I’ve taken an inadvertent break from the blog but wanted to mention a handful of things I’ve landed on and have been really enjoying. The truth is that while I still buy stuff occasionally, I’m not doing it with the same hunger and frequency as I have in the past. That means I’m sitting with each product over a longer and more consistent period of time, and really trying to use things up before moving on. Here are about 10 skincare, makeup, and hair care products I’ve had great luck with and are very fond of right now.
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.
I have one more batch of purchases to share, and this time it’s indie cosmetics from three different brands: Shiro, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale. This was really all one order from Shiro Cosmetics, though, as they sell what seems to be a growing collection of other small brands, and I love that I can combine the different brands in one order and only worry about reaching one shipping threshold. I bought highlights, blushes, eyeshadows, a nail polish, and a tinted lip balm.
This past month, I was more successful at keeping empty containers and tracking the products that I finished up! I used of a lot of skincare items, and there are a couple makeup products in the mix as well. There’s a lot of good stuff in the pile that I’m excited to talk about here.
Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.
I visited several countries in Asia this summer and have been saving up my purchases to talk about them all together now that I’m back. Asia has some great shopping – the photo above is from Singapore’s Orchard Road, a Vegas-like strip of 27 beautiful shopping malls. I mostly bought skincare because it was my first proper opportunity to try out the Asian brands I hear about every so often on the internet, but there are a few makeup products sprinkled in the mix, as well.
Hey, hey – it’s a tag! The Lip Product Addict Tag was started by Estee over at Essie Button, and I was tagged by the lovely Brianna of Glazed Over Beauty. If you haven’t taken a look at her blog before, do it! I absolutely love reading her thoughts, and I’m excited she thought to include me in this. This is a fun tag, so let’s take a moment to talk about some lippies.
For 2014 I’ve started keeping track of the products I use up each month, and throughout March I finished a mix of skincare, cosmetics, body and hair care products. Keeping track helps me keep focused on using stuff up rather than just hoarding half-used containers, and it gives me the opportunity to say a few words about stuff that might have otherwise passed by without a full review.
I’m a constant user of lip balm regardless of season, but this past fall had me looking out for a better option than what I’d previously been using. Over the past year I’ve tried a good variety of brands, but most heavily leaned on Burt’s Bees and Maybelline Baby Lips. I tend to go for cheaper options because I haven’t found that more expensive products like those from Jane Iredale or Fresh work better, frankly. I prefer a lighter weight balm that has some slip to it and a light but flattering sheen, but of course it also needs to offer some moisture for my perpetually dehydrated lips.