the lazy girl’s guide to makeup

here on baby bohemian, i’m all about looking completely natural with a little oomph.  i’m about wearing makeup to make myself feel put together, while looking like i’m barely wearing any at all.  makeup is my me time, my hobby.  so here are my recommendations for a makeup bag that is perfect for the lazy girl, the makeup minimalist, the product junkie that doesn’t want to appear like a product junkie.  the products below could serve as a great beginner’s makeup bag or just nice products to have on hand.  with my upcoming travels, this will act as the former for me and i’m very pleased with the products that will be accompanying me on my journey…if i can keep it to just these…bb lazy girl2.jpg// skin & base //

hydrated, glowing skin is an absolute essential.  i like a very light, sheer base that evens things out ever so slightly, regardless of the condition my skin is in (currently: acne-ridden).  and to make a light base work the best, it’s all about what’s underneath.  for glowing, hydrated skin that isn’t shimmery or glittery, check out the bliss ex-glow-sion.  now this is a moisturizer more than a makeup product, so if you have dry skin like me i recommend you wear it more as a primer, but if you are on the oilier side you could use this just as your morning moisture layer.

as far as that sheer base goes, my current favorite is my tinted sunscreen, the clinique city block spf 25; a mineral spf with a perfect tint for my skintone.  this is a sunscreen with a tint, not a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so i feel really good wearing it and like the teeny bit of coverage it gives.bb lazy girl3.jpgundereye concealer is where i differ from many: i rarely wear it.  i like a hint of darkness under the eyes, but if i ever feel too dark i always reach for the glossier stretch concealer in light.  because this is a sheer, very emollient formula it looks incredibly natural while adding the bare minimum of brightness.  i don’t find that this creases or goes greasy on me, but i’ve heard from many that setting with a powder is required.  i personally like the hydration it gives, but this is all about personal preference of course!  i also love this for areas of the face that are a little more red or angry and need a bit more help; i just purchased the medium shade for my summer skin.

a high coverage concealer is also an essential, and the nars radiant creamy is second to none.  i’ve tried others that i’ve liked, but i always back to this.  for blemishes, this is a must have.  my trick is to let it set for a minute or two before patting it in – this gets the coverage just right.  i wear vanilla for most of the year and creme brulee in the summer.

// shade & highlight //

bronzer is a non-negotiable product for me.  even if i’m wearing absolutely no makeup whatsoever, i need a hint of bronzer to make me feel alive.  i’m fair, but feel like i apply bronzer in such a way that i never look orange or over-the-top.  the trick is a fluffy brush and the right undertone.  with my pink skin, i like something that is neutral to cool and the littlest bit red; this looks the most natural on me.  my current favorite is the limited edition marc jacobs coconut bronzer, but the hourglass diffused bronze light is another item i don’t ever want to be without.bb lazy girl6.jpgblush depends on the day, but when i remember it i love it.  i go between powder and cream, preferring my powders to be matte and my creams to be sheeny.  i just found the cargo blush in catalina at tj maxx ($4.99!) and it offers the perfect hint of brightness to my face while still being subtle.  if you want to have just one blush in your makeup bag, i recommend it being a somewhat neutral one that you won’t get sick of.  the it cosmetics blush in naturally pretty ticks those boxes for my complexion.  my cream blush of choice at the moment is my olio e osso balm in 02 french melon.  very sheer but glowy, sunkissed perfection that has the same healthy effect on the lips.

to be as natural as possible, highlighters have to be creamy and glowy – no shimmer in sight.  rms is a great brand to turn to for this, and my ultimate one is the champagne rose luminizer.  this is incredibly natural on my skin because of the light nude undertone and the pink reflect.  this of course will depend on your skin tone, but look for something that gives you a sweaty shine and as little actual color as possible.  a runner up in this category is the make dew pot.

// eyes & lips //

if i’m in the mood for eye shadow, it’s typically a matte brown.  my favorite is jane iredale cappucino, but i also just snagged the too faced natural matte palette (also at tj maxx – $14) which has a nice variety of soft matte tones.  i’m glad i was able to get the original packaging – i really don’t like one they just released!  if i’m doing a shimmer, it’s usually a taupe erring on the side of brown, and man do i have a wide variety of those.  my favorite right now is the chanel ombre premiere shadow in talpa, but there is definitely no need to have such an expensive shadow.  this was a birthday splurge back in january.  curled lashes and a coat of mascara are all i really need to feel complete, but i love having a little bit of a grungy eye.

my favorite mascara is the w3ll people expressionist – it’s lengthening and natural but gives me the natural oomph i want.  most days i wiggle it through the roots of my lashes for natural-looking thickness.  the new glossier mascara looks extremely similar to this, which i find interesting, but nothing will replace this dude for me.bb lazy girl7.jpglips are another category that i like to go as simple as possible with.  i love to buy fun lipsticks – almost always matte – but actually wearing them on a daily basis is not as attainable.  i’m getting better though!  my favorite matte which is now discontinued is the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay, but i recently picked up the l’oreal colour riche matte lipstick in matte-sterpiece and it’s that perfect peachy pink nude that’s very hard to find.  & other stories cone marshmallow is another favorite that again is difficult to find – i’m always on the hunt for a subtle peachy pink.  i mentioned the laura mercier velour extreme matte in vibe in my may picks and that is just a hair darker than the l’oreal.bb lazy girl4.jpgbb lazy girl5.jpgif i’m in the mood for a red or brighter lip, i typically opt for a stain.  the body shop lip & cheek stain in pink hibiscus is a dead-on dupe for benefit benetint, without the nasty ingredient list.  and if i want some shine the body shop gloss in sugar glaze is the only colored one lip gloss i own (it’s a soft pink sheen) – otherwise i opt for the wet n wild clear gloss.bb lazy girl1.jpget voila!  a very edited but complete makeup bag.  what are your makeup must haves?  anything i’m missing?

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may picks

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?bb may picks.JPGpela 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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talkin’ trash 03

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 //bb empties3 1.jpgthe 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.bb empties3 2.jpgthe 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 //bb empties3 3.jpgthe 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.bb empties3 4.jpgthe 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.   bb empties3 8.jpgthe 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.bb empties3 7.jpgi 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.  bb empties3 6.jpgthe 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.   bb empties3 5.jpgand 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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best discoveries of 2017

bb2017 2.jpgwoweeee, is it really time for a 2017 roundup?  that is truly shocking.  as i did last year, i thought i would put together all the products, brands, and other items that i discovered and fell in love with in 2017.bb2017 1.jpgproducts //

la roche posay tolerane hydrating cleanser: a beautifully basic cleanser for those of us with dry skin that don’t feel like washing our faces with lotion.  i love this because i can tell that it’s cleaning my face but isn’t stripping it, which is surprisingly hard to find.  i think the best description of this is to compare it to cetaphil, but with good ingredients and hydrating benefits.  mentioned here.

thayer’s alcohol-free witch hazel: the best toner.  it makes my skin feel hydrated and balanced and i do think it has been keeping my skin more clear and glowy than usual.  i use this always during my nighttime skincare routine, and in the morning if i feel oily or sweaty and need to give my face a little rinse.  mentioned here.

indie lee squalane oil: i went through 2 whole bottles of this oil this year!  this oil is both lightweight and intensely hydrating, making it perfect for both day and night use.  i can honestly say this oil has a firm place in my skincare routines.  my one critique is that the packaging has become unusable on both bottles, so i’ve had to decant it into another dropper bottle.  mentioned here.

jordan samuel hydrate: this was a later discovery for me, but i’ve gone through an entire 1 oz bottle and have moved on to the new 4 oz. size.  this is the most wonderful hyaluronic acid serum i’ve ever tried, due to the inclusion of aloe and other hydrating and soothing ingredients.  the price is also very reasonable, and the 4 oz. size offers a savings of $44.  if you like the hylamide low molecular ha, i think you will be even more pleased with this product as the textures and results are similar, but definitely amped in the js.  mentioned here.

clinique mineral spf: aaaand the mineral sunscreen search is finally over!  this sunscreen is completely phsyical, very hydrating, doesn’t leave a white cast, easy to find, and reasonably priced (even though the container is quite small).  i am absolutely ecstatic to have discovered this product.  mentioned here.

first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer: you may recall my search for a more natural product similar to mac strobe cream.  and here it is, bohemians.  this primer has a gorgeous pinky glow with incredible moisturizing benefits.  i don’t go a day without it and it’s very easy to get sample sizes as sephora perks!  on its own or under other base products, this is FAB!  get it?  ugh.  mentioned here.

glossier stretch concealer: i finally caved and bought this, and my only regret is that i didn’t do it sooner.  the shade light has the perfect slightly peachy tone to work both under my eyes and around my face, and most days i smush this into my skin as a light foundation.  i wish that i could replace this with the rms un-cover up, but until they release ANY cool toned shades, the glossier stretch concealer is a firm favorite.  it has even turned my into an under-eye-concealer-wearer – at least a little bit! mentioned here.

colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape: i bought a few colourpop products at the beginning of 2017, but this is the only one that has stuck around for the long haul.  the perfect silvery taupe shade, this product is insanely easy to smush onto the eyelids and call it a day.  i wear this both during the day and at night, which is definitely saying something.  i even bought a backup!  mentioned here.

rms swift shadow in tt-73: like colourpop mixed tape, this is an eye shadow i reach for both day and night.  it’s a beautiful neutral, midtone brown with a hint of sheen that gives the most natural, undone look.  i absolutely adore it and every time i put it away, i miss it and put it back in my makeup bag again.  mentioned here.

burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude: once again, a product i wear both day and night.  i think this is the real test of how much i love something, actually.  this creamy, hydrating lipstick lightens up my lips the perfect amount with a hint of peachy, browny, pink sheen.  staple status.

kosas lipstick in stardust: i know kosas is all over the interwebs right now, but there is absolutely a million reasons why.  stardust is the most stunning neutral shade that makes my lips slightly bitten but without being over the top.  again, peachy browny deliciousness that i have around at all times.  if you want a lipstick that offers a hint of color but doesn’t look like full on lipstick, stardust is your gal.  and the name.  the name!  mentioned here.

j.hannah nail polish in ghost ranch, iris, and watermelon: though expensive, these 7-free polishes are one of my absolute favorite formulas.  the color range is incredibly unique and based around the concept of color for people who hate color.  i definitely have my eye on more shades.  mentioned here.

primal pit past roll-on in jasmine: finally a natural deodorant that really works for me.  natural deodorants are different for everyone, so it has taken quite a bit of trial and error to find the one that works best for me.  i prefer the roll-on version of this brand versus the pot version, but both are solid choices.  plus, this doesn’t leave permanent stains on clothing like the schmidt’s rose + vanilla did (my previous favorite).

everyday coconut hydrating shampoo and conditioner: very basic sulfate-free products, but very effective ones.  these make my hair feel summer-like even in the winter when it wants to be lank and limp.  after buying bulk sizes during the summer, i’m steadily making my way through, but i think i’ve found my favorite eco shampoo and conditioner duo.  mentioned here.bb2017 3.jpgbrands // 

frank body: i’ve seen this brand a ton around instagram over the years because of their coffee scrubs, but i was never interested until reading about their glow mask.  the mask is truly delicious (it smells like frosting), and gives my skin an instant, glowy boost.  it’s one of those masks that you leave on for just a few minutes, so it’s perfect for mornings when your skin is especially lackluster.  their lip balm is also a staple in my purse these days – it is very similar to the glossier balm dotcom, but formulated with lanolin, vitamin e, and coconut oil instead of petroleum and other nasties.  frank can also be found at ulta, which makes it very easy to restock!  mentioned here.

alima pure: alima is my absolute dream brand.  i find myself reaching for their products on a daily basis, and each one is more useable than the next.  it’s a brand that i just click with, from their ethos to their ingredients, and i think that is hard to find these days.  my favorites are the pressed foundation, pressed eye shadow in icon, and lip tint in honey.  mentioned here.

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winter skin & keeping my glow

glowy skincare favorites: alllll about moisture, hydrating ingredients, and oilsbb glow1.jpgmy skincare routine typically stays the same step-wise, but i may switch out the products i’m using from time to time.  for me, it’s all about moisturizing layers sandwiched together, and this is true for my makeup too.  i always start with a hylaronic acid serum, and the one i’ve been loving for months is the jordan samuel hydrate serum.  he just released a 4 oz. size with about $50 in savings, so i’m going to pick that up soon as i’m starting to run out.  i let this soak in typically on damp skin, either from a witch hazel toner or a hydrating rosewater spray.  next i’ve been using the s.w. basics original cream, which is an oil-based moisturizer that feels like a balm at first.  i rub this on the back of my hand to get the oils to melt, then apply to the face.  the less the better for this product – you will still get the insanely moisturizing benefits don’t worry.  after letting this sink in, but while there is still a tiny amount of product sitting on the skin, i layer on an oil.  lately i’ve been using the indie lee squalane, of course, and everyday oil, which is a mixture of lots of goodies.  this is of course my night time routine as it is quite heavy duty – in the morning i go straight in with my makeup routine because my skin is still so hydrated.

as far as glowy masks go, my two favorites are the frank body glow mask and the bioderma sensibio mask, which is a newer one to me.  you’ve heard me go on about the frank one, but it really makes your skin deliciously glowy in just a matter of minutes.  the bioderma one is my replacement for my glossier moon mask – after years of using that one i just wanted to try something different.  i do think i prefer the bioderma one.  for me, it feels like it really makes a difference for days, not just the hours after like the glossier one seems too.  both are great options, though.bb glow5.jpgglowy makeup favorites: lightweight layers & basesbb glow2.jpglike i said, i typically go straight into my makeup routine in the morning.  i’ll spray my face with a hydrating spray like the tatcha luminous dewy skin mist, which i sadly finished up after taking these pictures.  i’ll then apply my sunscreen and let that sink in for about 10 minutes if i have time.  this is a firm favorite for me, and i love that it hydrates the skin and protects me from the sun at the same time.  after that, i will apply embryolisse and first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer, sometimes mixed together and sometimes separately.  i’m more likely to use a base product now that i am at my palest and need a little boost.  these include glossier skin tint in light, vapour beauty atmosphere luminous foundation stick in 110 (the EXACT color of my skin which is incredible), and nars radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve are my go-to’s.  and yes, i did repurchase the nars.  after having an allergic reaction to my ilia tinted moisturizer, i decided to go back to this old favorite even though it doesn’t have a great rating on ewg.  i use so little that i can justify it!bb glow4.jpgglossier stretch concealer in light is my go to concealer for under my nose, on my chin, and around my eyes.  it is so hydrating that it doesn’t make me look extra dry, which typically happens if i conceal these areas.  if i’m not feeling any other base, i will smush a little of this on any other areas of redness – it has a very similar effect to the vapour foundation stick.  blush is also a go-to in the winter, to amp up my already cold-flushed cheeks!  usually i go for a cream one like ilia in tenderly or pixi in baby petal, but i recently picked up this nars blush in bumpy ride and love the effect.  it’s very pigmented so i apply the teeniest bit and it just livens up my entire face.  this has a very subtle sheen to it, as well.bb glow3.jpg

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october picks

my notes say “november picks.”  *eye roll.*  and yes i have notes!bb oct picks1.jpgbeauty

clinique mineral sunscreen spf 30 // i posted a quick review on this on instagram, and my opinions have not changed.  this is truly the best mineral sunscreen i have found.  it blends into my skin easily and quickly, leaves it hydrated and dewy but not greasy, and rates a 2 on ewg.  what could be better?  well honestly the price and/or size, but hey, i’ll make it work.bb instagram1.pngfirst aid beauty hello fab coconut primer // the illuminating moisturizer/primer i’ve been searching for.  you’ve heard me mention the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and while that was good, this is far superior.  a little dollop of this after putting on sunscreen and before putting on makeup gives me the healthy, glowing skin i strive for.  it’s kind of like if mac strobe cream, tata harper illuminating moisturizer, and becca backlight priming filter all had a baby.  first aid beauty is truly one of my all time favorite brands and this product is another reason why.  i actually bought the full tube but haven’t had to use it yet since sephora had a mini version as a 100 point perk.  i asked for 2 heehee.

embryolisse // i mentioned this in detail here so i won’t go too in depth.  basically this is a beautiful moisturizer that works especially when mixed with the above!bb oct picks3.jpgsephora gel future concealer in meringue // again, you know i love this!  meringue is my winter shade (yes we are almost there…) and it’s just a touch lighter than nars vanilla, which has somehow started to oxidize on me, but with the same pink undertones.  great replacement if you ask me!

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia // ok this is getting repetitive.  let me just redirect you here and here.  i just got a couple more products from this line, mentioned here, and needless to say it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite beauty brands.  and i think you can tell how well loved this powder is.

vialed perfume in forest // i had a store credit to urban outfitters at the end of september so i treated myself to this little perfume that i wouldn’t have purchased otherwise.  call of the vialed is a rad perfumery that has unique sets but at a very high price point.  they released a collection of four unisex perfumes for urban outfitters, at just $20 each.  i couldn’t resist, so i chose the scent “forest.”  forest is described as a “green, earthy, and woodsy blend of neroli blossom, amyris tree sap, juniper berry, violet leaf, and rosewood, promoting stability + groundedness.”  this is the perfect description, and the aromatherapy benefits of this are real.  though the scent doesn’t last as long as other perfume oils (natural or not) i have, i appreciate this for those aromatherapy benefits and enjoy putting it on throughout the day.  i’ve been carrying it in the small makeup bag i keep in my purse or backpack and love having it on my person at all times.  it makes me feel clean and mindful, and i love the slightly herbaceous scent.

everyday coconut purely coconut hydrating shampoo and conditioner // i’ve been using this duo since mid-summer but never really mention hair products on here.  i got bulk sizes at my grocery store and i’m happy i did!  i prefer to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, one for the health benefits, and also because they work nicely with my wavy hair.  i feel like my hair is in its most healthy and natural state when i use these products, and my curls and texture really come out.  i’m pretty basic with my hair, so these are perfect for me.  also, a tip for those of you just trying out sulfate-free shampoo – wash your hair twice.  i know it sounds like everything you shouldn’t do, but sulfate-free shampoos are not drying, so don’t worry.  they require more work to get all the product and oils out of your hair, so one wash tackles that and the second wash actually cleans the hair.  trust me!  it makes a world of difference.  i don’t think i would say these are “hydrating” in the sense that they make your hair soft and limp – they are really just a basic shampoo and conditioner.bb oct picks2.jpgfashion and lifestyle

jag jeans camo jacket // i love a good army jacket (and have too many), but have never really gotten into camouflage.  until now that is!  my sister and i both got this jacket at the end of the summer and it is truly one of my favorite purchases ever.  it’s just the perfect camo in that it’s not too over-the-top and is slightly muted in color.  my other sister even said that it really suits me, which is always a nice thing to hear.  also this jacket is the perfect weight and ridiculously soft…when does that happen?!

pendleton bathrobe // my mom got me this bathrobe last year for christmas, and i am sooo happy that it’s bathrobe season again.  and by that i mean that as soon as i get home, get out of the shower, wakeup, etc., this baby is on my body.  it’s huge and ridiculously soft and i love it!

fujifilm date 60af camera // i got this little camera at a thrift store for $2 (yes you read that right).  i was wanting a 35mm point and shoot camera and it was so excited when i stumbled upon this one.  i’m still on my first roll of film so i don’t know what the photographs will look like, but it seems like it’s in perfect working order to me.  i’ll keep you posted when i get the film developed!

burberry wallet // i have had this wallet for over 10 years!  my dad got it for me at harrod’s while on a special daddy-daughter trip to london.  i go in and out of using it, but this month it has been by my side every day.  you all know i usually use some sort of wallet pouch, but i’m enjoying the extra organization without any added bulk.bb oct picks4.jpgentertainment

harry styles’ first album // for whatever reason, i have completely fallen back in love with this album.  not that i felt out of love, but you know what i mean.  it is such a beautiful, unique, artistic collection of songs, each more vibrant than the next.  that man gives me the shivers every time.

alli cherry vlogtober // i love alli.  her spirit and mind, the aesthetic of her videos, her lifestyle.  she is such a pleasure to watch and her videos are always making me research or think about something new.  she’s a great influence for creating a cleaner, healthier lifestyle and i so appreciate that!  because i’m such a fan girl, i even purchased one of the totes that she and her husband released this month.  if they are still available, grab one!  the graphic was handmade by the couple and 10% of the proceeds go to the joshua tree national park association.  i’m dying to go to joshua tree (i know that’s not a surprise), so this got me a little bit closer!bb instagram2.png

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september picks

bb sept picks1.jpgi’ve made some great strides in my skincare and makeup routines, thanks to a couple new products and some fresh application techniques.bb sept picks7.jpgas far as skincare goes, the avene thermal water has made a huge difference in the skin issues i was having due to my soft apartment water.  i spray this on my face after washing it or being in the shower, and wipe off the excess with a cotton pad.  it calms my skin and has been preventing the bumps i was experiencing all over my chin.

i’ve also added the jordan samuel hydrate serum and pai rosehip bioregenerate oil to my skincare regime.  the jordan samuel replaced another empty hylamide low molecular ha, and while they are similar, the jordan samuel is far superior for less than $10 more.  i think it’s the inclusion of aloe that is making such a difference for me.  i’ve been using the pai regenerate oil at night in place of my favorite indie lee squalane because i needed a little more hydration with the changing of the seasons.  i’m still using the indie lee in the morning, of course!  for yet another hit of hydration, i’ve been using my staple first aid beauty ultra repair cream before spritzing my pai oil with a bit of heritage rosewater and glycerin spray.  this not only helps the skin drink up the oil it is mixed with more efficiently, but it adds moisture in and of itself.  i also spray a bit in with my lotion.  if you learn anything from this post: spray your waters/toners/hydrosols in with your oils and moisturizers.bb sept picks4.jpgbb sept picks6.jpgthe most epic skincare find for me this month was the frank body glow mask.  i saw it online at ulta and tried to resist but ended up ordering it a few days later.  it is somehow hydrating but rejuvenating and makes you glow immediately.  i keep mine in the fridge for added soothing properties and honestly it’s the best luxe experience ever.  plus it smells like cream cheese frosting.  frank body is the brand that does those coffee body scrubs, but their skincare range seems pretty epic as well, if this mask is anything to go by.  they are an all natural brand with a good price tag.

as far as makeup goes, i’ve been keeping it simple and glowy, as per usual.  i started teaching this month which is resulting in 5:00 am wake up calls, so makeup isn’t really something i want to think about.  for base, a mixture of glossier perfecting skin tint in light and ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2 belle marre is all i need for a little bit of coverage and a lot of light.  i work this in all over the face with the bobbi brown full coverage face brush, which is very inappropriately named and also the first high end makeup brush i ever bought about 3 years ago.  popping a peachy pink blush on my cheeks gives me the life that i need at that time of the morning.  my favorites have been the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, ilia multistick in tenderly (perfect for a sunkissed effect, i find this to be more peachy than it looks online), and clinique cheek pop in melon pop, which turned out to be the sheer peachy blush i’ve been searching for all summer.  for eyes i pop on a teeny bit of glossier coconut balm dotcom, curl my lashes, and wiggle mac extended play only at the roots for slight definition.  the same balm goes on my lips and i am out the door…with a gallon and a half of coffee mind you.bb sept picks2.jpgbb sept picks3.jpgas for my other picks of the month, i’ve been all about simplicity as of late.  i found the most perfect going out/packing light bag on sale at urban outfitters for $19 at the beginning of the month.  i can’t for the life of me understand why it was so cheap or on sale because it is gorgeous and looks very expensive.  love the pop of blue on the inside.  on the rest of my body i’ve been rocking my favorite simple gold chains.  that little bullet kinda thing and u-shape fit perfectly together, while the monogram chain sits lower on the chest.  separate or all together, these are forever faves.  i’ve had the monogram for years but the other two were late summer purchases from my favorite local boutique.  this beautiful pink candle was another random urban purchase; it is as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing.  it’s slightly fruity and floral but grounded by rich wood scents – aka the perfect warm, but not overwhelming house scent.bb sept picks9.jpgbb sept picks8.jpgtell me, what were your picks for this month?  i always love to know.
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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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winter beauty essentials

or how not to look like all of your skin is peeling away!  it’s all about the layers people…

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the face base: mario badescu facial spray with rosewater, go-to skincare face hero, sunscreen (i’m trying out the la roche posay anthelios mineral with spf 50, not pictured), and lots of moisturizer

a mix of primers: mac strobe cream (i finally used up my little sample size and got the travel size…this is going to take me forever to go through!) mixed with the glossier priming moisturizer or the too faced hangover primer (again, a travel size, from ulta) depending on my mood

evening out but maintaining the dew: nars tinted moisturizer in terre neuve mixed with glossier skin tint in light – equally small dots of each when i need a little more coverage, or just the skin tint by itself

eyes and cheeks: clinique chubby stick for cheeks in amped up apple (also this is described as a blushing red which it most certainly is not – it’s a beautiful neutral rose), hourglass bronzer in luminous bronze light, elf smudge pot in cruisin’ chic (taupe) or revlon colorstay creme shadow in creme brulee (champagne)

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apply everything possible with a damp sponge for extra moisture and finish off with another spritz of rosewater!

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