finding home

haven home 1.jpglast summer, i met a sweet, sweet guy. ¬†he is different from almost anyone else i have ever met. ¬†we dated for a little bit and though things didn’t work out, i count him as a dear friend.

he is wild. ¬†he is free. ¬†he is natural. ¬†he finds solace in the simple things, like driving for hours when you really, really don’t know where you’re going. ¬†he is a climber, an adventurer, an athlete. ¬†he is brave and kind. ¬†he is shy, quiet,¬†intelligent, and so charming.

he stopped to see me a few days ago, while driving across the country.  we met for coffee just off i-90.  he had stopped in wisconsin the night before to crash with some people he had only recently met.  he is the kind of guy who does that, and whom people invite to do that.  he shared his recent adventures with me, from ditching guards at the grand canyon so that he could continue hiking without a reservation to, literally, chasing waterfalls.  he told me about the tough times of being so alone and he told me about the inexplicable beauty of living so close to nature.  he shared lines from his favorite author, what his sisters are doing, his next location.

this friend reaches a part of me that few people reach. ¬†he inspires me. ¬†he makes me want to do more and be more – to follow my heart wherever that may lead. ¬†he reminds me that life is not about achievements¬†or possessions, it is about finding home, even if it’s in a sleeping bag in the back of your car.haven home 2.jpga few days after seeing my friend, ¬†i was at anthropologie browsing the sale section, wasting time really. ¬†i came across an indie magazine that i had never seen before, called haven. ¬†perhaps serendipitously, the theme of this particular issue is home¬†and finding it – inside people, coffee shops, dorm rooms. ¬†finding it around a campfire, at the dinner table, in the back of a camper van.

for my whole life, home has meant where my parents are, where my family is, where i grew up. ¬†and this, i am certain, will always be the case. ¬†but in a few months, i will finally be able to create my own home. ¬†it certainly won’t be my forever home, but it will be my first home. ¬†it will be my own space to figure out what it really means to live. ¬†it will welcome me and it will welcome others. ¬†it will incorporate all the people that i have known, the things i have loved and learned, the experiences that make me who i am – as all homes do. ¬†it will remind me of my friend and the lessons he has taught me.haven home 3.jpg

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finding home

the concealer search

part of the fun of shopping, for me, is the search. ¬†the search for the best product, the best price, the best shopping experience. ¬†in fact, this is actually a defining¬†characteristic of many millennials,¬†research-backed buying¬†vs impulse buying. ¬†i learned this at a luncheon with refinery 29 while i was interning at elizabeth arden – how the methods of shopping of millennials effect retailers and how those retailers can persuade millennials to purchase in the moment or at least be a part of their research. ¬†ok wooooah tangent, let’s get back to the point of this post.
bb bare minerals concealer review 1.jpgi have been on the hunt for a pot concealer that i could wear as a pseudo-foundation – basically something ultra creamy that i could use to even out my skin but wouldn’t look or feel like i had anything on. ¬†i tried the w3ll people narcissist foundation stick first (obviously not a pot) and while i liked it a lot, the color match wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly what i was looking for. ¬†it’s nice for brightening my face, but i don’t find myself reaching for it on a daily basis.

my next thought was the rms “un” cover-up, which is really the exact product i want, but none of the colors work for me. ¬†i’ve mentioned it a thousand times before, but my skin is very cool-toned, so the yellow-based shades of the “un” cover-up just do not work for me. ¬†glossier’s stretch concealer seems to have a more pink-based range, but to be honest i’m not that drawn to that brand anymore. ¬†i’m sooo tired of seeing all the marketing on every single instagram post that pops up on my feed and i’m just kind of over it, for now at least! ¬†some of their products are still staples for me (milky jelly cleanser,¬†moon mask, and coconut balm dotcom¬†are constants) so yes that concealer looks like it would be pretty perfect, but i’m going to pass on it for now.

then, very excitingly, nars came out with their new soft matte concealers. ¬†in pot form! ¬†pot form of my favorite concealer! – so i thought. ¬†but yes, as the name would suggest, these are more on the matte side. ¬†i tested them out at sephora and they are truly beautiful and creamy, while finishing to a matte or at least satin-matte formula. ¬†i just don’t think they would work on my drier skin and the coverage seems higher than what i’m looking for.

and finally, i remembered my old faithful – bare minerals. ¬†i actually owned the bare minerals correcting concealer quite a few years ago now, but i never really knew what to do with it so i got rid of it. ¬†i don’t typically wear concealer under my eyes and i wasn’t yet using any products like that on my face, so it went by the way side. ¬†but while browsing ulta the other day, this little pot of magic came back to me. ¬†bb bare minerals concealer review 2.jpgthis concealer is perfect for what i have been looking for. ¬†it’s creamy, glowy, and stays put all day. ¬†it can be sheered out for just a hint of coverage where needed, but is also perfect for spot concealing blemishes with a small brush. ¬†the color – light 1 of course – is the ideal mix of cool and warm tones, so it works to brighten while also matching my skin perfectly (it’s described as a light neutral cool). ¬†and truthfully, this does not budge. ¬†i find my nars radiant creamy concealer shifts around throughout the day, but i napped in the bare minerals and it still didn’t reveal the huge pimple i have on my chin. ¬†it doesn’t crease on my eyelids, nor under my eyes. ¬†i don’t wear undereye concealer, but it’s nice to know that i can with this and it will look totally natural and not like some kim k¬†triangle shit. ¬†also, it will be really easy for me to get another shade to match my tan in the summer because the shades are divided between warm and cool tones (though i get tan, i’m still cool-toned) – something that has always been difficult for me.

and since i’m sure you were wondering, this little baby has some pretty great ingredients. ¬†it scores a 2 on ewg, contains spf 20, and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, gmo’s, and triclosan. i do wish it didn’t contain phenoxyethanol, but that is not a¬†huge problem for me at the moment. ¬†i also got the full coverage concealer brush which was one of the only brushes i ever owned throughout high school and most of college, and it really is a good one. ¬†i used to use it in my bare minerals powder to cover up, but it’s a great match for the correcting concealer as well. ¬†you can use the tip of it to pinpoint conceal, and use the rest for blending.bb bare minerals concealer review 4.jpgbb bare minerals concealer review 3.jpgmaybe it’s nostalgia, but i honestly love bare minerals and their products. ¬†they are always beautiful, effective, and great quality. ¬†some of my favorites are the original foundation, the flawless definition mascara (the only mascara i wore through high school and college¬†– i’m dying to get a fresh tube since i haven’t used it in a couple years), and the lip glosses (they¬†are discontinuing the marvelous moxie line but i have plans to get a couple of the gen nude buttercream glosses – they are stunning!). ¬†what’s your tried and true favorite brand?

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the natural deodorant duo

i have tried my fair share of natural deodorants, from that ridiculous crystal (does that work for anyone?) to tom’s. ¬†i was starting to think that natural deodorants just wouldn’t work for me when i¬†started reading more about deodorant layering.bb deo picks.jpgto start off, i should preface this by saying i’m not a huge armpit sweater. ¬†to give you way too much information, i tend to sweat in my face before my pits. ¬†yes, it is as unfortunate as it sounds. ¬†so truthfully i couldn’t figure out why natural deodorants weren’t working for me. ¬†but here’s what changed:

  1. i actually listened to that whole “armpit detox” thing // for a week before using my deodorants (or the 5-7 days that it took for me to get them in the mail) i didn’t use any deodorants and i exfoliated my armpits. ¬†this consisted of concentrated washing in the shower with my dr. bronner’s bar soap – they recommend 30 seconds of concentrated washing to get rid of bacteria, etc. just for every day. ¬†so i did that while also using a soft washcloth for actual exfoliation. ¬†after the shower i made sure to really dry my armpits. ¬†not only did i just feel good, but i felt like this prevented me from smelling for most of the day.
  2. baking soda free // most natural deodorants, especially those in pot form, contain baking soda.  while it is a great deodorizing ingredient, as we know from using it in our refrigerators, it is also extremely harsh on the sensitive skin of our underarms.  it can cause many people to break out in rashes or just suffer severe sensitivity, so i decided to forgo this ingredient.  my pick for my pot deodorant is the meow meow tweet baking soda free deodorant in lavender.  i feel that using a pot deodorant is really the way to go when going naturally, as you are taking the time to massage it into your underarms and the ingredients are not being transformed into a hard stick.
  3. add a roll-on for extra coverage // for days when i feel i need extra protection, i will also add a roll-on deodorant on top of my cream. ¬†i think this has made all the difference in natural deodorants for me. ¬†i had heard a ton about the ursa major deodorant stick, so when i decided to give natural deodorants another try this was immediately what i chose. ¬†it’s minty and cooling and really quite effective. ¬†if i’m not layering this, i will also wear it alone for days when i’m running late or just can’t be bothered with rubbing my armpits for 2¬†minutes.
  4. get used to the sweat // one of the strangest but best parts about natural deodorants is that they are not antiperspirants. ¬†meaning, you are still going to sweat. ¬†it’s difficult to get used to for sure, but i actually like it. ¬†i like knowing that my body is functioning as it should – that my sweat and bacteria is leaving my body as opposed to being collected in my breasts. ¬†gross, but true. ¬†really i got used to this super fast and i don’t find that i smell anymore. ¬†i mean, i’m still gonna smell after a long workout or whatever, but my natural smell¬†is no longer as bad as when i was using antiperspirant.

so there you go! ¬†it really is possible to convert from antiperspirants to natural deodorants. ¬†it takes time, but i personally think it is completely worth it. ¬†i’m looking forward to trying out other brands when i finish these two products up, but i highly recommend both of them. ¬†plus they smell amazing when worn together! ¬†xo.

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current nail polish picks

i go through phases with nail polish – sometimes i hate wearing any, sometimes i only wear red. ¬†but lately i’ve been into some funkier colors and unique brands.bb nail polish picks 1.jpgj. hannah ghost ranch // the j. hannah polishes are exactly what you would expect them to be if you are familiar with the minimalist jewelry designer – understated, unique, and extremely wearable. ¬†made up of mostly nudes with a few pops of color, the collection is definitely one to check out. ¬†the one i have is ghost ranch, which is the perfect rust shade that i didn’t even know i wanted – described by the brand as a rich, southwestern red. ¬†i think it’s a touch more on the orange side, but overall that’s an accurate description. ¬†it’s one of those colors that just looks gooood. ¬†the formula is amazing and the best part is that these polishes are 7-free. ¬†they are pricey at $19, but i definitely want to pick up more shades.

lauren b. beauty vintage on vine // this is my first lauren b. polish, but they are all the rage in the eco beauty world and for very good reason.  this color is so me Рthe perfect purple taupe that i want to wear every day forever.  the brand describes this as a true mauve with a chameleon effect which is i think is true.  great formula and great brand!  again pricey at $18 but worth it for a special treat, in my opinion.

opi don’t bossa nova me around // i’ve had this polish for 2 years or something, but i never really liked it until recently. ¬†it’s a beautiful light pinky-beige with a hint of grayness. ¬†it looks different depending on the light, but this is my new favorite nude. ¬†it’s completely opaque in 2 coats which is rare for a color of this type, but it has that classically amazing opi formula. ¬†a new staple for me.

rms diabolique // the formula on this polish isn’t the best ever but this is the perfect deep plum color i’ve been looking for. ¬†it seems like most vampy polishes are that deep wine shade that i just don’t always love, so i’m always looking for a cool-toned version if that makes sense. ¬†three thin coats were needed for opacity, but i didn’t find it made it puffy or more chip-able.

smith&cult bitter buddhist // i finally bit the bullet. ¬†i’ve been wanting this polish for a while, i mentioned it here, and i finally got it! ¬†it’s a stunning pale, dusty turquoise that is just perfect. ¬†i love pastel polishes but sometimes want them to be slightly more neutral, and i feel that bitter buddhist accomplishes that. ¬†as with all smith&cult polishes i’ve tried, this formula is excellent and pretty long lasting.

nails inc. nailkale superfood base coat // you all know i’m in love with the nails inc. kensington caviar top coat. ¬†so lately when i was in need of a new base coat, i had no doubts that i needed to try to the coordinating base coat. ¬†though i love my opi nail envy matte, i’ve just been feeling like it isn’t working as well lately. ¬†admittedly i haven’t tried this base coat yet, but i know i’m going to love it.¬†bb nail polish picks 2.jpg

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monthly picks: march

bb march picks 3.jpggetting into a good skincare routine // i already posted about my skincare routine here, if you want to read more. ¬†some¬†standouts have been the previse hyaluronic acid and indie lee squalane oil – both incredibly hydrators. ¬†i have to say i don’t like the previse quite as much as the hylamide ha i was using, but it’s a close second. ¬†and the indie lee oil is beautiful – so lightweight and quick to sink in. ¬†i love applying these one after the other or mixed together if i’m in a hurry, morning and night. ¬†i’ve also been loving the living libations all seeing eye cream, which smells amazing and is a great basic under-eye moisturizer. ¬†i haven’t seen any drastic changes but i like using it and i think it’s a nice product.

weleda¬†pomegranate regenerating hand cream // you all know i love weleda’s lotions and potions, and this is no different. ¬†it’s a luscious lotion that is quick to absorb and hydrate my poor dry hands. ¬†i actually have started doing something that my dad does – which is apply hand lotion immediately after washing my hands and then wiping off the excess with a towel. ¬†it has made a drastic change in my hands – they are so much softer and more moisturized from my constant application, as well as using lotion when my hands¬†are still slightly damp.bb march picks 4.jpgrms swift shadow in tt-73 // again, i mentioned this in my california travel post, but it is officially my favorite eye shadow ever. ¬†i have been wearing it almost every day, with other makeup or without. ¬†it is the perfect brown, slightly shimmery and glowy shadow¬†that is subtle but keeps me looking grungy and slightly undone.

drinking water // this month i have really started to focus on my body. ¬†i’m exercising regularly and drinking a ton of water. ¬†i read that we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces (100 pounds = 50 ounces per day) and i have been attempting to stick to that ratio. ¬†some days are harder than others, and frankly sometimes i just can’t be bothered with how often this much water makes me go to the bathroom, but for the most part i have been really good about it. ¬†i feel more energized, i think my skin looks better, and i like knowing i’m doing what’s good for my body. ¬†it’s the only one i have, you know?

going more natural // speaking of having one body, you may have noticed that over the past few months i’ve started transitioning into more natural beauty, skincare, haircare, and body care products. ¬†like i mentioned here and even above, my body and taking care of myself is becoming more and more important to me. ¬†using natural products is certainly not going to make or break me – if i’m going to get sick, i’m going to get sick, you know? – but it makes me feel so much better to be doing even this little bit of extra work to stay healthy. ¬†my father has had cancer almost my whole life and is very stubborn about going to the doctor, eating foods that are good for him, and even drinking water. ¬†he is truly a medical miracle since none of this seems to affect him too much, but for me it is comforting to know that i am doing what i can, almost for him in a way. ¬†i know that green tea and kale and avoiding parabens are great little ways to protect ourselves a little bit more against cancer and other illnesses, so that’s a path i want to follow.bb march picks 2.jpgfemale empowerment // more great books this month! while on vacation i finished another phryne fisher novel, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag. ¬†currently i’m almost done with the summer before the war by helen simonson, which my mom picked out for me and i am head-over-heels in love with. ¬†i highly recommend all of these novels. ¬†they all have powerful female leads – which seems to be¬†a theme in all of my favorite books! – as well as some slightly magical elements. ¬†the house at the end of hope street was especially beautiful and i couldn’t have read it at a better time. ¬†i’m so glad i’m back into my regular reading habits – it took a while after college for me to get back into read for fun. ¬†reading has gotten me through so much in my life and has truly allowed me to travel the world from my little bed. ¬†next in my reading queue is the storied life of aj fikry by gabrielle zevin, desert solitaire by edward abbey, and girl waits with a gun by amy stewart, and¬†offshore by penelope fitzgerald.

spotify // i’ve been using spotify for the past few months after my sister introduced me to its magical powers. ¬†this month i have been absolutely in love with a number of playlists – most of them 60s and 70s oriented. ¬†i’m also having fun creating my own dream playlists – i’m at babybohemian if you want to follow along. ¬†i’m working on a really good “california” set right now if you are interested.

samathome518 youtube // mercedes of l’amour et la musique mentions sam of samathome518 a ton, so i finally got the hint and checked out her videos. ¬†she is the absolute cutest thing (and 100% reminds me of my mom’s best friend and my surrogate aunt) and i love her love of makeup. ¬†she got into makeup more recently than most – which i totally relate to – and has an amazing eye for colors, textures, etc. ¬†she is half a conventional makeup purchaser and half an eco makeup purchaser, so i love to see her picks and opinions. ¬†truly a ray of sunshine and i highly recommend checking out her channel.bb march picks 1.jpgand that’s it! ¬†march has been a very stressful but rewarding month. ¬†i finally feel like i have my head on straight and know what the future (or at least near future/ok next few months) will hold for me. ¬†i’m so excited for this next phase of my life to begin – to be studying and learning again, to have my own home, to meet new people and make new friends – and i’m so excited to keep sharing my little life with you here on baby bohemian. ¬†thanks for following along, for sharing the love, and for being my people.

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