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Makeup and skincare favorites of 2017

By on January 10, 2018
Makeup and skincare favorites of 2017

I don’t round up favorite products on a regular basis except for at the end of the year, so this is my chance to put some of my reviews in perspective and talk about the stuff that really stood out to me. I’m highlighting some skincare and some makeup that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and span a wide range of price points. And I have to get this up and out there before I start talking about all of the newstuff I’ve bought for myself this winter and will be trying in 2018, so let’s go!

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Shiro Cosmetics #JustLegolasThings collection, Into the Unknown eyeshadows x7, and Fatality Finishing [Move] powder

By on December 17, 2017
Shiro Cosmetics #JustLegolasThings collection, Into the Unknown eyeshadows x7, and Fatality finishing powder

It’s been a while since I’ve made an order from Shiro Cosmetics, but I revisited their site on Black Friday and spent some time shopping their newer eyeshadow collections. I ended up buying the full 5-piece #JustLegolasThings eyeshadow collection and 7 of the 15 eyeshadows released in the Into the Unknown collection. Overall, I picked up a really lovely autumnal color palette. I’m also trying a face finishing powder for the first time, although this is an older product from the brand. These products are still really new to me but I have swatches of each of the eyeshadows and general first impressions to share.

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Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind

By on December 10, 2017
Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind ($5.75 for 3g mini jars)

I was not previously familiar with the Nordic fairy tale that this collection by Corvus Cosmetics is based on, but I paid attention to the product release because I love the other highlighting powders created by Corvus. The East of the Sun and West of the Moon collection was actually created in collaboration with several other indie brands including Arcana, Blooddrop, and Nui Cobalt Designs. Corvus released five different highlighting powders, and I bought three snowy shades: White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind.

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Bath & Body

Monthly Kali luxury box with chemical-free 100% organic tampons and pads: a 3-month review

By on December 6, 2017
Monthly Kali Luxury Box ($22.89)

I’ve been trying several period care subscription services since the beginning of summer and have received 3 boxes from Kali, bringing me to the point where I’m evaluating whether to continue with their service or not. Kali provides monthly or bimonthly boxes of organic period care free of chemicals like dioxin and chorine bleach, and offers a few different kinds of boxes depending on what products you’d like to receive. I’ve subscribed to the luxury box for $22.89, which includes a choice of 14 tampons or 16 pads, 10 organic wipettes, 10 panty liners, and 1 relaxing pampering item. I will start by showing you everything I’ve received in my boxes, and then expand on the quality of the service as a whole.

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Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara

By on December 3, 2017
Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara ($14)

I love redeeming Sephora points for mascara minis when I can, because I use mascara every day. As long as the mascara ends up being decent, then the reward definitely ends up saving me money. I’ve had several different minis sitting around from recent Sephora orders including the Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume, and it reminded me that while a lot of the Sephora Collection products are easy to walk right by, many of them are really great and totally worth checking out.

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Milk Makeup Flex Concealer

By on November 28, 2017
Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28 for 0.2 oz.)

I bought the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) after using and loving their Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 when I ran out of my Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, which is a similar kind of liquid concealer packaged a with doe foot wand. One of the things I really enjoyed about the Skin Tint was that although it had a luminous finish, it seemed to have a surprisingly elastic, long-lasting quality once it set on the skin, and the Flex Concealer is explicitly marketed as a hydrating formula that bends with skin throughout the day.

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Hair Care | Makeup | Skincare

Recent sales: Sephora and Kiehl’s

By on November 22, 2017
Sephora and Kiehl’s goodies

Hey, I bought some things a little bit of a discount. Wanna see what I got? I took advantage of sales last week at Sephora and Kiehl’s that happened to begin over the same weekend, which I’m sure was no coincidence. I grabbed a couple of things impulsively, but more than anything I took it as a chance to stock up on the kinds of products that I run through the quickest, in the hopes that I can push off needing to make additional purchases over the next several months.

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It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact SPF 50+ solid serum foundation

By on November 20, 2017
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact SPF 50+ Foundation ($38 for 0.63 oz.)

It’s time for me to talk about the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact serum foundation because I’m reaching a point where I’m almost out of it. I was given this as a gift in the shade Fair for my birthday in July and have since been reaching for it regularly. It makes a really great day-to-day foundation because of it’s lighter coverage and high SPF, and it also travels well because it’s a cream in a compact, not a liquid.

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Hair Care

Light Mountain henna hair color in Mahogany

By on November 19, 2017
Light Mountain henna hair color & conditioner in Mahogany

I haven’t shared thoughts and before-after photos for this henna hair color from Light Mountain yet, but it’s the one I’ve been using for the better part of a year. Once I started using a henna shade blended with indigo rather than just pure henna, it took me time to find a formula and shade that worked for me. Once I landed on this one, I kept with it. I use one 113 g box per color application and buy it on Amazon in a 3-pack for $14.99, so it’s definitely accessible and affordable. It’s also made with just three 100% USDA Certified Organic plant ingredients, and the brand lists 15 shades plus a colorless neutral option on their website.

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Five ways to keep skin hydrated in the winter

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Keeping skin hydrated with cleansers, toners, lotions, creams, oils, and balms

I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.

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