this or that: the even better dupes

sometimes you fall in love with a product, the product is discontinued or has bad ingredients, and you find yourself on an endless search for a good dupe.  and then you find one dupe, next to another dupe, next to ANOTHER DUPE!

the land of the even better dupes is the land of the laura mercier velour extreme matte lipstick.bb new dupes2.jpgthe original dupe that i was on the search for was a replacement for my beloved nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay.  nars, for some ludicrous reason, decided to discontinue the best matte lipstick of all time.  and this color, the perfect peachy pink, was difficult to find a replacement for.  a few weeks after purchasing the laura mercier velour extreme matte lipstick in vibe, i realized that it is a spot-on SPOT-ON dupe for montego bay.  and might i say i like the formula even better?!

i then found myself, naturally, looking at the other shades in the line.  the beautiful blue-red dominate is a perfect dupe, and even better formula in my opinion, for nars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl.  the nars pencils contain parabens, so i no longer use them, and i actually find the texture a little too silicone-heavy.  the ingredients in the laura mercier pencils are by no means clean, but they don’t have some of the bigger nasties that i look out for.bb new dupes1.PNGshown here: nars montego bay, laura mercier vibe, laura mercier dominate // vibe is showing up slightly more pink than montego bay, but in real life they do look almost identical

now this next color is one that i don’t own yet, but want to.  it’s the color clique, which is a perfect dupe for, you guessed it, the nars velvet matte lip pencil in famous red, a coral red that’s perfect for a summer night.

i agree it’s a little strange that the laura mercier range has so many nars dupes, but you won’t find any complaints here.  i can’t wait to dabble in the deeper shades for fall and winter – i bet there’s a dupe for nars velvet matte in damned somewhere in there.  oh plus the packaging is soooo much better than the nars velvet mattes.  if you own those little suckers you know exactly what i mean!

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may picks

may has simultaneously been the longest and shortest month of the year.  from finishing spring classes to starting summer ones, moving out of my first solo apartment, spending 10 days with my long distance lover, and everything else in between…i’m definitely a little worn out.  there hasn’t been much time for trying new things this month, but i always sneak a couple things in, don’t worry.  these items are my true blue faves, and those are the best ones, am i right?bb may picks.JPGpela save the waves phone case // when my beloved sonix case broke on me, i immediately knew i wanted to get a pela case to replace it.  these cases are eco-friendly, plastic free from case to packaging, compostable, and more!  i love the honesty and message behind this brand and the fact that they are serious about their mission – no greenwashing or pushing an eco image that isn’t real.  and the actual price of the cases ($39) is really no more expensive than other popular brands.  i prefer a softer, more silicone feeling case on my phone, and this is exactly that.  sturdy but soft and great for mother earth.

madewell embroidered pouch wallet // i love a good pouch wallet and i knew i had to get this one from madewell when i saw it in a promotional email.  the leather is deliciously soft and the perfect coral rust color, and the embroidered eyes are right up my alley.  nothing but love.  unfortunately this is sold out online, but it’s worth checking a local store if you have one.

the girls // this is quite simply one of my all-time favorite books.  this is the third or fourth time i’ve read it, and it just becomes more beautiful and engaging every time.  i put up a more in-depth review when i first read this a couple years ago, so if you want more details you can visit that here.

clinique city block spf 25 // i thought for sure i had mentioned this previously, but i can’t seem to find evidence of that.  in my constant search for a good mineral sunscreen, this is the absolute winner.  for a while i was hesitant to try this because it was only spf 25 and not 30 or higher, but if you try mineral sunscreens you know the struggle to find a decent one.  this has the perfect hint of color to it so there is no white cast whatsoever, it’s hydrating and fresh without being greasy or oily, it has mineral ingredients and rates a 2 on ewg, and is affordable.  i mean honestly what more can you ask for?  just note that only the spf 25 version is mineral, the spf 40 contains other chemical sunscreen ingredients.

laura mercier velour extreme matte lip in vibe // the most perfect peachy pink matte lip color ever.  the formulation of these is the matte of my dreams, maybe even better than nars.  i’ve been wearing this to class most days to perk up my tired ass face from long nights with boyfriend if you know what i mean 😉 thanks laura mercier for letting me have a love life without looking like a goblin!  plus i’m a total sucker for the name.  like who can say their favorite lip products are called vibe and stardust?  this hippie!

and as more of an update…

sephora vib sale items // these are all still going strong, minus the marc jacobs lipstick that i returned.  nothing really to report, they are all super solid products that i’m glad i invested in, especially the marc jacobs coconut bronzer and rms champagne rose luminizer which i’m loving on the eyes as well as cheekbones.  the milk makeup kush mascara is excellent, i just haven’t found myself wearing mascara very much this month.  but for nights out, yes yes yes.

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recent acquisitions

soooo i had a big long post about all of these products, why i bought them, when i bought them…and then it disappeared.  i guess i didn’t save it, but really i’m thinking it just vanished into thin air.  and because i am busy and tired and stressed, i am just going to post the pictures i took and save you and me some time!  the only product i am not using right now is the mad hippie exfoliating serum – i’ve switched to a salicylic acid product because my acne is a little cray right now and the aha’s in this aren’t the right thing.  but i digress…bb recent acqs7bb recent acqs4bb recent acqs6bb recent acqs5bb recent acqs2bb recent acqs8bb recent acqs1dr. bronner’s arnica-menthol magic balm // relieves my sore back and shoulders

aesop resurrection hand balm // the best hand lotion of all time

laura mercier caviar stick in au naturel (matte) // grungy matte eyes that last all day

mad hippie exfoliating serum // gentle aha exfoliant, just not what i need right now

smashbox primerizer // makeup lasts all day on juicy, healthy skin

nars highlighting blush in free soul // light pink and glowing

sonia kashuk crease blending brush // soft and $6!

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blog sale

so your girl here is a bit of a makeup collector…and never-user.  this little sale is less about making money (though it would be nice) and more about sending these beautiful items off to better homes where they will actually be used.  all items have been sanitized and cleaned, and most were swatched only.

the information:

  1. email me at babybohemianblog@gmail.com with the subject bb blog sale, with the the items you want and your shipping address
  2. from there i will give you my paypal address so you can send the payment over.  items will not be shipped until payment is received.  items will be shipped within 4 business days
  3. prices listed do not include shipping charges.  i will calculate shipping charges upon receipt of your email, depending on how many items you are purchasing, etc.  i will use any shipping method you are interested in!

the items:

IMG_4251.jpgurban decay beached bronzer in sun-kissed // a matte bronzer with a pinky cast, good for light skintones // $20 // swatched on hand only, originally $28

IMG_4260.jpglaura mercier caviar stick eye colour in copper // an orangey copper cream eye shadow stick // $20 // swatched on hand only, originally $29

IMG_4257.jpgysl touche eclat in shade 2 // a classic under eye illuminator // $30 // used 2 times under eyes only, originally $42

IMG_4253.jpgtarte special edition mini blush in fanciful // a cool toned, dusty rose blush, great pigmentation // $10 // swatched only, part of gift set

IMG_4254.jpgjouer lip creme in lychee // a soft cool toned pink nude, matte finish // $10 // swatched on hand only, originally $18

IMG_4255.jpgjouer lip creme in dulce de leche // a cool toned dusty rose, matte finish // $10 // swatched on hand only, originally $18

IMG_4259.jpgsmashbox always sharp waterproof liner in penny lane // brown eyeliner with bronze shimmer running through // $15 // used on eyes once, originally $21

// i tried to get photos as true to color as possible.  let me know if you have questions or research online for true swatches!  thanks!

makeup for a minimalist: the travel bag

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as i mentioned in this post, i’m going away on vacation for a few days.  here’s what i’m taking along:

baggu small makeup bag // this is a great makeup bag for travel because it fits brushes very easily (is long enough)

nars sheer glow sample, mont blanc

vichy idealia bb cream, light, also available at walgreen’s

nars radiant creamy concealer, vanilla

bobbi brown bronzer, golden light

mac blush, pinch o’ peach

benefit bad gal lash mascara, black

bare minerals round the clock eye liner, midnight (black)

buxom lip polish, dolly

laura mercier eyeshadow, african violet

h&m eyeshadow, baci di dama

mac paint pot, groundwork

lorac pocket pro palette, with shades nude, pewter, espresso

tools //

mac 217 blending brush

sigma e25 blending brush

real techniques buffing brush, powder brush, blush brush

evian facial water spray, mini size

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november favorites

IMG_3509klurskin rose and white tea glycolic cleanser

klurskin hyaluronic and vitamin c serum

ogx quenched sea mineral moisture shampoo and conditioner (not pictured)

vichy idealia bb cream, shade light

laura mercier oil free tinted moisturizer, shade cameo

glossier boy brow, shade brown

soap & glory hand food

mac 187 duo fiber brush, used for bronzer

gap booties (last year’s version of these)

pretty little liars on netflix

vanderpump rules on bravo

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makeup for a minimalist: shimmery summer eyes

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even a makeup minimalist like me likes a little shimmer sometimes, especially when i have a tan and the weather is warm.  here are my go to eye products when i want an easy, subtle shimmer look.

josie maran watercolor eyeshadow in rio de rose gold – this is such a beautiful product. it can be blended out to be more or less opaque depending on the look you want.  just work quickly as this sets almost instantly!  i also love the cooling effect when applied.

rms living luminizer – i love this on my eyes!  it is a pearly white that disappears on the lids, leaving a hint of shimmer behind, as well a sort of wet effect.

laura mercier metallic creme eye color in gold – ok the packaging of these is ridiculously cute – like mini paint tubes!  i love the color of this creme eyeshadow; it’s gold but not too gold.  a little goes a looong way and, like the josie maran, this can be blended out to the desired effect.

laura mercier caviar stick eye color in amethyst – i wear this all year long and the color is gorgeous.  it’s a purple-y, taupe-y neutral that looks beautiful all over the lid and smudged in the lower lash line.  i really want to get this in either the rose gold or moonlight shades for something really neutral.

no 7 stay perfect shade and define in cool mink – i have a few of these in various colors but cool mink is my favorite. it’s basically the laura mercier in amethyst, but with a hint more brown.  cool mink is a perfect way to describe this one.

mac all that glitters – another light golden shimmer with a little bit of pink running through.  even though i like to wear cream eyeshadows in the summer months, this shade can’t be left out!

urban decay primer potion in minor sin – this is a weird one because it is an eyeshadow/eyelid primer but it has a beautiful shimmer to it!  it looks more full on when swatched, but when blended out i think it’s most comparable to the rms living luminizer in that there isn’t a real color, but it deposits a little bit of shimmer and leaves the lid looking natural.  this is also what i put on under most of these shadows to make sure they stick around (when i remember…)

i apply all of these with their applicators or with my fingers, and then blend with clean fingers or a blending brush. i like the mac 217, sephora classic crease brush #73, and the bobbi brown eye blender brush (i use this one after i’ve already blended with another tool to make sure everything is really seamless).

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