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Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover and Purifying Cream Cleanser

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh + Cleansing Makeup Remover and Purifying Cream Cleanser

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover and Purifying Cream Cleanser ($7.49/ea)

My first experiences with the Neutrogena Naturals line came when I needed a makeup remover and found the products on sale at the drugstore. I decided to try the Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover as well as the Purifying Cream Cleanser because my skin had been drying out a bit. I’ve already featured the cream cleanser in a favorites post so my feelings won’t be a total surprise, but I wanted to take some time to talk about both products with more detail.

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January 31, 2016 Makeup, Skincare , , , ,

A day of de-potting

A day of de-potting

A day of de-potting

I’ve had a small box of makeup set aside for a de-potting project, and I finally got around to buying a few small tools to help me with the job. It’s my first time breaking open my stuff, but I had a few products that I was eager to put in magnetic palettes in order to help me use the shades inside more often.

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January 29, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , ,

Some post-holiday purchases

New goodies

New goodies

Now after finishing up all of those empties I just wrote about, I’ve been making small shopping runs to take advantage of things like post-holiday sales and new releases at the drugstore to replenish. I have some stuff from Sephora, Nature Republic, Vitacost, Whole Foods, Costco, and Duane Reade to share.

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January 27, 2016 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The big post-holiday empties: makeup, skincare, hair, and body

Empty products from the last few months

Empty products from the last few months

As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!

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January 23, 2016 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Formula X nail polish in Alchemy II

Formula X Alchemy II ($14)

Formula X Alchemy II ($14)

Alchemy II is a limited edition holiday-time shade from Sephora’s Formula X line, and as the name suggests, it’s the second such release that they’ve created. Last year’s Alchemy came across as more of a white gold, I believe, that looked quite pretty but didn’t seem quite special enough for me to purchase. This year it’s a beautiful bronzed copper that I fell for when I first saw it in the store back in December.

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January 16, 2016 Hands & Nails , , ,

Revisiting my 2015 beauty resolutions + goals for 2016

View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal

View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal

For the last couple of years I’ve set five beauty-related resolutions to pursue (see also: resolutions for 2014, resolutions for 2015). All of these goals have generally been good ones for me to work on, and they tend to be oriented toward long-term progress and development. And so, I definitely didn’t “finish” them over the past year. In fact, there are a couple resolutions that didn’t get addressed much at all. Instead of coming up with a whole new set of resolutions for 2016, I wanted to revisit my resolutions for 2015 and just take a minute to chat about where I’m at with them thus far.

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January 10, 2016 Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , ,

Five favorite movies and five favorite television shows of 2015

Room (2015)

Room (2015)

I’ve talked about movies a couple times on the blog before, but I’ve never done any sort of year-end favorites post before. But, I thought it might be a fun thing to try. My husband and I see a lot of movies – we subscribe to Movie Pass, a monthly deal for seeing movies in the theater, and we make good use of it. We don’t actually have normal television or cable channels at home, but we do stream television shows through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, so I thought some shows would be a fun thing to throw in the mix.

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January 4, 2016 Just for fun , ,

Ten (or so) standout beauty products of 2015

Standout products from 2015

Standout products from 2015

Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.

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January 1, 2016 Hair Care, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses skincare: Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Contour Gel, Night Cream, and Absolute Serum

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Revive Contour Gel, Heavenly Night Cream, and Absolute Serum

I have a pretty good track record with Andalou Naturals products, and their (somewhat) new 1000 Roses line is something I’ve been pretty curious about. Andalou’s products are affordable, natural, and cruelty-free, and the 1000 Roses product line is formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin, which describes my skin more and more these days. After placing a Vitacost order, I’ve been able to try four products from the line over the past few months. I’ll talk through my experiences with the 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream.

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December 13, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , ,

5 recent (mostly budget-friendly) makeup and skincare favorites

5 Recent Favorites

5 Recent Favorites

After being away for several weeks, I’m feeling very behind on sharing what products I’ve been trying out. After having been on that trip, however, I definitely have some good stuff that I took with me and have been appreciating. All but one of them are from the drugstore, and I have a little mix of skincare and makeup.

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December 7, 2015 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,