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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Wearing Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 100 Ivory ($4.99 for 1 oz.)

Wearing Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 100 Ivory ($4.99 for 1 oz.)

The Rimmel Stay Matte liquid mousse foundation is one that I’ve used off and on since the spring and I’ve been reaching for it a lot recently. This is a mousse-textured foundation that is formulated to provide shine control without feeling heavy on the skin. Beyond that, a huge part of the appeal is the $4.99 price tag for a full ounce of foundation.

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December 14, 2014 Makeup , , ,

Holika Holika Fairy Water Pure Aqua Skin Toner

Holika Holika Fairy Water Pure Aqua Skin Toner

Holika Holika Fairy Water Pure Aqua Skin Toner

Holika Holika’s Fairy Water Pure Aqua Skin is a toner I grabbed while in Taiwan and had the chance to visit a Holika Holika store. Holika Holika is a Korean brand with an adorable fantasy aesthetic and products at a range of price points, and the Fairy Water line is a very budget-friendly one. Pure Aqua Skin is a toner intended to hydrate and revitalize normal-to-dry skin (they offer a similar Pure Fresh Skin toner for normal-to-oily) and is formulated with sensitive skin in mind.

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December 12, 2014 Skincare , , , , ,

SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion

SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion ($9.99 for 13 oz.)

SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion ($9.99 for 13 oz.)

I picked up the SheaMoisture body lotion with olive and green tea at Target when I needed something to help me cope with the changing seasons because I was such a huge fan of their raw shea butter body wash. I tend to get dry skin especially on my arms and legs, and SheaMoisture has many products formulated with an abundance of natural, hydrating ingredients.

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December 7, 2014 Bath & Body , , , ,

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($15 for 3 oz.)

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($15 for 2.7 oz.)

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a long time and have only mentioned it once on the blog, which was in my list of standout products of 2013. So, I really like it but have taken my time getting a review up! This is a rich makeup removing balm that features Community Fair Trade camomile water that comes from a family cooperative in England and is formulated to be appropriate for those with sensitive skin.

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December 3, 2014 Makeup, Skincare , , , , , ,

Monthly empties: November 2014

Products used up in the month of November

Products used up in the month of November

I finished a nice handful of stuff over the last month, but I have to admit that this photo doesn’t tell the full story. I’m still in transition and not in a permanent home yet so I’ve been sort of failing at getting all of the empties together in one photograph at the end of the month, but I do take notes and can talk about all of the products one by one. In November I mostly used up a lot of skincare-related items and tried out a lot of new things, so let’s get into it.

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December 2, 2014 Bath & Body, Hair Care, Skincare , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes eye shadow palette

1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes palette

1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes palette

Brownie Eyes is a sweet little eye shadow palette that I picked up while traveling in Asia, made by the Taiwanese company 1028 Visual Therapy. It’s one of three dessert-themed palettes from the brand that come with 6 shadows in a slim little tin. I had the chance to play around with 1028 Visual Therapy’s products while in Singapore, and the shadows just seemed so easy to throw on for day-to-day wear so I decided to grab it while I could.

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December 1, 2014 Makeup , , , , , ,

A fun new toy: EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for sensitive skin

EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge for sensitive skin ($5.99)

EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge for sensitive skin ($5.99)

Konjac sponges have been gaining popularity recently, and I was pretty excited to find out that EcoTools offers a budget-friendly version for just $5.99. Konjac sponges are made from a natural, plant-based material and have been used in Japan as cleansing tools for generations, apparently. EcoTools makes two versions, one for sensitive skin and one for a deep cleanse. Since I use a combination of exfoliators at the moment, the softer version is a perfect place for me to start.

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November 28, 2014 Skincare , , , , , , ,

Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice

Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice

Urban Decay nail colors in Addiction and Vice

I recently posted that I had found a handful of Urban Decay nail polishes marked down to $5 at Nordstrom Rack (different shades are found on Urban Decay’s website), and had come home with two shades, Addiction and Vice. I’ve been wearing them on my nails for the past couple of weeks, and I really like them! The two I grabbed are striking fall shades, and they apply and wear really nicely.

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November 27, 2014 Hands & Nails , , , ,

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel ($18 for 1 oz.)

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel ($18 for 1 oz.)

The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Gel caught my interest when it was released about a year ago and I made the purchase during a store-wide sale. A sales associate had assured me of its healing abilities, and I was really interested to see how it differed from the standard aloe gel you can pick up for a few bucks at the drugstore.

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November 25, 2014 Bath & Body, Skincare , , , , , ,

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes ($8)

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara ($8)

Lately, I’ve been using Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara, which is a new one for me. I expected to like it after enjoying the original The Falsies so much and having heard good things about it. I also have really fine, blonde lashes and really liked the idea of having the smaller wand dedicated to defining the lower lashes because I often feel like normal wands deposit way too much mascara on my lower lashes.

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November 23, 2014 Makeup , , ,