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New from EcoTools: Define and Highlight brush duo

By on February 14, 2017
EcoTools Define and Highlight Brush Duo ($11.99)

It looks like EcoTools has come out with some new brushes, including this bronzing and highlighting duo for $11.99. The new line is marked by updated handles and ferules, and I thought that these two looked like brushes that I could use in my collection. They’re soft and fluffy, and I feel like over time EcoTools has been getting better with their brush shapes and the taper of the bristles. These are also vegan, tree-free, and utilize recycled materials including handles made of recycled bamboo.

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Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

By on February 12, 2017
Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare set: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, and BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.

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Visée Innocent Veil Powder

By on February 5, 2017
Visée Innocent Veil Powder (¥1,836, or around $16)

I can already feel myself getting excited for springtime cosmetics, so I have to remind myself at times to continue enjoying wintery things while we’re still living in that moment. One of the most delightfully wintery products that I have is this finishing powder by Visée that I purchased in Japan called the Innocent Veil Powder from their winter 2016 Winter Doll collection. Now that I’m back in the US, this powder also seems to be fairly easy to find and purchase online.

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Trying out Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser, CGF oil-free serum, and night cream

By on January 28, 2017
Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser ($9.99), CGF oil-free serum ($19.99), and night cream ($17.99)

I just wanted to quickly take a moment to chat about three Acure Organics skincare products that I’ve been using recently. I bought these at Whole Foods when they were on sale, and find them to be really solid, straightforward, and affordable options. I’ve been trying the Sensitive Facial Cleanser, CGF Oil-Free Serum, and Night Cream.

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That time I visited Tokyo for New Year’s and bought a lot of stuff

By on January 16, 2017
Some of my Tokyo cosmetic purchases

My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.

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Beauty Loon favorites: best of 2016!

By on January 6, 2017
Wrapping up the holiday season in Tokyo

Over 2016 I generally reduced the amount of cosmetics that I purchased and really scrutinized new releases, which means that a Beauty Loon year-end wrap up can be quite succinct and focused. There were a few specific brands that became new loves for me, so you’ll see some brands repeat in my product picks, and I’ve gone ahead and broken down the favorites into 10 product categories. Ok, let’s go!

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ColourPop goodies: To And From and Sweet holiday sets, and more

By on November 23, 2016
Colourpop purchases
ColourPop purchases

I finally bit the bullet and placed my first ColourPop order and purchased the To And From Lippie Stix holiday set, the Sweet eyeshadow and Ultra Satin Lip holiday set, and a couple of single products, which all together totals 8 lip colors, 3 eyeshadows, and 1 highlighter. Over the past couple of years of resisting the hype over this brand, I’ve noticed that their holiday sets seem to be the most attractive to me and so this time around I jumped on a couple of them pretty early in the season. Here are some swatches and early thoughts.

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Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream

By on October 30, 2016
Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream
Andalou Naturals Coconut Youth Firm Night Cream ($24.99 for 1.7 oz.)

After trying and enjoying the toner and serum from Andalou Naturals’ relatively new coconut-themed Quenching skincare line, I returned to Whole Foods to take a look the moisturizers. The moisturizing products I’ve previously tried from the brand’s rose line hadn’t been quite heavy enough for my skin, so I decided to go for the coconut night cream. Officially called the Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream, this one includes coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.

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The Henna Guys hair dye in Medium Brown

By on October 27, 2016
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)

I’ve been using henna to dye my hair for a couple of years now to achieve red hair and great gray hair coverage. For the first time, I recently tried something a little different – a henna and indigo blend for a medium brown shade. Fooling around with indigo is something I intended to get into from the first time I used henna, but it turned out that I really liked the red for a long time and found the idea of experimenting with recipes and proportions of two dyes to be more effort than I wanted to put in. So for this change in routine, I decided to try a Medium Brown henna and indigo blend from The Henna Guys, which is available on their website as well as Amazon.

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Goodies from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

By on October 14, 2016
Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics
Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

I made some orders with Zoeva and BH Cosmetics, and was spurred on by a makeup brush clean-out and a sale. Zoeva was the big one that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and finally put together an order of brushes and makeup to make the international shipping worth it. BH Cosmetics, on the other hand, won me over with a sale and some interesting new products on the site.

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