november picks

you know the drill: new discoveries, rediscoveries…all the stuff i’m digging this month.IMG_4410.jpgIMG_4426.jpg

using >>

too faced hangover primer // i have used this absolutely every day since i purchased it at the very beginning of the month, including days that i haven’t been wearing any makeup.  i love the added moisture it gives to my skin and it really does make my makeup last all day long.  it’s beautiful on it’s own or mixed with something like the mac strobe cream or nars illuminator in hot sand.  the travel size i got at ulta is definitely going to last me for quite a while, even with some frequent use.  this is such a goodie.

milk makeup x urban outfitters urban defense mask // i detailed this mask in this post about milk makeup so i won’t go too much in depth, but basically this mask is awesome.  it goes on as a thick, incredible smelling gel and leave it on for just a few minutes – and then mix in some water, rub it around on your skin, and wash it all off.  it’s cleansing but healing and moisturizing and i love how it feels.  the tub is absolutely huge and will last for quite a while, so for $36 you really get your money’s worth.  check that post for more information (even though really there isn’t much more to tell)!

yu-be moisturizing cream // i’ve had this since early in the year, but quite forgot about it as summer came around.  but i’ve brought it back out for my poor winter face where i have a few extra dry, peeling patches.  i have been putting this around my nose and mouth every morning and night and it keeps dryness at bay and doesn’t burn at all.  the camphor smell is a bit strong (it smells like carmex) but fades away quickly and actually offers a little bit of a pick-me-up.  i don’t know if i would put this all over my face, but considering the high glycerin content i’m thinking about it as the weather gets colder and colder.  in any case, this is a nice bit of extra moisture if you need it.

bronzer // while this is always a favorite, i’ve been having a fun time switching it up with bronzers this month.  i’m rotating between the soap&glory solar powder, benefit hoola, and hourglass luminous bronze light depending on what i’m feeling like and these are all such solid bronzing powders.  super natural on my getting-paler skin and offer the face such a nice lift and glow.  highly recommend all three.

bioderma // i picked up a small bottle of bioderma at the airport while in london and quickly added it to my nightly routine.  i’ve been taking off all my makeup with this before washing my face or doing a mask at night, and i like doing the extra step.  i prefer this to washing my face twice and feel like it gets my face even cleaner than double washing anyways.  it’s extremely gentle and doesn’t burn my dry skin or create any redness as these types of products tend to do on me.  it’s a beautiful makeup remover and a really nice addition to a skincare routine.  and thankfully for us americans, you can now get bioderma via beautylish and violet grey, so i know exactly where to order more when i run out of my bottle!

pf candle co fig and sandalwood candle // my all-time favorite candle and perfect for fall.  it’s warm and smooth, but not overpowering.  i don’t particularly smell fig in here, but i do smell all that delicious sandalwood.  i’m coming to the end of mine so i’ve been burning it night and day to clean out that amber jar like the true blogger i am!  can’t wait to buy another when i get to my next location.  also, i think in a past life i was a sandalwood tree.

monica vinader onyx ring // i couldn’t find the exact one online so i linked something similar.  i got this ring while in london and oh my gosh am i in love with it.  i wear it on my ring finger on my right hand which is a little unusual for me; i’m usually a middle or forefinger ring girl.  the onyx stone is so eye catching and different, and it plays off the gold so well.  it’s a statement but still understated and makes me feel rather grown up indeed.  plus it reminds me of a ring that a dear friend of my parents’ wears, and that makes it all the more special.  IMG_4441.jpgIMG_4414.jpgIMG_4432.jpg

reading >>

rules of civility by amor towles // this book is such a gem!  i happened upon it in my local bookstore and left without it, and then went back the next day because i couldn’t stop thinking about it.  this book is so up my alley – very similar to my beloveds: the lost art of keeping secrets and searching for grace kelley.  there’s just something about vintage new york city, filled with lavish parties, twinkling lights, and smart, sassy young women coming into their own.  katey, the main character, has such a great wit and sense of humor that i can’t help but want to be just like her.  for some reason i couldn’t get patti smith out of my mind the entire time i was reading this, so i must see a little bit of her in the protagonist.  i definitely took my time reading this because i didn’t want it to end.  favorite line: “bred with just the right amount of fresh air, roughhousing, and ignorance, these primitive [midwestern] blondes set out from the cornfields looking like starlight with limbs” (towles 14).

my top blogs // amelia says this, beauty by kelsey, lolita says so, cindyhyue

following >>

instagram // @kristengracelam, @skinsitivity, @geo_fleur, @surfistastravelogue, @sundayforevernyc, @sortofobsessed, @emmahoareau, @flwhrs, @cynthialions, @househomemade

tamira jarrel youtube // always a favorite but this month i have been playing her new and old videos on repeat.  i’m obsessed with her badass/doesn’t give a fuck attitude and her super natural approach to beauty.  she is truly an artist when it comes to no makeup makeup and i can only dream that i am able to achieve her effortlessness one day.IMG_4442 (1).jpg

november was a pretty good month, but i am so excited for december and all the magic and love and creativity it brings.  and the new year.  ooooh 2017, i love that you are so close!

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british beauty

IMG_4346.jpgthanks to all my favorite british beauty bloggers and vloggers, including but not limited to anna of the anna edit (formerly vivianna does makeup), estee lalonde, amelia liana, and suzie of hello october, i have had a lengthy british cosmetics wish list for quite some time (read: years).  so when i was finally able to high-tail it to boots (thanks to my dad for understanding that he should leave alone for this event), i can ecstatically say that i found everything on my list.  and almost peed my pants with excitement every time i wandered into a new aisle.  so here’s what i got my little paws on…
IMG_4348 (1).jpgmaybelline color tattoo in creme de rose – credit to suzie on this one.  we can get these cream shadows in the states, but not in this color and i have had my eyes on this mac painterly dupe for quite some time.

maybelline color stay 7-day nail polish – credit to amelia.  she has spoken on these polishes many a time, and usually has them on, so i have wanted to grab a couple shades for probably a year now.  upon arriving home i immediately put on ___ and the application was excellent.  i’ll let you know about that whole 7-day thing.

l’oreal d’huile nail polish – credit again goes to amelia.  that girl knows her nail polish!

barry m nail polish – specifically the shade eat my dust.  credit to anna on this one.  she loves a good pastel light blue polish, so i definitely trust her opinion, and when she wore this one for the whole of summer 2015, it went on the list as well.  *also i am so glad i had plenty of room in my liquids bag for all these nail polish bottles!!

bourjois 123 cc cream – credit goes to estee for this guy.  a pale skin friend, estee loves a light, luminious base and has mentioned the bourjois foundations, and this product specifically for years.  i got the lightest shade, which has a nice neutral undertone.  i was pleased that it didn’t appear to much on the yellow side.  i have only tested a little of this, but it beautifully evens out my skin tone without being cakey or drying or too heavy.

soap and glory solar powder bronzer – this is the originally item that went on my wishlist, thanks to anna and lily pebbles.  i even got a back up of this because i was that excited.  this is a beautiful, light bronzer that has a light sheen and shimmer to it.  it appears to be similar to the physician’s formula butter bronzer, but obviously better because it has all that british hype!  we can get soap & glory in the states, including some of their powder products, but not this specific item.

l’oreal eye shadow – specifically shade 201.  big thanks to amelia, again.  we have these in the states now, but i think the shade range is different and honestly i wanted to get the original just because.  these are kind of like a pressed pigment but not as hard to work with, and just all around a really beautiful sheeny shadow.

maybelline color drama lip pencil – shade nude perfection.  for the little time that i was avidly following stephanie of cocochic, i knew that i had to have this.  it’s a matte lip pencil similar to the nars velvet mattes, and this is a really nice peachy sort of nude.

collection concealer – ok i can’t even credit this to one specific person.  maybe barbara of the persian babe in particular?  this is like the concealer of the uk, and obviously i had to have it.  i got the shade fair, and while this does oxodize a bit, i think it is going to be a firm favorite.  i’ll let you know! (not pictured because i’ve put this away until i finish my current concealer)

sleek face palette – i think it’s back to amelia on this one.  i got the bronzer, highlighter, and blush palette.  the bronzer reminds me of benefit’s hoola and the blush of nars orgasm.  plus its so sleek, if you’ll excuse the pun!!

ok that finishes up this ridiculously long list!  i needed absolutely 0% of these products, but after wanting them for so long, i couldn’t convince myself to not buy any of these.  british drugstores, boot’s in particular, just seem so cool and well done, and the products truly are amazing.  cvs, walgreen’s, and duane reade actually seem like crap in comparison, but i’m sure it’s just cause that’s what i know and go to.  yayyyyy!

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travel tips // the suitcase

IMG_4344.jpgIMG_4345.jpgfor the grand finale of my travel tips series, i bring you the suitcase.  first, check the weather.  second, do any necessary laundry.  third, roll, roll, roll!  but seriously, it really is best to roll your clothes.  they don’t get as creased, they take up less room, and it’s SO fun! anyways, on to the goods.  i’m going to london with my dad, so that means i have to be nicely put together and more conservative (less bohemian) than i might usually be.  also, yes, i realize the only piece of color here is my scarf and my green cords.  whatever!

here is literally what’s in my suitcase (i provided as many links as possible!):

bottoms // 

2 pairs of cords – j.crew high rise in black and olive green

2 pairs of black jeans – bdg high rise and paige high rise (really old)

1 pair dark jeans – citizens rocket in icon

madewell skirt with leather details – black (really old)

black tights

tops // 

zara batwing sweater – dark grey

zara crew neck – black and light grey (old)

random turtleneck – black

urban outfitters turtleneck – blue/green (old)

gap long sleeves shirts – white, grey, black

shoes //

black booties (old!)

brown lace up booties (old!)

outerwear // 

jcrew cocoon coat – black

neff beanie – i have a couple in various colors

anthropologie scarf – floral with maroon background (old)

i hope this little series was somewhat helpful for any new travelers/overpackers/people who just like to read this stuff.  i would like to think that i’m a pretty experienced traveler (i hope that doesn’t sound ridiculously conceited) and i’ve learned over the years how to pack just the right amount of stuff.  let me know what your travel essentials are and if you think i’m on the right track!

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