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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the concealer search

part of the fun of shopping, for me, is the search. ¬†the search for the best product, the best price, the best shopping experience. ¬†in fact, this is actually a defining¬†characteristic of many millennials,¬†research-backed buying¬†vs impulse buying. ¬†i learned this at a luncheon with refinery 29 while i was interning at elizabeth arden – how the methods of shopping of millennials effect retailers and how those retailers can persuade millennials to purchase in the moment or at least be a part of their research. ¬†ok wooooah tangent, let’s get back to the point of this post.
bb bare minerals concealer review 1.jpgi have been on the hunt for a pot concealer that i could wear as a pseudo-foundation – basically something ultra creamy that i could use to even out my skin but wouldn’t look or feel like i had anything on. ¬†i tried the w3ll people narcissist foundation stick first (obviously not a pot) and while i liked it a lot, the color match wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly what i was looking for. ¬†it’s nice for brightening my face, but i don’t find myself reaching for it on a daily basis.

my next thought was the rms “un” cover-up, which is really the exact product i want, but none of the colors work for me. ¬†i’ve mentioned it a thousand times before, but my skin is very cool-toned, so the yellow-based shades of the “un” cover-up just do not work for me. ¬†glossier’s stretch concealer seems to have a more pink-based range, but to be honest i’m not that drawn to that brand anymore. ¬†i’m sooo tired of seeing all the marketing on every single instagram post that pops up on my feed and i’m just kind of over it, for now at least! ¬†some of their products are still staples for me (milky jelly cleanser,¬†moon mask, and coconut balm dotcom¬†are constants) so yes that concealer looks like it would be pretty perfect, but i’m going to pass on it for now.

then, very excitingly, nars came out with their new soft matte concealers. ¬†in pot form! ¬†pot form of my favorite concealer! – so i thought. ¬†but yes, as the name would suggest, these are more on the matte side. ¬†i tested them out at sephora and they are truly beautiful and creamy, while finishing to a matte or at least satin-matte formula. ¬†i just don’t think they would work on my drier skin and the coverage seems higher than what i’m looking for.

and finally, i remembered my old faithful – bare minerals. ¬†i actually owned the bare minerals correcting concealer quite a few years ago now, but i never really knew what to do with it so i got rid of it. ¬†i don’t typically wear concealer under my eyes and i wasn’t yet using any products like that on my face, so it went by the way side. ¬†but while browsing ulta the other day, this little pot of magic came back to me. ¬†bb bare minerals concealer review 2.jpgthis concealer is perfect for what i have been looking for. ¬†it’s creamy, glowy, and stays put all day. ¬†it can be sheered out for just a hint of coverage where needed, but is also perfect for spot concealing blemishes with a small brush. ¬†the color – light 1 of course – is the ideal mix of cool and warm tones, so it works to brighten while also matching my skin perfectly (it’s described as a light neutral cool). ¬†and truthfully, this does not budge. ¬†i find my nars radiant creamy concealer shifts around throughout the day, but i napped in the bare minerals and it still didn’t reveal the huge pimple i have on my chin. ¬†it doesn’t crease on my eyelids, nor under my eyes. ¬†i don’t wear undereye concealer, but it’s nice to know that i can with this and it will look totally natural and not like some kim k¬†triangle shit. ¬†also, it will be really easy for me to get another shade to match my tan in the summer because the shades are divided between warm and cool tones (though i get tan, i’m still cool-toned) – something that has always been difficult for me.

and since i’m sure you were wondering, this little baby has some pretty great ingredients. ¬†it scores a 2 on ewg, contains spf 20, and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, gmo’s, and triclosan. i do wish it didn’t contain phenoxyethanol, but that is not a¬†huge problem for me at the moment. ¬†i also got the full coverage concealer brush which was one of the only brushes i ever owned throughout high school and most of college, and it really is a good one. ¬†i used to use it in my bare minerals powder to cover up, but it’s a great match for the correcting concealer as well. ¬†you can use the tip of it to pinpoint conceal, and use the rest for blending.bb bare minerals concealer review 4.jpgbb bare minerals concealer review 3.jpgmaybe it’s nostalgia, but i honestly love bare minerals and their products. ¬†they are always beautiful, effective, and great quality. ¬†some of my favorites are the original foundation, the flawless definition mascara (the only mascara i wore through high school and college¬†– i’m dying to get a fresh tube since i haven’t used it in a couple years), and the lip glosses (they¬†are discontinuing the marvelous moxie line but i have plans to get a couple of the gen nude buttercream glosses – they are stunning!). ¬†what’s your tried and true favorite brand?

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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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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 some of my favorite makeup items. ¬†i won’t be getting rid of all of these dupes as i detail below, but some of them just have to go.bb eco dupes taupe eyeshadow.jpgburberry pale barley eye shadow (top) vs rms swift shadow tt-73 (bottom) // pale barley is probably one of the most hyped up eyeshadows in the beauty world. ¬†it is a sheer taupe with a hint of shimmer that is perfect for every day wear. ¬†the formula is beautiful, but truthfully i’ve always been disappointed in the lack of pigmentation. ¬†i much prefer the rms shadow, which is a hair¬†darker than pale barley and still sheer, but in a better way if that makes sense. ¬†it is smooth, buildable, and long lasting and i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing. bb eco dupes brown matte.jpgurban decay naked¬†eye shadow (bottom)¬†and mac wedge eye shadow (middle)¬†vs jane iredale cappuccino eye shadow (top) // i’ve waxed lyrical about all of these shadows before and they basically are all the same. ¬†i always have naked hanging around as it’s just that good, and i purchased wedge as a potential replacement when i smashed my previous cappuccino to smitherines. ¬†i would say that naked is slightly warmer and more yellow, while wedge and cappuccino are equally cool and slightly stone colored. the price of jane iredale single shadows is $22 which really is expensive, especially compared to the $6 price of mac replacement shadows, but i know it’s worth it. ¬†this palette is especially great (also a potential dupe for the urban decay naked basics palette?), even though the price was steep (~ $50). ¬†it’s worth it to me to spend money on more natural options, so cappuccino is the winner here for sure.bb eco dupes cream eyeshadow.jpgmac painterly paint pot (top) vs gressa neve eye tint¬†(bottom)¬†// now these shadows are clearly not the same, but i find the effect to be nearly identical. ¬†i love painterly, really it’s my favorite mac eye shadow, and the fact that it neutralizes and brightens my lids in one swipe of creamy goodness. ¬†the gressa shadow works in a similar way for me because of my super fair skin, but i think on darker skin types it might appear too white. ¬†i am going to keep painterly around, but i like that neve offers a similar, if brighter, effect. ¬†plus the gressa eye tint formula is stunning – there is so much pigmentation in one tap of the product, and it’s a cream to powder that stays put all day with no creasing in sight.bb eco dupes cream blush.jpgclinique chubby stick for cheeks in ample apple¬†(top) vs tata harper lip&cheek in very charming¬†(bottom)¬†//¬†different application, almost identical colors. ¬†i am a huge fan of cream blush, and these two are no exceptions. ¬†i love the application of the chubby sticks, it really is so easy, but i like the formula of the tata harper offering slightly better. ¬†it’s more hydrating while the clinique is slightly more sticky.bb eco dupes pink lips.jpgbobbi brown lip color in sandwash pink¬†(top) vs bite beauty amuse bouche in meringue¬†(bottom)¬†// these are both little samples i got from sephora, but i think i can speak for the full sizes as well. ¬†not only are these colors quite similar, but the formulas are as well. ¬†both are creamy and hydrating, and offer a long lasting finish. ¬†meringue is just a hint peachier, while sandwash pink has a touch more brown/plum. ¬†bite fig is also similar, while erring on the pinker¬†side of the spectrum.bb eco dupes brown lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (top)¬†vs bite matte lip pencil in glace¬†(bottom)¬†// oh nars, why do your matte pencils have to be so gorgeous, but formulated with parabens?!?!?! ¬†fortunately, these two colors are virtually identical. ¬†they are both a gorgeous pinky brown, with fantastic staying power. ¬†bite is slightly more hydrating, which is definitely a bonus. ¬†goodbye nars, i love you. ¬†(plus i got the bite stick as a 100 point perk at sephora, so it was free. ¬†winner!)bb eco dupes red lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl¬†(top) vs mahalo red my lips¬†(bottom)¬†// dragon girl is my all time favorite nars pencil. ¬†it’s a stunning pinky red that looks amazing patted into the lips. ¬†fortunately mahalo’s offering has¬†an identical color tone with that same blotted-in effect. ¬†mahalo is a creamier finish but lasting power is, again, amazing and i like that it is slightly more sheer at first, meaning i waste less product compared to the nars, which i basically completely remove for a lighter look.¬†bb eco dupes powder.jpgbare minerals original foundation in fairly medium¬†(left) vs rms un-powder in 0-1¬†(right)¬†// now i only have a sample size of the rms powder, but it’s too obvious of a dupe not to share. ¬†i’m a big fan of mineral foundations, and both of these are no exception, with the bare minerals being my first introduction to the category. ¬†now this is not to say that the bare minerals has super problematic ingredients, because it really doesn’t. ¬†plus it has the perk of sun protection. ¬†but for the purists, the rms is a great alternative. ¬†this shade is slightly more yellow, but there is a much smaller color range than bare minerals. ¬†i love¬†these equally and will be keeping them both in my makeup bag.

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makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

makeup for a minimalist: a sephora order

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hourglass illume sheer color¬†palette // for whatever reason, this palette popped into my head the other day and i could not relax until i bought it. ¬†thankfully it is still available! ¬†it’s a gorgeous palette of cream products – bronzer, blush, and highlighter. ¬†you guys know that i love cream bronzers and lately i have been all about the cream blushes as well. ¬†my sister told me my skin looked really pretty and glowy one day and i just about fainted because it was the best compliment ever – so cream products it is!

upon my first use, i am so impressed with how creamy and pigmented this palette is. ¬†i’m used to really warming up my cream products, especially the rms lip2cheek and tata harper volumizing lip&cheek tint, but you don’t need to do that with these creams. ¬†they apply beautifully and stay creamy and glossy, not quite setting down to a powder finish, which i’m really excited about. ¬†the bronzer is a great universal shade and the blush is a beautiful coral which is something i’m lacking in my makeup drawer. ¬†the only highlighter i own is the rms living luminizer which cannot be replaced, but it will be nice to have something a little more gold especially in the summer. ¬†all of the shades are subtle but very pigmented and creamy, and offer that gorgeous glow that i can’t resist on my skin. ¬†i’m mad this is a limited edition product!

marc jacobs under(cover) coconut primer // this winter has been all about thin layers of moisture to combat the cold, dry chicago air. ¬†and it has been working wonders! ¬†a few months ago i got a travel size version of the too faced hangover primer and that has been a daily addition to my makeup because of that extra layer of hydration it gives. ¬†since i’m almost done with it, i thought i would check out the marc jacobs primer as it is similar but a little more smoothing and moisturizing. ¬†i got a sample size from sephora (honestly the best thing to do when you want new makeup but can’t spend the money) and must say i like it so much. ¬†it just adds a little bit more everything than the too faced – more moisture, more glow, more dew, more slip – and is so fucking chic. ¬†it is also gorgeous when mixed with a little dollop of mac strobe cream or glossier priming moisturizer.

ALSO i was able to get 10% off this order because i renewed my vib status at sephora (their points system) Рi used this code: V436CB.  it will work for everyone who renews any status in the new year, which i learned about via temptalia.  bless her!

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makeup for a minimalist: a sephora order

favorite of the day: revlon colorstay creme eye shadow

IMG_0031 (1).jpgi have a new cream eye shadow love! ¬†i have been searching for a simple champagne cream shadow, but have been hesitating against buying the rms eye polish that i’ve been wanting. ¬†so when i saw these new revlon shadows (colorstay creme eye shadow) fully stocked at walgreen’s, you might guess how excited i got. ¬†i figured they would be similar to the maybelline color tattoo cream shadows, but they are so much better.IMG_0033.jpgthe texture is exactly like the rms eye polishes: super creamy, glossy, and moisturizing. ¬†they set down a little bit more than the rms, but maintain that glossy look. ¬†whereas i find the maybelline to be sticky and somewhat tuggy on my eyelids, these are light and smooth in application. ¬†and the shade 705 creme brulee is the exact champagne that i have been looking for. ¬†it brightens the eyes with a subtle shimmer and glow, and is perfect for every day. ¬†such a win! ¬†i’m not sure if they have been released every where, but if you see them, get them.

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favorite of the day: revlon colorstay creme eye shadow

the real real pt.3

part three: the lips. all matte, all the time.IMG_4402.jpgIMG_4405 (2).jpgwhen i just need a little moisture, i have to use the¬†weleda lip balm. ¬†it’s my absolute favorite lip balm as it’s unscented and unflavored, clear, slightly matte, and on the waxy side. ¬†it sinks in quickly but also coats the lips, so it’s not like it completely disappears a few minutes after you apply it. ¬†i have handful of these in different pockets and purses, so it’s always exciting when i come across one!

if i’m feeling something nude, i either use the¬†milk makeup lip color¬†in c.r.e.a.m. or the¬†milk makeup lip pigment in swear by. ¬†c.r.e.a.m. is a beautiful rosey-nude shade that is extremely similar to my natural lip color but with a little more oomph. ¬†i blot this on and it lasts for quite some time, while fading very evenly and naturally. ¬†swear by is more peachy-nude, which i don’t usually like, but this shade seems to be an exception. ¬†plus i like that i can just blot it in with my finger. ¬†the texture is sooo cool, almost marshmallow-y, and turns into a powder almost immediately so it’s super matte but not super drying.

if i want something a little darker and a little more grungy (when do i not?!),¬†nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama is my go to. ¬†it’s a pinky brown that looks so good, again, blotted on and i even like mixing it with the c.r.e.a.m. ¬†it’s dark but not too dark by any means, and somehow it is similar to my lip color again, so it’s super natural but with a little extra. ¬†these matte pencils are my all time favorite lip formula and i have a ton, but this one leads the pack.

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the real real pt.3