the student teaching essentials

i’ve mentioned here and there that i am now student teaching full time...and that requires a lot of supplies, let me tell you.  aside from all the actual classroom essentials, which include the catcher in the rye, my notebook, and my school laptop, i like to have a whole set of items and products that... Continue Reading →

leaving on a jet plane (or two)

yes that's right, i'm on the road again!  this time for an actual vacation.  i'm heading out east to spend 2 whole weeks with my family and friends and i couldn't be more excited.  it's been a pretty great summer full of new life and new challenges, but man am i ready for a tan,... Continue Reading →

buyer’s remorse

sometimes thing's just don't work out.  in honor of that, i'm sharing some products that just aren't working for me and that i'm truly sad i spent my dollars on.  interestingly enough, these are all products that took a lot of deliberation to actually buy - so not impulse buys in the least.  marc jacobs... Continue Reading →

june picks

products // auric blends desert night perfume oil - after visiting the farmer's market one saturday i was in my local co-op browsing the essential oil section.  i picked up this perfume oil and took a sniff when an older man asked me what i was checking out.  i shared this beautiful scent with him... Continue Reading →

from day to dinner

i 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! daytime face //  on this particular day, i was finally over a pretty bad acne... Continue Reading →

i have long sung the praises of the mac paint pots - specifically the shades groundwork and painterly.  if you are not familiar, they are cream shadow pots in a wide variety of shades - groundwork being a warm midtone brown (described as neutral but i don't find it to be) and painterly a pinky... Continue Reading →

makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

as i've slowly worked to transform my makeup bag from chemical-ridden to chemical-free, it's been a fun challenge to find natural versions of my favorite items.  and truthfully, it hasn't been that hard to do!  it really is amazing how many eco dupes there are for so-called conventional cosmetics. below are the natural product replacements i've found for... Continue Reading →

warm weather bound

tomorrow me and (part of) the fam are headed to one of my favorite places...california, duh!  you know i love a good travel post, so here's what i've got coming along with me >> makeup:nothing too exciting, but i'm bringing along the usual nars creamy concealer in vanilla, w3ll people bronzer and brightening powders, gabriel... Continue Reading →

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