backpack beauty

as a student again, i find myself in class, at the library, or at a coffee shop studying and working pretty much every day.  and this requires some supplies, right?bb backpack beauty.jpgthe essentials:

wallet // my 21st birthday present

sunglasses // my sister gave me these, no clue as to details!

keys on a baggu strap

jao natural hand sanitizer

schmidt’s deoderant in rose + vanilla // if you’re looking for a natural deo, try this!  they have it at tj maxx for cheap

eye brow spoolie

sephora mirror // glossier & milk makeup stickers cause i’m 12

mini nars concealer in vanilla

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia

osmia lip doctor

bite beauty multistick in mascarpone // a soft sunburned look on the cheeks and a hint of color on the lips

pacifica lip tint in vanilla hibiscus // a super hydrating light pink

various hair clips
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backpack beauty

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while i used to love ordering skincare online or going to be more niche stores (sephora, beautylish, etc.), i am feeling quite over that at the moment*.  maybe because i’m back to being a broke student and maybe because i’m no longer living in an area where i have access to those stores.  for something like skincare that you go through so quickly, it doesn’t feel efficient to keep ordering online.  whatever the reason, i’m seeing some definite changes in my skincare routine specifically, and i have to say, i’m not mad about it. *with a couple exceptions of course!bb available skincare1.jpgmicellar water: i have gone through 2 big bottles of bioderma as a first cleanse/makeup remover over the past 6 months.  while i love the formula and honestly just the luxury of that product, i no longer want to have to order my makeup remover every time i need to restock.  i got a travel size of the garnier micellar water to compare and honestly i don’t see one bit of difference.  i just purchased the full size which is huge and will last probably the whole summer or more.  garnier micellar water is available at target and other drugstores.

face wash: i just finished both my glossier milky jelly cleanser and the first aid beauty cream cleanser, definitely prefer the latter over the former.  this is my third bottle of mjc but i’m just meh about it.  it’s hard to get and quite expensive and just not as remarkable as it should be.  the fab is a true cream consistency but fully removable with water and gets all of my makeup off, while the mjc doesn’t come close.  i was going to repurchase my old standby cetaphil when i saw the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser at my target and saw extremely solid reviews online.  this is creamy like the fab – really it feels like lotion – but is gentle on the skin and eyes and very hydrating.  i don’t feel that tight-face feeling after using this which i pretty much always get because of my dry skin.  i think this has been helping to clear up my skin along with some other products i’ll mention later (it contains niacinamide like the glossier super pure), so i’m quite impressed thus far.  this was a few dollars more than other drugstore cleansers ($15) but contains 13.5 ounces of product.  it might be harder to find if you don’t have a target or walgreen’s near you, but worth a try if you can find it.  plus it’s a really big size so cost efficient.  they also have a purifying version if you have normal to oily skin!

toner: toner is a new step for me.  usually i will use a facial spray here, but i decided to try out the thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel when i saw a travel size version at target.  witch hazel’s are reportedly great for the skin (the alcohol-free kind!) and help to balance and tone the skin.  my skin feels healthier and more balanced after i use it, so i’m trying to be good about it morning and night.  i’m liking it so far and will pick up the full size.  available at target, drugstores, and health food stores.bb available skincare3.jpgserum: deciem hylamide low molecular ha.  back to a tried and true favorite.  i mentioned here that i finished up my previous ha from purchased from beauty heroes and went back to hylamide when i was done.  it was a great decision and i don’t think i’ll be straying for quite a while.  available at cvs.  the other serum i’ve been using over the past month that is a bit of a cheat is the glossier super pure serum.  when i first got the serums, i was very disappointed.  i didn’t see any results and they felt too watery to be doing anything.  but i’ve recently gone back to the super pure and i can honestly say this is helping the stress acne i’ve been experiencing over the whole month of june.  it’s becoming my secret weapon – i apply it only on the acne on my chin before applying any other skincare.

oil: indie lee squalane.  now this one is a little bit special because it isn’t that readily available.  however, it is carried in some anthropologies and natural beauty stores, so i bet you can find this somewhere near you depending on where you live.  i found a natural beauty store about an hour away from me, so while i won’t be going there often, i will definitely return on my next shopping trip.  i am finishing up my first bottle of this and now have a backup which i am very happy about.

moisturizer: good ol’ cetaphil.  i like this thick version because it is so moisturizing and pulls all of my other products into my skin.  in the summer i use just a little bit, whereas in the winter i pile it on.  i do like their lotion version (versus the cream), but this works better for me.  the less readily available favorites are glossier priming moisturizer and first aid beauty ultra repair cream.  the glossier has been my daytime summer moisturizer of choice this year, it’s light and sinks in almost immediately but keeps my hydrated and glowing all day long.  the first aid beauty is more of my winter lotion, but i have 2 backups that i’ve been making my way through.  i interchange it with the cetaphil – they are pretty much the same but the fab is a little more moussey and lighter, but with the same hydrating results.  because of the texture it is also easier to use a little bit and spread it over my whole face, so i can use this during the summer without looking or feeling too greasy.

mask: i’m very picky when it comes to detox masks.  because i’m dry but acne-prone, i never want anything too harsh, but effective enough to make a difference.  my go to for years as been the feeling beautiful lemon and mint mask, but i no longer live near ulta and can’t seem to find that one anymore.  i tried the yes to tomatoes clear skin detoxifying charcoal mud mask and i LOVE it!  it’s very similar to the origins charcoal mask which i love but recently used up.  this is a salicylic mud mask that tightens and clears the skin, but doesn’t feel as tight as the origins.  i see better results with this mask than any of the high end clarifying masks i’ve used! bb available skincare2.jpgwhile i don’t always love my insatiable need for new things, i think that it is slowly showing me what products i actually like and want to keep buying.  lucky for me, in the case of skincare at least, my picks are relatively affordable and easy to find.  though i do get sad about all the money i have spent on selfcare in the past, i like this new direction i am going and i think it will continue for a long time to come.

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june picks

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auric blends desert night perfume oil after visiting the farmer’s market one saturday i was in my local co-op browsing the essential oil section.  i picked up this perfume oil and took a sniff when an older man asked me what i was checking out.  i shared this beautiful scent with him and we got to talking.  he told me about his work as an aromatherapist as well as some stories from his life, and i told him a little bit about me.  it was a beautiful exchange, he gave me some wisdom that i will cherish forever, and i hope i made his day a little brighter as well.  after he left me i knew i had to get this beautiful perfume oil, to remind me of him, of meeting new friends, and of sharing love and light with as many people as we can on this earth.

monk oil #2 recently renamed “dawn.”  i mentioned this beautiful body oil here, but i had to mention it again.  i have been mixing a little in with my body moisturizer – i’m currently using the alba organica ultra emollient and it’s a new staple for me for sure – soaks in quickly and makes my body softer than ever.  i get the benefits of both products in one and the added benefit of not using this oil up to quickly as it is quite pricey.  the scent is calming and brings me back to center.

primal pit paste i used up my meow meow tweet baking soda-free deodorant and picked this up at the grocery store to replace it.  i think i like this better, probably because of the baking soda which thankfully doesn’t seem to irritate my skin.  nice deodorant, probably not groundbreaking but i like it a lot.  it is easier to rub in than the mmt and doesn’t ball up as some deodorants seem to.  i am still layering it with the ursa major one for extra sweaty days (which are plentiful here in indiana).

mac patentpolish lip pencil in revved up i will admit that i got suckered into buying this, but i am so glad that i did!  i’ve been liking how peaches look on me – usually i’m a light pink lip girl – and the formula is very similar to the clinique intense chubby sticks.  it has the right amount of gloss and sheer color to look simple and not overdone, but it makes me feel a little more put together than usual.

first aid beauty ultra repair intensive lip balm my love affair with fab continues!  i picked this up because i read it is similar to the nuxe reve de miel, a previous favorite that doesn’t have the ingredient list i like to see, and they are pretty much identical.  this has that same somewhat gritty texture that exfoliates and moisturizes the lips at the same time.  it is slightly more solid than the nuxe, but the results are spot on.  it lasts all night and i can still feel it in the morning, which tells me it is really doing it’s job.  if you are looking for a heavy-duty lip product, i recommend checking this out.

garnier micellar water and thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel i have a post coming all about these so i won’t go in depth, but they have been hardcore favorites all month long.

ray ban wayfarers i have had these sunglasses for probably 7 years, wearing them on and off.  this summer they have been the only sunglasses i have liked to wear.  they are sturdy and perfectly molded to my face – highly recommend getting your sunglasses adjusted if you can, it makes all the difference.  i can throw them in my bag or in my car without worrying too much.  plus they have small bite marks from when my dog was a puppy so that makes me happy as well.bb june picks3.jpgentertainment //

the office – i have never enjoyed the office.  it makes me sad, to be honest.  but after watching a few episodes with a friend, i got completely sucked in.  i finally see the humor behind it and that it is very sweet, not sad (for the most part).  and obviously i am in full support of jim and pam, just to clear that up.

a new book – i haven’t been reading as much lately as i was the first half of the year, but i just started reading a new book that i can’t not mention.  i got jd salinger: the last interview while in new york and only just had the time to start reading, but i already love it.  salinger is such an enigmatic but iconic figure in american literature and it is so interesting to finally learn about him, but it also makes me feel sad that he was essentially chased and stalked most of his life.

blogs – the opal gray is yet another beauty blog, but there’s something about it that’s extra special.  i believe i found the author on instagram and started reading her blog from there, but honestly i can’t quite remember.  her photography is gorgeous and i really appreciate her product reviews.  now if she would only post more often!  another blog i have added to my daily reading list is free & native.  this one is a different from my usual beauty and fashion blogs, but one that i am needing right now.  free & native is the blog of herbalist and manifestation advisor lacy phillips, and she shares her techniques for more wholesome, free, and intentional living, as well as the people, places, and things inspiring her.

highlights of the month //

moving into my own apartment

starting classes

meeting new people and making new friends

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june picks

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

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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