a favorite blogger & a favorite product

today’s post is extra special because it is in collaboration with kim and makeup, one of my favorite bloggers. ¬†she is seriously talented when it comes to makeup and her looks are always different, creative, and beautifully executed. ¬†i have so much respect for her and her work, and i highly recommend you check her out!bb kim and makeup1.jpgso you all know of my love for bare minerals, from their powders to their cosmetics. ¬†bare minerals is a reliable brand that features high quality products with pretty good ingredients, so if i need something, they are usually the first brand i turn to. ¬†lately i’ve been loving their correcting concealer, but i wanted to focus on my absolute favorite bare minerals product today: their flawless definition mascara.

flawless definition is the first high end mascara i ever bought and remained my only mascara throughout high school and college. ¬†when i got into makeup i left it behind to try other things, but over the past few months we have gotten back together and are stronger than ever.bb kim and makeup2.jpgi personally prefer plastic wand mascaras and flawless definition boasts this super grippy but small plastic wand. ¬†it grabs onto all the lashes without clumping or adding too much product, and can look very natural or very amped up depending on application. ¬†i usually go for a natural look – shocker – but i love the versatility in this mascara if i’m going out or want to do something more special. ¬†this is the only mascara that i ever put on and just go oohh yeah there’s a reason this is my favorite. ¬†it is also hypoallergenic and great for sensitive eyes, which is the reason i purchased this in the first place way back when. ¬†they also have a brown version which i really want to try, but from what i can tell it is only available through the bare minerals website.bb kim and makeup3.jpgso that’s that! ¬†a quick review on one of my all time favorite products. ¬†be sure to check out kim’s corresponding post about her favorite bare minerals product! ¬†and give her a follow, i promise you will be inspired.

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a favorite blogger & a favorite product

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before i begin this post, i want to apologize for my radio silence over here lately. ¬†it might not seem that silent to you, but it certainly does to me! ¬†moving and starting school has been extremely stressful and overwhelming, so the blog has been moved to the back burner unfortunately. ¬†but i promise i will be back in action soon with a couple exciting things up my sleeve! ¬†thanks, as always, for your continued support and love. ¬†you all are my favorite bohemians ever ‚̧bb rt contour brush4.jpgyou probably know that i love love love cream products. ¬†eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, concealers. ¬†but when it comes to blushes and bronzers, i often struggle with application. ¬†using my fingers is a little patchy, and my small stipple brush is a little too concentrated. ¬†enter the new love of my youtube life – karima mckimmie. ¬†i saw karima using the real techniques contour brush to apply cream blush and i was like WAIT i own that brush!! ¬†truth be told, i have never used it before and it was in the very back of my bathroom cabinet. ¬†buuuuuuut everything changed immediately. ¬†bb rt contour brush1.jpgi swirl the brush in the cream product and then on the back of my hand, making sure the product is well distributed. ¬†then i just blend on to my cheeks or hairline, etc, wherever i am putting the product. ¬†and it’s flawless! ¬†i am able to get the exact right amount of product and perfect application every time. ¬†i’m especially excited about using the contour brush with my rms buriti bronzer, which i love but have been discouraged by because application just hasn’t been the easiest. ¬†bb rt contour brush3.jpgi really do love cream products – the finish is so natural and youthful, and they are also easier to apply when you have the right tools. ¬†so if you’ve been struggling with finding said right tool, i recommend you check out the real techniques contour brush. ¬†unfortunately it is only part of a set, but i promise you will make use of the other brushes as well. ¬†sometimes you just have to be creative and go off script, so to speak!bb rt contour brush2.jpgproducts shown include rms buriti bronzer, tata harper volumizing lip and cheek in very nice and very charming, ilia multi-stick in a fine romance, and colourpop super shock cheek in aphrodisiac

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there’s so much more to say

please come back. ¬†please don’t let this be the end. ¬†please tell me you’re just on another adventure. ¬†you said you would kiss me in august. ¬†won’t you keep that promise?

you beautiful, tortured soul. ¬†don’t let this be the end. ¬†you were happy when i saw you only one month ago. ¬†you were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chopping wood and teaching kids how to play chess at the atheneum. ¬†you were their hero. ¬†you were happy with your medication, with your situation. ¬†we talked about living on the golf course and being old decrepit teachers. ¬†we were going to go to australia and live in new york. ¬†there were lies and deceptions, but i don’t blame you or myself. ¬†i think deep down we were honest with each other, even if people told us otherwise.

you called me lulu bean and held my hand.  we sat together, worlds apart from anyone else and that was good.  we locked your door and turned on the air conditioning and pretended to sleep.  maybe.

i saw you in a tee shirt only once. ¬†you were at the green and put your arms on the register to reach out to me. ¬†i saw all those horizontal lines, pale white, moving up your arms like the words that you were never able to speak. ¬†i wasn’t surprised. ¬†it made me love you. ¬†more and more. ¬†i got butterflies when i went to see you. ¬†i felt guilty when i left. ¬†i knew it was wrong, that i would get in trouble, but i couldn’t stay away. ¬†not from you.

i miss your khakis and your button downs, the creases in your cheeks. ¬†those blue eyes and that black hair. ¬†it had finally grown back out. ¬†the last words we spoke to each other were “i love you.” ¬†and i love you. ¬†i’ll still kiss you in august.

there’s so much more to say

some new & old favorites

new month, new apartment, new chapter in life…and some current favorite products, of course. ¬†it’s funny how moving and “starting over” makes you reconsider all the things you own and love. ¬†it sounds strange but i feel that my products, my routines, my things keep me grounded during craziness. ¬†i place great importance in feeling safe in my environment, and my belongings certainly aid me in that.bb old and new1.jpgbb old and new2.jpgold favorites

glossier priming moisturizer // i have been using this for¬†years now – but pretty on and off. ¬†i used it pretty religiously during the first part of this winter, and then put it down for whatever reason. ¬†today i got the urge to bring it back out. ¬†it’s a lovely summer moisturizer/extra moisture layer as it’s quite thing and light and sinks it almost immediately. ¬†i can’t speak to it’s makeup extending abilities, but i love it when i need an extra hit of glow.

rms eye polish myth // quite honestly this is my favorite eye shadow ever.  living in a cold climate, i love when summer comes around and all my cream products soften that perfect amount and pigmentation becomes even better.  in the winter this shadow is more sheer, but in the summer it has full-on taupey goodness.

hylamide hyaluronic acid // i finished my previse nutrify¬†hyaluronic acid serum and immediately repurchased the hylamide ha. ¬†for whatever reason this performs so much better on my skin and i really reap the benefits of the ingredients. ¬†the previse was nice but too expensive for what it is. ¬†i wish this product didn’t have phenoxyethanol, but it still rates a 1 on ewg and i love the results. ¬†the cvs i went to had this little baby one on sale for $3 so you KNOW i bought it as well!

new favorites //

cocokind collective macabeet tinted moisture stick // i got this a few weeks ago when shopping at the new chicago free people store with my dear friend. ¬†we both grabbed this and i can’t not share it with all of you! ¬†for $9, you get a 100% natural sheer berry glow for lips and cheeks. ¬†it’s healthy skin in a tube, quite honestly!

monk oil #2 // i have been wanting to try monk oil for months now and decided to finally bite the bullet a few weeks ago. ¬†i only just started using it after i moved, but i know it will be a staple that i always have around. ¬†i got the small bottle of the #2 oil which contains more rose from what i can tell. ¬†it’s an earthy but somewhat floral – but not floral like old lady, more like fresh flowers – oil that can be used all over the body and/or for aromatherapy purposes. ¬†i love the smell but it is definitely¬†hippie – my mom hated it haha! ¬†i highly recommend this and i look forward to trying the original oil¬†as well. ¬†short version: monk oil is a “city skin potion” that helps ground you and protect you from the craziness of city life.

first aid beauty cleanser // when picking up a backup of my fab ultra repair cream, i decided to try the cleanser as well. ¬†though i usually oil cleanse, i like to have a regular cleanser on hand as well to use as a double cleanse or when i don’t feel like using oil. ¬†i’m almost done with another bottle of glossier milky jelly, so this was my replacement. ¬†it feels closer to a lotion than a cleanser, but it cleanses beautiful and removes all traces of makeup. ¬†my skin feels hydrated and healthy after – and in the summer i love to pare back my routine and get back to basics.

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some new & old favorites