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 ūüėČbb 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 Рeither 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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august picks

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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the summer bag edit

it seems like i do “what’s in my bag” posts quite often these days, but they are so fun! ¬†i will never apologize!
bb summer bag edit1.jpgthis canvas and leather bucket bag from teranishi studio is extremely special to me, and one of the most “me” purchases i feel like i’ve made in a long time. ¬†when i saw christine of chrissstttiiine show it in a video and on instagram, i knew it was the bag of my dreams. ¬†it was out of stock for quite a while but i was able to snap it up when it made a brief reappearance last fall. ¬†it’s the perfect every day summer bag – though it does have only a hand/arm strap and not a shoulder strap, i don’t mind it as much as i thought i might. ¬†it carries a ton without feeling too heavy or putting strain on the bag. ¬†i look forward to using this bag for years to come – i know it will only get better with age.bb summer bag edit2.jpgon to the stuff:

baggu small pouch wallet

ray-ban wayfarers

sephora compact mirror

nars mini creamy concealer in vanilla

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

kosas lipstick in stardust

burt’s bees grapefruit lip balm

herbacin kamille hand lotion

le pen

the dollhouse by fiona davis

hair things

postcardsbb summer bag edit3.jpgso there you go!  a very typical spread for summertime.  and this is really what i had in there Рyou can see in that first picture that i just dumped my bag out hehe.

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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
bb purse products1.jpgwhat are your daily essentials?

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may picks

bb may picks1.jpgproducts ~~

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 ūüėČ

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.

what did you pick up during the sale?

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