Skincare

Five ways to keep skin hydrated in the winter

By on November 19, 2017
Keeping skin hydrated with cleansers, toners, lotions, creams, oils, and balms

I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.

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Bath & Body | Makeup | Skincare

Recent winter empties

By on March 1, 2017
Products I’ve used up over the past couple of months

I took a little break from keeping up with empties that I was going through, and I thought now that February is over I’d revisit the products that I’ve used up this winter. I’ve been a little more selective about the empty trash that I keep around so hopefully this is an easier group of things to keep up with and makes for a breezier read. Here are my final thoughts on the makeup and skincare products that deserve one last look before getting tossed out.

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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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Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum

By on April 24, 2016
Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)
Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)

I’m going to jump right into talking about more products from Andalou Naturals. Here are a couple of products from their newly released Quenching Coconut line that I was so excited to find at Whole Foods about a month ago and have been itching to talk about: the Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum.

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Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

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Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask
Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask

I’ve recently gotten back into working an office job so I’m still trying to figure out a balance for writing blog posts on my off time, but I have some skincare that I’ve been working through and looking forward to talking about. Here are some nice ones, the Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

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Hair Care | Makeup | Skincare

Empties: February-March 2016

By on April 2, 2016
Products used up during February and March
Products used up during February and March

I’ve gotten out of the swing of reviewing empty products every month, and have been thinking it might make more sense to chat about them every two months or so. The upside of that is that there’s just a wider variety of stuff to talk about, though it also means there’s more to cover in a single post, as well. That means I’ll try to be quick as I give an overview of each product and determine whether it was worth the purchase!

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Makeup | Skincare

The big post-holiday empties: makeup, skincare, hair, and body

By on January 23, 2016
Empty products from the last few months
Empty products from the last few months

As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses skincare: Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream

By on December 13, 2015
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Contour Gel, Night Cream, and Absolute Serum
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Revive Contour Gel, Heavenly Night Cream, and Absolute Serum

I have a pretty good track record with Andalou Naturals products, and their (somewhat) new 1000 Roses line is something I’ve been pretty curious about. Andalou’s products are affordable, natural, and cruelty-free, and the 1000 Roses product line is formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin, which describes my skin more and more these days. After placing a Vitacost order, I’ve been able to try four products from the line over the past few months. I’ll talk through my experiences with the 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream.

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Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

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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