Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum

Alba Botanica UnPetroleum Review Alba Botanica Un PetroleumA couple months ago, I wrote about ellovi Butter and I’m thrilled that more and more people are discovering and loving it. Today, I have another minimal-ingredients, ultra-hydrating, all-purpose moisturizer for you – Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly.
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Worth The Hype: The Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender1 Worth The Hype: The Beauty Blender

Ah, the Beauty Blender. You either love it or you balk at its price tag. Or (like me) you do both simultaneously. I mean, $20+ for a sponge?!  I know, it’s a little crazy. But as much as I tried to fight it, this absurdly expensive pink triangle has become my absolute, hands down favorite foundation applicator. CONTINUE READING…

Cruelty-Free Body Scrubs

Body Scrubs JPG Cruelty Free Body Scrubs

If you’re like me, winter usually means piling on the moisturizer. I go through bottles of creams and lotions like crazy as the temperatures drop. In addition to keeping skin hydrated, regular exfoliation can also help in the fight against winter dryness. I know I’m guilty of skipping this step, but when I do it, I can really tell a difference in my skin. I decided to pull together a collage of cruelty-free body scrubs that look particularly promising to me (in a range of price points).

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FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

FACE Atelier Duet Ultra Concealer Light FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

Designed to wear with my beloved FACE atelier Ultra Foundation (swatches), the FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet ($33) consists of two concealer shades in small black compact (tiny mirror included). This water-resistant formula gives a natural, second-skin finish with a surprising amount of coverage. CONTINUE READING…

FLOWER Beauty Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara

Flower beauty mascara review FLOWER Beauty Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara

I received the FLOWER Beauty Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98) months ago, but wanted to use up my open mascaras before starting on this. Now, after thorough testing, I’m happy to add this to my shortlist of great cruelty-free, affordable mascaras. CONTINUE READING…

Eye-Catching Products of Fall 2013

Fall 2013 eye catchers21 Eye Catching Products of Fall 2013

 

It’s that time again! Here are my eye-catching beauty products for Fall 2013. CONTINUE READING…

ZOYA Nail Lacquer in Noot

Zoya Noot ZOYA Nail Lacquer in Noot

Today I present to you the nail lacquer that broke my years-long no-dark-polish streak. It began when a co-worker wore Essie Power Clutch. I instantly knew I wanted this color, but a cruelty-free version. So I turned to Zoya, the brand that has a greater array of shades than any I know. And they have what appears to be nearly an exact dupe: Zoya Noot ($8). CONTINUE READING…

5 Best Beauty Buys Under $10

5 Beauty Products Under 10 5 Best Beauty Buys Under $10

“You get what you pay for.” It’s a phrase that may be true in many realms, but with makeup, I’ve found that it simply isn’t always the case.  There are many high-quality products on the market that are also budget buys. This post highlights just five of them. With the exception of the eyeliners and oil, all the items in this post are actually under $5. These are all long-time staples in my collection. CONTINUE READING…

ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

Zoya Godiva ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

After months of resisting, I’ve finally ventured into the realm of textured nail polish with Zoya PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva ($9). The real draw for me was the sparkly champagne-beige color. I had my reservations about the texture (wouldn’t it bother me? catch on things?) But after three coats and over a week of wear, I have nothing but raves for this polish.

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FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

FACE Atelier Facade Cheek and Lip FACE atelier Facade in Arabesque

Cream blush fans, allow me to introduce you to a product that ranks among my favorite recent beauty discoveries. The FACE atelier Facade ($27) in Arabesque is a squeeze-tube of satiny smooth matte color designed for cheeks and lips.

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