natural products @ sephora

bb sephora naturals1.pngsephora has always had a small edit of natural products, but they just released their “clean at sephora” mark of approval.  there is a special page dedicated to clean products and all products that are formulated without the following are given a special check mark: sulfates sls and sles, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and less than one percent of syhnthetic fragrance if any.  in honor of this pretty exciting day, peek some of my favorite natural and available at sephora products as of late.bb sephora naturals2.pngbb natural at sephora5.jpg// rms beauty //

though rose marie is admittedly a little insane on instagram, i’m a big sucker for her little pots of goodness.  i own six of her current products and love each of them equally: the champagne rose luminizer for a deliciously dewy glow on the cheekbones and eye lids, eye polish in aura for an ethereal sheen on the lids, buriti bronzer for a sunkissed flush or warm sheeny lids, lip2cheek in vogue rose (limited edition) for a peachy pink blush that melts in perfectly with the buriti bronzer, and two of the powder swift shadows in tt-73 and em-68.  i previously owned the eye polish in myth and loved it before it stopped offering any pigment, definitely due to its age and the natural ingredients.  living luminzer is a cult classic that i have had and loved, but i definitely prefer the champagne rose luminizer with its beigey and slightly pink hint of color.  i also have two limited edition trios from rms, but they are unfortunately unavailable.

// ilia //

the ilia multistick in tenderly is a product i love for all seasons.  it’s the perfect cool pink with just a hint of peach that brightens my fair skin perfectly.  i love that this never sets and remains dewy on the skin, slightly more wet-looking than the rms lip2cheeks but in a great way.  i also used the flow-thru translucent powder last summer, but the packaging was a bit finicky so i won’t be repurchasing.

// herbivore botanicals //

i have only tried two products by herbivore, which are the rose hibiscus spray and the coco rose coconut oil body polish.  the spray is decent but nothing worth the price tag, i far prefer the heritage store rosewater and glycerin for a hydrating and refreshing rose mist for a fraction of the price of the herbivore one.  the scrub, however, is absolutely amazing!  soooo refining while also being hydrating because of the coconut oil inclusion.  i got a mini size in some sephora gift set years ago, but when i would love to purchase the full size at some point.  it’s one of those products that i can’t really justify but i know i will splurge on someday when i need a little retail therapy.bb natural at sephora3.jpg// maison louis marie //

this is perhaps the most exciting brand to be carried at sephora.  i absolutely adore the no 4 bois de balincourt perfume oil (pretty much everyone does) and it’s a great alternative to le labo santal 33.  i may even like the former over the latter; it’s a little bit more focused on the sandalwood inclusion and somehow i’m on my second bottle of this.  sephora now has their oils, perfumes, and candles!  i have heard wonderful things about all the other scents they offer as well as the one i’ve tried.

// captain blankenship //

many moons ago i tried the mermaid sea salt spray and loved it and then grew to loathe it.  the scent is very peppery and i just couldn’t handle it as i made my way to the bottom of the bottle.  still, i love this brand and really did get great results from the salt spray.  i may even try it again in the near future just to see if my tastes (read: scents) have changed.  i also want to try the new mermane shampoo and conditioner, but am waiting until sephora stocks the travel sizes.

other notable brands that are new to the sephora scene are indie lee, isle of paradise (go jules!!!!), moon juice, and antonym cosmeticsgo-to skincare is an aussie brand that is also listed on the site, which would be incredible!  i love their face hero oil.  so far the link doesn’t go anywhere, but i hope that it will be available soon.bb natural at sephora4.jpg. . .

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may picks

may has simultaneously been the longest and shortest month of the year.  from finishing spring classes to starting summer ones, moving out of my first solo apartment, spending 10 days with my long distance lover, and everything else in between…i’m definitely a little worn out.  there hasn’t been much time for trying new things this month, but i always sneak a couple things in, don’t worry.  these items are my true blue faves, and those are the best ones, am i right?bb may picks.JPGpela save the waves phone case // when my beloved sonix case broke on me, i immediately knew i wanted to get a pela case to replace it.  these cases are eco-friendly, plastic free from case to packaging, compostable, and more!  i love the honesty and message behind this brand and the fact that they are serious about their mission – no greenwashing or pushing an eco image that isn’t real.  and the actual price of the cases ($39) is really no more expensive than other popular brands.  i prefer a softer, more silicone feeling case on my phone, and this is exactly that.  sturdy but soft and great for mother earth.

madewell embroidered pouch wallet // i love a good pouch wallet and i knew i had to get this one from madewell when i saw it in a promotional email.  the leather is deliciously soft and the perfect coral rust color, and the embroidered eyes are right up my alley.  nothing but love.  unfortunately this is sold out online, but it’s worth checking a local store if you have one.

the girls // this is quite simply one of my all-time favorite books.  this is the third or fourth time i’ve read it, and it just becomes more beautiful and engaging every time.  i put up a more in-depth review when i first read this a couple years ago, so if you want more details you can visit that here.

clinique city block spf 25 // i thought for sure i had mentioned this previously, but i can’t seem to find evidence of that.  in my constant search for a good mineral sunscreen, this is the absolute winner.  for a while i was hesitant to try this because it was only spf 25 and not 30 or higher, but if you try mineral sunscreens you know the struggle to find a decent one.  this has the perfect hint of color to it so there is no white cast whatsoever, it’s hydrating and fresh without being greasy or oily, it has mineral ingredients and rates a 2 on ewg, and is affordable.  i mean honestly what more can you ask for?  just note that only the spf 25 version is mineral, the spf 40 contains other chemical sunscreen ingredients.

laura mercier velour extreme matte lip in vibe // the most perfect peachy pink matte lip color ever.  the formulation of these is the matte of my dreams, maybe even better than nars.  i’ve been wearing this to class most days to perk up my tired ass face from long nights with boyfriend if you know what i mean 😉 thanks laura mercier for letting me have a love life without looking like a goblin!  plus i’m a total sucker for the name.  like who can say their favorite lip products are called vibe and stardust?  this hippie!

and as more of an update…

sephora vib sale items // these are all still going strong, minus the marc jacobs lipstick that i returned.  nothing really to report, they are all super solid products that i’m glad i invested in, especially the marc jacobs coconut bronzer and rms champagne rose luminizer which i’m loving on the eyes as well as cheekbones.  the milk makeup kush mascara is excellent, i just haven’t found myself wearing mascara very much this month.  but for nights out, yes yes yes.

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the sephora sale: what i actually bought

my sephora purchases arrived!  i’m so happy with my service this time around, especially compared to my drama in the fall.  these are all first impressions, but honestly these products are pretty epic.  i killed it.  no shame!  also important to note, i had a pretty hefty sephora merch credit from some returns i had made, so that allowed me to be able to buy the last product (and perhaps the most exciting) mentioned here…bb sephora sale1.jpgbb sephora sale2.jpg

rms champagne rose luminizer, $38 // somehow i forgot to include this in my sephora sale wishlist, when it was actually the product i was wanting the most.  though i did enjoy it, i no longer have the rms living luminizer.  it just wasn’t exactly what i wanted in a highlighter and i didn’t find myself reaching for it often enough to to justify keeping it around.  the champagne rose luminizer, on the other hand, is THE perfect thing – it isn’t stark white but rather a creamy pink that looks perfectly subtle and glowy on my fair skin and somewhat tan summer skin in the future.  though this does have a slight pinky reflect, it works perfectly with my pink undertones and the overall color of the product keeps it insanely natural.  this is maybe even glossier than the living luminizer and i super love it.bb sephora sale5.jpgbb sephora sale3.jpgbb sephora sale4.jpghourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light, mini $22 // boring purchase but i wanted this back in my life!  i decided to go with the mini size even though it is kind of a rip off for the price/amount of product vs the full size.  i like my mineral fusion powder, but i always want it both at home and while i’m out and about, so this will be good for that purpose as well.bb sephora sale8.jpgbb sephora sale7.jpgbb sephora sale6.jpgmilk makeup kush mascara, $24 // i’m not really a girl to try out a bunch of different mascaras, and i am still in love with my w3ll people one.  but something about this milk makeup kush mascara just seemed fun?!  i don’t honestly know, i just really wanted to try it, and having a more natural (ingredients-wise) but volumizing mascara seemed like something i would like to have around.  and this mascara is INSANE.  one swipe onto my lashes and they had amazing volume and length and honestly looked fake.  if it doesn’t crumble, it will be exactly what i wanted the too faced better than sex to be like.  the packaging is awesome while a little too big for my taste, but i so appreciate milk’s aesthetic and style.  glad i went out of my comfort zone!bb sephora sale9.jpgmarc jacobs le marc lip creme lipstick in cream and sugar, $30 // this is the exact nude i have been searching for.  it is the perfect balance of pink, peach, and brown while appearing super natural.  at first i was worried it was slightly too light for me, but it’s incredibly flattering given the way that i apply all lipstick – blotted and really blended into the lip.  i’m not 100% sold on this, but i think i’m going to keep it!  editor’s note: i have since returned this…it was just too expensive to justify if i wasn’t completely in love!bb sephora sale10.jpgnails inc nail kale base coat, $15 // this was purely a repurchase.  this is my all time favorite base coat and i have not used anything else since i purchased about 2 years ago.  if you do your nails at home and need something reliable, i very much recommend this product.

now this wasn’t in the sale, but i got it around the same time…bb sephora sale11.jpgbb sephora sale12.jpgmarc jacobs tan-tastic bronzer, $49 // !!!!!!!! it FINALLY came back just a few days ago (i was afraid i missed out forever) and it is just as deliciously dreamy as it appears online.  the perfect balance of warm and cool, this shade and texture is exactly what i look for in a bronzer.  now i bought this from the marc jacobs website, and they offer a 10% discount for first time subscribers, plus free shipping and no tax.  so all in all it cost me $44, which is far cheaper than it would have been even with the sephora vib sale.  so if you are upset you have to pay full price now that the sale is over, fear not!

ok, i’m never shopping for beauty products again.  done!  bye!

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the sephora sale wishlist

let’s hope this sale goes better than the one in the fall

hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light, mini $22 // i’m not a powder girl on most days, but with summer coming and my penchant for dewy skin i need a little more help in the setting department.  i usually use a powder foundation for this purpose, but have been wanting dim light for years and years.  i’m going for the mini as i know i would never make my way through the full size, even though the mini is a fraction of the product for half the price.  maybe i’ll change my mind on the size when the sale comes around…

stila stay all day waterproof eyeliner micro tip, $22 // i am sooo not an eyeliner girl, but every now and then i want to try it out in a very subtle way.  i saw that stila just came out with their cult eyeliner with a super fine little micro tip and that is right up my alley.  what better time to try it out than with an extra 15% off?  i would prefer a brown eyeliner, but i think it would be nice to have one black eyeliner in my makeup bag.

clarins beauty flash balm, $48 // this is one of my sister’s all time favorite, repurchased items and it has been on the back of my mind for months.  it seems to be quite similar to my beloved first aid beauty coconut primer and bliss ex-glow-sion, but i want to try this cult fave just for fun.

marc jacobs le marc lip creme lipstick in cream and sugar, $30 // i have read a ton of good things about this new marc jacobs lipstick shade.  it seems to be the perfect peachy pink nude for us lighter skinned kids.

if this is all news to you (i doubt it), the sephora sale for vib rouge starts today and for us lesser folks next week on the 20th.  what’s on your wishlist?

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the student teaching essentials

i’ve mentioned here and there that i am now student teaching full time…and that requires a lot of supplies, let me tell you.  aside from all the actual classroom essentials, which include the catcher in the rye, my notebook, and my school laptop, i like to have a whole set of items and products that i may need.  it sounds like a lot and it sounds extreme, but i find i feel so much more confident when i feel prepared and like i have all the supplies i could ever possibly need.  

has anyone ever read the children’s book, chrysanthemum?  well chrysanthemum is a little mouse that is teased at school because of her name.  to combat this, she fills her favorite jacket with all her most prized possessions to give her extra confidence.  and this is EXACTLY what i do too.bb student tch1.jpg makeup items //

bare minerals perfecting veil powder with elf retractable brush // i always carry this bare minerals powder (discontinued) that my sister gave me with my handy dandy elf brush.  i will also occasionally throw in my mineral fusion pressed powder as well, if i feel like i need a little more coverage throughout the day.  i don’t always use a powder, but i have found that something about the school environment/air/lights make me feel a lot oilier than usual.bb student tch5.jpgspot concealer // i keep my sephora concealer in 03 meringue in my bag ALWAYS.  you just never know, ok!  i’ll occasionally pop my nars creamy concealer in there too if i really need it.

mini tweezerman tweezers // you truly never know when you will need tweezers.  a stray nose hair, a makeup brush hair that won’t get off your face, a splinter…you feel me.

maybelline brow brush // i aaaalways need a little brow brush up.

clarins instant light lip comfort oil in honey // this is the lip product that has been on my lips for the past 2 months straight.  it looks like a gloss but feels like a balm and honey is the perfect, almost-clear shade.  it makes me feel put together but also hydrates the lips beautifully.  i transfer this from pocket to pocket and purse to purse, but right now it’s living at school with me.bb student tch4.jpgkorres lip butter in jasmine // another balm that gives me more oomph than just a balm does.  i love the light nudey pink shade of this and it’s one of my all time favorite lip products.  you know i love a lip product that lightens the lips just a teensy bit.  i just wish it wasn’t in a pot because i only use it right after i’ve washed my hands.

sephora coconut lip balm // my mom and i both looove this balm!  it smells amazing and feels amazing.  need i say more?  great simple balm that i always have around somewhere.

super old sephora mirror compact // for when i don’t feel like whipping out my powder.

daily essentials // bb student tch3.jpghand sanitizer // currently using bronner’s.  i don’t know how anyone can work in a school, or really anywhere, without a good hand sanitizer.  life essential, people.  i also carry wet ones hand wipes with me for more serious situations! 

hand lotion // my lotion of choice is a travel size gold bond.  99 cents at target.  yes.  it can also double as a face cream if necessary as it’s not exclusively a hand cream. 

hair clips and twisties // duuuuhhhhh!

mouthwash // DUH!  as a teacher i am super aware of my coffee breath.  mouthwash is an absolute non-negotiable.

the extras that i don’t really use but like to have //

tide to go, lint brush, bandaids, lactaid, imodium, tissues // every single one of these products shows you who i really am.  don’t believe what instagram shows you.  i am a grandma.bb student tch2.jpgso i know this sounds like an absolute load of products, but all my essentials fit into a glossier pink pouch and my makeup items fit into a very small mac travel bag.  i leave everything in my backpack/school bag so i don’t have to think about anything until i need it!

am i missing anything?  what products do you keep with you on a daily basis?

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the sephora sale that never was

i love the sephora vib sale.  for me, it’s more the fun of planning, filling, and emptying my shopping cart than the actual magnanimity of the discount.  usually i buy totally superfluous items just because, but this year i got things i really wanted and would use all the way up.

so, bright and early on november 10th, i placed my order for my products.  and just (total sarcasm here) 10 days later, i was finally sent a shipping confirmation.  naturally the item that i was most excited for, the hourglass dim light powder, was sold out and cancelled from my order.  i was a little miffed as really the only reason i bought this powder was due to the sale, but i bit my tongue.

now it’s been 7 days since shipment, and my order was supposedly delivered on november 22nd.  the package is no where to be found and after 17 days, i have made the call to get a complete refund of my order.  i have never had such a ridiculous and drawn out experience with sephora, or with any online store for that matter.  i’m not saying i will never purchase from sephora again, but my irritation will remain for just a little while longer.

i put together the following info about my order prior to any of this happening, so i will still tell you about the items i thought i was receiving, just because!  did anyone else have a weird experience this vib sale?  i would love to hear your thoughts.

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klorane quinine and b vitamin shampoo & conditioner // i’m really not one to spend a lot of money on hair products, so i’ve been waiting for the sale to come around to try this klorane combo.  my wavy hair really struggles in the winter to not look flat and limp, so i’m thinking a little volumizing might be just what i need.

hourglass ambient lighting powder in dim light // i actually wanted to get the hourglass ambient light edit 3, but when it was sold out during the sale i decided that i really didn’t need it.  what i really “need” (you know its a relative term) is a good setting powder, so i splurged on the full size of dim light.  i’ve had the mini size of this before but gave it away to a friend and i kinda just wanted the full size?  no real way i can justify but i know i will get a ton of use out of it.  i don’t typically wear foundation products but i do like a lot of moisturizing layers, so this will tone them down just enough to not look crazy.

rms eye polish in aura // i’ve mentioned quite a few times how much i love the rms eye polish in myth, a browny taupe that offers a glossy sheen to the eyes.  so when rms released a new shade of the eye polish in an “muted metallic amethyst,” you know i was all in.  the eye polishes are quite pricey so i hemmed and hawed for so long that then the vib sale came around and i knew it was the perfect time to buy it.  they truly last forever and the effect is second to none.  they slip around for sure, but that’s the point, and they make your lids feel so hydrated for days afterward.  skincare and makeup?  yep.

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mfam: the thanksgiving face

i haven’t been feeling 100% this week, so my thanksgiving look was about looking healthy and fresh faced.bb thanksgiving mfam.jpgi started with a healthy amount of both embryolisse and first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer to get the moisture and glow back into my skin.  while that was still soaking in i applied a little glossier stretch concealer under my eyes and around my nose, as well as on the cheeks where there was a touch of redness.  nars creamy concealer covered up the rest of my cute lil’ blemishes.

while all that was sinking in, i put a light layer of anastasia beverly hills eye shadow in fresh all over the lid for a bit of a base.  i smushed on this alima pure eye shadow in icon and blended it out just a tad.  it’s a beautiful, very sheer silvery taupe shade that gives the lids a slightly wet look with a little bit of oomph.  curled lashes and covergirl lashblast volume mascara finished off the eyes.

my favorite ilia cream blush in tenderly put some needed color back in my cheeks and a little coconut balm dotcom finished off the lips.  i put my hair back in a low bun, something that i’ve been doing recently that makes me feel beautiful if i’m real with you, and opted for a madewell plaid blouse & black jeans for my outfit.

i hope everyone had a wonderful day, no matter where you were or what you were doing.  happy start to the holiday season!

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early morning makeup (for a minimalist)

i’ve started student teaching (EEEEEEEEEK), which requires me to commute over an hour at 6 am.  it’s truly not that bad, but it requires me to be very organized the night before and pretty quick in the morning.  after a little experimentation, i’ve got my makeup routine down pat, and i knew you would all want to see it 😉bb early am1.jpgas fall is thankfully making its presence known, i’ve gone back to my layering technique to keep my skin fresh and hydrated.  after using my clinique mineral sunscreen, i’ve been putting generous mix of embryolisse and first aid beauty coconut primer all over my face and neck.  i haven’t been using any base products cause i truly can’t be bothered, so i pop a little glossier stretch concealer in light on any areas that might be a little red or discolored.  sephora bright future concealer in meringue covers up the blemishes that somehow haven’t been too bad.

while letting all that moisture sink into the skin, i curl my lashes with the surratt curlers and apply a light coat of mascara – either pacifica stellar gaze (back to this love!) in supernova (black) or covergirl lash blast volume in black/brown.  then i brush up my brows with a spoolie and pop on a little maybelline clear mascara to keep them in place.

back to the face and here’s where it changes depending on my mood.  after applying a light layer of alima pure pressed powder foundation in macadamia – keeps my skin glowy but not shiny and offers the perfect amount of light coverage, i either go in with blush or bronzer.  for bronzer i’m still loving the hourglass diffused bronze light and for blush i’ve been reaching for the pixi multibalm in baby petal.  add a little rms living luminizer and the face is done!bb early am2.jpgfor lips it’s usually lip balm, but sometimes i’ll do a little bit of the burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude.  it’s the PERFECT neutral nude that lightens the lips up in a healthy, juicy way.  very moisturizing and even a minimalist like me can enjoy it daily.

so that’s that!  if i have an extra second i’ll spritz my face with some rosewater or some sort of hydrosol.  basically my aesthetic here is to be fresh-faced and put together, but simple and clean.  what’s your go-to work makeup routine?

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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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glowy skin: cause summer ain’t over just yet

glowy summer skin.jpgprep // after doing your morning skincare, which these days involves a few drops of hyaluronic acid mixed with one drop of various face oils for me, apply your sunscreen.  give it a few minutes to soak in and go back in with a spritz of hydrating toner like the evan healy lavender hydrosoul (shocker) and an illuminating primer that will give you both hydration and radiance.  i chose the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, but anything with a touch of radiance will do.

base // follow with a sheer and glowing base, like the l’oreal lumi cushion foundation.  this is not really a “foundation” in my opinion, but is a step up from something like the glossier perfecting skin tint.  it evens out the skin tone while letting the natural skin show through and gives the complexion a beautiful glow.  add concealer where needed, opting for something equally hydrating, like the sephora bright future gel serum concealer.  this is my favorite for summer because of the exceptional shade range and price point, AND they finally changed the dumb applicator!  it now has a really nice slanted doe foot.  a cream blush and highlighter, like the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose and living luminizer, on the cheeks and cheekbones respectively will add to the glow and overall health of the look.  i usually use peachier blushes because they are natural and subtle looking, but whatever works for you!  this limited edition rms shade (i highly recommend grabbing it before it’s gone) gives the perfect sunkissed effect.

eyes & lips // this look is really more about the complexion, so opt for something simple on the eyes and lips.  i usually slap on a little elizabeth arden 8 hour cream on the lips and use whatever is left on my finger to pat onto the eye lids.  follow with a light layer of black mascara, mostly on the roots of the lashes, for some oomph and maybe another spritz of hydrating mist.

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