I’m a sucker for a mystery box, and so Makeup Geek immediately had my attention when they released a mystery box for purple products for $20, with an advertised savings of 60%. I bought a previous mystery box from Makeup Geek in 2017, which was a bigger bundle of products for $50, and I’m personally glad that they’ve tried this approach a couple of times because it’s a neat way to try products that I wouldn’t necessarily think to pick out for myself. This box was supposed to provide a collection of purple shades, which gave me a little pause but ultimately couldn’t stop me from taking a gamble.
Like a lot of people, I was initially skeptical when Tati Westbrook announced that she was releasing a dietary supplement to nourish hair, skin, and nails. However, it had been a few years since I’d tried a supplement targeting my outward appearance, and I realized something that made me think about her launch a little differently. It occurred to me that, considering the rampant problems with the supplement industry, I might be actually better off considering a product made by someone I at least am familiar with in the virtual sense than I would be with a company I might find on a store shelf and know absolutely nothing about. I ordered a three month supply, which was a time frame I figured was long enough to allow me to hopefully observe some results.
I’ve been using two different Herbivore Botanicals skincare products that are carried in Sephora. I’ve had the Orchid Facial Oil since December, which I started using over the winter, and the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme, which I started using about a month ago. Herbivore is a Seattle-based brand founded in 2011 that emphasizes organic and food-grade ingredients as well as luxurious glass bottles and jars. On the Herbivore website, they say, “Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, we ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer.”
Colourpop swatches & review: Fame eyeshadow palette, Lux Lipsticks, Blotted Lips, and No Filter ConcealerBy Erin on June 11, 2018
I’ve made a couple of Colourpop orders in recent weeks and have had a chance to try the stuff for long enough to offer some thoughts. I have one concealer, four Lux Lipsticks, two Blotted Lips, and one 16-shade eyeshadow palette. Not everything I use from Colourpop ends up being a total hit for me, but they make so many great things at such an affordable price that it’s easy for me to get excited about their new releases and I continue to reach for their products day to day.
When I was in Japan this past winter, I specifically wanted to find some complexion products with high SPF. The year prior, I had tried a little complexion set from Naturaglacé with sample sizes in it, and I’d found that the products seemed really solid. So when I found this year that the brand had a whole new display at Tokyu Hands with an expanded product range (at least compared to what I’d previously seen) and completely new packaging design, I spent some time with the testers and purchased the Moist BB Cream with SPF 43/PA+++ (¥2800 or about $25 for 30g) and Emollient Cream Foundation with SPF 39/PA+++ (¥4800 or about $43 for 27g).
I like to find good, gentle cleansers that leave skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated, and I recently decided to try the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser from the Bay Area’s Youth to the People, a relatively new offering at Sephora. On one hand, I think that plastering “youth” and “kale” on a product reflects a California trendiness that’s a little difficult for me to take seriously. On the other hand, I think the pared down product line and founders’ philosophy as it’s communicated in the marketing language seems pretty trustworthy. The two founders say that they aimed to create a “modern, straightforward, vegan skincare line good for all skin types and everyday use. Basically, something we’d want to use ourselves.”
I’m glad more people on the internet have started to talk about the fact that 15% off at Sephora really doesn’t go that far. However, I still partake and enjoy. I try not to go crazy, but I’m definitely kind of hooked on the twice-yearly sale endorphins. During the sales, I typically buy just a little more than the normal routine stuff and take the chance to try new products. This time around I came away with makeup and skincare from Fenty Beauty, DR. JART+, Becca, Laura Mercier, Farmacy, Herbivore, and Sephora Collection.
When it comes to DECIEM skincare, I’ve explored a lot of the affordable options from The Ordinary but it took me a while to try out any of their other product lines. To get started, I jumped on one of the Black Friday bundles that they offered, which was this four-piece hydration skincare set from NIOD. It included the Hydration Vaccine, Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, Survival 0, and Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. Later on, I added a couple more things from DECIEM to my collection, including the Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist, and I thought it’d make sense to talk about all five of those products at one time.
I first learned about the DR. JART+ Ceramidin Cream ($48 for 50 ml/1.7 oz.) from Caroline Hirons, and more recently have seen lots of other people on the internet enjoying DR. JART+ products. The Shake and Shot Rubber Masks have been getting a lot of attention and look really fun, although they are fairly expensive for single-use products. Anyway, the Ceramidin product line looks like it’s made to be kind to sensitive, red, and imbalanced or dry skin, and this cream has a lot of interesting and attractive ingredients in it. Plus, it comes with a cool metal tool right in the box to help you squeeze every bit of the cream of it out of the tube.
Malaya Organics is a brand I first encountered in the holiday market at Grand Central Station in November when I was shopping for gifts, and I had the privilege of speaking with the brand’s founder at that time. I believe Malaya is based in Brooklyn but their collection is available online, and they offer a fairly small and carefully considered collection of products for the face, hair, and body. I purchased travel sized versions of the Moisturizing Body Oil in the Woods scent and the Rejuvenating Face Serum to give them a try.