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october picks

my notes say “november picks.”  *eye roll.*  and yes i have notes!bb oct picks1.jpgbeauty

clinique mineral sunscreen spf 30 // i posted a quick review on this on instagram, and my opinions have not changed.  this is truly the best mineral sunscreen i have found.  it blends into my skin easily and quickly, leaves it hydrated and dewy but not greasy, and rates a 2 on ewg.  what could be better?  well honestly the price and/or size, but hey, i’ll make it work.bb instagram1.pngfirst aid beauty hello fab coconut primer // the illuminating moisturizer/primer i’ve been searching for.  you’ve heard me mention the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and while that was good, this is far superior.  a little dollop of this after putting on sunscreen and before putting on makeup gives me the healthy, glowing skin i strive for.  it’s kind of like if mac strobe cream, tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and becca backlight priming filter all had a baby.  first aid beauty is truly one of my all time favorite brands and this product is another reason why.  i actually bought the full tube but haven’t had to use it yet since sephora had a mini version as a 100 point perk.  i asked for 2 heehee.

embryolisse // i mentioned this in detail here so i won’t go too in depth.  basically this is a beautiful moisturizer that works especially when mixed with the above!bb oct picks3.jpgsephora gel future concealer in meringue // again, you know i love this!  meringue is my winter shade (yes we are almost there…) and it’s just a touch lighter than nars vanilla, which has somehow started to oxidize on me, but with the same pink undertones.  great replacement if you ask me!

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia // ok this is getting repetitive.  let me just redirect you here and here.  i just got a couple more products from this line, mentioned here, and needless to say it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite beauty brands.  and i think you can tell how well loved this powder is.

vialed perfume in forest // i had a store credit to urban outfitters at the end of september so i treated myself to this little perfume that i wouldn’t have purchased otherwise.  call of the vialed is a rad perfumery that has unique sets but at a very high price point.  they released a collection of four unisex perfumes for urban outfitters, at just $20 each.  i couldn’t resist, so i chose the scent “forest.”  forest is described as a “green, earthy, and woodsy blend of neroli blossom, amyris tree sap, juniper berry, violet leaf, and rosewood, promoting stability + groundedness.”  this is the perfect description, and the aromatherapy benefits of this are real.  though the scent doesn’t last as long as other perfume oils (natural or not) i have, i appreciate this for those aromatherapy benefits and enjoy putting it on throughout the day.  i’ve been carrying it in the small makeup bag i keep in my purse or backpack and love having it on my person at all times.  it makes me feel clean and mindful, and i love the slightly herbaceous scent.

everyday coconut purely coconut hydrating shampoo and conditioner // i’ve been using this duo since mid-summer but never really mention hair products on here.  i got bulk sizes at my grocery store and i’m happy i did!  i prefer to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, one for the health benefits, and also because they work nicely with my wavy hair.  i feel like my hair is in its most healthy and natural state when i use these products, and my curls and texture really come out.  i’m pretty basic with my hair, so these are perfect for me.  also, a tip for those of you just trying out sulfate-free shampoo – wash your hair twice.  i know it sounds like everything you shouldn’t do, but sulfate-free shampoos are not drying, so don’t worry.  they require more work to get all the product and oils out of your hair, so one wash tackles that and the second wash actually cleans the hair.  trust me!  it makes a world of difference.  i don’t think i would say these are “hydrating” in the sense that they make your hair soft and limp – they are really just a basic shampoo and conditioner.bb oct picks2.jpgfashion and lifestyle

jag jeans camo jacket // i love a good army jacket (and have too many), but have never really gotten into camouflage.  until now that is!  my sister and i both got this jacket at the end of the summer and it is truly one of my favorite purchases ever.  it’s just the perfect camo in that it’s not too over-the-top and is slightly muted in color.  my other sister even said that it really suits me, which is always a nice thing to hear.  also this jacket is the perfect weight and ridiculously soft…when does that happen?!

pendleton bathrobe // my mom got me this bathrobe last year for christmas, and i am sooo happy that it’s bathrobe season again.  and by that i mean that as soon as i get home, get out of the shower, wakeup, etc., this baby is on my body.  it’s huge and ridiculously soft and i love it!

fujifilm date 60af camera // i got this little camera at a thrift store for $2 (yes you read that right).  i was wanting a 35mm point and shoot camera and it was so excited when i stumbled upon this one.  i’m still on my first roll of film so i don’t know what the photographs will look like, but it seems like it’s in perfect working order to me.  i’ll keep you posted when i get the film developed!

burberry wallet // i have had this wallet for over 10 years!  my dad got it for me at harrod’s while on a special daddy-daughter trip to london.  i go in and out of using it, but this month it has been by my side every day.  you all know i usually use some sort of wallet pouch, but i’m enjoying the extra organization without any added bulk.bb oct picks4.jpgentertainment

harry styles’ first album // for whatever reason, i have completely fallen back in love with this album.  not that i felt out of love, but you know what i mean.  it is such a beautiful, unique, artistic collection of songs, each more vibrant than the next.  that man gives me the shivers every time.

alli cherry vlogtober // i love alli.  her spirit and mind, the aesthetic of her videos, her lifestyle.  she is such a pleasure to watch and her videos are always making me research or think about something new.  she’s a great influence for creating a cleaner, healthier lifestyle and i so appreciate that!  because i’m such a fan girl, i even purchased one of the totes that she and her husband released this month.  if they are still available, grab one!  the graphic was handmade by the couple and 10% of the proceeds go to the joshua tree national park association.  i’m dying to go to joshua tree (i know that’s not a surprise), so this got me a little bit closer!bb instagram2.png

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october picks

the real deal skincare routine

and by real deal i mean this is my totally perfected skincare routine that i have been doing for months without the need or desire to change anything at all.  oh and FINALLY, the post i’ve been promising forever!  because i don’t have much counter space in my bathroom, i keep all my skincare under the sink in this cute container from target.bb skincare1.jpgbb skincare2.jpgthe routine //

i always start by removing whatever makeup is left on my face with garnier micellar water.  i’ve spoken about my love of bioderma before, and this is truly the same product but cheaper and easy to find.   i then wash my face with the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser or earth tu face hydrate and repair balm.  following that i spray the avene eau thermale all over my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad.  i’ve been doing this technique since realizing my apartment water was making me break out and this has totally taken that away.  i should also mention that most nights, and every time i use a balm or oil cleanser, i remove my cleanser with a warm and super soft baby wash cloth.  this is a nice way to a) remove everything from your face, b) keep moisture in more than washing away with water, and c) give a gentle exfoliation to the face.  i think this has made a big difference in the overall texture of my skin, and it’s also just a really nice ritual.bb skincare3.jpgi have been using the thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel on and off since about june, but got really serious about using it once or twice a day for the past few months.  i either use a cotton pad or just my hands by pressing it into the skin.  my skin has been so balanced and fresh since using this regularly and i am absolutely seeing the difference!  at night i will apply my aczone acne cream next and let that sink in completely before doing anything else.  i also pop on a little mad hippie eye cream at this time.  if my skin is particularly active, i will apply a small amount of glossier super pure serum before my acne cream, just on the areas where i need it.bb skincare4.jpgbb skincare5.jpga few minutes later, i go in with a hydrating serum.  the jordan samuel hydrate serum has completely replaced my usual hylamide low molecular ha and the difference is very clear.  the hydration just seems more long-lasting than with the hylamide – i really think my skin is now more hydrated all the time vs just when i apply my serum.  even with drastic weather change these days.  the ingredient list boasts more hydrating ingredients like aloe and glycerin, and only for a few more dollars than hylamide.  next i’ll spray a little herbivore rose hibiscus coconut water onto a small dollop of first aid beauty ultra repair cream and mix that little concoction together.  this has been so helpful in getting my lotion to sink in and, again, is keeping my skin hydrated all the time.  after another few minutes, i’ll spray a little more rosewater into whatever oil i’m in the mood for that night.  the two i’m rotating between are the pai bioregenerate and indie lee squalane.  for spot treatments i use the indie lee blemish lotion and the most old school adult acnomel.bb skincare7.jpgbb skincare8.jpgin the morning, if i take a shower, i repeat this process without the acne cream or oil.  if i don’t shower, i  go straight into sunscreen because my skin is still plump and hydrated from the night before.  it  might seem weird but i definitely don’t feel the need to wash my face in the morning, even with water.  because my skin is so dry, i take all the moisture i can get!  as we get into winter i will start mixing in a drop or two of oil with my moisturizer.

the extras //

my favorite masks to use are typically on the hydrating or glow-inducing side, but i also spot treat with a clay mask.  my all-time favorite mask right now is the frank body glow mask.  it gives the skin a glow and light exfoliation, but also has intense hydrating properties.  other masks that give my skin that beautiful glow are the tata harper resurfacing mask and fresh vitamin nectar vibrancy-boosting mask.  i love both of these and just continue to get deluxe samples at sephora!bb skincare9.jpgclay masks that i love are the glossier mega greens galaxy mask and freeman’s feeling beautiful mint and lemon clay mask.  i’ve been using the glossier forever and probably won’t repurchase as the freeman’s does everything i need it to do.  it’s an excellent spot treatment as well; i rarely put this on my whole face.

i always follow a clay mask with a hydrating one, and the ones i keep going back to are the glossier moisturizing moon mask and dr. haushka hydrating mask (linked is the new reformulation).  i found the dr. haushka one at tj maxx, and while it’s a great product, i won’t be repurchasing at the full price.  the glossier one is an old standby that i always have on hand.  besides the clay masks, i remove all of these with the same gentle baby wash cloth that i mentioned earlier.

i think the major notes to take away here, and the major differences, are the avene eau thermale, thayer’s witch hazel, jordan samuel hydrate, and spraying rosewater or any hydrosol into moisturizer and face oil.  this is actually one of the main purposes for hydrosols – to assist your skin in soaking up the most moisture from the products you put on it.  it also helps to thin out any creams or oils that might be harder for your skin to absorb.  neat trick!bb skincare6.jpgi know this seems like a lot of steps, but truly i can do this routine in under 10 minutes.  these products have made a major difference in my dry skin and i don’t see myself changing anything up for quite some time!

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the real deal skincare routine

early morning makeup (for a minimalist)

i’ve started student teaching (EEEEEEEEEK), which requires me to commute over an hour at 6 am.  it’s truly not that bad, but it requires me to be very organized the night before and pretty quick in the morning.  after a little experimentation, i’ve got my makeup routine down pat, and i knew you would all want to see it 😉bb early am1.jpgas fall is thankfully making its presence known, i’ve gone back to my layering technique to keep my skin fresh and hydrated.  after using my clinique mineral sunscreen, i’ve been putting generous mix of embryolisse and first aid beauty coconut primer all over my face and neck.  i haven’t been using any base products cause i truly can’t be bothered, so i pop a little glossier stretch concealer in light on any areas that might be a little red or discolored.  sephora bright future concealer in meringue covers up the blemishes that somehow haven’t been too bad.

while letting all that moisture sink into the skin, i curl my lashes with the surratt curlers and apply a light coat of mascara – either pacifica stellar gaze (back to this love!) in supernova (black) or covergirl lash blast volume in black/brown.  then i brush up my brows with a spoolie and pop on a little maybelline clear mascara to keep them in place.

back to the face and here’s where it changes depending on my mood.  after applying a light layer of alima pure pressed powder foundation in macadamia – keeps my skin glowy but not shiny and offers the perfect amount of light coverage, i either go in with blush or bronzer.  for bronzer i’m still loving the hourglass diffused bronze light and for blush i’ve been reaching for the pixi multibalm in baby petal.  add a little rms living luminizer and the face is done!bb early am2.jpgfor lips it’s usually lip balm, but sometimes i’ll do a little bit of the burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude.  it’s the PERFECT neutral nude that lightens the lips up in a healthy, juicy way.  very moisturizing and even a minimalist like me can enjoy it daily.

so that’s that!  if i have an extra second i’ll spritz my face with some rosewater or some sort of hydrosol.  basically my aesthetic here is to be fresh-faced and put together, but simple and clean.  what’s your go-to work makeup routine?

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early morning makeup (for a minimalist)

loving craving wishing waiting

oooh i haven’t done of these in a long time.  here are some previous iterations: january, june, august, and april.bb insta1.pngbb insta3.pngloving . . .

my skincare and makeup routines are soooo down pat

the critical babe

broad city season 4

black jeans

cold weather, FINALLY!bb insta2.pngbb insta4.pngcraving . . .

hot apple cider

soup, all day every day (definitely achieving this one)

a really good shower (like fancy hotel good)

an intense yoga sessionbb insta5.pngbb insta6.pngwishing . . .

there were more hours in the day

i had more time to spend on my blog

my apartment wasn’t messy

my fridge wasn’t emptybb insta7.pngbb insta8.pngwaiting . . .

for it to be christmas-preparation-appropriate

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loving craving wishing waiting