makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

as i’ve slowly worked to transform my makeup bag from chemical-ridden to chemical-free, it’s been a fun challenge to find natural versions of my favorite items.  and truthfully, it hasn’t been that hard to do!  it really is amazing how many eco dupes there are for so-called conventional cosmetics.

below are the natural product replacements i’ve found for some of my favorite makeup items.  i won’t be getting rid of all of these dupes as i detail below, but some of them just have to go.bb eco dupes taupe eyeshadow.jpgburberry pale barley eye shadow (top) vs rms swift shadow tt-73 (bottom) // pale barley is probably one of the most hyped up eyeshadows in the beauty world.  it is a sheer taupe with a hint of shimmer that is perfect for every day wear.  the formula is beautiful, but truthfully i’ve always been disappointed in the lack of pigmentation.  i much prefer the rms shadow, which is a hair darker than pale barley and still sheer, but in a better way if that makes sense.  it is smooth, buildable, and long lasting and i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing. bb eco dupes brown matte.jpgurban decay naked eye shadow (bottom) and mac wedge eye shadow (middle) vs jane iredale cappuccino eye shadow (top) // i’ve waxed lyrical about all of these shadows before and they basically are all the same.  i always have naked hanging around as it’s just that good, and i purchased wedge as a potential replacement when i smashed my previous cappuccino to smitherines.  i would say that naked is slightly warmer and more yellow, while wedge and cappuccino are equally cool and slightly stone colored. the price of jane iredale single shadows is $22 which really is expensive, especially compared to the $6 price of mac replacement shadows, but i know it’s worth it.  this palette is especially great (also a potential dupe for the urban decay naked basics palette?), even though the price was steep (~ $50).  it’s worth it to me to spend money on more natural options, so cappuccino is the winner here for sure.bb eco dupes cream eyeshadow.jpgmac painterly paint pot (top) vs gressa neve eye tint (bottom) // now these shadows are clearly not the same, but i find the effect to be nearly identical.  i love painterly, really it’s my favorite mac eye shadow, and the fact that it neutralizes and brightens my lids in one swipe of creamy goodness.  the gressa shadow works in a similar way for me because of my super fair skin, but i think on darker skin types it might appear too white.  i am going to keep painterly around, but i like that neve offers a similar, if brighter, effect.  plus the gressa eye tint formula is stunning – there is so much pigmentation in one tap of the product, and it’s a cream to powder that stays put all day with no creasing in sight.bb eco dupes cream blush.jpgclinique chubby stick for cheeks in ample apple (top) vs tata harper lip&cheek in very charming (bottom) // different application, almost identical colors.  i am a huge fan of cream blush, and these two are no exceptions.  i love the application of the chubby sticks, it really is so easy, but i like the formula of the tata harper offering slightly better.  it’s more hydrating while the clinique is slightly more sticky.bb eco dupes pink lips.jpgbobbi brown lip color in sandwash pink (top) vs bite beauty amuse bouche in meringue (bottom) // these are both little samples i got from sephora, but i think i can speak for the full sizes as well.  not only are these colors quite similar, but the formulas are as well.  both are creamy and hydrating, and offer a long lasting finish.  meringue is just a hint peachier, while sandwash pink has a touch more brown/plum.  bite fig is also similar, while erring on the pinker side of the spectrum.bb eco dupes brown lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (top) vs bite matte lip pencil in glace (bottom) // oh nars, why do your matte pencils have to be so gorgeous, but formulated with parabens?!?!?!  fortunately, these two colors are virtually identical.  they are both a gorgeous pinky brown, with fantastic staying power.  bite is slightly more hydrating, which is definitely a bonus.  goodbye nars, i love you.  (plus i got the bite stick as a 100 point perk at sephora, so it was free.  winner!)bb eco dupes red lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl (top) vs mahalo red my lips (bottom) // dragon girl is my all time favorite nars pencil.  it’s a stunning pinky red that looks amazing patted into the lips.  fortunately mahalo’s offering has an identical color tone with that same blotted-in effect.  mahalo is a creamier finish but lasting power is, again, amazing and i like that it is slightly more sheer at first, meaning i waste less product compared to the nars, which i basically completely remove for a lighter look. bb eco dupes powder.jpgbare minerals original foundation in fairly medium (left) vs rms un-powder in 0-1 (right) // now i only have a sample size of the rms powder, but it’s too obvious of a dupe not to share.  i’m a big fan of mineral foundations, and both of these are no exception, with the bare minerals being my first introduction to the category.  now this is not to say that the bare minerals has super problematic ingredients, because it really doesn’t.  plus it has the perk of sun protection.  but for the purists, the rms is a great alternative.  this shade is slightly more yellow, but there is a much smaller color range than bare minerals.  i love these equally and will be keeping them both in my makeup bag.

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makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

on my person 02

the bag: vintage coach duffel in black via poshmark – check out ebay, etsy, poshmark, tradesy

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the hat: neff beanie

the gloves: walgreen’s fingerless gloves (comes with a grey full pair as well)

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the beauty stuff: mini nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla

clean&clear blotting sheets

bare minerals pressed foundation in fairly medium (do they not make this anymore?)

sephora powder brush (discontinued)

soap&glory hand food

dr. bronner’s lavender hand sanitizer

korres lip butter in jasmine

mini bite beauty lip pencil in cafe – leche is close

nivea lip balm

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the sunglasses: ray ban round metal, madewell

the wallet: a christmas gift from my sister!  i sadly got concealer on it, any recommendations for how to get that off?

the phone case: zero gravity available at urban outfitters or ascot&hart

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on my person 02

the real real pt.1

you know me, i’m a simple girl at heart.  i love makeup, i love cosmetics, but honestly?  i always feel overdone when i actually do my makeup.  when i’m going to work (the only time i put makeup on really), i just want to look fresh faced and pulled together.  so here are the actual products that you can find on rotation.  these are my staples, these are all i use, these are the real real.

part one: the face base.IMG_4392.jpgIMG_4395.jpgprimer: this is a new find!  i can no longer put on makeup without using my too faced hangover primer (i have the mini size).  it gives my dry skin a little more moisture and i really see a difference in the longevity of my makeup.  no more coming home, looking in the mirror, and questioning my existence and how long i actually looked like this

foundation: not that it can really be called that.  on most days, the glossier skin tint in light or medium, season-depending.  if i feel i need a little more coverage (ish), i mix in a little of the nars tinted moisturizer with the skin tint.  this is a winter product for me for the most part, cause it is my winter shade – light 0 terre neuve.

concealer: not pictured cause it is lost in my purse somewhere.  but you know it’s the nars radiant creamy concealer.  my summery/fall shade is creme brulee, but i’m quickly reintroducing vanilla.  the pale face is heeeere (poltergeist voice).

bronzer: either matte – benefit hoola – or radiant – soap&glory solar powder.  even if i’m not wearing anything else, i’m always wearing bronzer.  just a little bit in the right places makes all the difference in my eyes.  the solar powder is my new obsession and i don’t see myself putting it down anytime soon, while the hoola is something i’ve worn for years and years.  i think it was my first bronzer besides the bare minerals warmth which just wasn’t pretty when i put it all over my face in high school.

extras: if there’s blush happening, which there really rarely is, it’s nars impassioned.  this is my dream blush.  just a hint of neutral flush that looks perfect on my pale cheeks.  and if i need a little more glow, it’s the rms living luminizer.  it’s the only product i use for highlighting and i love the extremely natural youthful glow.  bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium is always in my purse (again not pictured as i can’t seem to locate it) for when i’m a little too shiny and need some toning down, or just a little bit more coverage.

stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!  

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the real real pt.1

october picks

well that’s a little crazy to type out.  i have to say, i’m loving fall though.  i definitely miss summer when it fades away, but i’m almost always ready for cooler days, cozy clothes, and all the beauty of the fresh start of fall.

this list almost feels unnecessary, because the real favorite of october and november was/is my trip to london with my dad.  having just arrived back in the states, i can honestly say this was the most wonderful trip and week of my life.  a few months ago, when my dad informed me he was planning a trip to london to visit the morgan car factory in malvern link, i was somehow able to convince him to let me tag along.  my dad is a pretty guarded man when it comes to his past and his thoughts, and i am honored by all the conversation and lessons we learned from each other this week.  i feel that i was able to share more of myself with him than i have before, mainly that i am really confused and a bit lost when it comes to where i am right now in my life and was honestly able to express this to him, and he shared with me stories that i had never heard before and the confidence he has in me that he has never really expressed.  honestly my dad is the most intelligent, gentle, caring, thoughtful man and i have loved spending one-on-one time with him this week.  thank you dad, for all the wisdom, love, and memories that i have collected over this week, and my entire life.

i hope that october was kind and gentle to all of you, and that you are looking forward to november and the end of 2016.  this time of year is always a little bit scary (the end of one year and the beginning of another), but also wonderful and refreshing at the same time.  cheers to november and to making it all that we want it to be!
IMG_4351.jpgold faithfuls //

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium – i go in and out with this powder foundation and we are fully back together right now.  it’s just such a beautiful, light weight powder that offers a hint of coverage and mattifying benefits, while still allowing your skin and oils and radiance show through.  i also have the pressed version for on the go.

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee – my all-time favorite concealer in a brand new shade.  i wear vanilla when i’m at my most pale, but right now creme brulee is absolutely perfect.  so happy they released so many new shades!

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer – i stopped using this during the summer because i had a tan and it was not dark enough to show up, but with my skin becoming pale again i’m reaching for it more and more.  it’s such a beautiful natural bronzer with a hint of sheen for a touch of life.  it’s a lot lighter than, say, nars laguna which is another favorite, but that is so easy to overdo.  this is nice and subtle.

nuxe reve de miel – every winter i come back to this baby.  it’s the absolute best.  i really layer it on at night and let it soak in, and then put on just the littlest bit during the day.  it’s matte, so it smooths out your lips just a little bit.  it has some small granuals so it works as both a very gentle scrub and an intense moisturizer – almost masking the lips.

dangly earrings – i really go in and out with earrings.  i always have really dainty, small hoops in my various piercings, with a small stud or nothing in my regular earlobe piercings.  but lately i’ve really been enjoying my collection of bigger earrings and the effect they have on an outfit.  i hate feeling too put together, which is usually how earrings make me feel, but right now i’m feeling a little bit more me with them on.

the lost art of keeping secrets by eva rice – my second all time favorite book.  ALL TIME.  i read it once every couple months, but with my upcoming trip to london it seemed like the perfect time for a refresh. this is a british book (i’m not sure if it was released in the states) so just a quick overview: penelope’s life is completely changed when she goes to tea with charlotte, soon to be her best friend and partner-in-crime.  the book is about the adventures and calamities that ensure.  it’s perfectly british and somehow totally modern even though it takes place in the 50s (which is so delicious!).  i can’t wait to get to london and have my favorite friends in mind throughout my days.  on my first trip to london when i was 14, i picked this book out in the airport for my sister, but she never read it and i quickly stole it.  i’m so glad i did!

jane austen – i am a huge, HUGE, jane austen fan.  i have read almost all of her major works, and love finding new short stories and unknown works that i haven’t read before.  as i was on my way to london at the end of october, i had to bring her along.  i brought the watson’s with me, which was a newer find and thus unread, and picked up the beautiful cassandra and lady susan while on a day trip to oxford (i couldn’t contain my excitement when i found these “penguin little black classics” priced between 1-3 pounds!  what a bargain!!).  i think jane has the reputation to be really hard to read and get through, but i find her language easy to understand and get sucked in to.  i recommend starting with northanger abbey if you haven’t read any jane austen before; it’s my favorite and the one that i started with!  i think it shows the range of her talents and makes you want to read more.  let me know what you think!

new favorites //

puma classic suede sneakers these are the. most. comfortable. sneakers.  i got these a couple weeks ago, and then brought them to new york with me last week.  for some reason i always think it’s a good idea to break in new shoes when i go to new york and am walking around nonstop.  however, this time it was!  these are incredibly comfortable and have a cushion for the back heels where blisters are pretty much inevitable.  i have had no blisters, no soreness, no break in time whatsoever.  plus they’re fucking cool if you ask me.  i much prefer them to the adidas campus’ which are what i really wanted over the summer.  i’m a true 8 but wear a 7.5 in supergas and converse, but i went with an 8 in these and they are perfect.

mac strobe cream – i got this as a little sample with a nordstrom purchase in the summer, and forgot about it really until this past month.  i haven’t gone a day without it!  i use a very very little amount all over the face before i put on my concealer and bare minerals, and it gives me the most beautiful glow.  not shimmering or pigmented, just a glow from within.  i am definitely going to purchase the travel size when this little guy runs out (though i don’t think that will be any time soon)!  except the smell is truly disgusting to me for the first few minutes until it dissipates!

j.crew lookout high rise cords – i’m always on the hunt for a good pair of high-waisted corduroy pants.  surprisingly, cords of the high waisted variety are rather hard to find, and can usually run really tight and small.  on a whim i ordered 2 pairs of these from j.crew (fatigue green and black) as they were having a 30% off fall items sale, and they are perfect.  seriously perfect.  i am a 26 or 27 in jeans, and went with a 27 in these.  i probably could have used the smaller size, but i like that the 27 is not super skin tight and i have extra room in the waist.  plus the price point is pretty impressive for j.crew, in my opinion.

ouai wave spray – i decided to stray away from my collection of salt sprays to try out the wave spray from jen atkin’s relatively new haircare line.  i got the travel size from sephora, and i wish i had just gotten the full size!  i absolutely love this and have used it almost every day since purchasing (almost every day i’ve washed my hair that is).  basically it does what a salt spray does, but without the crunch and without the actually drying out of the hair that sea salt causes.  i brought it with me on my trip and it actually undid the ill effects of hotel shampoo/conditioner/weird water.  is there a bigger feat in the world?  yes, but hotel hair is high up on the list.  i will definitely pick up the full size when i finish this guy.

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october picks

summer work essentials

IMG_4175.jpgmy trick to surviving work as easily as possible is to have everything you need for every situation.  there are few things worse than getting to work in the morning and realizing you don’t have a hair clip or a bottle of water – knowing that it’s hours before you can leave for lunch, if you can at all.  so here are my work essentials, especially for summer:

because you’ll get sweaty // clean&clear oil absorbing sheets, bare minerals ready foundation, mac travel powder brush, evan healy lavender hydrosoul

because your nail polish is guaranteed to chip // nail polish remover pads, first aid beauty hand lotion

because you’ll always want to put your hair up // hair clips (i love the butterfly kind since they are hold your hair tighter than regular ones) and hair twisties (i love these scrunchie ones)

because you’ll probably get drinks after work // mini nars laguna bronzer, tony moly lip stain (in red), perfume sample (mine is of my usual byredo gypsy water)

because you’ll get tired of ac // madewell denim jacket (in ellery wash)

because your phone will die and your commute will be boring // phone charger (drugstore), apple headphones

because you’ll get tired of vending machine water bottles // s’well 17 oz (but i would recommend getting the larger size since this one doesn’t last me long enough)

because you’ll need to write things down // moleskine agenda, iron curtain press notebook, delfonics pen, lepens

other staples that are not pictured // lactaid pills, advil, purell, bandaids, sunglasses

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summer work essentials

i bought a lot of things that i really didn’t need // new york edition

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bare minerals pressed foundation in fairly medium //

nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla //

tata harper lip & cheek tint in very charming //

milani baked blush in luminoso //

zara midi dress //

zara military shirt in forest green //

mango double layer midi dress // couldn’t find online, sorry!

madewell diamond shaped earrings //

rose gold horseshoe bracelet // from a street market in soho

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i bought a lot of things that i really didn’t need // new york edition

may picks

IMG_4048 (1).jpgIMG_4044.jpgIMG_4046 (1).jpgIMG_4072 (1).jpgmalie organics plumeria candle // this candle is too delicious for words.  it doesn’t even need to be lit to get a whiff of softly fragrant plumeria flowers (the flowers of leis).  it smells like the real thing, is fresh and clean, and isn’t overwhelming at all.  it also works well with my pf candle co gardenia&coconut candle.

first aid beauty ultra repair cream // a really great mousse-y hand lotion.  i’m always on the search for the best hand lotion and this is definitely up there with my favorites.  plus it’s unscented.

nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve // i’m not a foundation person, but i want a little bit of evening out since i’m still healing from my acne.  this offers just a little bit of coverage as well as spf.  i mix this with a little dot of the perricone md no bronzer and it just gives it a little bit of warmth (this shade is my match but i feel like it makes me look very pale).  it’s a great mix.  i don’t look or feel like i have anything on, but my skin looks a little bit more perfected.

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium // the first expensive makeup product i ever used and that i always come back to.  great for setting makeup, making me less shiny, and adding a little bit of extra coverage.  plus it also has spf and a great color range.

bare minerals brush // i’ve had this for quite some time but keep forgetting to mention it!  my favorite all around powder and bronzer brush.  its big without being too big, and ridiculously soft.  it applies and blends perfectly.

to the ocean bracelet // i haven’t taken this off the whole month.  it’s bright but barely there and come on, how can you beat the message.  it’s a mermaid essential.

yoga // may has been a great month for me and yoga.  i’ve really committed to going regularly and i am already feeling the benefits both on the mat and off.

karma yama leggings // i got these on sale on yogaoutlet and i wear them to almost every yoga class.  they are high waisted, a great fit, and don’t ride up or fall down.  definitely an investment but i’m really glad i splurged.  plus they aren’t pilling which i’ve heard is an issue people have with lululemon.

birkenstock gizeh birkoflor // i absolutely love my birkenstock arizona’s, but for a long time i couldn’t get the gizeh’s out of my head.  i purchased them earlier this spring and have worn them almost every day this month now that it’s sandal weather.  i love them just as much as my others and am glad that i have two styles of birkenstocks to switch between.  i chose the birkoflor because it looks like leather but is not as rough on my feet, plus it’s cheaper.

light wash levi’s 501s // these are a classic for a reason.  they fit so perfectly, make my butt look nice and perky, and just make me feel good.  i like that they are fitted at the top but not at the bottom, and i feel like the straight leg is such a nice alternative to a skinny jean, but not quite a boot cut (cause i’m no longer into those)

swell water bottle // i get dehydrated very, very easily and always realize that i need water when it’s way too late.  i’ve solved this issue by carrying my water bottle around with me absolutely everywhere.  plus this one keeps the water cold for a full day!  again, this was a bit of splurge, but it was definitely a good purchase.  i have the medium size, 17 oz.

whew, that was a long one!  as you can see, may was a pretty good month, both product wise and experience wise.  there were some tough times this month, but i’m learning every day how to let things roll off my back, stay true to myself, and remain happy.  i will always be a work in progress, but i’m ok with that.

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may picks