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Monthly empties: January 2015

Products I used up during the month of January

Products I used up during the month of January

There are just a handful of products that I used up over the last month that I have to talk about! I haven’t used up as many products as I sometimes do on a monthly basis, but I have several different kinds of skincare products as well as a dry shampoo. Here are my thoughts on each of them.

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January 29, 2015 Hair Care, Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Hair care lately: Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo

Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo

Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta shampoo ($10.48) and Batiste original dry shampoo ($7.99)

I haven’t said much about hair care products lately, mostly because I’ve been very low-maintenance in this regard. I have been trying a couple of new products from Aubrey Organics and Batiste. The shampoo is probably the most natural one I’ve ever tried, and the dry shampoo is a really popular one that I’ve been using for the first time.

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January 24, 2015 Hair Care , , , , , ,

Five beauty resolutions for 2015

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year. Swan and koi in Chengdu, China.

I’ve taken my time gathering my thoughts about resolutions for 2015, and though it’s late in the month we’re still early in the new year, with plenty of time to work on personal changes. Like last year, I was able to come up with five beauty-related goals that I’d like to pursue. These also sort of build on my goals I set forward for 2014, so I’ll quickly revisit those first.

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January 21, 2015 Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , ,

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Mask

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet ($1.99)

I received the Apple Shine Peeling Mask as a free sample when I visited a Holika Holika store in Taipei. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was before I opened it up, and it took me a moment to figure out how exactly it works! This is a pad that includes both physical scrubby exfoliators plus a serum with fruit enzymes for a mild peel treatment to clean and polish skin for a more even and luminous appearance.

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January 19, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , ,

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

When I was in Taiwan in September, I was excited to visit an Innisfree store and experience their products for the first time. Innisfree is a Korean company with an extensive range of beauty products, particularly skincare, and I have to say that once I started exploring I was a little overwhelmed at the selection. I wanted to just purchase a few fun things to try, one of which was the Green Tea Mineral Mist.

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January 18, 2015 Skincare , , , , ,

DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation

DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation in Rhea III ($11.25/$17.50)

Wearing DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation in Rhea III ($11.25/$17.50)

I’ve previously spoken about indie brand DreamWorld Hermetica‘s Cloud formula of mineral foundation, but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to use it as a standalone foundation because the color became too light once I got a bit of sun at the beginning of the summer. I wanted to grab a deeper shade during their Black Friday sale, and took the opportunity to try one of their two other foundation formulas, this time purchasing Luna.

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January 16, 2015 Makeup , , , ,

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

This is a mask I’ve repurchased a couple of times over the last year or two, and as I’m revisiting it now I’ll say a few words about it. For some reason I’ve previously neglected to do so! Catastrophe Cosmetic is a gentle and calming mask formulated to cleanse and sooth skin, and I find that it’s a particularly good choice for the colder months of the year.

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January 14, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , ,

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel ($5.99)

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel ($5.99)

I picked up Sonia Kashuk’s tinted brow gel from Target a while back in an effort to both explore the Sonia Kashuk brand further as well as learn more about affordable brow products that are out there in drugstores. Sonia Kashuk offers just one shade along with a clear version of the gel, and while I understood that the shade might not be ideal for me, I couldn’t tell for sure how fitting or how off it’d be just based on how it looked in the package.

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January 12, 2015 Makeup , , , ,

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil ($26 for 0.94 fl. oz.)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil ($26 for 0.94 fl. oz.)

The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop is a facial oil that’s formulated to replenish and recharge skin overnight, and is supposed to combine the potency of a serum and the nourishment of an oil. This is a hydrating blend of oils that includes wheatgerm oil, community fair trade soya oil, and vitamin E, as well as a handful of other beneficial plant oils.

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January 11, 2015 Skincare , , , , , ,

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara ($8.99)

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara ($8.99)

About this time last year I reviewed the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara, and I loved it so much that it ended up in my list of standout products of 2013. This past fall L’Oreal released the Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, which features a symmetrical version of the original Butterfly wand and I was, of course, excited to see if I enjoyed it as much as the first.

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January 10, 2015 Makeup , , ,