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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the lazy girl’s guide to makeup

here on baby bohemian, i’m all about looking completely natural with a little oomph.  i’m about wearing makeup to make myself feel put together, while looking like i’m barely wearing any at all.  makeup is my me time, my hobby.  so here are my recommendations for a makeup bag that is perfect for the lazy girl, the makeup minimalist, the product junkie that doesn’t want to appear like a product junkie.  the products below could serve as a great beginner’s makeup bag or just nice products to have on hand.  with my upcoming travels, this will act as the former for me and i’m very pleased with the products that will be accompanying me on my journey…if i can keep it to just these…bb lazy girl2.jpg// skin & base //

hydrated, glowing skin is an absolute essential.  i like a very light, sheer base that evens things out ever so slightly, regardless of the condition my skin is in (currently: acne-ridden).  and to make a light base work the best, it’s all about what’s underneath.  for glowing, hydrated skin that isn’t shimmery or glittery, check out the bliss ex-glow-sion.  now this is a moisturizer more than a makeup product, so if you have dry skin like me i recommend you wear it more as a primer, but if you are on the oilier side you could use this just as your morning moisture layer.

as far as that sheer base goes, my current favorite is my tinted sunscreen, the clinique city block spf 25; a mineral spf with a perfect tint for my skintone.  this is a sunscreen with a tint, not a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so i feel really good wearing it and like the teeny bit of coverage it gives.bb lazy girl3.jpgundereye concealer is where i differ from many: i rarely wear it.  i like a hint of darkness under the eyes, but if i ever feel too dark i always reach for the glossier stretch concealer in light.  because this is a sheer, very emollient formula it looks incredibly natural while adding the bare minimum of brightness.  i don’t find that this creases or goes greasy on me, but i’ve heard from many that setting with a powder is required.  i personally like the hydration it gives, but this is all about personal preference of course!  i also love this for areas of the face that are a little more red or angry and need a bit more help; i just purchased the medium shade for my summer skin.

a high coverage concealer is also an essential, and the nars radiant creamy is second to none.  i’ve tried others that i’ve liked, but i always back to this.  for blemishes, this is a must have.  my trick is to let it set for a minute or two before patting it in – this gets the coverage just right.  i wear vanilla for most of the year and creme brulee in the summer.

// shade & highlight //

bronzer is a non-negotiable product for me.  even if i’m wearing absolutely no makeup whatsoever, i need a hint of bronzer to make me feel alive.  i’m fair, but feel like i apply bronzer in such a way that i never look orange or over-the-top.  the trick is a fluffy brush and the right undertone.  with my pink skin, i like something that is neutral to cool and the littlest bit red; this looks the most natural on me.  my current favorite is the limited edition marc jacobs coconut bronzer, but the hourglass diffused bronze light is another item i don’t ever want to be without.bb lazy girl6.jpgblush depends on the day, but when i remember it i love it.  i go between powder and cream, preferring my powders to be matte and my creams to be sheeny.  i just found the cargo blush in catalina at tj maxx ($4.99!) and it offers the perfect hint of brightness to my face while still being subtle.  if you want to have just one blush in your makeup bag, i recommend it being a somewhat neutral one that you won’t get sick of.  the it cosmetics blush in naturally pretty ticks those boxes for my complexion.  my cream blush of choice at the moment is my olio e osso balm in 02 french melon.  very sheer but glowy, sunkissed perfection that has the same healthy effect on the lips.

to be as natural as possible, highlighters have to be creamy and glowy – no shimmer in sight.  rms is a great brand to turn to for this, and my ultimate one is the champagne rose luminizer.  this is incredibly natural on my skin because of the light nude undertone and the pink reflect.  this of course will depend on your skin tone, but look for something that gives you a sweaty shine and as little actual color as possible.  a runner up in this category is the make dew pot.

// eyes & lips //

if i’m in the mood for eye shadow, it’s typically a matte brown.  my favorite is jane iredale cappucino, but i also just snagged the too faced natural matte palette (also at tj maxx – $14) which has a nice variety of soft matte tones.  i’m glad i was able to get the original packaging – i really don’t like one they just released!  if i’m doing a shimmer, it’s usually a taupe erring on the side of brown, and man do i have a wide variety of those.  my favorite right now is the chanel ombre premiere shadow in talpa, but there is definitely no need to have such an expensive shadow.  this was a birthday splurge back in january.  curled lashes and a coat of mascara are all i really need to feel complete, but i love having a little bit of a grungy eye.

my favorite mascara is the w3ll people expressionist – it’s lengthening and natural but gives me the natural oomph i want.  most days i wiggle it through the roots of my lashes for natural-looking thickness.  the new glossier mascara looks extremely similar to this, which i find interesting, but nothing will replace this dude for me.bb lazy girl7.jpglips are another category that i like to go as simple as possible with.  i love to buy fun lipsticks – almost always matte – but actually wearing them on a daily basis is not as attainable.  i’m getting better though!  my favorite matte which is now discontinued is the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay, but i recently picked up the l’oreal colour riche matte lipstick in matte-sterpiece and it’s that perfect peachy pink nude that’s very hard to find.  & other stories cone marshmallow is another favorite that again is difficult to find – i’m always on the hunt for a subtle peachy pink.  i mentioned the laura mercier velour extreme matte in vibe in my may picks and that is just a hair darker than the l’oreal.bb lazy girl4.jpgbb lazy girl5.jpgif i’m in the mood for a red or brighter lip, i typically opt for a stain.  the body shop lip & cheek stain in pink hibiscus is a dead-on dupe for benefit benetint, without the nasty ingredient list.  and if i want some shine the body shop gloss in sugar glaze is the only colored one lip gloss i own (it’s a soft pink sheen) – otherwise i opt for the wet n wild clear gloss.bb lazy girl1.jpget voila!  a very edited but complete makeup bag.  what are your makeup must haves?  anything i’m missing?

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