talkin’ trash 03

i do these posts very sporadically – sometimes i feel like saving my garbage and sometimes i don’t, frankly!  i would have preferred to keep going because i’m going through some interesting products, but your girl is moving and no one has time to move trash from place to place.  though you could argue that about most of my knick knacks *insert crying laughing emoji* BUT on to the products!

// body items //bb empties3 1.jpgthe burt’s bees citrus & ginger body wash was a really nice body wash that smelled absolutely incredible.  i’m a sucker for all things grapefruit.  this was kind of a mix between an oil and a soap that was very lightweight and nicely cleansing.  i mostly use a castille bar soap in the shower, but i wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again if i was in the mood for a body wash.

i originally purchased the everyday oil 2 oz to use as a face cleanser and oil, but the essential oils in it were a little too strong for my skin.  i used it up by mixing it with the skin trip lotion and it was an amazing body combination.  everyday oil recently released an unscented blend so i am very interested in purchasing that one in the 8 oz size to use for body and face this time.bb empties3 2.jpgthe primal pit paste in jasmine is my absolute favorite natural deodorant so i have already repurchased this in both stick and jar form.  i prefer this to schmidt’s because it doesn’t seem to leave any stains on my clothes.

the mountain ocean coconut skin trip has been mentioned a million and one times over here, but it is an excellent lightweight body moisturizer.  it smells amazing and is perfect alone for summer or mixed with an oil for winter.  i am currently using a shea moisture body lotion i got at tj maxx, but i will always repurchase the skin trip.

// skincare items, especially sprays and cleansers //bb empties3 3.jpgthe heritage store rosewater & glycerin is my favorite hydrating mist/toner.  i always have one of these lying around – or, more accurately, sitting in the fridge.  i love the inclusion of glycerin in this for extra oomph, but the plain rosewater version is beautiful too.  just a basic, effective product that is a staple for me.

similar to the heritage store rosewater & glycerin is the herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus coconut mist. now i got this in the birchbox x vogue 125th anniversary box last year, but i have since purchased the 2 oz size for travel.  i don’t think this does enough to really merit the price tag ($32 for 4 oz), but it is a beautiful product if you want a skincare splurge.  i would repurchase this, but it’s not the end all-be all in my opinion.

the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil is a really lovely rosehip oil that i used primarily in the winter.  this was nice because it was thick, but not too thick, so it didn’t feel too heavy to use during the day as well as the night.  the price point ($40) is excellent and i would definitely repurchase this when next winter rolls around.

one of the best mineral sunscreens i have found is the clinique mineral spf 30 sunscreen. it’s lightweight, hydrating, doesn’t leave a white cast, and is easy to find.  the only complaint is the small size (1 oz for $28), but for a good sunscreen i don’t think that’s too bad.  i am currently enjoying the clinique city block spf 25, but i will definitely repurchase this dude in the future.bb empties3 4.jpgthe mad hippie eye cream lasted me absolutely forever – over a full year.  this was a great eye cream for hydration and plumping – i don’t suffer from bad dark circles so i can’t speak to its abilities in that area.  i love the mad hippie brand and this was another excellent product from the line.  i am currently using an acure eye cream i got at tj maxx, but i would definitely repurchase this in the future.

the trilogy make-up be gone cleansing balm is another product that lasted me aaaages.  it’s not the only balm cleanser i’ve tried, but the only one i want to use.  simple, but very effective.  trilogy is another brand that i trust for natural products with great ingredients – though they do use a lot of essential oils, so that’s just something to be aware of.  will definitely repurchase next winter.   bb empties3 8.jpgthe glossier milky jelly cleanser is a product that i keep coming back to.  it’s not the best cleanser out there, but i do enjoy it.  the rose scent can be a bit much, but i like the texture and that it doesn’t dry out my skin.  it’s not the best cleanser i’ve ever tried, but i’m sure i will come back to it again in the future.bb empties3 7.jpgi went through the mad hippie cream cleanser really quickly – too quickly.  it was a great cleanser that reminded me a lot of the first aid beauty cleanser that i love.  the packaging made me extremely nervous because it’s class, and i was mostly using this in the shower.  if you are looking for a cream cleanser this is a very solid option that is hydrating but not too creamy, if that makes sense.  i will definitely repurchase this next winter when my skincare routine needs a bit of oomph.

// masks and extras //

the glossier moisturizing moon mask is one i almost always have lying around, at least until i discovered the next empty on this list.  it’s a great hydrating mask that makes the skin feel plump and glowing.  plus, i keep the containers around for holding cotton pads and other items for travel!  i don’t think i will repurchase this because i have found something i like better, but i still recommend it.  bb empties3 6.jpgthe bioderma sensibio mask is VERY clearly well-loved – i have never cut a product in half to get all the leftover product!  it’s like the glossier moon mask but so much more hydrating and never stings my skin when i’m dry (the glossier does do that to me occasionally).  i like everything about this mask, from the texture to the easy tube.  if you are trying to decide between this and glossier, i would go with the bioderma, but the glossier is still a great option.  this one just seems to have more lasting hydrating and soothing effects.

the nails inc nailkale superfood base coat was one of the items i purchased in the sephora vib sale this month.  it’s the best base coat i’ve ever tried and worth the higher price tag.  i pretty much only buy this when the sephora sale comes around and the bottle lasts me a full year or two.  this continued to work perfectly even as i made my way to the bottom of the bottle.   bb empties3 5.jpgand finally, i also finished a bottle of seche CLEAR.  and no, i didn’t totally finish it, but it got to a point where i needed a new one – if you wear nail polish you know what i mean.  very funny story – for the entire year or so i’ve had this i thought it was seche vite and didn’t think about the fact that it wasn’t fast drying.  i only noticed about a week ago when my sister pointed it out that her nails weren’t drying very quickly! hahaha!

wheewww it feels good to throw all this garbage out!  i completely dig these posts and videos as it shows what people actually use up and love – and that’s pretty rare in these days of insane overconsumption.  i can’t promise to always keep my trash around, but i will try to continue to save any interesting things i finish up!  what have you finished up recently?  is it something you can’t live with out?  let me know in the comments!

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talkin’ trash 03

glossier: a realistic review

i think it’s safe to say i’m a glossier og.  i purchased the phase 1 set only a few months after their launch, mostly after watching emily weiss’ video with leandra medine.  i’ve loved the brand since then and some of their products i just don’t think i could do my makeup or skincare routines without.  however with the introduction of “glossier reps” and the insane marketing all over instagram, which truthfully has more to do with said reps than the brand itself, i feel far less enamored with glossier than i used to be.  it is my honest opinion that the brand is insanely hyped up and not all of the products live up to that hype.  the reps that i see all over instagram can be extremely obnoxious, especially when you have the knowledge of the rewards they get for selling a certain amount of product, including trips to new york.  just feels like we are being used, you know?  it is important to remember that glossier is also incredibly expensive when you consider the amount of product you actually get, especially in their sunscreen and powder, so that is a huge turn off to me as well.glossier review1.jpgbut anyways, because of all these reasons, i think i am a fairly good person to give you a brand review.  like i said, some glossier products i really do adore, and some have missed the mark.  i relate very strongly to the “skincare first, makeup second” and overall undone aesthetic, but strongly dislike the marketing ploys.

please note, i am in no way trying to rag on glossier as i really do love the brand and the majority of their products, but as always i want to be completely honestly with you.  if we can’t discuss our likes and dislikes on our own blogs, what can we discuss?!

the original phase 1 //

perfecting skin tint // my all time favorite glossier product.  i couldn’t have created a better base product in my wildest dreams.  it’s glowy, lightweight perfection.  it evens out the skin the littlest bit and makes it look slightly more perfected, but not like you are wearing anything.  i typically wear this on it’s own but love to mix it with other tinted moisturizers that have a little more coverage or don’t have as much hydration.  i wear medium in the summer and light with a few drops of medium in the winter.

priming moisturizer // another staple in my makeup bag.  this is pretty exclusively my summertime moisturizer as it’s the perfect weight while not skipping out on hydration.  in the winter i layer this over my skincare and daily moisturizer, usually putting it on right before doing my makeup if i did my skincare earlier in the day.  it’s extremely lightweight and runny, but moisturizes and hydrates beautifully.  adds that coveted glossier glow.

rosewater spray // i feel like this is the one glossier product that never gets mentioned anywhere.  this is a pretty basic rosewater but sadly burned my eyes.  if i was extra careful and left my eyes closed for enough time after spraying i was fine, so i finished the bottle, but not a repurchase in my opinion.

balm dotcom // i only had the original balm dotcom this one time, but it’s a pretty basic vaseline-type skin salve.  nothing remarkable but somehow a necessity at the same time.  i’ll mention the flavors a bit later.  great size for throwing in your purse or backpack.glossier review2.jpgphase 2 //

boy brow // my shade is brown.  it took me a really long time to admit to liking this product.  and it only works for me if i wipe most of it off on a paper towel first.  this is really a pomade type product, so it is thick and heavy.  if i don’t take most of the product off, i hate how clumpy and thick feeling it is on my eyebrows.  however, when lightly applied, it offers a great amount of tint and volume, as well as hold, to the brows.

stretch concealer // i originally bought this in shade medium but found it to be incredibly orange on me, even if the shade was correct for my summer skin.  i gave that shade to my sister and i just bought light, so now that i am more pale this works better.  i would much rather use the rms concealer to the glossier, but those shades are far too yellow for me and this has the right amount of pink.  i don’t really conceal under my eyes, but i like this because it offers a little brightness without really hiding any darkness (i think that looks cool, ok?!).  also nice around the face on any redness but definitely won’t conceal blemishes.  i think this is a must have product for people that use concealers like this more than i do, but i am getting a lot of use out of it and i do like.

generation g // the second generation (he he) of these is far better than the first.  the first ones were not as pigmented and a lot more drying.  of the new generation i have zip, a beautiful poppy red, and cake, a peachy nude.  i truly love both of these shades and wear them quite frequently.  perfect for someone who loves a more blotted effect on the lips without the faff.  i have had other shades in the past, but these are my favorite.  i did a little comparison of the gen g’s with the colourpop blotted lips here.  i didn’t own these two particular shades when i did that review, so they have slightly changed my opinion.  i prefer the colourpop iteration but wish they had more wearable shades.  glossier review4.jpgothers //

haloscope // my sister got me the shade quartz for my birthday.  this is very comparable to my favorite rms living luminizer but with more oomph.  i love the glossiness that this gives and the shade is perfect on my fair skin.  i don’t apply it directly to my face as it does tug from the applicator, so i usually get a more subtle look.  i’m not sure if i will repurchase this as the living luminizer is mostly what i reach for, but i really do like having it and am happy to have tried it out.

priming moisturizer rich // another birthday present from my sissy!  isn’t she the best?  honestly i liked this more as a hand cream than a face cream.  the lavender scent was extremely overpowering and it felt very silicone-y on my skin.  even as a dry skinned person i find the regular priming moisturizer to be a far superior product.

milky jelly cleanser // this is a great product and one that i went through about 3 containers of.  however, even as a minimal makeup wearer, this is not an effective makeup remover.  that isn’t the biggest deal as i usually remove my makeup with a micellar water before washing my face anyways, but i do think it should be mentioned.  i have been drawn to more true cream cleanser lately, but i do think i will repurchase this again in the future.  it’s a pretty basic cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, so that’s a pretty big plus in my book.

moisturizing moon mask // this is another one of my “holy grail” glossier products.  it is so soothing on the skin and always feels cooling.  it is a pain to get off, but so worth it.  i apply this after any other mask that i use, as i always want to follow up with something hydrating after using something more drying or detoxifying.  also makes a fab hand mask.  glossier really nailed it here.

galaxy greens mask // this is a clay mask that i really do enjoy.  it’s not the best detoxifying mask i’ve ever used, but it’s a solid product.  this can be pretty intense so be careful and patch test first.  i use this only where i need it and never for the entire length of time recommended.  i’ve had my tub forever but probably won’t repurchase when i finally get through it.

flavored balm dotcoms // coconut is my everything!  originally the scent was quite nauseating but now i can’t get enough.  i like to put it on my lips, eyelids, and nostrils pretty much every night.  i also have the mint which is super refreshing and not fake smelling at all.  this is nice under the nose as well because you get the fresh scent and the tingle of the menthol.  great for when you have a cold!

the supers // i bought all 3 super serums when they first launched and they were definitely my introduction into serums and skincare layering.  i quickly realized, however, that they really weren’t doing much of anything.  the only one that i continue to use and have repurchased is super pure.  i apply that mostly to my chin where i have some hormonal breakouts and it really does help the redness and length of the activeness.  i saw absolutely no changes or benefits from neither super bounce nor super glow.  one thing to note: a product like super glow should be in a dark bottle with some sort of airtight pump because of the activeness of the ingredients, so the ingredients lose their potency far faster than you could ever use this all up.  if you are interested in purchasing one of the serums, i recommend the pure.glossier review3.jpgwhat are you glossier favorites?

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glossier: a realistic review

glossier vs. colourpop

the battle of the matte, sheer lip.bb colourpop glossier2.jpgwhen visiting the house i was living in for the past few years, i found a couple brand new glossier products that i had left behind.  2 of which were the generation g lip tints, in like and jam.  like is basically the color of my lips but slightly pinker, while jam is a sheer purple.  i don’t like jam that much on me, but i love like, mainly because i feel like i have makeup on without looking like i do.  the dream, eh?  important to note that these are the old formula, the new iteration is slightly more pigmented from what i can tell.

a few days before i found my secret glossier treasure trove, i placed an order with colourpop for a couple of their blotted lip stains.  i haven’t heard or seen anyone talking about these, but they are essentially a lightly pigmented lipstick, so giving that blotted effect instead of full on lipstick lips.  i chose 3 colors – brain freeze, a cool toned pink, ice cube, a berry, and on a stick, a soft coral.  i’m in love with the coral and berry shades especially, and am so-so about the light pink (it’s brighter and more barbie-esque than i anticipated).  it was purely coincidental that i ordered 2 matching shades to the 2 gen g’s i had stored away.  sooo how do they compare?bb colourpop glossier4.jpgthe colourpop option is definitely more pigmented, and really feels like a matte lipstick.  they are just as matte and comfortable as the glossier gen g’s.  these stand closer to a regular lipstick and can be built up as such, but applied just once they have the sheer finish that i want.

the gen g’s are absolutely more sheer and feel like a balm, as marketed.  when initially applied onto the lips they are barely noticeable, so i do 2 layers or so.  i love the like shade, but don’t have any interest in the others.  it seems that they are just too sheer, and need to be built up multiple times vs the one swipe and perfect amount of color that i get from the colourpop.  but again, i think the new formula of the generation g’s has more pigmentation.  the balm texture of these was especially noticeable when swatched next to the colourpop, but i think for me i would rather just wear a balm and be nourished or wear a matte lipstick and not be.  you know?bb colourpop glossier5.jpgi like that colourpop’s blotted lips have some fun color options, so they are understated but still bright.  plus the price point is just unbeatable.  for $5 a piece, i absolutely recommend going with colourpop.  there’s more variety in the colors and though you do get half the product, it’s less than 1/3 the price of glossier.  these are really a perfect product for someone who likes to be quite minimal with makeup.bb colourpop glossier3.jpgsome quick facts:

colourpop blotted lip: $5, 1 gram (.035 oz), 3 on ewg, more color

glossier gen g: $18, 2 grams (.07 oz), 5 on ewg, less color

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glossier vs. colourpop

dope taupe

bb the taupes1.jpgthere’s just something about a taupe eye shadow, you know?  it’s such a beautifully subtle, natural color, giving any eye color a nice little pop.  it’s suitable for every day use as well as a heavier makeup look, while being grungy enough to not look overdone.  for me, my taupes are old reliables.

sephora shadow and liner in 04 taupe // the creamiest (obviously) and most pigmented of the bunch.  taupe is really the perfect cool-toned taupe, with flashes of lavender or silver depending on the light.  it’s described as a shimmer but i would say it’s more on the metallic end.  it reminds me somewhat of laura mercier amethyst but still a true taupe.  i highly recommend checking out these shadow sticks, they are the best on the market in my opinion.

rms beauty eye polish in myth // my other favorite cream taupe.  i’ve mentioned this shadow a million and one times, but it’s just that good.  it’s a sheer wash of glowy goodness; a cool-toned taupe with hint of minkiness.  i would say this can be hit or miss product depending on your shadow/lasting power/creasing preferences, but i love the messy, sheeny look it imparts.

colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape // this is a new purchase but i’ve already worn it 3 times so that’s really saying something.  this is like the cream to powder, more pigmented version of myth.  it has those purple cool tones, but this time with subtle silver shimmers.  it looks extra cool on me, definitely on the silver side, which i love.  if you haven’t tried these shadows – and it took me forever to – they are just the coolest things.  they are a marshmallow consistency that’s impossible to describe, but they are a cream/powder crossover.  gorgeous.

l’oreal colour riche shadow in 201 // this is another very sheer and shimmery formula.  it’s a lot sheerer than i expected or would like it to be, but it’s beautiful either way.  sitting next to mixed tape you can really see the silver tones, so i would say this doesn’t contain as much purple as the others.  the shimmers are more noticeable than any of the other shadows i’ve mentioned, but still not in an obvious or tacky way.  i don’t know if i would repurchase this shadow just because of the lack of pigmentation, but i’m enjoying it in the mean time (i purchased this in london but the us shade pain au chocolat is identical).

gabriel cosmetics eyeshadow in sable // the only matte taupe i have, but the only one i need.  i absolutely adore this eye shadow, it’s the right amount of browny purpley pink without making me look sick or weird.  this is a really nice staple shadow that’s easy to wear and blend, but is a slight departure from a regular brown.  this also looks great when blended with the powdered shadows mentioned above.

sephora contour eye pencil in 15 flirting game // this is an honorable mention as it’s a liner and not a shadow.  this is a darker taupe than the sephora shadow stick, but still a true taupe and not a brown.  it has fine silver shimmers that i don’t find noticeable when i have it actually lining my eyes.  i’m really not an eyeliner person, but sometimes i want that definition, so i love this color to give me the eyeliner look without being nearly as harsh as black or brown.  i don’t reach for this often, but i think this is a product to check out – creamy, blendable, and long lasting.bb the taupes2.jpgbb the taupes3.jpg

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dope taupe

cool with colourpop

spoiler alert: i was a naughty blogger and played with all of these before taking any pictures, so they already look well-loved!bb colourpop intro.jpgafter a year of wanting to, i’ve finally gotten some colourpop items into my life!  if you don’t know, colourpop is a los angeles-based, american-made cosmetics company that boasts an incredible product range at even more incredible prices.  all single products are $8 or below, with most hitting the $5-6 mark.  the quality of the product at that price point is what sets colourpop apart from any other company in the cosmetics industry.  they are only available online at colourpop.com, but domestic shipping is extremely fast and free over $30.

i don’t really have a good reason for never trying colourpop, besides being unsure where to start.  over the last couple months i’ve been creating a little colourpop wishlist, so when i saw they were offering free shipping on every purchase last week, i knew it was time to begin!bb colourpop 2.jpgso here’s what i got:

3 super shock shadows in glow, bill, and mixed tape //

ok, you all know how much i love cream products, especially cream eye shadows.  the colourpop super shock shadows are this unique cream powder formula with “bouncy-like texture.”  let me just tell you, these feel soooo cool!  the description is completely accurate, along with great pigmentation and staying power.  and they feel so light on the lid, even lighter than some powder shadows.  these are so creamy and delicious and absolutely do not crease on my hooded and slightly oily eyes.  if you are a fellow cream eye shadow fan, you need these in your life, i promise.

glow is described as a matte creamy vanilla shade that is perfectly neutral (meaning in the middle of warm and cool) – basically the perfect brightener or base color – similar to the gressa eye tint in neve which i have mentioned before.  i actually like this better than the gressa, which sucks for me because that was so expensive!  it’s part of the kathleen lights collection.  it’s showing up quite yellow in pictures, but is very neutral and not warm at all.

bill is a stuuuuunning dusty pinky purple and the description on the site is amazing: “meet bill, a light dusty matte mauve – he likes long walks on the beach and romantic candlelit dinners.”  it’s a gorgeous shade for all over the lid, super simple, grungy, and neutral, but chic.  sam (samathome518) 100% persuaded me to buy this and i am so pleased i did.  i recently wore this with rms eye polish in myth layered on top and it was stunning!

mixed tape is perhaps my favorite of the three – a grey taupe with a hint of silver sheen.  basically the kind of taupe i’m always on the hunt for.  it’s cool toned and the hint of silver really makes my brown eyes pop. as you might have guessed from the name, it’s part of the 90s collection.bb colourpop 3.jpg1 matte lippie stix in bossy //

next to the super shock shadows, the lippie stix are another of colourpop’s hero items.  they come in a range of formulas and colors, and for $5 they are pretty hard to resist.  you know i love a matte lip pencil, so need i say more?  i finally decided on the color bossy, because it looked like a spot-on dupe for my beloved nars velvet matte pencil in dragon girl – the perfect blue-based red with a hint of pinkiness.  as i’ve mentioned, nars pencils still contain parabens, so i’ve been looking for solid replacements.  and bossy is p.e.r.f.e.c.t.  the color is absolutely identical, with maybe a hint more pigmentation.  the formulation of the lippie doesn’t have the same powderiness as the nars have, but truly to the naked eye they are exactly the same.  i am so excited to have found a better version of one of my favorite products, and that i won’t have to have serious anxiety every time i put it on.bb colourpop 5.jpgsuper shock cheek in aphrodisiac //

described as their sculpting shade – this is a cool-toned brown with a hint of pink.  i actually bought this not to be a bronzer (i don’t contour) but as a blush.  i’ve been really wanting to find a blush that is a similar color to glossier’s dusk cloud paint (i’m lusting over it but trying not to buy, i mentioned my current feelings about glossier here) and i think this is going to do the trick!  it can be applied very sheer with a stippling brush, so it looks like that brownish but neutral blush that i wanted, and not like i have dark brown on my cheeks.  i think this will make a great bronzer as well, so i’m really excited to continue playing!bb colourpop 4.jpgbb colourpop 1.jpgsome quick notes to finish up:

swatched on my hand they do not move

good ingredients, cruelty-free, most are vegan (they have a list on the site of the items that are not)

shadows are 2, cheek and lippie are 4 on ewg

lippie stix: formula contains vitamin e, mango, avocado, and shea butter for comfort and moisture.  none of our lippie formulas contain any nasty ingredients like parabens or sulfates.

super shock: our famous long-wearing creme powder formula with a unique bouncy-like texture.  it’s super creamy, insanely pigmented, and has one swipe intensity with zero fallout.

super shock cheek: this long wearing creme powder cheek formula is the bff of our famous super shock shadows; it shares the same unique texture that is extremely buildable and blends smoothly to leave the cheeks looking healthy.

all in all it’s a really cool company with a great business model that i am excited to support!  and it’s so fun to get really great, different products at LESS than drugstore prices.  they have a solid range of items, so if you are looking for a bold eye shadow or what have you but don’t want to spend a fortune on something pretty trendy, colourpop is absolutely the way to go (i may have just ordered a crazy peachy pink eye shadow that i am weirdly excited about…and some other things too!).

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mfam: cream bronzer edition

IMG_4300.jpgi would say that bronzer is my all time favorite beauty product (category?).  it just makes me feel more alive and awake, and just a light dusting does the trick.  lately, however, i’ve really gotten into cream bronzers, as they add color and dew to the skin, and just add to that healthy effect.  i started off with the tata harper very bronzing, but quickly moved onto the milk and nars stick formulas.IMG_4291.jpgIMG_4288.jpg

tata harper very bronzing // this is the most contour-y of the bunch, but also the most natural.  it’s a matte, medium cream that has relatively neutral undertones.  the pot container makes it a bit of a pain to apply, but i find it best to blend out with fingers instead of a brush.  this has the most sheer application, which is great for a very subtle bronze or contour.

nars matte multiple in altai  // i had been wanting this one for a while, but i believe the matte multiples are currently being reformulated (they are set to return in the new year).  i finally caved and bought one on amazon ($14, linked above), which might be questionable but it smells fine and applies amazing!  altai is a light, warm toned matte bronzer, which is quite opaque but sheers out upon blending (i use an elf blush brush).  you can apply these wet or dry, with wet application offering a sheerer finish, so i am looking forward to testing out that method as well.  this dries down to a powder finish.

milk makeup matte bronzer in baked // this is a pretty standard bronzer shade, on the medium/dark side, featuring an orangey warm undertone.  this has the same opacity as the nars bronzer, but is also a bit more glowy as it remains creamy.  i find it takes a little bit more to blend out than the other two.  i love the size of the product as you don’t have it to apply as much to get the whole area you want to bronze.  this is my newest cream bronzer purchase so i’m still testing it out, but so far this is a great contender.  i will say, however, this is such a bitch to get off!!!!!!

overall, i would say that the nars matte multiple in altai is my favorite of these three cream bronzer options.  it is the one i reach for the most as my summer tan fades away, and i just like the way it looks on my skin.  i think i will also get a lot of use out of the milk makeup bronzer, especially because of the amount of product you get.  the tata harper is my least used due to the hassle of application, but i love the light touch of color it gives.

mfam: cream bronzer edition

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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favorite of the day: rms nail polish in beloved