august picks

oh august, the sunday of summer…bb august pics1elizabeth arden 8 hour cream // something you may not know about me is that i interned at elizabeth arden when i was in college. ¬†i can honestly say it’s where my love of beauty came from, and i look back on that experience fondly (for the most part). ¬†i haven’t used 8 hour cream since then, but i couldn’t resist this cutie cute special edition tube that i saw at macy’s. ¬†the smell is sooooo nostalgic to me and this is such a nice all around product. ¬†i’ve been wearing it on my lips, on my eyelids, on my cheekbones, a little bit in my brows, on cuts and scrapes…it truly is a miracle product.

herbacin kamille hand cream // to be quite honest, i randomly grabbed this while at the grocery store and in need of hand lotion. ¬†it’s a nice jelly type formula that sinks into the skin incredibly fast and leaves almost a matte finish on the hands. ¬†sounds weird, but it is very beneficial when talking about hand lotion. ¬†the smell is honestly groooooss, it smells like public restroom soap, but i make it work cause this lotion is pretty dope.

pixi glow tonic // i have previously used the pixi glow tonic pads, but i am having much more success with the actual tonic. ¬†it’s probably because i am using it regularly every night, but whatever the reason i am loving this product the second time around. ¬†the actual bottle allows me to use just a little bit and is lasting me a very long time. ¬†this is the perfect gentle exfoliant for sensitive and dry skin and i can tell that my skin is more even toned and perfected than usual.

real techniques deluxe crease brush // i’ve had this brush for a very long time and have only recently found a use for it. ¬†i don’t know what made me use it for concealer, but i did and it is the perfect brush for patting in concealer on blemishes. ¬†it doesn’t mess with the coverage of the concealer or make it look cakey, it just speeds up the process of patting concealer in. bb august picks2sephora bright future gel serum concealer in parfait // i recently mentioned this concealer in this post and also mentioned it all last summer. ¬†this is my go to summer concealer because of the extensive shade range and the creamy, hydrating formula. ¬†it has great coverage for blemishes and is so hydrating that i’m sure it would be great under the eyes as well. ¬†even around the face i find it blends into my skin beautifully without looking cakey or overdone. ¬†also they changed the applicator – it was previously a weird, hard oval (i don’t even know what this means but it sounds bad) that you couldn’t swipe across the skin – to a slanted doe foot that is very easy to use.

wet-n-wild eye shadow in nutty // a few months ago, i read about this eye shadow here and then went on a hunt to find it, only to realize that it is impossible to find and i could only get it on ebay (except now it is apparently available at walgreens.com?!?!?!?!). ¬†i forgot about the shadow and went on my way, as you do. ¬†then this month, while visiting my parents on an extremely small island with a little pharmacy that hardly ever gets good makeup, i found two of them, just sitting there, waiting for me. ¬†this shadow is absolutely gorgeous, so pigmented as wet-n-wild shadows always are, and the perfect cool-toned but warm-toned browny taupe. ¬†it’s .99 cents so honestly if you can find it, buy the lot.

neutrogena nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate // i hardly ever wear eyeliner, but my makeup look for august has been clean, dewey skin with a thin line of warm shimmery brown eyeliner and curled lashes.  this eyeliner from neutrogena is the perfect slightly shimmery warm brown that blends easily but stays put all day.  the formula of this eyeliner is quite ideal, and i really like how small the nib of the product is.  if you are looking for a liner that is similar to mac teddy (at least in my mind this is), i recommend neutrogena spiced chocolate.
bb august picks3collecting magazine inspiration // i have a looooooooot of old magazines at my parents’ house. ¬†well not anymore because i’ve recycled them all, but before i did that i went through every single one and ripped out the pages that inspired me the most. ¬†i’m not sure what i am going to do with them – i’m considering doing a collage wall in my bedroom and i just recovered my planner with some favorite images – but honestly i’m just enjoying perusing them. ¬†it’s almost like my very own magazine filled with every single item that i actually want to see. ¬†i don’t buy magazines as frequently anymore, so i’m loving going through the pages and seeing them as if they are new.

target notebook with sharpie pens and le pens // i got this notebook for about $3 at target at the beginning of the summer and it has become my constant companion!  from lists to doodles to schedules, pretty much every detail of my summer is present here.  sharpie pens and le pens are my absolute favorites for clear writing and working on fun lettering.

full coverage podcast // as you know i have been absolutely loving harriet hadfield of harry makes it up this summer, so it was only a matter of time before i started listening to her podcast. ¬†she and her cohost, lindsey kelk, are absolutely adorable and such a pleasure to listen to. ¬†each episode is, of course, about beauty and skincare but with a specific theme and the occasional special guest. ¬†it’s relaxing but also stimulating to listen to, so i’ve been playing it while cleaning the house or driving long distances. ¬†i think i’m a podcast convert now.

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august picks

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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warm weather bound

tomorrow me and (part of) the fam are headed to one of my favorite places…california, duh! ¬†you know i love a good travel post, so here’s what i’ve got coming along with me >>

makeup:bb warm weather bound makeup.jpgnothing too exciting, but i’m bringing along the usual nars creamy concealer in vanilla, w3ll people bronzer and brightening powders, gabriel eyeshadow in sable, rms swift shadow in tt-73¬†(side note, i haven’t talked about this shadow but it is amazing. ¬†so soft, so beautiful and is glowy instead of shimmery. ¬†i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing, even with nothing else on my face. ¬†total love), tata harper volumizing lip&cheek in very charming, gressa lip boost in bare, mini bite beauty lipstick in meringue, shu uemera eyelash curlers, real techniques powder and expert face brushes, meow meow tweet baking soda-free lavender deodorant, and ursa major deodorant. ¬†plus some hair twisties and clips, of course.

side note, does deodorant count as makeup or skincare? ¬†probably skincare, but i’m bucking the system as per.

skincare (&liquids):bb warm weather bound skincare.jpgagain, the usual suspects with some fun stuff thrown in. ¬†for example, i got a new sunscreen since my other one is too big for travelling and i’m not comfortable taking it out of its container and exposing it to sunlight. ¬†so: mychelle sun shield, cetaphil lotion, mini trilogy mist, mini trilogy cleansing balm, dr tung’s floss (sexy), maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt perfume oil, weleda skin food, go-to face hero, dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer, living libations all seeing eye cream.

and the rest:bb warm weather bound plane bag.jpgthe other stuff in my plane bag includes another of the miss fisher series by kerry greenwood, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag.  just picked up those last two the other day and am really excited to start reading them.  wallet is from minor history, sunglasses from ray-ban, and headphones from bose Рa lovely christmas from my sister quite a few years ago now.

jewelry: bb warm weather bound jewelry.jpgpretty pared down (for me) since i never end up wearing what i pack on trips anyways. tiffany silver bangle (my high school graduation present Рit says dream a little dream), thin gold rings from various etsy shops, gold ball chain that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, mermaidbyhand (now eliza sloane jewels) abalone ring, beaded earrings that were a gift from my sis, sarah chloe monogram necklace, salt&summit turquoise ring, vintage turquoise flower earrings which were a birthday present a few years ago, gold ear pins from etsy, and anthropologie gold ear jackets that were my birthday present this year.  dude, my family gives me good stuff!

so there you go my lovelies.  what are your travel must-haves?  what am i forgetting?!!

warm weather bound

december picks //

picture my dad singing “these are a few of my favorite things…” in the background, as he was¬†doing while i was taking my photos ¬†ūüėČIMG_0090.jpg
shu uemera eyelash curlers
ok i finally caved and jumped on the bandwagon,¬†and man i am never turning back. ¬†i thought my tarte curlers were good, but now i’m realizing that they didn’t curl that much and they definitely pinched. ¬†these make my eyelashes look not only curled but voluminous, and they stay curled all day, with mascara or without (and i use regular mascara, not waterproof). ¬†it’s no surprise these are the best of the best.

sarah chloe monogram necklace something i’ve had for a long time but am really loving this month. ¬†i love the length and the chunkier pendant – it’s a little bit different from my usual dainty chains.

real techniques complexion sponge i had a beauty blender for a while, but when it got a little too grubby, i decided to pick up this less expensive version instead of another $20 splurge. ¬†and it’s amazing!! ¬†in my opinion it’s way better than the original, as it has more points and flat edges for tough to reach areas (nose, under eyes).

go-to face hero i have been reading about this for months on the file¬†and have done some pretty thorough research on its benefits. ¬†i¬†finished my mario badescu rose hips oil, but in the end i didn’t feel that it was hydrating or oily enough (which i know is actually one of its main selling points) especially with winter in full swing. ¬†i was going to get the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil, but i decided to get the go-to instead as it has such rave reviews. ¬†it includes so many wonderful oils, including rosehip, almond, jojoba, and many many more. ¬†once converted from australian to american dollars, the price point is great (roughly $34 american plus¬†$18 shipping) and the international shipping was really fast. ¬†i am so glad i decided to get this, it has done wonders for my skin and i noticed the effects over night, no exaggeration.

l’oreal brow stylist plumper in medium to dark – i originally typed that as “brow plumber.” ¬†anyways! ¬†i have pretty ok brows, and truth be told i can’t be bothered to do anything over the top with them. ¬†but they do get pretty unruly and messy throughout the day so i have been looking for a really subtle brow gel to keep them in place but not look “done.” ¬†the glossier boy brow is ok, but it’s so thick and pomade-y that it was just too much for low-key me. ¬†i heard about the l’oreal brow gel somewhere, so i picked it up when i saw it at duane reade and i love it! ¬†it’s exactly what i was looking for. ¬†it is tinted, so it offers a little bit of color while looking totally natural and not too gel-y. ¬†i wipe most of the product off before applying, so that helps, but really this is a great product and doesn’t make me feel like my eyebrows are cemented to my face.

nars radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve – this has been my go-to base this month. ¬†for one thing, it’s my perfect winter shade, and the coverage is perfect. ¬†it evens out the redness that i have going on and doesn’t cling to my dry patches, but looks totally natural and nonexistent. ¬†i don’t typically wear a “base” every day, but i have felt it necessary this month and have been happy to have this guy around. ¬†if you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer, i highly recommend the nars one. ¬†though i can’t seem to find a good summer shade, this one matches my pale, pink winter skin like a dream.

bioderma sensibio¬†this is a repeat from november, but i feel the need to mention it again! ¬†i got a small bottle of this while in london in november and have used up the whole thing in the past 2 months! ¬†it has been really nice to have an actual makeup remover for my whole face, and i love using this as a first step before my cleanser. ¬†it gets rid of my mascara (not waterproof) in just a few swipes and gets rid of the leftover bronzer, tinted moisturizer, and layers of grime that have made home of my face during the day. ¬†also, it’s now available a couple places online like beautylish and violet grey, so it’s finally available to us americans!

violette_fr Рi have seen violette featured a ton on violet grey, but i had no idea that she had a youtube channel!  violette is an amazing parisian makeup artist, and her channel shows you how to achieve that perfectly french look.  i love how short and simple her videos are, and how she focuses on one feature, be it eyes, lips, etc.  her looks are simple and beautiful and i am addicted!

a christmas carol by charles dickens for whatever reason, i really wanted to read this dickens classic this month. ¬†i was in search of a cozy read – whatever that means – and this fit the bill perfectly. ¬†though i know the story by heart, i have never¬†read it first hand. ¬†it is such a beautiful and timeless story, and even if you think you know it all i recommend taking the time to read it. ¬†it’s quite short – i finished it in a day or two – but i thoroughly enjoyed it and was reminded of it’s great lessons on life, appreciation, and kindness.

drawing/sketching – i’ve always been a doodling, but this month i enjoyed my drawings a little bit more than usual. ¬†i drew winter guides for my sisters’ christmas presents, and i loved drawing the products and items that i love in my real life and want them to love too. ¬†you know what’s better than a new glossier product? ¬†drawing a really cute picture of one!IMG_0085.jpgIMG_0089.jpg

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december picks //

winter beauty essentials

or how not to look like all of your skin is peeling away! ¬†it’s all about the layers people…

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the face base: mario badescu facial spray with rosewater, go-to skincare face hero, sunscreen (i’m trying out the la roche posay anthelios mineral with spf 50, not pictured), and lots of moisturizer

a mix of primers: mac strobe cream (i finally used up my little sample size and got the travel size…this is going to take me forever to go through!) mixed with the glossier priming moisturizer or the too faced hangover primer (again, a travel size, from ulta) depending on my mood

evening out but maintaining the dew: nars tinted moisturizer in terre neuve mixed with glossier skin tint in light – equally small dots of each when i need a little more coverage, or just the skin tint by itself

eyes and cheeks: clinique chubby stick for cheeks in amped up apple¬†(also this is described as a blushing red which it most certainly is not – it’s a beautiful neutral rose), hourglass bronzer in luminous bronze light, elf smudge pot in cruisin’ chic (taupe) or revlon colorstay creme shadow in creme brulee (champagne)

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apply everything possible with a damp sponge for extra moisture and finish off with another spritz of rosewater!

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winter beauty essentials

the travel makeup bag

i’m heading away to vermont for a long weekend and i am so excited to have a real vacation. ¬†i’m not planning on really putting makeup on besides for dinners and such,¬†so there’s nothing very exciting in here. ¬†most of these things will be in my purse (mattifying powder, concealer, lip balm, eyebrow spoolie), but overall these are my current essentials, give or take a few extras.IMG_4279 (1).jpgface //¬†

glossier priming moisturizer –¬†glossier perfecting skin tint in medium

covergirl invisible concealer in light

benefit hoola bronzer –¬†bourjois healthy balance powder in 53 beige clair

nars blush in impassioned

eyes // 

wet’n’wild palette in walking on eggshells –¬†rms eye polish¬†in myth

rms volumizing mascara

lips // 

glossier generation g in like –¬†weleda lip balm

tools // 

real techniques blush brush –¬†elf angled blush brush

mac 217 –¬†stolen sephora tester spoolie

the travel makeup bag

august picks

IMG_4237.jpganother month, done and dusted.  i am definitely looking forward to changing leaves and cooler weather, but am also sad to see summer go.  here were my favorite items for the last month of summer:

my glowy skin routine // i went into some depth on these products here so i won’t bore you anymore

combination of tata harper very charming and nars impassioned // these two blushes are a beautiful combination.  the tata harper is a bolder pink, while the nars is a neutral blush pink, but they work together beautifully.  i also like that i am in a way setting my cream blush, so i know my flush will stay for the whole day.

mac 187 brush // i feel like i change up my makeup brushes pretty frequently, so recently i’ve gone back to this old favorite. ¬†i love how softly it applies powder products, setting and bronzing my face very subtly. ¬†it does shed slightly, but nothing too bothersome as some people have said.

real techniques expert face brush // i’ve been using this to blend out my cream face products and it is perfect. ¬†it’s dense but not too dense, so it blends out the products well but doesn’t apply them in a too concentrated way. ¬†does anyone have the mac 170 brush? ¬†it looks similar to this and the sigma f80 but i really want to try it!

weleda buckthorn hand lotion // weleda is definitely one of my favorite skincare brands. ¬†i use their lip balm, skin food, and now this hand lotion. ¬†it sinks in almost immediately, smells like vacation, and has been making a difference in my hands’ hydration. ¬†love!

tamira jarrel // an old favorite youtuber that i have fallen back in love with.  i love how calm and real she is, and this extends to her approach to makeup.  she also has a great blog, visit it here.

slaughterhouse-five // i picked this up at my local free book drop off, and though it’s not really a “beach read,” i loved this all the same. ¬†it took me only a few days to read, which is saying something as i haven’t been this into a book in months. ¬†i really enjoyed it, both the mystical elements and the very very real ones. ¬†i definitely recommend this, especially if you haven’t read kurt vonnegut before.

komono renee sunglasses // i got these sunglasses last summer, and while i liked them then, i love them now.  they are the only sunglasses i have been wearing the past month, probably because i can put them on my head and not get all my hair stuck in them the way i do with my aviators.  i also love the brown lenses and the tint they give to my world!  a great staple pair of sunglasses.

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august picks