backpack beauty

as a student again, i find myself in class, at the library, or at a coffee shop studying and working pretty much every day.  and this requires some supplies, right?bb backpack beauty.jpgthe essentials:

wallet // my 21st birthday present

sunglasses // my sister gave me these, no clue as to details!

keys on a baggu strap

jao natural hand sanitizer

schmidt’s deoderant in rose + vanilla // if you’re looking for a natural deo, try this!  they have it at tj maxx for cheap

eye brow spoolie

sephora mirror // glossier & milk makeup stickers cause i’m 12

mini nars concealer in vanilla

alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia

osmia lip doctor

bite beauty multistick in mascarpone // a soft sunburned look on the cheeks and a hint of color on the lips

pacifica lip tint in vanilla hibiscus // a super hydrating light pink

various hair clips
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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

sephora vib sale roundup

ok soooo i went a little crazy this year at the vib sale, but i am so amped on my purchases.bb sephora vib purchases 2017.jpgbite beauty lip pencil in 08 and 012 // i am not a lip pencil girl.  i owned a couple mac lip liners at one point but those suckers are dry and scary, in my opinion.  i’m also not one to line my lips before putting on another lip product, so i went into the bite beauty lip pencils wanting to wear them as is, as my matte lip.  and these are incredible for that! the shade 08 is the perfect peachy nude – i don’t always think peach looks good on me but i’m pleased with how this mixes with my skin tone and natural lip color.  012 is a cool light pink, very close to my natural lip color but a little more mauve.  they are deliciously creamy and pigmented, and incredibly comfortable on the lips.  i was planning on only getting 012, but i’m pretty stoked that i got 08 as well.  i don’t think i’ll get any other shades but they are launching more next week…bite just kills it – between my new purchases and the products i already have, they are pretty much all i use on my lips these days.

beauty blender nude // i used to have a beauty blender, then got into the real techniques sponge.  i like both.  neither is totally necessary for my usual routine, but i think it’s a nice tool to have if you are taking more time on your makeup or just in the mood for a super flawless face.  when my rt sponge crapped out, i added the nude beauty blender to my list.  i don’t love the super bright pink one and liked how natural this one looked so that’s basically my reasoning for this purchase 😉

biossance squalane and antioxidant cleansing oil // i mentioned in my april picks that i am really enjoying oil cleansing right now.  i saw the brand biossance was launched at sephora and,  having never heard of them, started to research what they were all about.  they are pretty awesome brand – all natural, plant based, good price point, innovative concept.  so yeah i’m all in.  i saw they had this cleansing oil so i decided that would be the full size cleansing oil that i use after i finish my travel size of the little barn apothecary blue yarrow and geranium cleansing oil.  my favorite part about this cleanser is that it rinses clean – usually with a heavy oil cleanser you need a face cloth to wash it away (water and oil don’t mix remember?!), but this is very light and very easy to wash off.  i’ve only used it once because i want to finish my other one first but i’m pretty pleased with my first impression.  plus i’m all aboard the squalane train at the moment.

tata harper illuminating moisturizer // so i did decide to splurge on this product (i talked about it in this instagram post).  i had been looking for a clean product to replace my beloved mac strobe cream, as well as one of tata’s skincare products to try.  i went through a whole sample of this from sephora, so i knew i wanted to get it by the time the sale came around.  while i wouldn’t use this as my only moisturizer, it is the perfect in between step before makeup and after lotion/oil.  it’s a peachy pink color that adds a subtle warmth to the face, and has actual diamond powder that creates the most stunning glow.  i feel healthy and fresh when i wear this, and i know the ingredients are doing great things for my skin at the same time.  pricey, but i think it will last me a while and the ingredients are worth it.

surratt relevee eyelash curler // i’ve had my eyes on this lash curler since it came out.  i had just gotten my shu uemera curlers at that point, so i put the surratt curlers in the back of my mind.  truth be told, while i at first thought they were amazing, i have not been happy with the shu uemera’s.  they don’t fit my eye shape well, so i end up getting my lashes either half curled, half straight or just completely wonky and somewhat painful.  i keep hearing great reviews of this beauty, so i figured i would try it out during the sale and return it if i didn’t like it.  and from the very first use, i knew it was my perfect curler.  it opens extremely wide so you have room to get your lashes inside and the shape is somewhat straight, which apparently fits my eye shape the best.  the curl i get is curled but very gradual, so my lashes don’t look like they are sticky straight up but rather curling naturally.  i’m so impressed with this little contraption, and since curling my eyelashes is one of my favorite looks right now, this guy is a total winner.

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sephora vib sale roundup

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

the concealer search

part of the fun of shopping, for me, is the search.  the search for the best product, the best price, the best shopping experience.  in fact, this is actually a defining characteristic of many millennials, research-backed buying vs impulse buying.  i learned this at a luncheon with refinery 29 while i was interning at elizabeth arden – how the methods of shopping of millennials effect retailers and how those retailers can persuade millennials to purchase in the moment or at least be a part of their research.  ok wooooah tangent, let’s get back to the point of this post.
bb bare minerals concealer review 1.jpgi have been on the hunt for a pot concealer that i could wear as a pseudo-foundation – basically something ultra creamy that i could use to even out my skin but wouldn’t look or feel like i had anything on.  i tried the w3ll people narcissist foundation stick first (obviously not a pot) and while i liked it a lot, the color match wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly what i was looking for.  it’s nice for brightening my face, but i don’t find myself reaching for it on a daily basis.

my next thought was the rms “un” cover-up, which is really the exact product i want, but none of the colors work for me.  i’ve mentioned it a thousand times before, but my skin is very cool-toned, so the yellow-based shades of the “un” cover-up just do not work for me.  glossier’s stretch concealer seems to have a more pink-based range, but to be honest i’m not that drawn to that brand anymore.  i’m sooo tired of seeing all the marketing on every single instagram post that pops up on my feed and i’m just kind of over it, for now at least!  some of their products are still staples for me (milky jelly cleanser, moon mask, and coconut balm dotcom are constants) so yes that concealer looks like it would be pretty perfect, but i’m going to pass on it for now.

then, very excitingly, nars came out with their new soft matte concealers.  in pot form!  pot form of my favorite concealer! – so i thought.  but yes, as the name would suggest, these are more on the matte side.  i tested them out at sephora and they are truly beautiful and creamy, while finishing to a matte or at least satin-matte formula.  i just don’t think they would work on my drier skin and the coverage seems higher than what i’m looking for.

and finally, i remembered my old faithful – bare minerals.  i actually owned the bare minerals correcting concealer quite a few years ago now, but i never really knew what to do with it so i got rid of it.  i don’t typically wear concealer under my eyes and i wasn’t yet using any products like that on my face, so it went by the way side.  but while browsing ulta the other day, this little pot of magic came back to me.  bb bare minerals concealer review 2.jpgthis concealer is perfect for what i have been looking for.  it’s creamy, glowy, and stays put all day.  it can be sheered out for just a hint of coverage where needed, but is also perfect for spot concealing blemishes with a small brush.  the color – light 1 of course – is the ideal mix of cool and warm tones, so it works to brighten while also matching my skin perfectly (it’s described as a light neutral cool).  and truthfully, this does not budge.  i find my nars radiant creamy concealer shifts around throughout the day, but i napped in the bare minerals and it still didn’t reveal the huge pimple i have on my chin.  it doesn’t crease on my eyelids, nor under my eyes.  i don’t wear undereye concealer, but it’s nice to know that i can with this and it will look totally natural and not like some kim k triangle shit.  also, it will be really easy for me to get another shade to match my tan in the summer because the shades are divided between warm and cool tones (though i get tan, i’m still cool-toned) – something that has always been difficult for me.

and since i’m sure you were wondering, this little baby has some pretty great ingredients.  it scores a 2 on ewg, contains spf 20, and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, gmo’s, and triclosan. i do wish it didn’t contain phenoxyethanol, but that is not a huge problem for me at the moment.  i also got the full coverage concealer brush which was one of the only brushes i ever owned throughout high school and most of college, and it really is a good one.  i used to use it in my bare minerals powder to cover up, but it’s a great match for the correcting concealer as well.  you can use the tip of it to pinpoint conceal, and use the rest for blending.bb bare minerals concealer review 4.jpgbb bare minerals concealer review 3.jpgmaybe it’s nostalgia, but i honestly love bare minerals and their products.  they are always beautiful, effective, and great quality.  some of my favorites are the original foundation, the flawless definition mascara (the only mascara i wore through high school and college – i’m dying to get a fresh tube since i haven’t used it in a couple years), and the lip glosses (they are discontinuing the marvelous moxie line but i have plans to get a couple of the gen nude buttercream glosses – they are stunning!).  what’s your tried and true favorite brand?

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the concealer search

on my person 02

the bag: vintage coach duffel in black via poshmark – check out ebay, etsy, poshmark, tradesy

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the hat: neff beanie

the gloves: walgreen’s fingerless gloves (comes with a grey full pair as well)

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the beauty stuff: mini nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla

clean&clear blotting sheets

bare minerals pressed foundation in fairly medium (do they not make this anymore?)

sephora powder brush (discontinued)

soap&glory hand food

dr. bronner’s lavender hand sanitizer

korres lip butter in jasmine

mini bite beauty lip pencil in cafe – leche is close

nivea lip balm

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the sunglasses: ray ban round metal, madewell

the wallet: a christmas gift from my sister!  i sadly got concealer on it, any recommendations for how to get that off?

the phone case: zero gravity available at urban outfitters or ascot&hart

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makeup for a minimalist: a sephora order

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hourglass illume sheer color palette // for whatever reason, this palette popped into my head the other day and i could not relax until i bought it.  thankfully it is still available!  it’s a gorgeous palette of cream products – bronzer, blush, and highlighter.  you guys know that i love cream bronzers and lately i have been all about the cream blushes as well.  my sister told me my skin looked really pretty and glowy one day and i just about fainted because it was the best compliment ever – so cream products it is!

upon my first use, i am so impressed with how creamy and pigmented this palette is.  i’m used to really warming up my cream products, especially the rms lip2cheek and tata harper volumizing lip&cheek tint, but you don’t need to do that with these creams.  they apply beautifully and stay creamy and glossy, not quite setting down to a powder finish, which i’m really excited about.  the bronzer is a great universal shade and the blush is a beautiful coral which is something i’m lacking in my makeup drawer.  the only highlighter i own is the rms living luminizer which cannot be replaced, but it will be nice to have something a little more gold especially in the summer.  all of the shades are subtle but very pigmented and creamy, and offer that gorgeous glow that i can’t resist on my skin.  i’m mad this is a limited edition product!

marc jacobs under(cover) coconut primer // this winter has been all about thin layers of moisture to combat the cold, dry chicago air.  and it has been working wonders!  a few months ago i got a travel size version of the too faced hangover primer and that has been a daily addition to my makeup because of that extra layer of hydration it gives.  since i’m almost done with it, i thought i would check out the marc jacobs primer as it is similar but a little more smoothing and moisturizing.  i got a sample size from sephora (honestly the best thing to do when you want new makeup but can’t spend the money) and must say i like it so much.  it just adds a little bit more everything than the too faced – more moisture, more glow, more dew, more slip – and is so fucking chic.  it is also gorgeous when mixed with a little dollop of mac strobe cream or glossier priming moisturizer.

ALSO i was able to get 10% off this order because i renewed my vib status at sephora (their points system) – i used this code: V436CB.  it will work for everyone who renews any status in the new year, which i learned about via temptalia.  bless her!

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makeup for a minimalist: a sephora order