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 | Skincare

Comparison: Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, and The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

By on May 25, 2016
Alaffia Africa's Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm
Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with distinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.

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Makeup | Skincare

Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing cream

By on September 10, 2015
Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing cream ($21 for 100 ml)
Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing cream ($21 for 100 ml)

For the past few months I’ve been using an extremely lovely makeup removing balm from Banila Co. called Clean It Zero. It’s a really popular Korean option that I purchased at The Yeon in Flushing, Queens, but is also readily available online. They call it a sherbet cleanser, which is very apt – it’s solid but has a really light and silky texture, and it emulsifies once you add water.

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Bath & Body | Hands & Nails

The Honest Co. Honest Sunscreen Lotion and Organic Healing Balm

By on May 21, 2015
The Honest Co. Organic
The Honest Co. Organic Honest Sunscreen Lotion ($13.95) and Organic Healing Balm ($12.95)

The Honest Co. first caught my attention while browsing through Target, where I remember seeing a big display dedicated to the brand’s many products, including baby, bath, body, home, and more. It wasn’t until I saw their a couple of products pop up at Costco that I first purchased, and I’ve since been trying out their Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 and multipurpose Organic Healing Balm.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

Some purchases from the past few weeks

By on April 13, 2015
Stocking up on some basics
Stocking up on some basics

So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.

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Makeup | Skincare

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

By on December 3, 2014
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($15 for 3 oz.)
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($15 for 2.7 oz.)

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a long time and have only mentioned it once on the blog, which was in my list of standout products of 2013. So, I really like it but have taken my time getting a review up! This is a rich makeup removing balm that features Community Fair Trade camomile water that comes from a family cooperative in England and is formulated to be appropriate for those with sensitive skin.

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Some summer empties

By on October 8, 2014
Thai iced tea, perfect for summer
Enjoying a summery Thai iced tea in Thailand

Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.

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Skincare

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

By on February 26, 2014
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($25.80 for 2 oz. or $38.20 for 4 oz.)
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($25.80 for 2 oz. or $38.20 for 4 oz.)

The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is one of these products that’s gained a cult following and is (supposedly) loved by celebrities like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Emily Blunt. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard of it until my mom offered me a jar. She had found a two-pack at Costco, and apparently sister wasn’t terribly fond of it.

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