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More shopping: Sephora, MAC, and Whole Foods bath & body

By on March 3, 2017
Recent buys from Sephora, MAC, and Whole Foods

I’ve been buying some more stuff. A few basics, a few replacements of similar products I’m running out of, and a few nice-to-haves. I’ve been trying a couple of products for a couple of weeks now but most of it is brand new and I’m just starting to try out the different bits. I have some cleansing products and makeup from Sephora, lip colors from MAC, and some natural bath and body from Whole Foods.

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Skincare

Trying out Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser, CGF oil-free serum, and night cream

By on January 28, 2017
Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser ($9.99), CGF oil-free serum ($19.99), and night cream ($17.99)

I just wanted to quickly take a moment to chat about three Acure Organics skincare products that I’ve been using recently. I bought these at Whole Foods when they were on sale, and find them to be really solid, straightforward, and affordable options. I’ve been trying the Sensitive Facial Cleanser, CGF Oil-Free Serum, and Night Cream.

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Hair Care

The Henna Guys hair dye in Medium Brown

By on October 27, 2016
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)

I’ve been using henna to dye my hair for a couple of years now to achieve red hair and great gray hair coverage. For the first time, I recently tried something a little different – a henna and indigo blend for a medium brown shade. Fooling around with indigo is something I intended to get into from the first time I used henna, but it turned out that I really liked the red for a long time and found the idea of experimenting with recipes and proportions of two dyes to be more effort than I wanted to put in. So for this change in routine, I decided to try a Medium Brown henna and indigo blend from The Henna Guys, which is available on their website as well as Amazon.

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Skincare

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

By on June 25, 2016
OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)
OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)

This is a fun review for me, because I always get excited about nice, affordable, naturally-oriented skincare products. OZ Naturals is a brand that’s new to me, and I’ve had the chance to try out their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated to hydrate skin and diminish fine lines.

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Bath & Body | Skincare

Comparison: Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, and The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm

By on May 25, 2016
Alaffia Africa's Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm
Alaffia Africa’s Secret, Egyptian Magic, The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with distinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Makeup | Skincare

The big post-holiday empties: makeup, skincare, hair, and body

By on January 23, 2016
Empty products from the last few months
Empty products from the last few months

As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!

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Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

Revisiting my 2015 beauty resolutions + goals for 2016

By on January 10, 2016
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal
View from the Castle of the Moors in Sintra, Portugal

For the last couple of years I’ve set five beauty-related resolutions to pursue (see also: resolutions for 2014, resolutions for 2015). All of these goals have generally been good ones for me to work on, and they tend to be oriented toward long-term progress and development. And so, I definitely didn’t “finish” them over the past year. In fact, there are a couple resolutions that didn’t get addressed much at all. Instead of coming up with a whole new set of resolutions for 2016, I wanted to revisit my resolutions for 2015 and just take a minute to chat about where I’m at with them thus far.

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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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Hair Care

Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

By on July 10, 2015
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)

When I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner I ended up grabbing for something that was natural, affordable, and available on Amazon. The Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence are marketed as a fairly “normal” pairing, meaning that they aren’t incredibly hydrating or clarifying, and are meant to work for people who need something balanced, shine-infusing, and gentle.

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