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Recent sales: Sephora and Kiehl’s

By on November 22, 2017
Sephora and Kiehl’s goodies

Hey, I bought some things a little bit of a discount. Wanna see what I got? I took advantage of sales last week at Sephora and Kiehl’s that happened to begin over the same weekend, which I’m sure was no coincidence. I grabbed a couple of things impulsively, but more than anything I took it as a chance to stock up on the kinds of products that I run through the quickest, in the hopes that I can push off needing to make additional purchases over the next several months.

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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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Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream

By on March 19, 2017

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($46 for 0.5 oz.)
After I had such good luck with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which I wrote about here, I had been really curious to try some of the 10 other eye creams and serums that the brand offers. Where to start? I have to admit that part of the reason I was drawn to the Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream was the pretty frosted aqua jar, but it also seemed like a good next step because it’s meant to generally smooth, firm, and brighten the eye area for a youthful appearance.

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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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The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream and Smoothing Eye Cream

By on August 25, 2016
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream ($28) and Smoothing Eye Cream ($22)
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream ($28) and Smoothing Eye Cream ($22)

This past spring when I ran out of night cream, I ended up taking advantage of one of The Body Shop’s many sales to purchase two products from their Nutriganics range: the Smoothing Night Cream and the Smoothing Eye Cream. I’ve never tried the Nutriganics products before but have enjoyed The Body Shop’s moisturizers in the past, and was excited to try some of the brand’s fancier products. They’re both under $30 so even though they’re more expensive than other TBS skincare, they’re definitely still within reach for me, and they’re an even better deal on sale.

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses skincare: Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream

By on December 13, 2015
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Contour Gel, Night Cream, and Absolute Serum
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Revive Contour Gel, Heavenly Night Cream, and Absolute Serum

I have a pretty good track record with Andalou Naturals products, and their (somewhat) new 1000 Roses line is something I’ve been pretty curious about. Andalou’s products are affordable, natural, and cruelty-free, and the 1000 Roses product line is formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin, which describes my skin more and more these days. After placing a Vitacost order, I’ve been able to try four products from the line over the past few months. I’ll talk through my experiences with the 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream.

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A summer favorite: an eye cream with sun protection

By on July 15, 2015
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

This eye cream by Supergoop! actually sat on my wish list for a couple of months before I ended up receiving it as a gift. I wanted an eye cream with SPF, but I also knew that having it meant that I needed to put down money to have not just one but two eye creams in my collection, which can seem like a jump for someone on a budget. I felt it was a hole in my skincare routine, though, and since early this spring I’ve been using the Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 37.

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Monthly Empties: April 2015

By on May 1, 2015
Products used up during the month of April
Products used up during the month of April

Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.

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Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream

By on December 23, 2014
Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95 for 0.5 oz.)
Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten Eye Cream ($58.95 for 0.5 oz.)

The Derma MD Eliminate & Lighten eye cream has been an important part of my routine lately. Just from a label perspective, it has tons of appeal for me because it’s advertised to be an all-in-one kind of product, with the ability to moisturize, brighten, de-puff, smooth lines, and generally encourage a more youthful appearance.

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Clarins Defining Eye Lift soothing eye serum

By on December 6, 2013
Clarins Defining Eye Lift ($54 for 0.7 oz.)
Clarins Defining Eye Lift (0.28 deluxe sample / $54 for 0.7 oz.)

I’ve been working on a sample of this eye serum from Clarins for a couple of months now. I initially received in a gift with this purchase, but considering that I only use it on a small area of my face, it’s absolutely lasting me ages. I still have quite a bit left! Anyway, this product is right up my alley because it’s supposed to help tighten as well as relieve eye puffiness and dark circles. I’ve always had an issue with dark circles and puffiness, and I’ve been using this serum twice daily in my skincare routine to see how well it works.

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