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The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream and Smoothing Eye Cream

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream ($28) and Smoothing Eye Cream ($22)

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream ($28) and Smoothing Eye Cream ($22)

This past spring when I ran out of night cream, I ended up taking advantage of one of The Body Shop’s many sales to purchase two products from their Nutriganics range: the Smoothing Night Cream and the Smoothing Eye Cream. I’ve never tried the Nutriganics products before but have enjoyed The Body Shop’s moisturizers in the past, and was excited to try some of the brand’s fancier products. They’re both under $30 so even though they’re more expensive than other TBS skincare, they’re definitely still within reach for me, and they’re an even better deal on sale.

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August 25, 2016 Skincare , , , , , , , , , ,

More Makeup Geek shadows!

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

I purchased 7 more Makeup Geek eyeshadows recently, most of which are new-ish releases. And, for the first time in my Makeup Geek purchasing, all of the colors ended up matching my expectations based on the online descriptions and photos, and I’ve had great luck with them looking harmonious with my eye and skin coloring. So today I wanted to share some swatches and observations for the shadows, which include Mirage, Sand Dollar, Brownie Points, Tiki Hut, Wild West, Casino, and Karma (one of the duochrome shades).

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August 21, 2016 Makeup , , , ,

Raul E New York Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation with SPF 15

Raul E New York

Raul E New York Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($44 for 1.0 oz.)

I really enjoy mineral powder foundation, but this product from Raul E New York may be the first liquid mineral foundation that I’ve tried. They call it the Liquid Powder Foundation, and it boasts a mineral complex of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc chloride to help protect skin and complement a variety of complexions, plus vitamins A, C, and E. It’s oil-free, includes broad spectrum SPF 15, and is described as a self-setting cream-to-powder formula with a matte finish and medium to full coverage.

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August 7, 2016 Makeup , ,

New releases from Derma MD: Sensitive Pearl Cleanser and T.H.E. Purifying Mud Mask

Derma MD

Derma MD Sensitive Pearl Cleanser ($28 for 4 oz.) and T.H.E. Charcoal Mud Purifying Mask ($49.95 for 2 oz.)

It looks like Derma MD has been at work formulating new products and updating their website. I’ve previously tried a pretty large collection of of their skincare products, which you can read about here, and I recently received a couple of their new releases: the Sensitive Pearl Cleanser for hydrating skin and reducing redness, and the charcoal mud T.H.E. Purifying Mask, which features a handful of different alpha hydroxy acids, charcoal, and licorice root to reduce oil and minimize pores, fine lines, and darkened pigmentation.

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July 27, 2016 Skincare , , , ,

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette ($14.50)

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette ($14.50)

I want to chat a bit about the Carli Bybel palette from BH Cosmetics because it’s very beautiful, very affordable, perfect to travel with, and generally quite useful. I’ve reached for it on and off since purchasing it in March, and over the past holiday weekend it was the only eyeshadow I took with me while I traveled.

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July 8, 2016 Makeup , , , , , ,

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)

This is a fun review for me, because I always get excited about nice, affordable, naturally-oriented skincare products. OZ Naturals is a brand that’s new to me, and I’ve had the chance to try out their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated to hydrate skin and diminish fine lines.

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June 25, 2016 Skincare , , , , , , ,

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 , , , , , ,