rt contour brush

before i begin this post, i want to apologize for my radio silence over here lately.  it might not seem that silent to you, but it certainly does to me!  moving and starting school has been extremely stressful and overwhelming, so the blog has been moved to the back burner unfortunately.  but i promise i will be back in action soon with a couple exciting things up my sleeve!  thanks, as always, for your continued support and love.  you all are my favorite bohemians ever ❤bb rt contour brush4.jpgyou probably know that i love love love cream products.  eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, concealers.  but when it comes to blushes and bronzers, i often struggle with application.  using my fingers is a little patchy, and my small stipple brush is a little too concentrated.  enter the new love of my youtube life – karima mckimmie.  i saw karima using the real techniques contour brush to apply cream blush and i was like WAIT i own that brush!!  truth be told, i have never used it before and it was in the very back of my bathroom cabinet.  buuuuuuut everything changed immediately.  bb rt contour brush1.jpgi swirl the brush in the cream product and then on the back of my hand, making sure the product is well distributed.  then i just blend on to my cheeks or hairline, etc, wherever i am putting the product.  and it’s flawless!  i am able to get the exact right amount of product and perfect application every time.  i’m especially excited about using the contour brush with my rms buriti bronzer, which i love but have been discouraged by because application just hasn’t been the easiest.  bb rt contour brush3.jpgi really do love cream products – the finish is so natural and youthful, and they are also easier to apply when you have the right tools.  so if you’ve been struggling with finding said right tool, i recommend you check out the real techniques contour brush.  unfortunately it is only part of a set, but i promise you will make use of the other brushes as well.  sometimes you just have to be creative and go off script, so to speak!bb rt contour brush2.jpgproducts shown include rms buriti bronzer, tata harper volumizing lip and cheek in very nice and very charming, ilia multi-stick in a fine romance, and colourpop super shock cheek in aphrodisiac

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talkin’ trash 02

bb empties02 7.jpgbiiiiiig empties today!  i don’t know how people keep their empties for a full year to review – only a few months and it’s driving me crazy to have this huge bag under my sink taking up space.  anyways…bb empties02 2.jpgnars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // ooooh my love.  i just love this concealer.  i did notice that it was starting to oxidize on my skin towards the end of the tube, but that isn’t an issue that i have dealt with before.  i have a travel size tube of this in my purse at all times – i just adore this concealer and have been through quite a few.

desert essence tea tree whitening plus mouthwash // twice a day, every day, baby!  again, i mentioned this in a monthly picks post, so i won’t bore you about my love for this mouthwash.  but yeah it’s great!

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm // i got this trilogy kit at whole foods a few months ago and it has made me fall in love with the brand.  i have only tried one or two, but this is my favorite cleansing balm i’ve tried – i’m also making my way through a full size.  i like it because the texture changes completely into an oil, so it is easy to remove and takes off all my makeup (or what remains after bioderma).  i kept this mini for travel and it has really come in handy.  when i finish my full size i will definitely repurchase. bb empties02 3.jpggo-to face hero // i am so impressed with how quickly i went through this!  it was so good to my skin this winter and the first oil besides jojoba that i have used consistently with my moisturizer.  i will definitely repurchase this, but i think i’ll wait until next winter as it’s quite a heavy oil.  great product and i really enjoyed using it.  my only con is that the opaque packaging doesn’t let you see how much product you have left, so i was really surprised when i finished this up mid-skincare routine!

trilogy hydrating mist toner sample // i brought this to california with me while on vacation and it was love at first use.  i was by the pool every day for a week so my skin was a little parched from swimming and being in the sun, but this brought the moisture back.  the mix of rose, geranium, and lavender is great for the skin and the senses – i love the aromatherapy benefits that come along with this.  when i finish up a couple facial sprays (honestly i have so many on the go at all times), i am going to pick this up in full size.  trilogy is definitely becoming one of my favorite natural brands that is easy to find and a good price point.

dr. haushka toner // i am so disappointed in this toner.  i got it in the hello beauty whole foods bag (thank goodness i didn’t spend too much money to buy it), and i only used it a few times before it got moldy?!?!?!  i honestly didn’t see any difference with this toner and with the 2 week expiration, i will not repurchase this.  meh! bb empties02 4glossier priming moisturizer rich // thank you to my beautiful sister (WHO IS NOW A MOMMY) for sending this to me for my birthday!  i honestly disliked this product.  for one thing, the lavender smell is extremely overpowering and even though it is natural smelling, it’s just too much.  also i just like the original priming moisturizer so much better.  and i think that i just prefer my fab ultra repair cream and this is pretty similar to that.  plus at the time this came out i was at a breaking point with all the hype and over-promotion of glossier, so i think that affected my opinion as well.  anyways i am so glad i got to try it, but i think i liked it better for my hands than i did for my face.

derma-e hydrating night cream // this was another product included in the whole foods hello beauty bag and i adored this!  i went through it so quickly because it was just so nice.  it’s a rich cream with hyaluronic acid that smells beautifully fruity, so it was definitely up my alley.  i used this both day and night, i didn’t feel it was too thick for the day but again, dry skin.  it does rate a 5 on ewg, but from what i can tell it’s from the fragrance and the inclusion of vitamin a palmitate.  for these reasons i won’t repurchase, but i really did enjoy this product.  but seriously it smells like heaven. bb empties02 6.jpgfirst aid beauty ultra repair cream // i touched on this in may picks, so i won’t wax too poetic.  i love this!  so much!  this is the first tube i bought and i am already almost done with the second.  so lovely for dry skin, inexpensive, gets a 1 on ewg.  also really great for sensitive skin because of the oatmeal.  yay!

mac fix+ // oooooh magical unicorn water!  mac fix+ is such a cult product and i absolutely understand why.  it smells amazing, adds a boost of moisture to the skin, gives you that gloooow, and sets the makeup.  beauteous.  it’s expensive so i’m not sure if i will repurchase right away but at some point, oh yeah.

captain blankenship mermaid sea salt spray // you might remember be loving this up last summer.  and then one day, i just couldn’t use it anymore.  the smell is really peppery and strong, and i didn’t think it did enough to my hair to merit the cost.  so i used it up but i am going to stick to my plantfolk apothecary messy hair instead – i just reordered this because i finished this up, i can’t wait to get it!!  i won’t repurchase this but i love the brand! bb empties02 5.jpgouai wave spray // another day, another salt spray.  like the captain blankenship, i loved this at first and then fell out of love.  this guy is frustrating because it will sometimes get really sticky and clumpy, even if you haven’t used any more than usual.  i actually purchased a full size and then returned it unopened.  this is nice but meh.  it does smell soooo lovely though.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i think this is my favorite glossier product.  the coconut smell was very strong for me at first, but now i can’t get enough.  i use this daily and i think i will pretty much always have a tube around.  delicious hydration all day every day.

2 weleda lip balms // ok now this is a bit of a cheat because i finished one and the other completely melted in my car.  but this is my favorite lip balm to date and i am already on a fresh tube.  great product, little to no scent, matte finish which is key.  will purchase probably forever!

too faced better than sex mascara // ok i absolutely did not finish this up completely, but i have had it open since november so it was time for it go.  this is such a fun mascara, but it wasn’t practical for me to buy a full size.  it’s just too much product!!  i will buy a travel size in the future for nights out or dressing up, but i don’t use it day to day.  i’m interested in trying the new l’oreal lash paradise mascara that looks like a dupe for the better than sex, but for a far better price!

honorable mentions // products that aren’t quite used up, but i’m moving and i can’t keep hoarding these empties!bb empties02 1.jpgbioderma 250 ml // since first buying bioderma in the late fall while in london, it has become an integral part of my daily routine.  i got this big size early in the new year via beautylish, so i think that i’ve gone through it quite quickly actually!  i use it every night to take my makeup off before washing my face, through the day if i want to take my eye makeup off, or if i’ve been having a swatch-fest.  it is gentle even on my extremely sensitive eyes and i don’t think i could live without it!  i am going to wait to repurchase because i have a deluxe sample of a ____ micellar water to try out, but i will absolutely restock my bioderma at some point in the future.

botanics rosewater spray // botanics is actually a really cool company that i just found out about.  it’s available at places like target and ulta, and i would say half or so of their product lineup is organic and natural.  one such item is the toning spritz made up of 100% rosewater.  this a great rosewater spray at a great price point ($10), and my skin has loved it.  i did decant the product into a glass container because my bottle was defunct, but i recommend this to anyone looking for a simple toner or facial spray for not too much money.  i think i am going to get the aforementioned trilogy toner instead of this, but i may pick it up again in the future.

trilogy rosehip antioxidant + // ok you can tell i really enjoyed this whole trilogy trial kit i got.  this rosehip based oil also includes tomato seed oil, cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, and more.  it is hydrating and gives you a boost of antioxidant protection against free radicals.  it is very lightweight and sinks it quickly, so it’s perfect for warmer months.  i am considering purchasing a full size of this instead of repurchasing my indie lee squalane oil when i finish that up – but truth be told i will probably get both!  great product all around.

oh, and a million things of dr. bronner’s.  always.

and to make you all smile – here are my dogs max and buddy helping me with my photo taking.  i’m thinking about throwing them out with these empty products 😉bb empties02 buddy.jpgbb empties02 max.jpg

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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