february picks

it was an extremely busy month for me, so not a ton of picks but the ones i do have are even more special and reliable.¬† this month was about keeping myself sane and healthy, which for the most part i did a good job of, minus the fact that i’m currently in bed with strep throat!¬† what were your favorites for the month of february?bbfebpicks5.jpg// skincare //¬†

origins original skin retexturizing mask //¬†this is a beautiful exfoliating mask with a base of rose clay, which is a gentle way to draw impurities out of the skin.¬† when you wash this mask off, you also get a very gentle physical exfoliating effect thanks to jojoba beads included in the mask.¬† this mask never makes my dry skin feel too dry or tight, just cleansed and purified.¬† highly recommend at least trying a sample – it’s the best clay mask i’ve ever used.bbfebpicks4.jpgpaula’s choice skin perfecting 2% bha toner // after struggling with my skin for the past 6 months, my dermatologist recommended me to add an antibiotic and differin cream onto the aczone cream that i already use.¬† and i decided that i just didn’t want to do it.¬† the creams are so drying on my already dry skin and i always react poorly to them for months.¬† after some hefty research, i decided to try the pc 2% bha toner which is great for clogged pores especially.¬† and after using it for 2 straight weeks, i am finally over the purging period and i am so impressed.¬† my skin isn’t perfect, but it is so much better and any pimple that i get clears up quickly and leaves much less pigmentation than usually.¬† all of this combined with the fact that i also went off birth control recently, this toner is a keeper for sure.¬† it’s also not drying!¬† at all!

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aesop resurrection hand balm //¬†this hand cream deserves all the hype around it as well as the hefty price tag ($27).¬† it sinks into the skin almost immediately, leaving no grease or residue on the hands.¬† pretty sure this has single handedly saved my dry, overwashed hands this winter.¬† it is expensive, but absolutely worth it – and not even as or more expensive than some hand creams on the market, if that makes sense.¬† plus it smells delicious – a beautiful mix of woods and citrus that fades quickly.bbfebpicks3.jpgdedcool fragrance 02 // after wanting to try this dedcool fragrance for at least 6 months now, i finally bit the bullet just after the new year.¬† and i say this fragrance, because i knew that it was the exact one of the bunch that i would enjoy – mainly because it’s mostly sandalwood.¬† the inclusion of juniper is so gorgeous and very unique.¬† i can truly say this fragrance is like nothing i’ve ever tried or smelled before and i am absolutely in love with it.¬† it sits very close to the skin and settles to a warm, light sandalwood base.¬† dedcool is very nicely priced for fragrance ($70 for 50ml), nontoxic, vegan, and unisex.¬† according to the brand, “02¬†embodies the dark aroma of juniper mixed with green floral and sandalwood. This scent balances femininity with masculinity” and “intermingles rich hues of sandalwood and juniper berries to craft the unflawed musky blend of gender neutrality.”¬† of all the sandalwood fragrances that i own and love, this is the best of the bunch.¬† also, i got this at neiman marcus combined with a 15% off coupon they had for signing up for emails!

pura d’or shampoo // as i mentioned, i recently went off birth control, and i think that this caused my hair to start falling out.¬† now it really wasn’t bad at all and i managed to not panic too much, but i was still worried.¬† my sister recommended this shampoo and i love it!¬† not only has it helped the fall out (could also be that my body adjusted to the lack of extra hormones), but i love how it makes my hair feel.¬† it is sulfate-free and natural (?).¬† even if it didn’t help protect my hair against breakage and fall out, i would still love and recommend this.bbfebpicks2.jpg// entertainment //

girls season one //¬†i absolutely adored girls when the first season was released.¬† the rest of the seasons just didn’t do it for me, but the first one is just as hysterical and well-written as ever.¬† highly recommend rewatching the first season whether you completed the series or not!

matilda on youtube // simple, to the point, and delightfully australian.¬† i just love her!¬† i find myself watching and rewatching her videos whenever i’m on youtube – also just having them on as background noise.¬† she shares my deep love for olio e osso balms, so really i don’t need to say anymore than that!bbfebpicks6.jpgbbfebpicks1.jpg

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french pharmacy favorites

bb french pharmacy1.jpgok i know you’re rolling your eyes at the title of this post, but don’t leave me just yet!¬† it’s such a cliche post these days, but it’s true – these are some of my absolute favorite products, and they happen to come from the “french pharmacy” as well.¬† at the bottom of this post, peek some of my favorite posts and videos in the same vein as this one.bb french pharmacy2.jpgbb french pharmacy3.jpgembryolisse lait creme concentrate // i have had this moisturizer on hand for years.¬† it’s a very simple but effective product and intensely hydrates the skin without being greasy or overly sticky.¬† i usually use this in the morning for hydration and as a dewy primer before makeup, but i have used it as night in a pinch as well.¬† this product doesn’t have the best ingredients and i hate that it contains mineral oil and fragrance, but i can’t deny the effectiveness.bb french pharmacy7.jpgklorane dry shampoo //¬†this is quite honestly the only dry shampoo i have ever tried.¬† i’m not a big dry shampoo user, but it’s a product that i need to have on hand, just in case.¬† this gives the hair not only a clean feeling but a bit of oomph and volume which i definitely need when i’m foregoing a wash.¬† i¬†will occasionally spray it on damp hair which gives the hair a nice amount of grit and volume, a trick i found thanks to this post on the file.bb french pharmacy4.jpgavene eau thermale //¬†i have mentioned this product a looot, so i won’t bore your ears/eyes, but it is now a staple for me that i don’t ever want to be without.¬† i spray this after showering and washing my face to remove the minerals in my water that irritate my skin.¬† it’s also excellent as a mid-day refresher and to take the powderiness away from your makeup.¬† this is going to be aaamazing come summertime so i am going to purchase some of the travel size bottles to keep in my bags and car.bb french pharmacy5.jpgbioderma sensibio h2o //¬†another product that i mention quite frequently, but it’s just that good.¬† it’s the perfect first step to a nighttime routine, especially if you don’t wear a ton of makeup.¬† it’s just a staple and beautifully basic!¬† i switched over to the garnier micellar water some months ago because it’s easier for me to find, but i did pick up another bottle of bioderma for when i finish the garnier.¬† yes, they are pretty much the exact same product, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little bit more fun and french, yeah?

bioderma sensibio mask //¬†i have mentioned this mask before, but i originally bought it when i finished my second tub of the glossier moon mask.¬† i was really just looking for something new to replace the glossier, and this turned out to be sooo much better!¬† i feel like it hydrates my skin for days to come, versus the less permanent results of the glossier.¬† extremely soothing, takes away redness, and gives my skin a lift.¬† it’s also great as a hand mask!¬† i have previously tried the light moisturizer in this line as well and can honestly say bioderma has some great basics.bb french pharmacy6.jpgand, if you’re not bored yet, peek these french ladies:

jeanne damas // vogue interview

sabina socol // into the gloss interview

french travel essentials // into the gloss

french girl beauty // the file 

alice moireau // the file interview

charlotte gainsbourg // the file interview

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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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makeup for a minimalist: the vanity

bb vanity1.jpgaka my desk. ¬†everything i keep out for daily use and easy access…

bb vanity3.jpgtop drawer: base // 

becca backlight priming filter

ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2, usually mixed with glossier perfecting skin tint in medium

tarte shape tape in fair beige – glossier stretch concealer in light

hourglass ambient lighting bronzer in diffused bronze light

rms unpowder sample in 0-1 Рglossier haloscope in quartzbb vanity4.jpgmiddle drawer: cheeks and eyes // 

clinique cheek pop blush in melon pop

ilia multistick in tenderly – rms lip2cheek in vogue rose

nars matte multiple in altai (used for bronzer or eye shadow)

nars pro prime eyeshadow base

neutrogena nourishing eyeliner in spiced chocolate (foam eye shadow applicator for smudging)

covergirl lashblast volume mascara in black/brown

mac extended play gigablack lash mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

maybelline eye shadow in earthly taupe (discontinued)

nars eyeshadow in lhasa (discontinued) – mac duo in wedge and corkbb vanity5.jpgbottom drawer: lips //

kosas lipstick in stardust – glossier coconut balm dotcom

nars pure matte lipsticks in madere and montego bay

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

glossier generation g’s in zip and cake

osmia lip doctor – burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in retsina (discontinued but found at tj maxx)

bite beauty lip pencil in 008bb vanity6.jpgtools // 

nude beauty blender // on perfume tray

bobbi brown full coverage face brush // foundation

real techniques deluxe crease brush // concealer

real techniques setting brush // glossier concealer and/or powder

it cosmetics heavenly luxe wand ball powder brush no 8 // bronzer

real techniques multitask brush // blush and/or powder

target kabuki brush // densely packed for sheer blushes

mac 239, 242, 217 // various eye shadow purposes

sephora crease shadow brush // crease blending (discontinued)

surratt eye lash curler Рtweezerman tweezers Рrevlon eyebrow spooliebb vanity7.jpgperfume // 

estee lauder bronze goddess (will be put away soon until next summer)

aura blends desert night oil – le labo santal 33

maison louis marie no4 bois de balincourt oil

elizabeth and james nirvana black oil

etc. //

marc jacobs coconut primer (i’m teaching now and this keeps my makeup fresh all day; while i mentioned it here it is serving more of a purpose now!)

tatcha luminous dewy skin mist // thank you sephora for this travel size and start to an addiction ūüė¶

j.hannah nail polishes in ghost ranch, watermelon, irisbb vanity2.jpgmirror: daiso via ebay

wooden tray: container store

drawers: homegoods

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the mean reds, again

sometimes blue just doesn’t cut it. ¬†perhaps one of my favorite parts of breakfast at tiffany’s, both the book and the movie, is holly’s spot-on description of the mean reds. ¬†not quite the blues, not quite anxiety, but something more…

the mean reds are described two ways. ¬†in the movie: “the blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. ¬†the mean reds are horrible. ¬†suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of.”

in the book: “but, doc, i’m not fourteen anymore, and i’m not lulamae. ¬†but the terrible part is…i am. ¬†i’m still stealing turkey eggs and running through a briar patch. ¬†only now i call it having the mean reds.”bb mean reds.jpgi love truman capote so much perhaps because of this idea. ¬†this wholly accurate feeling that i could never before put words to. ¬†he encapsulates this feeling not just in the idea of the mean reds, but in holly herself. ¬†the feeling of spinning out of control, of feeling so far away from who you are but not really being that far at all. ¬†of searching and ignoring and looking for someone, anything to take the pain away.

of course i could tell you the clinical reasons for why i feel so scared and alone sometimes, but it’s more than that. ¬†it’s more than the descriptions on the doctor’s note…it’s the real cutting emotion that goes on inside my head, my heart, my soul. ¬†it’s that feeling of needing to cry for no apparent reason, of feeling so alone even in a room full of people you love. ¬†the sadness that only a long nap and a cup of tea can seem to help, but never cure.

i guess what i’m saying is that i accept this sadness that creeps up on me from time to time. ¬†i know how to handle it, make myself cozy and comforted, take it easy, and then wake up the next day feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. ¬†but sometimes it’s hard to see the end, the light, the next day. ¬†it’s hard to feel so sad and scared. ¬†and when that happens, like it did today, i think about holly and truman and moon river. ¬†i light a candle, put on frank sinatra, and let myself cry.

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the summer bag edit

it seems like i do “what’s in my bag” posts quite often these days, but they are so fun! ¬†i will never apologize!
bb summer bag edit1.jpgthis canvas and leather bucket bag from teranishi studio is extremely special to me, and one of the most “me” purchases i feel like i’ve made in a long time. ¬†when i saw christine of chrissstttiiine show it in a video and on instagram, i knew it was the bag of my dreams. ¬†it was out of stock for quite a while but i was able to snap it up when it made a brief reappearance last fall. ¬†it’s the perfect every day summer bag – though it does have only a hand/arm strap and not a shoulder strap, i don’t mind it as much as i thought i might. ¬†it carries a ton without feeling too heavy or putting strain on the bag. ¬†i look forward to using this bag for years to come – i know it will only get better with age.bb summer bag edit2.jpgon to the stuff:

baggu small pouch wallet

ray-ban wayfarers

sephora compact mirror

nars mini creamy concealer in vanilla

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

kosas lipstick in stardust

burt’s bees grapefruit lip balm

herbacin kamille hand lotion

le pen

the dollhouse by fiona davis

hair things

postcardsbb summer bag edit3.jpgso there you go!  a very typical spread for summertime.  and this is really what i had in there Рyou can see in that first picture that i just dumped my bag out hehe.

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june picks

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auric blends desert night perfume oil after visiting the farmer’s market one saturday i was in my local co-op browsing the essential oil section. ¬†i picked up this perfume oil and took a sniff when an older man asked me what i was checking out. ¬†i shared this beautiful scent with him and we got to talking. ¬†he told me about his work as an aromatherapist as well as some stories from his life, and i told him a little bit about me. ¬†it was a beautiful exchange, he gave me some wisdom that i will cherish forever, and i hope i made his day a little brighter as well. ¬†after he left me i knew i had to get this beautiful perfume oil, to remind me of him, of meeting new friends, and of sharing love and light with as many people as we can on this earth.

monk oil #2 recently renamed “dawn.” ¬†i mentioned this beautiful body oil here, but i had to mention it again. ¬†i have been mixing a little in with my body moisturizer – i’m currently using the alba organica ultra emollient and it’s a new staple for me for sure – soaks in quickly and makes my body softer than ever. ¬†i get the benefits of both products in one and the added benefit of not using this oil up to quickly as it is quite pricey. ¬†the scent is calming and brings me back to center.

primal pit paste i used up my meow meow tweet baking soda-free deodorant and picked this up at the grocery store to replace it. ¬†i think i like this better, probably because of the baking soda which thankfully doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. ¬†nice deodorant, probably not groundbreaking but i like it a lot. ¬†it is easier to rub in than the mmt and doesn’t ball up as some deodorants seem to. ¬†i am still layering it with the ursa major one for extra sweaty days (which are plentiful here in indiana).

mac patentpolish lip pencil in revved up i will admit that i got suckered into buying this, but i am so glad that i did! ¬†i’ve been liking how peaches look on me – usually i’m a light pink lip girl – and the formula is very similar to the clinique intense chubby sticks. ¬†it has the right amount of gloss and sheer color to look simple and not overdone, but it makes me feel a little more put together than usual.

first aid beauty ultra repair intensive lip balm my love affair with fab continues! ¬†i picked this up because i read it is similar to the nuxe reve de miel, a previous favorite that doesn’t have the ingredient list i like to see, and they are pretty much identical. ¬†this has that same somewhat gritty texture that exfoliates and moisturizes the lips at the same time. ¬†it is slightly more solid than the nuxe, but the results are spot on. ¬†it lasts all night and i can still feel it in the morning, which tells me it is really doing it’s job. ¬†if you are looking for a heavy-duty lip product, i recommend checking this out.

garnier micellar water and thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel i have a post coming all about these so i won’t go in depth, but they have been hardcore favorites all month long.

ray ban wayfarers i have had these sunglasses for probably 7 years, wearing them on and off.  this summer they have been the only sunglasses i have liked to wear.  they are sturdy and perfectly molded to my face Рhighly recommend getting your sunglasses adjusted if you can, it makes all the difference.  i can throw them in my bag or in my car without worrying too much.  plus they have small bite marks from when my dog was a puppy so that makes me happy as well.bb june picks3.jpgentertainment //

the office Рi have never enjoyed the office.  it makes me sad, to be honest.  but after watching a few episodes with a friend, i got completely sucked in.  i finally see the humor behind it and that it is very sweet, not sad (for the most part).  and obviously i am in full support of jim and pam, just to clear that up.

a new book – i haven’t been reading as much lately as i was the first half of the year, but i just started reading a new book that i can’t not mention. ¬†i got jd salinger: the last interview while in new york and only just had the time to start reading, but i already love it. ¬†salinger is such an enigmatic but iconic figure in american literature and it is so interesting to finally learn about him, but it also makes me feel sad that he was essentially chased and stalked most of his life.

blogs – the opal gray¬†is yet another beauty blog, but there’s something about it that’s extra special. ¬†i believe i found the author on instagram and started reading her blog from there, but honestly i can’t quite remember. ¬†her photography is gorgeous and i really appreciate her product reviews. ¬†now if she would only post more often! ¬†another blog i have added to my daily reading list is free & native. ¬†this one is a different from my usual beauty and fashion blogs, but one that i am needing right now. ¬†free & native is the blog of herbalist and manifestation advisor lacy phillips, and she shares her techniques for more wholesome, free, and intentional living, as well as the people, places, and things inspiring her.

highlights of the month //

moving into my own apartment

starting classes

meeting new people and making new friends

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