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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best discoveries of 2017

the summer bag edit

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

baggu small pouch wallet

ray-ban wayfarers

sephora compact mirror

nars mini creamy concealer in vanilla

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

kosas lipstick in stardust

burt’s bees grapefruit lip balm

herbacin kamille hand lotion

le pen

the dollhouse by fiona davis

hair things

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

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from day to dinner

bb day to dinner3.jpgi thought i would do a quick post on how i take my makeup from day to night.  as you’ll see, i’m veeeeery simple especially with my daytime makeup, but i still like to make it a little fun for nighttime! bb day to dinner1.jpgdaytime face // 

on this particular day, i was finally over a pretty bad acne breakout, so i was really digging my bare skin.  i put on the bare minerals correcting concealer over my remaining hyper pigmentation and a swipe of rimmel santa rose blush on my cheeks.  i got this blush while in europe this winter, but you can find it online at feel unique!  it’s the prettiest sheer pinky peach with a slight glow.  perfect for a blush-phobe like me.  i used my trusty elf blush brush to apply. bb day to dinner2.jpgdinner face // 

for my dinner face, i started with a bit more concealer and blush, really just to touch up what had faded during the day.  for a little shimmer i pulled out my favorite pacifica mystical supernatural palette.  these shadows are so soft and pigmented, i would compare them very closely to lorac shadows.  the shades in this palette are stunning – and can you believe i use them all?!  for this night i blended the two lightest shades all over the lid and slightly into the crease, but not too high up, with a mac 217.  i also smudged that peachy-bronzey shade on my lower lash line using the bobbi brown smudge brush.  i curled my lashes with the surratt curlers but decided to forgo mascara since this was a pretty lightly toned look.  i dabbed a touch of kosas stardust on lips and called it a night! bb day to dinner4.jpgbb day to dinner selfie.JPGi apologize for this very awkward selfie.  what can you do?!

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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made of

this bohemian’s dreams, at least.  it’s called stardust.  need i say more?  MY PERFECT LIPSTICK IS CALLED STARDUST.bb kosas stardust5.jpgok moving on from how happy that makes me.  i have been wanting to try a kosas cosmetics lipstick since they came onto the scene about two years ago.  they are full of great ingredients and don’t use any of the bad ones, including parabens, pthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, petrolatum, and more.  all of kosas’ colors are natural-looking and understated, even the darker or brighter ones.  they are not only beautiful but unique, and a true staple for anyone, makeup lover or not.

so back to the colors.  i was pretty set on getting rosewater, which is described as a blushing rose, with a hydrating finish.  and then kosas released more shades for s/s 2016, including stardust.  and i was sold!  how could i resist a name like that?  stardust is described as a sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones, like a summer tan.  ok, now how could i resist THAT?bb kosas stardust2.jpgbb kosas stardust1.jpgbut in all seriousness, stardust is exactly how kosas describes it.  it is the perfect neutral brown pink, with not too much brown but not too much pink.  it is truly my lips but better.  it’s also the perfect level of color, so it doesn’t make it too obvious that i’m wearing lipstick.  the finish is hydrating but not slippery, and extremely long lasting.  honestly it really is like a summer tan – i just feel better with it on.

at $24, these lipsticks are expensive, but also in the exact price range of other natural and conventional lipsticks.  they are packaged in a beautiful black tube with white writing – i did hope it would be metal packaging but it’s plastic.  that was kind of disappointing but it also means that it is a lot lighter to carry around.  this is the first lipstick that i have wanted to wear every day and that doesn’t make me feel overdone – it’s just the perfect amount of oomph for me.bb kosas stardust3.jpgmy only question is, why did it take me so long to bite the bullet?  pun very much intended.stardust1.jpgbb kosas stardust4.jpg

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the lipstick that bohemian dreams are made of