Makeup

FENTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

By on September 19, 2017
FENTY Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 150 ($34 for 1.08 oz.)

Over the past couple of weeks I happened to be waiting for an interesting Sephora gift with purchase offer to arrive in my inbox before submitting an order, and Sephora just happened to suddenly launch the new Fenty Beauty line and released a gift offer for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation at the same time. I jumped on it and got this nice sample bottle of the foundation in shade 150 to try out. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation advertises a lot with its name―long-wearing, imperfection-blurring, matte finish―and it’s available in a staggering range of 40 shades.

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Fragrance

9 niche perfume samples from Luckyscent

By on September 13, 2017
Luckyscent perfume samples: Ex Nihilo, Juliette Has a Gun, Keiko Mecheri, Phaedon, Serge Lutens, Zoologist

I don’t quite remember where I first heard of Luckyscent, but I recently started exploring their huge collection of fragrances and went down a rabbit hole of sorts. Luckyscent exclusively focuses on niche fragrances, and offer a lot more of these brands than I realized were out there in the world. I’m really picky with fragrances and have been trying to learn more about how to understand and talk about them and figure out what I like, and something that’s really helpful about Luckyscent is that they offer samples of just about every perfume that they sell, which is really conducive to exploration.

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Bath & Body

LOLA 100% organic period care

By on August 22, 2017
LOLA 100% organic period care: tampons w/ applicator, pads w/ wings, and liners

In the past few months I’ve started trying some mail order menstrual products, and these days there seem to be a good number of options available if you’re looking to have monthly supplies sent to your doorstep. Personally, I’ve also developed an interest in products that are more natural than those found at the drugstore. In a nutshell, I’m looking to buy these necessities from a brand I actually like and feel good about supporting. The first brand I feel fully ready to speak on is Lola, which uses 100% organic cotton, non-toxic adhesive, no synthetic or added ingredients, and no fragrance. They offer customizable boxes of tampons (with or without plastic applicators) available in 4 strengths, ultra-thin pads with wings in 2 strengths, and ultra-thin liners.

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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 a growing collection of their products 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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