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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// makeup & skincare //
pacifica coconut essence hydro mist // soooo hydrating and leaves the skin insanely dewy. like more than tatcha dewy skin mist. the skin just feels and looks ridiculously healthy. did i mention it’s $10? plus it’s pacifica, so the ingredients are reliable and pretty darn good.w3ll people mascara // i mentioned this mascara in my first picks of the year, but at that time i was still using a small sample size. sometimes i find that full size products differ from their miniature counterparts, but in this case the full size is just as good if not better. length and volume in a beautifully natural way.
glossier perfecting skin tint in medium // this is always a product i have somewhere and go back to time and again. even when my skin is at its worst, i love this product. it evens the skin out just the tiniest touch while looking like glowy nothingness. i’m using the shade medium since i got the tiniest tan while in california, but i use light or a mix of light and medium in the winter.mychelle sun shield liquid tint in nude // finally a lightweight, non-white mineral sunscreen. this shade is a little dark for me now, so it will be perfect over the summer when i get more color. for now, i love mixing it with my bare minerals complexion rescue in opal if i want more coverage than the glossier skin tint and since my skin is a little sunkissed from california. they are a perfect mix with a great dewy, hydrated finish. i think they just realized an untinted version as well.neutrogena grapefruit body clear // since going off birth control i’ve had some pretty big breakouts on my chest and back. and the best product for clearing up the body is hands-down this neutrogena body wash. i’ve been using this since high school and it never fails. this did have microbeads in it forever and it still has some sort of bead, but i think it’s safer for the environment now…not 100% sure on this.// etc //
slouching towards bethlehem, joan didion // i am finally delving into joan didion’s works (honestly where have i been?) and am absolutely in love with her. surprise, surprise! more to come, but slouching towards bethlehem is a collection of her short stories, most revolving around california during the 60s and 70s. delicious, truly.love season 3 // i really enjoyed seasons 1 & 2 of love, but at the same time wasn’t 100% sure. but when season 3 came around, my love (hehe) for the show really solidified. they did such an incredible job with the final season – it was truly the perfect wrap up. and the last episode? are you kidding? all the heart eye emojis.
eye buy direct ethereal glasses // my sister told me about eye buy direct, and how affordable and cool their sunglasses are. i tried to not buy these, but ultimately couldn’t resist. i originally got polarized lenses but they bothered by eyes, so the company kindly switched the lenses to normal ones, for just the $6 shipping cost (plus a refund for the special lenses). pretty great customer service and i love knowing these were made especially for me. mine are the ethereal glasses in champagne with green lenses.
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southern california is one of the greatest loves of my life. i’ve mentioned it before but lately it’s all that has been on my mind. my father is from california, my parents met and fell in love in california, my grandparents lived almost their entire lives in california. some of my favorite, happiest memories are in/of california. and i’ve set my sights on california.
i’ve threatened it for years – packing my bags and heading to the west, never to return. amid cries from my parents that it is too far away, that i won’t be happy, that it is too shallow, that it isn’t what it used to be, i have put my dreams on the back burner. but now i’m at the precipice of change in my life. i’m at the edge of the rest of my life. i’m ready to make a decision and really let myself be free, doing and seeing what i want, being who i want. not that i’m not already but you know what i mean…
so i’ve made a decision. at this time next year, i will be there. maybe it’s la, san diego, laguna, the side of the road, i’m not sure. but i will be there. and for now, here’s what’s inspiring me to keep working towards my dreams.
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couldn’t resist throwing in a little stevie 😉
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i went // to newport/laguna beach area in southern california
i read // brain on fire: my month of madness by susannah cahalan and almost famous women by megan mayhew bergman (i highly, highly recommend both)
i wore // mac groundwork paint pot, glossier coconut balm dotcom on my cheekbones, old levi’s cutoffs, birkenstocks, rainbows, loft linen shirt, ray-ban round sunglasses
i saw // an old friend i haven’t seen in years
i bought // physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (i haven’t been able to find this at home!), dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer in lavender, yu-be cream, invisibobble traceless hair rings in fancy flamingo, bleached out flannel, some work clothes from loft
i did // a lot of relaxing, swimming, tanning, reading, and cuddling with my family
i watched // the vineyard (the best guilty pleasure show) and in the heart of the sea
i ate // donuts, mexican food, burgers, FRIES
i had // the best time
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how strange, to find in real life, the very things that inspire you. this week, while spending time in palm springs, i drove by the building above. hotel california. months ago, i found this picture on a blog and immediately saved it. hotel california is one of my favorite songs, as well as my sister’s, and california itself has always been a major part of my life. how strange, it seems, to be driving along in a place i have not been for at least a decade, and see this building that i loved so much. it could have been anywhere. but there it was. how strange, to find this place on the day the world should lose glenn frey, the very writer of the song.
“any time of year, you can find it here.” like something deep within my soul, the hotel california made itself known to me. part of its magic is the eeriness of the song, the building, the desert itself.
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