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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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Visée Innocent Veil Powder

By on February 5, 2017
Visée Innocent Veil Powder (¥1,836, or around $16)

I can already feel myself getting excited for springtime cosmetics, so I have to remind myself at times to continue enjoying wintery things while we’re still living in that moment. One of the most delightfully wintery products that I have is this finishing powder by Visée that I purchased in Japan called the Innocent Veil Powder from their winter 2016 Winter Doll collection. Now that I’m back in the US, this powder also seems to be fairly easy to find and purchase online.

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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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BH Cosmetics goodies

By on March 30, 2016
Purchases from BH Cosmetics
Purchases from BH Cosmetics

Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.

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The weekend face

By on June 20, 2015
Tinted SPF, brightening concealer, and translucent powder
Tinted SPF, brightening concealer, and translucent powder

I’ve been having a lot of days where I don’t feel the need to wear a full face of makeup and have been figuring out how minimal to go. I can easily get sucked into the 30+ minute routine because once I add some foundation coverage, then I need to add bronzer to add dimension back to my face, and then I need blush to liven up my cheeks, and then I need brows and lashes in order to balance it out, and … it starts to get out of hand really quickly. However, on the days when I really want to get out the door quickly and look natural, here are the 3 products I reach for.

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A petite pot of Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder

By on May 6, 2015
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, travel size ($22.50 for 0.33 oz.)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, travel size ($22.50 for 0.33 oz.)

When I was waiting in a long line to buy the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion foundation (I had been meaning to since finishing my sample, and I swear I went in just to purchase the one product), I found myself with plenty of time to browse the impulse purchases they line up right by the register. I saw something which I’d never spotted before: a travel size of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, which comes with a little puff and is priced at $22.50.

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DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation

By on January 16, 2015
DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation in Rhea III ($11.25/$17.50)
Wearing DreamWorld Hermetica Luna mineral foundation in Rhea III ($11.25/$17.50)

I’ve previously spoken about indie brand DreamWorld Hermetica‘s Cloud formula of mineral foundation, but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to use it as a standalone foundation because the color became too light once I got a bit of sun at the beginning of the summer. I wanted to grab a deeper shade during their Black Friday sale, and took the opportunity to try one of their two other foundation formulas, this time purchasing Luna.

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Holiday season purchases and beauty-related gifts received!

By on January 5, 2015
Holiday season skincare and makeup goodies!
Holiday season skincare and makeup goodies!

I went to visit my family on the east coast for Christmas, and had a lot of goodies waiting for me. My boyfriend and I are in the middle of a move and don’t have a permanent address at the moment, so to play it safe I had some purchases sent to my parents’ house for me to pick up when I was in town. My parents also gave me a bunch of really wonderful beauty-related gifts, so I’m excited to go through everything and share some photos.

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Ten standout beauty products from 2014

By on January 3, 2015
A few of my favorites from 2014
A few of my favorites from 2014

Happy 2015! I wanted to take a moment and talk about some of my favorite products I’ve been using over the past year. I’m starting with makeup picks and then moving on to skincare and body care, and I like the exercise of narrowing a list down to ten – it really makes me focus on the things I was most excited to experience for the first time and continue to reach for on a daily basis.

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Finding a desert-friendly foundation routine

By on May 22, 2014
How I'm dealing with the hot sun and dry air
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud loose powder foundation, MAC Pressed Blot Powder

When I was packing for our trip to the Southwest, I knew I should be prepared for some heat. However, about a week into the trip it became clear that my skin wasn’t reacting the way I had assumed it would – I’d completely underestimated the dryness of the climate. Because the makeup in my collection was either going to be carried with me on the trip or heading into storage, I had decided to bring along a handful of different foundations, which would allow me to experiment with a number of different product combinations to help me deal with the climate.

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