Product Updates

Today I wanted to share with you a few items that I am close to finishing or ones where I have hit “pan.”  If you are not familiar with the term, the pan is the metal tray base of pressed powders like eyeshadow, blush, or finishing powder. This even refers to products which don’t have a…

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What’s in my Makeup Bag?

To end the week I thought I would share a post that updates products I mentioned in past blogs. These are favorites that I have used for months, if not years. When I  blog about products, I try to review items that I have used for quite a while. Unless it is an unboxing style…

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Lip Balm Essentials

Lips are a wonderful feature to highlight. Lipliners, lip stains, lip oils, lip glosses, and lipsticks–in liquid, sheer/satin, gloss, frosted, cream, and matte formulas–help draw attention to this area of a face. Sometimes, however, lips will get dry and chapped and the last thing we want to do is draw attention to them! Cold weather…

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Everything is Coming Up Roses

Steam distillation, one of the most common methods to preserve the fragrance, has been used for hundreds of years to extract attar of roses (rose oil). The advantage of distillation is that the volatile components can be distilled at temperatures lower than the boiling points of their individual constituents and are easily separated from the…

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e.l.f. Haul

Yes—it is an e.l.f. haul! But everything pictured here, purchased during the recent online sale (50% or more off) was under $30 total and shipping was free. Even though the line is inexpensive, I have always found the products to be high quality. I have very sensitive skin, and e.l.f. is one of the brands that has never bothered me.

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e.l.f. Hydrating Skincare

I first came upon e.l.f. when I purchased a brush set through Amazon. And really—that name! I know it stands for Eyes Lip Face, but I prefer to imagine the company owners are Tolkien fans. They have many excellent makeup tools and makeup products. I was excited, then, when e.l.f. started offering a hydrating line of skin care.

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