my nordstrom sale picks

the nordstrom anniversary sale is fun because of all the exclusive beauty items that come out.  from special palettes to well-priced sets, there are always things to drool over.  i don’t usually splurge on anything, but this year i got two items that i didn’t think i could miss out on.  bb nordstrom sale1.jpgthe nars hot escape eye & cheek palette, $49, was really the item that made me make a purchase.  it’s a beautifully cool-toned (FINALLY) palette with four eye shadows, one blush, and one highlighter.  the eye shadows are on the sheer side while still having a nice amount of pigment, making them perfect for every day while still being buildable and buttery.  the taupe is obviously my favorite of the bunch, but i appreciate having a matte beige and a darker shade for lining the eyes.  my darkest shade got a little smashed in transit, but not too much shadow is missing thankfully.  the blush is gorgeously neutral with a ton of pigment, so while i have to be careful with it, it’s great when applied lightly on my skin.  it perfectly enhances my summer tan.  and the highlighter, which i will probably use as an eye shadow, is a great light champagne that isn’t too yellow.  sabrina of the beauty lookbook had a great review on this here.bb nordstrom sale2.jpgthe hourglass ambient lighting blush palette ($65) is the same one they release every year, though they say the shade on the far left is an exclusive.  the shades are surreal glow, luminous flush, and mood exposure.  my surreal glow is very light even on my skin, so i’ve been mixing it with the other two or using it as a faux highlighter (i’m really not a powder highlighter girl).  i like the other two blushes so much that it is worth it to have the light one in the palette either way – again i’ll definitely use it as a soft eye shadow.  this was still in stock by the time of me writing this post, so i recommend checking it out if you like hourglass but don’t have any of their blushes.  mood exposure has always seemed too plummy to me, but it actually shows up quite warm and bronzey/neutral on the skin which is a great surprise. bb nordstrom sale3.jpgi don’t own very many palettes so it’s nice to add a couple to my little collection.  of course i by no means needed these items, but i can’t resist a special edition when i can really see myself loving the products.  of the two, definitely try to find the nars palette on ebay or the like if you are into cooler tones…they don’t come around too often these days!bb nordstrom sale4.jpg

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practicing growth

Screen shot 2018-08-05 at 2.03.16 PM.pngthe mistakes, the anger, the passion, the shards of our love are all around.

doomed from the start, i ignored the signs, promises of kisses cured feelings, words healed wounds inflicted by your broken soul.

you shoot me when you are down, you try to get me to your level, you spout the words you think are true but are just misguided, anything i say you claim i play the victim.

you disgust me and then come crawling back.  i forgive you in the name of mental anguish, darkness, and pain.  today is enough, you pushed me too far.

i am strong. i am beautiful.  i am destined for the whole world.  and i will not be reduced to the partner of an angry, lost man.

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this or that: the even better dupes

sometimes you fall in love with a product, the product is discontinued or has bad ingredients, and you find yourself on an endless search for a good dupe.  and then you find one dupe, next to another dupe, next to ANOTHER DUPE!

the land of the even better dupes is the land of the laura mercier velour extreme matte lipstick.bb new dupes2.jpgthe original dupe that i was on the search for was a replacement for my beloved nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay.  nars, for some ludicrous reason, decided to discontinue the best matte lipstick of all time.  and this color, the perfect peachy pink, was difficult to find a replacement for.  a few weeks after purchasing the laura mercier velour extreme matte lipstick in vibe, i realized that it is a spot-on SPOT-ON dupe for montego bay.  and might i say i like the formula even better?!

i then found myself, naturally, looking at the other shades in the line.  the beautiful blue-red dominate is a perfect dupe, and even better formula in my opinion, for nars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl.  the nars pencils contain parabens, so i no longer use them, and i actually find the texture a little too silicone-heavy.  the ingredients in the laura mercier pencils are by no means clean, but they don’t have some of the bigger nasties that i look out for.bb new dupes1.PNGshown here: nars montego bay, laura mercier vibe, laura mercier dominate // vibe is showing up slightly more pink than montego bay, but in real life they do look almost identical

now this next color is one that i don’t own yet, but want to.  it’s the color clique, which is a perfect dupe for, you guessed it, the nars velvet matte lip pencil in famous red, a coral red that’s perfect for a summer night.

i agree it’s a little strange that the laura mercier range has so many nars dupes, but you won’t find any complaints here.  i can’t wait to dabble in the deeper shades for fall and winter – i bet there’s a dupe for nars velvet matte in damned somewhere in there.  oh plus the packaging is soooo much better than the nars velvet mattes.  if you own those little suckers you know exactly what i mean!

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june picks

bb june picks1.jpga face wash duo // i’ve been mixing cleansers this month by using the trader joe’s nourish cleanser (i’ve linked this to the amazon listing, but it was $4 in store, not $14) as a first cleanse (more soapy, but not stripping) and following up with the first aid beauty cleanser (more moisturizing).  they work together to perfectly wash my face and control my acne while also offering moisture and hydration.  and i just feel really clean in the best way.

mad hippie vitamin c serum // this is my second bottle of this magic potion and i really do love it.  because my acne is curing due to a variety of products i can’t necessarily say this is making that much of a difference, but i do think it makes my skin brighter, more even, and very hydrated.bb june picks2.jpggriffin remedy stimulating shampoo // i am in love with this shampoo.  truly, in love.  i’ve previously written about the pura d’or shampoo and conditioner, but i think this takes the cake in helping my hair feel healthy and strong.  if you aren’t used to sulfate-free products this might not be for you, but i love that it brings out my natural texture without feeling soft or flat.  and i really do think it’s stimulating!  i usually skip conditioner for added grit (i’m sure this is bad but whatever).

nars pro prime smudge proof eye shadow base // now this is a funny favorite because i don’t actually have it in my possession currently.  after finishing up my tube i decided to try out the wet-n-wild eye shadow primer that is supposedly a dupe for the nars.  and it is terrible!  it completely dries out my eyelids and is too smudge-proof in that it feels like the shadow is glued to my eyelids.  i cannot wait to repurchase the nars and this has shown me that i’ll suck up the price because i don’t want anything else.bb june picks3.jpgh&m jean jackets // i’ve lived in my madewell jean jacket for about 5 years now and just needed a change.  i first found this amazing washed pink jean jacket at h&m and after falling in love with the fit i searched around for a regular denim one as well.  they were pretty pricey at $49 but i’ve been living in them.  i don’t typically shop at h&m but i know i’ll have these jackets for years to come.bb june picks5.jpgeve babitz // the true los angeles queen.  i absolutely adore her style of writing and the stories she tells.  i cannot get enough!  there is a reason why we think of l.a. the way we do, and eve is why.  i’m currently finishing eve’s hollywood, absolutely adored slow days, fast company, and can’t wait to start her novels.

murder maps // a netflix show highlighting london’s nasty murderers in the 18 and 1900s.  sooo creepy and so good.  love the mix of history and horror.

won’t you be my neighbor // hands down the most beautiful movie i’ve ever seen.  needless to say i was moved to tears.  i can’t say much more than that because i really am speechless.bb june picks4.jpg. . .

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the lazy girl’s guide to makeup

here on baby bohemian, i’m all about looking completely natural with a little oomph.  i’m about wearing makeup to make myself feel put together, while looking like i’m barely wearing any at all.  makeup is my me time, my hobby.  so here are my recommendations for a makeup bag that is perfect for the lazy girl, the makeup minimalist, the product junkie that doesn’t want to appear like a product junkie.  the products below could serve as a great beginner’s makeup bag or just nice products to have on hand.  with my upcoming travels, this will act as the former for me and i’m very pleased with the products that will be accompanying me on my journey…if i can keep it to just these…bb lazy girl2.jpg// skin & base //

hydrated, glowing skin is an absolute essential.  i like a very light, sheer base that evens things out ever so slightly, regardless of the condition my skin is in (currently: acne-ridden).  and to make a light base work the best, it’s all about what’s underneath.  for glowing, hydrated skin that isn’t shimmery or glittery, check out the bliss ex-glow-sion.  now this is a moisturizer more than a makeup product, so if you have dry skin like me i recommend you wear it more as a primer, but if you are on the oilier side you could use this just as your morning moisture layer.

as far as that sheer base goes, my current favorite is my tinted sunscreen, the clinique city block spf 25; a mineral spf with a perfect tint for my skintone.  this is a sunscreen with a tint, not a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so i feel really good wearing it and like the teeny bit of coverage it gives.bb lazy girl3.jpgundereye concealer is where i differ from many: i rarely wear it.  i like a hint of darkness under the eyes, but if i ever feel too dark i always reach for the glossier stretch concealer in light.  because this is a sheer, very emollient formula it looks incredibly natural while adding the bare minimum of brightness.  i don’t find that this creases or goes greasy on me, but i’ve heard from many that setting with a powder is required.  i personally like the hydration it gives, but this is all about personal preference of course!  i also love this for areas of the face that are a little more red or angry and need a bit more help; i just purchased the medium shade for my summer skin.

a high coverage concealer is also an essential, and the nars radiant creamy is second to none.  i’ve tried others that i’ve liked, but i always back to this.  for blemishes, this is a must have.  my trick is to let it set for a minute or two before patting it in – this gets the coverage just right.  i wear vanilla for most of the year and creme brulee in the summer.

// shade & highlight //

bronzer is a non-negotiable product for me.  even if i’m wearing absolutely no makeup whatsoever, i need a hint of bronzer to make me feel alive.  i’m fair, but feel like i apply bronzer in such a way that i never look orange or over-the-top.  the trick is a fluffy brush and the right undertone.  with my pink skin, i like something that is neutral to cool and the littlest bit red; this looks the most natural on me.  my current favorite is the limited edition marc jacobs coconut bronzer, but the hourglass diffused bronze light is another item i don’t ever want to be without.bb lazy girl6.jpgblush depends on the day, but when i remember it i love it.  i go between powder and cream, preferring my powders to be matte and my creams to be sheeny.  i just found the cargo blush in catalina at tj maxx ($4.99!) and it offers the perfect hint of brightness to my face while still being subtle.  if you want to have just one blush in your makeup bag, i recommend it being a somewhat neutral one that you won’t get sick of.  the it cosmetics blush in naturally pretty ticks those boxes for my complexion.  my cream blush of choice at the moment is my olio e osso balm in 02 french melon.  very sheer but glowy, sunkissed perfection that has the same healthy effect on the lips.

to be as natural as possible, highlighters have to be creamy and glowy – no shimmer in sight.  rms is a great brand to turn to for this, and my ultimate one is the champagne rose luminizer.  this is incredibly natural on my skin because of the light nude undertone and the pink reflect.  this of course will depend on your skin tone, but look for something that gives you a sweaty shine and as little actual color as possible.  a runner up in this category is the make dew pot.

// eyes & lips //

if i’m in the mood for eye shadow, it’s typically a matte brown.  my favorite is jane iredale cappucino, but i also just snagged the too faced natural matte palette (also at tj maxx – $14) which has a nice variety of soft matte tones.  i’m glad i was able to get the original packaging – i really don’t like one they just released!  if i’m doing a shimmer, it’s usually a taupe erring on the side of brown, and man do i have a wide variety of those.  my favorite right now is the chanel ombre premiere shadow in talpa, but there is definitely no need to have such an expensive shadow.  this was a birthday splurge back in january.  curled lashes and a coat of mascara are all i really need to feel complete, but i love having a little bit of a grungy eye.

my favorite mascara is the w3ll people expressionist – it’s lengthening and natural but gives me the natural oomph i want.  most days i wiggle it through the roots of my lashes for natural-looking thickness.  the new glossier mascara looks extremely similar to this, which i find interesting, but nothing will replace this dude for me.bb lazy girl7.jpglips are another category that i like to go as simple as possible with.  i love to buy fun lipsticks – almost always matte – but actually wearing them on a daily basis is not as attainable.  i’m getting better though!  my favorite matte which is now discontinued is the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay, but i recently picked up the l’oreal colour riche matte lipstick in matte-sterpiece and it’s that perfect peachy pink nude that’s very hard to find.  & other stories cone marshmallow is another favorite that again is difficult to find – i’m always on the hunt for a subtle peachy pink.  i mentioned the laura mercier velour extreme matte in vibe in my may picks and that is just a hair darker than the l’oreal.bb lazy girl4.jpgbb lazy girl5.jpgif i’m in the mood for a red or brighter lip, i typically opt for a stain.  the body shop lip & cheek stain in pink hibiscus is a dead-on dupe for benefit benetint, without the nasty ingredient list.  and if i want some shine the body shop gloss in sugar glaze is the only colored one lip gloss i own (it’s a soft pink sheen) – otherwise i opt for the wet n wild clear gloss.bb lazy girl1.jpget voila!  a very edited but complete makeup bag.  what are your makeup must haves?  anything i’m missing?

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natural products @ sephora

bb sephora naturals1.pngsephora has always had a small edit of natural products, but they just released their “clean at sephora” mark of approval.  there is a special page dedicated to clean products and all products that are formulated without the following are given a special check mark: sulfates sls and sles, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and less than one percent of syhnthetic fragrance if any.  in honor of this pretty exciting day, peek some of my favorite natural and available at sephora products as of late.bb sephora naturals2.pngbb natural at sephora5.jpg// rms beauty //

though rose marie is admittedly a little insane on instagram, i’m a big sucker for her little pots of goodness.  i own six of her current products and love each of them equally: the champagne rose luminizer for a deliciously dewy glow on the cheekbones and eye lids, eye polish in aura for an ethereal sheen on the lids, buriti bronzer for a sunkissed flush or warm sheeny lids, lip2cheek in vogue rose (limited edition) for a peachy pink blush that melts in perfectly with the buriti bronzer, and two of the powder swift shadows in tt-73 and em-68.  i previously owned the eye polish in myth and loved it before it stopped offering any pigment, definitely due to its age and the natural ingredients.  living luminzer is a cult classic that i have had and loved, but i definitely prefer the champagne rose luminizer with its beigey and slightly pink hint of color.  i also have two limited edition trios from rms, but they are unfortunately unavailable.

// ilia //

the ilia multistick in tenderly is a product i love for all seasons.  it’s the perfect cool pink with just a hint of peach that brightens my fair skin perfectly.  i love that this never sets and remains dewy on the skin, slightly more wet-looking than the rms lip2cheeks but in a great way.  i also used the flow-thru translucent powder last summer, but the packaging was a bit finicky so i won’t be repurchasing.

// herbivore botanicals //

i have only tried two products by herbivore, which are the rose hibiscus spray and the coco rose coconut oil body polish.  the spray is decent but nothing worth the price tag, i far prefer the heritage store rosewater and glycerin for a hydrating and refreshing rose mist for a fraction of the price of the herbivore one.  the scrub, however, is absolutely amazing!  soooo refining while also being hydrating because of the coconut oil inclusion.  i got a mini size in some sephora gift set years ago, but when i would love to purchase the full size at some point.  it’s one of those products that i can’t really justify but i know i will splurge on someday when i need a little retail therapy.bb natural at sephora3.jpg// maison louis marie //

this is perhaps the most exciting brand to be carried at sephora.  i absolutely adore the no 4 bois de balincourt perfume oil (pretty much everyone does) and it’s a great alternative to le labo santal 33.  i may even like the former over the latter; it’s a little bit more focused on the sandalwood inclusion and somehow i’m on my second bottle of this.  sephora now has their oils, perfumes, and candles!  i have heard wonderful things about all the other scents they offer as well as the one i’ve tried.

// captain blankenship //

many moons ago i tried the mermaid sea salt spray and loved it and then grew to loathe it.  the scent is very peppery and i just couldn’t handle it as i made my way to the bottom of the bottle.  still, i love this brand and really did get great results from the salt spray.  i may even try it again in the near future just to see if my tastes (read: scents) have changed.  i also want to try the new mermane shampoo and conditioner, but am waiting until sephora stocks the travel sizes.

other notable brands that are new to the sephora scene are indie lee, isle of paradise (go jules!!!!), moon juice, and antonym cosmeticsgo-to skincare is an aussie brand that is also listed on the site, which would be incredible!  i love their face hero oil.  so far the link doesn’t go anywhere, but i hope that it will be available soon.bb natural at sephora4.jpg. . .

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