Makeup

Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind

By on December 10, 2017
Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind ($5.75 for 3g mini jars)

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.

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Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara

By on December 3, 2017
Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara ($14)

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.

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Hair Care

Light Mountain henna hair color in Mahogany

By on November 19, 2017
Light Mountain henna hair color & conditioner in Mahogany

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.

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Skincare

Five ways to keep skin hydrated in the winter

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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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Colourpop goodies: My Little Pony and Element of Surprise eyeshadows

By on November 14, 2017
Colourpop My Little Pony palette and Super Shock Eyeshadow, Element of Surprise palette

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.

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ColourPop goodies: Pressed Powder Highlighter & Bronzer, Pressed Shadows x7, lippies, and more

By on August 24, 2017
ColourPop purchases: highlighter, bronzer, lip colors, eyeshadows, and a magnetic palette

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.

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Skincare

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

By on July 26, 2017
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50 for 30 ml)

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.

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Makeup

ColourPop Crystal Liquid Highlighter in Aquamarine

By on July 21, 2017
ColourPop Crystal Liquid Highlighter in Aquamarine ($9)

ColourPop released a set of crystal-inspired products recently and I went ahead and placed a small order the day I received the promotional email about the launch. I didn’t go crazy, I just decided to get the Aquamarine shade of the Crystal Liquid Highlighter to try the formula out. At this point most of the stuff is out of stock on the website, but as I write this Aquamarine is the only Crystal Liquid Highlighter that’s still available. I think people may be underestimating the beauty of a bluish highlight, though, because I think it’s really nice.

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Skincare

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%

By on June 11, 2017
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% ($7.90 for 30 ml)

I have another item from The Ordinary to talk about, and it’s the first serum I’ve tried from them that targets wrinkles. Argireline is a peptide complex, and I hadn’t heard of it before shopping on The Ordinary’s site. In all honesty I think that if I had done more research before placing my order, I probably would have bought something else, but it’s not a bad ingredient and I’ve found it an interesting one to learn more about because it has a different kind of effect than a lot of others I’m familiar with.

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BH Cosmetics Marble Collection in Warm Stone, Supernova Baked Eyeshadows, and Blacklight Highlight Palette: Swatches & Review

By on April 27, 2017
BH Cosmetics Marble Collection in Warm Stone ($11.99), Supernova Eyeshadow Palette ($15.99), Blacklight Highlight 6 Color Palette ($16.99), and Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer ($5.99)

I’ve had some really good luck with BH Cosmetics lately and recently saw that they launched some fun new stuff for the spring season. I have three new palettes that I’ve bought: the Marble Collection in Warm Stone featuring 12 eyeshadows ($11.99), the Supernova 18 Color Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($15.99), and the Blacklight Highlight 6 Color Palette ($16.99). These are each quite different from each other, but all have their own unique appeal. I’d like to share some swatches and thoughts on all three.

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