talkin’ trash 02

bb empties02 7.jpgbiiiiiig empties today!  i don’t know how people keep their empties for a full year to review – only a few months and it’s driving me crazy to have this huge bag under my sink taking up space.  anyways…bb empties02 2.jpgnars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // ooooh my love.  i just love this concealer.  i did notice that it was starting to oxidize on my skin towards the end of the tube, but that isn’t an issue that i have dealt with before.  i have a travel size tube of this in my purse at all times – i just adore this concealer and have been through quite a few.

desert essence tea tree whitening plus mouthwash // twice a day, every day, baby!  again, i mentioned this in a monthly picks post, so i won’t bore you about my love for this mouthwash.  but yeah it’s great!

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm // i got this trilogy kit at whole foods a few months ago and it has made me fall in love with the brand.  i have only tried one or two, but this is my favorite cleansing balm i’ve tried – i’m also making my way through a full size.  i like it because the texture changes completely into an oil, so it is easy to remove and takes off all my makeup (or what remains after bioderma).  i kept this mini for travel and it has really come in handy.  when i finish my full size i will definitely repurchase. bb empties02 3.jpggo-to face hero // i am so impressed with how quickly i went through this!  it was so good to my skin this winter and the first oil besides jojoba that i have used consistently with my moisturizer.  i will definitely repurchase this, but i think i’ll wait until next winter as it’s quite a heavy oil.  great product and i really enjoyed using it.  my only con is that the opaque packaging doesn’t let you see how much product you have left, so i was really surprised when i finished this up mid-skincare routine!

trilogy hydrating mist toner sample // i brought this to california with me while on vacation and it was love at first use.  i was by the pool every day for a week so my skin was a little parched from swimming and being in the sun, but this brought the moisture back.  the mix of rose, geranium, and lavender is great for the skin and the senses – i love the aromatherapy benefits that come along with this.  when i finish up a couple facial sprays (honestly i have so many on the go at all times), i am going to pick this up in full size.  trilogy is definitely becoming one of my favorite natural brands that is easy to find and a good price point.

dr. haushka toner // i am so disappointed in this toner.  i got it in the hello beauty whole foods bag (thank goodness i didn’t spend too much money to buy it), and i only used it a few times before it got moldy?!?!?!  i honestly didn’t see any difference with this toner and with the 2 week expiration, i will not repurchase this.  meh! bb empties02 4glossier priming moisturizer rich // thank you to my beautiful sister (WHO IS NOW A MOMMY) for sending this to me for my birthday!  i honestly disliked this product.  for one thing, the lavender smell is extremely overpowering and even though it is natural smelling, it’s just too much.  also i just like the original priming moisturizer so much better.  and i think that i just prefer my fab ultra repair cream and this is pretty similar to that.  plus at the time this came out i was at a breaking point with all the hype and over-promotion of glossier, so i think that affected my opinion as well.  anyways i am so glad i got to try it, but i think i liked it better for my hands than i did for my face.

derma-e hydrating night cream // this was another product included in the whole foods hello beauty bag and i adored this!  i went through it so quickly because it was just so nice.  it’s a rich cream with hyaluronic acid that smells beautifully fruity, so it was definitely up my alley.  i used this both day and night, i didn’t feel it was too thick for the day but again, dry skin.  it does rate a 5 on ewg, but from what i can tell it’s from the fragrance and the inclusion of vitamin a palmitate.  for these reasons i won’t repurchase, but i really did enjoy this product.  but seriously it smells like heaven. bb empties02 6.jpgfirst aid beauty ultra repair cream // i touched on this in may picks, so i won’t wax too poetic.  i love this!  so much!  this is the first tube i bought and i am already almost done with the second.  so lovely for dry skin, inexpensive, gets a 1 on ewg.  also really great for sensitive skin because of the oatmeal.  yay!

mac fix+ // oooooh magical unicorn water!  mac fix+ is such a cult product and i absolutely understand why.  it smells amazing, adds a boost of moisture to the skin, gives you that gloooow, and sets the makeup.  beauteous.  it’s expensive so i’m not sure if i will repurchase right away but at some point, oh yeah.

captain blankenship mermaid sea salt spray // you might remember be loving this up last summer.  and then one day, i just couldn’t use it anymore.  the smell is really peppery and strong, and i didn’t think it did enough to my hair to merit the cost.  so i used it up but i am going to stick to my plantfolk apothecary messy hair instead – i just reordered this because i finished this up, i can’t wait to get it!!  i won’t repurchase this but i love the brand! bb empties02 5.jpgouai wave spray // another day, another salt spray.  like the captain blankenship, i loved this at first and then fell out of love.  this guy is frustrating because it will sometimes get really sticky and clumpy, even if you haven’t used any more than usual.  i actually purchased a full size and then returned it unopened.  this is nice but meh.  it does smell soooo lovely though.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i think this is my favorite glossier product.  the coconut smell was very strong for me at first, but now i can’t get enough.  i use this daily and i think i will pretty much always have a tube around.  delicious hydration all day every day.

2 weleda lip balms // ok now this is a bit of a cheat because i finished one and the other completely melted in my car.  but this is my favorite lip balm to date and i am already on a fresh tube.  great product, little to no scent, matte finish which is key.  will purchase probably forever!

too faced better than sex mascara // ok i absolutely did not finish this up completely, but i have had it open since november so it was time for it go.  this is such a fun mascara, but it wasn’t practical for me to buy a full size.  it’s just too much product!!  i will buy a travel size in the future for nights out or dressing up, but i don’t use it day to day.  i’m interested in trying the new l’oreal lash paradise mascara that looks like a dupe for the better than sex, but for a far better price!

honorable mentions // products that aren’t quite used up, but i’m moving and i can’t keep hoarding these empties!bb empties02 1.jpgbioderma 250 ml // since first buying bioderma in the late fall while in london, it has become an integral part of my daily routine.  i got this big size early in the new year via beautylish, so i think that i’ve gone through it quite quickly actually!  i use it every night to take my makeup off before washing my face, through the day if i want to take my eye makeup off, or if i’ve been having a swatch-fest.  it is gentle even on my extremely sensitive eyes and i don’t think i could live without it!  i am going to wait to repurchase because i have a deluxe sample of a ____ micellar water to try out, but i will absolutely restock my bioderma at some point in the future.

botanics rosewater spray // botanics is actually a really cool company that i just found out about.  it’s available at places like target and ulta, and i would say half or so of their product lineup is organic and natural.  one such item is the toning spritz made up of 100% rosewater.  this a great rosewater spray at a great price point ($10), and my skin has loved it.  i did decant the product into a glass container because my bottle was defunct, but i recommend this to anyone looking for a simple toner or facial spray for not too much money.  i think i am going to get the aforementioned trilogy toner instead of this, but i may pick it up again in the future.

trilogy rosehip antioxidant + // ok you can tell i really enjoyed this whole trilogy trial kit i got.  this rosehip based oil also includes tomato seed oil, cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, and more.  it is hydrating and gives you a boost of antioxidant protection against free radicals.  it is very lightweight and sinks it quickly, so it’s perfect for warmer months.  i am considering purchasing a full size of this instead of repurchasing my indie lee squalane oil when i finish that up – but truth be told i will probably get both!  great product all around.

oh, and a million things of dr. bronner’s.  always.

and to make you all smile – here are my dogs max and buddy helping me with my photo taking.  i’m thinking about throwing them out with these empty products 😉bb empties02 buddy.jpgbb empties02 max.jpg

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talkin’ trash 02

the sunshine award

i am so honored to have been nominated for the sunshine award by student makeup struggles!  basically georgia nominated me to answer the questions she prepared, and then i will nominate and pose my own questions to bloggers of my choice.  i think this means i’m a real blogger now, right?!bb pf candle co1.jpgthe rules are as follows:

thank the person who nominated you

answer the questions

ask your own questions

nominate your own bloggers

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so first of all, i want to say a big thank you to georgia of student makeup struggles for nominating me for this award!  it’s so fun to be part of the community of bloggers all over the world and it is truly incredible to meet new people with common interests.

what’s your favorite thing to do in your down time? napping, hands down.  in bed, on the couch, at the beach.  i love to throw on a show or youtube video and close my eyes.  i try to keep it short, but i just love to nap!

tell us about your favorite blog right now? my favorite blog of the moment (and pretty much always) is the australian beauty blog, the file.  it’s sort of an into-the-gloss-but-better type site that shares interesting australian’s routines, go to products of the moment, reviews, etc.  i just love reading about australia and the people there, as well as the popular products.  it’s just fun!  the images are amazing, i feature them a lot in my roundup posts, and i feel like it is a little bit more natural than other blogs in the same vain.  it’s very cool and inspiring and perfectly australian, even as cliche as that sounds.

how long have you been blogging for? i have been blogging since november 2014.  i originally wanted the blog to be more about fashion, but it has evolved into more of a beauty space.  i think that is true with my passions as well – there is something abut beauty, routines, products that has my heart more than fashion ever has.  beauty is also more attainable to me in a way that fashion isn’t – i love reading a beauty blog and knowing that i can get the product in question if i want to (within reason of course), whereas sometimes reading fashion blogs is depressing because the looks are completely unachievable.  maybe because beauty is way more personal and unique as well.  my roundup posts are the most common posts on my blog, which i think is very true to my brain and what inspires me.  sometimes i am really motivated to talk about what i am loving and doing, but other times i just want to consume, scroll, and read about others and look at pretty pictures.  i like that my blog is a mish mash of both – it’s a space where i can share what i’m enjoying be it products, pieces, or pictures.

what’s your favorite thing about your home town? the proximity to the beach (lake michigan) and the neighborhood feel.  it was extremely difficult to grow up in such a small town, but now that i have some distance i can appreciate it for what it is and was.  my parents recently moved away from the house i grew up in, but i still count that little town as my home.

if you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  the first place that always enters my mind is paris.  i just love it there.  how can you not?!  but i think right now it would be australia or new zealand.  i would love to spend a summer traveling between the two, meeting people, working, and exploring.  i love the culture and the overall vibe and would love to be there in person.

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ok, so now for the fun part!  below are the questions that i pose to some of my favorite bloggers, kim and makeup and emily petrie.  can’t wait to read your responses, ladies!

when and why did you start your blog?

what is your favorite part about blogging?

what is one thing you want people to know about you?

what is your favorite instagram account of the moment?

do you have an all time favorite beauty or skincare product?  if so, what is it?

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may picks

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first aid beauty ultra repair cream // since first trying this over the summer, i seem to always have a tube lying around.  it’s a great moisturizer for dry skin – face, hands, or body – and though i originally tried it as a hand moisturizer, it is intended for the face.  i think it’s a little too heavy for people with combination or oily skin, but this has been my face lotion of choice for the winter and spring.  a great staple and pretty inexpensive.  i’m considering picking up their regular facial moisturizer for summer, so if anyone has any experience with it, let me know!

first aid beauty slow glow gradual self-tanning moisturizer // i am sooo not a fake tanning kind of person.  i admit i dabbled a little during high school – the occasional spray tan or tanning bed for dances (i could kill my younger self) and jergen’s natural glow – but in the last 6-7 years?  absolutely not.  i get pretty good color during the summer with plenty of sunscreen, but during the rest of the year i accept my paleness.  but with the cold weather and constant rain that chicago has been experiencing the past 2 months, i was forced to help out my poor winter skin.  i picked this up at ulta towards the end of april because i love first aid beauty and have been using it one or two nights in a row every two weeks or so or whenever i remember, and it works a charm!  it adds the healthiest glow to my skin without looking fake or over the top.  it doesn’t apply as streakily as other products with careful application and i only find it smells like sunless tanner the tiniest bit – i admit i kind of love it!  you can apply this to your face but i stop before my neck and just add a little extra bronzer the next day.

sheet masks // mentioned here, i’ve been really enjoying using different sheet masks this month.  they kind of freak me out so it took some getting used to, but the effects are kind of ridiculous.  i don’t always see immediate effects from masks that i use, but with these i do.  i tried both of the saturday skin ones, but am much more impressed with the ones i can find at ulta.  leaders is the brand i have been using the most.  they are quite expensive because they are one-use only, but worth it i think!

rimmel santa rose blush // mentioned here, i picked this blush up while at heathrow airport in february.  i think i had heard estee lalonde talk about it at some point, but i can’t honestly remember why i was drawn to it.  it’s a gorgeous light peachy pink with a fine shimmer running through.  it perks up the face nicely but doesn’t look like blush.  hard to explain but it is stunning.  i love it for days when i’m wearing no other makeup.  like i said it is a british product, but you can order it through feel unique if you are interested!

sephora vib purchases // you probably read my round up here – but i am absolutely loving all the products i got during the sephora vib sale.  what are the chances of loving every single thing?!  from the cleanser to the moisturizer, i feel like my skin is better than i ever.  i was considering returning the tata harper illuminating moisturizer because of the insanely high price, but it is such a stunning product i couldn’t let it go.  great purchases all around – i’m pretty proud of myself.

beautycounter citrus mimosa hand cream // a friend gave this to me because she didn’t like it.  i put it aside for almost a year, and then for whatever reason i put it on my nightstand at the end of april.  it’s incredible!  one of the best hand creams i’ve tried.  truth be told i don’t love the scent, though it dissipates pretty quickly.  unfortunately it is the only scent offered and this is a pretty pricey hand cream ($17), so i’m not sure if i will get around to repurchasing it, but i do love it in the meantime. bb may picks3.jpgmusic, movies, youtube, books ~~

harry styles album // harry is absolutely my dream man, so i knew i was going to love his first solo album. but honestly i am even more taken with it than i expected.  the depth and artistry behind each track is palpable, especially in contrast to what his former band mates are releasing. very eagles, very rock-n-roll. it’s a stunning album all around.

jamestown revival // what took me so long to listen to jamestown revival?  i am a huge folk music fan, so these guys are right up my alley.  they remind me a lot of my favorite gregory alan isakov, but with more upbeat tracks.  my spotify is a very happy place right now!

karima mckimmie // i watched a few of karima’s videos years ago, but never gave her my full attention.  so you might guess that lately, she’s been getting my full attention!  her videos are amazing and her videos are emblematic of the reason i fell in love with youtube beauty videos.  all makeup, none of the changes that other of my favorites seem to be going through.

lauren pence // another youtube fave!  i found her while searching for more eco product-using youtubers.  honestly she sometimes bugs me a little bit – she’s an actress so can get pretty theatrical – but i love her content and her reviews are impeccable.

m train by patti smith // you might remember that i first read m train last summer and loved it.  i decided to give it another go – i much prefer to reread favorite books than search for new ones – and i think i might love it even more this time around.  i feel like i am inside of patti smith’s soul and i feel every single thought she records.  i highly recommend m train, as well as patti’s other works.

desert solitaire by edward abbey // a good friend of mine is a huge edward abbey fan, so i thought i would pick up desert solitaire after hearing such rave reviews.  abbey might not be to everyone’s taste – he is a bit of a john muir type – but right up my alley.  it is incredible to read his experiences in the west when it was still that cowboy land but changing to the tourist attraction we know it to be today.  his words shake me to my core and i wish i could go back to the 60s to help him stop the destruction of our wonderful national parks.

lovesong // i stumbled upon this movie while perusing the newly added section on netflix.  i’m not really sure why i was drawn to it, but i was, and it was the first new movie i’ve watched all the way through in a long time.  it was full of sorrow, but so beautiful and strangely comforting.  it felt like a short story – you don’t have all the details but you don’t need to.  riley keough was so quiet yet so captivating – i felt like i could feel her soul.  i didn’t know that she is lisa marie presley’s daughter and elvis and priscilla’s granddaughter, but now that i know it makes perfect sense as she is practically identical to her mother and grandmother (pre-plastic surgery of course).  it’s a sad film to be sure, but it was beautiful.  oh and i’ve had a crush on ryan eggold since his 90210 days, so there’s that too.lovesong-movie-trailer-images-pics-stills-riley-keough-jena-malone-4.pngand the most important favorite…

baby margot! // my beautiful niece entered the world on may 14, mother’s day!  i was there about 12 hours later to meet this little babe and fell in love.  what is it about babies?  i am so thrilled for my sister and brother-in-law.  and for me!  i’m an aunt!  i can’t wait to watch margot grow and learn and become the incredible little lady that i know she will be.bb may picks2.jpg. . . 

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may picks

i finally got the perfume of my dreams

bb santal1santal 33…oh how i love you.  now i previously thought that byredo gypsy water was the scent of my dreams, but i’m not sure.  lately it’s been seeming a little heavy for every day, but that could be because i’m spending every day at home!

santal 33 is light and fresh, with that delicious sandalwood touch that i cannot get enough of.  i have used up a few samples of this and just couldn’t seem to bite the bullet for the $150 bottle, until i saw that the le labo site sells a 15 ml bottle for $78.  now it’s still so expensive for the amount you get, but for the snail’s pace at which i go through perfumes, i think this little baby is going to be perfect.  i’m so excited to actually have a bottle of this in my life!bb santal3bb santal5one of my favorite perfume oils – maison louis marie no. 4 bois de balincourt – smells pretty much identical to santal 33, so i highly recommend that one.  there wasn’t really a point in me buying the le labo besides just wanting it!  i also love having spray perfumes to layer with my oils or if i want to make a slightly larger scent impact.  my perfumes are always very understated “skin scents” so sometimes it’s nice to have a little more intensity.

all in all, i’m so happy i splurged on this little baby.  it’s absolutely a gateway drug to the larger bottle, but i don’t see anything wrong with that!  what’s your favorite splurgy perfume?bb santal4bb santal2

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i finally got the perfume of my dreams

glossier vs. colourpop

the battle of the matte, sheer lip.bb colourpop glossier2.jpgwhen visiting the house i was living in for the past few years, i found a couple brand new glossier products that i had left behind.  2 of which were the generation g lip tints, in like and jam.  like is basically the color of my lips but slightly pinker, while jam is a sheer purple.  i don’t like jam that much on me, but i love like, mainly because i feel like i have makeup on without looking like i do.  the dream, eh?  important to note that these are the old formula, the new iteration is slightly more pigmented from what i can tell.

a few days before i found my secret glossier treasure trove, i placed an order with colourpop for a couple of their blotted lip stains.  i haven’t heard or seen anyone talking about these, but they are essentially a lightly pigmented lipstick, so giving that blotted effect instead of full on lipstick lips.  i chose 3 colors – brain freeze, a cool toned pink, ice cube, a berry, and on a stick, a soft coral.  i’m in love with the coral and berry shades especially, and am so-so about the light pink (it’s brighter and more barbie-esque than i anticipated).  it was purely coincidental that i ordered 2 matching shades to the 2 gen g’s i had stored away.  sooo how do they compare?bb colourpop glossier4.jpgthe colourpop option is definitely more pigmented, and really feels like a matte lipstick.  they are just as matte and comfortable as the glossier gen g’s.  these stand closer to a regular lipstick and can be built up as such, but applied just once they have the sheer finish that i want.

the gen g’s are absolutely more sheer and feel like a balm, as marketed.  when initially applied onto the lips they are barely noticeable, so i do 2 layers or so.  i love the like shade, but don’t have any interest in the others.  it seems that they are just too sheer, and need to be built up multiple times vs the one swipe and perfect amount of color that i get from the colourpop.  but again, i think the new formula of the generation g’s has more pigmentation.  the balm texture of these was especially noticeable when swatched next to the colourpop, but i think for me i would rather just wear a balm and be nourished or wear a matte lipstick and not be.  you know?bb colourpop glossier5.jpgi like that colourpop’s blotted lips have some fun color options, so they are understated but still bright.  plus the price point is just unbeatable.  for $5 a piece, i absolutely recommend going with colourpop.  there’s more variety in the colors and though you do get half the product, it’s less than 1/3 the price of glossier.  these are really a perfect product for someone who likes to be quite minimal with makeup.bb colourpop glossier3.jpgsome quick facts:

colourpop blotted lip: $5, 1 gram (.035 oz), 3 on ewg, more color

glossier gen g: $18, 2 grams (.07 oz), 5 on ewg, less color

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glossier vs. colourpop