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Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30

By on July 20, 2017

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 in Light ($42 for 0.7 oz.)
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.

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YADAH Cosmetics: Brightening Ampoule and Angel BB Cream

By on March 17, 2017
YADAH Angel BB Cream ($8.77) and Brightening Ampoule ($23)

YADAH Cosmetics is a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently, but I’m excited about the couple of products I’ve tried because they’re quite nice and very affordable. And how cute is the branding on the packaging? YADAH is a Korean cosmetics and skincare brand focused on gentle, hypoallergenic, and plant-based formulations, with products available on the BB Cosmetic website. I’ve been trying their Brightening Ampoule with niacinamide and Angel BB Cream with SPF 20/PA++.

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Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

By on February 12, 2017
Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare set: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, and BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.

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Raul E New York Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation with SPF 15

By on August 7, 2016
Raul E New York
Raul E New York Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($44 for 1.0 oz.)

I really enjoy mineral powder foundation, but this product from Raul E New York may be the first liquid mineral foundation that I’ve tried. They call it the Liquid Powder Foundation, and it boasts a mineral complex of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc chloride to help protect skin and complement a variety of complexions, plus vitamins A, C, and E. It’s oil-free, includes broad spectrum SPF 15, and is described as a self-setting cream-to-powder formula with a matte finish and medium to full coverage.

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5 current everyday makeup favorites

By on May 30, 2016
Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate
Favorites from Sephora Collection, BH Cosmetics, MAC, and Integrate

I’ve found myself reaching for the same base makeup products nearly everyday when I’m getting ready for work, many of which are affordable, and all of which have been working really well for me. Most of them have only been mentioned in passing on the blog, but deserve a little more attention. So, here are the primer and complexion basics, as well as a mascara, that I’ve been loving recently.

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Ten (or so) standout beauty products of 2015

By on January 1, 2016
Standout products from 2015
Standout products from 2015

Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum

By on July 25, 2015
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum ($6.99 for 1 fl oz)

I was very excited to try the Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation with Comfort Serum, which has recently appeared on drugstore shelves in a new bottle. My understanding is that it has been slightly reformulated since they’ve changed out the packaging, but it’s still a very affordable $7 foundation. It is made to be sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof for up to 25 hours, comfortable on skin, and provides SPF 20.

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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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Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream SPF 30

By on April 22, 2015
Etude House Bright Fit BB Cream
Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream SPF 30

I bought the Bright Fit BB Cream from one of the many Etude House stores I encountered while in Asia, and I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately. It’s the first real Korean BB cream that I’ve tried, and I can definitely understand why folks who are used to this kind of BB cream get frustrated with American versions. This one offers skin some moisture, solid medium coverage, a healthy and luminous finish, and an SPF of 30.

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Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

By on March 7, 2015
Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation ($24 for 0.67 oz.)
Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation ($24 for 0.67 oz.)

Sephora recently released a new foundation, which is their take on the ultra-lightweight fluid foundation concept. They’re calling it the Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation, and it comes in a bottle with a dropper. The claims include a lightweight and hydrating formula with a natural, barely-there finish.

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