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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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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glowy skin: cause summer ain’t over just yet

glowy summer skin.jpgprep // after doing your morning skincare, which these days involves a few drops of hyaluronic acid mixed with one drop of various face oils for me, apply your sunscreen.  give it a few minutes to soak in and go back in with a spritz of hydrating toner like the evan healy lavender hydrosoul (shocker) and an illuminating primer that will give you both hydration and radiance.  i chose the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, but anything with a touch of radiance will do.

base // follow with a sheer and glowing base, like the l’oreal lumi cushion foundation.  this is not really a “foundation” in my opinion, but is a step up from something like the glossier perfecting skin tint.  it evens out the skin tone while letting the natural skin show through and gives the complexion a beautiful glow.  add concealer where needed, opting for something equally hydrating, like the sephora bright future gel serum concealer.  this is my favorite for summer because of the exceptional shade range and price point, AND they finally changed the dumb applicator!  it now has a really nice slanted doe foot.  a cream blush and highlighter, like the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose and living luminizer, on the cheeks and cheekbones respectively will add to the glow and overall health of the look.  i usually use peachier blushes because they are natural and subtle looking, but whatever works for you!  this limited edition rms shade (i highly recommend grabbing it before it’s gone) gives the perfect sunkissed effect.

eyes & lips // this look is really more about the complexion, so opt for something simple on the eyes and lips.  i usually slap on a little elizabeth arden 8 hour cream on the lips and use whatever is left on my finger to pat onto the eye lids.  follow with a light layer of black mascara, mostly on the roots of the lashes, for some oomph and maybe another spritz of hydrating mist.

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this oil is saving my face from dying a winter death

though i mentioned the go-to face hero in my december picks, i thought i would go a little more in depth since i have such a deep love for this product.IMG_0026.jpgone of my favorite beauty blogs is the file, which is essentially the australian into the gloss, only much cooler.  go-to is the skincare company started by zoe foster blake, author and former beauty editor of cosmo and harper’s bazaar.  quite frankly i didn’t know who zoe was until i read her interview with the file, but after some thorough research, i’m pretty well obsessed.

face hero is rosehip oil and so much more.  it is filled with extremely moisturizer ingredients, including almond, jojoba, and buriti oils.  it’s hydrating, soothing, and protecting – it really does it all and with no breakouts in sight.  i use this oil at night – i apply my acne creams and let them soak in for a while (like 30 mins), then apply 5-6 drops of oil followed by a heavy moisturizer, and in the morning my skin is truly moisturized.  i say truly because sometimes i feel like products make your skin look moisturized and then you go outside and your face is drier than ever. so not only does this product have surface skin success, but it really goes to further layers of the skin to heal and hydrate.  i will also add a drop or two into my morning moisturizer just for a hint of glow if i’m feeling extra lackluster that day.

and the best part?  ok well the best part is the packaging.  but besides all that, when converted from australian to american dollars, your looking at a $34 oil.  and i think that price is absolutely incredible for how little you need to use and how amazing the effects are.  international shipping was steep at $18 but was extremely fast and worth it, in my humble opinion.

so basically…if you are looking for the best face oil ever and have considered or enjoy using regular rosehip oil, try this baby out.  i promise it will become your go to.

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december picks //

picture my dad singing “these are a few of my favorite things…” in the background, as he was doing while i was taking my photos  😉IMG_0090.jpg
shu uemera eyelash curlers
ok i finally caved and jumped on the bandwagon, and man i am never turning back.  i thought my tarte curlers were good, but now i’m realizing that they didn’t curl that much and they definitely pinched.  these make my eyelashes look not only curled but voluminous, and they stay curled all day, with mascara or without (and i use regular mascara, not waterproof).  it’s no surprise these are the best of the best.

sarah chloe monogram necklace something i’ve had for a long time but am really loving this month.  i love the length and the chunkier pendant – it’s a little bit different from my usual dainty chains.

real techniques complexion sponge i had a beauty blender for a while, but when it got a little too grubby, i decided to pick up this less expensive version instead of another $20 splurge.  and it’s amazing!!  in my opinion it’s way better than the original, as it has more points and flat edges for tough to reach areas (nose, under eyes).

go-to face hero i have been reading about this for months on the file and have done some pretty thorough research on its benefits.  i finished my mario badescu rose hips oil, but in the end i didn’t feel that it was hydrating or oily enough (which i know is actually one of its main selling points) especially with winter in full swing.  i was going to get the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil, but i decided to get the go-to instead as it has such rave reviews.  it includes so many wonderful oils, including rosehip, almond, jojoba, and many many more.  once converted from australian to american dollars, the price point is great (roughly $34 american plus $18 shipping) and the international shipping was really fast.  i am so glad i decided to get this, it has done wonders for my skin and i noticed the effects over night, no exaggeration.

l’oreal brow stylist plumper in medium to dark – i originally typed that as “brow plumber.”  anyways!  i have pretty ok brows, and truth be told i can’t be bothered to do anything over the top with them.  but they do get pretty unruly and messy throughout the day so i have been looking for a really subtle brow gel to keep them in place but not look “done.”  the glossier boy brow is ok, but it’s so thick and pomade-y that it was just too much for low-key me.  i heard about the l’oreal brow gel somewhere, so i picked it up when i saw it at duane reade and i love it!  it’s exactly what i was looking for.  it is tinted, so it offers a little bit of color while looking totally natural and not too gel-y.  i wipe most of the product off before applying, so that helps, but really this is a great product and doesn’t make me feel like my eyebrows are cemented to my face.

nars radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve – this has been my go-to base this month.  for one thing, it’s my perfect winter shade, and the coverage is perfect.  it evens out the redness that i have going on and doesn’t cling to my dry patches, but looks totally natural and nonexistent.  i don’t typically wear a “base” every day, but i have felt it necessary this month and have been happy to have this guy around.  if you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer, i highly recommend the nars one.  though i can’t seem to find a good summer shade, this one matches my pale, pink winter skin like a dream.

bioderma sensibio this is a repeat from november, but i feel the need to mention it again!  i got a small bottle of this while in london in november and have used up the whole thing in the past 2 months!  it has been really nice to have an actual makeup remover for my whole face, and i love using this as a first step before my cleanser.  it gets rid of my mascara (not waterproof) in just a few swipes and gets rid of the leftover bronzer, tinted moisturizer, and layers of grime that have made home of my face during the day.  also, it’s now available a couple places online like beautylish and violet grey, so it’s finally available to us americans!

violette_fr – i have seen violette featured a ton on violet grey, but i had no idea that she had a youtube channel!  violette is an amazing parisian makeup artist, and her channel shows you how to achieve that perfectly french look.  i love how short and simple her videos are, and how she focuses on one feature, be it eyes, lips, etc.  her looks are simple and beautiful and i am addicted!

a christmas carol by charles dickens for whatever reason, i really wanted to read this dickens classic this month.  i was in search of a cozy read – whatever that means – and this fit the bill perfectly.  though i know the story by heart, i have never read it first hand.  it is such a beautiful and timeless story, and even if you think you know it all i recommend taking the time to read it.  it’s quite short – i finished it in a day or two – but i thoroughly enjoyed it and was reminded of it’s great lessons on life, appreciation, and kindness.

drawing/sketching – i’ve always been a doodling, but this month i enjoyed my drawings a little bit more than usual.  i drew winter guides for my sisters’ christmas presents, and i loved drawing the products and items that i love in my real life and want them to love too.  you know what’s better than a new glossier product?  drawing a really cute picture of one!IMG_0085.jpgIMG_0089.jpg

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winter beauty essentials

or how not to look like all of your skin is peeling away!  it’s all about the layers people…

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the face base: mario badescu facial spray with rosewater, go-to skincare face hero, sunscreen (i’m trying out the la roche posay anthelios mineral with spf 50, not pictured), and lots of moisturizer

a mix of primers: mac strobe cream (i finally used up my little sample size and got the travel size…this is going to take me forever to go through!) mixed with the glossier priming moisturizer or the too faced hangover primer (again, a travel size, from ulta) depending on my mood

evening out but maintaining the dew: nars tinted moisturizer in terre neuve mixed with glossier skin tint in light – equally small dots of each when i need a little more coverage, or just the skin tint by itself

eyes and cheeks: clinique chubby stick for cheeks in amped up apple (also this is described as a blushing red which it most certainly is not – it’s a beautiful neutral rose), hourglass bronzer in luminous bronze light, elf smudge pot in cruisin’ chic (taupe) or revlon colorstay creme shadow in creme brulee (champagne)

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apply everything possible with a damp sponge for extra moisture and finish off with another spritz of rosewater!

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favorite of the day: revlon colorstay creme eye shadow

IMG_0031 (1).jpgi have a new cream eye shadow love!  i have been searching for a simple champagne cream shadow, but have been hesitating against buying the rms eye polish that i’ve been wanting.  so when i saw these new revlon shadows (colorstay creme eye shadow) fully stocked at walgreen’s, you might guess how excited i got.  i figured they would be similar to the maybelline color tattoo cream shadows, but they are so much better.IMG_0033.jpgthe texture is exactly like the rms eye polishes: super creamy, glossy, and moisturizing.  they set down a little bit more than the rms, but maintain that glossy look.  whereas i find the maybelline to be sticky and somewhat tuggy on my eyelids, these are light and smooth in application.  and the shade 705 creme brulee is the exact champagne that i have been looking for.  it brightens the eyes with a subtle shimmer and glow, and is perfect for every day.  such a win!  i’m not sure if they have been released every where, but if you see them, get them.

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the glowy products you need

IMG_4220.jpgIMG_4221.jpgIMG_4234.jpgok you don’t actually need them, but you are going to feel like you do.  by the way, none of these products leave my face feeling like i have a much of creams on it.  they sink in within minutes and stay all day, especially with a little rosewater or hydrosol on top!  you could even dust the littlest bit of powder to set but not take away all the glow – which i definitely do during the summer months.  anyway:

glossier perfecting skin tint // i’ve mentioned it a hundred times, along with everyone else on the internet.  just the perfect skin product, seriously.  it makes my skin look better, makes me feel better.  just perfects the skin the littlest bit while looking 100% natural.  the perfect base even if you have to conceal a lot on top of it.  i apply it either with my hands or a damp beauty blender.  i use the medium shade in the summer.

tata harper very bronzing // the cream bronzer that dreams are made of.  i picked this up on a whim because i was going to purchase the rms buriti bronzer but i’m glad i got this instead!  it’s completely matte and seriously the perfect bronzing shade.  it’s also meant to be used as contour, but i don’t really do that so i just put it the places i would put bronzer.  i apply it with my fingers and then buff it out a little bit with a brush.  i’m totally converted and leaving my powder bronzers in the…dust hehe.

tata harper lip and cheek in very charming // you might remember i bought this on my most recent new york trip.  very charming is a blue-toned pink shade that looks pretty deep when you first put it on but blends out to the perfect little flush of color.  like the very bronzing it is completely matte and blends out easily and beautifully, leaving just a hint of dew.

rms living luminizer // my first and only highlighting product.  the living luminizer is a beautiful icy shimmer that transforms into pure dew and light onto the skin.  very subtle and just makes me feel a little glowier.  tata harper also does a similar product called very luminizing which i might have to try when i finish this one up (or sooner since this pot will probably last me for years).

tell me, what are your glowy skin staples?

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makeup for a minimalist: glowy natural skin

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on this episode of makeup for a minimalist, i’m talking glowing skin.  this is my go to regime when i want to have a little makeup on my face – maybe i’m going out or having a less-than-ideal skin day.

glossier priming moisturizer: sometimes i just put this on my face without anything else.  it evens out the skin nicely and is super light.  it’s basically just a moisturizer, but i feel like it actually does a lil something.  emphasis on “feel” cause it probably doesn’t do anything that a regular, plain old moisturizer doesn’t do ;).

glossier perfecting skin tint in light: when i need to even out my face a little extra bit.  love this over the priming moisturizer as a) they were made to go together and b) they work together really nicely (duh).  sooooo super light and you just rub it in like you would a moisturizer.  totally disappears on the skin and i don’t need to set it or worry about creasing/patching up during the day.  just gives me a little teensy bit of evening out.

nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla (light 2): my go to concealer.  a nice match for my skin tone and very full coverage but still creamy and blendable.  nothing else to say about this one!

maybelline fit me concealer in fair (15): a nice dupe for the nars concealer but with a lighter, more liquid-y formula.  nice when you need less coverage but still something.  really great purchase and amazing price.

bare minerals correcting concealer in light 1: i picked this up on a whim at sephora cause it’s really freakin’ cute.  this sits kind of in the middle of the nars and the maybelline concealers.  i like that it’s in a little pot and it does have a good coverage to it.  kind of slippery on the skin.  i don’t reach for this all the time but overall i’m glad that i purchased it.  i think this would be nice under the eyes too, which i don’t really conceal cause i like the dark-circles-cause-i-like-to-stay-up-late look.

rms beauty living luminizer – i just got this and i really like it.  i like it on the eyelids, in the corners of the eye to brighten, and/or on the cheeks and nose as a highlighter.  it’s really really subtle so it’s a highlighter that even i like to wear.  just be careful because it is all natural, so the consistency changes depending on the temperature.  it will melt if it’s hot out.

bobbi brown full coverage face brush – this. thing. is. perfect.  i don’t use it with the glossier skin tint (i just use my fingers for that) but i will use it if i’m wearing a heavier tinted moisturizer (laura mercier) and i always use it to blend/stipple in my concealer.  it works sooo well with the nars and maybelline concealers and really covers blemishes without just wiping the product away.  one day i had an epiphany and picked it up to buff in my concealer instead of using my fingers and i was like woaaahhhhh.

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