few things. I bought 10 products in total and received a free shadow sample, as well. A few of these shades are newer to Fyrinnae’s lineup, and some of them are cult favorites. I’m also trying two shadows from their Arcane Magic line for the first time.

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August 13, 2015 Makeup , , , , , , ,

Monthly empties: July 2015

Products used up during the month of July

Products used up during the month of July

Summer’s flying by, and I’ve personally been particularly focused on skincare products to help my skin, which has been giving me some trouble. In addition to a good bundle of skincare, I also have some makeup and body products in the mix of monthly empties. I really used up a lot of products throughout July, so I’ll try to be succinct and to the point!

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August 5, 2015 Bath & Body, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)

I was very excited to try the Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum, which has recently appeared on drugstore shelves in a new bottle. My understanding is that it has been slightly reformulated since they’ve changed out the packaging, but it’s still a very affordable $7 foundation. It is made to be sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof for up to 25 hours, comfortable on skin, and provides SPF 20.

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July 25, 2015 Makeup , , ,

Easy summer color with Concrete Minerals Juvenile and Kinky

Concrete Minerals eyeshadows Kinky and Juvenile ($8)

Concrete Minerals eyeshadows Kinky and Juvenile ($8)

I love reaching for bright colors, but I also generally try to figure out simple ways to use them. A more involved routine will allow me to create richer looks, but simple tricks help me incorporate colors into my look more often and with less fuss. I’ve been meaning to use Concrete Minerals’ Juvenile, a cool vibrant yellow, now that summer’s in full swing and I’ve realized that my sample of Kinky makes a fun pairing with it.

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July 24, 2015 Makeup , , , , , ,

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Trouble Spot Essence R

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Spot Essence ($)

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion ($15 for 100 ml) and Bija Trouble Spot Essence R ($17 for 15 ml)

As part of my quest to resolve some hormonal acne issues, I have two more salicylic acid skincare products to talk about today. I’ve been trying a lotion and essence from Innisfree’s Bija Trouble line, which are formulated to help soothe and gently clear blemish-prone skin and are both under $20 on Innisfree’s US site.

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July 23, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Recent purchases (Paula’s Choice, The Face Shop, Rimmel, and natural health goodies)

Purchases I've made in July

Purchases I’ve made in July

I’m calling my July purchases a wrap, as I’ve checked off all of the items I had on my shopping list (plus some). A lot of this stuff was purchased to replace some of the items I’ve recently run out of, and I have all kinds of things going on – a good amount of skincare, some body and personal health items, and a bit of makeup.

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July 18, 2015 Bath & Body, Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Innisfree Skin Solution masks x6: mini reviews and top picks

Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.

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July 16, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , ,

A summer favorite: an eye cream with sun protection

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

This eye cream by Supergoop! actually sat on my wish list for a couple of months before I ended up receiving it as a gift. I wanted an eye cream with SPF, but I also knew that having it meant that I needed to put down money to have not just one but two eye creams in my collection, which can seem like a jump for someone on a budget. I felt it was a hole in my skincare routine, though, and since early this spring I’ve been using the Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 37.

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July 15, 2015 Skincare , , , , ,