december & january picks

i didn’t do a december picks in 2017 in favor of my 2017 discoveries post, but there were a lot of products that i got into at the end of the year.  so december and january picks it is!  as everyone else in the world has been saying, january was a ridiculously long and grey month, so i’m looking forward to february and just 28 days.  happy happy, my dear bohemians!

skincare & haircare //

cetaphil moisturizing cream // my winter standby.  it hydrates my skin so intensely and gives me a nice glow.  it’s simple, but extremely effective and reliable.bb decjan picks6.jpgmad hippie cleansing cream // i love mad hippie and this cleanser is no exception.  i purchased this at whole foods while home for christmas and have been using it ever since.  it’s very hydrating but still cleansing, which can be a difficult balance for cleansing creams or more lotion-based cleansers.  if you have dry skin and are looking for an eco cleanser, i think you’ll enjoy this!

jordan samuel hydrate 4 oz. // you all know i love this serum, but i had to mention the new 4 oz size.  i am so pleased that jordan released this super size product.  it’s pricey but actually results in a great amount of savings.  and 1 oz for serum is just too easy to get through.  bb decjan picks5.jpgr&co cactus shampoo // this seems to be my winter hair product of choice.  i have long toted this as giving me my “summer” hair in the winter, and i still stand by that description.  texturizing and thickening, but doesn’t leave the hair sticky or clumpy.  i’m on my second bottle since my original purchase last winter!

makeup //bb decjan picks2.jpgnars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // while i was loving the sephora full coverage concealer for half of december and half of january, i’m back to my nars creamy.  i don’t know why but this is just my favorite concealer of all time.  i usually stray when i feel like the color is oxidizing on me, but it must depend on what i wear underneath because it’s not doing that right now.  it’s just perfect for blemishes and lasts all day.  i’m sorry i leave you sometimes, my sweet.

bare minerals complexion rescue gel tint in opal // i tried this a really long time ago and hated it, but i wanted to try it out again.  and i love it!  the shade opal is perfect for my winter skin and it gives me the perfect boost of hydration and glow while the tint remains remaining sheer and perfecting on the skin.  i highly recommend this for all “tinted moisturizer is still too much” people like myself.

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow // this was my birthday splurge and i am so pleased i finally took the plunge.  the bronzer is absolutely perfect in that it’s light enough for my winter skin but can be built up when i have more color.  it sinks into the skin for an undetectable finish.  the highlighter definitely gets less use as i’m not a big highlighter person, but i have been wearing it as an eyeshadow for a bit of something.  i knew going into this purchase that i wouldn’t use the highlighter as much, so it really has been perfect for me.

w3ll people mascara // i know it seems like i’m always on the hunt for my next mascara, and i really am.  i had a sample size of this mascara so when i felt like a change from my maybelline volume blast, i knew this is where i would go.  and i must say i’m extremely impressed.  eco mascaras seem to be a tough category to perfect, but this mascara remains natural looking while lengthening and volumizing the lashes.  not a ton of volume, but really the perfect amount for me.  i’ve even gotten compliments on my lashes while wearing this!  when my sample size runs out i do think i will purchase the full size, which is saying something.bb decjan picks3.jpg  mineral fusion pressed powder in cool 1 // i know i’ve mentioned this somewhere else, but i purchased this after my alima pure pressed foundation smashed to smitherines.  and i love it!  it’s quite pricey but easy to find on sale if you do a little digging.  the powder itself is extremely finely milled so it never looks powdery on the skin at all.  it sets my concealer and t-zone without ever taking away my glow.  highly recommend if you are looking for a clean powder with lighter coverage. bb decjan picks4.jpg clarins instant light lip comfort oil in honey // this is the lip product that has been on my lips for the past 2 months straight.  it looks like a gloss but feels like a balm.  it makes me feel put together while still hydrating and treating my lips.  expensive for sure, but i love it!  the shade honey is essentially clear, but sort of warms up the lips if that makes sense.  the shades are all sheer tints, but they do have some reds and pinks if you are wanting a little bit of color.

shows, coffee, & extras //

lovesick // a great, easy to watch netflix/british series.  i am sooo sad that i’ve watched all the episodes and am not so patiently waiting for another season to be released.  lovesick is super funny and cute, but with a little touch of seriousness and reality.  check it out!

rita // another netflix show that i just happened upon.  rita is danish, but i never mind using subtitles.  this show is quite different from anything else i watch in that it is about a school and all the issues the teachers deal with.  sounds boring but i absolutely adore it.  more serious than lovesick, but not in a bad way at all.bb decjan picks1.jpg devotion by patti smith // my sister got me this book for christmas and it’s actually SIGNED BY PATTI.  i almost died, as i’m sure you can imagine.  i’ve actually already read it twice, the first time within two days of receiving it.  it’s quite different from her other works in that it is separated into three parts: the first about her creation of the story, the second being the story itself, and the third being why she writes.  it’s a beautiful gem and if you love patti you need to read it.  asap.

swell x target coffee thermos // the best thermos i’ve been able to find!  i bring coffee with me to school every day and i found my other thermos was cooling down within a few hours.  this keeps my coffee hot and delicious and, most importantly, is very easy to clean.  they have a ton of colors at target and it’s very reasonably priced compared to swell’s other products and just other coffee thermos that have good reviews.  a necessity, if you ask me!

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december & january picks

early morning makeup, pt 2

i posted about my early morning makeup routine just a few months ago, but since then it has become faster and far more refined.  at the time of part 1, i was student teaching just 2 days a week, and now i am student teaching full time.  sooo early mornings every day means less fuss and a tighter schedule. bb early morning makeup2 1.jpgfor my base, i’ve been keeping it light and glowy, but that’s pretty standard.  i’ve been having some stress and/or hormone-related breakouts in my chin area, so i picked up the sephora make no mistake full coverage concealer to make them easier and faster to cover up.  i use the shade 03 poppy and it couldn’t be more perfect.  this can get cakey quite quickly, but i think i’ve figured out exactly how much to use.  i’ve been applying it with a real techniques lip brush and then blending it out with the rt deluxe crease brush.  i use my glossier stretch concealer in light to brighten my under-eyes and correct any other redness around my face.bb early morning makeup2 3.jpgfor my birthday i splurged on the charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow, so i’ve been popping the bronzer on to wake me up and make me look like an actual alive person.  i carry my mineral fusion pressed powder in cool 1 in my school bag for when i feel shiny throughout the day – i never fully realized how rude florescent lights are.  i switched to this powder after completely shattering my alima pure pressed foundation.  even though i love that product and have kept the packaging for when i get around to buying a refill, it’s so beyond fragile.  i have never had a product shatter on me so many times and i’m very careful with my products.

for eyes i use that rt deluxe crease brush with whatever sephora concealer is left on it to conceal any veins and overall brighten the lids.  this concealer doesn’t crease when applied so sparingly and i really like it on my eyes.  i curl my lashes as per usual and go in with a coat or two of the w3ll people mascara.  i’m going to purchase the full size when i run out of this sample – i think it’s my favorite mascara i’ve tried in a while.bb early morning makeup2 2.jpgand that’s it!  insanely natural but pulled together and clean looking.  what more can you ask for at 5 am?!  especially since i do all of this with just a small compact mirror while sitting in bed.

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recent additions to my life

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jack wills suede bag (not pictured): this bag is ameeeeezing!  real suede with a real leather strap and excellently slouchy.  the orangey tan color is beautiful but neutral and i think it will look amazing as it begins to wear in.  can’t wait to have this one for a long time.  and the best part?  i got it on sale so it cost me about $70.  pretty good deal for a 100% suede purse, if you ask me.  now i want the navy and the grey which just cannot happen.

butter london fiver: i’ve been on the search for the perfect, white based minty nail polish for a looong time.  essie mint candy apple is too dark and chalky, nails inc swan street is a little too green, essie find me an oasis is a little too blue and all of them have sucky formulas.  but then, i happened upon this beauty.  i believe it is from either a 2011 or 2013 collection and it is such a beauty.  pretty close to what i’ve been dreaming of.  it’s looking more green in the image above, but in real life it is like a much lighter, more faded essie mint candy apple.  ya know?

essie petal pushers: i had this in the mini version and loved it so much that i had to get the full size.  it’s the greatest color – blue, grey, sort of dark, sort of not.  not too dark to wear in summer, but still a little bit edgy.  it’s a very cool neutral shade in my opinion.

shashi bracelets: i’ve been wanting a small collection of shashi bracelets for years.  but since they are pretty much only available online, i’ve always resisted.  and then i saw them in an actual store!  i had just gotten my paycheck so i splurged and got 3 and even though they are ridiculously expensive for what they are, i’m really excited about them.

charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson matte revolution lipsticks: I’M SO EXCITED!  i love love love the matte revolution lipsticks (i got the shades glastonberry and lost cherry when they were released for a month a little while ago) and they are so dreamy.  i knew that i had to get these two when they were finally released since the formula is so amazing, these two colors are so beautiful, and they are limited edition.  did i need them?  absolutely not.  could i help myself?  absolutely not.  1975 red is the perfect orangey red shade for me because it feels slightly cool toned, so it’s not too orange for my very pink skin.  miss kensington is an amazing nude that basically looks like my lips but with a little something extra.  i am so glad i splurged on these, even if they were very unnecessary!

j brand maria jeans in blanc (not pictured): it seems like every few summers i get a new pair of jeans in my search for the perfect pair.  white jeans are definitely a summer staple for me, because they can be a little bit more dressy if you want them to be or casual if you want (i love white jeans with a basic tee and sandals) and look so good with a tan.  the j brand maria is one of my very favorite denim styles – the perfect high waist, perfect skinny, and perfect weight so when i saw this pair in the perfect shade of white, the decision to purchase was out of my own hands.

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recent additions to my life

i bought a lot of things that i really didn’t need

(but i really, really wanted)

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i promise these lipsticks aren’t the exact same shades, but admittedly they are very similar.  i’ve had my eyes on these three (kinda sexy, mehr, and faux) for soooo long and finally decided to bite the bullet.  kinda sexy (far left) is a warm, pinky rose with a hint of an orange tone with a matte finish.  mehr (center) is a cool toned, kind of dirty rose with a matte finish.  faux (far right) is a soft mauve with a satin finish.  ok ok ok, they’re all variations of a pinky rose.  whooooops.  i’m not ashamed.

and now for the exciting stuff!  i’m over the moon to own two of the charlotte tilbury eyes to mesmerize cream shadows.  i got the shades jean, a champagne with a hint of pink, and marie antoinette, a soft golden brown.  i haven’t worn them yet, but just swatched on my hand i can tell how creamy, pigmented, smooth, and long lasting they are.  i’m thinking about purchasing mona lisa next, but that is really, really unnecessary.

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i bought a lot of things that i really didn’t need