backpack beauty

as a student again, i find myself in class, at the library, or at a coffee shop studying and working pretty much every day.  and this requires some supplies, right?bb backpack beauty.jpgthe essentials:

wallet // my 21st birthday present

sunglasses // my sister gave me these, no clue as to details!

keys on a baggu strap

jao natural hand sanitizer

schmidt’s deoderant in rose + vanilla // if you’re looking for a natural deo, try this!  they have it at tj maxx for cheap

eye brow spoolie

sephora mirror // glossier & milk makeup stickers cause i’m 12

mini nars concealer in vanilla

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia

osmia lip doctor

bite beauty multistick in mascarpone // a soft sunburned look on the cheeks and a hint of color on the lips

pacifica lip tint in vanilla hibiscus // a super hydrating light pink

various hair clips
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backpack beauty

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while i used to love ordering skincare online or going to be more niche stores (sephora, beautylish, etc.), i am feeling quite over that at the moment*.  maybe because i’m back to being a broke student and maybe because i’m no longer living in an area where i have access to those stores.  for something like skincare that you go through so quickly, it doesn’t feel efficient to keep ordering online.  whatever the reason, i’m seeing some definite changes in my skincare routine specifically, and i have to say, i’m not mad about it. *with a couple exceptions of course!bb available skincare1.jpgmicellar water: i have gone through 2 big bottles of bioderma as a first cleanse/makeup remover over the past 6 months.  while i love the formula and honestly just the luxury of that product, i no longer want to have to order my makeup remover every time i need to restock.  i got a travel size of the garnier micellar water to compare and honestly i don’t see one bit of difference.  i just purchased the full size which is huge and will last probably the whole summer or more.  garnier micellar water is available at target and other drugstores.

face wash: i just finished both my glossier milky jelly cleanser and the first aid beauty cream cleanser, definitely prefer the latter over the former.  this is my third bottle of mjc but i’m just meh about it.  it’s hard to get and quite expensive and just not as remarkable as it should be.  the fab is a true cream consistency but fully removable with water and gets all of my makeup off, while the mjc doesn’t come close.  i was going to repurchase my old standby cetaphil when i saw the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser at my target and saw extremely solid reviews online.  this is creamy like the fab – really it feels like lotion – but is gentle on the skin and eyes and very hydrating.  i don’t feel that tight-face feeling after using this which i pretty much always get because of my dry skin.  i think this has been helping to clear up my skin along with some other products i’ll mention later (it contains niacinamide like the glossier super pure), so i’m quite impressed thus far.  this was a few dollars more than other drugstore cleansers ($15) but contains 13.5 ounces of product.  it might be harder to find if you don’t have a target or walgreen’s near you, but worth a try if you can find it.  plus it’s a really big size so cost efficient.  they also have a purifying version if you have normal to oily skin!

toner: toner is a new step for me.  usually i will use a facial spray here, but i decided to try out the thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel when i saw a travel size version at target.  witch hazel’s are reportedly great for the skin (the alcohol-free kind!) and help to balance and tone the skin.  my skin feels healthier and more balanced after i use it, so i’m trying to be good about it morning and night.  i’m liking it so far and will pick up the full size.  available at target, drugstores, and health food stores.bb available skincare3.jpgserum: deciem hylamide low molecular ha.  back to a tried and true favorite.  i mentioned here that i finished up my previous ha from purchased from beauty heroes and went back to hylamide when i was done.  it was a great decision and i don’t think i’ll be straying for quite a while.  available at cvs.  the other serum i’ve been using over the past month that is a bit of a cheat is the glossier super pure serum.  when i first got the serums, i was very disappointed.  i didn’t see any results and they felt too watery to be doing anything.  but i’ve recently gone back to the super pure and i can honestly say this is helping the stress acne i’ve been experiencing over the whole month of june.  it’s becoming my secret weapon – i apply it only on the acne on my chin before applying any other skincare.

oil: indie lee squalane.  now this one is a little bit special because it isn’t that readily available.  however, it is carried in some anthropologies and natural beauty stores, so i bet you can find this somewhere near you depending on where you live.  i found a natural beauty store about an hour away from me, so while i won’t be going there often, i will definitely return on my next shopping trip.  i am finishing up my first bottle of this and now have a backup which i am very happy about.

moisturizer: good ol’ cetaphil.  i like this thick version because it is so moisturizing and pulls all of my other products into my skin.  in the summer i use just a little bit, whereas in the winter i pile it on.  i do like their lotion version (versus the cream), but this works better for me.  the less readily available favorites are glossier priming moisturizer and first aid beauty ultra repair cream.  the glossier has been my daytime summer moisturizer of choice this year, it’s light and sinks in almost immediately but keeps my hydrated and glowing all day long.  the first aid beauty is more of my winter lotion, but i have 2 backups that i’ve been making my way through.  i interchange it with the cetaphil – they are pretty much the same but the fab is a little more moussey and lighter, but with the same hydrating results.  because of the texture it is also easier to use a little bit and spread it over my whole face, so i can use this during the summer without looking or feeling too greasy.

mask: i’m very picky when it comes to detox masks.  because i’m dry but acne-prone, i never want anything too harsh, but effective enough to make a difference.  my go to for years as been the feeling beautiful lemon and mint mask, but i no longer live near ulta and can’t seem to find that one anymore.  i tried the yes to tomatoes clear skin detoxifying charcoal mud mask and i LOVE it!  it’s very similar to the origins charcoal mask which i love but recently used up.  this is a salicylic mud mask that tightens and clears the skin, but doesn’t feel as tight as the origins.  i see better results with this mask than any of the high end clarifying masks i’ve used! bb available skincare2.jpgwhile i don’t always love my insatiable need for new things, i think that it is slowly showing me what products i actually like and want to keep buying.  lucky for me, in the case of skincare at least, my picks are relatively affordable and easy to find.  though i do get sad about all the money i have spent on selfcare in the past, i like this new direction i am going and i think it will continue for a long time to come.

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june picks

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auric blends desert night perfume oil after visiting the farmer’s market one saturday i was in my local co-op browsing the essential oil section.  i picked up this perfume oil and took a sniff when an older man asked me what i was checking out.  i shared this beautiful scent with him and we got to talking.  he told me about his work as an aromatherapist as well as some stories from his life, and i told him a little bit about me.  it was a beautiful exchange, he gave me some wisdom that i will cherish forever, and i hope i made his day a little brighter as well.  after he left me i knew i had to get this beautiful perfume oil, to remind me of him, of meeting new friends, and of sharing love and light with as many people as we can on this earth.

monk oil #2 recently renamed “dawn.”  i mentioned this beautiful body oil here, but i had to mention it again.  i have been mixing a little in with my body moisturizer – i’m currently using the alba organica ultra emollient and it’s a new staple for me for sure – soaks in quickly and makes my body softer than ever.  i get the benefits of both products in one and the added benefit of not using this oil up to quickly as it is quite pricey.  the scent is calming and brings me back to center.

primal pit paste i used up my meow meow tweet baking soda-free deodorant and picked this up at the grocery store to replace it.  i think i like this better, probably because of the baking soda which thankfully doesn’t seem to irritate my skin.  nice deodorant, probably not groundbreaking but i like it a lot.  it is easier to rub in than the mmt and doesn’t ball up as some deodorants seem to.  i am still layering it with the ursa major one for extra sweaty days (which are plentiful here in indiana).

mac patentpolish lip pencil in revved up i will admit that i got suckered into buying this, but i am so glad that i did!  i’ve been liking how peaches look on me – usually i’m a light pink lip girl – and the formula is very similar to the clinique intense chubby sticks.  it has the right amount of gloss and sheer color to look simple and not overdone, but it makes me feel a little more put together than usual.

first aid beauty ultra repair intensive lip balm my love affair with fab continues!  i picked this up because i read it is similar to the nuxe reve de miel, a previous favorite that doesn’t have the ingredient list i like to see, and they are pretty much identical.  this has that same somewhat gritty texture that exfoliates and moisturizes the lips at the same time.  it is slightly more solid than the nuxe, but the results are spot on.  it lasts all night and i can still feel it in the morning, which tells me it is really doing it’s job.  if you are looking for a heavy-duty lip product, i recommend checking this out.

garnier micellar water and thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel i have a post coming all about these so i won’t go in depth, but they have been hardcore favorites all month long.

ray ban wayfarers i have had these sunglasses for probably 7 years, wearing them on and off.  this summer they have been the only sunglasses i have liked to wear.  they are sturdy and perfectly molded to my face – highly recommend getting your sunglasses adjusted if you can, it makes all the difference.  i can throw them in my bag or in my car without worrying too much.  plus they have small bite marks from when my dog was a puppy so that makes me happy as well.bb june picks3.jpgentertainment //

the office – i have never enjoyed the office.  it makes me sad, to be honest.  but after watching a few episodes with a friend, i got completely sucked in.  i finally see the humor behind it and that it is very sweet, not sad (for the most part).  and obviously i am in full support of jim and pam, just to clear that up.

a new book – i haven’t been reading as much lately as i was the first half of the year, but i just started reading a new book that i can’t not mention.  i got jd salinger: the last interview while in new york and only just had the time to start reading, but i already love it.  salinger is such an enigmatic but iconic figure in american literature and it is so interesting to finally learn about him, but it also makes me feel sad that he was essentially chased and stalked most of his life.

blogs – the opal gray is yet another beauty blog, but there’s something about it that’s extra special.  i believe i found the author on instagram and started reading her blog from there, but honestly i can’t quite remember.  her photography is gorgeous and i really appreciate her product reviews.  now if she would only post more often!  another blog i have added to my daily reading list is free & native.  this one is a different from my usual beauty and fashion blogs, but one that i am needing right now.  free & native is the blog of herbalist and manifestation advisor lacy phillips, and she shares her techniques for more wholesome, free, and intentional living, as well as the people, places, and things inspiring her.

highlights of the month //

moving into my own apartment

starting classes

meeting new people and making new friends

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new from nars: liquid blush

when i saw the new orgasm liquid blush on nars’ instagram, you best believe i immediately bought it.  i have never actually tried nars orgasm, but i know that it’s the perfect peachy pink blush for every person who wears it.  so when i saw this new formula, i was sold.  i love cream blushes and haven’t experienced many liquid ones, but if someone’s going to do it right it’s nars.bb nars orgasm liquid blush1.jpgnow this is a bit shimmery which takes some getting used to, but the formula, pigmentation, and color are all gorgeous.  i also don’t find the shimmer to be as noticeable on the cheeks throughout the day as i expected it to be.  this formula is unique to me because it completely dries on the cheeks, so it doesn’t leave any sheen or dew besides what the shimmer provides.  though i usually like my cream/liquid products to remain dewy, this is a nice feature for oily skinned people and for using this in the summer.  i’m a face sweater, very unfortunately, so it will be nice to know that this will stay put on my face all day even through heat and humidity.

you need just a little dot to get that perfect flush on the cheeks, and i have been using my fingers and then a small stippling blush to blend everything out completely.  the color gives that slightly-sunburned effect, especially when you take a little bit over the bridge of the nose.  i’m sure you could build this up for a more intense look but i’m all about subtle makeup, as you all know by now!  i have only worn this one or two times, but i am absolutely smitten and look forward to wearing this all summer long.  bb nars orgasm liquid blush2.jpg

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new from nars: liquid blush