the real deal skincare routine

and by real deal i mean this is my totally perfected skincare routine that i have been doing for months without the need or desire to change anything at all.¬† oh and FINALLY, the post i’ve been promising forever!¬† because i don’t have much counter space in my bathroom, i keep all my skincare under the sink in this cute container from target.bb skincare1.jpgbb skincare2.jpgthe routine //

i always start by removing whatever makeup is left on my face with garnier micellar water.¬† i’ve spoken about my love of bioderma¬†before, and this is truly the same product but cheaper and easy to find.¬† ¬†i then wash my face with the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser or earth tu face hydrate and repair balm.¬† following that i spray the avene eau thermale all over my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad.¬† i’ve been doing this technique since realizing my apartment water was making me break out and this has totally taken that away.¬† i should also mention that most nights, and every time i use a balm or oil cleanser, i remove my cleanser with a warm and super soft baby wash cloth.¬† this is a nice way to a) remove everything from your face, b) keep moisture in more than washing away with water, and c) give a gentle exfoliation to the face.¬† i think this has made a big difference in the overall texture of my skin, and it’s also just a really nice ritual.bb skincare3.jpgi have been using the thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel¬†on and off since about june, but got really serious about using it once or twice a day for the past few months.¬† i either use a cotton pad or just my hands by pressing it into the skin.¬† my skin has been so balanced and fresh since using this regularly and i am absolutely seeing the difference!¬† at night i will apply my aczone acne cream next and let that sink in completely before doing anything else.¬† i also pop on a little mad hippie eye cream at this time.¬† if my skin is particularly active, i will apply a small amount of glossier super pure serum before my acne cream, just on the areas where i need it.bb skincare4.jpgbb skincare5.jpga few minutes later, i go in with a hydrating serum.¬† the jordan samuel hydrate serum¬†has completely replaced my usual hylamide low molecular ha and the difference is very clear.¬† the hydration just seems more long-lasting than with the hylamide – i really think my skin is now more hydrated all the time vs just when i apply my serum.¬† even with drastic weather change these days.¬† the ingredient list boasts more hydrating ingredients like aloe and glycerin, and only for a few more dollars than hylamide.¬† next i’ll spray a little herbivore rose hibiscus coconut water¬†onto a small dollop of first aid beauty ultra repair cream and mix that little concoction together.¬† this has been so helpful in getting my lotion to sink in and, again, is keeping my skin hydrated all the time.¬† after another few minutes, i’ll spray a little more rosewater into whatever oil i’m in the mood for that night.¬† the two i’m rotating between are the pai bioregenerate and indie lee squalane.¬† for spot treatments i use the indie lee blemish lotion and the most old school adult acnomel.bb skincare7.jpgbb skincare8.jpgin the morning, if i take a shower, i repeat this process without the acne cream or oil.¬† if i don’t shower, i¬† go straight into sunscreen because my skin is still plump and hydrated from the night before.¬† it¬† might seem weird but i definitely don’t feel the need to wash my face in the morning, even with water.¬† because my skin is so dry, i take all the moisture i can get!¬† as we get into winter i will start mixing in a drop or two of oil with my moisturizer.

the extras //

my favorite masks to use are typically on the hydrating or glow-inducing side, but i also spot treat with a clay mask.¬† my all-time favorite mask right now is the frank body glow mask.¬† it gives the skin a glow and light exfoliation, but also has intense hydrating properties.¬† other masks that give my skin that beautiful glow are the tata harper resurfacing mask and fresh vitamin nectar vibrancy-boosting mask.¬† i love both of these and just continue to get deluxe samples at sephora!bb skincare9.jpgclay masks that i love are the glossier mega greens galaxy mask and freeman’s feeling beautiful mint and lemon clay mask.¬† i’ve been using the glossier forever and probably won’t repurchase as the freeman’s does everything i need it to do.¬† it’s an excellent spot treatment as well; i rarely put this on my whole face.

i always follow a clay mask with a hydrating one, and the ones i keep going back to are the glossier moisturizing moon mask and dr. haushka hydrating mask¬†(linked is the new reformulation).¬† i found the dr. haushka one at tj maxx, and while it’s a great product, i won’t be repurchasing at the full price.¬† the glossier one is an old standby that i always have on hand.¬† besides the clay masks, i remove all of these with the same gentle baby wash cloth that i mentioned earlier.

i think the major notes to take away here, and the major differences, are the avene eau thermale, thayer’s witch hazel, jordan samuel hydrate, and spraying rosewater or any hydrosol into moisturizer and face oil.¬† this is actually one of the main purposes for hydrosols – to assist your skin in soaking up the most moisture from the products you put on it.¬† it also helps to thin out any creams or oils that might be harder for your skin to absorb.¬† neat trick!bb skincare6.jpgi know this seems like a lot of steps, but truly i can do this routine in under 10 minutes.¬† these products have made a major difference in my dry skin and i don’t see myself changing anything up for quite some time!

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the real deal skincare routine

early morning makeup (for a minimalist)

i’ve started student teaching (EEEEEEEEEK), which requires me to commute over an hour at 6 am.¬† it’s truly not that bad, but it requires me to be very organized the night before and pretty quick in the morning.¬† after a little experimentation, i’ve got my makeup routine down pat, and i knew you would all want to see it ūüėČbb early am1.jpgas fall is thankfully making its presence known, i’ve gone back to my layering technique to keep my skin fresh and hydrated.¬† after using my clinique mineral sunscreen, i’ve been putting generous mix of embryolisse and first aid beauty coconut primer all over my face and neck.¬† i haven’t been using any base products cause i truly can’t be bothered, so i pop a little glossier stretch concealer in light on any areas that might be a little red or discolored.¬† sephora bright future concealer in meringue covers up the blemishes that somehow haven’t been too bad.

while letting all that moisture sink into the skin, i curl my lashes with the surratt curlers and apply a light coat of mascara Рeither pacifica stellar gaze (back to this love!) in supernova (black) or covergirl lash blast volume in black/brown.  then i brush up my brows with a spoolie and pop on a little maybelline clear mascara to keep them in place.

back to the face and here’s where it changes depending on my mood.¬† after applying a light layer of alima pure pressed powder foundation in macadamia – keeps my skin glowy but not shiny and offers the perfect amount of light coverage, i either go in with blush or bronzer.¬† for bronzer i’m still loving the¬†hourglass diffused bronze light and for blush i’ve been reaching for the pixi multibalm in baby petal.¬† add a little rms living luminizer and the face is done!bb early am2.jpgfor lips it’s usually lip balm, but sometimes i’ll do a little bit of the burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude.¬† it’s the PERFECT neutral nude that lightens the lips up in a healthy, juicy way.¬† very moisturizing and even a minimalist like me can enjoy it daily.

so that’s that!¬† if i have an extra second i’ll spritz my face with some rosewater or some sort of hydrosol.¬† basically my aesthetic here is to be fresh-faced and put together, but simple and clean.¬† what’s your go-to work makeup routine?

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the baby bohemian autumn edit: part 1

fall essentials & the trends 

welcome to autumn everyone!¬† i thought i would do an extended roundup of what i’m predicting to be using and wearing this fall.¬† today’s post is all about beauty and skincare, and part 2, coming soon, will be style related.¬† what are your fall essentials?bb fall edit1.jpgskincare: bringing back the hydration¬†

i mentioned that i had made a few changes to my skincare routine in my recent monthly picks post, and i promise i will go in more detail soon!¬† but for now, i’m adding extra hydration to my dry skin with the help of the¬†earth tu immortelle face balm as a balm cleanser (i got this in the vogue x birchbox set and don’t love it, especially because the price is just ridiculous.¬† i’m using it up as a balm cleanser which it is great as, but i certainly will not repurchase),¬†jordan samuel hydrate serum, and pai bioregenerate rosehip oil.

face mists are a must, of course, and my current go-to’s are the¬†heritage rose & glycerin spray and herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus coconut mist.¬† i have noticed such a difference in the moisture level of my skin since cracking open the herbivore mist so that is getting a lot of love right now.¬† not only do i spray these mists on my face, but i mix them with my oils and moisturizers as well.¬† they help the skin soak up the product and hydration quickly and effectively.

now even if you need extra hydration like me, you still need to exfoliate the skin.¬† my favorite gentle exfoliating treatments are the¬†frank body glow mask and tata harper resurfacing mask.¬† i’ve been using the tata mask for years but funnily enough have never purchased the full size product!¬† i guess i’m really good at snagging sample sizes ūüėČ

makeup: light, glowing base

i know, i know, how many times can i talk about a light, glowing base?!?!¬† but stick with me, there are some new goods here!¬† i love to use the embryolisse lait creme concentrate as either a last step in my skincare, as a primer, or as a refresh if i did my skincare earlier in the day.¬† somehow i’ve never mentioned embryolisse on the blog, but it’s a staple moisturizer for me that i’ve been using for over a year now.¬† i finally got my hands on the¬†first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer (not living near a sephora is pure misery) and it is exactly what i was hoping it would be.¬† glowing and hydrating, this makes the skin look radiant but completely natural.

my ilia tinted moisturizer is still my best friend, and somehow the color i have isn’t too dark yet.¬† i will be purchasing a lighter shade as soon as my skin changes enough though, i promise you that!¬† sometimes i mix it with the¬†glossier perfecting skin tint, sometimes i wear them each on their own, just depending on how i feel and how my skin looks.¬† however, more often that not these days i’ve just been using my¬†alima pure powder foundation.¬† it’s really nice over the first aid beauty primer to tone down the sheen and give a hint of coverage to the skin.

on my cheeks, i’m all about three blushes i’ve had for a while now: the pixi multibalm blush in baby petal, eminence illuminator blush in chai berry, and¬†rimmel blush in santa rose.¬† the eminence and rimmel are very similar, with the former being a hint warmer, so definitely go for the rimmel if you want a similar look.¬† the cream blush is a beautiful warm pink that works even on my cool skin and the powder blushes give a hint of sheeny flush.bb fall edit4.jpgmakeup: peachy, nude lips

soooo all of these lip products are basically the same but in a range of finishes.¬† the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay is my favorite matte, my-lips-but-better shade that i am sincerely hoping has not been discontinued.¬†¬†glossier cake is pretty much invisible but makes me feel like i’ve made some kind of effort.¬†¬†bite beauty lip pencil¬†in 08 is the peachy nude of my dreams and is creamy and moisturizing enough to be worn on its own.¬† kosas stardust you knoooow that i am completely in love with when i’m in the mood for some sheen.¬† and finally the beautiful¬†fat & the moon wood nymph, which is a cool-toned beigey nude that i like on my lips and eyes.bb fall edit3.jpgmakeup: soft, earthy eyes¬†

as far as real makeup goes, there’s something about a wash of brown or taupe on the eye that i can’t get enough of.¬† my favorites are the aforementioned fat & the moon wood nymph for something creamy and matte,¬†wet-n-wild nutty for a subtle brown bronze, rms swift shadow in tt-73 for a sheeny brown that is as perfect for day as it is for night, and¬†cargo yukon, the most perfect taupe.¬† i’ve also been getting into a little eyeliner these days, mostly using¬†mac teddy eye kohl for a warm shimmering brown and¬†sephora contour liner in flirting game for a cool shimmering taupe.¬† just a hint of liner with mascara and no other makeup is super beautiful, in my opinion.

nails: new neutrals

besides my usual red or taupe nails, i’ve been loving some more unique shades like j.hannah ghost ranch¬†and j.hannah x lcd watermelon.¬† the j.hannah polishes are truly the best formula i’ve come across, even though the price tag is steep.¬† opi’s opi scores a goal is my favorite burgundy that is equally great on hands and toes.¬†¬†sephora formula x in obsessed is a rouge noir shade that i don’t usually love on me (something about the mix of a deep red with my pink skin makes my hands look extra red), but makes me feel very sophisticated.bb fall edit5.jpgstayed tuned for part 2 coming soon!

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september picks

bb sept picks1.jpgi’ve made some great strides in my skincare and makeup routines, thanks to a couple new products and some fresh application techniques.bb sept picks7.jpgas far as skincare goes, the avene thermal water has made a huge difference in the skin issues i was having due to my soft apartment water.¬† i spray this on my face after washing it or being in the shower, and wipe off the excess with a cotton pad.¬† it calms my skin and has been preventing the bumps i was experiencing all over my chin.

i’ve also added the jordan samuel hydrate serum and pai rosehip bioregenerate oil¬†to my skincare regime.¬† the jordan samuel replaced another empty hylamide low molecular ha, and while they are similar, the jordan samuel is far superior for less than $10 more.¬† i think it’s the inclusion of aloe that is making such a difference for me.¬† i’ve been using the pai regenerate oil at night in place of my favorite indie lee squalane because i needed a little more hydration with the changing of the seasons.¬† i’m still using the indie lee in the morning, of course!¬† for yet another hit of hydration, i’ve been using my staple¬†first aid beauty ultra repair cream before spritzing my pai oil with a bit of heritage¬†rosewater and glycerin spray.¬† this not only helps the skin drink up the oil it is mixed with more efficiently, but it adds moisture in and of itself.¬† i also spray a bit in with my lotion.¬† if you learn anything from this post: spray your waters/toners/hydrosols in with your oils and moisturizers.bb sept picks4.jpgbb sept picks6.jpgthe most epic skincare find for me this month was the frank body glow mask.¬† i saw it online at ulta and tried to resist but ended up ordering it a few days later.¬† it is somehow hydrating but rejuvenating and makes you glow immediately.¬† i keep mine in the fridge for added soothing properties and honestly it’s the best luxe experience ever.¬† plus it smells like cream cheese frosting.¬† frank body is the brand that does those coffee body scrubs, but their skincare range seems pretty epic as well, if this mask is anything to go by.¬† they are an all natural brand with a good price tag.

as far as makeup goes, i’ve been keeping it simple and glowy, as per usual.¬† i started teaching this month which is resulting in 5:00 am wake up calls, so makeup isn’t really something i want to think about.¬† for base, a mixture of glossier perfecting skin tint in light and ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2¬†belle marre is all i need for a little bit of coverage and a lot of light.¬† i work this in all over the face with the bobbi brown full coverage face brush, which is very inappropriately named and also the first high end makeup brush i ever bought about 3 years ago.¬† popping a peachy pink blush on my cheeks gives me the life that i need at that time of the morning.¬† my favorites have been the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, ilia multistick in tenderly (perfect for a sunkissed effect, i find this to be more peachy than it looks online), and clinique cheek pop in melon pop, which turned out to be the sheer peachy blush i’ve been searching for all summer.¬† for eyes i pop on a teeny bit of glossier coconut balm dotcom, curl my lashes, and wiggle mac extended play only at the roots for slight definition.¬† the same balm goes on my lips and i am out the door…with a gallon and a half of coffee mind you.bb sept picks2.jpgbb sept picks3.jpgas for my other picks of the month, i’ve been all about simplicity as of late.¬† i found the most perfect going out/packing light bag on sale at urban outfitters for $19 at the beginning of the month.¬† i can’t for the life of me understand why it was so cheap or on sale because it is gorgeous and looks very expensive.¬† love the pop of blue on the inside.¬† on the rest of my body i’ve been rocking my favorite simple gold chains.¬† that little bullet kinda thing and u-shape fit perfectly together, while the monogram chain sits lower on the chest.¬† separate or all together, these are forever faves.¬† i’ve had the monogram for years but the other two were late summer purchases from my favorite local boutique.¬† this beautiful pink candle was another random urban purchase; it is as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing.¬† it’s slightly fruity and floral but grounded by rich wood scents – aka the perfect warm, but not overwhelming house scent.bb sept picks9.jpgbb sept picks8.jpgtell me, what were your picks for this month?¬† i always love to know.
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september picks

makeup for a minimalist: the vanity

bb vanity1.jpgaka my desk. ¬†everything i keep out for daily use and easy access…

bb vanity3.jpgtop drawer: base // 

becca backlight priming filter

ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2, usually mixed with glossier perfecting skin tint in medium

tarte shape tape in fair beige – glossier stretch concealer in light

hourglass ambient lighting bronzer in diffused bronze light

rms unpowder sample in 0-1 Рglossier haloscope in quartzbb vanity4.jpgmiddle drawer: cheeks and eyes // 

clinique cheek pop blush in melon pop

ilia multistick in tenderly – rms lip2cheek in vogue rose

nars matte multiple in altai (used for bronzer or eye shadow)

nars pro prime eyeshadow base

neutrogena nourishing eyeliner in spiced chocolate (foam eye shadow applicator for smudging)

covergirl lashblast volume mascara in black/brown

mac extended play gigablack lash mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

maybelline eye shadow in earthly taupe (discontinued)

nars eyeshadow in lhasa (discontinued) – mac duo in wedge and corkbb vanity5.jpgbottom drawer: lips //

kosas lipstick in stardust – glossier coconut balm dotcom

nars pure matte lipsticks in madere and montego bay

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

glossier generation g’s in zip and cake

osmia lip doctor – burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in retsina (discontinued but found at tj maxx)

bite beauty lip pencil in 008bb vanity6.jpgtools // 

nude beauty blender // on perfume tray

bobbi brown full coverage face brush // foundation

real techniques deluxe crease brush // concealer

real techniques setting brush // glossier concealer and/or powder

it cosmetics heavenly luxe wand ball powder brush no 8 // bronzer

real techniques multitask brush // blush and/or powder

target kabuki brush // densely packed for sheer blushes

mac 239, 242, 217 // various eye shadow purposes

sephora crease shadow brush // crease blending (discontinued)

surratt eye lash curler Рtweezerman tweezers Рrevlon eyebrow spooliebb vanity7.jpgperfume // 

estee lauder bronze goddess (will be put away soon until next summer)

aura blends desert night oil – le labo santal 33

maison louis marie no4 bois de balincourt oil

elizabeth and james nirvana black oil

etc. //

marc jacobs coconut primer (i’m teaching now and this keeps my makeup fresh all day; while i mentioned it here it is serving more of a purpose now!)

tatcha luminous dewy skin mist // thank you sephora for this travel size and start to an addiction ūüė¶

j.hannah nail polishes in ghost ranch, watermelon, irisbb vanity2.jpgmirror: daiso via ebay

wooden tray: container store

drawers: homegoods

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makeup for a minimalist: the vanity

beauty @ mango

i was perusing the jewelry on the mango us site the other day and couldn’t get over how amazing the models look. ¬†think healthy, glowing skin, upward brushed brows, curled lashes, and neutral lips, with the exception of that pop of red. ¬†i love the simplicity, the lack of mascara, and how clean and bright the models look. ¬†the simplicity of the makeup and color palette is juxtaposed beautifully against the intensity of the jewelry.Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 5.09.21 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-13 at 5.06.31 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-13 at 5.08.22 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-13 at 5.08.33 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-08-13 at 5.08.49 PM.pngimages via mango

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leaving on a jet plane (or two)

yes that’s right, i’m on the road again! ¬†this time for an actual vacation. ¬†i’m heading out east to spend 2 whole weeks with my family and friends and i couldn’t be more excited. ¬†it’s been a pretty great summer full of new life and new challenges, but man am i ready for a tan, a laugh, and a dip in the ocean. ¬†anyways, you know i love a travel bag post, so here’s what i’m taking with me for a few weeks away…bb travel again1.jpgskincare //¬†

first aid beauty cleanser // glossier priming moisturizer

hylamide low molecular ha serum // indie lee squalane oil

mad hippie eye cream // weleda skin food

farmacy green screen // suntegrity 5-in-1 in light

aczone acne topical // feeling beautiful mint and lemon mask (in travel pot)bb travel again2.jpgbb travel again4.jpgmakeup //

nars creamy concealer in vanilla // rms living luminizer

hourglass bronzer in diffused bronze light // eminence chai berry illuminator blush

rms eye polish in myth // rms swift shadow in tt-73

jane iredale matte palette // bare minerals mascara

kosas lipstick in stardust // 100 percent pure lipstick in prickly pear

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan // vaseline rosy lips

mac 239 // mac 217

surratt eyelash curlers // eye spoolie

it cosmetics ball powder brushbb travel again3.jpgbb travel again5.jpgthe extras //

le labo santal 33 perfume

herbivore botanicals sea mist salt spray (hair)

schmidt’s rose and vanilla deoderantbb travel again6.jpg

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leaving on a jet plane (or two)