Skincare

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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OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

By on June 25, 2016
OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)
OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15.79 for 1 oz.)

This is a fun review for me, because I always get excited about nice, affordable, naturally-oriented skincare products. OZ Naturals is a brand that’s new to me, and I’ve had the chance to try out their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated to hydrate skin and diminish fine lines.

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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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Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

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Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask
Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream ($24.95) and Pumpkin Honey ($14.95) Glycolic Mask

I’ve recently gotten back into working an office job so I’m still trying to figure out a balance for writing blog posts on my off time, but I have some skincare that I’ve been working through and looking forward to talking about. Here are some nice ones, the Andalou Naturals Brightening Probiotic + C Renewal Cream and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

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Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum

By on October 21, 2015
Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum ($11.77)
Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum ($11.77 for 1 oz.)

This was a serum that I was really intrigued by, as I’ve never previously tried a vitamin C treatment that was quite so affordable. Maple Holistics is a brand that offers a natural and vegan range of skincare, bath, and hair care products. Their Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum is formulated to brighten and tone skin and is priced just under $12.

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Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme

By on July 7, 2015
Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2 oz.)
Derma MD Diminish Lightening & Brightening Creme ($62.95 for 2 oz.)

In my previous review of all of the skincare from Derma MD that I had the chance to try, I said that the Diminish Lighten & Brighten Creme was one of the standouts of the bunch. This is a moisturizing cream formulated to treat hyperpigmentation, or dark spots on the skin, and includes some bearberry leaf extract, mulberry extract, licorice root, kojic acid, vitamin C, and glycolic acid to help alleviate darkened spots. I’ve had a chance to use this cream for a longer period of time and wanted to take a moment and write about it with a bit more depth.

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Monthly empties: November 2014

By on December 2, 2014
Products used up in the month of November
Products used up in the month of November

I finished a nice handful of stuff over the last month, but I have to admit that this photo doesn’t tell the full story. I’m still in transition and not in a permanent home yet so I’ve been sort of failing at getting all of the empties together in one photograph at the end of the month, but I do take notes and can talk about all of the products one by one. In November I mostly used up a lot of skincare-related items and tried out a lot of new things, so let’s get into it.

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An intro to Derma MD skincare: results from a 30-day regimen

By on October 31, 2014
Derma MD skincare
Derma MD skincare

Derma MD is a brand that’s pretty new to me, and I’ve had the opportunity to test out a number of their products in a new regimen. I’m excited to share my thoughts on all of the products and giving an overall impression on how the routine has been working for me. I wanted to take some time to touch on each of the products as an intro to the brand, and I hope it’s helpful if you’re interested in finding some new skincare or perhaps just enjoy learning about what’s out there.

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Some summer empties

By on October 8, 2014
Thai iced tea, perfect for summer
Enjoying a summery Thai iced tea in Thailand

Up until the summer, I had been reviewing the products I finished up on a monthly basis, but once I started traveling at the beginning of the summer I had to change my approach a little. It wasn’t practical for me to save up the empty containers and I found that I was too short on time to keep up with the monthly posts, and so instead I just kept a list and made a note when I finished something up. Now that I’ve recently come home, it’s a great time to review some of the products I used up while I was away.

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Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum

By on February 19, 2014
Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum ($24.95 for 1.1 fl. oz.)
Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum ($24.95 for 1.1 fl. oz.)

When I ran out of my last serum, I decided to venture over to Whole Foods to see if they had any options that were reasonably priced. Serums can be an expensive skincare step, but as luck would have it the Andalou Naturals brand was on sale and they had a few different serum options at a pretty reasonable price point. I picked up the age defying Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum to see if it could help out my fine lines which have started to bother me more over the past year or two.

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