Makeup

A face and eye palette comparison with Milani, Zoeva, and LH Cosmetics

By on February 17, 2017
Milani Spotlight Strobe Palette ($13), Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47)

I have a few face palettes that I have collected but have yet to talk about, and I thought I’d compare the pros and cons for each and share swatches. I’ll be comparing the Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe Palette ($13), the Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), and the LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47). They’re all a bit different in concept and approach, price point, and even country of origin, but offer some similar kinds of shades and effects.

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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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Hair Care

Using henna powder as a hair dye, and a comparison to LUSH Caca Rouge

By on June 4, 2015
Henna powder
Henna powder

Since this past fall, I have been using henna in my hair in the form of Lush’s pre-mixed Caca Rouge and have really enjoyed the results. When I was in Morocco this spring I decided to buy some pure henna powder to take back with me and experiment with, and I recently dipped in for the first time. This required me to mix up some kind of recipe, and so I wanted to share what I did, what the results were, and how it compares to my previous experience with Caca Rouge.

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Makeup

NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, and a drugstore comparison

By on February 16, 2014
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ($35 for 0.35 oz. / 10 g)
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ($35 for 0.35 oz. / 10 g)

The NARS Translucent Crystal setting powders received a ton of attention in 2013, but the price point was generally what made me hesitant to purchase. I actually ended up receiving the loose version for Christmas, and was really excited to be able to give a product with this good of a reputation a try without worrying about the money. The Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder is advertised to perfect the appearance of skin by softly blurring pores and fine lines while setting and prolonging the wear of makeup.

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Skincare

Mini-reviews of 5 facial cleansing towelettes, vol. 2

By on February 13, 2014
An assortment of cleansing cloths
An assortment of cleansing cloths by Aveeno, Trader Joe’s, L’Oreal, Olay, and BH Cosmetics

I’ve done this sort of post once before, and I find it a decent way of talking about a handful of different products at one time. I don’t tend to devote an entire post to one pack of cleansing towelettes because my analysis of them is pretty simple, but because they’re useful for spot-cleaning brushes, wiping off swatches, cleaning up eye shadow fallout, and removing makeup at the end of the day, I use them quite a bit. Here are five that I’ve tried recently: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, Trader Joe’s Miceller Cleanser and Makeup Remover, L’Oreal Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Towelettes, Olay Fresh Effects Refreshing Makeup Removal Cloths, and BH Cosmetics Makeup Remover Towelettes.

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Makeup

A big comparison of 8 finishing powders from DreamWorld Hermetica

By on February 5, 2014
Finishing powders from DreamWorld Hermetica
Finishing powders from DreamWorld Hermetica ($2 for samples, $13.89-$16.99 for 8-10 gm jars)

I’m so excited about sharing this comparison of the different finishing powders I have from indie cosmetics brand DreamWorld Hermetica. They offer a whopping 44 options (if I counted right!) in 5 different categories, with finishes ranging from natural to luminous. I’ve been trying 8 of them from 4 of the categories, and I have some thoughts and plenty of comparison photos to share with you.

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Skincare

A rundown of facial moisturizers I’ve been trying lately

By on January 21, 2014
Some of the facial moisturizers I've been sampling
Some of the facial moisturizers I’ve been sampling

I try to test products in the most slow and methodical way that I can. However, my collection of moisturizers has built up a bit through purchases, subscription box samples, and gifts with purchase and I’ve more recently been trying out a wider variety of products. Although they all boast different claims, they’re mostly geared toward daytime wear and I thought I’d talk through what I’ve been noticing about them.

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Skincare

Mini-reviews of 5 facial cleansing towelettes, vol. 1

By on September 10, 2013

I’ll go ahead and unofficially dub this the green edition of facial cleansing towelette reviews, not because they’re all environmentally kind (though several of them are!) but because they all happen to have green packaging! Well, green-ish. For much of my life I’ve been a huge fan of cleansing wipes. I’m lazy, what can I say. They’re some of my favorite ways to remove makeup, and are great for sticking in a gym bag or for travelling.

Just a few words on how I use cleansing wipes and what qualities I look for when I’m purchasing them. Over the years, I’ve tried a wide variety of them, and mostly stick to options that are under $8 or so for a pack of 20-30 (all the towelettes in this set of reviews are in the $5-6 range). Something else that’s developed in the last year or so is that I specifically am looking wipes that aren’t completely soaked in harsh alcohols. Lots of the cheaper wipes rely on alcohol and aren’t great for the skin, so more recently I’ve been looking for options that rely on gentler ingredients. One more thing I’d like to note is that I don’t completely rely on wipes for full facial cleansing. I use them mostly for makeup removal, and then follow up with a facial cleanser. I wear makeup and SPF during the day and don’t fully trust a wipe to remove all of that plus offer a full skin cleansing.

That all being said, I basically want a wipe that effectively removes makeup and doesn’t leave any off-putting residue on my skin. Pretty simple, right? So let’s get to it. In this edition, I’ll provide brief, straightforward thoughts on the Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues with Green Tea Extract, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes, and Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes.

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Makeup

How does Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off compare to Benefit They’re Real! mascara?

By on September 2, 2013
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara ($6.99 at Ulta)
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara ($6.99)

The other day, I was walking through the drugstore cosmetics and something caught my eye: a promotional display of some new Rimmel mascaras, one of which was boasting an image of a wand that looks pretty similar to Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara wand. They’re Real! is one of my favorites, and it would definitely be nice to find a comparable product for a drugstore price. I even have a They’re Real! mini tube on hand to compare it to, so I brought the Rimmel home with me to see how it stacks up.

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