may picks

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first aid beauty ultra repair cream // since first trying this over the summer, i seem to always have a tube lying around.  it’s a great moisturizer for dry skin – face, hands, or body – and though i originally tried it as a hand moisturizer, it is intended for the face.  i think it’s a little too heavy for people with combination or oily skin, but this has been my face lotion of choice for the winter and spring.  a great staple and pretty inexpensive.  i’m considering picking up their regular facial moisturizer for summer, so if anyone has any experience with it, let me know!

first aid beauty slow glow gradual self-tanning moisturizer // i am sooo not a fake tanning kind of person.  i admit i dabbled a little during high school – the occasional spray tan or tanning bed for dances (i could kill my younger self) and jergen’s natural glow – but in the last 6-7 years?  absolutely not.  i get pretty good color during the summer with plenty of sunscreen, but during the rest of the year i accept my paleness.  but with the cold weather and constant rain that chicago has been experiencing the past 2 months, i was forced to help out my poor winter skin.  i picked this up at ulta towards the end of april because i love first aid beauty and have been using it one or two nights in a row every two weeks or so or whenever i remember, and it works a charm!  it adds the healthiest glow to my skin without looking fake or over the top.  it doesn’t apply as streakily as other products with careful application and i only find it smells like sunless tanner the tiniest bit – i admit i kind of love it!  you can apply this to your face but i stop before my neck and just add a little extra bronzer the next day.

sheet masks // mentioned here, i’ve been really enjoying using different sheet masks this month.  they kind of freak me out so it took some getting used to, but the effects are kind of ridiculous.  i don’t always see immediate effects from masks that i use, but with these i do.  i tried both of the saturday skin ones, but am much more impressed with the ones i can find at ulta.  leaders is the brand i have been using the most.  they are quite expensive because they are one-use only, but worth it i think!

rimmel santa rose blush // mentioned here, i picked this blush up while at heathrow airport in february.  i think i had heard estee lalonde talk about it at some point, but i can’t honestly remember why i was drawn to it.  it’s a gorgeous light peachy pink with a fine shimmer running through.  it perks up the face nicely but doesn’t look like blush.  hard to explain but it is stunning.  i love it for days when i’m wearing no other makeup.  like i said it is a british product, but you can order it through feel unique if you are interested!

sephora vib purchases // you probably read my round up here – but i am absolutely loving all the products i got during the sephora vib sale.  what are the chances of loving every single thing?!  from the cleanser to the moisturizer, i feel like my skin is better than i ever.  i was considering returning the tata harper illuminating moisturizer because of the insanely high price, but it is such a stunning product i couldn’t let it go.  great purchases all around – i’m pretty proud of myself.

beautycounter citrus mimosa hand cream // a friend gave this to me because she didn’t like it.  i put it aside for almost a year, and then for whatever reason i put it on my nightstand at the end of april.  it’s incredible!  one of the best hand creams i’ve tried.  truth be told i don’t love the scent, though it dissipates pretty quickly.  unfortunately it is the only scent offered and this is a pretty pricey hand cream ($17), so i’m not sure if i will get around to repurchasing it, but i do love it in the meantime. bb may picks3.jpgmusic, movies, youtube, books ~~

harry styles album // harry is absolutely my dream man, so i knew i was going to love his first solo album. but honestly i am even more taken with it than i expected.  the depth and artistry behind each track is palpable, especially in contrast to what his former band mates are releasing. very eagles, very rock-n-roll. it’s a stunning album all around.

jamestown revival // what took me so long to listen to jamestown revival?  i am a huge folk music fan, so these guys are right up my alley.  they remind me a lot of my favorite gregory alan isakov, but with more upbeat tracks.  my spotify is a very happy place right now!

karima mckimmie // i watched a few of karima’s videos years ago, but never gave her my full attention.  so you might guess that lately, she’s been getting my full attention!  her videos are amazing and her videos are emblematic of the reason i fell in love with youtube beauty videos.  all makeup, none of the changes that other of my favorites seem to be going through.

lauren pence // another youtube fave!  i found her while searching for more eco product-using youtubers.  honestly she sometimes bugs me a little bit – she’s an actress so can get pretty theatrical – but i love her content and her reviews are impeccable.

m train by patti smith // you might remember that i first read m train last summer and loved it.  i decided to give it another go – i much prefer to reread favorite books than search for new ones – and i think i might love it even more this time around.  i feel like i am inside of patti smith’s soul and i feel every single thought she records.  i highly recommend m train, as well as patti’s other works.

desert solitaire by edward abbey // a good friend of mine is a huge edward abbey fan, so i thought i would pick up desert solitaire after hearing such rave reviews.  abbey might not be to everyone’s taste – he is a bit of a john muir type – but right up my alley.  it is incredible to read his experiences in the west when it was still that cowboy land but changing to the tourist attraction we know it to be today.  his words shake me to my core and i wish i could go back to the 60s to help him stop the destruction of our wonderful national parks.

lovesong // i stumbled upon this movie while perusing the newly added section on netflix.  i’m not really sure why i was drawn to it, but i was, and it was the first new movie i’ve watched all the way through in a long time.  it was full of sorrow, but so beautiful and strangely comforting.  it felt like a short story – you don’t have all the details but you don’t need to.  riley keough was so quiet yet so captivating – i felt like i could feel her soul.  i didn’t know that she is lisa marie presley’s daughter and elvis and priscilla’s granddaughter, but now that i know it makes perfect sense as she is practically identical to her mother and grandmother (pre-plastic surgery of course).  it’s a sad film to be sure, but it was beautiful.  oh and i’ve had a crush on ryan eggold since his 90210 days, so there’s that too.lovesong-movie-trailer-images-pics-stills-riley-keough-jena-malone-4.pngand the most important favorite…

baby margot! // my beautiful niece entered the world on may 14, mother’s day!  i was there about 12 hours later to meet this little babe and fell in love.  what is it about babies?  i am so thrilled for my sister and brother-in-law.  and for me!  i’m an aunt!  i can’t wait to watch margot grow and learn and become the incredible little lady that i know she will be.bb may picks2.jpg. . . 

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may picks

the best of 2016

the people, places, and things that i found and fell in love with in 2016

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what i wore //

mac strobe cream  –  nars radiant tinted moisturizer

mac paint pots in groundwork (warm brown) & painterly (cool nude)

rms eye polish in myth (glossy taupe)

pacifica stellar gaze mascara in stardust (brown)

glossier (have been using since 2015, but really became obsessed in 2016)

  blush!  the color & the makeup item

milk makeup – hourglass ambient lighting bronzer (luminous bronze light)

byredo gypsy water  –  maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt

levi’s 501s  –  american apparel grey tees  –  turtlenecks

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what i read //

amor towles a gentleman in moscow & rules of civility

emma cline the girls  –  cheryl strayed wild

patti smith just kids & m train

violet grey  –  the file

beauty by kelsey  –  cindyhyue

tendances de mode

what i watched //

pretty little liars (every. single. episode.)

violette_fr youtube

chrissstttiiine youtube

jules von hep youtube (what a gem he is!)

etc. // 

pf candle co.

shu eumera eyelash curlers

evan healy lavender hydrosoul

glossier milky jelly cleanser

a dedicated skincare routine

moving towards a more natural lifestyle

patti smith just kids baby bohemian

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the best of 2016

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IMG_3982.jpgpf candle co candles in gardenia&coconut and fig&sandalwood just my favorite candles ever.  the scents are not too strong but just right (they take about an hour of burning to become present) and look so pretty.  i like to burn these together actually.  sadly gardenia&coconut has been discontinued, but i’m sure i will fall in love with another one of their scents as a replacement.

rms living luminizer i mentioned this in my post on my natural beauty picks so i won’t go too into detail.  but this is a beautiful natural glow giver that i wouldn’t really say qualifies as a “highlighter” – it really is a luminizer.

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer smells so delicious and looks very natural.  one of my favorite bronzers i’ve ever used.  it has a hint of shimmer for a natural glow but it’s not visible shimmer, if that makes sense.

nars impassioned blush i was never a blush person.  i never understood the point of it and always thought it looked too fussy/was too much makeup.  and even though i have tried a few blushes in the past, i was never wowed and quickly forgot about them.  but then i saw nars new-ish blush called impassioned.  it’s a very light dusty pink with blue undertones (much lighter than it appears in this picture), but is actually pretty pigmented when on the cheeks – maybe it reacts to your body chemistry a little bit?  i feel like it does.  it’s just the prettiest most subtle flush of matte color, which looks very natural but really brightens the face.  ok, i get blush now!

pore cleansing pad i got mine at sephora cause it’s the only place i’ve seen them, but i am positive you can find a cheaper alternative (this was $6).  with the acne products i’m using i’m really not supposed to be using anything exfoliating, so this is a great gentle way to get rid of that top layer of dead skin, etc.  i can’t stress how gentle this really is – i use it once or twice a week with my normal face wash and it just feels like it really gives me a good cleanse.

byredo gypsy water as i mentioned in my natural beauty post, i’m not a fragrance person, but i absolutely love sandalwood and amber, which i use in oil form.  over the past month, i’ve been using up a couple samples i had of byredo’s gypsy water perfume.  i absolutely fell in love with this fragrance.  it is so light, perfect for a nonperfume wearer, has the woodsy, masculine touches that i like, and features my favorite sandalwood and amber scents (side note, it goes great with the oil i’ve mentioned).  i was in boston last week and i actually bought myself a full size bottle of this.  it was extremely costly, but since i’ve been wearing my samples every day for a month, i think it was a safe bet.  the first fancy perfume i’ve ever purchased for myself!  more professional details can be found here.

acure triple moisture shampoo and conditioner – sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free, vegan, and more.  doesn’t leave my hair tangled or rough the way some sulfate free hair products do.  plus the bottles are really fun to read.  i really love how this treats my hair.  not pictured because i didn’t want to get my bed all wet!

very old your neighbors sweater purchased at urban outfitters a couple years ago.  my version of a fisherman sweaters.  men’s, of course!  not pictured because it was in the washing machine, apologies.

patti smith m train i found my copy at a free library at my local health food store.  it’s actually just a manuscript version, which i am very excited about.  this was such a beautiful book, i really took my time reading it and i’m glad i picked it out of that pile.  definitely a prized possession for me.  the way she softly tells a chronological story but keeps remembering different times in her life is incredible.  i just started her previous memoir, just kids, and i’m already loving it.

unbreakable kimmy schmidt – my friend forced me to watch this (i have seen the first episode about 7 times and have never been into it) and i’m so glad she did.  this show is just too cute and so easy to watch.  plus it’s so wholesome which is kind of a nice change from all the 50 shades of porn shit we have to watch on a daily basis on every single channel.  if you have netflix, this is a must see.

the lumineers cleopatra i think this is their newest album –  i’m not sure cause i don’t stay very up to date (i really thought that was one word) with music releases.  i absolutely love the lumineers and this album is no exception.  ALSO if you have pandora, check out the “contemporary folk” station.  it features a lot of lumineers, gregory alan isakov, ray lamontagne, and other similar musicians – so basically it’s the best ever.  i’m listening to it right now.

moleskine agenda – now that i’m back at work, this has been a lifesaver.  i have the one that features the days of the week on the left pages and a blank page for notes on the right pages.  it is the perfect place for all my to-do’s and also any thoughts i have or things i want to remember.  plus it’s a good size and easy to slip into a purse or backpack.

+my image, please credit if using.  also my weleda lip balm is thrown in there just cause it’s a constant favorite and i was putting it on while taking these pictures.

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