july picks

blogs & youtube //

alice catherine // i’ve been following alice on instagram for a while and randomly decided to check out her blog.  you know when you know someone has a blog but never seem to look at it?!  anyways, i love her style and aesthetic.  plus it’s always refreshing to find a new style blogger that is down to earth and approachable fashion-wise! 

stylonylon // i’ve been following and reading stylonylon for months but keep forgetting to mention her here.  her blog is beachy but sophisticated, french but british, stylish but serene.  in a few words: i love her.  her sunday edit posts are my absolute favorite and i haven’t missed one in months.

harry makes it up // harry is an incredible makeup artist that also has an addicting youtube channel.  i watched her back in the day but recently fell back in love.  her approach to makeup is very simple and fresh, right up my alley.  some of her recent videos that i have loved are her priscilla presley tutorial and everyday makeup routine.

sharon farrell // another makeup artist and youtuber!  i found sharon through karima mckimmie and she is such a gem.  she is an irish woman living in australia which makes for the perfect combination.  her videos range from reviews to vlogs to tutorials that are more interesting than my usual youtube choices.  both sharon and harry exude knowledge and experience which i personally enjoy very much.bb july picks2.jpgproducts //

essence make me brow in browny brows // glossier boy brow has nothing on this.  $3 for the perfect brow gel – it’s plumping, perfectly ashy toned, and long wearing.  i have to wipe a bit off the applicator before applying but this is truly a diamond in the rough.

glossier super pure // i have previously mentioned my disappointment in the glossier serum range so i really didn’t think i would ever reach for them again.  for whatever reason, i decided to try super pure again while i’ve been struggling with some hormonal and stress induced chin acne.  somehow this is now working for me!  it’s not a miracle product, but i feel that it takes away a lot of the redness and irritation from my breakouts and seems to take away a few days from the timeline.

bite beauty gloss in rambutan // i wanted to pick up one of the bite beauty glosses from sephora for a while but never ended up doing so, only to find out they had discontinued the line.  why does bite do that, by the way?  anyways i placed a sephora order a few months ago for some staples and saw that these were available again!  i picked up the nude shade and it is seriously the perfect gloss.  i go in and out with lip gloss, but sometimes i just want that fresh look that only a gloss can achieve.  they are glossy but not sticky and surprisingly hydrating.  this shade is pigmented but not too pigmented, so my lips show a little of the color but are not concealer-like.  if you have been interested in these, go grab one before they disappear again! 

coverfx custom enhancer drops in sunkissed // i feel like i’ve mentioned these every where but i don’t know if i actually have.  the most perfect bronzer drops ever.  seriously, the shade is the perfect red-based neutral bronze, they are completely matte, and they apply perfectly both straight on the skin and mixed with foundation or tinted moisturizer.  they are pricey, but just a dot will do you and the quality is remarkable.  i have a more in depth post coming!

ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2 belle marre // this has been my go to summer base when i need a little coverage and a little glow.  i find it to be a mix between the nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer and glossier perfecting skin tint.  while i love love the nars tinted moisturizer the ingredients are just too bad for me to justify, and i recently ran out of my glossier tint.  the ilia tinted moisturizer is a truly beautiful, lightweight, glowing formula that adds the perfectly amount of luminosity and coverage to the skin.  the shade t2 is great for me for summer and i have even mixed in a drop of the coverfx drops if i’ve been in the sun for a while.  added bonus of physical spf 20.  i will probably get the t1 shade when winter comes around!

rms nail polish in beloved // ok now this i know i’ve mentioned a million and one times. like here and here. truly the perfect summer red with a hint of orange but not too much.

tata harper resurfacing mask sample // i’ve had this sample forever but fell in love and finished it up over the month of july.  again, my skin has been less than fab so this is both helping my breakouts and adding a glow to the rest of my face.  i don’t know if i can justify the full size, but i really do love this mask.  using it once a week for the month of july i have absolutely seen a difference in the glow and texture of my skin.

diptyque candle in santal // my beautiful christmas present from my beautiful sister!  i’ve been loving this all year long, but especially for adding a sultry scent to my little apartment.  i will be very VERY sad when this is gone…especially because it doesn’t even need to be lit to exude the perfect sandalwood scent.  but you know i’m excited to reuse the container 😉
bb july picks1.jpgmusic //

jim croce, walking back to georgia

carole king tapestry album

acoustic summer spotify album

backyard bbq spotify album

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july picks

the foolproof sunscreen combo

2017 has been the year of sunscreen searching for me.  it turns out finding a natural, mineral sunscreen for every day that isn’t white or greasy or thick is quite the challenge.  a few months ago i splurged on the suntegrity 5-in-1 tinted sunscreen in light, which is great, albeit a little thick and a little dark.  the color is now perfect but it still has a thickness to it that i could give a pass on.  i also use the ilia tinted moisturizer in t2, but it only has spf 20 so it’s more of a makeup item for me than a sunscreen.bb sunscreen combo.jpgafter finishing up another tube of lackluster non-tinted sunscreen for every day use, i bought myself the farmacy green screen.  now this rates a 3 on ewg, so not incredible, but i can honestly say it’s the best mineral sunscreen i’ve found to date.  here are the facts: spf 30, 2.4% titanium dioxide, 5.82% zinc oxide, free radical protection, lightweight, no white cast, nongreasy but still dewey.  i think you get the picture, yeah?

so this all brings me to a few mornings ago, when i decided to combine the farmacy green screen with the suntegrity 5-in-1.  and shit. got. real.  the green screen lightens up the density of the suntegrity beautifully, thinning out the product and making the color even more spot-on for my skintone.  they mix together super well, melting into the skin and offering a lightweight layer with slight skin perfecting properties, but nothing heavy or foundation-like in the least.  plus, since they are both mineral sunscreens, i don’t feel weird or like i’m taking away any of the sun protection, and my skin feels and looks healthy and glowing.bb sunscreen combo2.JPGbb sunscreen combo3.JPGthese horrible awkward selfies (also, welcome to my apartment!) were taken in sunlight, with absolutely no filters or editing of any kind.  that’s my real, puffy morning face.  you can see that the coverage is minimal, but my skin looks pretty even-toned and with a hint of natural light to it.  success!  i apply a number of ways: with fingers, with a beauty blender, or with a buffing brush.  just depends on my mood!

so that’s that.  sunscreen and skin made easy.  do you have a go-to sunscreen to share?

the foolproof sunscreen combo

recent eco beauty buys

and crazy obsessions.bb eco buys1.jpg100% pure cocoa butter lipstick in prickly pear // i picked up a couple products from 100% pure while  i was in new york and i have become a big fan of the company.  after seeing some of their instagram posts on this lipstick, i just couldn’t resist the color and the semi-matte formula.  i can honestly say that this is one of the only bold lipsticks i have ever felt confident enough to wear both during the day and out at night – the other one being nars damned.  the color is a stunning pinky coral and the finish is more matte than semi-matte, which i actually prefer.  it is so easy to apply even for a lipstick-nube like me and lasts forEVER.  when the actually lipstick wears off you get a stain on your lips that is pretty much identical to the original color.  if you have fair skin and don’t feel like you can pull off red that well but want a bold lip, check out prickly pear.  you won’t be disappointed!  i was concerned at first because the tube is smaller than a normal lipstick bullet, but the amount of product is the same as the bite beauty amuse bouche lipsticks and much greater than luxe ones like nars, urban decay, and ysl – .15 oz or 4.5 grams, and now i love that there is no excess packaging!

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia // i was on a pressed powder foundation search and was leaning towards the mineral fusion one when i remembered how much alli cherry raves about this one from alima pure.  this was a few dollars more expensive from what i recall but worth the splurge, i promise.  the formula is perfect, giving you slight coverage and a subtle matte finish without looking cakey or even that matte.  the color is perfect for my summer skin and the great news is you can buy the refill pans for a discounted price when you need a new one – you never have to buy the compact again.  overall i’m very happy i decided to try this brand and this product and would recommend if you are looking for a reliable pressed powder with a nice shade range.

eminence mineral illuminator in chai berry glow // i am sooooooo happy i finally bought this.  i have wanted this product for the past 6 months – why are there some products we never get around to buying even though they aren’t any more expensive than other products we get without thinking twice?!! – after hearing sam raving about it on her channel.  this is a gorgeous pinky peach blush with a subtle glow (no visible shimmer).  it’s a perfect blush for lighter skin tones and i think it would be a beautiful highlighter for deeper ones as well.  it’s similar to my favorite rimmel santa rose blush but with more color and more glow.  the packaging is beautiful and so hippie luxe.  i can’t get enough!

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recent eco beauty buys

a favorite blogger & a favorite product

today’s post is extra special because it is in collaboration with kim and makeup, one of my favorite bloggers.  she is seriously talented when it comes to makeup and her looks are always different, creative, and beautifully executed.  i have so much respect for her and her work, and i highly recommend you check her out!bb kim and makeup1.jpgso you all know of my love for bare minerals, from their powders to their cosmetics.  bare minerals is a reliable brand that features high quality products with pretty good ingredients, so if i need something, they are usually the first brand i turn to.  lately i’ve been loving their correcting concealer, but i wanted to focus on my absolute favorite bare minerals product today: their flawless definition mascara.

flawless definition is the first high end mascara i ever bought and remained my only mascara throughout high school and college.  when i got into makeup i left it behind to try other things, but over the past few months we have gotten back together and are stronger than ever.bb kim and makeup2.jpgi personally prefer plastic wand mascaras and flawless definition boasts this super grippy but small plastic wand.  it grabs onto all the lashes without clumping or adding too much product, and can look very natural or very amped up depending on application.  i usually go for a natural look – shocker – but i love the versatility in this mascara if i’m going out or want to do something more special.  this is the only mascara that i ever put on and just go oohh yeah there’s a reason this is my favorite.  it is also hypoallergenic and great for sensitive eyes, which is the reason i purchased this in the first place way back when.  they also have a brown version which i really want to try, but from what i can tell it is only available through the bare minerals website.bb kim and makeup3.jpgso that’s that!  a quick review on one of my all time favorite products.  be sure to check out kim’s corresponding post about her favorite bare minerals product!  and give her a follow, i promise you will be inspired.

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a favorite blogger & a favorite product

glossier vs. colourpop

the battle of the matte, sheer lip.bb colourpop glossier2.jpgwhen visiting the house i was living in for the past few years, i found a couple brand new glossier products that i had left behind.  2 of which were the generation g lip tints, in like and jam.  like is basically the color of my lips but slightly pinker, while jam is a sheer purple.  i don’t like jam that much on me, but i love like, mainly because i feel like i have makeup on without looking like i do.  the dream, eh?  important to note that these are the old formula, the new iteration is slightly more pigmented from what i can tell.

a few days before i found my secret glossier treasure trove, i placed an order with colourpop for a couple of their blotted lip stains.  i haven’t heard or seen anyone talking about these, but they are essentially a lightly pigmented lipstick, so giving that blotted effect instead of full on lipstick lips.  i chose 3 colors – brain freeze, a cool toned pink, ice cube, a berry, and on a stick, a soft coral.  i’m in love with the coral and berry shades especially, and am so-so about the light pink (it’s brighter and more barbie-esque than i anticipated).  it was purely coincidental that i ordered 2 matching shades to the 2 gen g’s i had stored away.  sooo how do they compare?bb colourpop glossier4.jpgthe colourpop option is definitely more pigmented, and really feels like a matte lipstick.  they are just as matte and comfortable as the glossier gen g’s.  these stand closer to a regular lipstick and can be built up as such, but applied just once they have the sheer finish that i want.

the gen g’s are absolutely more sheer and feel like a balm, as marketed.  when initially applied onto the lips they are barely noticeable, so i do 2 layers or so.  i love the like shade, but don’t have any interest in the others.  it seems that they are just too sheer, and need to be built up multiple times vs the one swipe and perfect amount of color that i get from the colourpop.  but again, i think the new formula of the generation g’s has more pigmentation.  the balm texture of these was especially noticeable when swatched next to the colourpop, but i think for me i would rather just wear a balm and be nourished or wear a matte lipstick and not be.  you know?bb colourpop glossier5.jpgi like that colourpop’s blotted lips have some fun color options, so they are understated but still bright.  plus the price point is just unbeatable.  for $5 a piece, i absolutely recommend going with colourpop.  there’s more variety in the colors and though you do get half the product, it’s less than 1/3 the price of glossier.  these are really a perfect product for someone who likes to be quite minimal with makeup.bb colourpop glossier3.jpgsome quick facts:

colourpop blotted lip: $5, 1 gram (.035 oz), 3 on ewg, more color

glossier gen g: $18, 2 grams (.07 oz), 5 on ewg, less color

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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 – and 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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from day to dinner

dope taupe

bb the taupes1.jpgthere’s just something about a taupe eye shadow, you know?  it’s such a beautifully subtle, natural color, giving any eye color a nice little pop.  it’s suitable for every day use as well as a heavier makeup look, while being grungy enough to not look overdone.  for me, my taupes are old reliables.

sephora shadow and liner in 04 taupe // the creamiest (obviously) and most pigmented of the bunch.  taupe is really the perfect cool-toned taupe, with flashes of lavender or silver depending on the light.  it’s described as a shimmer but i would say it’s more on the metallic end.  it reminds me somewhat of laura mercier amethyst but still a true taupe.  i highly recommend checking out these shadow sticks, they are the best on the market in my opinion.

rms beauty eye polish in myth // my other favorite cream taupe.  i’ve mentioned this shadow a million and one times, but it’s just that good.  it’s a sheer wash of glowy goodness; a cool-toned taupe with hint of minkiness.  i would say this can be hit or miss product depending on your shadow/lasting power/creasing preferences, but i love the messy, sheeny look it imparts.

colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape // this is a new purchase but i’ve already worn it 3 times so that’s really saying something.  this is like the cream to powder, more pigmented version of myth.  it has those purple cool tones, but this time with subtle silver shimmers.  it looks extra cool on me, definitely on the silver side, which i love.  if you haven’t tried these shadows – and it took me forever to – they are just the coolest things.  they are a marshmallow consistency that’s impossible to describe, but they are a cream/powder crossover.  gorgeous.

l’oreal colour riche shadow in 201 // this is another very sheer and shimmery formula.  it’s a lot sheerer than i expected or would like it to be, but it’s beautiful either way.  sitting next to mixed tape you can really see the silver tones, so i would say this doesn’t contain as much purple as the others.  the shimmers are more noticeable than any of the other shadows i’ve mentioned, but still not in an obvious or tacky way.  i don’t know if i would repurchase this shadow just because of the lack of pigmentation, but i’m enjoying it in the mean time (i purchased this in london but the us shade pain au chocolat is identical).

gabriel cosmetics eyeshadow in sable // the only matte taupe i have, but the only one i need.  i absolutely adore this eye shadow, it’s the right amount of browny purpley pink without making me look sick or weird.  this is a really nice staple shadow that’s easy to wear and blend, but is a slight departure from a regular brown.  this also looks great when blended with the powdered shadows mentioned above.

sephora contour eye pencil in 15 flirting game // this is an honorable mention as it’s a liner and not a shadow.  this is a darker taupe than the sephora shadow stick, but still a true taupe and not a brown.  it has fine silver shimmers that i don’t find noticeable when i have it actually lining my eyes.  i’m really not an eyeliner person, but sometimes i want that definition, so i love this color to give me the eyeliner look without being nearly as harsh as black or brown.  i don’t reach for this often, but i think this is a product to check out – creamy, blendable, and long lasting.bb the taupes2.jpgbb the taupes3.jpg

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dope taupe