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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winter skin & keeping my glow

mfam: the thanksgiving face

i haven’t been feeling 100% this week, so my thanksgiving look was about looking healthy and fresh faced.bb thanksgiving mfam.jpgi started with a healthy amount of both embryolisse and first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer to get the moisture and glow back into my skin.¬† while that was still soaking in i applied a little glossier stretch concealer under my eyes and around my nose, as well as on the cheeks where there was a touch of redness.¬† nars creamy concealer covered up the rest of my cute lil’ blemishes.

while all that was sinking in, i put a light layer of anastasia beverly hills eye shadow in fresh all over the lid for a bit of a base.¬† i smushed on this alima pure eye shadow in icon and blended it out just a tad.¬† it’s a beautiful, very sheer silvery taupe shade that gives the lids a slightly wet look with a little bit of oomph.¬† curled lashes and covergirl lashblast volume mascara finished off the eyes.

my favorite ilia cream blush in tenderly put some needed color back in my cheeks and a little coconut balm dotcom finished off the lips.¬† i put my hair back in a low bun, something that i’ve been doing recently that makes me feel beautiful if i’m real with you, and opted for a¬†madewell plaid blouse & black jeans for my outfit.

i hope everyone had a wonderful day, no matter where you were or what you were doing.  happy start to the holiday season!

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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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october picks

the real deal skincare routine

and by real deal i mean this is my totally perfected skincare routine that i have been doing for months without the need or desire to change anything at all.¬† oh and FINALLY, the post i’ve been promising forever!¬† because i don’t have much counter space in my bathroom, i keep all my skincare under the sink in this cute container from target.bb skincare1.jpgbb skincare2.jpgthe routine //

i always start by removing whatever makeup is left on my face with garnier micellar water.¬† i’ve spoken about my love of bioderma¬†before, and this is truly the same product but cheaper and easy to find.¬† ¬†i then wash my face with the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser or earth tu face hydrate and repair balm.¬† following that i spray the avene eau thermale all over my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad.¬† i’ve been doing this technique since realizing my apartment water was making me break out and this has totally taken that away.¬† i should also mention that most nights, and every time i use a balm or oil cleanser, i remove my cleanser with a warm and super soft baby wash cloth.¬† this is a nice way to a) remove everything from your face, b) keep moisture in more than washing away with water, and c) give a gentle exfoliation to the face.¬† i think this has made a big difference in the overall texture of my skin, and it’s also just a really nice ritual.bb skincare3.jpgi have been using the thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel¬†on and off since about june, but got really serious about using it once or twice a day for the past few months.¬† i either use a cotton pad or just my hands by pressing it into the skin.¬† my skin has been so balanced and fresh since using this regularly and i am absolutely seeing the difference!¬† at night i will apply my aczone acne cream next and let that sink in completely before doing anything else.¬† i also pop on a little mad hippie eye cream at this time.¬† if my skin is particularly active, i will apply a small amount of glossier super pure serum before my acne cream, just on the areas where i need it.bb skincare4.jpgbb skincare5.jpga few minutes later, i go in with a hydrating serum.¬† the jordan samuel hydrate serum¬†has completely replaced my usual hylamide low molecular ha and the difference is very clear.¬† the hydration just seems more long-lasting than with the hylamide – i really think my skin is now more hydrated all the time vs just when i apply my serum.¬† even with drastic weather change these days.¬† the ingredient list boasts more hydrating ingredients like aloe and glycerin, and only for a few more dollars than hylamide.¬† next i’ll spray a little herbivore rose hibiscus coconut water¬†onto a small dollop of first aid beauty ultra repair cream and mix that little concoction together.¬† this has been so helpful in getting my lotion to sink in and, again, is keeping my skin hydrated all the time.¬† after another few minutes, i’ll spray a little more rosewater into whatever oil i’m in the mood for that night.¬† the two i’m rotating between are the pai bioregenerate and indie lee squalane.¬† for spot treatments i use the indie lee blemish lotion and the most old school adult acnomel.bb skincare7.jpgbb skincare8.jpgin the morning, if i take a shower, i repeat this process without the acne cream or oil.¬† if i don’t shower, i¬† go straight into sunscreen because my skin is still plump and hydrated from the night before.¬† it¬† might seem weird but i definitely don’t feel the need to wash my face in the morning, even with water.¬† because my skin is so dry, i take all the moisture i can get!¬† as we get into winter i will start mixing in a drop or two of oil with my moisturizer.

the extras //

my favorite masks to use are typically on the hydrating or glow-inducing side, but i also spot treat with a clay mask.¬† my all-time favorite mask right now is the frank body glow mask.¬† it gives the skin a glow and light exfoliation, but also has intense hydrating properties.¬† other masks that give my skin that beautiful glow are the tata harper resurfacing mask and fresh vitamin nectar vibrancy-boosting mask.¬† i love both of these and just continue to get deluxe samples at sephora!bb skincare9.jpgclay masks that i love are the glossier mega greens galaxy mask and freeman’s feeling beautiful mint and lemon clay mask.¬† i’ve been using the glossier forever and probably won’t repurchase as the freeman’s does everything i need it to do.¬† it’s an excellent spot treatment as well; i rarely put this on my whole face.

i always follow a clay mask with a hydrating one, and the ones i keep going back to are the glossier moisturizing moon mask and dr. haushka hydrating mask¬†(linked is the new reformulation).¬† i found the dr. haushka one at tj maxx, and while it’s a great product, i won’t be repurchasing at the full price.¬† the glossier one is an old standby that i always have on hand.¬† besides the clay masks, i remove all of these with the same gentle baby wash cloth that i mentioned earlier.

i think the major notes to take away here, and the major differences, are the avene eau thermale, thayer’s witch hazel, jordan samuel hydrate, and spraying rosewater or any hydrosol into moisturizer and face oil.¬† this is actually one of the main purposes for hydrosols – to assist your skin in soaking up the most moisture from the products you put on it.¬† it also helps to thin out any creams or oils that might be harder for your skin to absorb.¬† neat trick!bb skincare6.jpgi know this seems like a lot of steps, but truly i can do this routine in under 10 minutes.¬† these products have made a major difference in my dry skin and i don’t see myself changing anything up for quite some time!

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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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september picks

available skincare

while i used to love ordering skincare online or going to be more niche stores (sephora, beautylish, etc.), i am feeling quite over that at the moment*. ¬†maybe because i’m back to being a broke student and maybe because i’m no longer living in an area where i have access to those stores. ¬†for something like skincare that you go through so quickly, it doesn’t feel efficient to keep ordering online. ¬†whatever the reason, i’m seeing some definite changes in my skincare routine specifically, and i have to say, i’m not mad about it. *with a couple exceptions of course!bb available skincare1.jpgmicellar water: i have gone through 2 big bottles of bioderma as a first cleanse/makeup remover over the past 6 months. ¬†while i love the formula and honestly just the luxury of that product, i no longer want to have to order my makeup remover every time i need to restock. ¬†i got a travel size of the garnier micellar water to compare and honestly i don’t see one bit of difference. ¬†i just purchased the full size which is huge and will last probably the whole summer or more. ¬†garnier micellar water is available at target and other drugstores.

face wash: i just finished both my glossier milky jelly cleanser and the first aid beauty cream cleanser, definitely prefer the latter over the former. ¬†this is my third bottle of mjc but i’m just meh about it. ¬†it’s hard to get and quite expensive and just not as remarkable as it should be. ¬†the fab is a true cream consistency but fully removable with water and gets all of my makeup off, while the mjc doesn’t come close. ¬†i was going to repurchase my old standby cetaphil when i saw the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser at my target and saw extremely solid reviews online. ¬†this is creamy like the fab – really it feels like lotion – but is gentle on the skin and eyes and very hydrating. ¬†i don’t feel that tight-face feeling after using this which i pretty much always get because of my dry skin. ¬†i think this has been helping to clear up my skin along with some other products i’ll mention later (it contains niacinamide like the glossier super pure), so i’m quite impressed thus far. ¬†this was a few dollars more than other drugstore cleansers ($15) but contains 13.5 ounces of product. ¬†it might be harder to find if you don’t have a target or walgreen’s near you, but worth a try if you can find it. ¬†plus it’s a really big size so cost efficient. ¬†they also have a purifying version if you have normal to oily skin!

toner: toner is a new step for me. ¬†usually i will use a facial spray here, but i decided to try out the thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel when i saw a travel size version at target. ¬†witch hazel’s are reportedly great for the skin (the alcohol-free kind!) and help to balance and tone the skin. ¬†my skin feels healthier and more balanced after i use it, so i’m trying to be good about it morning and night. ¬†i’m liking it so far and will pick up the full size. ¬†available at target, drugstores, and health food stores.bb available skincare3.jpgserum: deciem hylamide low molecular ha. ¬†back to a tried and true favorite. ¬†i mentioned here that i finished up my previous ha from purchased from beauty heroes and went back to hylamide when i was done. ¬†it was a great decision and i don’t think i’ll be straying for quite a while. ¬†available at cvs. ¬†the other serum i’ve been using over the past month that is a bit of a cheat is the glossier super pure serum. ¬†when i first got the serums, i was very disappointed. ¬†i didn’t see any results and they felt too watery to be doing anything. ¬†but i’ve recently gone back to the super pure and i can honestly say this is helping the stress acne i’ve been experiencing over the whole month of june. ¬†it’s becoming my secret weapon – i apply it only on the acne on my chin before applying any other skincare.

oil: indie lee squalane. ¬†now this one is a little bit special because it isn’t that readily available. ¬†however, it is carried in some anthropologies and natural beauty stores, so i bet you can find this somewhere near you depending on where you live. ¬†i found a natural beauty store about an hour away from me, so while i won’t be going there often, i will definitely return on my next shopping trip. ¬†i am finishing up my first bottle of this and now have a backup which i am very happy about.

moisturizer:¬†good ol’ cetaphil. ¬†i like this thick version because it is so moisturizing and pulls all of my other products into my skin. ¬†in the summer i use just a little bit, whereas in the winter i pile it on. ¬†i do like their lotion version (versus the cream), but this works better for me. ¬†the less readily available favorites are glossier priming moisturizer and first aid beauty ultra repair cream. ¬†the glossier has been my daytime summer moisturizer of choice this year, it’s light and sinks in almost immediately but keeps my hydrated and glowing all day long. ¬†the first aid beauty is more of my winter lotion, but i have 2 backups that i’ve been making my way through. ¬†i interchange it with the cetaphil – they are pretty much the same but the fab is a little more moussey and lighter, but with the same hydrating results. ¬†because of the texture it is also easier to use a little bit and spread it over my whole face, so i can use this during the summer without looking or feeling too greasy.

mask:¬†i’m very picky when it comes to detox masks. ¬†because i’m dry but acne-prone, i never want anything too harsh, but effective enough to make a difference. ¬†my go to for years as been the feeling beautiful lemon and mint mask, but i no longer live near ulta and can’t seem to find that one anymore. ¬†i tried the yes to tomatoes clear skin detoxifying charcoal mud mask and i LOVE it! ¬†it’s very similar to the origins charcoal mask which i love but recently used up. ¬†this is a salicylic mud mask that tightens and clears the skin, but doesn’t feel as tight as the origins. ¬†i see better results with this mask than any of the high end clarifying masks i’ve used!¬†bb available skincare2.jpgwhile i don’t always love my insatiable need for new things, i think that it is slowly showing me what products i actually like and want to keep buying. ¬†lucky for me, in the case of skincare at least, my picks are relatively affordable and easy to find. ¬†though i do get sad about all the money i have spent on selfcare in the past, i like this new direction i am going and i think it will continue for a long time to come.

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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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