don’t you love denim?

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early morning makeup, pt 2

i posted about my early morning makeup routine just a few months ago, but since then it has become faster and far more refined.  at the time of part 1, i was student teaching just 2 days a week, and now i am student teaching full time.  sooo early mornings every day means less fuss and a tighter schedule. bb early morning makeup2 1.jpgfor my base, i’ve been keeping it light and glowy, but that’s pretty standard.  i’ve been having some stress and/or hormone-related breakouts in my chin area, so i picked up the sephora make no mistake full coverage concealer to make them easier and faster to cover up.  i use the shade 03 poppy and it couldn’t be more perfect.  this can get cakey quite quickly, but i think i’ve figured out exactly how much to use.  i’ve been applying it with a real techniques lip brush and then blending it out with the rt deluxe crease brush.  i use my glossier stretch concealer in light to brighten my under-eyes and correct any other redness around my early morning makeup2 3.jpgfor my birthday i splurged on the charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow, so i’ve been popping the bronzer on to wake me up and make me look like an actual alive person.  i carry my mineral fusion pressed powder in cool 1 in my school bag for when i feel shiny throughout the day – i never fully realized how rude florescent lights are.  i switched to this powder after completely shattering my alima pure pressed foundation.  even though i love that product and have kept the packaging for when i get around to buying a refill, it’s so beyond fragile.  i have never had a product shatter on me so many times and i’m very careful with my products.

for eyes i use that rt deluxe crease brush with whatever sephora concealer is left on it to conceal any veins and overall brighten the lids.  this concealer doesn’t crease when applied so sparingly and i really like it on my eyes.  i curl my lashes as per usual and go in with a coat or two of the w3ll people mascara.  i’m going to purchase the full size when i run out of this sample – i think it’s my favorite mascara i’ve tried in a early morning makeup2 2.jpgand that’s it!  insanely natural but pulled together and clean looking.  what more can you ask for at 5 am?!  especially since i do all of this with just a small compact mirror while sitting in bed.

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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!?!?!?!).  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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blog spotlight: lolita says so

emma hoareau is the stunning parisian brit behind the blog lolita says so.  i first discovered emma when she was featured on into the gloss’ first #itgtopshelfie, or their version of the top shelf for us regular people!  emma is a photographer, writer, and editor with an extremely impressive resume, but what i love most is her incredible blog.  her imagery is so bright, clean, and dreamy and i trust her opinions on beauty products and fashion alike.  if you’re in need of some fresh inspiration, i highly recommend lolita says so.  EmmaHoareauTopshopMomJeansZarawhitejacketnavyjumper7_zpsaec35cb7.jpgdenim back pocket rings Emma Hoareau_zpslokhdoes.jpgbeauty wishlist christmas blogger_zps58epnrrn.jpgEmma-Hoareau-skincare_zpsve6enkju.jpgbeauty-product-still-ife-Emma-Hoareau_zpsd5ej7eqe.pngEmma Hoareau outfit _zpswuogd2lr.jpgmorning-skincare-GRWM_zpsh20d2div.pngEmma Hoareau Lolita Says So hair_zpsb0j9t7v5.jpgGiorgio-Armani-Maestro-Glow-makeup-MAC-oils_zpswvvromyd.pngIMG_5873_zpsfd54c305.jpgevo hair water killer dry shampoo_zpsu214ib7b.jpgEmma-Hoareau_zps7ufihmle.pnglift and firm skincare cream oil mask_zpst07hkc85.jpgLOreal Professional hair colour_zpsjdanzpws.jpgthe fifth watches rose gold SKII facial treatment essence_zps7i7t53d8.jpgEmma Hoareau levis_zpshkqksbpp.jpgKiehls BB cream_zpscnbkbhyl.jpgmy skincare routine when travelling_zps3oq5j9hr.jpgLevi 501s for women_zpszhijelfe.jpgPerricone md make up Clinque chubby stick lancome miracle cushion nudes_zps0xgxhlok.jpglipstick and coffee in paris_zpsxdh8ci1c.jpgIMG_2557_zpsqihlsgcw.jpgIMG_2813_zpsdb419684.jpg

the real real pt.3

part three: the lips. all matte, all the time.IMG_4402.jpgIMG_4405 (2).jpgwhen i just need a little moisture, i have to use the weleda lip balm.  it’s my absolute favorite lip balm as it’s unscented and unflavored, clear, slightly matte, and on the waxy side.  it sinks in quickly but also coats the lips, so it’s not like it completely disappears a few minutes after you apply it.  i have handful of these in different pockets and purses, so it’s always exciting when i come across one!

if i’m feeling something nude, i either use the milk makeup lip color in c.r.e.a.m. or the milk makeup lip pigment in swear by.  c.r.e.a.m. is a beautiful rosey-nude shade that is extremely similar to my natural lip color but with a little more oomph.  i blot this on and it lasts for quite some time, while fading very evenly and naturally.  swear by is more peachy-nude, which i don’t usually like, but this shade seems to be an exception.  plus i like that i can just blot it in with my finger.  the texture is sooo cool, almost marshmallow-y, and turns into a powder almost immediately so it’s super matte but not super drying.

if i want something a little darker and a little more grungy (when do i not?!), nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama is my go to.  it’s a pinky brown that looks so good, again, blotted on and i even like mixing it with the c.r.e.a.m.  it’s dark but not too dark by any means, and somehow it is similar to my lip color again, so it’s super natural but with a little extra.  these matte pencils are my all time favorite lip formula and i have a ton, but this one leads the pack.

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travel tips // the makeup bag

when it comes to traveling, i find it’s always best to pack simply, whether it be your wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, etc.  it’s easy to say that “new city, new me” mantra and throw in those items that we own but never wear, but let’s face it, when we’re not at home we try to make ourselves feel as comfortable as possible.

my advice is to stick to what you know and love, and what works for you no matter the location or climate.  of course it’s fun to toss in the bits that we don’t use on a daily basis, but we really aren’t any more likely to wear something out of town than we are in our own city (no matter how much we try to convince ourselves of this).

in terms of cosmetics, a great tip is to bring a makeup item in each category, so you have options but are still pared back.  so here is my staples makeup bag – and staples don’t necessarily mean boring!IMG_4337.jpgface //

sample size mac strobe cream

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (the ultimate winter bronze)

nars blush in impassioned

eyes //

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino

burberry eye shadow in pale barley

rms volumizing mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

lips //

nars velvet matte lip pencil in damned

nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama

blistex medicated lip balm (you need this. period.)

tools //

mac 187 brush

sephora must have large powder brush

mac 217 brush

bobbi brown eyeliner brush

tarte eyelash curlers

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a purge & a makeup bag

IMG_4181 (1).jpgIMG_4186 (2).jpgas someone who really doesn’t wear very much makeup (hence the whole makeup for a minimalist thing) i have started to collect way too many products.  because i read so many beauty blogs and watch so many beauty videos, it’s too easy to convince myself that i need every single thing these gurus are mentioning.  however, i’ve been going through a major overhaul of my belongings (purging as my mom calls it) and have a huge bag of beauty products that i’m giving away to my sisters and friends (as well as returning a few unused items to sephora $$$)  i’ve gotten down to just owning my very favorite products and finishing up the old ones that are still hanging around.  since going through everything, it feels so good to have the clothes, shoes, jewelry, and makeup that i actually love and wear, and none of the excess that i don’t.

all this being said, here is my makeup bag for my next adventure and short explanations about why i chose each product:

too faced better than sex mascara mini // i just can’t find a mascara i like right now so i’m using up all the sample sizes i have from sephora and ulta

h&m eye shadow in baci di dama (shimmering gold) // i haven’t mentioned this before but i got it a few months ago and it’s the perfect light gold shade and is great quality

mac paint pot in groundwork (cool toned taupe) // my absolute favorite eyeshadow

laura mercier caviar stick in amethyst (taupe purple) // i’ve had this for years and it’s never ending!  i like this as eyeliner or all over my lids

nars laguna bronzer // same as above, i’m about to hit the bottom and i’m soooo excited

sephora bright future concealer in 05 parfait // a new purchase as my usual concealer is too light – loving it

sephora matte lip cream in 01 always red (true red) // i’m never brave enough to wear this but i’m going to force myself as soon as i have a bit of a tan

glossier coconut balm dotcom // a staple

nyx butter gloss in creme brulee (nude pink) // another staple i’ve used for years

real techniques blush brush // my bronzer brush of choice

mac 224 and 239 mini brushes // i got a travel set of mac brushes a while ago and i like them so much i’m giving a few of my full size brushes away // the makeup bag that came with these is also perfect size for travel

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makeup for a minimalist: lately

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nars sheer glow in mont blanc // was super sneaky and got another sample.  i am going to buy the full size but am putting it off because the samples last so long!

nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // duh!

bobbi brown bronzer in golden light (1) // a nice, basic, matte bronzer.  however it is very expensive and i regret buying it since it’s basically the same as my benefit hoola.  trying to use it all up!

mac blush in pinch o’ peach (satin finish) // i almost never wear blush, but i saw this at nordstrom and couldn’t resist.  it’s the perfect color (more peachy than pictured) for a non-blush wearer/an entry-level blush.  just adds a hint of flush to my cheeks, but is really barely there.

benefit bad gal lash mascara in black // my sister’s all time favorite mascara, so i thought i would try it out (i got a mini one at ulta).  can be built from really natural to more pow.  liking it!

also pictured: morning coffee in my dad’s favorite mug and baggu makeup bag in my favorite color (olive green).

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blog spotlight: cocochic

i have been watching stephanie toms on youtube for a while, but admittedly it took me a while to get into her blog.  her most recent posts are all about blogging and making your blog popular etc., which isn’t quite what i was hoping for.  however, after scrolling through her archives i realized just how much i love her style, photography, and blissfully quirky personality.  she’s amazing! 5+things+to+ask+yourself+before+you+publish+a+blog+post How+to+style+Caterpillar+bootsCity+Hotspots+with+Bank+Fashion My+favourite+autumn+outfit Jack+Wills+Belles+&+Whistles+Collection static1.squarespace UK+Fashion+and+Beauty+Blogger+Cocochic How+to+edit+blog+pictures+easily UK+Fashion+Blogger+Camel+Coat+Outfit Fashion+Blogger+ProblemsHow+to+triple+blog+traffic+more+followers Blogging+tips+PR+and+working+with+brands Homeware+haul Timberland+Regent+st

summer essentials

oversized denim cutoffs – i’m very picky about these!  right now i’m liking my levi’s 501s as they are so soft and slouchy (i sized up).  i have a lighter pair that came as shorts and a medium wash pair that i cut from an old pair of jeans (i’ve been known to do this quite often).

basic tanks and tees – i love basics all year round, but especially in the summer.  i feel like summer is the time to be super casual and understated, with the focus on your tan or beachy hair.  i love these tanks from gap (i sized up for a baggier look) and these from urban outfitters.

lots of bracelets and rings – for some reason, i always pile on the bracelets and rings in the summertime.  i wear my cape cod bracelets pretty much every day of the year, but i like to add more silver and gold cuffs and other favorite bracelets to the mix in the summer.  i feel my rings look so much better when i have more of a tan, so those join the party too.

minimal makeup – and i mean minimal.  i’m a serious sunscreen applier, especially on my face, so i always like to use bronzer to amp the color up a little bit/match my face to my body when i’m doing my makeup at night.  my three favorite bronzers are benefit hoola, bobbi brown bronzer in golden light, and nars laguna when i want a hint of shimmer. i conceal the pimples – nars when i want something heavier and maybelline fit me when i want something lighter – and slap on mascara and that’s it!  during the day i don’t wear anything, just sunscreen and maybe a little concealer on blemishes.

rosewater spray – rosewater sprays are an essential every day of the year for me, but especially in the summer.  they are so refreshing in hot weather and add some moisture back into my face when needed throughout the day.  i also like to spritz a little on before i put on my moisturizer and after i do my makeup.  my favorites are the glossier soothing face mist and mario badescu, but you could also use the evian mineral water spray if you don’t like rose.

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