august picks

oh august, the sunday of summer…bb august pics1elizabeth arden 8 hour cream // something you may not know about me is that i interned at elizabeth arden when i was in college. ¬†i can honestly say it’s where my love of beauty came from, and i look back on that experience fondly (for the most part). ¬†i haven’t used 8 hour cream since then, but i couldn’t resist this cutie cute special edition tube that i saw at macy’s. ¬†the smell is sooooo nostalgic to me and this is such a nice all around product. ¬†i’ve been wearing it on my lips, on my eyelids, on my cheekbones, a little bit in my brows, on cuts and scrapes…it truly is a miracle product.

herbacin kamille hand cream // to be quite honest, i randomly grabbed this while at the grocery store and in need of hand lotion. ¬†it’s a nice jelly type formula that sinks into the skin incredibly fast and leaves almost a matte finish on the hands. ¬†sounds weird, but it is very beneficial when talking about hand lotion. ¬†the smell is honestly groooooss, it smells like public restroom soap, but i make it work cause this lotion is pretty dope.

pixi glow tonic // i have previously used the pixi glow tonic pads, but i am having much more success with the actual tonic. ¬†it’s probably because i am using it regularly every night, but whatever the reason i am loving this product the second time around. ¬†the actual bottle allows me to use just a little bit and is lasting me a very long time. ¬†this is the perfect gentle exfoliant for sensitive and dry skin and i can tell that my skin is more even toned and perfected than usual.

real techniques deluxe crease brush // i’ve had this brush for a very long time and have only recently found a use for it. ¬†i don’t know what made me use it for concealer, but i did and it is the perfect brush for patting in concealer on blemishes. ¬†it doesn’t mess with the coverage of the concealer or make it look cakey, it just speeds up the process of patting concealer in. bb august picks2sephora bright future gel serum concealer in parfait // i recently mentioned this concealer in this post and also mentioned it all last summer. ¬†this is my go to summer concealer because of the extensive shade range and the creamy, hydrating formula. ¬†it has great coverage for blemishes and is so hydrating that i’m sure it would be great under the eyes as well. ¬†even around the face i find it blends into my skin beautifully without looking cakey or overdone. ¬†also they changed the applicator – it was previously a weird, hard oval (i don’t even know what this means but it sounds bad) that you couldn’t swipe across the skin – to a slanted doe foot that is very easy to use.

wet-n-wild eye shadow in nutty // a few months ago, i read about this eye shadow here and then went on a hunt to find it, only to realize that it is impossible to find and i could only get it on ebay (except now it is apparently available at walgreens.com?!?!?!?!). ¬†i forgot about the shadow and went on my way, as you do. ¬†then this month, while visiting my parents on an extremely small island with a little pharmacy that hardly ever gets good makeup, i found two of them, just sitting there, waiting for me. ¬†this shadow is absolutely gorgeous, so pigmented as wet-n-wild shadows always are, and the perfect cool-toned but warm-toned browny taupe. ¬†it’s .99 cents so honestly if you can find it, buy the lot.

neutrogena nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate // i hardly ever wear eyeliner, but my makeup look for august has been clean, dewey skin with a thin line of warm shimmery brown eyeliner and curled lashes.  this eyeliner from neutrogena is the perfect slightly shimmery warm brown that blends easily but stays put all day.  the formula of this eyeliner is quite ideal, and i really like how small the nib of the product is.  if you are looking for a liner that is similar to mac teddy (at least in my mind this is), i recommend neutrogena spiced chocolate.
bb august picks3collecting magazine inspiration // i have a looooooooot of old magazines at my parents’ house. ¬†well not anymore because i’ve recycled them all, but before i did that i went through every single one and ripped out the pages that inspired me the most. ¬†i’m not sure what i am going to do with them – i’m considering doing a collage wall in my bedroom and i just recovered my planner with some favorite images – but honestly i’m just enjoying perusing them. ¬†it’s almost like my very own magazine filled with every single item that i actually want to see. ¬†i don’t buy magazines as frequently anymore, so i’m loving going through the pages and seeing them as if they are new.

target notebook with sharpie pens and le pens // i got this notebook for about $3 at target at the beginning of the summer and it has become my constant companion!  from lists to doodles to schedules, pretty much every detail of my summer is present here.  sharpie pens and le pens are my absolute favorites for clear writing and working on fun lettering.

full coverage podcast // as you know i have been absolutely loving harriet hadfield of harry makes it up this summer, so it was only a matter of time before i started listening to her podcast. ¬†she and her cohost, lindsey kelk, are absolutely adorable and such a pleasure to listen to. ¬†each episode is, of course, about beauty and skincare but with a specific theme and the occasional special guest. ¬†it’s relaxing but also stimulating to listen to, so i’ve been playing it while cleaning the house or driving long distances. ¬†i think i’m a podcast convert now.

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august picks

backpack beauty

as a student again, i find myself in class, at the library, or at a coffee shop studying and working pretty much every day.  and this requires some supplies, right?bb backpack beauty.jpgthe essentials:

wallet // my 21st birthday present

sunglasses // my sister gave me these, no clue as to details!

keys on a baggu strap

jao natural hand sanitizer

schmidt’s deoderant in rose + vanilla // if you’re looking for a natural deo, try this! ¬†they have it at tj maxx for cheap

eye brow spoolie

sephora mirror // glossier & milk makeup stickers cause i’m 12

mini nars concealer in vanilla

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia

osmia lip doctor

bite beauty multistick in mascarpone // a soft sunburned look on the cheeks and a hint of color on the lips

pacifica lip tint in vanilla hibiscus // a super hydrating light pink

various hair clips
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warm weather bound

tomorrow me and (part of) the fam are headed to one of my favorite places…california, duh! ¬†you know i love a good travel post, so here’s what i’ve got coming along with me >>

makeup:bb warm weather bound makeup.jpgnothing too exciting, but i’m bringing along the usual nars creamy concealer in vanilla, w3ll people bronzer and brightening powders, gabriel eyeshadow in sable, rms swift shadow in tt-73¬†(side note, i haven’t talked about this shadow but it is amazing. ¬†so soft, so beautiful and is glowy instead of shimmery. ¬†i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing, even with nothing else on my face. ¬†total love), tata harper volumizing lip&cheek in very charming, gressa lip boost in bare, mini bite beauty lipstick in meringue, shu uemera eyelash curlers, real techniques powder and expert face brushes, meow meow tweet baking soda-free lavender deodorant, and ursa major deodorant. ¬†plus some hair twisties and clips, of course.

side note, does deodorant count as makeup or skincare? ¬†probably skincare, but i’m bucking the system as per.

skincare (&liquids):bb warm weather bound skincare.jpgagain, the usual suspects with some fun stuff thrown in. ¬†for example, i got a new sunscreen since my other one is too big for travelling and i’m not comfortable taking it out of its container and exposing it to sunlight. ¬†so: mychelle sun shield, cetaphil lotion, mini trilogy mist, mini trilogy cleansing balm, dr tung’s floss (sexy), maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt perfume oil, weleda skin food, go-to face hero, dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer, living libations all seeing eye cream.

and the rest:bb warm weather bound plane bag.jpgthe other stuff in my plane bag includes another of the miss fisher series by kerry greenwood, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag.  just picked up those last two the other day and am really excited to start reading them.  wallet is from minor history, sunglasses from ray-ban, and headphones from bose Рa lovely christmas from my sister quite a few years ago now.

jewelry: bb warm weather bound jewelry.jpgpretty pared down (for me) since i never end up wearing what i pack on trips anyways. tiffany silver bangle (my high school graduation present Рit says dream a little dream), thin gold rings from various etsy shops, gold ball chain that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, mermaidbyhand (now eliza sloane jewels) abalone ring, beaded earrings that were a gift from my sis, sarah chloe monogram necklace, salt&summit turquoise ring, vintage turquoise flower earrings which were a birthday present a few years ago, gold ear pins from etsy, and anthropologie gold ear jackets that were my birthday present this year.  dude, my family gives me good stuff!

so there you go my lovelies.  what are your travel must-haves?  what am i forgetting?!!

warm weather bound

on my person 02

the bag: vintage coach duffel in black via poshmark – check out ebay, etsy, poshmark, tradesy

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the hat: neff beanie

the gloves: walgreen’s fingerless gloves (comes with a grey full pair as well)

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the beauty stuff: mini nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla

clean&clear blotting sheets

bare minerals pressed foundation in fairly medium (do they not make this anymore?)

sephora powder brush (discontinued)

soap&glory hand food

dr. bronner’s lavender hand sanitizer

korres lip butter in jasmine

mini bite beauty lip pencil in cafe Рleche is close

nivea lip balm

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the sunglasses: ray ban round metal, madewell

the wallet: a christmas gift from my sister!  i sadly got concealer on it, any recommendations for how to get that off?

the phone case: zero gravity available at urban outfitters or ascot&hart

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october picks

well that’s a little crazy to type out. ¬†i have to say, i’m loving fall though. ¬†i definitely¬†miss summer when it fades away, but i’m almost always ready for cooler days, cozy clothes, and all the beauty of the fresh start of fall.

this list almost feels unnecessary, because the real favorite of october and november was/is my trip to london with my dad.  having just arrived back in the states, i can honestly say this was the most wonderful trip and week of my life.  a few months ago, when my dad informed me he was planning a trip to london to visit the morgan car factory in malvern link, i was somehow able to convince him to let me tag along.  my dad is a pretty guarded man when it comes to his past and his thoughts, and i am honored by all the conversation and lessons we learned from each other this week.  i feel that i was able to share more of myself with him than i have before, mainly that i am really confused and a bit lost when it comes to where i am right now in my life and was honestly able to express this to him, and he shared with me stories that i had never heard before and the confidence he has in me that he has never really expressed.  honestly my dad is the most intelligent, gentle, caring, thoughtful man and i have loved spending one-on-one time with him this week.  thank you dad, for all the wisdom, love, and memories that i have collected over this week, and my entire life.

i hope that october was kind and gentle to all of you, and that you are looking forward to november and the end of 2016.  this time of year is always a little bit scary (the end of one year and the beginning of another), but also wonderful and refreshing at the same time.  cheers to november and to making it all that we want it to be!
IMG_4351.jpgold faithfuls //

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium – i go in and out with this powder foundation and we are fully back together right now. ¬†it’s just such a beautiful, light weight powder that offers a hint of coverage and mattifying benefits, while still allowing your skin and oils and radiance show through. ¬†i also have the pressed version for on the go.

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee – my all-time favorite concealer in a brand new shade. ¬†i wear vanilla when i’m at my most pale, but right now creme brulee is absolutely perfect. ¬†so happy they released so many new shades!

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer – i stopped using this during the summer because i had a tan and it was not dark enough to show up, but with my skin becoming pale again i’m reaching for it more and more. ¬†it’s such a beautiful natural bronzer with a hint of sheen for a touch of life. ¬†it’s a lot lighter than, say, nars laguna which is another favorite, but that is so easy to overdo. ¬†this is nice and subtle.

nuxe reve de miel¬†– every winter i come back to this baby. ¬†it’s the absolute best. ¬†i really layer it on at night and let it soak in, and then put on just the littlest bit during the day. ¬†it’s matte, so it¬†smooths out¬†your lips just a little bit. ¬†it has some small granuals so it works as both a very gentle scrub and an intense moisturizer – almost masking the lips.

dangly earrings – i really go in and out with earrings. ¬†i always have really dainty, small hoops in my various piercings, with a small stud or nothing in my regular earlobe piercings. ¬†but lately i’ve really been enjoying my collection of bigger earrings and the effect they have on an outfit. ¬†i hate feeling too put together, which is usually how earrings make me feel, but right now i’m feeling a little bit more me with them on.

the lost art of keeping secrets by eva rice – my second all time favorite book. ¬†ALL TIME. ¬†i read it once every couple months, but with my upcoming trip to london it seemed like the perfect time for a refresh. this is a british book (i’m not sure if it was released in the states) so just a quick overview: penelope’s life is completely changed when she goes to tea with charlotte, soon to be her best friend and partner-in-crime. ¬†the book is about the adventures and calamities that ensure. ¬†it’s perfectly british and somehow totally modern even though it takes place in the 50s (which is so delicious!). ¬†i can’t wait to get to london and have my favorite friends in mind throughout my days. ¬†on my first trip to london when i was 14, i picked this book out in the airport for my sister, but she never read it and i quickly stole it. ¬†i’m so glad i did!

jane austen – i am a huge, HUGE, jane austen fan. ¬†i have read almost all of her major works, and love finding new short stories and unknown works that i haven’t read before. ¬†as i was on my way to london at the end of october, i had to bring her along. ¬†i brought the watson’s with me, which was a newer find and thus unread, and picked up the beautiful cassandra and lady susan¬†while on a day trip to oxford (i couldn’t contain my excitement when i found these “penguin little black classics” priced between 1-3 pounds! ¬†what a bargain!!). ¬†i think jane has the reputation to be really hard to read and get through, but i find her language easy to understand and get sucked in to. ¬†i recommend starting with northanger abbey if you haven’t read any jane austen before; it’s my favorite and the one that i started with! ¬†i think it shows the range of her talents and makes you want to read more. ¬†let me know what you think!

new favorites //

puma classic suede sneakers these are the. most. comfortable. sneakers. ¬†i got these a couple weeks ago, and then brought them to new york with me last week. ¬†for some reason i always think it’s a good idea to break in new shoes when i go to new york and am walking around nonstop. ¬†however, this time it was! ¬†these are incredibly comfortable and have a cushion for the back heels where blisters are pretty much inevitable. ¬†i have had no blisters, no soreness, no break in time whatsoever. ¬†plus they’re fucking cool if you ask me. ¬†i much prefer them to the adidas campus’ which are what i really wanted over the summer. ¬†i’m a true 8 but wear a 7.5 in supergas and converse, but i went with an 8 in these and they are perfect.

mac strobe cream¬†– i got this as a little sample with a nordstrom purchase in the summer, and forgot about it really until this past month. ¬†i haven’t gone a day without it! ¬†i use a very very little amount all over the face before i put on my concealer and bare minerals, and it gives me the most beautiful glow. ¬†not shimmering or pigmented, just a glow from within. ¬†i am definitely going to purchase the travel size when this little guy runs out (though i don’t think that will be any time soon)! ¬†except the smell is truly disgusting to me for the first few minutes until it dissipates!

j.crew lookout high rise cords¬†– i’m always on the hunt for a good pair of high-waisted corduroy pants. ¬†surprisingly, cords of the high waisted variety are rather hard to find, and can usually run really tight and small. ¬†on a whim i ordered 2 pairs of these from j.crew (fatigue green and black) as they were having a 30% off fall items sale, and they are perfect. ¬†seriously perfect. ¬†i am a 26 or 27 in jeans, and went with a 27 in these. ¬†i probably could have used the smaller size, but i like that the 27 is not super skin tight and i have extra room in the waist. ¬†plus the price point is pretty impressive for j.crew, in my opinion.

ouai wave spray¬†– i decided to stray away from my collection of salt sprays to try out the wave spray from jen atkin’s relatively new haircare line. ¬†i got the travel size from sephora, and i wish i had just gotten the full size! ¬†i absolutely love this and have used it almost every day since purchasing (almost every day i’ve washed my hair that is). ¬†basically it does what a salt spray does, but without the crunch and without the actually drying out of the hair that sea salt causes. ¬†i¬†brought it with me on my trip and it actually undid the ill effects of hotel shampoo/conditioner/weird water. ¬†is there a bigger feat in the world? ¬†yes, but hotel hair is high up on the list. ¬†i will¬†definitely pick up the full size when i finish this guy.

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october picks

travel tips // the suitcase

IMG_4344.jpgIMG_4345.jpgfor the grand finale of my travel tips series, i bring you the suitcase. ¬†first, check the weather. ¬†second, do any necessary laundry. ¬†third, roll, roll, roll! ¬†but seriously, it really is best to roll your clothes. ¬†they don’t get as creased, they take up less room, and it’s SO fun! anyways, on to the goods. ¬†i’m going to london with my dad, so that means i have to be nicely put together and more conservative (less bohemian) than i might usually be. ¬†also, yes, i realize the only piece of color here is my scarf and my green cords. ¬†whatever!

here is literally what’s in my suitcase (i provided as many links as possible!):

bottoms // 

2 pairs of cords Рj.crew high rise in black and olive green

2 pairs of black jeans – bdg high rise and paige high rise (really old)

1 pair dark jeans – citizens rocket in icon

madewell skirt with leather details – black (really old)

black tights

tops // 

zara batwing sweater – dark grey

zara crew neck – black and light grey (old)

random turtleneck – black

urban outfitters turtleneck – blue/green (old)

gap long sleeves shirts – white, grey, black

shoes //

black booties (old!)

brown lace up booties (old!)

outerwear // 

jcrew cocoon coat – black

neff beanie Рi have a couple in various colors

anthropologie scarf – floral with maroon background (old)

i hope this little series was somewhat helpful for any new travelers/overpackers/people who just like to read this stuff. ¬†i would like to think that i’m a pretty experienced traveler (i hope that doesn’t sound ridiculously conceited) and i’ve learned over the years how to pack just the right amount of stuff. ¬†let me know what your travel essentials are and if you think i’m on the right track!

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travel tips // the suitcase

travel tips // the carry-on

in this edition of travel tips, i’m talking all about the carry-on bag, aka the plane bag. ¬†this is essential in travel preparation, cause if you have a shitty plane bag, gooooood luck.IMG_4341.jpgthe bag(s) //

vintage coach duffle purse // the baggu leather totes are also great for travel

sephora travel liquids bag // unnecessary buy but i can never find the right size ziploc!

small mac makeup bag –¬†small jewelry bag

the basics // 

wallet – tickets – itinerary – guides

phone/music player –¬†headphones

book –¬†notebook –¬†pen(s)

camera – necessary chargers

sunglasses – jewelry – valuables

candy –¬†snacks – water

bag for liquids

small bag of essentials – lip balm – hand sanitizer – etc.

so tell me, what am i missing?

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travel tips // the carry-on