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Recent sales: Sephora and Kiehl’s

By on November 22, 2017
Sephora and Kiehl’s goodies

Hey, I bought some things a little bit of a discount. Wanna see what I got? I took advantage of sales last week at Sephora and Kiehl’s that happened to begin over the same weekend, which I’m sure was no coincidence. I grabbed a couple of things impulsively, but more than anything I took it as a chance to stock up on the kinds of products that I run through the quickest, in the hopes that I can push off needing to make additional purchases over the next several months.

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Skincare

Five ways to keep skin hydrated in the winter

By on November 19, 2017
Keeping skin hydrated with cleansers, toners, lotions, creams, oils, and balms

I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.

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Makeup | Skincare

Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

By on February 12, 2017
Dr.Ci:Labo Enrich-Lift skincare set: Cleansing Cream, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel, UV & White SPF 50+, and BB Perfect Cream SPF 40

When I was in Japan, one of the skincare bits I picked up was this little set from Dr.Ci:Labo that includes samples and minis of five different products. This has given me a chance to try out the Cleansing Cream EX, Up Lotion, Aqua-Collagen-Gel EX, UV & White SPF 50+, and the BB Perfect Cream SPF 40, all from the Enrich-Lift product line. This is a doctor-developed brand focused on product efficacy and simplicity, formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and the products exclude fragrance, coloring, mineral oil, and parabens.

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Makeup | Skincare

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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Skincare

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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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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Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

Monthly empties: September 2015

By on October 7, 2015
Products used up during the month of September
Products used up during the month of September

Happy October, guys! I have a bundle of skincare and makeup products, plus a few other home bits, that I used up this past month. I have both hits and misses here, some American products, some Korean products, and some cruelty-free products. I’ll quickly talk through what I thought of each one!

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60 days trying Paula’s Choice Clear 2% salicylic acid toner and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment

By on September 25, 2015
Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide
Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide

I made my first purchase from Paula’s Choice recently, and was prompted by my quest to clear up my face. My hormones lost control when I quit birth control about a year ago, and my face hasn’t been quite the same since. After chatting with a sales rep on their website, the two Paula’s Choice Clear Blemish Control products I purchased were the 2% salicylic acid exfoliating lotion and the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide daily treatment.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Skincare

Monthly empties: August 2015

By on September 4, 2015
Products used up during the month of August
Products used up during the month of August

This month was an exercise in finishing up a lot of bottles that have been sitting in my bathroom for too long. I was able to empty out a whole handful of moisturizers, plus some other skincare and haircare. It feels good to be able to toss redundancies in my collection, since I’m always needing to be very space conscious! I’ll walk through each product I finished and let you know what I think.

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