recent eco beauty buys

and crazy obsessions.bb eco buys1.jpg100% pure cocoa butter lipstick in prickly pear // i picked up a couple products from 100% pure while  i was in new york and i have become a big fan of the company.  after seeing some of their instagram posts on this lipstick, i just couldn’t resist the color and the semi-matte formula.  i can honestly say that this is one of the only bold lipsticks i have ever felt confident enough to wear both during the day and out at night – the other one being nars damned.  the color is a stunning pinky coral and the finish is more matte than semi-matte, which i actually prefer.  it is so easy to apply even for a lipstick-nube like me and lasts forEVER.  when the actually lipstick wears off you get a stain on your lips that is pretty much identical to the original color.  if you have fair skin and don’t feel like you can pull off red that well but want a bold lip, check out prickly pear.  you won’t be disappointed!  i was concerned at first because the tube is smaller than a normal lipstick bullet, but the amount of product is the same as the bite beauty amuse bouche lipsticks and much greater than luxe ones like nars, urban decay, and ysl – .15 oz or 4.5 grams, and now i love that there is no excess packaging!

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia // i was on a pressed powder foundation search and was leaning towards the mineral fusion one when i remembered how much alli cherry raves about this one from alima pure.  this was a few dollars more expensive from what i recall but worth the splurge, i promise.  the formula is perfect, giving you slight coverage and a subtle matte finish without looking cakey or even that matte.  the color is perfect for my summer skin and the great news is you can buy the refill pans for a discounted price when you need a new one – you never have to buy the compact again.  overall i’m very happy i decided to try this brand and this product and would recommend if you are looking for a reliable pressed powder with a nice shade range.

eminence mineral illuminator in chai berry glow // i am sooooooo happy i finally bought this.  i have wanted this product for the past 6 months – why are there some products we never get around to buying even though they aren’t any more expensive than other products we get without thinking twice?!! – after hearing sam raving about it on her channel.  this is a gorgeous pinky peach blush with a subtle glow (no visible shimmer).  it’s a perfect blush for lighter skin tones and i think it would be a beautiful highlighter for deeper ones as well.  it’s similar to my favorite rimmel santa rose blush but with more color and more glow.  the packaging is beautiful and so hippie luxe.  i can’t get enough!

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april picks

oh april, you were a hell of a month.  here’s to longer days, brighter skies, and sunnier dispositions!bb april picks1.jpgproducts & brands //

too faced chocolate soleil matte bronzer // so you may or may not remember that i recently got rid of a bunch of my bronzers, including benefit hoola in favor of my w3ll people bio bronzer.  i think i even said it was the only bronzer i ever needed, so obviously i jinxed myself.  anyways, soon after that, i found myself missing hoola in the worst way.  the color, the formula, the ease…all things that the bio bronzer just doesn’t have, though i still love it, don’t get me wrong!  i knew i didn’t want to go back to hoola because of the shit ingredients it contains (all the parabens, like really?!), so i went to ulta one day in search of a dupe.  actually the first one i swatched next to hoola was the too faced chocolate soleil matte bronzer and it is spot on!  seriously, they are identical.  you would think the milk chocolate shade would be better for my fair skin, but i find that i can handle medium toned bronzers (with a light hand) because the tones are usually a touch more cool or red.  oh and the too faced, while not completely clean by any means, has far better ingredients and i don’t feel afraid to put it on my face.  the pigmentation is insane and i know it’s going to last me a very long time, plus the packaging is lightyears better than that stupid benefit box.

bare minerals // bare minerals is a brand that has always been quite special to me.  i’ve mentioned it many times, but it was the first makeup that i really ever wore, and have continued to do so for the past 8 years.  i mentioned my discovery of their concealer here, but i recently went back to an old favorite – the flawless definition mascara.  this is the first high end mascara that i ever bought, and i wore it all throughout high school and college.  i strayed as i started to get more and more into makeup, but having struggled to find a good mascara over the last couple years, i finally decided to go back to this.  it is truly the best.  it lengthens and volumizes, making my lashes look super defined and perky.  it’s also hypoallergenic and ingredient-conscious, so it ticks even more boxes for me.  i’m soooo happy to have this back in my life and kicking myself for wasting time, money, and energy looking for something better.  bb april picks3.jpgtarget bronzer brush // i have been on the hunt for a kabuki-style bronzer brush for a weirdly long time.  i just haven’t been loving my usual bronzer brushes – i rotate between the sephora large powder brush, the real techniques powder brush, and the mac 187 – but also didn’t want one of those super insanely dense bronzer brushes that feel like they are moving your face skin.  and then the other day i was at target doing some shopping for my new apartment (!!!!!!!!!!!), and i walked by this long-handled kabuki bronzer brush.  it was love at first sight, both because of the handle and because i could tell it was dense but not too dense.  and it’s the perfect brush.  bronzer or blush, this applies the perfect amount and blends out the powder seamlessly, while requiring a very small amount of product.  it’s the perfect density and extremely soft, plus no shedding as of yet.  i love using the side of it for more precise application and then the full brush head for gently blending out.  i do think there’s a bit of a learning curve because of the tightly packed bristles, even though it’s not too dense you still want to be rather gentle if that makes sense.  if you’re in a similar predicament, i definitely recommend this guy, all for $7.99.bb april picks5.jpgmarc jacobs brow wow eyebrow pencil in medium brown // i am the laziest when it comes to my eyebrows.  i buy products with big ideas about fixing these babies up, but i just can’t be bothered and i don’t ever want to look like my eyebrows are “done.”  i will say that i have pretty full brows, but i have some patches that i would like to be a little more full.  sam of samathome518 was gushing over the marc jacobs eyebrow pencil a few months back, so i promptly went to sephora to test it out.  i love this because the color is the perfect ashy brown, no red in sight, and it is not overly pigmented in a good way, so that my brows never look obviously filled in or have brush strokes or anything like that.  i’m really pleased with it and i actually find myself reaching for it most days, which is a real testament to its subtleties!  i do a couple strokes in the front and i’m good to go.

colourpop // i won’t go into much detail here because you will most likely have read this post, but i have been loving my colourpop goodies this month.  i definitely got more basics than anything, but their products are unique and fun and so ridiculously affordable.  such a fun way to get some things you wouldn’t normally splurge on for less than a drugstore eyeshadow or blush.  on that note, why is drugstore makeup so insanely expensive these days?  i find it truly shocking.bb april picks6.jpgcleansing with cleansing oil // i have recently gotten into using oil cleanser to wash my face and i am never going back.  i had a sample size of the little barn apothecary blue yarrow and geranium cleansing oil and have been making my way through it over the month.  my skin did go through a purging process, mostly little bumps around my chin, but nothing too bad or noteworthy (this is normal for the switch over to oil cleansing).  my skin feels more moisturized and supple and i think this is dry skin people’s secret weapon!  i don’t think i will repurchase this particular oil cleanser, but it has been a nice entry product.  i picked up the biossance squalane and antioxidant cleansing oil during the sephora vib sale so i will keep you posted on how that goes.

desert essence whitening plus mouthwash with tea tree oil // for as much as i am on this natural product journey, i will be honest in that i don’t see myself switching my toothpaste anytime soon.  it has kept me in good shape my whole life, so i don’t want to mess with that!  but i have struggled with a good whitening product over the years.  i don’t know if i have sensitive teeth necessarily, but i find things like white strips to be too harsh (and honestly they kind of scare me).  i have enjoyed the colgate whitening mouthwash for a few years, but that too leaves me feeling sensitive.  mercedes of l’amour et la musique has spoken about the desert essence whitening mouthwash over the years, so i thought i would check it out.  and actually this has been a favorite over the past few months, because i just started my second container!  it’s so gentle, fresh, and refreshing, and i actually look forward to using it.  my smile is brighter, my teeth feel cleaner, and my mind is at ease.bb april picks4.jpgnails inc nailkale base coat // i mentioned this in my nail polish roundup, but i had yet to try it at that point.  i’ve since used it 3 times and i can honestly say it’s so much better than opi nail envy.  i’m wearing it alone right now for a bit of shine but it’s also a perfect base coat under nail polish.  my nails feel extremely strong and my nail polish is lasting pretty well.

people //

katie jane hughes // where have i been when it comes to kjh?  her instagram, her youtube videos, her work – she is an incredible makeup artist that is fully responsible for the glossy eye trend.   tamira jarrel mentioned her in her most recent video, and i immediately hopped on instagram and then sat scrolling through her looks for an hour.  she’s just so cool and her looks are funky and refreshing, but also wearable in some way.  highly recommend checking her out for some fresh, unique inspiration.katiejanehughes instagram.pngjenn rogers // i’ve been following jenn on youtube for a while now, and she is such a breath of fresh air in the craziness that is the youtube community.  i love her morning chats – in which she sits down, gets ready for her day, and shares things going on or interesting or thought-provoking – but this month it was her 10 for 10 challenge that got me hooked.  pretty self explanatory, she chose 10 items to create 10 outfits for 10 days, but i loved hearing her thoughts behind the pieces and what she realized about them throughout the challenge.  a nice push to do some spring cleaning, as well.

etc. // 

shetland // i’m always on the hunt for a new show.  people recommend them to me all the time, but i usually am not interested in whatever mainstream sagas are popular – pretty little liars excluded.  i found shetland while perusing netflix, it’s a bbc murder mystery so basically i don’t need to say anything more, do i?  but in all honesty it’s a fabulous show – the perfect balance of creepy and gripping, with a little humor thrown in at the perfect moments.  the seasons are short, but they vary greatly in story lines and even the way the episodes are set up.  most of the stories are drawn out over 2 episodes, with the last season being 6 episodes of the same storyline.  plus shetland reminds me so much of my beloved nantucket, both the good and the bad to be honest.  i watched all the episodes in a matter of days but i’m definitely going to look out for the fourth season and rewatch the ones on netflix.  creature of habit, ok?

apartment shopping // i’ve mentioned my news here and there, but at the beginning of june i will officially begin graduate school to get my teaching degree.  and, very excitingly, i’m going to have my own place fiiiiinally.  it’s this lovely little nest with white walls and lots of light, so you can imagine how thrilled i am.  mom and i have been making a ton of target, world market, and homegoods trips picking up all the necessities, plus some furniture shopping here and there.  my dad got me a sofa in this amazing army green (favorite color) and i am over the moon excited.  it’s so fun to actually put all my ideas to work, and to imagine what my very own little home is going to look like.  you will be seeing many a photo, prepare yourselves.  pictured above are a soap/trinket dish and toothbrush holder from world market.  bb april picks2.jpg

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april picks

dope taupe

bb the taupes1.jpgthere’s just something about a taupe eye shadow, you know?  it’s such a beautifully subtle, natural color, giving any eye color a nice little pop.  it’s suitable for every day use as well as a heavier makeup look, while being grungy enough to not look overdone.  for me, my taupes are old reliables.

sephora shadow and liner in 04 taupe // the creamiest (obviously) and most pigmented of the bunch.  taupe is really the perfect cool-toned taupe, with flashes of lavender or silver depending on the light.  it’s described as a shimmer but i would say it’s more on the metallic end.  it reminds me somewhat of laura mercier amethyst but still a true taupe.  i highly recommend checking out these shadow sticks, they are the best on the market in my opinion.

rms beauty eye polish in myth // my other favorite cream taupe.  i’ve mentioned this shadow a million and one times, but it’s just that good.  it’s a sheer wash of glowy goodness; a cool-toned taupe with hint of minkiness.  i would say this can be hit or miss product depending on your shadow/lasting power/creasing preferences, but i love the messy, sheeny look it imparts.

colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape // this is a new purchase but i’ve already worn it 3 times so that’s really saying something.  this is like the cream to powder, more pigmented version of myth.  it has those purple cool tones, but this time with subtle silver shimmers.  it looks extra cool on me, definitely on the silver side, which i love.  if you haven’t tried these shadows – and it took me forever to – they are just the coolest things.  they are a marshmallow consistency that’s impossible to describe, but they are a cream/powder crossover.  gorgeous.

l’oreal colour riche shadow in 201 // this is another very sheer and shimmery formula.  it’s a lot sheerer than i expected or would like it to be, but it’s beautiful either way.  sitting next to mixed tape you can really see the silver tones, so i would say this doesn’t contain as much purple as the others.  the shimmers are more noticeable than any of the other shadows i’ve mentioned, but still not in an obvious or tacky way.  i don’t know if i would repurchase this shadow just because of the lack of pigmentation, but i’m enjoying it in the mean time (i purchased this in london but the us shade pain au chocolat is identical).

gabriel cosmetics eyeshadow in sable // the only matte taupe i have, but the only one i need.  i absolutely adore this eye shadow, it’s the right amount of browny purpley pink without making me look sick or weird.  this is a really nice staple shadow that’s easy to wear and blend, but is a slight departure from a regular brown.  this also looks great when blended with the powdered shadows mentioned above.

sephora contour eye pencil in 15 flirting game // this is an honorable mention as it’s a liner and not a shadow.  this is a darker taupe than the sephora shadow stick, but still a true taupe and not a brown.  it has fine silver shimmers that i don’t find noticeable when i have it actually lining my eyes.  i’m really not an eyeliner person, but sometimes i want that definition, so i love this color to give me the eyeliner look without being nearly as harsh as black or brown.  i don’t reach for this often, but i think this is a product to check out – creamy, blendable, and long lasting.bb the taupes2.jpgbb the taupes3.jpg

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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made

this bohemian’s dreams, at least.  it’s called stardust.  need i say more?  MY PERFECT LIPSTICK IS CALLED STARDUST.bb kosas stardust5.jpgok moving on from how happy that makes me.  i have been wanting to try a kosas cosmetics lipstick since they came onto the scene about two years ago.  they are full of great ingredients and don’t use any of the bad ones, including parabens, pthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, petrolatum, and more.  all of kosas’ colors are natural-looking and understated, even the darker or brighter ones.  they are not only beautiful but unique, and a true staple for anyone, makeup lover or not.

so back to the colors.  i was pretty set on getting rosewater, which is described as a blushing rose, with a hydrating finish.  and then kosas released more shades for s/s 2016, including stardust.  and i was sold!  how could i resist a name like that?  stardust is described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones, like a summer tan.  ok, now how could i resist THAT?bb kosas stardust2.jpgbb kosas stardust1.jpgbut in all seriousness, stardust is exactly how kosas describes it.  it is the perfect neutral brown pink, with not too much brown but not too much pink.  it is truly my lips but better.  it’s also the perfect level of color, so it doesn’t make it too obvious that i’m wearing lipstick.  the finish is hydrating but not slippery, and extremely long lasting.  honestly it really is like a summer tan – i just feel better with it on.

at $24, these lipsticks are expensive, but also in the exact price range of other natural and conventional lipsticks.  they are packaged in a beautiful black tube with white writing – i did hope it would be metal packaging but it’s plastic.  that was kind of disappointing but it also means that it is a lot lighter to carry around.  this is the first lipstick that i have wanted to wear every day and that doesn’t make me feel overdone – it’s just the perfect amount of oomph for me.bb kosas stardust3.jpgmy only question is, why did it take me so long to bite the bullet?  pun very much intended.stardust1.jpgbb kosas stardust4.jpg

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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made

the natural deodorant duo

i have tried my fair share of natural deodorants, from that ridiculous crystal (does that work for anyone?) to tom’s.  i was starting to think that natural deodorants just wouldn’t work for me when i started reading more about deodorant layering.bb deo picks.jpgto start off, i should preface this by saying i’m not a huge armpit sweater.  to give you way too much information, i tend to sweat in my face before my pits.  yes, it is as unfortunate as it sounds.  so truthfully i couldn’t figure out why natural deodorants weren’t working for me.  but here’s what changed:

  1. i actually listened to that whole “armpit detox” thing // for a week before using my deodorants (or the 5-7 days that it took for me to get them in the mail) i didn’t use any deodorants and i exfoliated my armpits.  this consisted of concentrated washing in the shower with my dr. bronner’s bar soap – they recommend 30 seconds of concentrated washing to get rid of bacteria, etc. just for every day.  so i did that while also using a soft washcloth for actual exfoliation.  after the shower i made sure to really dry my armpits.  not only did i just feel good, but i felt like this prevented me from smelling for most of the day.
  2. baking soda free // most natural deodorants, especially those in pot form, contain baking soda.  while it is a great deodorizing ingredient, as we know from using it in our refrigerators, it is also extremely harsh on the sensitive skin of our underarms.  it can cause many people to break out in rashes or just suffer severe sensitivity, so i decided to forgo this ingredient.  my pick for my pot deodorant is the meow meow tweet baking soda free deodorant in lavender.  i feel that using a pot deodorant is really the way to go when going naturally, as you are taking the time to massage it into your underarms and the ingredients are not being transformed into a hard stick.
  3. add a roll-on for extra coverage // for days when i feel i need extra protection, i will also add a roll-on deodorant on top of my cream.  i think this has made all the difference in natural deodorants for me.  i had heard a ton about the ursa major deodorant stick, so when i decided to give natural deodorants another try this was immediately what i chose.  it’s minty and cooling and really quite effective.  if i’m not layering this, i will also wear it alone for days when i’m running late or just can’t be bothered with rubbing my armpits for 2 minutes.
  4. get used to the sweat // one of the strangest but best parts about natural deodorants is that they are not antiperspirants.  meaning, you are still going to sweat.  it’s difficult to get used to for sure, but i actually like it.  i like knowing that my body is functioning as it should – that my sweat and bacteria is leaving my body as opposed to being collected in my breasts.  gross, but true.  really i got used to this super fast and i don’t find that i smell anymore.  i mean, i’m still gonna smell after a long workout or whatever, but my natural smell is no longer as bad as when i was using antiperspirant.

so there you go!  it really is possible to convert from antiperspirants to natural deodorants.  it takes time, but i personally think it is completely worth it.  i’m looking forward to trying out other brands when i finish these two products up, but i highly recommend both of them.  plus they smell amazing when worn together!  xo.

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hello, beauty

beginning in 2015, whole foods has annually released a special edition makeup bag filled with full size and deluxe sample size products.  and this year’s bag has arrived!  i spotted mine at whole foods a few days ago, and the official arrival date of the bags was march 24th.  i was going to wait to review the bag after i had tried everything, but i decided to it now so you all can get the bags if you are interested.  did i mention it cost only $18 for 11 products, including 4 full size items and a handmade makeup bag?  maybe i should have given you that information first.  feel free to run to whole foods and then come back to the rest of this post.bb whole foods hello beauty 1.jpglet me just say, i am so impressed with the contents of this year’s bag.  this is my first one so i can’t speak to previous editions, but i’m confident they have all been equally as amazing.  the amount of products you receive, the gorgeous makeup bag, and all for under $20?  insane.  bb whole foods hello beauty 2.jpgthe bag //

so let’s get to the goods!  to start, the piece&co makeup bag itself is handmade by artisans in india, featuring organic cotton and using traditional weaving, tasseling, and indigo-printing techniques.  piece&co provides employment for women in need.  the bag is super soft indigo with a gold and white tassel and a navy, gold, and silver interior. bb whole foods hello beauty 3.jpgthe skincare //

the first full size product i tried is the acure pore clarifying red clay mask, 1.7 oz., $15.  this mask is exactly what i didn’t know i needed.  it has both exfoliating and hydrating properties, revealing toned and glowing skin.  put on a thin layer for 15 minutes or until dry, then add water and watch the magic happen!  exfoliating granuals are revealed, followed by a beautiful foam, and can then be rinsed completely clean.  it’s gentle but action-packed, to say the least.  plus the color is a stunning red rust that i’m in love with.

the second full size product is product is the evanhealy wild carrot nourishing eye balm, .5 oz, $20.  i haven’t tried this yet because i am already using an eye cream, but i have seen this at whole foods before and have been very interested in it.  evanhealy is one of my favorite brands, so i guarantee we will all love this.  featuring cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado, rosehip, and coconut oils, this balm is perfect for smoothing and protecting the eyes.

next up is the andalou naturals apricot probiotic cleansing milk, 1.7 oz.  this shit smells incredible.  like…i just want to smell it all day.  just fruity, energizing goodness.  i actually have been wanting a super hydrating, more milky cleanser for my dry winter skin so you can imagine how thrilled i am with this.  it is indeed milky and conditioning, but also cleansing and brightening.  i wouldn’t use this by itself if i had sunscreen and makeup on, but paired with a makeup remover i think it will be perfect.

one of the smaller samples is the weleda soothing facial lotion, .23 oz.  it sounds like a pretty basic, restorative moisturizer but is packed with yummy ingredients and based on sweet almond oil.

the moisturizer that has really blown me away is the derma-e hydrating night cream with hyaluronic acid, .5 oz.  i absolutely love this for both day and night.  it is thick, but not too thick to be worn under makeup or alone during the day.  i really feel like this penetrates my skin and assists the other moisturizing/hydrating products that i use.  it is packed with great ingredients including antioxidants, vitamin c, vitamin e, and of course hyaluronic acid.  i am definitely going to pick up a full size of this, and perhaps the day cream as well.

another exfoliating item included is the juice beauty green apple peel sensitive, .26 oz.  i must say i’m a little nervous about this item because i’m really not a peel girl, but i’m intrigued by the inclusion of “sensitive” in the title.  this is an aha-based exfoliant that boasts more even skin tone and texture as well as nourishment and hydration.  we shall see!

something i am extremely excited to try is the dr. haushka facial toner, 1 oz.  i haven’t tried anything from this brand yet as it is really quite pricey, so i’m excited to get a sneaky, and very generous, sample here.  this toner is both balancing and hydrating, with toning and brightening properties.  it has a very short list of ingredients and is actually in a spray bottle (glass!) that i really appreciate.  i look forward to trying this out.

the last skincare item is a sample of the trilogy coq10 booster oil, .17 oil.  you all know that i like trilogy a lot, so i’m excited to try this.  this oil is moisturizing, nourishing, recharging, and revitalizing, with a ton of amazing ingredients packed in.  it is also for anti-aging, featuring collagen boosting effects and protection against free radical damage.  bb whole foods hello beauty 4.jpgthe beauty //

the third full size item is the mineral fusion volumizing mascara in jet (black), .57 oz., $16.  i won’t be trying this for a little while since i am currently using up a brown mascara and a black mascara, but i look forward to trying out another eco mascara option!  this seems like a pretty basic mascara wand, not too big, not too small.  it is supposed to be very gentle and doesn’t clump, flake, or smudge.

the fourth full size item is the pacifica devocean lipstick in tenderness (nude pink), .07 oz., $10.  this lipstick is almost more of a matte balm that i would compare to the glossier generation g lipsticks.  it’s hydrating and creamy, but also matte which i love.  the color is a beautiful nudey, rosey, pink aka the dream, and it’s just really nice to have around or in your bag.  total love.

the last item is another bag essential; the whole foods market dry skin hand cream in peony, mint, and blackberry, 1 oz.  i haven’t tried this particular scent, but i have tried this hand lotion before and it is great for dry hands.  ingredients include argan oil and shea butter (actually it is 20% shea butter), so you know it’s going to be soothing and moisturizing.

so that’s everything that’s in the bag.  i mean, can you believe this thing is priced at $18??  for those 4 full size items alone, this would be over $60.  bb whole foods hello beauty 5.jpgall images are my own, please credit if taking.

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hello, beauty

the skincare routine

bb nighttime skincare update.jpgthis was originally an instagram post, but i thought it would be better as a quick bonus blog post instead.  so, this is tonight’s skincare routine, as well as what my routine is going to look like for a while thanks to some killer new products (excluding the mask, which is just a once a week treat these days)…

🌿wash: mix of stark skincare aurora cleansing balmglossier milky jelly cleanser // i emulsified the balm in my hands and then added a pump of mjc.  these mix beautifully to offer a moisturizing cleanse that is easily rinsed off with warm water.

🌿mask: milk makeup x urban outfitters urban defense mask // you all know i love this for a quick (3-5 minute) boost.

🌿spray: evan healy lavender hydrosoul // always!

🌿serum: previse nutrify 1-6 hyaluronic acid serum // i ordered this through the beauty heroes shop to replace my deciem hylamide low molecular ha serum – this is thinner in viscosity but feels the same on the skin and is a nice, quite basic serum.

🌿oils: indie lee squalane & stark skincare midnight regenerating // i picked up the indie lee oil this week in california during the anthropologie 20% off sale.  i’ve been researching squalane for a while and was so pumped to actually test this in person.  it’s a lightweight, extremely moisturizing oil that my skin is completely drinking up.  the stark mr is exactly what it says, a nighttime oil that works to repair and nourish the skin.  these work in combination beautifully.

🌿eyes: living libations all seeing eye cream // i’ve been using this for a few weeks now and am really enjoying it.  i haven’t seen immediate effects, but i also wasn’t expecting to.  very hydrating and i like knowing i have a specific product for my eyes now.

please note: this is a lot of skincare, especially for me. but through some extensive research and trial, this is what my skin needs and wants. as far as the stark skincare items – i have completely fallen in love with jess via her youtube channel, and her products are just as amazing as she is.  seriously, i have been getting a full on education about green beauty and skincare (and skincare in general) and just love her.

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