a brief note & insta roundup

my bohemians!  i’m sorry i have been so absent on the blog and instagram.  a brief explanation…i’m back in summer school after only 3 days off, i moved out of my apartment and am living with my sister, brother-in-law, and their dog baby, my long distance lover is back in town, and i can’t find a good set up for taking pictures.  alllllll of that being said, i will be back in action asap and better than ever (let’s hope)!

big love to you all & happy sunday!  and in the mean time, here are some recent instagram snaps if you need a little catch-up. bb insta1.pngbb insta2.pngbb insta3.pngbb insta6.pngbb insta5.pngbb insta4.pngbb insta7.pngbb insta8.pngbb insta9.png. . .

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april picks

as far as makeup and skincare go, not much has changed from last month.  the pacifica coconut essence spray is still a strong favorite.  i’ve been adding it more to my skincare routine as well, and it truly gives my skin so much juice.  i’m way over half way through my bottle and it’s been sold out at my ulta, so i’m a little panicked.  i need to stock up.

all of the items i bought during the sephora vib sale and my sneaky marc jacobs order are firm favorites and i am so pleased with them all.  i ended up returning the marc jacobs lipstick, but the coconut bronzer, milk makeup kush mascara, and rms champagne rose luminizer are all epically amazing (these are the products i got that i had never tried before).  if you are considering the kush mascara especially, CHECK IT OUT.  it is somehow insanely but naturally volumizing, lengthening, defining, softening, hydrating, amplifying, etc etc.  truly the perfect mascara and it’s fun to have something different from my w3ll people mascara that is uber natural looking.bb april picks1.jpg

though i was enjoying the paula’s choice 2% bha, i ultimately decided to start using my acne creams again, which are aczone and differin.  my skin has passed the painful drying stage, so i’m hoping to start seeing results soon.

because of my current skin state, i’ve just been using a ton of moisturizer and concealer, with my concealer of choice being the bare minerals bare pro concealer.  i’ve been using this for a couple months now but have not mentioned it until now (i don’t think).  this is an insanely high coverage yet hydrating and not drying concealer.  i use it on blemishes, but because of the consistency it would work absolutely anywhere.  i started with the shade 01 which fits my pale winter skin perfectly, and i also got the shade 04 to mix it with/use for summer.  04 is actually lighter than 03, so just a heads up if you are considering either of those shades.  all in all another wonderful product from bare minerals – truly one of my favorite and most relied on brands.  and of course i always have the nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla on hand and if i’m in a rush.

after concealer i’ll pop on some bronzer (always) and blush (sometimes).  i’m still loving my hourglass diffused light bronzer which i’ve been using for over a year now, with no end in sight, but the marc jacobs coconut bronzer has taken its place as of late.  as for blush it depends on the day, but the it cosmetics bye bye pores blush in naturally pretty (another one i’ve been using for months but don’t think i’ve mentioned) is a reliable, every day, don’t have to think about it shade.bb april picks2.jpgsome products that i haven’t mentioned yet on the blog and have been loving for quite a while now are the & other stories items i bought while in california.  the biggest love is the chubby lip pencil in cone marshmallow, which i had wanted to order on line for months before seeing it in the store on sale!  i love it so much i ordered a backup to because the shade comes and goes online.  it’s a lovely peachy nude and i’ve been wearing it more often than not even though i’m not a day to day lipstick lover.  i also purchased the lip and cheek tint in dimple peach, which i think i mentioned as being a more cream-to-power dupe for rms vogue rose.

and the last thing i got is the nacre ecru eye shadow quad which is soooooo amazing and my first thought was that it looked a bit like the tom ford nude dip.  these shades are so me and i love them all as a light wash over the lid.  the shades are shiny instead of sparkly which is always what i look for.  this is probably the only eye shadow thing i will bring when i move to arizona later this summer (more on that soon).  i’ve been in & other stories a couple of times before in new york especially, but this is the first time i purchased anything from their makeup line.  the prices are great and the products are fun, so i recommend checking their website or going in store if you can!  i can’t wait until i can get there again; they have a ton more products in store.

oh!  and essie bikini so teeny has been living on my nails. bb april picks3.jpg

it was a funny month as i was back in classes but only a few times a week.  it’s been nice because i am able to focus on other things, mainly working out, getting my apartment in order before i move, reading, writing, etc.  my traveler’s notebook is still a constant companion, of course, and i’ve added another notebook and a little clear folder to the mix for extra organization.

in terms of books, i have a school favorite and a real life favorite.  i had to read the teacher wars by dana goldstein for school, but it was incredible and i read the whole thing in 2 days.  if you are an educator or just interested in education in america, this is a must read.  the education system in this country is not perfect, but this gives a beautiful overview of our history and really gets you thinking about where we are going and where we have been.  exceptionally crafted.bb april picks4.jpgfor personal reading, i absolutely gobbled up big magic by elizabeth gilbert.  this book has been on my radar for years, but i finally decided to pick it up a couple weeks ago.  i do consider myself a creative person, and consider the field of teaching to be a creative one that is tied to so much else, so i found big magic incredibly inspiring.  my hobbies are also creative ones, i.e. this blog and writing, and big magic felt like a handbook for cherishing your creative passions.  i am never going to make my life’s work out of one of these hobbies, but i do them for me, and that is more than enough.  i would really like tor read eat pray love now because i love her voice so very much.

and perhaps the most exciting favorite of the month is isle of dogs.  ooh how i love me some wes anderson.  i even got this book for christmas a few years back!  when this movie began i wasn’t quite sure where it was going but it came together beautifully and i might even go see it again.  if you like wes or dogs or stop motion, you need to see this.

kodachrome was a movie i happened upon on netflix, without realizing it had just been released a few days earlier.  i was of course drawn to it by the name mostly, and also because i really like elizabeth olsen.  it was such a sweet film and left me in tears of love.  not groundbreaking or particularly iconic, but lovely all the same.  sometimes those are my favorite kind.

and because there is always a new youtube favorite around here – i am absolutely obsessed with manny mua.  he is truly hysterical but intelligent and witty and a pleasure to watch.  i love that he focuses purely on makeup videos and is always insanely entertaining.  he won’t be to everyone’s taste, but i absolutely love how over-the-top and true to himself he is.

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april picks

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i do these posts very sporadically – sometimes i feel like saving my garbage and sometimes i don’t, frankly!  i would have preferred to keep going because i’m going through some interesting products, but your girl is moving and no one has time to move trash from place to place.  though you could argue that about most of my knick knacks *insert crying laughing emoji* BUT on to the products!

// body items //bb empties3 1.jpgthe burt’s bees citrus & ginger body wash was a really nice body wash that smelled absolutely incredible.  i’m a sucker for all things grapefruit.  this was kind of a mix between an oil and a soap that was very lightweight and nicely cleansing.  i mostly use a castille bar soap in the shower, but i wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again if i was in the mood for a body wash.

i originally purchased the everyday oil 2 oz to use as a face cleanser and oil, but the essential oils in it were a little too strong for my skin.  i used it up by mixing it with the skin trip lotion and it was an amazing body combination.  everyday oil recently released an unscented blend so i am very interested in purchasing that one in the 8 oz size to use for body and face this time.bb empties3 2.jpgthe primal pit paste in jasmine is my absolute favorite natural deodorant so i have already repurchased this in both stick and jar form.  i prefer this to schmidt’s because it doesn’t seem to leave any stains on my clothes.

the mountain ocean coconut skin trip has been mentioned a million and one times over here, but it is an excellent lightweight body moisturizer.  it smells amazing and is perfect alone for summer or mixed with an oil for winter.  i am currently using a shea moisture body lotion i got at tj maxx, but i will always repurchase the skin trip.

// skincare items, especially sprays and cleansers //bb empties3 3.jpgthe heritage store rosewater & glycerin is my favorite hydrating mist/toner.  i always have one of these lying around – or, more accurately, sitting in the fridge.  i love the inclusion of glycerin in this for extra oomph, but the plain rosewater version is beautiful too.  just a basic, effective product that is a staple for me.

similar to the heritage store rosewater & glycerin is the herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus coconut mist. now i got this in the birchbox x vogue 125th anniversary box last year, but i have since purchased the 2 oz size for travel.  i don’t think this does enough to really merit the price tag ($32 for 4 oz), but it is a beautiful product if you want a skincare splurge.  i would repurchase this, but it’s not the end all-be all in my opinion.

the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil is a really lovely rosehip oil that i used primarily in the winter.  this was nice because it was thick, but not too thick, so it didn’t feel too heavy to use during the day as well as the night.  the price point ($40) is excellent and i would definitely repurchase this when next winter rolls around.

one of the best mineral sunscreens i have found is the clinique mineral spf 30 sunscreen. it’s lightweight, hydrating, doesn’t leave a white cast, and is easy to find.  the only complaint is the small size (1 oz for $28), but for a good sunscreen i don’t think that’s too bad.  i am currently enjoying the clinique city block spf 25, but i will definitely repurchase this dude in the future.bb empties3 4.jpgthe mad hippie eye cream lasted me absolutely forever – over a full year.  this was a great eye cream for hydration and plumping – i don’t suffer from bad dark circles so i can’t speak to its abilities in that area.  i love the mad hippie brand and this was another excellent product from the line.  i am currently using an acure eye cream i got at tj maxx, but i would definitely repurchase this in the future.

the trilogy make-up be gone cleansing balm is another product that lasted me aaaages.  it’s not the only balm cleanser i’ve tried, but the only one i want to use.  simple, but very effective.  trilogy is another brand that i trust for natural products with great ingredients – though they do use a lot of essential oils, so that’s just something to be aware of.  will definitely repurchase next winter.   bb empties3 8.jpgthe glossier milky jelly cleanser is a product that i keep coming back to.  it’s not the best cleanser out there, but i do enjoy it.  the rose scent can be a bit much, but i like the texture and that it doesn’t dry out my skin.  it’s not the best cleanser i’ve ever tried, but i’m sure i will come back to it again in the future.bb empties3 7.jpgi went through the mad hippie cream cleanser really quickly – too quickly.  it was a great cleanser that reminded me a lot of the first aid beauty cleanser that i love.  the packaging made me extremely nervous because it’s class, and i was mostly using this in the shower.  if you are looking for a cream cleanser this is a very solid option that is hydrating but not too creamy, if that makes sense.  i will definitely repurchase this next winter when my skincare routine needs a bit of oomph.

// masks and extras //

the glossier moisturizing moon mask is one i almost always have lying around, at least until i discovered the next empty on this list.  it’s a great hydrating mask that makes the skin feel plump and glowing.  plus, i keep the containers around for holding cotton pads and other items for travel!  i don’t think i will repurchase this because i have found something i like better, but i still recommend it.  bb empties3 6.jpgthe bioderma sensibio mask is VERY clearly well-loved – i have never cut a product in half to get all the leftover product!  it’s like the glossier moon mask but so much more hydrating and never stings my skin when i’m dry (the glossier does do that to me occasionally).  i like everything about this mask, from the texture to the easy tube.  if you are trying to decide between this and glossier, i would go with the bioderma, but the glossier is still a great option.  this one just seems to have more lasting hydrating and soothing effects.

the nails inc nailkale superfood base coat was one of the items i purchased in the sephora vib sale this month.  it’s the best base coat i’ve ever tried and worth the higher price tag.  i pretty much only buy this when the sephora sale comes around and the bottle lasts me a full year or two.  this continued to work perfectly even as i made my way to the bottom of the bottle.   bb empties3 5.jpgand finally, i also finished a bottle of seche CLEAR.  and no, i didn’t totally finish it, but it got to a point where i needed a new one – if you wear nail polish you know what i mean.  very funny story – for the entire year or so i’ve had this i thought it was seche vite and didn’t think about the fact that it wasn’t fast drying.  i only noticed about a week ago when my sister pointed it out that her nails weren’t drying very quickly! hahaha!

wheewww it feels good to throw all this garbage out!  i completely dig these posts and videos as it shows what people actually use up and love – and that’s pretty rare in these days of insane overconsumption.  i can’t promise to always keep my trash around, but i will try to continue to save any interesting things i finish up!  what have you finished up recently?  is it something you can’t live with out?  let me know in the comments!

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the sephora sale: what i actually bought

my sephora purchases arrived!  i’m so happy with my service this time around, especially compared to my drama in the fall.  these are all first impressions, but honestly these products are pretty epic.  i killed it.  no shame!  also important to note, i had a pretty hefty sephora merch credit from some returns i had made, so that allowed me to be able to buy the last product (and perhaps the most exciting) mentioned here…bb sephora sale1.jpgbb sephora sale2.jpg

rms champagne rose luminizer, $38 // somehow i forgot to include this in my sephora sale wishlist, when it was actually the product i was wanting the most.  though i did enjoy it, i no longer have the rms living luminizer.  it just wasn’t exactly what i wanted in a highlighter and i didn’t find myself reaching for it often enough to to justify keeping it around.  the champagne rose luminizer, on the other hand, is THE perfect thing – it isn’t stark white but rather a creamy pink that looks perfectly subtle and glowy on my fair skin and somewhat tan summer skin in the future.  though this does have a slight pinky reflect, it works perfectly with my pink undertones and the overall color of the product keeps it insanely natural.  this is maybe even glossier than the living luminizer and i super love it.bb sephora sale5.jpgbb sephora sale3.jpgbb sephora sale4.jpghourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light, mini $22 // boring purchase but i wanted this back in my life!  i decided to go with the mini size even though it is kind of a rip off for the price/amount of product vs the full size.  i like my mineral fusion powder, but i always want it both at home and while i’m out and about, so this will be good for that purpose as well.bb sephora sale8.jpgbb sephora sale7.jpgbb sephora sale6.jpgmilk makeup kush mascara, $24 // i’m not really a girl to try out a bunch of different mascaras, and i am still in love with my w3ll people one.  but something about this milk makeup kush mascara just seemed fun?!  i don’t honestly know, i just really wanted to try it, and having a more natural (ingredients-wise) but volumizing mascara seemed like something i would like to have around.  and this mascara is INSANE.  one swipe onto my lashes and they had amazing volume and length and honestly looked fake.  if it doesn’t crumble, it will be exactly what i wanted the too faced better than sex to be like.  the packaging is awesome while a little too big for my taste, but i so appreciate milk’s aesthetic and style.  glad i went out of my comfort zone!bb sephora sale9.jpgmarc jacobs le marc lip creme lipstick in cream and sugar, $30 // this is the exact nude i have been searching for.  it is the perfect balance of pink, peach, and brown while appearing super natural.  at first i was worried it was slightly too light for me, but it’s incredibly flattering given the way that i apply all lipstick – blotted and really blended into the lip.  i’m not 100% sold on this, but i think i’m going to keep it!  editor’s note: i have since returned this…it was just too expensive to justify if i wasn’t completely in love!bb sephora sale10.jpgnails inc nail kale base coat, $15 // this was purely a repurchase.  this is my all time favorite base coat and i have not used anything else since i purchased about 2 years ago.  if you do your nails at home and need something reliable, i very much recommend this product.

now this wasn’t in the sale, but i got it around the same time…bb sephora sale11.jpgbb sephora sale12.jpgmarc jacobs tan-tastic bronzer, $49 // !!!!!!!! it FINALLY came back just a few days ago (i was afraid i missed out forever) and it is just as deliciously dreamy as it appears online.  the perfect balance of warm and cool, this shade and texture is exactly what i look for in a bronzer.  now i bought this from the marc jacobs website, and they offer a 10% discount for first time subscribers, plus free shipping and no tax.  so all in all it cost me $44, which is far cheaper than it would have been even with the sephora vib sale.  so if you are upset you have to pay full price now that the sale is over, fear not!

ok, i’m never shopping for beauty products again.  done!  bye!

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the sephora sale: what i actually bought