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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The Ordinary skincare: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution, Azelaic Acid, and Plant-Derived Squalane

By on April 7, 2017
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F ($17.80), 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90), and Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90)

The Ordinary is really new to the skincare scene but has quickly caught everyone’s attention for their really straightforward and affordable products (also, cruelty-free). I have purchased 5 items from them so far but can’t try them out all of them at once, so I thought to start out I’d talk about 3 products that I’m using right now: a vitamin treatment, a direct acid, and a hydrator. Today I’m reviewing the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (vitamin C in a lightweight oil, $17.80), Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (multifunctional brightening treatment, $7.90), and 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (lightweight hydrator, $7.90).

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YADAH Cosmetics: Brightening Ampoule and Angel BB Cream

By on March 17, 2017
YADAH Angel BB Cream ($8.77) and Brightening Ampoule ($23)

YADAH Cosmetics is a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently, but I’m excited about the couple of products I’ve tried because they’re quite nice and very affordable. And how cute is the branding on the packaging? YADAH is a Korean cosmetics and skincare brand focused on gentle, hypoallergenic, and plant-based formulations, with products available on the BB Cosmetic website. I’ve been trying their Brightening Ampoule with niacinamide and Angel BB Cream with SPF 20/PA++.

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Trying out Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser, CGF oil-free serum, and night cream

By on January 28, 2017
Acure skincare: sensitive facial cleanser ($9.99), CGF oil-free serum ($19.99), and night cream ($17.99)

I just wanted to quickly take a moment to chat about three Acure Organics skincare products that I’ve been using recently. I bought these at Whole Foods when they were on sale, and find them to be really solid, straightforward, and affordable options. I’ve been trying the Sensitive Facial Cleanser, CGF Oil-Free Serum, and Night Cream.

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Beauty Loon favorites: best of 2016!

By on January 6, 2017
Wrapping up the holiday season in Tokyo

Over 2016 I generally reduced the amount of cosmetics that I purchased and really scrutinized new releases, which means that a Beauty Loon year-end wrap up can be quite succinct and focused. There were a few specific brands that became new loves for me, so you’ll see some brands repeat in my product picks, and I’ve gone ahead and broken down the favorites into 10 product categories. Ok, let’s go!

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Current favorites from Kiehl’s

By on September 30, 2016
Current favorites from Kiehl's
Current favorites from Kiehl’s

I’ve really been exploring a lot of skincare from Kiehl’s over the past several months, evidenced by posts here and here. While I fortunately can’t say any of the products have been complete misses for me, I definitely have some favorites that I’m very excited about. I’m even at a point where I can chat about 5 of my favorite products covering 5 different product categories, so it seems like a great time to talk about the stuff I’m really enjoying.

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Trying Kiehl’s for the first time

By on May 8, 2016
Kiehl's purchases
Kiehl’s purchases

It probably shouldn’t have taken me this long to try some Kiehl’s products, but now that I’m in New York City I’ve passed through their flagship store in the East Village at a couple of times and have started to explore product range. Their flagship store is actually their original location that dates back to 1851 (a date that’s proudly proclaimed on all of their product packaging) when it was a pharmacy, and is a really cool place to visit.

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Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum

By on April 24, 2016
Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)
Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) and Coconut Milk Firming Serum ($24.99)

I’m going to jump right into talking about more products from Andalou Naturals. Here are a couple of products from their newly released Quenching Coconut line that I was so excited to find at Whole Foods about a month ago and have been itching to talk about: the Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum.

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6 products from the Re’au Botanical Plus skincare line

By on March 2, 2016
Re'au Botanical Plus A
Re’au Botanical Plus A firming lift cream (rich moist)

When I was in Japan I was very close to running out of moisturizer, so I figured that while I was shopping around I might as well specifically look for one. A Tokyu Hands associate showed me the Re’au line, letting me know it was very natural and that I’d notice tighter skin within just 2 weeks. In addition to purchasing the cream, I was also given samples of the rest of the brand’s line, as well, and had the chance to try all 6 products that the store offered.

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses skincare: Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream

By on December 13, 2015
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Contour Gel, Night Cream, and Absolute Serum
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Eye Revive Contour Gel, Heavenly Night Cream, and Absolute Serum

I have a pretty good track record with Andalou Naturals products, and their (somewhat) new 1000 Roses line is something I’ve been pretty curious about. Andalou’s products are affordable, natural, and cruelty-free, and the 1000 Roses product line is formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin, which describes my skin more and more these days. After placing a Vitacost order, I’ve been able to try four products from the line over the past few months. I’ll talk through my experiences with the 1000 Roses Floral Toner, Absolute Serum, Eye Revive Contour Gel, and Heavenly Night Cream.

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