feeling spring when it’s still winter

bb spring but winter5.jpgyou know the drill, it’s the first week of april and you keep waking up to snow on your window and ice in your veins.¬† maybe i’m overreacting, but that’s been my week so far – see above!¬† after going to california a couple weeks ago, i have been all about keeping my sunkissed glow and embracing that spring and summer should be on their way.¬† below are the products that i’ve been using to achieve this vibe, with plenty of options as always!bb spring but winter1// glowy blush and bronzer //

a realistic sunkissed tan with rms buriti bronzer (perfect for the eyes as well), rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, & eminence chai berry bronzer/blush

& other stories cream cheek & lip tint in dimple peach (very similar to the color of the rms if you can’t get your hands on that limited edition shade or want something that is more cream to powder in texture)

lightly stained lips with the body shop lip & cheek stains in dusty rose & pink hibiscus (spot on dupe for benefit benetint, but dare i say better?!)

glowy & sheer lips & cheeks with olio e osso balm in 02 french melonbb spring but winter3// dewy extras //

glossier perfecting skin tint

the perfect, realistic glow with no shimmer, just shine via the make dew pot

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist hydrating spray

mac coconut fix+bb spring but winter2// pale, pastel nails //

barry m eat my dust

smith&cult bitter buddhist

opi you’re such a budapest

pacifica desert princessbb spring but winter4

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the student teaching essentials

i‚Äôve 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 i may need. ¬†it sounds like a lot and it sounds extreme, but i find i feel so much more confident when i feel prepared and like i have all the supplies i could ever possibly need. ¬†

has anyone ever read the children’s book, chrysanthemum?  well chrysanthemum is a little mouse that is teased at school because of her name.  to combat this, she fills her favorite jacket with all her most prized possessions to give her extra confidence.  and this is EXACTLY what i do too.bb student tch1.jpg makeup items //

bare minerals perfecting veil powder with elf retractable brush // i always carry this bare minerals powder (discontinued) that my sister gave me with my handy dandy elf brush. ¬†i will also occasionally throw in my mineral fusion pressed powder¬†as well, if i feel like i need a little more coverage throughout the day. ¬†i don‚Äôt always use a powder, but i have found that something about the school environment/air/lights make me feel a lot oilier than usual.bb student tch5.jpgspot concealer // i keep my sephora concealer in 03 meringue in my bag ALWAYS. ¬†you just never know, ok!¬† i’ll occasionally pop my nars creamy concealer in there too if i really need it.

mini tweezerman tweezers // you truly never know when you will need tweezers.¬† a stray nose hair, a makeup brush hair that won’t get off your face, a splinter…you feel me.

maybelline brow brush // i aaaalways need a little brow brush up.

clarins instant light lip comfort oil in honey // this is the lip product that has been on my lips for the past 2 months straight.¬† it looks like a gloss but feels like a balm and honey is the perfect, almost-clear shade.¬† it makes me feel put together but also hydrates the lips beautifully.¬† i transfer this from pocket to pocket and purse to purse, but right now it’s living at school with me.bb student tch4.jpgkorres lip butter in jasmine // another balm that gives me more oomph than just a balm does.¬† i love the light nudey pink shade of this and it’s one of my all time favorite lip products.¬† you know i love a lip product that lightens the lips just a teensy bit.¬† i just wish it wasn’t in a pot because i only use it right after i’ve washed my hands.

sephora coconut lip balm // my mom and i both looove this balm!  it smells amazing and feels amazing.  need i say more?  great simple balm that i always have around somewhere.

super old sephora mirror compact // for when i don’t feel like whipping out my powder.

daily essentials // bb student tch3.jpghand sanitizer // currently using bronner’s.  i don’t know how anyone can work in a school, or really anywhere, without a good hand sanitizer.  life essential, people.  i also carry wet ones hand wipes with me for more serious situations! 

hand lotion // my lotion of choice is a travel size gold bond.¬† 99 cents at target.¬† yes.¬† it can also double as a face cream if necessary as it’s not exclusively a hand cream.¬†

hair clips and twisties // duuuuhhhhh!

mouthwash // DUH!  as a teacher i am super aware of my coffee breath.  mouthwash is an absolute non-negotiable.

the extras that i don’t really use but like to have //

tide to go, lint brush, bandaids, lactaid, imodium, tissues // every single one of these products shows you who i really am.¬† don’t believe what instagram shows you.¬† i am a grandma.bb student tch2.jpgso i know this sounds like an absolute load of products, but all my essentials fit into a glossier pink pouch and my makeup items fit into a very small mac travel bag.¬† i leave everything in my backpack/school bag so i don’t have to think about anything until i need it!

am i missing anything?  what products do you keep with you on a daily basis?

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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, a laugh, and a dip in the ocean. ¬†anyways, you know i love a travel bag post, so here’s what i’m taking with me for a few weeks away…bb travel again1.jpgskincare //¬†

first aid beauty cleanser // glossier priming moisturizer

hylamide low molecular ha serum // indie lee squalane oil

mad hippie eye cream // weleda skin food

farmacy green screen // suntegrity 5-in-1 in light

aczone acne topical // feeling beautiful mint and lemon mask (in travel pot)bb travel again2.jpgbb travel again4.jpgmakeup //

nars creamy concealer in vanilla // rms living luminizer

hourglass bronzer in diffused bronze light // eminence chai berry illuminator blush

rms eye polish in myth // rms swift shadow in tt-73

jane iredale matte palette // bare minerals mascara

kosas lipstick in stardust // 100 percent pure lipstick in prickly pear

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan // vaseline rosy lips

mac 239 // mac 217

surratt eyelash curlers // eye spoolie

it cosmetics ball powder brushbb travel again3.jpgbb travel again5.jpgthe extras //

le labo santal 33 perfume

herbivore botanicals sea mist salt spray (hair)

schmidt’s rose and vanilla deoderantbb travel again6.jpg

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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. ¬†bb buyer's remorse1.jpgmarc jacobs coconut primer // i was soooo excited to buy this. ¬†i had gone through 2 samples from sephora, but for some reason since i bought it i’ve had no interest in it. i’m not particularly worried about how long my makeup lasts since i wear such a minimal amount, so maybe that’s why i’m not overly fussed about wearing a primer. ¬†plus my skin is pretty balanced in the spring and summer so i don’t need that extra boost of hydration. ¬†and to be quite honest, i think i prefer the too faced hangover primer that this is comparable to. ¬†whatever the case, i wish i didn’t buy this uber expensive product! ¬†it’s beautiful but…nah.

gressa lip boost in bare // uuuhghghghghgh. ¬†i’m so upset with this product. ¬†i read reviews that the gressa lip boosts are drying but no one said that they are DRY. ¬†like, can barely get this on my finger dry. ¬†the color is gorgeous but i can only get this on if i leave it in my car in the sun for a while, and that just isn’t good. ¬†i’ve tried it over balm and with a brush and all that and it’s just absurdly, weirdly dry. ¬†after looking back at pictures, it looks like for other people this is a softer, almost creamy formula. ¬†what?! ¬†psh.

mac blush in dame // ok similarly to the gressa lip boost, this mac blush is just super weird. ¬†every time i go to use it it has somehow sealed up, so i always have to scrape the top off. ¬†it’s a great blush and color when i can get it to work, but it really is a pain. ¬†again, nah.

nars multiple in hot sand // ANOTHER product that seals up. ¬†why is that? ¬†this just doesn’t impart and color on my skin whatsoever. ¬†some shimmer but that’s it. ¬†and i’ve applied it straight to my skin, with my fingers, etc. ¬†i even cut the top of it off to reveal the product below, which worked for one use and then it sealed again. ¬†since i did that i haven’t applied it straight to my skin, so i can’t imagine why this is not functioning properly. ¬†it’s such a gorgeous product and color and i’m so so sad that it’s a dud.

mac lipstick in creme d’nude // i mentioned a while ago that i got trapped into buying some mac products, and this is the other product i bought that day. ¬†i’ve been looking for a sheer lipstick to somewhat lighten my lips (kind of the way the korres lip butter in jasmine does but in more out-for-the-day-friendly packaging). ¬†i liked this in the mac store, but now when i apply it it just makes my lips look so dry and textured. ¬†it’s not actually the color that bothers me – i just pat on a little – but it makes my lips look gross no matter the prep beforehand. ¬†ugh mac. ¬†why.

tell me, what products give you buyer’s remorse? ¬†don’t leave me alone here…

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june picks

bb june picks1.jpgproducts //

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 and we got to talking. ¬†he told me about his work as an aromatherapist as well as some stories from his life, and i told him a little bit about me. ¬†it was a beautiful exchange, he gave me some wisdom that i will cherish forever, and i hope i made his day a little brighter as well. ¬†after he left me i knew i had to get this beautiful perfume oil, to remind me of him, of meeting new friends, and of sharing love and light with as many people as we can on this earth.

monk oil #2 recently renamed “dawn.” ¬†i mentioned this beautiful body oil here, but i had to mention it again. ¬†i have been mixing a little in with my body moisturizer – i’m currently using the alba organica ultra emollient and it’s a new staple for me for sure – soaks in quickly and makes my body softer than ever. ¬†i get the benefits of both products in one and the added benefit of not using this oil up to quickly as it is quite pricey. ¬†the scent is calming and brings me back to center.

primal pit paste i used up my meow meow tweet baking soda-free deodorant and picked this up at the grocery store to replace it. ¬†i think i like this better, probably because of the baking soda which thankfully doesn’t seem to irritate my skin. ¬†nice deodorant, probably not groundbreaking but i like it a lot. ¬†it is easier to rub in than the mmt and doesn’t ball up as some deodorants seem to. ¬†i am still layering it with the ursa major one for extra sweaty days (which are plentiful here in indiana).

mac patentpolish lip pencil in revved up i will admit that i got suckered into buying this, but i am so glad that i did! ¬†i’ve been liking how peaches look on me – usually i’m a light pink lip girl – and the formula is very similar to the clinique intense chubby sticks. ¬†it has the right amount of gloss and sheer color to look simple and not overdone, but it makes me feel a little more put together than usual.

first aid beauty ultra repair intensive lip balm my love affair with fab continues! ¬†i picked this up because i read it is similar to the nuxe reve de miel, a previous favorite that doesn’t have the ingredient list i like to see, and they are pretty much identical. ¬†this has that same somewhat gritty texture that exfoliates and moisturizes the lips at the same time. ¬†it is slightly more solid than the nuxe, but the results are spot on. ¬†it lasts all night and i can still feel it in the morning, which tells me it is really doing it’s job. ¬†if you are looking for a heavy-duty lip product, i recommend checking this out.

garnier micellar water and thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel i have a post coming all about these so i won’t go in depth, but they have been hardcore favorites all month long.

ray ban wayfarers i have had these sunglasses for probably 7 years, wearing them on and off.  this summer they have been the only sunglasses i have liked to wear.  they are sturdy and perfectly molded to my face Рhighly recommend getting your sunglasses adjusted if you can, it makes all the difference.  i can throw them in my bag or in my car without worrying too much.  plus they have small bite marks from when my dog was a puppy so that makes me happy as well.bb june picks3.jpgentertainment //

the office Рi have never enjoyed the office.  it makes me sad, to be honest.  but after watching a few episodes with a friend, i got completely sucked in.  i finally see the humor behind it and that it is very sweet, not sad (for the most part).  and obviously i am in full support of jim and pam, just to clear that up.

a new book – i haven’t been reading as much lately as i was the first half of the year, but i just started reading a new book that i can’t not mention. ¬†i got jd salinger: the last interview while in new york and only just had the time to start reading, but i already love it. ¬†salinger is such an enigmatic but iconic figure in american literature and it is so interesting to finally learn about him, but it also makes me feel sad that he was essentially chased and stalked most of his life.

blogs – the opal gray¬†is yet another beauty blog, but there’s something about it that’s extra special. ¬†i believe i found the author on instagram and started reading her blog from there, but honestly i can’t quite remember. ¬†her photography is gorgeous and i really appreciate her product reviews. ¬†now if she would only post more often! ¬†another blog i have added to my daily reading list is free & native. ¬†this one is a different from my usual beauty and fashion blogs, but one that i am needing right now. ¬†free & native is the blog of herbalist and manifestation advisor lacy phillips, and she shares her techniques for more wholesome, free, and intentional living, as well as the people, places, and things inspiring her.

highlights of the month //

moving into my own apartment

starting classes

meeting new people and making new friends

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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 Рand 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 mac groundwork dupe

bb groundwork vs creamy beige 1.jpgi 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 beige. ¬†i actually have a painterly dupe as well, but i got it in london and can’t find it in the us, so we will stick with groundwork today.

so here’s the amazing news about this dupe: it’s easier to find, it’s cheaper, it has better ingredients, and in my opinion, it’s a better color. ¬†what is this magical eye shadow you ask? ¬†it’s the maybelline color tattoo shadow in creamy beige. ¬†this is by no means a new product but it’s a new shade to me¬†and i’m pretty excited about it.bb groundwork vs creamy beige 2.jpgcreamy beige really isn’t a beigey color at all, but the perfect neutral brown. ¬†i find that creamy beige is slightly less warm than groundwork, so it doesn’t have the tendency to pull orange on my lids (i am very fair with cool toned skin). ¬†i like that the color is slightly more neutral so it will be perform better for skin tones that aren’t just warm-based. ¬†the formula is lighter than groundwork and a touch drier, so if you find the mac paint pots crease on you, i think you will be safer with these.

in terms of ingredients, the mac paint pots score a 4 on ewg while maybelline color tattoos score a 3. ¬†that’s not much of a difference, except the mac paint pots include the ingredient retinyl palmitate, or vitamin a palmitate, which scores a 9 and is a 100% in the high concern for developmental and reproductive toxicity category. ¬†ummm no thank you?!?!?!? ¬†even though all of the other ingredients score 1-3s, once i read that i just can’t forget it.bb ewg paint pot review.pngbb ewg color tattoo review.pngso yes, i will be giving away my mac groundwork and putting creamy beige into rotation instead. ¬†i will still keep painterly since it is my all time favorite cream eyeshadow, but if you do want to know about that dupe it’s another maybelline color tattoo called¬†creme de rose. ¬†it’s slightly darker in tone so i don’t find it quite as brightening on me, but i think¬†this will be a benefit for more skin tones that struggle with the lightness of painterly.

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