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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Mauve Mania

By on September 24, 2013
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

It’s starting to get a little cooler out, and I recently spent an extra moment taking a look at the “purples” of the Maybelline lipsticks in my nearby drugstore. I noticed Mauve Mania, which was labeled as a new shade on the bar code sticker. It looked like a really pretty not-too-dark color for the season. I’ve had such good luck with the Color Sensational line of lipsticks, so it wasn’t a hard decision to walk away with this one in hand.

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Crown Brush on Hautelook starting Friday, 9/27

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Crown Brush 10-pc Italian Badger makeup brush set
Crown Brush 10-piece Italian Badger makeup brush set

Starting this Friday, September 27th, Crown Brush will be featured on Hautelook, Nordstrom’s flash sale site. Hautelook always brings in fun products for their Beauty category, and I’ve seen Crown Brush make appearances every now and then. I caught another sale on the site three or four months ago and got my hands on this 10-piece Italian Badger brush set, which I’ve really been enjoying. I’d love to share a few thoughts on the brushes in the set and hopefully help you decide whether a similar set might be right for you.

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L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet, and Bronzed Taupe

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L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet and Bronzed Taupe
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet and Bronzed Taupe

These Infallible eye shadows are super cool. I love how these look on my eyes, and I even love the little clear pots they come in. These shadows are a little like a dense loose powder, and a plastic piece in the jar presses them so that they behave a bit more like a normal pressed shadow. I actually avoided purchasing these for a while because at around $8/each they’re more expensive than other drugstore shadows, but I really do love these and it’s difficult to hold back from grabbing more.

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Bargain bin find: Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara

By on September 21, 2013
Sephora Collection Atomic Volume Mascara (originally $12, on sale for $5)
Sephora Collection Atomic Volume Mascara (originally $12, on sale for $5)

I found this mascara in the sale bin at Sephora this summer, and thought it’d be a great opportunity to give a Sephora Collection mascara a go. I’ve actually never tried a mascara from them before, but I do know Sephora Collection sometimes offers pretty competitive products at a nice price. I just recently opened it up and started trying it out, and I’m kind of excited about it!

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Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

By on September 20, 2013
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($32.95 for 120 ml)
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($32.95 for 120 ml)

I got my hands on a deluxe sample of Suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser through my September Sample Society box. It is a sugar and lemongrass formula, and smells absolutely amazing. It’s really thick and concentrated, and I initially thought that the sample felt sort of meager until I realized how little you need each time you use it. Suki recommends this for all skin types except those with cystic acne and rosacea-prone skin, and I’ll go ahead and say that I really enjoy this cleanser a lot.

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Clarins goodies!

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Clarins purchases, free samples, and a free gift bag with purchse
Clarins purchases, free samples, and a free gift bag of deluxe samples with purchase

I recently received a package of Clarins goodies that I’m really excited about. I’ve purchased individual items here and there from my local Clarins counter at Nordstrom before, but this was actually my first time making a purchase online. I was prompted by a Gilt City mobile app deal that gave me $60 in Clarins online credit for $40, and once I got my hands on that deal I decided to act quickly and make a purchase on the last day of a free gift with purchase offer that included a cute little bag and 5 deluxe product samples. I love freebies, and I’m super eager to try out a whole bunch of products that I’ve never used before.

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Five Flops: Makeup, skincare, and hair products that I’m tossing

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I don’t like to waste products, and I usually make an effort to finish them up before I throw them out, even if I’m less than enthusiastic about using them. Plus, I usually do enough research to avoid purchasing products that won’t work for me in the first place. However, these five products are recent purchases that I couldn’t make work, and I’m tossing ’em while there’s still plenty of stuff left in them.

Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease uncontrollably
Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease

Let’s get right to it!

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

By on September 19, 2013
Wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland
Wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland ($42)

The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is one of my favorite go-to products, and one of the few higher end products that I repurchase despite the high price tag. Part of the reason I can get over the price is that you get a lot of product in a bottle, 1.9 oz, about twice what you get with a lot of other foundations. It works just the same as a foundation for me, and it’s not like I need to use more product in an application. I think I use less, actually. The other reason why I repurchase this is that it really makes my skin look like it’s just naturally more healthy and radiant than it looks on its own. When I receive compliments my skin, I most likely wearing this.

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Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel

By on September 18, 2013
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel ($38)
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel ($38)

Am I the only one who thinks that “Bright Plus HP” sounds like something you’d collect in an old role-playing video game? I honestly have no idea what HP means in Clarins land, but to me it means I’m absorbing health points. I wish I could find out what it references on their website, but I don’t see any indication. Anyhow, Bright Plus HP is a line of products by Clarins that helps to bring out radiance and improve skin tone. The Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel is a clear liquid that you apply on your face with a cotton pad after cleansing and leave on overnight once or twice a week. It’s an exfoliating lotion that removes old skin cells and boosts cell turnover for a brighter, younger looking complexion.

Update: Sometime in 2014/2015 Clarins discontinued the Renewing Brightening Peel and introduced the Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, which boasts very similar ingredients (a combination of glycolic, salicylic and tartaric acids as well as tamarind and white nettle) and is similarly intended to be used once or twice a week. I don’t have the ingredients list for the toner and so cannot confirm that they it is the same product, but the two products are certainly close.

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

By on September 16, 2013
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner ($20)
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner ($20)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is a felt tip liner that boasts a quick-drying and long-wearing formula. I have it in black, but it does come in 7 other colors, as well. It’s a favorite of many, and its applicator is described as versatile and beginner-friendly. I was initially introduced to it through one of Sephora’s displays of recommended eyeliners. I’ve never really been in the habit of wearing liquid eyeliner on a regular basis, so I can be a little clumsy with them in general and I thought that perhaps the stiffer felt tip may be a handy help with drawing an even line more reliably.

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