Skincare

LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask

By on September 11, 2013
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)
LUSH Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

Following my experience with LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (review here), I returned to LUSH to try a different mask of theirs. I let the sales associate know that I was looking for something a little stronger in the cleansing department than Love Lettuce was. She suggested Ayesha, which includes clay and witch hazel but is still gentle and nourishing. On the packaging and on the website, Ayesha is described as ideal for mature skin, and although I’m not even yet 30, I’m not in the habit of turning down anti-aging benefits.

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Makeup

LORAC Visual Effects Mascara

By on September 10, 2013
LORAC Visual Effects mascara ($20 for .326 oz.)
LORAC Visual Effects mascara ($20 for .326 oz.)

LORAC Visual Effects mascara was a Nordstrom Rack find a few months back, and it was my first mascara I’ve tried from the brand. I hadn’t heard a thing about it when I saw it, but with the price discounted as it was I thought it’d be worth a try. Visual Effects is described as a curling, separating, and lengthening mascara and has a four-sided plastic comb wand. The wand can be a little tricky, but I think it gives lashes a striking look!

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Mini-reviews of 5 facial cleansing towelettes, vol. 1

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I’ll go ahead and unofficially dub this the green edition of facial cleansing towelette reviews, not because they’re all environmentally kind (though several of them are!) but because they all happen to have green packaging! Well, green-ish. For much of my life I’ve been a huge fan of cleansing wipes. I’m lazy, what can I say. They’re some of my favorite ways to remove makeup, and are great for sticking in a gym bag or for travelling.

Just a few words on how I use cleansing wipes and what qualities I look for when I’m purchasing them. Over the years, I’ve tried a wide variety of them, and mostly stick to options that are under $8 or so for a pack of 20-30 (all the towelettes in this set of reviews are in the $5-6 range). Something else that’s developed in the last year or so is that I specifically am looking wipes that aren’t completely soaked in harsh alcohols. Lots of the cheaper wipes rely on alcohol and aren’t great for the skin, so more recently I’ve been looking for options that rely on gentler ingredients. One more thing I’d like to note is that I don’t completely rely on wipes for full facial cleansing. I use them mostly for makeup removal, and then follow up with a facial cleanser. I wear makeup and SPF during the day and don’t fully trust a wipe to remove all of that plus offer a full skin cleansing.

That all being said, I basically want a wipe that effectively removes makeup and doesn’t leave any off-putting residue on my skin. Pretty simple, right? So let’s get to it. In this edition, I’ll provide brief, straightforward thoughts on the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues with Green Tea Extract, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, and Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes.

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B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30

By on September 8, 2013
B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30
B. Kamins Laboratories Sun Defense SPF 30 ($36 for 4 fl. oz.)

Summer’s on its way out, and I just wanted to say a few quick words about a sun protection product I loved using over the past few months. Sun Defense SPF 30 by B. Kamins Laboratories was one of the sun protection products I received over the summer in my Sample Society subscription boxes, and it wins the prize for being my favorite sun protection product that I used throughout the season.

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Doodles

Waterfowl love makeup, too

By on September 6, 2013

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Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara and PureLash Extender & Conditioner

By on September 5, 2013
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara and PureLash Extender & Conditioner
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara and PureLash Extender & Conditioner

Two products I received over the summer in my Sample Society subscription boxes (you can read about all of the products I received here) were the Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara as well as the Jane Iredale PureLash Extender & Conditioner. I’ve been wearing them off and on for the past few weeks, and have discovered that they make a pretty good team. Each one on their own (or in the case of the conditioner, paired with a different mascara) left me a little disappointed, but they seem to be formulated to complement each other and I really like wearing them together.

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Bath & Body

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan

By on September 3, 2013
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom bathing salts, body milk, and washing grains
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan bathing salts, body milk, and washing grains

Earlier this summer, I was breezing through stores looking for more bath products and landed in The Body Shop. Due to muscle aches, I take hot baths nearly every night before I go to bed. It’s pretty rough on my skin, so I’m always on the hunt for products that will help keep my skin hydrated and soft. The Body Shop was running a pretty good sale on selected items and when I spoke with the sales associate and indicated that I was looking for moisturizing bath products, she pointed me towards three Spa Japan products that were included in the sale. I walked away with the yuzu & green tea bathing salts, yuzu & rice body milk, and the adzuki bean & rice washing grains.

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Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15

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Wearing Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 in shade 2 ($42)
Wearing Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 in shade 2 ($42)

Smashbox’s new foundation, Liquid Halo HD SPF 15, was one that I received a sample of when I was checked for my Sephora +Pantone Color IQ (you can read about my experience here). This foundation was recommended to me after I answered a few questions about my foundation preferences: I have combination skin, I need a foundation that I don’t have to touch up during the day, I’m generally looking for medium coverage, and I like having SPF included. I had previously tried out Smashbox’s HD Healthy FX SPF 15 foundation and had really enjoyed the look it gave me, but it unfortunately faded away way too early in the day to be of much use to me. So, I was definitely interested to see if this one might perform better.

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How does Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off compare to Benefit They’re Real! mascara?

By on September 2, 2013
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara ($6.99 at Ulta)
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara ($6.99)

The other day, I was walking through the drugstore cosmetics and something caught my eye: a promotional display of some new Rimmel mascaras, one of which was boasting an image of a wand that looks pretty similar to Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara wand. They’re Real! is one of my favorites, and it would definitely be nice to find a comparable product for a drugstore price. I even have a They’re Real! mini tube on hand to compare it to, so I brought the Rimmel home with me to see how it stacks up.

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Wet n Wild Pop Art Craze eye trio in Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up!

By on August 31, 2013
Wet n Wild Pop Art Craze eye trio in Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up! ($2.99)
Hard Being the It Girl (left) and Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up! (right)

This is the second palette from Wet n Wild’s Pop Art Craze collection that I’ve had the opportunity to try. Compared to Hard Being the It Girl (review), I expected this one to even brighter, but it’s actually well suited for a softer look. The colors themselves are very pretty, but none of them can live up to that vibrant blue in Hard Being the It Girl in pigmentation and intensity.

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