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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

The Mirai Silicone Facial Brush

By on July 14, 2017
Mirai Silicone Facial Brush

I’m sorry I disappeared from the blog for a bit, I’ve moved apartments and have been taking my time getting back in the swing of things. I’ve also been using fewer beauty products in general—I have my skincare unpacked and organized, but for makeup I’ve just been working out of a small travel bag with just a handful of basic daily products. One of the things I have been using all the way through the transition is this silicone facial brush called the Mirai by True Company, which has been lovely to use both at home and on the go.

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New from EcoTools: Define and Highlight brush duo

By on February 14, 2017
EcoTools Define and Highlight Brush Duo ($11.99)

It looks like EcoTools has come out with some new brushes, including this bronzing and highlighting duo for $11.99. The new line is marked by updated handles and ferules, and I thought that these two looked like brushes that I could use in my collection. They’re soft and fluffy, and I feel like over time EcoTools has been getting better with their brush shapes and the taper of the bristles. These are also vegan, tree-free, and utilize recycled materials including handles made of recycled bamboo.

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Makeup | Skincare

That time I visited Tokyo for New Year’s and bought a lot of stuff

By on January 16, 2017
Some of my Tokyo cosmetic purchases

My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.

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Goodies from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

By on October 14, 2016
Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics
Purchases from Zoeva and BH Cosmetics

I made some orders with Zoeva and BH Cosmetics, and was spurred on by a makeup brush clean-out and a sale. Zoeva was the big one that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and finally put together an order of brushes and makeup to make the international shipping worth it. BH Cosmetics, on the other hand, won me over with a sale and some interesting new products on the site.

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Makeup Geek goodies + swatches

By on March 31, 2016
Purchases from Makeup Geek
Purchases from Makeup Geek

I ordered from Makeup Geek weeks ago because I was pretty excited about the MannyMUA palette that they’d released. Ahead of the launch I tried to refine a little wish list so I would be able to throw a few more things in the cart without thinking much, as well. All told, I walked away with the palette, 5 single eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a gel eyeliner and a brush.

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BH Cosmetics goodies

By on March 30, 2016
Purchases from BH Cosmetics
Purchases from BH Cosmetics

Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.

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A day of de-potting

By on January 29, 2016
A day of de-potting
A day of de-potting

I’ve had a small box of makeup set aside for a de-potting project, and I finally got around to buying a few small tools to help me with the job. It’s my first time breaking open my stuff, but I had a few products that I was eager to put in magnetic palettes in order to help me use the shades inside more often.

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Pressing loose eyeshadows: the basics

By on August 29, 2015
My experience pressing loose indie eyeshadows
My experience pressing loose indie eyeshadows

I’ve had a pile of loose eyeshadows that I’ve kept in a drawer, and I knew I needed to deal with them as I’ve been reorganizing my makeup since moving into a small Manhattan apartment. Pressing them and keeping them in magnetic palettes seemed like a great space-conscious solution, plus I knew that it’d help me reach for them on a more regular basis. I’ve gone through and pressed eyeshadow from five different brands and thought I’d show you the tools and process I used to do it.

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Book of Shadows handmade magnetic makeup palettes

By on August 20, 2015
Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)
Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)

I’m on a mission to reorganize and consolidate makeup, which includes pressing loose shadows, de-potting other makeup and giving things a new home in a magnetic palette. After some research and knowing I was going to need to drop a chunk of money on whatever palettes I decided to buy, I landed on the Book of Shadows shop on Etsy run by Anothersoul. Book of Shadows offers a wide variety of beautiful, handmade magnetic makeup palettes in all different sizes, and I bought a pretty good mix of them for my collection.

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