talkin’ trash 03

i do these posts very sporadically – sometimes i feel like saving my garbage and sometimes i don’t, frankly!  i would have preferred to keep going because i’m going through some interesting products, but your girl is moving and no one has time to move trash from place to place.  though you could argue that about most of my knick knacks *insert crying laughing emoji* BUT on to the products!

// body items //bb empties3 1.jpgthe burt’s bees citrus & ginger body wash was a really nice body wash that smelled absolutely incredible.  i’m a sucker for all things grapefruit.  this was kind of a mix between an oil and a soap that was very lightweight and nicely cleansing.  i mostly use a castille bar soap in the shower, but i wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again if i was in the mood for a body wash.

i originally purchased the everyday oil 2 oz to use as a face cleanser and oil, but the essential oils in it were a little too strong for my skin.  i used it up by mixing it with the skin trip lotion and it was an amazing body combination.  everyday oil recently released an unscented blend so i am very interested in purchasing that one in the 8 oz size to use for body and face this time.bb empties3 2.jpgthe primal pit paste in jasmine is my absolute favorite natural deodorant so i have already repurchased this in both stick and jar form.  i prefer this to schmidt’s because it doesn’t seem to leave any stains on my clothes.

the mountain ocean coconut skin trip has been mentioned a million and one times over here, but it is an excellent lightweight body moisturizer.  it smells amazing and is perfect alone for summer or mixed with an oil for winter.  i am currently using a shea moisture body lotion i got at tj maxx, but i will always repurchase the skin trip.

// skincare items, especially sprays and cleansers //bb empties3 3.jpgthe heritage store rosewater & glycerin is my favorite hydrating mist/toner.  i always have one of these lying around – or, more accurately, sitting in the fridge.  i love the inclusion of glycerin in this for extra oomph, but the plain rosewater version is beautiful too.  just a basic, effective product that is a staple for me.

similar to the heritage store rosewater & glycerin is the herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus coconut mist. now i got this in the birchbox x vogue 125th anniversary box last year, but i have since purchased the 2 oz size for travel.  i don’t think this does enough to really merit the price tag ($32 for 4 oz), but it is a beautiful product if you want a skincare splurge.  i would repurchase this, but it’s not the end all-be all in my opinion.

the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil is a really lovely rosehip oil that i used primarily in the winter.  this was nice because it was thick, but not too thick, so it didn’t feel too heavy to use during the day as well as the night.  the price point ($40) is excellent and i would definitely repurchase this when next winter rolls around.

one of the best mineral sunscreens i have found is the clinique mineral spf 30 sunscreen. it’s lightweight, hydrating, doesn’t leave a white cast, and is easy to find.  the only complaint is the small size (1 oz for $28), but for a good sunscreen i don’t think that’s too bad.  i am currently enjoying the clinique city block spf 25, but i will definitely repurchase this dude in the future.bb empties3 4.jpgthe mad hippie eye cream lasted me absolutely forever – over a full year.  this was a great eye cream for hydration and plumping – i don’t suffer from bad dark circles so i can’t speak to its abilities in that area.  i love the mad hippie brand and this was another excellent product from the line.  i am currently using an acure eye cream i got at tj maxx, but i would definitely repurchase this in the future.

the trilogy make-up be gone cleansing balm is another product that lasted me aaaages.  it’s not the only balm cleanser i’ve tried, but the only one i want to use.  simple, but very effective.  trilogy is another brand that i trust for natural products with great ingredients – though they do use a lot of essential oils, so that’s just something to be aware of.  will definitely repurchase next winter.   bb empties3 8.jpgthe glossier milky jelly cleanser is a product that i keep coming back to.  it’s not the best cleanser out there, but i do enjoy it.  the rose scent can be a bit much, but i like the texture and that it doesn’t dry out my skin.  it’s not the best cleanser i’ve ever tried, but i’m sure i will come back to it again in the future.bb empties3 7.jpgi went through the mad hippie cream cleanser really quickly – too quickly.  it was a great cleanser that reminded me a lot of the first aid beauty cleanser that i love.  the packaging made me extremely nervous because it’s class, and i was mostly using this in the shower.  if you are looking for a cream cleanser this is a very solid option that is hydrating but not too creamy, if that makes sense.  i will definitely repurchase this next winter when my skincare routine needs a bit of oomph.

// masks and extras //

the glossier moisturizing moon mask is one i almost always have lying around, at least until i discovered the next empty on this list.  it’s a great hydrating mask that makes the skin feel plump and glowing.  plus, i keep the containers around for holding cotton pads and other items for travel!  i don’t think i will repurchase this because i have found something i like better, but i still recommend it.  bb empties3 6.jpgthe bioderma sensibio mask is VERY clearly well-loved – i have never cut a product in half to get all the leftover product!  it’s like the glossier moon mask but so much more hydrating and never stings my skin when i’m dry (the glossier does do that to me occasionally).  i like everything about this mask, from the texture to the easy tube.  if you are trying to decide between this and glossier, i would go with the bioderma, but the glossier is still a great option.  this one just seems to have more lasting hydrating and soothing effects.

the nails inc nailkale superfood base coat was one of the items i purchased in the sephora vib sale this month.  it’s the best base coat i’ve ever tried and worth the higher price tag.  i pretty much only buy this when the sephora sale comes around and the bottle lasts me a full year or two.  this continued to work perfectly even as i made my way to the bottom of the bottle.   bb empties3 5.jpgand finally, i also finished a bottle of seche CLEAR.  and no, i didn’t totally finish it, but it got to a point where i needed a new one – if you wear nail polish you know what i mean.  very funny story – for the entire year or so i’ve had this i thought it was seche vite and didn’t think about the fact that it wasn’t fast drying.  i only noticed about a week ago when my sister pointed it out that her nails weren’t drying very quickly! hahaha!

wheewww it feels good to throw all this garbage out!  i completely dig these posts and videos as it shows what people actually use up and love – and that’s pretty rare in these days of insane overconsumption.  i can’t promise to always keep my trash around, but i will try to continue to save any interesting things i finish up!  what have you finished up recently?  is it something you can’t live with out?  let me know in the comments!

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feeling spring when it’s still winter

bb spring but winter5.jpgyou know the drill, it’s the first week of april and you keep waking up to snow on your window and ice in your veins.  maybe i’m overreacting, but that’s been my week so far – see above!  after going to california a couple weeks ago, i have been all about keeping my sunkissed glow and embracing that spring and summer should be on their way.  below are the products that i’ve been using to achieve this vibe, with plenty of options as always!bb spring but winter1// glowy blush and bronzer //

a realistic sunkissed tan with rms buriti bronzer (perfect for the eyes as well), rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, & eminence chai berry bronzer/blush

& other stories cream cheek & lip tint in dimple peach (very similar to the color of the rms if you can’t get your hands on that limited edition shade or want something that is more cream to powder in texture)

lightly stained lips with the body shop lip & cheek stains in dusty rose & pink hibiscus (spot on dupe for benefit benetint, but dare i say better?!)

glowy & sheer lips & cheeks with olio e osso balm in 02 french melonbb spring but winter3// dewy extras //

glossier perfecting skin tint

the perfect, realistic glow with no shimmer, just shine via the make dew pot

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist hydrating spray

mac coconut fix+bb spring but winter2// pale, pastel nails //

barry m eat my dust

smith&cult bitter buddhist

opi you’re such a budapest

pacifica desert princessbb spring but winter4

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march picks

bb march picks3.jpg// makeup & skincare //

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist // soooo hydrating and leaves the skin insanely dewy.  like more than tatcha dewy skin mist.  the skin just feels and looks ridiculously healthy.  did i mention it’s $10? plus it’s pacifica, so the ingredients are reliable and pretty darn good.bb march picks5.jpgw3ll people mascara // i mentioned this mascara in my first picks of the year, but at that time i was still using a small sample size.  sometimes i find that full size products differ from their miniature counterparts, but in this case the full size is just as good if not better.  length and volume in a beautifully natural way.

glossier perfecting skin tint in medium // this is always a product i have somewhere and go back to time and again.  even when my skin is at its worst, i love this product.  it evens the skin out just the tiniest touch while looking like glowy nothingness.  i’m using the shade medium since i got the tiniest tan while in california, but i use light or a mix of light and medium in the winter.bb march picks2.jpgmychelle sun shield liquid tint in nude // finally a lightweight, non-white mineral sunscreen.  this shade is a little dark for me now, so it will be perfect over the summer when i get more color.  for now, i love mixing it with my bare minerals complexion rescue in opal if i want more coverage than the glossier skin tint and since my skin is a little sunkissed from california.  they are a perfect mix with a great dewy, hydrated finish.  i think they just realized an untinted version as well.bb march picks1.jpgneutrogena grapefruit body clear // since going off birth control i’ve had some pretty big breakouts on my chest and back.  and the best product for clearing up the body is hands-down this neutrogena body wash.  i’ve been using this since high school and it never fails.  this did have microbeads in it forever and it still has some sort of bead, but i think it’s safer for the environment now…not 100% sure on this.bb march picks4.jpg// etc //

slouching towards bethlehem, joan didion // i am finally delving into joan didion’s works (honestly where have i been?) and am absolutely in love with her.  surprise, surprise!  more to come, but slouching towards bethlehem is a collection of her short stories, most revolving around california during the 60s and 70s.  delicious, truly.bb march picks6.jpglove season 3 // i really enjoyed seasons 1 & 2 of love, but at the same time wasn’t 100% sure.  but when season 3 came around, my love (hehe) for the show really solidified.  they did such an incredible job with the final season – it was truly the perfect wrap up.  and the last episode?  are you kidding?  all the heart eye emojis.

eye buy direct ethereal glasses // my sister told me about eye buy direct, and how affordable and cool their sunglasses are.  i tried to not buy these, but ultimately couldn’t resist.  i originally got polarized lenses but they bothered by eyes, so the company kindly switched the lenses to normal ones, for just the $6 shipping cost (plus a refund for the special lenses).  pretty great customer service and i love knowing these were made especially for me.  mine are the ethereal glasses in champagne with green lenses.bb march picks8.jpgbb march picks7.jpg

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the student teaching essentials

i’ve mentioned here and there that i am now student teaching full time…and that requires a lot of supplies, let me tell you.  aside from all the actual classroom essentials, which include the catcher in the rye, my notebook, and my school laptop, i like to have a whole set of items and products that i may need.  it sounds like a lot and it sounds extreme, but i find i feel so much more confident when i feel prepared and like i have all the supplies i could ever possibly need.  

has anyone ever read the children’s book, chrysanthemum?  well chrysanthemum is a little mouse that is teased at school because of her name.  to combat this, she fills her favorite jacket with all her most prized possessions to give her extra confidence.  and this is EXACTLY what i do too.bb student tch1.jpg makeup items //

bare minerals perfecting veil powder with elf retractable brush // i always carry this bare minerals powder (discontinued) that my sister gave me with my handy dandy elf brush.  i will also occasionally throw in my mineral fusion pressed powder as well, if i feel like i need a little more coverage throughout the day.  i don’t always use a powder, but i have found that something about the school environment/air/lights make me feel a lot oilier than usual.bb student tch5.jpgspot concealer // i keep my sephora concealer in 03 meringue in my bag ALWAYS.  you just never know, ok!  i’ll occasionally pop my nars creamy concealer in there too if i really need it.

mini tweezerman tweezers // you truly never know when you will need tweezers.  a stray nose hair, a makeup brush hair that won’t get off your face, a splinter…you feel me.

maybelline brow brush // i aaaalways need a little brow brush up.

clarins instant light lip comfort oil in honey // this is the lip product that has been on my lips for the past 2 months straight.  it looks like a gloss but feels like a balm and honey is the perfect, almost-clear shade.  it makes me feel put together but also hydrates the lips beautifully.  i transfer this from pocket to pocket and purse to purse, but right now it’s living at school with me.bb student tch4.jpgkorres lip butter in jasmine // another balm that gives me more oomph than just a balm does.  i love the light nudey pink shade of this and it’s one of my all time favorite lip products.  you know i love a lip product that lightens the lips just a teensy bit.  i just wish it wasn’t in a pot because i only use it right after i’ve washed my hands.

sephora coconut lip balm // my mom and i both looove this balm!  it smells amazing and feels amazing.  need i say more?  great simple balm that i always have around somewhere.

super old sephora mirror compact // for when i don’t feel like whipping out my powder.

daily essentials // bb student tch3.jpghand sanitizer // currently using bronner’s.  i don’t know how anyone can work in a school, or really anywhere, without a good hand sanitizer.  life essential, people.  i also carry wet ones hand wipes with me for more serious situations! 

hand lotion // my lotion of choice is a travel size gold bond.  99 cents at target.  yes.  it can also double as a face cream if necessary as it’s not exclusively a hand cream. 

hair clips and twisties // duuuuhhhhh!

mouthwash // DUH!  as a teacher i am super aware of my coffee breath.  mouthwash is an absolute non-negotiable.

the extras that i don’t really use but like to have //

tide to go, lint brush, bandaids, lactaid, imodium, tissues // every single one of these products shows you who i really am.  don’t believe what instagram shows you.  i am a grandma.bb student tch2.jpgso i know this sounds like an absolute load of products, but all my essentials fit into a glossier pink pouch and my makeup items fit into a very small mac travel bag.  i leave everything in my backpack/school bag so i don’t have to think about anything until i need it!

am i missing anything?  what products do you keep with you on a daily basis?

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early morning makeup, pt 2

i posted about my early morning makeup routine just a few months ago, but since then it has become faster and far more refined.  at the time of part 1, i was student teaching just 2 days a week, and now i am student teaching full time.  sooo early mornings every day means less fuss and a tighter schedule. bb early morning makeup2 1.jpgfor my base, i’ve been keeping it light and glowy, but that’s pretty standard.  i’ve been having some stress and/or hormone-related breakouts in my chin area, so i picked up the sephora make no mistake full coverage concealer to make them easier and faster to cover up.  i use the shade 03 poppy and it couldn’t be more perfect.  this can get cakey quite quickly, but i think i’ve figured out exactly how much to use.  i’ve been applying it with a real techniques lip brush and then blending it out with the rt deluxe crease brush.  i use my glossier stretch concealer in light to brighten my under-eyes and correct any other redness around my face.bb early morning makeup2 3.jpgfor my birthday i splurged on the charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow, so i’ve been popping the bronzer on to wake me up and make me look like an actual alive person.  i carry my mineral fusion pressed powder in cool 1 in my school bag for when i feel shiny throughout the day – i never fully realized how rude florescent lights are.  i switched to this powder after completely shattering my alima pure pressed foundation.  even though i love that product and have kept the packaging for when i get around to buying a refill, it’s so beyond fragile.  i have never had a product shatter on me so many times and i’m very careful with my products.

for eyes i use that rt deluxe crease brush with whatever sephora concealer is left on it to conceal any veins and overall brighten the lids.  this concealer doesn’t crease when applied so sparingly and i really like it on my eyes.  i curl my lashes as per usual and go in with a coat or two of the w3ll people mascara.  i’m going to purchase the full size when i run out of this sample – i think it’s my favorite mascara i’ve tried in a while.bb early morning makeup2 2.jpgand that’s it!  insanely natural but pulled together and clean looking.  what more can you ask for at 5 am?!  especially since i do all of this with just a small compact mirror while sitting in bed.

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best discoveries of 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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winter skin & keeping my glow

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

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

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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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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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