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That time I visited Tokyo for New Year’s and bought a lot of stuff

Some of my Tokyo cosmetic purchases

My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.

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January 16, 2017 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Beauty Loon favorites: best of 2016!

Wrapping up the holiday season in Tokyo

Over 2016 I generally reduced the amount of cosmetics that I purchased and really scrutinized new releases, which means that a Beauty Loon year-end wrap up can be quite succinct and focused. There were a few specific brands that became new loves for me, so you’ll see some brands repeat in my product picks, and I’ve gone ahead and broken down the favorites into 10 product categories. Ok, let’s go!

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January 6, 2017 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ColourPop goodies: To And From and Sweet holiday sets, and more

Colourpop purchases

ColourPop purchases

I finally bit the bullet and placed my first ColourPop order and purchased the To And From Lippie Stix holiday set, the Sweet eyeshadow and Ultra Satin Lip holiday set, and a couple of single products, which all together totals 8 lip colors, 3 eyeshadows, and 1 highlighter. Over the past couple of years of resisting the hype over this brand, I’ve noticed that their holiday sets seem to be the most attractive to me and so this time around I jumped on a couple of them pretty early in the season. Here are some swatches and early thoughts.

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November 23, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , ,

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream

Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream ($24.99 for 1.7 oz.)

After trying and enjoying the toner and serum from Andalou Naturals’ relatively new coconut-themed Quenching skincare line, I returned to Whole Foods to take a look the moisturizers. The moisturizing products I’ve previously tried from the brand’s rose line hadn’t been quite heavy enough for my skin, so I decided to go for the coconut night cream. Officially called the Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream, this one includes coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.

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October 30, 2016 Skincare , , , , ,

The Henna Guys hair dye in Medium Brown

The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)

The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)

I’ve been using henna to dye my hair for a couple of years now to achieve red hair and great gray hair coverage. For the first time, I recently tried something a little different – a henna and indigo blend for a medium brown shade. Fooling around with indigo is something I intended to get into from the first time I used henna, but it turned out that I really liked the red for a long time and found the idea of experimenting with recipes and proportions of two dyes to be more effort than I wanted to put in. So for this change in routine, I decided to try a Medium Brown henna and indigo blend from The Henna Guys, which is available on their website as well as Amazon.

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October 27, 2016 Hair Care , , , , ,

Goodies from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

I made some orders with Zoeva and BH Cosmetics, and was spurred on by a makeup brush clean-out and a sale. Zoeva was the big one that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and finally put together an order of brushes and makeup to make the international shipping worth it. BH Cosmetics, on the other hand, won me over with a sale and some interesting new products on the site.

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October 14, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , , , ,

Current favorites from Kiehl’s

Current favorites from Kiehl's

Current favorites from Kiehl’s

I’ve really been exploring a lot of skincare from Kiehl’s over the past several months, evidenced by posts here and here. While I fortunately can’t say any of the products have been complete misses for me, I definitely have some favorites that I’m very excited about. I’m even at a point where I can chat about 5 of my favorite products covering 5 different product categories, so it seems like a great time to talk about the stuff I’m really enjoying.

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September 30, 2016 Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Indie goodies: Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale

Eye, lips, cheek, and nail colors from Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale

Eye, lips, cheek, and nail colors from Shiro Cosmetics, Detrivore Cosmetics, and Femme Fatale

I have one more batch of purchases to share, and this time it’s indie cosmetics from three different brands: Shiro, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale. This was really all one order from Shiro Cosmetics, though, as they sell what seems to be a growing collection of other small brands, and I love that I can combine the different brands in one order and only worry about reaching one shipping threshold. I bought highlights, blushes, eyeshadows, a nail polish, and a tinted lip balm.

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September 6, 2016 Makeup , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent purchases: Sephora, Kiehl’s, Muji, Club Clio, and more

August purchases

August purchases

I’ve been going through a phase of spending over the past few weeks and have a good amount of skincare, makeup, and body care that’s recently come into my life. Most of it is new to me and I think a lot of it is really fun. I have products from Kiehl’s, Club Clio, and Muji that I’m particularly excited about.

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August 27, 2016 Bath & Body, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 , , , , , , , , , ,