I have thoroughly tried four more serums from The Ordinary, and these are all under the $10 mark. Two are definite favorites from The Ordinary line, and two were somewhat disappointing. I love the low price point, which allows me to try lots of new active ingredients for the first time and see how they work for my skin, and I also really enjoy that the Ordinary’s products often have very no-nonsense ingredients. This time around I will be reviewing the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%.
I don’t round up favorite products on a regular basis except for at the end of the year, so this is my chance to put some of my reviews in perspective and talk about the stuff that really stood out to me. I’m highlighting some skincare and some makeup that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and span a wide range of price points. And I have to get this up and out there before I start talking about all of the newstuff I’ve bought for myself this winter and will be trying in 2018, so let’s go!
Shiro Cosmetics #JustLegolasThings collection, Into the Unknown eyeshadows x7, and Fatality Finishing [Move] powderBy Erin on December 17, 2017
It’s been a while since I’ve made an order from Shiro Cosmetics, but I revisited their site on Black Friday and spent some time shopping their newer eyeshadow collections. I ended up buying the full 5-piece #JustLegolasThings eyeshadow collection and 7 of the 15 eyeshadows released in the Into the Unknown collection. Overall, I picked up a really lovely autumnal color palette. I’m also trying a face finishing powder for the first time, although this is an older product from the brand. These products are still really new to me but I have swatches of each of the eyeshadows and general first impressions to share.
Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East WindBy Erin on December 10, 2017
I was not previously familiar with the Nordic fairy tale that this collection by Corvus Cosmetics is based on, but I paid attention to the product release because I love the other highlighting powders created by Corvus. The East of the Sun and West of the Moon collection was actually created in collaboration with several other indie brands including Arcana, Blooddrop, and Nui Cobalt Designs. Corvus released five different highlighting powders, and I bought three snowy shades: White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind.
I love redeeming Sephora points for mascara minis when I can, because I use mascara every day. As long as the mascara ends up being decent, then the reward definitely ends up saving me money. I’ve had several different minis sitting around from recent Sephora orders including the Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume, and it reminded me that while a lot of the Sephora Collection products are easy to walk right by, many of them are really great and totally worth checking out.
I haven’t shared thoughts and before-after photos for this henna hair color from Light Mountain yet, but it’s the one I’ve been using for the better part of a year. Once I started using a henna shade blended with indigo rather than just pure henna, it took me time to find a formula and shade that worked for me. Once I landed on this one, I kept with it. I use one 113 g box per color application and buy it on Amazon in a 3-pack for $14.99, so it’s definitely accessible and affordable. It’s also made with just three 100% USDA Certified Organic plant ingredients, and the brand lists 15 shades plus a colorless neutral option on their website.
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.
It’s buying season and I recently ordered some of the special releases from Colourpop, including the My Little Pony eyeshadow palette ($16), My Little Pony Super Shock Eyeshadow in Posey ($5), and the Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette ($16). Both of these collections feature very attractive shades and there are definitely some really interesting shadows in both. Beyond that, I continue to be really pleased with the quality of Colourpop eyeshadows.
I’ve made two orders from ColourPop this summer and have bought a lot of different things to try. So far, I’ve only talked about the Crystal Liquid Highlighter, but over the two orders I’ve also collected a couple of lip colors, 7 pressed powder eyeshadows and a magnetic palette, a pressed powder highlighter, a pressed powder bronzer, and a Super Shock eyeshadow. These products and I have had some time to get a little acquainted and I have swatches and thoughts to pass along.
I have another treatment from The Ordinary that I want to talk about, this time it’s the anti-aging Matrixyl 10% plus HA. Like much of The Ordinary’s product line, this is an affordable serum with a specific ingredient focus and target. Matrixyl is a peptide, and in the case for this serum, there are two generations here: Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6 at a combined concentration 10%. The “HA” in the title refers to what The Ordinary calls a specialized hyaluronic acid delivery system.