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 bought the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) after using and loving their Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 when I ran out of my Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, which is a similar kind of liquid concealer packaged a with doe foot wand. One of the things I really enjoyed about the Skin Tint was that although it had a luminous finish, it seemed to have a surprisingly elastic, long-lasting quality once it set on the skin, and the Flex Concealer is explicitly marketed as a hydrating formula that bends with skin throughout the day.
It’s time for me to talk about the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact serum foundation because I’m reaching a point where I’m almost out of it. I was given this as a gift in the shade Fair for my birthday in July and have since been reaching for it regularly. It makes a really great day-to-day foundation because of it’s lighter coverage and high SPF, and it also travels well because it’s a cream in a compact, not a liquid.
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.
Over the past couple of weeks I happened to be waiting for an interesting Sephora gift with purchase offer to arrive in my inbox before submitting an order, and Sephora just happened to suddenly launch the new Fenty Beauty line and released a gift offer for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation at the same time. I jumped on it and got this nice sample bottle of the foundation in shade 150 to try out. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation advertises a lot with its name―long-wearing, imperfection-blurring, matte finish―and it’s available in a staggering range of 40 shades.
Milk Makeup is a relatively new addition to Sephora, which is where I first learned of them, and they seem to be kind of polarizing. I understand that the brand’s look and feel isn’t for everyone, but I personally think their approach is very cool. They were born from the bicoastal LA and NYC-based Milk Studios and really highlight fresh and expressive makeup in formats designed for easy application. I bought the Sunshine Skin Tint during the springtime Sephora sale and honestly, I think it’s really fantastic. This is a luminous light coverage foundation that looks really nice and healthy on the skin, provides some sun protection, and comes in a funny click-pen rollerball tube.
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.