leaving on a jet plane (or two)

yes that’s right, i’m on the road again!  this time for an actual vacation.  i’m heading out east to spend 2 whole weeks with my family and friends and i couldn’t be more excited.  it’s been a pretty great summer full of new life and new challenges, but man am i ready for a tan, a laugh, and a dip in the ocean.  anyways, you know i love a travel bag post, so here’s what i’m taking with me for a few weeks away…bb travel again1.jpgskincare // 

first aid beauty cleanser // glossier priming moisturizer

hylamide low molecular ha serum // indie lee squalane oil

mad hippie eye cream // weleda skin food

farmacy green screen // suntegrity 5-in-1 in light

aczone acne topical // feeling beautiful mint and lemon mask (in travel pot)bb travel again2.jpgbb travel again4.jpgmakeup //

nars creamy concealer in vanilla // rms living luminizer

hourglass bronzer in diffused bronze light // eminence chai berry illuminator blush

rms eye polish in myth // rms swift shadow in tt-73

jane iredale matte palette // bare minerals mascara

kosas lipstick in stardust // 100 percent pure lipstick in prickly pear

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan // vaseline rosy lips

mac 239 // mac 217

surratt eyelash curlers // eye spoolie

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le labo santal 33 perfume

herbivore botanicals sea mist salt spray (hair)

schmidt’s rose and vanilla deoderantbb travel again6.jpg

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leaving on a jet plane (or two)

available skincare

while i used to love ordering skincare online or going to be more niche stores (sephora, beautylish, etc.), i am feeling quite over that at the moment*.  maybe because i’m back to being a broke student and maybe because i’m no longer living in an area where i have access to those stores.  for something like skincare that you go through so quickly, it doesn’t feel efficient to keep ordering online.  whatever the reason, i’m seeing some definite changes in my skincare routine specifically, and i have to say, i’m not mad about it. *with a couple exceptions of course!bb available skincare1.jpgmicellar water: i have gone through 2 big bottles of bioderma as a first cleanse/makeup remover over the past 6 months.  while i love the formula and honestly just the luxury of that product, i no longer want to have to order my makeup remover every time i need to restock.  i got a travel size of the garnier micellar water to compare and honestly i don’t see one bit of difference.  i just purchased the full size which is huge and will last probably the whole summer or more.  garnier micellar water is available at target and other drugstores.

face wash: i just finished both my glossier milky jelly cleanser and the first aid beauty cream cleanser, definitely prefer the latter over the former.  this is my third bottle of mjc but i’m just meh about it.  it’s hard to get and quite expensive and just not as remarkable as it should be.  the fab is a true cream consistency but fully removable with water and gets all of my makeup off, while the mjc doesn’t come close.  i was going to repurchase my old standby cetaphil when i saw the la roche posay tolerane hydrating gentle cleanser at my target and saw extremely solid reviews online.  this is creamy like the fab – really it feels like lotion – but is gentle on the skin and eyes and very hydrating.  i don’t feel that tight-face feeling after using this which i pretty much always get because of my dry skin.  i think this has been helping to clear up my skin along with some other products i’ll mention later (it contains niacinamide like the glossier super pure), so i’m quite impressed thus far.  this was a few dollars more than other drugstore cleansers ($15) but contains 13.5 ounces of product.  it might be harder to find if you don’t have a target or walgreen’s near you, but worth a try if you can find it.  plus it’s a really big size so cost efficient.  they also have a purifying version if you have normal to oily skin!

toner: toner is a new step for me.  usually i will use a facial spray here, but i decided to try out the thayer’s alcohol-free rose witch hazel when i saw a travel size version at target.  witch hazel’s are reportedly great for the skin (the alcohol-free kind!) and help to balance and tone the skin.  my skin feels healthier and more balanced after i use it, so i’m trying to be good about it morning and night.  i’m liking it so far and will pick up the full size.  available at target, drugstores, and health food stores.bb available skincare3.jpgserum: deciem hylamide low molecular ha.  back to a tried and true favorite.  i mentioned here that i finished up my previous ha from purchased from beauty heroes and went back to hylamide when i was done.  it was a great decision and i don’t think i’ll be straying for quite a while.  available at cvs.  the other serum i’ve been using over the past month that is a bit of a cheat is the glossier super pure serum.  when i first got the serums, i was very disappointed.  i didn’t see any results and they felt too watery to be doing anything.  but i’ve recently gone back to the super pure and i can honestly say this is helping the stress acne i’ve been experiencing over the whole month of june.  it’s becoming my secret weapon – i apply it only on the acne on my chin before applying any other skincare.

oil: indie lee squalane.  now this one is a little bit special because it isn’t that readily available.  however, it is carried in some anthropologies and natural beauty stores, so i bet you can find this somewhere near you depending on where you live.  i found a natural beauty store about an hour away from me, so while i won’t be going there often, i will definitely return on my next shopping trip.  i am finishing up my first bottle of this and now have a backup which i am very happy about.

moisturizer: good ol’ cetaphil.  i like this thick version because it is so moisturizing and pulls all of my other products into my skin.  in the summer i use just a little bit, whereas in the winter i pile it on.  i do like their lotion version (versus the cream), but this works better for me.  the less readily available favorites are glossier priming moisturizer and first aid beauty ultra repair cream.  the glossier has been my daytime summer moisturizer of choice this year, it’s light and sinks in almost immediately but keeps my hydrated and glowing all day long.  the first aid beauty is more of my winter lotion, but i have 2 backups that i’ve been making my way through.  i interchange it with the cetaphil – they are pretty much the same but the fab is a little more moussey and lighter, but with the same hydrating results.  because of the texture it is also easier to use a little bit and spread it over my whole face, so i can use this during the summer without looking or feeling too greasy.

mask: i’m very picky when it comes to detox masks.  because i’m dry but acne-prone, i never want anything too harsh, but effective enough to make a difference.  my go to for years as been the feeling beautiful lemon and mint mask, but i no longer live near ulta and can’t seem to find that one anymore.  i tried the yes to tomatoes clear skin detoxifying charcoal mud mask and i LOVE it!  it’s very similar to the origins charcoal mask which i love but recently used up.  this is a salicylic mud mask that tightens and clears the skin, but doesn’t feel as tight as the origins.  i see better results with this mask than any of the high end clarifying masks i’ve used! bb available skincare2.jpgwhile i don’t always love my insatiable need for new things, i think that it is slowly showing me what products i actually like and want to keep buying.  lucky for me, in the case of skincare at least, my picks are relatively affordable and easy to find.  though i do get sad about all the money i have spent on selfcare in the past, i like this new direction i am going and i think it will continue for a long time to come.

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some new & old favorites

new month, new apartment, new chapter in life…and some current favorite products, of course.  it’s funny how moving and “starting over” makes you reconsider all the things you own and love.  it sounds strange but i feel that my products, my routines, my things keep me grounded during craziness.  i place great importance in feeling safe in my environment, and my belongings certainly aid me in that.bb old and new1.jpgbb old and new2.jpgold favorites

glossier priming moisturizer // i have been using this for years now – but pretty on and off.  i used it pretty religiously during the first part of this winter, and then put it down for whatever reason.  today i got the urge to bring it back out.  it’s a lovely summer moisturizer/extra moisture layer as it’s quite thing and light and sinks it almost immediately.  i can’t speak to it’s makeup extending abilities, but i love it when i need an extra hit of glow.

rms eye polish myth // quite honestly this is my favorite eye shadow ever.  living in a cold climate, i love when summer comes around and all my cream products soften that perfect amount and pigmentation becomes even better.  in the winter this shadow is more sheer, but in the summer it has full-on taupey goodness.

hylamide hyaluronic acid // i finished my previse nutrify hyaluronic acid serum and immediately repurchased the hylamide ha.  for whatever reason this performs so much better on my skin and i really reap the benefits of the ingredients.  the previse was nice but too expensive for what it is.  i wish this product didn’t have phenoxyethanol, but it still rates a 1 on ewg and i love the results.  the cvs i went to had this little baby one on sale for $3 so you KNOW i bought it as well!

new favorites //

cocokind collective macabeet tinted moisture stick // i got this a few weeks ago when shopping at the new chicago free people store with my dear friend.  we both grabbed this and i can’t not share it with all of you!  for $9, you get a 100% natural sheer berry glow for lips and cheeks.  it’s healthy skin in a tube, quite honestly!

monk oil #2 // i have been wanting to try monk oil for months now and decided to finally bite the bullet a few weeks ago.  i only just started using it after i moved, but i know it will be a staple that i always have around.  i got the small bottle of the #2 oil which contains more rose from what i can tell.  it’s an earthy but somewhat floral – but not floral like old lady, more like fresh flowers – oil that can be used all over the body and/or for aromatherapy purposes.  i love the smell but it is definitely hippie – my mom hated it haha!  i highly recommend this and i look forward to trying the original oil as well.  short version: monk oil is a “city skin potion” that helps ground you and protect you from the craziness of city life.

first aid beauty cleanser // when picking up a backup of my fab ultra repair cream, i decided to try the cleanser as well.  though i usually oil cleanse, i like to have a regular cleanser on hand as well to use as a double cleanse or when i don’t feel like using oil.  i’m almost done with another bottle of glossier milky jelly, so this was my replacement.  it feels closer to a lotion than a cleanser, but it cleanses beautiful and removes all traces of makeup.  my skin feels hydrated and healthy after – and in the summer i love to pare back my routine and get back to basics.

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bb empties02 7.jpgbiiiiiig empties today!  i don’t know how people keep their empties for a full year to review – only a few months and it’s driving me crazy to have this huge bag under my sink taking up space.  anyways…bb empties02 2.jpgnars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // ooooh my love.  i just love this concealer.  i did notice that it was starting to oxidize on my skin towards the end of the tube, but that isn’t an issue that i have dealt with before.  i have a travel size tube of this in my purse at all times – i just adore this concealer and have been through quite a few.

desert essence tea tree whitening plus mouthwash // twice a day, every day, baby!  again, i mentioned this in a monthly picks post, so i won’t bore you about my love for this mouthwash.  but yeah it’s great!

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm // i got this trilogy kit at whole foods a few months ago and it has made me fall in love with the brand.  i have only tried one or two, but this is my favorite cleansing balm i’ve tried – i’m also making my way through a full size.  i like it because the texture changes completely into an oil, so it is easy to remove and takes off all my makeup (or what remains after bioderma).  i kept this mini for travel and it has really come in handy.  when i finish my full size i will definitely repurchase. bb empties02 3.jpggo-to face hero // i am so impressed with how quickly i went through this!  it was so good to my skin this winter and the first oil besides jojoba that i have used consistently with my moisturizer.  i will definitely repurchase this, but i think i’ll wait until next winter as it’s quite a heavy oil.  great product and i really enjoyed using it.  my only con is that the opaque packaging doesn’t let you see how much product you have left, so i was really surprised when i finished this up mid-skincare routine!

trilogy hydrating mist toner sample // i brought this to california with me while on vacation and it was love at first use.  i was by the pool every day for a week so my skin was a little parched from swimming and being in the sun, but this brought the moisture back.  the mix of rose, geranium, and lavender is great for the skin and the senses – i love the aromatherapy benefits that come along with this.  when i finish up a couple facial sprays (honestly i have so many on the go at all times), i am going to pick this up in full size.  trilogy is definitely becoming one of my favorite natural brands that is easy to find and a good price point.

dr. haushka toner // i am so disappointed in this toner.  i got it in the hello beauty whole foods bag (thank goodness i didn’t spend too much money to buy it), and i only used it a few times before it got moldy?!?!?!  i honestly didn’t see any difference with this toner and with the 2 week expiration, i will not repurchase this.  meh! bb empties02 4glossier priming moisturizer rich // thank you to my beautiful sister (WHO IS NOW A MOMMY) for sending this to me for my birthday!  i honestly disliked this product.  for one thing, the lavender smell is extremely overpowering and even though it is natural smelling, it’s just too much.  also i just like the original priming moisturizer so much better.  and i think that i just prefer my fab ultra repair cream and this is pretty similar to that.  plus at the time this came out i was at a breaking point with all the hype and over-promotion of glossier, so i think that affected my opinion as well.  anyways i am so glad i got to try it, but i think i liked it better for my hands than i did for my face.

derma-e hydrating night cream // this was another product included in the whole foods hello beauty bag and i adored this!  i went through it so quickly because it was just so nice.  it’s a rich cream with hyaluronic acid that smells beautifully fruity, so it was definitely up my alley.  i used this both day and night, i didn’t feel it was too thick for the day but again, dry skin.  it does rate a 5 on ewg, but from what i can tell it’s from the fragrance and the inclusion of vitamin a palmitate.  for these reasons i won’t repurchase, but i really did enjoy this product.  but seriously it smells like heaven. bb empties02 6.jpgfirst aid beauty ultra repair cream // i touched on this in may picks, so i won’t wax too poetic.  i love this!  so much!  this is the first tube i bought and i am already almost done with the second.  so lovely for dry skin, inexpensive, gets a 1 on ewg.  also really great for sensitive skin because of the oatmeal.  yay!

mac fix+ // oooooh magical unicorn water!  mac fix+ is such a cult product and i absolutely understand why.  it smells amazing, adds a boost of moisture to the skin, gives you that gloooow, and sets the makeup.  beauteous.  it’s expensive so i’m not sure if i will repurchase right away but at some point, oh yeah.

captain blankenship mermaid sea salt spray // you might remember be loving this up last summer.  and then one day, i just couldn’t use it anymore.  the smell is really peppery and strong, and i didn’t think it did enough to my hair to merit the cost.  so i used it up but i am going to stick to my plantfolk apothecary messy hair instead – i just reordered this because i finished this up, i can’t wait to get it!!  i won’t repurchase this but i love the brand! bb empties02 5.jpgouai wave spray // another day, another salt spray.  like the captain blankenship, i loved this at first and then fell out of love.  this guy is frustrating because it will sometimes get really sticky and clumpy, even if you haven’t used any more than usual.  i actually purchased a full size and then returned it unopened.  this is nice but meh.  it does smell soooo lovely though.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i think this is my favorite glossier product.  the coconut smell was very strong for me at first, but now i can’t get enough.  i use this daily and i think i will pretty much always have a tube around.  delicious hydration all day every day.

2 weleda lip balms // ok now this is a bit of a cheat because i finished one and the other completely melted in my car.  but this is my favorite lip balm to date and i am already on a fresh tube.  great product, little to no scent, matte finish which is key.  will purchase probably forever!

too faced better than sex mascara // ok i absolutely did not finish this up completely, but i have had it open since november so it was time for it go.  this is such a fun mascara, but it wasn’t practical for me to buy a full size.  it’s just too much product!!  i will buy a travel size in the future for nights out or dressing up, but i don’t use it day to day.  i’m interested in trying the new l’oreal lash paradise mascara that looks like a dupe for the better than sex, but for a far better price!

honorable mentions // products that aren’t quite used up, but i’m moving and i can’t keep hoarding these empties!bb empties02 1.jpgbioderma 250 ml // since first buying bioderma in the late fall while in london, it has become an integral part of my daily routine.  i got this big size early in the new year via beautylish, so i think that i’ve gone through it quite quickly actually!  i use it every night to take my makeup off before washing my face, through the day if i want to take my eye makeup off, or if i’ve been having a swatch-fest.  it is gentle even on my extremely sensitive eyes and i don’t think i could live without it!  i am going to wait to repurchase because i have a deluxe sample of a ____ micellar water to try out, but i will absolutely restock my bioderma at some point in the future.

botanics rosewater spray // botanics is actually a really cool company that i just found out about.  it’s available at places like target and ulta, and i would say half or so of their product lineup is organic and natural.  one such item is the toning spritz made up of 100% rosewater.  this a great rosewater spray at a great price point ($10), and my skin has loved it.  i did decant the product into a glass container because my bottle was defunct, but i recommend this to anyone looking for a simple toner or facial spray for not too much money.  i think i am going to get the aforementioned trilogy toner instead of this, but i may pick it up again in the future.

trilogy rosehip antioxidant + // ok you can tell i really enjoyed this whole trilogy trial kit i got.  this rosehip based oil also includes tomato seed oil, cranberry seed oil, acai fruit oil, and more.  it is hydrating and gives you a boost of antioxidant protection against free radicals.  it is very lightweight and sinks it quickly, so it’s perfect for warmer months.  i am considering purchasing a full size of this instead of repurchasing my indie lee squalane oil when i finish that up – but truth be told i will probably get both!  great product all around.

oh, and a million things of dr. bronner’s.  always.

and to make you all smile – here are my dogs max and buddy helping me with my photo taking.  i’m thinking about throwing them out with these empty products 😉bb empties02 buddy.jpgbb empties02 max.jpg

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dealing with acne flare-ups

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if you, like me, have had acne in the past, you probably get the occasional flare-up – be it from stress, junk food, climate, travel, etc.  i’ve been pretty much acne free since june, but have had a couple sizeable acne-style breakouts since then.  including last week!  i recently tried this amazing sheet mask (more on that later) and it really got me thinking about how i deal with these breakouts.  and i’m not talking about the rare pimple from your period or whatever.  i’m talking those omg-do-i-have-acne-again situations.  soooo long story short, here are my tips for handling those acne flare-ups, both physically and emotionally!

DON’T go in with the big guns // i think the first impulse whenever pimples appear is to go in with the strongest acne eliminating products available.  but generally, this is not the best way to approach the situation at hand!  i find that continuing with my normal routine with some additional, gentle treatments is key.  for one thing, all of those drying, irritating, alcohol-y ingredients will completely dry out your acne areas and make them last for far longer, even though they might be smaller sooner.  does that make sense?

if you are using any sort of topical acne creams (i use aczone – i’m sort of in love with their new packaging, is that weird?!), don’t feel persuaded to add more than your usual amount of product onto your skin.  once you have gotten over the initial brutalities of these creams, they work with your skin, not against it.  but by added an extra dollop all over, you’ll return to all the dryness and irritation you have put behind you.

DO use a good spot treatment for the first couple days // i’ve tried a good few of the spot treatments on the market – acnomel (old school product my parents’ have used forever haha!), mario badescu drying lotion, and acne free terminator-10, and tea tree oil to name a few – but the one i’m loving at the moment is the indie lee blemish lotion.  it looks and feels much like the mario badescu drying lotion, but with better, and less!, ingredients.  it’s also far more gentle and easier to remove.  i only use a spot treatment for the first few days, which is the optimum time to dry out the blemishes but not overdry them.  if you use a spot treatment every single night you have a pimple, you are just going to dry out and irritate your poor little face.  so don’t do that!!bb acne treatments3.jpgDO use a mask every few days // i love masks!  while i don’t always see results with masks, i love the process and the pamper time.  for acne (and redness and inflammation) i usually use one of the following: origins clear improvement charcoal mask, glossier mega greens galaxy pack, or freeman feeling beautiful mint & lemon clay mask.  i only use these masks on the areas that need them, followed by a thick layer of glossier moisturizing moon mask all over.  i also don’t leave detoxifying masks on for their entire prescribed time, usually 10 minutes max, because of my dry skin.  be sure to use a moisturizing mask or thicker moisturizer after your detoxifying masks, because even if you are oily your skin is probably dehydrated.  moisture is key!

a very exciting mention is the leader’s brightening recovery mask.  i don’t really like sheet masks, but i saw this at ulta last week and thought it sounded like exactly what my skin needed.  it toned down almost all the redness i had and helped to heal and relax my last couple active blemishes.  my skin was in a completely different state the following morning.  seriously impressed!  one thing i do love about sheet masks is all the extra essence/serum they include, so i made sure to let that really soak into my face, neck, and chest before continuing with my nightly routine (even if it feels sticky at first, give it time).bb acne treatments2.jpg
DO use makeup to your advantage // you guys know i’m not much of a face makeup girl.  i never wear foundation if i can help it, and if i do wear something it’s a skin tint, tinted moisturizer, or light powder foundation at most.  that being said, i am always compelled to pile on the high coverage bases when i’m acned-up.  i try my best to avoid this, however, and just be strategic about how i’m doing my makeup.  i usually keep some kind of medium coverage foundation on hand for these instances, and right now i have the l’oreal pro-glow foundation.  it’s actually quite nice and glowy, but still medium coverage and buildable, so i get all the results i want.

i apply foundation only on the areas i really need it – you’ll need a good color match! – with one finger.  yes that’s right.  one finger.  i find that by patting the foundation into the skin with my middle finger i really push the product in and make it look extremely natural.  plus, you are concentrating the coverage where you need it only.  it’s a little time consuming, but i highly recommend this method.  do the rest of your face as you normally would, and use lots of facial spray.  i guarantee your acne will be undetectable (except to you of course, because it’s on your face!).

DO pamper yourself // acne sucks.  and when it comes back to haunt you, that sucks even more.  so take your time with your skincare, drink lots of water, and get some sleep.  your flare-up will be over in a few days and now you have a few more tricks in your arsenal for the next time those assholes decide to pop up uninvited.bb acne treatments4.jpg

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dealing with acne flare-ups