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

July 18, 2015
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.

My first order from Paula's Choice
My first order from Paula’s Choice

As I was running out of my current salicylic acid treatment, I realized that this would be a great time to place my very first order from Paula’s Choice, which was running a promotion at the time. Trying Paula’s Choice skincare was one of my new years resolutions!

I’m trying two blemish control products, which an associate helped me pick out via online chat: the Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid and the Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. I’m getting fed up with my hormonal acne which started acting up this past fall when I quit birth control, and I’m really, really hoping this will kick it to the curb.

I’m also trying two more nourishing products, because my skin still really needs some hydration. I decided to try the Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster which is geared toward sensitive and aging skin, and the Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask for sensitive, red, and dry skin. Cruelty-free.

Sheet masks from The Face Shop
Sheet masks from The Face Shop

This next bundle of products is one I’m really excited about. Since I’ve recently finished up my Innisfree sheet masks, I returned to the Flushing, Queens Chinatown with the intention of trying a handful of different masks from a few of the Asian skincare stores in the neighborhood. I wandered into The Face Shop first and saw that they were running a buy-10-get-5-free promotion, and I just decided to go for it and abandon my plan of shopping at multiple stores. These were all $2, and so I ended up spending $20 on 15 masks. I haven’t tried any of ’em before, but this is a really well established Korean brand that I felt comfortable diving into. I’ll be trying 9 kinds in total: Aloe, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Acai Berry, Mung Bean, Kelp, Red Ginseng, and Cucumber.

Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation
Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation

The lone makeup product I purchased was the new (has it been reformulated or just repackaged? I’m not sure.) Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation in 101 Classic Ivory. My drugstore regularly sells it at $6.99 and I got it at $1 off, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing it when I was picking up a prescription at the drugstore. I’m really enjoying it so far.

A few bits from my neighborhood natural health store
A few bits from my neighborhood natural health store

We needed a few items for our home, including some hand soap and a new toothpaste. I don’t normally include these kinds of items on the blog, but because I’m venturing further into natural products I’d like to start chatting about them a little bit.

I purchased a liquid hand soap from South of France in the scent Orange Blossom Honey. It smells very much like honey, and has a sort of runny consistency but lathers and cleanses nicely. It’s a nice budget-friendly option with a simple and attractive ingredients list. Cruelty-free.

I also spotted this toothpaste from Dr. Bronner’s … I think this is actually a very new product. Technically you can use the Dr. Bronner’s castile soap as a toothpaste, but I’m too chicken. I’ve heard it leaves a foul aftertaste. They’ve now released tubes of actual toothpaste, though, available in peppermint, cinnamon, or anise flavors, and I purchased the peppermint. The natural health store in my new neighborhood has a wide variety of toothpastes, and this one was one of the cheapest at $4. I find that the strangest thing about it is that it doesn’t foam or lather, but the flavor is nice and so far it seems to be working. Cruelty-free.

I also needed a new deodorant and decided to try the Herbal Magic roll-on deodorant in the Herbal scent. The natural health store was selling it for $7.19 and I just tried to gauge as best I could whether it’d be drying based on the ingredients list. My skin is sensitive and it’s been a little tough finding natural deodorants that are strong enough in formulation to be effective, but not so strong that they irritate my skin – we’ll see! I will say that the scent is really nice and I like that it dries down and disappears on my skin better than a more traditional stick formula does. Cruelty-free.


Have you tried any of these products, or have you purchased anything this month that you’re really excited about? I’d love to hear!

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