current nail polish picks

i go through phases with nail polish – sometimes i hate wearing any, sometimes i only wear red.  but lately i’ve been into some funkier colors and unique brands.bb nail polish picks 1.jpgj. hannah ghost ranch // the j. hannah polishes are exactly what you would expect them to be if you are familiar with the minimalist jewelry designer – understated, unique, and extremely wearable.  made up of mostly nudes with a few pops of color, the collection is definitely one to check out.  the one i have is ghost ranch, which is the perfect rust shade that i didn’t even know i wanted – described by the brand as a rich, southwestern red.  i think it’s a touch more on the orange side, but overall that’s an accurate description.  it’s one of those colors that just looks gooood.  the formula is amazing and the best part is that these polishes are 7-free.  they are pricey at $19, but i definitely want to pick up more shades.

lauren b. beauty vintage on vine // this is my first lauren b. polish, but they are all the rage in the eco beauty world and for very good reason.  this color is so me – the perfect purple taupe that i want to wear every day forever.  the brand describes this as a true mauve with a chameleon effect which is i think is true.  great formula and great brand!  again pricey at $18 but worth it for a special treat, in my opinion.

opi don’t bossa nova me around // i’ve had this polish for 2 years or something, but i never really liked it until recently.  it’s a beautiful light pinky-beige with a hint of grayness.  it looks different depending on the light, but this is my new favorite nude.  it’s completely opaque in 2 coats which is rare for a color of this type, but it has that classically amazing opi formula.  a new staple for me.

rms diabolique // the formula on this polish isn’t the best ever but this is the perfect deep plum color i’ve been looking for.  it seems like most vampy polishes are that deep wine shade that i just don’t always love, so i’m always looking for a cool-toned version if that makes sense.  three thin coats were needed for opacity, but i didn’t find it made it puffy or more chip-able.

smith&cult bitter buddhist // i finally bit the bullet.  i’ve been wanting this polish for a while, i mentioned it here, and i finally got it!  it’s a stunning pale, dusty turquoise that is just perfect.  i love pastel polishes but sometimes want them to be slightly more neutral, and i feel that bitter buddhist accomplishes that.  as with all smith&cult polishes i’ve tried, this formula is excellent and pretty long lasting.

nails inc. nailkale superfood base coat // you all know i’m in love with the nails inc. kensington caviar top coat.  so lately when i was in need of a new base coat, i had no doubts that i needed to try to the coordinating base coat.  though i love my opi nail envy matte, i’ve just been feeling like it isn’t working as well lately.  admittedly i haven’t tried this base coat yet, but i know i’m going to love it. bb nail polish picks 2.jpg

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naturally inclined

bb eco faves.jpgas i get older, i’m figuring out more and more how i want to treat and take care of my body.  from exercise (work in progress) to wearing sunscreen to figuring out some medical stuff, i’m trying to cherish this body i am in and help myself live my best life.  i’ve come to realize that there are certain things in my life that are nonnegotiable – acne and antidepressant medications, at least for right now – and that’s ok, as long as i do my best to balance it out.  one huge area for me in that regard is beauty and skincare (bet you didn’t see that coming…).  i spoke on my efforts to go more natural in this post last june, and wanted to do a little follow up.

as i’ve mentioned 1000 times, i’m very low key when it comes to makeup and skincare, but really enjoy the process of wanting, trying, and buying products.  while i’m always trying to cure this crazy need to consume, i’m really making an effort to consume more consciously.  so basically, if i have to buy a new blush, i’m making sure it has clean ingredients, rates well in terms of non-toxicity, and is not going to harm my body in the long run.  this can be tough and there are certain areas where i will not budge – almost anything nars obviously – but i think that is completely fine.

basically, i just want to do what is right for my body.  there are always circumstances in which we need a little outside help, but i believe so strongly in doing what we can to help ourselves, even just a little bit.  of course there are a million variables we cannot control, but why not do something about the variables we can control?

it can be extremely overwhelming to look at the makeup in your bag and the food in your fridge and think all of this is bad, so don’t look at it like that.  start when you can and where you can.  it doesn’t have to be everything.  any changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine.  and to help get you started, i’m going to be my middle-name-instigator self and fill you in on my favorite eco beauty and skincare products.

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skincare

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm, used with eco/organic baby washcloths :: it’s all about the cleansing balms, guys.  my dry skin feels so much healthier and more hydrated, and i need less oil and moisturizer after using a balm cleanser.

go-to face hero oil :: i’ve waxed poetic about this many a time so i won’t bore you, but…best face oil ever.  jampacked with delicious ingredients – think no synthetics, parabens, petrochemicals, etc.

desert essence organic jojoba oil :: i’ve used this for a loooong time as both an eye makeup remover and face oil.  jojoba oil is one of the best matches to our skin’s natural sebum so it’s an excellent moisturizer.  you can also add this to make up for a more moisturizing and dewy look – basically it’s a great all-rounder.

kiss my face sensitive skin sunscreen :: my favorite facial sunscreen.  it’s very hydrating so best for dry to normal skin, but i love the moisturizing boost.  there is some debate because this contains the chemical octinoxate, but it is at an accepted amount as decided by the fda.  also it rates a 3 on ewg (a grading resource for product’s toxicity and health levels), so i’m ok with that for now and will just get something else when i run out.

evan healy lavender hydrosoul :: again, won’t bore you.  best facial spray of all time.  bye!

weleda skin food :: an amazing all over cream.  i use this under and on my eyes, around my nose when i’m dry, on my hands and cuticles.  you get it.  also it smells like a gin and tonic in the best way.

weleda hand lotions :: i love the sea buckthorn and am currently using the regenerating pomegranate.  non greasy and really beneficial if you have dry hands like me.

dr. bronner’s bar soap :: my favorite in-shower soap.  really simple and gets the job done, plus there isn’t any plastic packaging to deal with so that’s a big eco thumbs up (wow that was painfully dorky).  my favorites are eucalyptus and the baby/unscented version.

shea moisture body wash :: so luxe, so lathering.  filled with natural and organic ingredients and without parabens and sulfates.  not strictly eco, but the majority of their products, besides their hair coloring-system line, rate between 1 and 3 on ewg, which is pretty great.

body lotion :: this is more of my summer moisturizer but i adore the mountain ocean skin trip coconut lotion, which i’ve mentioned many a time.  it’s just a little too light for these dry chicago winters.

hair :: i’m not using any eco hair products right now but i love, and have repurchased multiple times, the acure ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

others :: i’m still on the hunt for a moisturizer to replace my beloved cetaphil and a good natural deodorant that actually works.  i just ordered the meow meow tweet baking soda-free jar deodorant and the ursa major deodorant stick to use together, and am currently doing a deoderant-detox before those arrive.  i’ve learned that layering is the best way to have success with natural deodorants, so i’ll keep you posted.  also an eye cream, but i have some contenders that i mentioned here.  also not mentioned, but you all know my weleda lip balm is my best friend.

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makeup

w3ll people narcissist foundation stick :: in shade 0 this brightens my face and covers any redness with a few quick swipes.  blends out into almost nothing or definitely something depending on what you want.

w3ll people bio brightening powder :: the best setting powder, basically hourglass ambient lighting powders in mineral and nontoxic form.  a little glow and a little less shine.

w3ll people bio bronzing powder :: gorgeous bronzing powder for us bronzer addicts.  i wasn’t sure about mineral powder bronzer, but this is so perfect and lightweight.  it’s a great universal shade that can be applied very sheer and then built up.

tata harper volumizing lip to cheek :: i’ve had very charming since last summer and it is the perfect blue-based pink to add a natural flush and perkiness to the face.  i recently picked up very nice which is the light glowy pink of my dreams.

mineral fusion blush in flashy :: the prettiest slightly shimmery peach blush.  very subtle and very natural.  a hint of shimmer is there but not overpowering or obvious on the cheeks.  i don’t have it anymore, but i think this would be similar to hourglass dim infusion blush.

rms living luminizer :: a cult product for a reason.  the only highlighter i own and want.  it’s an icy dewy shimmer that gives that wet look to the cheek without being obvious at all.

rms eye polish in myth :: pretty much the only eye shadow i use these days.  very sheer taupe that looks glossy but stays.

pacifica stellar gaze mascara :: right now i’m using stardust (brown), but i had supernova (black) prior to this tube. this is my favorite mascara, eco or otherwise.  it’s natural but both volumizing and lengthening.  most importantly?  it conditions your lashes and gives them the attention they deserve!

gabriel eye shadow in sable :: the gabriel eye shadows are so nice!  very pigmented and smooth.  i only have this shade which is a taupey light brown that i love all over the lids and in the crease a little bit.  i thought it would be similar to urban decay naked, but it has a touch more purple/rosiness to it, in the best way.  very natural and very beautiful.  i want to get more of these eye shadows, maybe a dark brown next.

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino :: i don’t have this at the moment because mine shattered and it is about $22 to replace it.  but this is one of my all time favorite eye shadows and is a great dupe for urban decay naked (that is my favorite “conventional” eye shadow so i compare everything to it!).  a staple for me!  i actually think i am going to pick up this palette of 5 shadows instead of just a new single shadow in cappucino – i don’t actually have any shadows in those colors/that are eco and it will be a great staple product.

pacifica enlighten eye shadow palette in mystical :: although i just picked this up, it’s already a favorite.  this 4-shadow palette has a stunning combination of shades and the formulas are incredible.  they feel as buttery and pigmented as lorac shadows, seriously!  and at $14 it’s a beautiful thing!

gressa lip boost in bare :: the prettiest almost matte tinted balm.  a light pinky nude that can also be worn on the cheeks!  quite similar to the tata harper very nice actually, but i prefer that formula as a blush.

ilia lipstick crayon in kharma chameleon :: i don’t know what’s better, the name or the shade.  this stunning hot coral has a satin finish and is perfect on a hot summer night.  i wore this to my sister’s rehearsal dinner and got many a compliment.  i can’t wait to brig this baby back out!

bite beauty matte lip pencils and multisticks :: now there is some debate over these because of some of the color dyes that they use, but to me these are ideal.  they are natural and actually food grade, and the color pay off and color options are incredibly.  i love the matte crayons – i have a couple mini ones in cafe and glace – because they aren’t totally matte but you can smudge them in to look like a stain, kind of how i use the nars matte lip pencils as well.  the multisticks are really cool and i have the color gelato which is a super cool toned light pink almost veering on lilac which is gorgeous on the eyes and cheeks and patted in lightly on the lips.

nail polish brands :: smith&cult (8-free), pacifica (7-free), rms (6-free), zoya (5-free), nails inc (5-free), and opi (3-free and i believe their infinite shine line is 5-free but i can’t find a definitive answer).  and frankly most polishes are 3 free!bb eco nail faves.jpg

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so there you have it, the eco products that i own and love.  please note that these are not all recent acquisitions and it has taken me a few years to get to this point.  again, i just want to reiterate that my switch to eco products is a work in progress.  i don’t think that i will ever be all the way there.  if i can even get to 50/50 i will be so happy.  and i don’t want to be over here making you feel like you need to throw away all your non-eco products either, because you KNOW i’m always going to be spending too much money at sephora!  all in all, we do what we can and what feels right for ourselves.  so let’s take it one day and one eco deodorant at a time, shall we?

ps: ewg is a great resource to learn about products and what chemicals make them better or worse in terms of safety.  they have a rating system with a catalogue of almost 65,000 products and you can always submit something if you don’t find it on their site.  it can be super frustrating when they don’t have a product or brand listed, but you can also search by particular ingredients and learn about a product that way.  if a product is rated a 1-2 it is of low hazard, 3-6 is moderate hazard, and 7-10 is high hazard.  they also have a list of products that are ewg verified and i think that products are going to start carrying this mark on their actual packaging.  these are products/companies that are free of any concerning ingredients, have ingredients fully disclosed, and follow good manufacturing processes.  i have the app on my phone and use it while i’m shopping for both food items and products.

also pps: do your research!  actually more mainstream products than you think are more eco friendly than you think – a lot of too faced products, for example, rates extremely well on ewg.  it always helps to do your research before making any decisions.  plus a lot of sites like sephora will tell you when a brand is formulated without something – like parabens or sulfates.  it’s a bragging point for sure so you can usually find it mentioned!!

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september picks

september has been a month of growth and decision making.  i’m working on making some changes in my life and paying attention to what i need and want for myself.  i have gone back to some old product and fashion loves; the things that i know will work and work well.  i’m taking comfort in the familiar and the safe, while still allowing myself move forward in a new and scary direction. IMG_4282.jpgwearing >>

elf angled blush brush // to blend out cream bronzer

rms eye polish in myth // perfect sheeny taupe-ness

rms living luminizer

curled lashes with no mascara

opi i sao paulo over there // the best taupe nail polish

dior creme de rose // the best lip balm

white supergas // my white sneaker of choice

drift/riot gold signet ring

reading >> 

the girls by emma cline // read my review here

making space by thich nhat hanh

the file // into the gloss but so much better

following >>

fashion weeks and street style catch ups via collage vintage

a few new instagram loves // @joellehyman, @summer.dawn, @iamnoella

watching >> 

instagram stories // soooooo much better than snapchat

jessie of sunbeamsjess‘ old vlogtober and vlogmas videos // here’s to fall!

favorite of the day: rms nail polish in beloved

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 8.22.41 AM.pngif you follow me on instagram (shameless plug: @babybohemian), you may have seen that i posted the above picture last night.  i got the rms nail polish in beloved the other day and tried it out for the first time last night; i thought i would go into a little more detail today!

rms nail polishes retail for $15 and are a 6-free formula, cruelty free, and vegan.  they are formulated without petrochemicals, parabens, dpb, tphp, toluene, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and animal products (specific info from rmsbeauty.com).  the color range is curated but cool, they have very different shades than what you usually see at the drugstore or sephora.

first things first, i always use my opi nail envy as my base coat.  i have both the original and the matte, so really whichever one i can find first is what i use.  last night it was the matte, which i find has a nice bit of grip to it and sticks to the nail polish quite well.

beloved is a gorgeous red with warm, orangey undertones.  it’s not too orange, as i’m not a fan of that, but it’s the perfect summery bright red.  i love how a red can really be a neutral all year long.  the formula on this is amazing – one average coat was perfectly opaque, but i did two just for luck and lasting power.  the brush is fine, not amazing.  it’s similar to an essie brush, thin and relatively long.  i was worried about the larger top on this but it was easy to hold and work with.  and the packaging is probably my favorite of any nail polish!

to top it off i used my usual nails inc 45 second top coat with kensington caviar.  i bought this as a bit of a splurge last year ($15)and have been using it consistently to get my money’s worth, but i really love it.  true to claims it dries in 45 seconds and is very protective and long lasting.

and that’s it!  i don’t know about lasting power as of yet.  nail polishes usually last 3-4 days on me before chipping if i’m lucky, so we’ll see how this stands up to that average.  if it goes well, i am definitely going to purchase more shades, even with the high price tag of $15 a bottle.

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february picks

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old faithfuls //

body shop hemp hand protector – so hard for me to find so i’m glad i have a big tube

bonnie bracelets – pretty much always on my person, as evidenced my their weird shapes

fossil crossbody bag – going strong for 3+ years, similar

citizens of humanity rockets in crispy wash – i’m extremely afraid that these are no longer available, similar

mac paint pot in groundwork – makes me look like a grungy druggy, what’s not to love?

fashion week roundups – woah do i love fashion month.  the documentation on collage vintage is too good to be true.

new favorites //

vans suede moc sneakers in black – so good.  i slipped in some dr scholl’s pads cause i’m an old woman.

baggu small flat pouch in pine – perfect little wallet pouch, upgrade from my falconwright pouch which is getting a little ew-ie.  i can’t find the green for you but i like the other ones too.

glossier balm dotcomcoconut balm dotcom – the best!  the coconut scent is full on but you get used to it.

caudalie makeup removing cleansing water – great eye/lip makeup remover and can also be used to cleanse the face (i don’t do this but you know about my skin situation). UPDATE: after finishing this and being without for a bit, i believe this is the culprit for my extremely irritated eyes.  it could be a mix of my acne medications as well, but sensitive skinners be warned!

opi nail envy matte – i love the original but this has a natural finish when you wear it alone on the nails (i hate what clear polish looks like).  not a true matte but extremely natural.

december favorites

nars sheer glow // shade mont blanc // got a sample from sephora and am considering buying, tiny amount on very moisturized skin, awesome color match

essie angora cardi // not too dark but just vampy enough

opi nail envy // the best base coat, nail strengthener, and manicure extender i’ve tried

hudson riley boots // my staple black booties

bdg twig high rise jeans // my staple black jeans

j.crew stadium cloth cocoon coat // my staple black wool coat (anyone sensing a theme with my stylistic choices?!)

gregory alan isakov // his music reaches my very soul

holiday movies // the family stone, the holiday, white christmas, this christmas are particular favorites

makeup for a minimalist: the conclusion

IMG_2672so this concludes my little “makeup for a minimalist” series.  i covered dewy skin, bronzey eyes, glossy lips, matte lips, my favorite brown shadows, and an example of my night out face.  i really really enjoyed creating these posts, so “makeup for a minimalist” will definitely make an appearance every now and again.  i hope you enjoyed this little series as much as i did!

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