Skincare

The Ordinary skincare: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution, Azelaic Acid, and Plant-Derived Squalane

By on April 7, 2017
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F ($17.80), 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90), and Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90)

The Ordinary is really new to the skincare scene but has quickly caught everyone’s attention for their really straightforward and affordable products (also, cruelty-free). I have purchased 5 items from them so far but can’t try them out all of them at once, so I thought to start out I’d talk about 3 products that I’m using right now: a vitamin treatment, a direct acid, and a hydrator. Today I’m reviewing the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (vitamin C in a lightweight oil, $17.80), Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (multifunctional brightening treatment, $7.90), and 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (lightweight hydrator, $7.90).

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Current favorites from Kiehl’s

By on September 30, 2016
Current favorites from Kiehl's
Current favorites from Kiehl’s

I’ve really been exploring a lot of skincare from Kiehl’s over the past several months, evidenced by posts here and here. While I fortunately can’t say any of the products have been complete misses for me, I definitely have some favorites that I’m very excited about. I’m even at a point where I can chat about 5 of my favorite products covering 5 different product categories, so it seems like a great time to talk about the stuff I’m really enjoying.

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Trying Kiehl’s for the first time

By on May 8, 2016
Kiehl's purchases
Kiehl’s purchases

It probably shouldn’t have taken me this long to try some Kiehl’s products, but now that I’m in New York City I’ve passed through their flagship store in the East Village at a couple of times and have started to explore product range. Their flagship store is actually their original location that dates back to 1851 (a date that’s proudly proclaimed on all of their product packaging) when it was a pharmacy, and is a really cool place to visit.

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

By on April 24, 2016
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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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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60 days trying Paula’s Choice Clear 2% salicylic acid toner and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment

By on September 25, 2015
Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide
Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide

I made my first purchase from Paula’s Choice recently, and was prompted by my quest to clear up my face. My hormones lost control when I quit birth control about a year ago, and my face hasn’t been quite the same since. After chatting with a sales rep on their website, the two Paula’s Choice Clear Blemish Control products I purchased were the 2% salicylic acid exfoliating lotion and the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide daily treatment.

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Bath & Body | Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

Recent purchases (Paula’s Choice, The Face Shop, Rimmel, and natural health goodies)

By on July 18, 2015
Purchases I've made in July
Purchases I’ve made in July

I’m calling my July purchases a wrap, as I’ve checked off all of the items I had on my shopping list (plus some). A lot of this stuff was purchased to replace some of the items I’ve recently run out of, and I have all kinds of things going on – a good amount of skincare, some body and personal health items, and a bit of makeup.

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Monthly empties: June 2015

By on July 1, 2015
Products used up during the month of June
Products used up during the month of June

This month I used up a lot of skincare, as well as a hand cream. There’s all kinds of stuff here – cleansers, masks, lotions, serums, and a toner, as well as both budget and luxury products. I’ll quickly run through them here and say whether they were hits or misses!

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Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

By on April 29, 2015
Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask ($14.95 for 1.7 fl. oz.)
Andalou Naturals BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask ($14.95 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Not too long after I started using Andalou Naturals’ Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel, I also decided to try their BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask, which is under the brand’s Age Defying line for dry and sensitive skin. I love using different kinds of exfoliating treatments and also tend to enjoy Andalou’s products, plus I like things that target the signs of aging, so this enzyme and antioxidant-rich mask sounded like a winner.

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Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

By on January 31, 2015
Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel ($4.95 for 1.8 fl. oz.)
Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel ($14.95 for 1.8 fl. oz.)

This past fall, I decided to stop taking birth control pills after developing some symptoms I was unhappy with, and my skin promptly started to flip out. I’ve historically had fairly clear skin with only an occasional hormonal breakout but more recently I’ve started trying out a few products for troubled skin in an attempt to keep things under control as much as I can, and the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel is one of the products I’ve been experimenting with.

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