I’ve taken an inadvertent break from the blog but wanted to mention a handful of things I’ve landed on and have been really enjoying. The truth is that while I still buy stuff occasionally, I’m not doing it with the same hunger and frequency as I have in the past. That means I’m sitting with each product over a longer and more consistent period of time, and really trying to use things up before moving on. Here are about 10 skincare, makeup, and hair care products I’ve had great luck with and are very fond of right now.
I’m a sucker for a mystery box, and so Makeup Geek immediately had my attention when they released a mystery box for purple products for $20, with an advertised savings of 60%. I bought a previous mystery box from Makeup Geek in 2017, which was a bigger bundle of products for $50, and I’m personally glad that they’ve tried this approach a couple of times because it’s a neat way to try products that I wouldn’t necessarily think to pick out for myself. This box was supposed to provide a collection of purple shades, which gave me a little pause but ultimately couldn’t stop me from taking a gamble.
Colourpop swatches & review: Fame eyeshadow palette, Lux Lipsticks, Blotted Lips, and No Filter ConcealerBy Erin on June 11, 2018
I’ve made a couple of Colourpop orders in recent weeks and have had a chance to try the stuff for long enough to offer some thoughts. I have one concealer, four Lux Lipsticks, two Blotted Lips, and one 16-shade eyeshadow palette. Not everything I use from Colourpop ends up being a total hit for me, but they make so many great things at such an affordable price that it’s easy for me to get excited about their new releases and I continue to reach for their products day to day.
When I was in Japan this past winter, I specifically wanted to find some complexion products with high SPF. The year prior, I had tried a little complexion set from Naturaglacé with sample sizes in it, and I’d found that the products seemed really solid. So when I found this year that the brand had a whole new display at Tokyu Hands with an expanded product range (at least compared to what I’d previously seen) and completely new packaging design, I spent some time with the testers and purchased the Moist BB Cream with SPF 43/PA+++ (¥2800 or about $25 for 30g) and Emollient Cream Foundation with SPF 39/PA+++ (¥4800 or about $43 for 27g).
I’m glad more people on the internet have started to talk about the fact that 15% off at Sephora really doesn’t go that far. However, I still partake and enjoy. I try not to go crazy, but I’m definitely kind of hooked on the twice-yearly sale endorphins. During the sales, I typically buy just a little more than the normal routine stuff and take the chance to try new products. This time around I came away with makeup and skincare from Fenty Beauty, DR. JART+, Becca, Laura Mercier, Farmacy, Herbivore, and Sephora Collection.
I have the privilege to be able to travel to Asia on a fairly regular basis since my husband’s family lives in Taiwan. For the past few years we have visited them around the holidays, and this was our third year where we decided to stop in Tokyo for a few days before returning home to New York. It’s taken me about that long to get really comfortable with shopping in Tokyo in terms of finding shopping areas I enjoy, trying brands I’m curious about, and identifying products that spark my curiosity. It’s not so much that I had a set shopping list, but that I’ve gotten better at maximizing feelings of fun and success and minimizing feelings of aimlessness and confusion while shopping.
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!
Shiro Cosmetics #JustLegolasThings collection, Into the Unknown eyeshadows x7, and Fatality Finishing [Move] powderBy Erin on December 17, 2017
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.
Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East WindBy Erin on December 10, 2017
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.
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.