Skincare

Hydrating skincare from NIOD and Hylamide

By on April 20, 2018
NIOD hydration skincare

When it comes to DECIEM skincare, I’ve explored a lot of the affordable options from The Ordinary but it took me a while to try out any of their other product lines. To get started, I jumped on one of the Black Friday bundles that they offered, which was this four-piece hydration skincare set from NIOD. It included the Hydration Vaccine, Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, Survival 0, and Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. Later on, I added a couple more things from DECIEM to my collection, including the Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist, and I thought it’d make sense to talk about all five of those products at one time.

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Skincare

DR. JART+ Ceramidin Cream

By on April 14, 2018
DR. JART+ Ceramidin Cream ($48 for 50 ml/1.7 oz.)

I first learned about the DR. JART+ Ceramidin Cream ($48 for 50 ml/1.7 oz.) from Caroline Hirons, and more recently have seen lots of other people on the internet enjoying DR. JART+ products. The Shake and Shot Rubber Masks have been getting a lot of attention and look really fun, although they are  fairly expensive for single-use products. Anyway, the Ceramidin product line looks like it’s made to be kind to sensitive, red, and imbalanced or dry skin, and this cream has a lot of interesting and attractive ingredients in it. Plus, it comes with a cool metal tool right in the box to help you squeeze every bit of the cream of it out of the tube.

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Bath & Body | Skincare

Malaya Organics Rejuvenating Face Serum and Woods Moisturizing Body Oil

By on April 1, 2018
Malaya Organics Rejuvenating Face Serum and Woods Moisturizing Body Oil

Malaya Organics is a brand I first encountered in the holiday market at Grand Central Station in November when I was shopping for gifts, and I had the privilege of speaking with the brand’s founder at that time. I believe Malaya is based in Brooklyn but their collection is available online, and they offer a fairly small and carefully considered collection of products for the face, hair, and body. I purchased travel sized versions of the Moisturizing Body Oil in the Woods scent and the Rejuvenating Face Serum to give them a try.

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Skincare

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

By on February 24, 2018
The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% ($6.80), Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane ($9.60), Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90), and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% ($7.90)

I have thoroughly tried four more serums from The Ordinary, and these are all under the $10 mark. Two are definite favorites from The Ordinary line, and two were somewhat disappointing. I love the low price point, which allows me to try lots of new active ingredients for the first time and see how they work for my skin, and I also really enjoy that the Ordinary’s products often have very no-nonsense ingredients. This time around I will be reviewing the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%.

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Skincare

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream

By on February 23, 2018
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream ($48 for 1.7 oz.)

I treated myself to a couple of Clarins products for normal-to-dry skin during the last Sephora sale, including the Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs and this moisturizer called the Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream. It’s one of the heavier options from the Clarins library of creams, and I could swear I’ve tried a sample packet of it before, though quite a lot of time has passed since. I enjoy the look and feel of Clarins, and while not every product I try is a slam dunk I’m generally drawn to brand when I feel like buying something a little fancy.

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Makeup

Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind

By on December 10, 2017
Corvus Cosmetics East of the Sun and West of the Moon highlighting powders in White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind ($5.75 for 3g mini jars)

I was not previously familiar with the Nordic fairy tale that this collection by Corvus Cosmetics is based on, but I paid attention to the product release because I love the other highlighting powders created by Corvus. The East of the Sun and West of the Moon collection was actually created in collaboration with several other indie brands including Arcana, Blooddrop, and Nui Cobalt Designs. Corvus released five different highlighting powders, and I bought three snowy shades: White Bear, North Wind, and East Wind.

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Bath & Body

Monthly Kali luxury box with chemical-free 100% organic tampons and pads: a 3-month review

By on December 6, 2017
Monthly Kali Luxury Box ($22.89)

I’ve been trying several period care subscription services since the beginning of summer and have received 3 boxes from Kali, bringing me to the point where I’m evaluating whether to continue with their service or not. Kali provides monthly or bimonthly boxes of organic period care free of chemicals like dioxin and chorine bleach, and offers a few different kinds of boxes depending on what products you’d like to receive. I’ve subscribed to the luxury box for $22.89, which includes a choice of 14 tampons or 16 pads, 10 organic wipettes, 10 panty liners, and 1 relaxing pampering item. I will start by showing you everything I’ve received in my boxes, and then expand on the quality of the service as a whole.

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Makeup

Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara

By on December 3, 2017
Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume mascara ($14)

I love redeeming Sephora points for mascara minis when I can, because I use mascara every day. As long as the mascara ends up being decent, then the reward definitely ends up saving me money. I’ve had several different minis sitting around from recent Sephora orders including the Sephora Collection LashCraft Big Volume, and it reminded me that while a lot of the Sephora Collection products are easy to walk right by, many of them are really great and totally worth checking out.

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Makeup

Milk Makeup Flex Concealer

By on November 28, 2017
Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28 for 0.2 oz.)

I bought the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) after using and loving their Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 when I ran out of my Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, which is a similar kind of liquid concealer packaged a with doe foot wand. One of the things I really enjoyed about the Skin Tint was that although it had a luminous finish, it seemed to have a surprisingly elastic, long-lasting quality once it set on the skin, and the Flex Concealer is explicitly marketed as a hydrating formula that bends with skin throughout the day.

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It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact SPF 50+ solid serum foundation

By on November 20, 2017
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact SPF 50+ Foundation ($38 for 0.63 oz.)

It’s time for me to talk about the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact serum foundation because I’m reaching a point where I’m almost out of it. I was given this as a gift in the shade Fair for my birthday in July and have since been reaching for it regularly. It makes a really great day-to-day foundation because of it’s lighter coverage and high SPF, and it also travels well because it’s a cream in a compact, not a liquid.

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