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LUSH Rub Rub Rub salt scrub, Celestial moisturizer, Charity Pot body lotion, and Yellow Submarine bath bomb

By on September 17, 2018
LUSH Celestial facial moisturizer ($26.95 for 1.5 oz.), Charity Pot hand & body lotion ($7.95 for 1.7 oz.), and Rub Rub Rub shower scrub ($22.95 for 11.6 oz.)

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Lush, and it’s because it had actually been a while since I walked into a store and bought something. After paying a visit this summer, I ended up with some pretty classic stuff, all of which I’d never actually purchased before. I got a pot of the Rub Rub Rub salt scrub ($22.95 for 11.6 oz.), Celestial facial moisturizer for sensitive skin ($26.95 for 1.5 oz.), Charity Pot hand and body lotion ($7.95 for 1.7 oz.), and a Yellow Submarine bath bomb ($5.95) And, they’ve all been really great for my dryish, sensitive skin over the past few months.

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Taui No. 1 Egyptian Skin Balm

By on August 23, 2018
Taui No. 1 Egyptian Skin Balm ($20 for 2 oz. jar, $13 for 1 oz. tube)

I’m a big fan of oil-based balms for my skin, both for my face and my body. So, I was really happy to be able to try the balm by Taui, who make a simple product with organic and sustainable ingredients. This is a balm formulated with organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly, and everything’s handmade in Portland, Oregon by a two-person team. A little bonus is that the balm is available in both a 2-ounce glass jar for $20 or a 1-ounce plastic tube for $13, which means I have a jar that lives in my bathroom cabinet and a tube that lives in my travel bag for weekend trips.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Hands & Nails | Skincare

A 3-month review of Halo Beauty Hair|Skin|Nails Booster

By on July 29, 2018
Halo Beauty Hair|Skin|Nails Booster ($39.95)

Like a lot of people, I was initially skeptical when Tati Westbrook announced that she was releasing a dietary supplement to nourish hair, skin, and nails. However, it had been a few years since I’d tried a supplement targeting my outward appearance, and I realized something that made me think about her launch a little differently. It occurred to me that, considering the rampant problems with the supplement industry, I might be actually better off considering a product made by someone I at least am familiar with in the virtual sense than I would be with a company I might find on a store shelf and know absolutely nothing about. I ordered a three month supply, which was a time frame I figured was long enough to allow me to hopefully observe some results.

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Hands & Nails

Formula X nail polish in Alchemy II

By on January 16, 2016
Formula X Alchemy II ($14)
Formula X Alchemy II ($14)

Alchemy II is a limited edition holiday-time shade from Sephora’s Formula X line, and as the name suggests, it’s the second such release that they’ve created. Last year’s Alchemy came across as more of a white gold, I believe, that looked quite pretty but didn’t seem quite special enough for me to purchase. This year it’s a beautiful bronzed copper that I fell for when I first saw it in the store back in December.

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Revisiting my 2015 beauty resolutions + goals for 2016

By on January 10, 2016
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal

For the last couple of years I’ve set five beauty-related resolutions to pursue (see also: resolutions for 2014, resolutions for 2015). All of these goals have generally been good ones for me to work on, and they tend to be oriented toward long-term progress and development. And so, I definitely didn’t “finish” them over the past year. In fact, there are a couple resolutions that didn’t get addressed much at all. Instead of coming up with a whole new set of resolutions for 2016, I wanted to revisit my resolutions for 2015 and just take a minute to chat about where I’m at with them thus far.

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Hands & Nails

Formula X nail polish in Monumental

By on November 6, 2015
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)

I tend to be really attracted to color, and so as my wedding was coming up I thought it was as good a time as any to find myself a good nude nail polish for myself. I spent a lot of time playing around with the Formula X polishes at Sephora since they have testers, are affordable, and I’ve had good luck with them in the past, and I walked away with a shade called Monumental (a shade name that seems fitting for the occasion).

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Monthly empties: September 2015

By on October 7, 2015
Products used up during the month of September
Products used up during the month of September

Happy October, guys! I have a bundle of skincare and makeup products, plus a few other home bits, that I used up this past month. I have both hits and misses here, some American products, some Korean products, and some cruelty-free products. I’ll quickly talk through what I thought of each one!

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

By on 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.

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Monthly empties: June 2015

By on July 1, 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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