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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the skincare routine

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.

so now that you know what’s usually on my face, tell me what’s on yours?! my images, please credit if taking.

the real real pt.3

the real real pt.2

sorry, no black friday roundups over here! ¬†let’s get back to regular scheduled programming, shall we?

part two: the eyes. bring on the taupes!IMG_4398.jpgIMG_4400.jpg

when i want something shimmery: it’s all about these two creamy shadows. ¬†the¬†wander beauty exquisite eye liquid shadow in bronze is a super cooling, shimmery liquid shadow that gives you a little time to blend but then sets and won’t budge all day. ¬†it’s in between a bronze and a taupe and it sheers out nicely (it’s not as bronzey as it looks in the photos). ¬†to be honest, at first i thought this was burning my eyelids, but i realized that it’s just super cooling and that feeling goes away quite quickly. ¬†the¬†sephora colorful shadow&liner in taupe is my ideal cream shadow stick. ¬†it’s a light, cool-toned taupe that again doesn’t budge. ¬†i absolutely love these sephora shadow sticks and highly recommend! ¬†i think they’re a great alternative to the high-end ones on the market and this shade is my perfect taupe.

when i want something glossy:¬†rms eye polish in myth. ¬†in the pot, this looks a lot like the sephora shadow stick, but on the eyes the color is extremely sheer. ¬†the finish is super glossy but doesn’t crease and remains throughout the day. ¬†i love how sheer this is, giving the slightest wash of taupe color without being obvious that you have it on. ¬†the glossiness is editorial perfection.

when i want something matte:¬†mac paint pots in painterly and groundwork are second to none. ¬†i use painterly if i’m tired and want a little brightening on the lid, and groundwork when i’m feeling grungy and want something that’s there but also barely there. ¬†i love running groundwork on the lower lash line as well. ¬†and these are great eye shadow bases/primers as well, so kind of a 2-in-1! ¬†when i want to run something through the crease, all over the lid, and/or my lower lash line, it’s always the¬†jane iredale shadow in cappucino. ¬†it’s my perfect neutral-toned light brown shadow and i love it for some subtle, every day definition. ¬†it also works beautifully with other shimmery shadows. ¬†i think it’s similar to urban decay’s naked, but a little cooler toned and more subtle on my skin.

you might be wondering, where is mascara? ¬†truth be told, i hate mascara. ¬†i have a few that i like as much as i can like it, but day to day i don’t wear it. ¬†at night, i like it to perk my eyes up and look a little more spruced up, but otherwise i can’t be bothered. ¬†i have been liking curling my lashes though, so i usually do that during the day and to open the eyes. ¬†i have only ever tried the tarte eyelash curlers¬†and while they are definitely good, i really don’t like the handles (you don’t put your fingers inside, if that makes sense at all). ¬†so i placed a cheeky order for the shu uemura ones¬†since they are supposedly the best. ¬†i’ll let you know when they arrive!

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the real real pt.2

the real real pt.1

you know me, i’m a simple girl at heart. ¬†i love makeup, i love cosmetics, but honestly? ¬†i always feel overdone when i actually do my makeup. ¬†when i’m going to work (the only time i put makeup on really), i just want to look fresh faced and pulled together. ¬†so here are the actual products that you can find on rotation. ¬†these are my staples, these are all i use, these are the real real.

part one: the face base.IMG_4392.jpgIMG_4395.jpgprimer: this is a new find!  i can no longer put on makeup without using my too faced hangover primer (i have the mini size).  it gives my dry skin a little more moisture and i really see a difference in the longevity of my makeup.  no more coming home, looking in the mirror, and questioning my existence and how long i actually looked like this

foundation: not that it can really be called that.  on most days, the glossier skin tint in light or medium, season-depending.  if i feel i need a little more coverage (ish), i mix in a little of the nars tinted moisturizer with the skin tint.  this is a winter product for me for the most part, cause it is my winter shade Рlight 0 terre neuve.

concealer: not pictured cause it is lost in my purse somewhere. ¬†but you know it’s the nars radiant creamy concealer. ¬†my summery/fall shade is creme brulee, but i’m quickly reintroducing vanilla. ¬†the pale face is heeeere (poltergeist voice).

bronzer: either matte – benefit hoola – or radiant – soap&glory solar powder. ¬†even if i’m not wearing anything else, i’m always wearing bronzer. ¬†just a little bit in the right places makes all the difference in my eyes. ¬†the solar powder is my new obsession and i don’t see myself putting it down anytime soon, while the hoola is something i’ve worn for years and years. ¬†i think it was my first bronzer besides the bare minerals warmth which just wasn’t pretty when i put it all over my face in high school.

extras: if there’s blush happening, which there really rarely is, it’s nars impassioned. ¬†this is my dream blush. ¬†just a hint of neutral flush that looks perfect on my pale cheeks. ¬†and if i need a little more glow, it’s the rms living luminizer. ¬†it’s the only product i use for highlighting and i love the extremely natural youthful glow. ¬†bare minerals original foundation¬†in fairly medium is always in my purse (again not pictured as i can’t seem to locate it) for when i’m a little too shiny and need some toning down, or just a little bit more coverage.

stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!  

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the real real pt.1