jeanne damas’ parisian apartmentthis is how i store my shells too! the best way.via the file, pinterest
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lucy williams’ new california pics are obviously incrediblevia fashion me now, collage vintage, byrdie beauty, tendances de mode
oh hi! remember me?!?! i mentioned a little bit about my current wifi situation on instagram, but let me go into a little more detail. i am currently finishing my master’s degree by teaching on the navajo reservation in arizona. so far it’s going really really well, and the only hiccup is that i don’t have wifi in my room (i’m living in the dorm attached to the high school with other students). i’ve been able to pick up wifi here and there, and a kind teacher told me i can pop by his place whenever i need to use the internet, so hopefully i will be able to start posting again. i did start another blog to record my journey, mostly for family and school purposes, but feel free to follow me over there as well if you’re interested: leahgoeswest.wordpress.com (though again, it’s been difficult for me to post). truly this experience has already been pretty incredible, and though not everything has been smooth, nor will it be in its entirety, i’m so excited to be on this adventure that i’ve been planning for a long time. if anyone has any suggestions of things i need to see/places i need to go while i’m in the southwest, please let me know!! i want to go any and everywhere. i’m currently spending labor day weekend in durango, colorado and don’t ever want to leave this state so that’s a new development! i have a very limited selection of “things” with me – makeup, skincare, clothes, accessories – so i thought it might be fun to look at the things that i’m missing the most. nothing like being separated from your belongings for 4 months to show you what you really love.
// s t y l e //
coach duffle bag // i have mentioned this bag before on the blog, but this is my favorite purse of any that i own. it’s a vintage (i think 70s) black leather coach duffle, which is one of their most iconic shapes. it’s essentially a big bucket bag with an adjustable strap – so i either wear it close to my underarm or even crossbody if it’s extra heavy. it’s such a classic shape and style and fits my everyday life. i miss you bb! i’m sorry i couldn’t bring you!
baggy levi’s 501s // i have a bunch of levi’s but i only brought my 501 skinnies. my baggy ones are perfectly soft, worn in, and ripped, and i love that they’re slightly cropped (i cut them myself naturally) and slightly too big. i love them for every season, with sneakers, with birks, with army boots. i actually thought that i packed them, but apparently not! i have no clue what wash i have, but i linked a similar looking pair.
black skinny strap rainbows // i absolutely live in my black rainbows all summer long (and every pair of rainbows i’ve ever had since 7th grade). i didn’t bring them in favor of my birks, but i wish i had these just for simplicity’s sake. i do find myself wearing socks with birkenstocks quite a bit these days, which is probably not a habit i should get into!!!!
cape cod bracelets // i love my two little silver bangles with silver or gold screw balls. is anyone else familiar with these? i usually wear them during the summer and then phase them out come fall, but i didn’t do that this year and i don’t have them with me. i go through phases of wearing a lot of necklaces or a lot of bracelets, and right now i’m forgoing both to be simple and under-the-radar. no fun! // b e a u t y //
igk 1995 shampoo // i’m in love with this texturing shampoo. it just wasn’t feasible for me to bring something so particular and that i don’t use every time i wash my hair, but this is my favorite texturing shampoo of the few i’ve tried. the r+co cactus shampoo is my second in command, but the 1995 is just a little grittier.
dedcool fragrance 02 // i don’t wear perfume enough to justify bringing it (i just brought my usual sandalwood fragrance oil), but i really miss this scent. it’s one of those that just melts into your skin and seems like what you actually smell like, a little bit woodsy and masculine, a little bit clean, a little bit warm. sandalwood is my favorite scent of all time, and that is the base of 02 with something extra.. . .
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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. the 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.the 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. i 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!
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a 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.griffin 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.h&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.eve 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.. . .
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sephora 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.// 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.// 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 cosmetics. go-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.. . .
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may has simultaneously been the longest and shortest month of the year. from finishing spring classes to starting summer ones, moving out of my first solo apartment, spending 10 days with my long distance lover, and everything else in between…i’m definitely a little worn out. there hasn’t been much time for trying new things this month, but i always sneak a couple things in, don’t worry. these items are my true blue faves, and those are the best ones, am i right?pela save the waves phone case // when my beloved sonix case broke on me, i immediately knew i wanted to get a pela case to replace it. these cases are eco-friendly, plastic free from case to packaging, compostable, and more! i love the honesty and message behind this brand and the fact that they are serious about their mission – no greenwashing or pushing an eco image that isn’t real. and the actual price of the cases ($39) is really no more expensive than other popular brands. i prefer a softer, more silicone feeling case on my phone, and this is exactly that. sturdy but soft and great for mother earth.
madewell embroidered pouch wallet // i love a good pouch wallet and i knew i had to get this one from madewell when i saw it in a promotional email. the leather is deliciously soft and the perfect coral rust color, and the embroidered eyes are right up my alley. nothing but love. unfortunately this is sold out online, but it’s worth checking a local store if you have one.
the girls // this is quite simply one of my all-time favorite books. this is the third or fourth time i’ve read it, and it just becomes more beautiful and engaging every time. i put up a more in-depth review when i first read this a couple years ago, so if you want more details you can visit that here.
clinique city block spf 25 // i thought for sure i had mentioned this previously, but i can’t seem to find evidence of that. in my constant search for a good mineral sunscreen, this is the absolute winner. for a while i was hesitant to try this because it was only spf 25 and not 30 or higher, but if you try mineral sunscreens you know the struggle to find a decent one. this has the perfect hint of color to it so there is no white cast whatsoever, it’s hydrating and fresh without being greasy or oily, it has mineral ingredients and rates a 2 on ewg, and is affordable. i mean honestly what more can you ask for? just note that only the spf 25 version is mineral, the spf 40 contains other chemical sunscreen ingredients.
laura mercier velour extreme matte lip in vibe // the most perfect peachy pink matte lip color ever. the formulation of these is the matte of my dreams, maybe even better than nars. i’ve been wearing this to class most days to perk up my tired ass face from long nights with boyfriend if you know what i mean 😉 thanks laura mercier for letting me have a love life without looking like a goblin! plus i’m a total sucker for the name. like who can say their favorite lip products are called vibe and stardust? this hippie!
and as more of an update…
sephora vib sale items // these are all still going strong, minus the marc jacobs lipstick that i returned. nothing really to report, they are all super solid products that i’m glad i invested in, especially the marc jacobs coconut bronzer and rms champagne rose luminizer which i’m loving on the eyes as well as cheekbones. the milk makeup kush mascara is excellent, i just haven’t found myself wearing mascara very much this month. but for nights out, yes yes yes.
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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 //the 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.the 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 //the 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.the 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. the 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.i 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. the 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. and 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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you know the drill, it’s the first week of april and you keep waking up to snow on your window and ice in your veins. maybe i’m overreacting, but that’s been my week so far – see above! after going to california a couple weeks ago, i have been all about keeping my sunkissed glow and embracing that spring and summer should be on their way. below are the products that i’ve been using to achieve this vibe, with plenty of options as always!// glowy blush and bronzer //
& other stories cream cheek & lip tint in dimple peach (very similar to the color of the rms if you can’t get your hands on that limited edition shade or want something that is more cream to powder in texture)
lightly stained lips with the body shop lip & cheek stains in dusty rose & pink hibiscus (spot on dupe for benefit benetint, but dare i say better?!)
glowy & sheer lips & cheeks with olio e osso balm in 02 french melon// dewy extras //
the perfect, realistic glow with no shimmer, just shine via the make dew pot
mac coconut fix+// pale, pastel nails //
barry m eat my dust
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