makeup for a minimalist: the vanity

bb vanity1.jpgaka my desk. ¬†everything i keep out for daily use and easy access…

bb vanity3.jpgtop drawer: base // 

becca backlight priming filter

ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2, usually mixed with glossier perfecting skin tint in medium

tarte shape tape in fair beige – glossier stretch concealer in light

hourglass ambient lighting bronzer in diffused bronze light

rms unpowder sample in 0-1 Рglossier haloscope in quartzbb vanity4.jpgmiddle drawer: cheeks and eyes // 

clinique cheek pop blush in melon pop

ilia multistick in tenderly – rms lip2cheek in vogue rose

nars matte multiple in altai (used for bronzer or eye shadow)

nars pro prime eyeshadow base

neutrogena nourishing eyeliner in spiced chocolate (foam eye shadow applicator for smudging)

covergirl lashblast volume mascara in black/brown

mac extended play gigablack lash mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

maybelline eye shadow in earthly taupe (discontinued)

nars eyeshadow in lhasa (discontinued) – mac duo in wedge and corkbb vanity5.jpgbottom drawer: lips //

kosas lipstick in stardust – glossier coconut balm dotcom

nars pure matte lipsticks in madere and montego bay

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

glossier generation g’s in zip and cake

osmia lip doctor – burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in retsina (discontinued but found at tj maxx)

bite beauty lip pencil in 008bb vanity6.jpgtools // 

nude beauty blender // on perfume tray

bobbi brown full coverage face brush // foundation

real techniques deluxe crease brush // concealer

real techniques setting brush // glossier concealer and/or powder

it cosmetics heavenly luxe wand ball powder brush no 8 // bronzer

real techniques multitask brush // blush and/or powder

target kabuki brush // densely packed for sheer blushes

mac 239, 242, 217 // various eye shadow purposes

sephora crease shadow brush // crease blending (discontinued)

surratt eye lash curler Рtweezerman tweezers Рrevlon eyebrow spooliebb vanity7.jpgperfume // 

estee lauder bronze goddess (will be put away soon until next summer)

aura blends desert night oil – le labo santal 33

maison louis marie no4 bois de balincourt oil

elizabeth and james nirvana black oil

etc. //

marc jacobs coconut primer (i’m teaching now and this keeps my makeup fresh all day; while i mentioned it here it is serving more of a purpose now!)

tatcha luminous dewy skin mist // thank you sephora for this travel size and start to an addiction ūüė¶

j.hannah nail polishes in ghost ranch, watermelon, irisbb vanity2.jpgmirror: daiso via ebay

wooden tray: container store

drawers: homegoods

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makeup for a minimalist: the vanity

the baby bohemian approach to feeling better

you might be sensing a bit of a theme here on baby bohemian these days – your girl is feeling low. ¬†like i said in this post, it’s just something that happens to me from time to time and i’m pretty good at self-soothing and letting myself revel in and then break free of the funk. ¬†besides lounging around and binging on books/movies/tv/youtube videos, i also find it extremely helpful to get out and get active. ¬†so here’s a real life account of how i made myself feel better last weekend. ¬†side note, all of my friends happened to be busy or away this particular weekend, so that’s why it was a very solitary one. ¬†usually i recommend dinner and/or drinks with friends; that almost always cheers me right up.Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 10.13.50 AM.png1 // work up a sweat. ¬†i can hear my mother now: you know you always feel better after you work out! ¬†eye rolls aside, this advice is absolutely true. ¬†even though i don’t always feel like endorphins work on me (anyone else feel worse about yourself after working out?!), when i’m feeling sad this really is the best pick me up. ¬†going to yoga class, running outside, or going to the gym is a quick fix that gets me dressed, out of the house, and moving my tush. ¬†plus i consider sweating basically a good cry for the body, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

2 // explore your neighborhood. ¬†taking pictures is one of my favorite hobbies. ¬†many years ago i invested in a ridiculously expensive camera (i clearly thought i was going to be the next diane arbus but i don’t have to tell you how that turned out) and i make an effort to use it whenever i can. ¬†i have considered selling it many times, but it’s just one of those things that’s nice to have once you have it. ¬†last weekend i walked around my sweet college town, just taking pictures of flowers and houses and anything else that caught my eye. ¬†it’s such an easy activity and don’t feel like you need a big ass camera to do it. ¬†i usually have a disposable camera hanging around and quite honestly those usually end up being my favorite pictures anyway. ¬†you can even fit in the aforementioned exercise at the same time! ¬†bb bloomington1.jpgbb bloomington4.jpgbb bloomington6.jpgbb bloomington2.jpgbb bloomington3.jpgbb bloomington5.jpg3 // find a street fair or farmer’s market. ¬†this is a harder one, but now that fall is coming i bet it will be easier than you think. ¬†i attended both my weekly farmer’s market and a labor day street fair last weekend and both lifted my spirits tremendously. ¬†i got a gorgeous bouquet of end of summer/fall flowers and two bulbs of fresh garlic at the farmer’s market, along with a farmer’s market tote that is huge and perfect for grocery shopping. ¬†i popped the flowers in a mason jar and they have already lifted my spirits and had a couple recipes that i wanted to attempt last week, so the garlic is being put to good use! ¬†i also stumbled upon a labor day street/art fair in my town this weekend. ¬†there were probably 50 artisan booths from all over the country. ¬†i picked up a gorgeous handmade mug with the most stunning colors – the artisan is from maine and told me he mixes all of his colors by hand. ¬†i am a huge mug collector and i couldn’t resist this beauty. ¬†sometimes all you need is to make your morning coffee that little bit more special. ¬†bb instagram1.JPGbb sunny mug.jpg4 // get ready for the week. ¬†sometimes it’s as simple as getting ready for the days ahead. ¬†i was babysitting my sisters dog last week so i wasn’t been at my own home very much, but when i was i made the most of my time. ¬†from cleaning and organizing to laundry and dishes, i made my space clean and fresh for the coming week. ¬†i also did some meal planning (new for me, sadly!!) and completed a very thorough grocery shop. ¬†trust me, preparing your space, clothes, and fridge will clear your mind and make you feel more organized and ready to start a new week.

5 // prep blog posts. ¬†now you might not have a blog, but any kind of creative project will do here. ¬†writing posts and taking pictures is one of the greatest creative joys i have, so it’s (usually) relaxing to spend time doing so. ¬†it can be stressful and sometimes sets me off on the wrong path, but typically i can relish in the creativity even if i’m not feeling as inspired as a i’d like to be. ¬†even spending time on pinterest can give me the motivation to make a collage or set up a flat lay, and creativity just can’t be discounted in my opinion. ¬†bb instagram2.JPG

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finding home

haven home 1.jpglast summer, i met a sweet, sweet guy. ¬†he is different from almost anyone else i have ever met. ¬†we dated for a little bit and though things didn’t work out, i count him as a dear friend.

he is wild. ¬†he is free. ¬†he is natural. ¬†he finds solace in the simple things, like driving for hours when you really, really don’t know where you’re going. ¬†he is a climber, an adventurer, an athlete. ¬†he is brave and kind. ¬†he is shy, quiet,¬†intelligent, and so charming.

he stopped to see me a few days ago, while driving across the country.  we met for coffee just off i-90.  he had stopped in wisconsin the night before to crash with some people he had only recently met.  he is the kind of guy who does that, and whom people invite to do that.  he shared his recent adventures with me, from ditching guards at the grand canyon so that he could continue hiking without a reservation to, literally, chasing waterfalls.  he told me about the tough times of being so alone and he told me about the inexplicable beauty of living so close to nature.  he shared lines from his favorite author, what his sisters are doing, his next location.

this friend reaches a part of me that few people reach. ¬†he inspires me. ¬†he makes me want to do more and be more – to follow my heart wherever that may lead. ¬†he reminds me that life is not about achievements¬†or possessions, it is about finding home, even if it’s in a sleeping bag in the back of your car.haven home 2.jpga few days after seeing my friend, ¬†i was at anthropologie browsing the sale section, wasting time really. ¬†i came across an indie magazine that i had never seen before, called haven. ¬†perhaps serendipitously, the theme of this particular issue is home¬†and finding it – inside people, coffee shops, dorm rooms. ¬†finding it around a campfire, at the dinner table, in the back of a camper van.

for my whole life, home has meant where my parents are, where my family is, where i grew up. ¬†and this, i am certain, will always be the case. ¬†but in a few months, i will finally be able to create my own home. ¬†it certainly won’t be my forever home, but it will be my first home. ¬†it will be my own space to figure out what it really means to live. ¬†it will welcome me and it will welcome others. ¬†it will incorporate all the people that i have known, the things i have loved and learned, the experiences that make me who i am – as all homes do. ¬†it will remind me of my friend and the lessons he has taught me.haven home 3.jpg

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hello, beauty

beginning in 2015, whole foods has annually released a special edition makeup bag filled with full size and deluxe sample size products. ¬†and this year’s bag has arrived! ¬†i spotted mine at whole foods a few days ago, and the official arrival date of the bags was march 24th. ¬†i was going to wait to review the bag after i had tried everything, but i decided to it now so you all can get the bags if you are interested. ¬†did i mention it cost only $18 for 11 products, including 4 full size items and a handmade makeup bag? ¬†maybe i should have given you that information first. ¬†feel free to run to whole foods and then come back to the rest of this post.bb whole foods hello beauty 1.jpglet me just say, i am so impressed with the contents of this year’s bag. ¬†this is my first one so i can’t speak to previous editions, but i’m confident they have all been equally as amazing. ¬†the amount of products you receive, the gorgeous makeup bag, and all for under $20? ¬†insane. ¬†bb whole foods hello beauty 2.jpgthe bag //

so let’s get to the goods! ¬†to start, the piece&co makeup bag itself is handmade by artisans in india, featuring organic cotton and using traditional weaving, tasseling, and indigo-printing techniques. ¬†piece&co¬†provides employment for women in need. ¬†the bag is super soft indigo with a gold and white tassel and a navy, gold, and silver interior.¬†bb whole foods hello beauty 3.jpgthe skincare //

the first full size product i tried is the acure pore clarifying red clay mask, 1.7 oz., $15. ¬†this mask is exactly what i didn’t know i needed. ¬†it has both exfoliating and hydrating properties, revealing toned and glowing skin. ¬†put on a thin layer for 15 minutes or until dry, then add water and watch the magic happen! ¬†exfoliating granuals are revealed, followed by a beautiful foam, and can then be rinsed completely clean. ¬†it’s gentle but action-packed, to say the least. ¬†plus the color is a stunning red rust that i’m in love with.

the second full size product is product is the evanhealy wild carrot nourishing eye balm, .5 oz, $20. ¬†i haven’t tried this yet because i am already using an eye cream, but i have seen this at whole foods before and have been very interested in it. ¬†evanhealy is one of my favorite brands, so i guarantee we will all love this. ¬†featuring cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado, rosehip, and coconut oils, this balm is perfect for smoothing and protecting the eyes.

next up is the andalou naturals apricot probiotic cleansing milk, 1.7 oz. ¬†this shit smells incredible. ¬†like…i just want to smell it all day. ¬†just fruity, energizing goodness. ¬†i actually have been wanting a super hydrating, more milky cleanser for my dry winter skin so you can imagine how thrilled i am with this. ¬†it is indeed milky and conditioning, but also cleansing and brightening. ¬†i wouldn’t use this by itself if i had sunscreen and makeup on, but paired with a makeup remover i think it will be perfect.

one of the smaller samples is the weleda soothing facial lotion, .23 oz.  it sounds like a pretty basic, restorative moisturizer but is packed with yummy ingredients and based on sweet almond oil.

the moisturizer that has really blown me away is the derma-e hydrating night cream with hyaluronic acid, .5 oz.  i absolutely love this for both day and night.  it is thick, but not too thick to be worn under makeup or alone during the day.  i really feel like this penetrates my skin and assists the other moisturizing/hydrating products that i use.  it is packed with great ingredients including antioxidants, vitamin c, vitamin e, and of course hyaluronic acid.  i am definitely going to pick up a full size of this, and perhaps the day cream as well.

another exfoliating item included is the juice beauty green apple peel sensitive, .26 oz. ¬†i must say i’m a little nervous about this item because i’m really not a peel girl, but i’m intrigued by the inclusion of “sensitive” in the title. ¬†this is an aha-based exfoliant that boasts more even skin tone and texture as well as nourishment and hydration. ¬†we shall see!

something i am extremely excited to try is the dr. haushka facial toner, 1 oz. ¬†i haven’t tried anything from this brand yet as it is really quite pricey, so i’m excited to get a sneaky, and very generous, sample here. ¬†this toner is both balancing and hydrating, with toning and brightening properties. ¬†it has a very short list of ingredients and is actually in a spray bottle (glass!) that i really appreciate. ¬†i look forward to trying this out.

the last skincare item is a sample of the trilogy coq10 booster oil, .17 oil. ¬†you all know that i like trilogy a lot, so i’m excited to try this. ¬†this oil is moisturizing, nourishing, recharging, and revitalizing, with a ton of amazing ingredients packed in. ¬†it is also for anti-aging, featuring collagen boosting effects and protection against free radical damage. ¬†bb whole foods hello beauty 4.jpgthe beauty //

the third full size item is the mineral fusion volumizing mascara in jet (black), .57 oz., $16. ¬†i won’t be trying this for a little while since i am currently using up¬†a brown mascara and a black mascara, but i look forward to trying out another eco mascara option! ¬†this seems like a pretty basic mascara wand, not too big, not too small. ¬†it is supposed to be very gentle and doesn’t clump, flake, or smudge.

the fourth full size item is the pacifica devocean lipstick in tenderness (nude pink), .07 oz., $10. ¬†this lipstick is almost more of a matte balm that i would compare to the glossier generation g lipsticks. ¬†it’s hydrating and creamy, but also matte which i love. ¬†the color is a beautiful nudey, rosey, pink aka the dream, and it’s just really nice to have around or in your bag. ¬†total love.

the last item is another bag essential; the whole foods market dry skin hand cream in peony, mint, and blackberry, 1 oz. ¬†i haven’t tried this particular scent, but i have tried this hand lotion before and it is great for dry hands. ¬†ingredients include argan oil and shea butter (actually it is 20% shea butter), so you know it’s going to be soothing and moisturizing.

so that’s everything that’s in the bag. ¬†i mean, can you believe this thing is priced at $18?? ¬†for those 4 full size items alone, this would be over $60. ¬†bb whole foods hello beauty 5.jpgall images are my own, please credit if taking.

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hello, beauty

the skincare routine

bb nighttime skincare update.jpgthis was originally an instagram post, but i thought it would be better as a quick bonus blog post instead. ¬†so, this is tonight’s skincare routine, as well as what my routine is going to look like for a while thanks to some killer new products (excluding the mask, which is just a once a week treat these days)…

ūüĆŅwash: mix of stark skincare¬†aurora cleansing balm &¬†glossier milky jelly cleanser // i emulsified the balm in my hands and then added a pump of mjc. ¬†these mix beautifully to offer a moisturizing cleanse that is easily rinsed off with warm water.

ūüĆŅmask: milk makeup x urban outfitters urban defense mask // you all know i love this for a quick (3-5 minute) boost.

ūüĆŅspray: evan healy lavender hydrosoul // always!

ūüĆŅserum: previse nutrify 1-6 hyaluronic acid serum // i ordered this through the beauty heroes shop to replace my deciem hylamide low molecular ha serum – this is thinner in viscosity but feels the same on the skin and is a nice, quite basic serum.

ūüĆŅoils: indie lee squalane & stark skincare midnight regenerating // i picked up the indie lee oil this week in california during the anthropologie 20% off sale. ¬†i’ve been researching squalane for a while and was so pumped to actually test this in person. ¬†it’s a lightweight, extremely moisturizing oil that my skin is completely drinking up. ¬†the stark mr is exactly what it says, a nighttime oil that works to repair and nourish the skin. ¬†these work in combination beautifully.

ūüĆŅeyes: living libations all seeing eye cream // i’ve been using this for a few weeks now and am really enjoying it. ¬†i haven’t seen immediate effects, but i also wasn’t expecting to. ¬†very hydrating and i like knowing i have a specific product for my eyes now.

please note: this is a lot of skincare, especially for me. but through some extensive research and trial, this is what my skin needs and wants. as far as the stark skincare items Рi have completely fallen in love with jess via her youtube channel, and her products are just as amazing as she is.  seriously, i have been getting a full on education about green beauty and skincare (and skincare in general) and just love her.

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february picks // better late than never

bb feb picks 3.jpggood hair //

i feel like it is quite rare that i have some actual hair favorites! ¬†this topic and one of these products will be familiar to you if you read this post, but there are some different products too. if you didn’t read that post (which you should. now.), i am pretty lame with my hair and usually just wash with head&shoulders or something comparable, maybe put in some salt spray, and air dry. ¬†but this month i’ve been shaking it up.

step 1: brush. ¬†now i have never been a hairbrusher. ¬†i know that sounds absolutely crazy, but when i brush my hair it gets…big. but lately, i’ve taken to brushing my hair before the shower to get rid of that dreaded rats nest from scarves and coat collars with this brush that i got from urban ($6). ¬†i think it is definitely the combination of pre-shower brushing and this brush that have completely changed how i wash my hair. ¬†my hair feels thicker, stronger, and shinier, and i have much less fallout than i used to. ¬†for winter hair, i’d say those results are pretty amazing.

step 2: wash. ¬†r+co cactus shampoo¬†($24) has been a full on love this month and will be for a while. ¬†this is the product you will recognize from that previous post. ¬†i don’t use this every time i wash my hair because it is pretty pricey, but i wish i could. ¬†i’ve been popping a little bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair and then lathering up with the cactus, and the results are beachy, summery, untamed, and perfect.

step 3: hair oil. ¬†i have never ever used a hair oil. ¬†that being said, i had my worries about not using full conditioner with the cactus shampoo, so i figured i would pick one up and try it out. ¬†i grabbed the verb ghost oil ($14) the last time i was at sephora because it has great reviews online and is the cheapest they have (of course i didn’t need to get a hair product at sephora, but you know, product junkie). ¬†i was tempted to get the ouai hair oil but it’s a smaller bottle¬†and double the price. anyways, this oil is beautiful. ¬†it is lightweight and not sticky at all, plus smells and feels amazing. ¬†i just put a little drop on my fingers and rub it together, then put the most on my ends and flip my hair over and finger comb with the excess. ¬†i don’t have a lot to base it on, but this oil is amazing!bb feb picks 4.jpggood reads //¬†when i was a kid i used to read 2 or 3 books at a time, and i have found myself doing that again this month.

introducing the honorable phryne fisher¬†& the miss fisher series¬†by kerry greenwood // you all know that i loooooove miss fisher’s murder mysteries the show and now i’m loving the books as well! ¬†i got this one on amazon and it contains the first three miss fisher stories, two of which were turned into episodes. ¬†i do prefer the show version – the characters and storylines are more established – but maybe it’s just because i’m so dedicated to it. ¬†all in all, they are super fun and easy to read and i will probably get them all! ¬†i love having a series to complete. ¬†i¬†have made my way through 6 of the books in the series and am starting number 7.

an extraordinary theory of objects by stephanie lacava // i think¬†i got this book while traveling in paris a few years ago, but it has been gathering dust on my shelf since then (honestly i can’t remember the exact details of where this came from). ¬†i decided to bring it with me on my most recent travels and it was such a lovely companion. ¬†this memoir is the beautiful and very striking story of the author as a young girl, discovering and dealing with her depression when her family is uprooted and moved to france. ¬†it was tragic but hopeful and a very special read.

lolly willowes by sylvia townsend warner // i signed up for a book of the month subscription, and this was offered as an add-on for my first box. ¬†it’s actually the first ever book of the month book, from 1926! ¬†right up my alley, very jane austen-esque. ¬†it is about a middle-aged woman who, after a life of being taken care of by her family and not being able to go her own way, leaves it all behind¬†to follow her heart. ¬†i highly recommend, and i recommend book of the month as well! ¬†i just chose my book for march¬†today and i think it will arrive shortly.

old magazine favorites // i love rereading and getting reinspired from my collection of magazines. ¬†some of my favorites that i looked at over and over this month were some old editions of frankie, suitcase, surfista, and howl. ¬†there’s nothing quite as beautiful to me as an independently-produced magazine.

good brands //

w3ll people // i have picked up three w3ll people products this month and am using all of them daily. ¬†i have previously tried their mascara and concealer and while i didn’t love either one, i do love the ethos of the brand. ¬†the first product i got was the bio brightening powder ($21.99) which is a beautiful slightly mattifying but glow inducing setting powder. ¬†i had been on a search for the perfect setting powder and i think i found it! ¬†at the same time i also picked up the bio bronzer loose powder ($21.99) as i’ve been a little bored with my bronzing options and this guy has great reviews. ¬†it’s a really nice universal shade that gives a very realistic hint of bronze to my skin. ¬†slightly more recently i purchased the narcissist foundation stick (shade 0, pale ivory)¬†($28.99)¬†which is a gorgeous cream foundation stick with extremely light, dewy coverage. ¬†i’ve been using it to even out some redness on my cheeks and nose. ¬†it sinks into the skin undetectably, but evens out the skin and can be built up effectively where necessary. ¬†i truly don’t feel like i’m wearing anything when i have this on – it feels even lighter than the glossier skin tint. ¬†i purchased all of my products at whole foods.bb feb picks 2.jpggood nails //¬†

it’s official. ¬†i’ve fallen into the smith&cult…well, cult. ¬†i own 2 shades: tenderoni and doe my dear. ¬†both are anna instigated products and obviously bitter buddhist (a stunning muted green grey) is next on my list. ¬†i kind of hate the bottles since they are so ridiculously bulky and they have those stupid caps you take off to reveal an extremely small applicator, but i will end my rant here. ¬†the formula is aaaamazing, especially on tenderoni. ¬†it’s basically opi you don’t know jacques, one of my classic polishes, but dare i say better? ¬†less purple undertones and great application. ¬†but if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the high price ($18 vs $10), the opi is a spot on dupe. ¬†doe my dear is my ideal light greige that applies pretty well given the nature of the color. ¬†smith&cult is 5-free.

nails inc. 45 second kensington caviar top coat // when my previous bottle of this guy got old and gloopy at some point last summer, i decided to venture into other top coats and try some things out. ¬†i tried the infamous seche vite which i liked for a little while but then became meh and the sally hansen quick dry top coat which is also meh. ¬†i was previously dedicated to essie good to go, but essie doesn’t always last very long on me so i haven’t gone back to that one. ¬†finally mid-february i decided to get the nails inc. again. ¬†i don’t know what took me so long honestly. ¬†it keeps my nails fresh like no other top coat does, dries literally in 45 seconds, and i have come to the realization that i can’t be without this! ¬†plus, all nails inc. products are at least 5-free, with their nailpure range is 6-free and vegan.

good lips //

sephora coconut balm // sephora came out with some new balms this month and i grabbed the coconut one while in the checkout line one day. ¬†a really solid lip balm with a great coconut scent – real coconut, not chemical coconut. ¬†solid balm at a good price point ($6). ¬†my mom tried mine and loved it so that’s impressive¬†(she is picky about balms and has this clinique one that she claims glues her lips together. ¬†watching her mimic this action is truly hilarious)! ¬†don’t worry, i picked one up for her immediately!

smith’s rosebud salve tube¬†//¬†($6) i¬†have the pot version of the rosebud salve and almost always have one lying around somewhere, which is great, but the tube version is much better in my opinion. ¬†definitely more user and on-the-go friendly. ¬†love the glossy finish without being sticky, the rose scent, the moisturizing properties, etc. etc. ¬†plus you don’t have to worry about it melting and oozing all over your car! ¬†(it happens…a lot.)bb feb picks 5.jpggood finds //¬†

cleansing balms // i started washing my face differently this month and it has completely changed the dryness in my skin.  at the end of january i got the pixi x caroline hirons double cleanse and it completely turned me on to cleansing balms.  this one is two fold Рyou get an oil based cleansing balm and a cream based cleanse and use them one after the other, wiping them off with a damp washcloth.  i fell in love with this process as my nighttime cleanse and wanted to pick up something slightly more eco and with more benefits, so i got the trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm at my local whole foods.  this is a gorgeous product that is extremely hydrating thanks to mango butter, rosehip oil, and coconut oil as well as other plant oils.  i remove it with a warm bamboo baby washcloths that are extremely soft and gentle Рand by that i mean basically the softest things ever.  the result is smooth and supple skin that requires few moisturizing products afterwards.  i am in love with both of these products and love interchanging them.

l’amour et la musique¬†youtube // i fell in love with mercedes of l’amour et la musique this month. ¬†i found her while on a search for youtube reviews of eco beauty products. ¬†and she is the mecca! ¬†she reviews mostly eco skincare and cosmetics with a touch of conventional ones as well, and is so intelligent and well spoken. ¬†i actually feel that i am gaining knowledge when i watch her videos and i love having a reference for my eco interests besides medical websites. ¬†i love her!! ¬†i highly recommend her videos, especially if you want something a little more intelligent than the usual makeup dribble.

alli cherry¬†youtube // i’ve been watching alli on and off for quite some time. ¬†honestly i used to find her a little boring, but i have completely changed my opinion over the last month. ¬†her content is extremely unique and well constructed, and she makes videos on her minimalist, low-waste, sustainable lifestyle. ¬†very refreshing and very empowering.

spearmint tea // sorry if this is tmi, but i severely suffer from lactose-intolerance and extreme stomach sensitivity, almost on a daily basis. ¬†i’m always researching any natural remedies that will help me feel better and take away some of my symptoms. ¬†i have come across spearmint tea quite frequently and after thoroughly trialling it, i must sing its praises. ¬†spearmint tea is known for many health benefits, but especially for its aid in digestion and management of a variety of stomach symptoms, including those related to ibs. ¬†i actually just love the sweet, refreshing way spearmint tea tastes (i drink it as is, no sugar, no milk, no honey) so i enjoy drinking it even when i’m not struggling with my stomach. ¬†but when i am struggling, i find it soothes my symptoms and eases my pain very quickly, and for that i extremely grateful. ¬†other benefits include fresh breath, hormonal balance, stress relief, and chronic disease prevention. ¬†it is also a great aid to dieters when paired with healthy diet and exercise. ¬†it is important to note that these benefits are from spearmint tea, i’m not sure if mint or peppermint tea apply. ¬†i find mine at whole foods.

kevita sparkling probiotic drinks // in the same vein as the beverage above, i started drinking kevita this month. ¬†in the past 2 weeks i don’t know if a day has gone by that i haven’t had at least half a bottle of one. ¬†it’s quite an expensive habit, but i actually think it is helping my tummy troubles. ¬†basically it’s a sparkling juice drink that is filled with good bacteria for your stomach and digestion. ¬†it’s a little kombucha-tasting (at least the flavors i have tried) but not too much and is really quite refreshing. ¬†not too sweet, organic, and all natural. ¬†i’ve been buying in bulk at whole foods. ¬†my favorite flavors are strawberry acai coconut and hibiscus berry.bb feb picks 1.jpggood living //

i haven’t mentioned it yet here, mostly because it is a topic that is extremely difficult for me to talk about, but in just a few weeks my parents are moving out of my childhood home. ¬†since i currently live in said home, i have been completely part of the moving process. ¬†and even though i hate that we are doing it, i am learning a lot about myself through this move. ¬†i’m reevaluating what i have and getting rid of what i don’t need – both physically and emotionally. ¬†i’m centering myself around the person that i truly want to be and am becoming/almost am, and i’m keeping what i feel benefits that person. ¬†even right down to the skincare and makeup and crap that i keep in my bathroom. ¬†i’m letting go and i’m creating a new space that is organic and natural and equal to me. ¬†through this, i’m¬†especially reevaluating the material items that aren’t benefitting me in a health manner, and i’m turning over a new eco leaf. ¬†it’s something i have delved into in the past, but it stressed me out and¬†at times felt like too much to conquer. ¬†but now i’m paying attention. ¬†i’m using up and then getting rid of the scary chemicals and nasty ingredients and the shit that i just don’t use or need or even want. ¬†but more on that later…

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