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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)

I was very excited to try the Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum, which has recently appeared on drugstore shelves in a new bottle. My understanding is that it has been slightly reformulated since they’ve changed out the packaging, but it’s still a very affordable $7 foundation. It is made to be sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof for up to 25 hours, comfortable on skin, and provides SPF 20.

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July 25, 2015 Makeup , , ,

Easy summer color with Concrete Minerals Juvenile and Kinky

Concrete Minerals eyeshadows Kinky and Juvenile ($8)

Concrete Minerals eyeshadows Kinky and Juvenile ($8)

I love reaching for bright colors, but I also generally try to figure out simple ways to use them. A more involved routine will allow me to create richer looks, but simple tricks help me incorporate colors into my look more often and with less fuss. I’ve been meaning to use Concrete Minerals’ Juvenile, a cool vibrant yellow, now that summer’s in full swing and I’ve realized that my sample of Kinky makes a fun pairing with it.

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July 24, 2015 Makeup , , , , , ,

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Trouble Spot Essence R

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Spot Essence ($)

Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion ($15 for 100 ml) and Bija Trouble Spot Essence R ($17 for 15 ml)

As part of my quest to resolve some hormonal acne issues, I have two more salicylic acid skincare products to talk about today. I’ve been trying a lotion and essence from Innisfree’s Bija Trouble line, which are formulated to help soothe and gently clear blemish-prone skin and are both under $20 on Innisfree’s US site.

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July 23, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Recent purchases (Paula’s Choice, The Face Shop, Rimmel, and natural health goodies)

Purchases I've made in July

Purchases I’ve made in July

I’m calling my July purchases a wrap, as I’ve checked off all of the items I had on my shopping list (plus some). A lot of this stuff was purchased to replace some of the items I’ve recently run out of, and I have all kinds of things going on – a good amount of skincare, some body and personal health items, and a bit of makeup.

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July 18, 2015 Bath & Body, Hands & Nails, Makeup, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Innisfree Skin Solution masks x6: mini reviews and top picks

Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.

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July 16, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , ,

A summer favorite: an eye cream with sun protection

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

This eye cream by Supergoop! actually sat on my wish list for a couple of months before I ended up receiving it as a gift. I wanted an eye cream with SPF, but I also knew that having it meant that I needed to put down money to have not just one but two eye creams in my collection, which can seem like a jump for someone on a budget. I felt it was a hole in my skincare routine, though, and since early this spring I’ve been using the Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 37.

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July 15, 2015 Skincare , , , , ,

Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)

Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)

When I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner I ended up grabbing for something that was natural, affordable, and available on Amazon. The Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence are marketed as a fairly “normal” pairing, meaning that they aren’t incredibly hydrating or clarifying, and are meant to work for people who need something balanced, shine-infusing, and gentle.

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July 10, 2015 Hair Care , , , , , ,

Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme

Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2 oz.)

Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2 oz.)

In my previous review of all of the skincare from Derma MD that I had the chance to try, I said that the Diminish Lighten & Brighten Creme was one of the standouts of the bunch. This is a moisturizing cream formulated to treat hyperpigmentation, or dark spots on the skin, and includes some bearberry leaf extract, mulberry extract, licorice root, kojic acid, vitamin C, and glycolic acid to help alleviate darkened spots. I’ve had a chance to use this cream for a longer period of time and wanted to take a moment and write about it with a bit more depth.

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July 7, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , , ,

Monthly empties: June 2015

Products used up during the month of June

Products used up during the month of June

This month I used up a lot of skincare, as well as a hand cream. There’s all kinds of stuff here – cleansers, masks, lotions, serums, and a toner, as well as both budget and luxury products. I’ll quickly run through them here and say whether they were hits or misses!

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July 1, 2015 Hands & Nails, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore trio: cleansing foam, toner, and mask

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, and Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Tonre

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, and Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Ever since I tried a sample of Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (mentioned here), I knew it was something I wanted to purchase. When I was making my first purchase from Innisfree’s website, I noticed that they were running a promotional three-piece set, basically enabling me to get the mask, plus the cleanser and toner from the same Jeju Volcanic Pore product line. I’ve been using all three products and want to tell y’all about them.

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June 25, 2015 Skincare , , , , , , , ,