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No Makeup Look: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

17 Jan

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect coverage.

Since I’ve tried a few e.l.f. products and liked them, it wasn’t a stretch to pick up the Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum.

This liquid foundation has a lightweight formula that gives you a no-makeup finish, which is a popular trend for the new year. 🥂

To help brighten, nourish and protect skin, the foundation is infused with Vitamin A, C, and E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry. It also contains Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25 protection.
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Pure Retinol: NeoStrata All‑in-One Night Serum

11 Jan

NeoStrata All-in-One Night Serum

According to many skincare studies, Retinol is one of the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients.

After reading up on Retinol a few years ago, I tried a prescription form which was a bit harsh on my sensitive skin. So, I gave up on it but kept on hearing how well it works.

NeoStrata®, an innovative cosmeceutical brand, has an anti-wrinkle serum called All-in-One Night Serum that I’ve just starting using. So far, what I like about this serum with Retinol is that the formula does all of its work while minimizing irritation.

Key Ingredients

The main ingredients in this nightly serum are:

  • .3% Pure Retinol–This form of vitamin A is encapsulated (releases slowly) to optimize its potency and deliver a high concentration to skin while minimizing irritation.
  • 5% new Matrixyl®–This peptide helps to reverse the visible signs of aging.
  • 0.05% Hyaluronic Acid–This anti-aging ingredient provides moisturizing and plumping action.

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Intense Hydration: EstĂ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

9 Jan

Estee Lauder Pure Envy Sculpting Lipstick

When you can get hydration and bold color in a lipstick, count me in!

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick has both features with a super creamy texture and over 20 statement shades for all skin tones.

The time-released formula for this lipstick helps seal in hydration and keeps my lips moisturized throughout the day.

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Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

5 Jan

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

When it comes to anti-aging products, seaberry (or seabuckthorn) has been a popular ingredient for the last few years.

The reason why makes sense: it’s been used for centuries to treat skin ailments and moisturize dry and damaged skin due to its high level of omega fatty acids.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a blend of oils, including seaberry oil, packed with nourishing omegas like 3, 6, 7, and 9 that protect the skin from free radicals. Other antioxidant-rich oils include cranberry seed oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil.

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Eye Brightener: bareMinerals Stroke of Light

1 Jan

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Happy New Year, everyone!

I’ve been going to bed later than usual and straying from a healthy diet in a big way, so I definitely need a little makeup TLC.

I have a feeling that this bareMinerals product I picked up at the end of year will be getting a lot of use in the next few weeks.

Stroke of Light is an eye brightener that diffuses dark shadows and reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark circles over time (sounds good to me!).

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Beauty Highlights of the Year

26 Dec

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Another blogging year has flown by and it has been a blast, as usual!

Top Beauty Finds

This past year, it seemed like makeup products weren’t for the faint of heart. Whether it was highlighter or lipstick, the colors were all about getting everybody’s attention.

I did my best to go big, bold, and glowy but I’m hoping for a bit of a break next year. What about you?

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Sephora VIB Shopping Find: DIORSHOW Iconic Gift Set

20 Dec
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While doing my Sephora VIB rewards shopping, I found a Dior kit that I couldn’t resist (the last one!).

The DIORSHOW Iconic Gift Set includes these Dior favorites:

  • Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
  • Dior Mini Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

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Korean Skin Care: The Face Shop Sheet Masks

18 Dec

The Face Shop Face Masks

I’ve been meaning to check out The Face Shop since I had so much fun trying Asian skin care from Daiso last year.

The Face Shop, which launched in 2003 in Korea, has everything from masks to makeup to body care–all with a Korean beauty touch.

Since the store carries over 20 collections of cosmetic products, I was a bit overwhelmed so I decided a sheet mask (or two) was a good product to start with.

Sheet masks are a great way to experiment with different skin care ingredients, especially if you’re pressed for time. You can’t lose, either, when the price is under $5 for most masks.
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