Skincare

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

By on July 26, 2017
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50 for 30 ml)

I have another treatment from The Ordinary that I want to talk about, this time it’s the anti-aging Matrixyl 10% plus HA. Like much of The Ordinary’s product line, this is an affordable serum with a specific ingredient focus and target. Matrixyl is a peptide, and in the case for this serum, there are two generations here: Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6 at a combined concentration 10%. The “HA” in the title refers to what The Ordinary calls a specialized hyaluronic acid delivery system.

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Makeup

ColourPop Crystal Liquid Highlighter in Aquamarine

By on July 21, 2017
ColourPop Crystal Liquid Highlighter in Aquamarine ($9)

ColourPop released a set of crystal-inspired products recently and I went ahead and placed a small order the day I received the promotional email about the launch. I didn’t go crazy, I just decided to get the Aquamarine shade of the Crystal Liquid Highlighter to try the formula out. At this point most of the stuff is out of stock on the website, but as I write this Aquamarine is the only Crystal Liquid Highlighter that’s still available. I think people may be underestimating the beauty of a bluish highlight, though, because I think it’s really nice.

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Makeup

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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Skincare

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%

By on June 11, 2017
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% ($7.90 for 30 ml)

I have another item from The Ordinary to talk about, and it’s the first serum I’ve tried from them that targets wrinkles. Argireline is a peptide complex, and I hadn’t heard of it before shopping on The Ordinary’s site. In all honesty I think that if I had done more research before placing my order, I probably would have bought something else, but it’s not a bad ingredient and I’ve found it an interesting one to learn more about because it has a different kind of effect than a lot of others I’m familiar with.

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Skincare

Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold, Coconut, Essentials, and Egg Cream sleeping/sheet masks

By on May 18, 2017
Too Cool For School masks: Pumpkin 24K Gold, Coconut Oil Serum, Coconut Ceramide, Multivitamin Vitamin A, Multivitamin Vitamin E, Egg Cream Firming, Egg Cream Hydration

I have a bunch of Too Cool For School masks that I’ve been using, all in the $4-9 range, and so I wanted to talk about them all in one place. I’m lucky enough to have a Too Cool For School storefront nearby in New York City but the Egg Cream masks are also available at Sephora, while the rest of the others are definitely available from various places online (particularly Amazon). I’ve become a bit of a sheet and sleeping mask nut and really enjoyed trying all of these from a fun brand like Too Cool For School.

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Skincare

Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads

By on April 20, 2017
Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads ($5.99 for 90 pads)

There was definitely a time when I was reviewing acne treatments on a regular basis, and in the last year or so I’d found a couple of products that worked really well for me and I kind of quit because I just wasn’t trying a lot of new things anymore. Well, recently when I went to the drugstore to pick up more Stridex Maximum Strength 2% salicylic acid treatment pads but found they were out of stock, and so I ended up looking around at other options. I bought what looked to be a comparable option from Noxzema, which are these Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads with 2% salicylic acid and cost $5.99 for 90 pads.

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Makeup

Milani Cosmetics Baked Bronzer, Stay Put Eyeliner, Stay Put Brow Color, and Easybrow Tinted Fiber Gel: Swatches & Review

By on April 18, 2017
Milani Cosmetics Baked Bronzer in 09 Dulce ($9), Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($7), Stay Put Brow Color in 01 Soft Brown ($8), and Easybrow Tinted Fiber Gel in 04 Brunette ($7)

Prior to about a month ago, I think I had only tried one product from Milani Cosmetics, and it was their single most famous product: the Baked Blush in Luminoso. But really, they aren’t sold in all drugstores and I just don’t get a ton of exposure to the brand. I recently took a good look at their website because I had become curious about some of their new releases, and in the end I purchased some solid basics, including their Baked Bronzer in 09 Dulce, which is a newly released shade, the Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Linked on Black, the Stay Put Brow Color in 01 Soft Brown, and the Easybrow Tinted Fiber Gel in 04 Brunette.

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Skincare

Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Foam

By on April 13, 2017
Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Foam ($12 for 150 ml / 5 oz)

The last time I purchased from Innisfree, I took a chance on a couple of products that were new to me and were on a buy-one-get-one-free offer. This foaming cleanser from their Olive product line was one of them, so I ended up with two big 150 ml bottles of a cleanser for just $12. The Olive line is intended to be moisturizing and nourishing, and I’d previously tried and loved Innisfree’s Olive Real Serum as a moisturizer to layer under a cream. Normally I’d steer clear of foaming cleansers because they can be drying, but since I think Innisfree tends to make lovely moisturizing skincare I decided to trust them.

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Hair Care

Function of Beauty customized shampoo and conditioner

By on March 31, 2017
Function of Beauty customized shampoo and conditioner ($36 for an 8 oz. duo)

I’ve been using customized shampoo and conditioner from Function of Beauty, and I’m very impressed with them. I was drawn to something like this and open to making a special online order because I’d recently had a bad run with several other products and it had been quite a while since I’d used a shampoo set that actually worked well for me. I also hadn’t heard of this brand until I saw a sponsored ad on Facebook, and I was immediately curious about them.

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Skincare

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream

By on March 19, 2017

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($46 for 0.5 oz.)
After I had such good luck with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which I wrote about here, I had been really curious to try some of the 10 other eye creams and serums that the brand offers. Where to start? I have to admit that part of the reason I was drawn to the Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Eye Cream was the pretty frosted aqua jar, but it also seemed like a good next step because it’s meant to generally smooth, firm, and brighten the eye area for a youthful appearance.

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