the skincare routine

bb nighttime skincare update.jpgthis was originally an instagram post, but i thought it would be better as a quick bonus blog post instead. ¬†so, this is tonight’s skincare routine, as well as what my routine is going to look like for a while thanks to some killer new products (excluding the mask, which is just a once a week treat these days)…

ūüĆŅwash: mix of stark skincare¬†aurora cleansing balm &¬†glossier milky jelly cleanser // i emulsified the balm in my hands and then added a pump of mjc. ¬†these mix beautifully to offer a moisturizing cleanse that is easily rinsed off with warm water.

ūüĆŅmask: milk makeup x urban outfitters urban defense mask // you all know i love this for a quick (3-5 minute) boost.

ūüĆŅspray: evan healy lavender hydrosoul // always!

ūüĆŅserum: previse nutrify 1-6 hyaluronic acid serum // i ordered this through the beauty heroes shop to replace my deciem hylamide low molecular ha serum – this is thinner in viscosity but feels the same on the skin and is a nice, quite basic serum.

ūüĆŅoils: indie lee squalane & stark skincare midnight regenerating // i picked up the indie lee oil this week in california during the anthropologie 20% off sale. ¬†i’ve been researching squalane for a while and was so pumped to actually test this in person. ¬†it’s a lightweight, extremely moisturizing oil that my skin is completely drinking up. ¬†the stark mr is exactly what it says, a nighttime oil that works to repair and nourish the skin. ¬†these work in combination beautifully.

ūüĆŅeyes: living libations all seeing eye cream // i’ve been using this for a few weeks now and am really enjoying it. ¬†i haven’t seen immediate effects, but i also wasn’t expecting to. ¬†very hydrating and i like knowing i have a specific product for my eyes now.

please note: this is a lot of skincare, especially for me. but through some extensive research and trial, this is what my skin needs and wants. as far as the stark skincare items Рi have completely fallen in love with jess via her youtube channel, and her products are just as amazing as she is.  seriously, i have been getting a full on education about green beauty and skincare (and skincare in general) and just love her.

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the skincare routine

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glossier moisturizing moon mask // i’m so impressed with this mask. ¬†i started using it probably exactly a year ago when i was at the height of my acne and really didn’t get it. ¬†but as my skin got better and drier from the topical creams i started using, this became an instant refresh for my skin (it did burn slightly¬†at the beginning of each application since i was so fragile, but this quickly went away). ¬†now i love using it alone or after a more drying mask – usually the origins charcoal or friedman’s mint and lemon clay masks – as well as a restoring hand mask. ¬†i haven’t gotten around to purchasing a new one but i already miss it so i’m going to get on that. ¬†verdict:¬†will definitely repurchase, visible effects.

evan healy lavendar hydrosoul //¬†can you believe this is my third finished¬†bottle of this stuff? ¬†it is my favorite facial spray¬†ever. ¬†the lavender is ultra soothing and hydrating, and gives my skin the oomph it needs. ¬†i use it as a toner as well as a make up setter and refresher. ¬†at first the scent super freaked me out but i have grown to love it. ¬†this is pretty pricey as far as mists go, but i think it’s worth it. ¬†i have tried a sample of another evan healy hydrosoul – can’t remember which one unfortunately – but there’s just something about the lavender that i can’t get enough of. ¬†i just purchased a new one the other day!¬†verdict:¬†will always repurchase, great ingredients, great effects.¬†

too faced hangover primer // i have mentioned quite a few times (my bad) that i got a travel size of this product at ulta in the fall. ¬†i had never used a primer before, so this was a great entry point for something extremely hydrating and that would make my makeup last longer throughout the day. ¬†this performs beautifully and i love the packaging! ¬†the travel size is a perfect option if you just want to try it or don’t think you will use it very much. ¬†i went through this pretty quick because i’ve taken to adding it over my moisturizer, even if i’m not wearing any makeup that day. anyways, when i realized i was almost done with this and wanted to save the rest for an upcoming trip, i upgraded to the marc jacobs coconut primer, which is basically the too faced with a little more oomph. ¬†the too faced, however, is more travel friendly in terms of packaging and better for the wallet in terms of price. ¬†verdict:¬†might repurchase in the future, high price, good benefits, bad ingredients.

mario badescu facial spray with rosewater and herbs // this is an ok facial spray. ¬†it’s refreshing and soothing to the skin, and the heavy rose scent dissipates quickly. ¬†the packaging is travel and purse-friendly, it comes in multiple sizes, and the price point is great. ¬†is this comparable to the evan healy hydrosoul? ¬†no not really and the ingredients in this really aren’t great. ¬†but this is a good choice if you are traveling or need an inexpensive but reliable and simple spray. ¬†it just strikes me as rather chemical-y. ¬†i am, however, currently trying out the new mario badescu aloe, cucumber, and green tea spray, available only through ulta at the moment, and while again the ingredients aren’t great i like it better than the rose version for sure. ¬†verdict: won’t¬†repurchase, great price point, ok¬†ingredients.

aveda hand relief hand lotion // it really doesn’t take much time for me to completely use up a hand lotion if i’m honest. ¬†i liked this for the majority of the time i was using it, but then i went to use the last few drops the other day and it was just so greasy. ¬†if i’m going to spend this much on hand lotion, i’m going to get the kiehl’s hand salve¬†or the elizabeth arden 8 hour hand lotion which both sink into the hands immediately and take away redness and cracks extremely well. ¬†verdict:¬†won’t repurchase, too greasy, high price point.

weleda sea buckthorn¬†hand lotion // i really like the weleda brand and this hand lotion is no exception. ¬†i learned about this via celina of the celution (this post specifically) and i’m glad i picked it up. ¬†the scent, in my opinion, is incredible. ¬†it has very earthy, natural tones which i personally love, and it brings to mind memories of southern california family vacations. ¬†this product sinks into the hands beautifully and doesn’t feel greasy. ¬†i just picked up the pomegranate regenerating hand lotion to try next! ¬†verdict:¬†will repurchase at some point, great ingredients, great price, great results.

lashfood sample size // i got this 1-month supply size of lashfood lash serum at ulta. ¬†it came with their eyelash/mascara primer as well, but i haven’t been as consistent in using that¬†since i was mostly purchasing for the serum itself. ¬†i was really looking forward to trying this so the sample size was kind of the perfect tester. ¬†i have actually seen some results mostly in thickness of my lashes, but i’m not sure if i really want to spend almost $80 on the full size product. ¬†but i’m glad i tried it out and now i know for the future! ¬†verdict:¬†may repurchase in the future, decent results, high price point.

shea moisture hibiscus&coconut body wash and body butter¬†// ahhh i love these. ¬†i mentioned them here in more depth. ¬†i’m definitely more partial to the body wash than the lotion, which was nice but not necessarily worth a repurchase. ¬†i’m moving back to my fave dr. bronner’s bar soap for the shower, but i will definitely repurchase from the shea moisture line. ¬†plus, these rate pretty ok on ewg, a 2 if i remember correctly. ¬†verdict: will repurchase at some point, often on sale, aromatherapy, pretty good ingredients, fair trade.

pixi hydrating milky mist // another day, another spray. ¬†i tried this pixi spray since it has such amazing reviews and felt ok about it. ¬†the spray is extremely fine which is part of its great reviews, but i actually didn’t like that! ¬†i decanted this in a glass spray bottle and i much preferred it with a little bit of a stronger mist, for whatever reason. ¬†this is nice and i like pixi a lot, but nothing that special in my opinion. ¬†verdict: probably won’t repurchase, good price point, no visible benefits.

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these last three items are not empties per say, but they are going into the trash for various reasons that i will explain below:

benefit hoola bronzer // ah an oldie and a goodie. ¬†i have been wearing hoola bronzer since high school and it was definitely one of my first sephora purchases. ¬†this particular container is older than i care to admit and i have a sizeable dent in the middle. ¬†i’m just over it i guess!! ¬†i’m really trying to not only edit down my makeup but also move into cleaner formulas, and i’m ready to let this guy go. ¬†the w3ll people bio bronzer is such a perfect bronzer for me that i don’t feel like i’m going to reach for anything else for a very long time. ¬†and if i do, it is going to be a lot better for me.

nars laguna bronzer // most of the above is true for laguna as well. ¬†as much as i want to continue using laguna since i’ve already hit the bottom, the bio bronzer has a similar look on me. ¬†and this guy is OLD, like older than hoola i think. ¬†i do have a mini version of laguna that i keep in my purse in case i need it for some reason throughout the day – i will probably keep that around just for emergencies. ¬†or maybe i’ll decant some of my w3ll people bronzer since it is in mineral form. ¬†anyways, bye guy!

phsyician’s formula butter bronzer // i love this bronzer, but i can no longer stand the smell. ¬†it’s so strong and so artificial, and it’s like a constant reminder that i’m putting shitty artificial ingredients all over my face. ¬†gorgeous, but it’s gotta go.

finally, a not-quite-but-close-to-being-empty:

hylamide low molecular ha serum // i am actually shocked/impressed that i am almost finished with this already. ¬†but i am pretty heavy handed and use this morning and night. ¬†i have only tried the¬†glossier super bounce so i don’t have a lot of reference for hyaluronic acid serums, but this is absolutely great in my opinion! ¬†it sinks in fast and doesn’t leave a sticky residue, plus i really do feel like i’ve seen positive effects from this. ¬†i am looking into more eco hyaluronic acid serums, so depending on what i find and the price points i’m seeing, i may or may not return to this. ¬†but i have to say, i looked up all the ingredients on ewg and almost all of them are pretty good, except for the inclusion of phenoxyethanol which is a preservative that is often used as an alternative to parabens. ¬†it’s not good, but it’s also not as bad as parabens. ¬†this ingredient is included in a lot of those products that say they don’t have parabens that are also not completely eco – glossier and milk makeup for example – but it worries me more in this because it is literally sinking into the deeper layers of my skin. ¬†you know? ¬†so basically i am going to look for something better, but won’t be terribly worried if i go back to this.¬†¬†verdict: may repurchase in the future, great price point, great product,¬†pretty good ingredients.

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warm weather bound

tomorrow me and (part of) the fam are headed to one of my favorite places…california, duh! ¬†you know i love a good travel post, so here’s what i’ve got coming along with me >>

makeup:bb warm weather bound makeup.jpgnothing too exciting, but i’m bringing along the usual nars creamy concealer in vanilla, w3ll people bronzer and brightening powders, gabriel eyeshadow in sable, rms swift shadow in tt-73¬†(side note, i haven’t talked about this shadow but it is amazing. ¬†so soft, so beautiful and is glowy instead of shimmery. ¬†i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing, even with nothing else on my face. ¬†total love), tata harper volumizing lip&cheek in very charming, gressa lip boost in bare, mini bite beauty lipstick in meringue, shu uemera eyelash curlers, real techniques powder and expert face brushes, meow meow tweet baking soda-free lavender deodorant, and ursa major deodorant. ¬†plus some hair twisties and clips, of course.

side note, does deodorant count as makeup or skincare? ¬†probably skincare, but i’m bucking the system as per.

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and the rest:bb warm weather bound plane bag.jpgthe other stuff in my plane bag includes another of the miss fisher series by kerry greenwood, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag.  just picked up those last two the other day and am really excited to start reading them.  wallet is from minor history, sunglasses from ray-ban, and headphones from bose Рa lovely christmas from my sister quite a few years ago now.

jewelry: bb warm weather bound jewelry.jpgpretty pared down (for me) since i never end up wearing what i pack on trips anyways. tiffany silver bangle (my high school graduation present Рit says dream a little dream), thin gold rings from various etsy shops, gold ball chain that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, mermaidbyhand (now eliza sloane jewels) abalone ring, beaded earrings that were a gift from my sis, sarah chloe monogram necklace, salt&summit turquoise ring, vintage turquoise flower earrings which were a birthday present a few years ago, gold ear pins from etsy, and anthropologie gold ear jackets that were my birthday present this year.  dude, my family gives me good stuff!

so there you go my lovelies.  what are your travel must-haves?  what am i forgetting?!!

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naturally inclined

bb eco faves.jpgas i get older, i’m figuring out more and more how i want to treat and take care of my body. ¬†from exercise (work in progress) to wearing sunscreen to figuring out some medical stuff, i’m trying to cherish this body i am in and help myself live my best life. ¬†i’ve come to realize that there are certain things in my life that are nonnegotiable – acne and antidepressant medications, at least for right now – and¬†that’s ok, as long as i do my best to balance it out. ¬†one huge area for me in that regard¬†is beauty and skincare (bet you didn’t see that coming…). ¬†i spoke on my efforts to go more natural in this post last june, and wanted to do a little follow up.

as i’ve mentioned 1000 times, i’m very low key when it comes to makeup and skincare, but really enjoy the process of wanting, trying, and buying products. ¬†while i’m always trying to cure this crazy need to consume, i’m really making an effort to consume more consciously. ¬†so basically, if i have to buy a new blush, i’m making sure it has clean ingredients, rates well in terms of non-toxicity, and is not going to harm my body in the long run. ¬†this can be tough and there are certain areas where i will not budge – almost anything nars obviously – but i think that is completely fine.

basically, i just want to do what is right for my body.  there are always circumstances in which we need a little outside help, but i believe so strongly in doing what we can to help ourselves, even just a little bit.  of course there are a million variables we cannot control, but why not do something about the variables we can control?

it can be extremely overwhelming to look at the makeup in your bag and the food in your fridge and think all of this is bad, so don’t look at it like that. ¬†start when you can and where you can. ¬†it doesn’t have to be everything. ¬†any changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle will benefit you in more ways than you can imagine. ¬†and to help get you started, i’m going to be my middle-name-instigator self and fill you in on my favorite eco beauty and skincare products.

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skincare

trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm, used with eco/organic baby washcloths :: it’s all about the cleansing balms, guys. ¬†my dry skin feels so much healthier and more hydrated, and i need less oil and moisturizer after using a balm cleanser.

go-to face hero oil :: i’ve waxed poetic about this many a time so i won’t bore you, but…best face oil ever. ¬†jampacked with delicious ingredients – think no synthetics, parabens, petrochemicals, etc.

desert essence organic jojoba¬†oil :: i’ve used this for a loooong time as both an eye makeup remover and face oil. ¬†jojoba oil is one of the best matches to our skin’s natural sebum so it’s an excellent moisturizer. ¬†you can also add this to make up for a more moisturizing and dewy look – basically it’s a great all-rounder.

kiss my face sensitive skin sunscreen :: my favorite facial sunscreen. ¬†it’s very hydrating so best for dry to normal skin, but i love the moisturizing boost. ¬†there is some debate because this contains the chemical octinoxate, but it is at an accepted amount as decided by the fda. ¬†also it rates a 3 on ewg (a grading resource for product’s toxicity and health levels), so i’m ok with that for now and will just get something else when i run out.

evan healy lavender hydrosoul :: again, won’t bore you. ¬†best facial spray of all time. ¬†bye!

weleda skin food :: an amazing all over cream. ¬†i use this under and on my eyes, around my nose when i’m dry, on my hands and cuticles. ¬†you get it. ¬†also it smells like a gin and tonic in the best way.

weleda hand lotions :: i love the sea buckthorn and am currently using the regenerating pomegranate.  non greasy and really beneficial if you have dry hands like me.

dr. bronner’s bar soap :: my favorite in-shower soap. ¬†really simple and gets the job done, plus there isn’t any plastic packaging to deal with so that’s a big eco thumbs up (wow that was painfully dorky). ¬†my favorites are eucalyptus and the baby/unscented version.

shea moisture body wash :: so luxe, so lathering.  filled with natural and organic ingredients and without parabens and sulfates.  not strictly eco, but the majority of their products, besides their hair coloring-system line, rate between 1 and 3 on ewg, which is pretty great.

body lotion :: this is more of my summer moisturizer but i adore the mountain ocean skin trip coconut lotion, which i’ve mentioned many a time. ¬†it’s just a little too light for these dry chicago winters.

hair :: i’m not using any eco hair products right now but i love, and have repurchased multiple times, the acure ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

others :: i’m still on the hunt for a moisturizer to replace my beloved cetaphil and a good natural deodorant that actually works. ¬†i just ordered the meow meow tweet baking soda-free jar deodorant and the ursa major deodorant stick to use together, and am currently doing a deoderant-detox before those arrive. ¬†i’ve learned that layering¬†is the best way to have success with natural deodorants, so i’ll keep you posted. ¬†also an eye cream, but i have some contenders that i mentioned here. ¬†also not mentioned, but you all know my weleda lip balm is my best friend.

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makeup

w3ll people narcissist foundation stick :: in shade 0 this brightens my face and covers any redness with a few quick swipes.  blends out into almost nothing or definitely something depending on what you want.

w3ll people bio brightening powder :: the best setting powder, basically hourglass ambient lighting powders in mineral and nontoxic form.  a little glow and a little less shine.

w3ll people bio bronzing powder :: gorgeous bronzing powder for us bronzer addicts. ¬†i wasn’t sure about mineral powder bronzer, but this is so perfect and lightweight. ¬†it’s a great universal shade that can be applied very sheer and then built up.

tata harper volumizing lip to cheek :: i’ve had very charming since last summer and it is the perfect blue-based pink to add a natural flush and perkiness to the face. ¬†i recently picked up very nice which is the light glowy pink of my dreams.

mineral fusion blush in flashy :: the prettiest slightly shimmery peach blush. ¬†very subtle and very natural. ¬†a hint of shimmer is there but not overpowering or obvious on the cheeks. ¬†i don’t have it anymore, but i think this would be similar to hourglass dim infusion blush.

rms living luminizer :: a cult product for a reason. ¬†the only highlighter i own and want. ¬†it’s an icy dewy shimmer that gives that wet look to the cheek without being obvious at all.

rms eye polish in myth :: pretty much the only eye shadow i use these days.  very sheer taupe that looks glossy but stays.

pacifica stellar gaze mascara :: right now i’m using stardust (brown), but i had supernova (black) prior to this tube. this is my favorite mascara, eco or otherwise. ¬†it’s natural but both volumizing and lengthening. ¬†most importantly? ¬†it conditions your lashes and gives them the attention they deserve!

gabriel eye shadow in sable :: the gabriel eye shadows are so nice!  very pigmented and smooth.  i only have this shade which is a taupey light brown that i love all over the lids and in the crease a little bit.  i thought it would be similar to urban decay naked, but it has a touch more purple/rosiness to it, in the best way.  very natural and very beautiful.  i want to get more of these eye shadows, maybe a dark brown next.

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino :: i don’t have this at the moment because mine shattered and it is about $22 to replace it. ¬†but this is one of my all time favorite eye shadows and is a great dupe for urban decay naked (that is my favorite “conventional” eye shadow so i compare everything to it!). ¬†a staple for me! ¬†i actually think i am going to pick up this palette of 5 shadows instead of just a new single shadow in cappucino – i don’t actually have any shadows in those colors/that are eco and it will be a great staple product.

pacifica enlighten eye shadow palette in mystical ::¬†although i just picked this up, it’s already a favorite. ¬†this 4-shadow palette has a stunning combination of shades and the formulas are incredible. ¬†they feel as buttery and pigmented as lorac shadows, seriously! ¬†and at $14 it’s a beautiful thing!

gressa lip boost in bare :: the prettiest almost matte tinted balm.  a light pinky nude that can also be worn on the cheeks!  quite similar to the tata harper very nice actually, but i prefer that formula as a blush.

ilia lipstick crayon in kharma chameleon :: i don’t know what’s better, the name or the shade. ¬†this stunning hot coral has a satin finish and is perfect on a hot summer night. ¬†i wore this to my sister’s rehearsal dinner and got many a compliment. ¬†i can’t wait to brig this baby back out!

bite beauty matte lip pencils and multisticks :: now there is some debate over these because of some of the color dyes that they use, but to me these are ideal. ¬†they are natural and actually food grade, and the color pay off and color options are incredibly. ¬†i love the matte crayons – i have a couple mini ones in cafe and glace¬†– because they aren’t totally matte but you can smudge them in to look like a stain, kind of how i use the nars matte lip pencils as well. ¬†the multisticks are really cool and i have the color gelato which is a super cool toned light pink almost veering on lilac which is gorgeous on the eyes and cheeks and patted in lightly on the lips.

nail polish brands :: smith&cult (8-free), pacifica (7-free), rms (6-free), zoya (5-free),¬†nails inc (5-free), and opi (3-free and i believe their infinite shine line is 5-free but i can’t find a definitive answer). ¬†and frankly most polishes are 3 free!bb eco nail faves.jpg

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so there you have it, the eco products that i own and love. ¬†please note that these are not all recent acquisitions and it has taken me a few years to get to this point. ¬†again, i just want to reiterate that my switch to eco products is a work in progress. ¬†i don’t think that i will ever be all the way there. ¬†if i can even get to 50/50 i will be so happy. ¬†and i don’t want to be over here making you feel like you need to throw away all your non-eco products either, because you KNOW i’m always going to be spending too much money at sephora! ¬†all in all, we do what we can and what feels right for ourselves. ¬†so¬†let’s take it one day and one eco deodorant at a time, shall we?

ps: ewg is a great resource to learn about products and what chemicals make them better or worse in terms of safety. ¬†they have a rating system with a¬†catalogue of almost 65,000 products and you can always submit something if you don’t find it on their site. ¬†it can be super frustrating when they don’t have a product or brand listed, but you can also search by particular ingredients and learn about a product that way. ¬†if a product is rated a 1-2 it is of low hazard, 3-6 is¬†moderate hazard, and 7-10 is high hazard. ¬†they also have a list of products that are ewg verified¬†and i think that products are going to start carrying this mark on their actual packaging. ¬†these are products/companies that are free of any concerning ingredients, have ingredients fully disclosed, and follow good manufacturing processes. ¬†i have the app on my phone and use it while i’m shopping for¬†both food items and products.

also pps: do your research! ¬†actually more mainstream products than you think are more eco friendly than you think – a lot of too faced products, for example, rates extremely well on ewg. ¬†it always helps to do your research before making any decisions. ¬†plus a lot of sites like sephora will tell you when a brand is formulated without something – like parabens or sulfates. ¬†it’s a bragging point for sure so you can usually find it mentioned!!

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naturally inclined

january picks

long-winded this month – my apologies!

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beauty 

shea moisture coconut & hibiscus range // ¬†i’m really not loyal to any body wash – really¬†they’re all pretty much the same in my opinion. ¬†but somehow this one has become a strong favorite and this is actually the third bottle that i have purchased in a row. ¬†that’s unprecedented! ¬†the smell of this is soooooooo tropical and uplifting and the product itself doesn’t make me feel dry or squeaky the way regular soap does. ¬†i’m not sure about the firming and toning properties – pretty sure only exercise can do that! – but it doesn’t hurt to try. ¬†when i picked up this last bottle there was a buy one get one half off¬†promotion happening at my walgreen’s so i picked up the matching body butter as well. ¬†same amazing smell and it’s really nice and thick, but soaks in immediately. ¬†i put it on after i’ve toweled off but while my skin is still relatively damp and warm. ¬†loving this range! ¬†overall i really like this brand – it’s natural, organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, and sustainably produced. ¬†i have a lip balm from them (mentioned here) and just picked up a shampoo and conditioner set, which i’m sure will be in next month’s picks.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i loved this over the summer and i’m loving it again. ¬†the scent is incredibly uplifting and it’s just a really nice product. ¬†i like to really pile it up on my lips at night and then in the morning they are totally hydrated and plump. ¬†i prefer this to the original – even though coconut isn’t actually an ingredient i feel like the texture is more coconut-y and more hydrating.

hylamide low-molecular ha serum // i’ve been wanting to get into serums for a while, but didn’t really know where to start. ¬†when the glossier supers arrived, i was so excited and picked up all 3 almost immediately. ¬†i thought it would be a great intro into the serum world, but i was left really disappointed. ¬†i’ve read so many good reviews about the supers, but didn’t see any benefits from any of them. ¬†so after more research, i knew that i really wanted to get a hyaluronic acid serum, and found this one from hylamide. ¬†basically, the hyaluronic acid that is found in our bodies and that is in many skincare items contains molecules that are too large for our skin to absorb. ¬†so the serum or lotion or whatever simply sits on top of our skin, so all the benefits disappear when we wash our faces. ¬†the ha serum from hylamide contains 5 different variations of hyaluronic acid that contain smaller molecules, so our skin is able to absorb these and really get the benefits that that hyaluronic acid provides. ¬†i have definitely seen a moisture difference in my skin after a few weeks of twice daily use, and i look forward to seeing the longer term benefits that this serum promotes. ¬†oh and wait! ¬†i forgot to mention this serum is only $20 and is available at most drugstores. ¬†for a serum, that is a total steal. ¬†deciem, the company that produces hylamide products, is a pretty cool skincare brand that also produces the ordinaries serums, which you might have seen floating around instagram. ¬†those sit at an even lower price point and sound pretty appealing as well.

pacifica nail polish in desert princess // pacifica is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. ¬†i was on the hunt for a mauvey pink nail polish that wasn’t too grandma-ish and stumbled upon this shade while at whole foods one day. ¬†it’s exactly what i was looking for and shows up nicely on my fair, cool-toned skin. ¬†i like that¬†it feels like a neutral shade, as opposed to a bright pink which honestly i don’t like. ¬†the formula is great and the applicator is even better. ¬†plus that name! ¬†who could resist!

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entertainment

selected writings, truman capote //¬†i found this at south congress books in austin and it took me a split second to decide to buy it. ¬†it’s a first edition from 1962 and contains a ton of stories that i haven’t read and don’t have in my collection. ¬†capote is one of my favorite authors and this is something i will cherish all my life.

a gentleman in moscow, amor towles // talk about favorite authors Рamor towles is absolute amazing!  i read rules of civility first, and then my mom actually forced me to read a gentleman in moscow.  the dialogue is witty, the characters are robust, the environment is palpable, and the plot is unlike anything on the market these days.  i will say it goes on a little longer than necessary, but overall i highly recommend.

leather bookmark // going along with my book favorites this month has been the gorgeous green leather bookmark my sister got me for my birthday. ¬†i don’t own any other bookmarks and i feel so fancy having such a beautiful one! ¬†it’s great especially for my vintage books in which i don’t want to fold down the pages. ¬†it also serves a beautiful reminder of my amazing trip to austin. ¬†thanks lyssie ūüôā

american housewife // my sister introduced me to this show and i have since watched very single episode (basically in one day). ¬†this show couldn’t be funnier or cuter. ¬†it’s a breath of fresh air, so carefree, and so wholesome. ¬†it’s still in the first season so it won’t take you too long to get up to date! ¬†go watch!

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etc. 

madewell succulent earrings & other dangly earrings // ok i had no idea these were called the succulent earrings until i just looked online to get a link for you all (i bought them in store)!!! ¬†could there be anything more perfect for me?! ¬†my sister bought the blue pair for me probably 6 years ago and i am just now feeling like i can wear something so big daily – it’s pretty fun actually.

paring back // my parents are moving out of my childhood home (don’t even get me started…) and as a result we have been going through every single thing we own before the move. ¬†it’s been fun, sad, and extremely cathartic to go through all of my belongings and get rid of those that don’t benefit me anymore. ¬†clothes, books, paraphernalia from grade school…not to sound like marie kondo (i think the fact that she has made so much money off telling people to get rid of things that don’t make them¬†happy – hello duh – is total lunacy…don’t get me started on that either!), but it feels pretty great to not be weighed down by things that¬†i just don’t want in my life anymore.

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january picks

this oil is saving my face from dying a winter death

though i mentioned the go-to face hero¬†in my december picks, i thought i would go a little more in depth since i have such a deep love for this product.IMG_0026.jpgone of my favorite beauty blogs is the file, which is essentially the australian into the gloss, only much cooler. ¬†go-to is the skincare company started by zoe foster blake, author and former beauty editor of cosmo and harper’s bazaar. ¬†quite frankly i didn’t know who zoe was until i read her interview with the file, but after some thorough research, i’m pretty well obsessed.

face hero is rosehip oil and so much more. ¬†it is filled with extremely moisturizer ingredients, including almond, jojoba, and buriti oils. ¬†it’s hydrating, soothing, and protecting – it really does it all and with no breakouts in sight. ¬†i use this oil at night – i apply my acne creams and let them soak in for a while (like 30 mins), then apply 5-6 drops of oil followed by a heavy moisturizer, and in the morning my skin is truly moisturized. ¬†i say truly because sometimes i feel like products make your skin look moisturized and then you go outside and your face is¬†drier than ever. so not only does this product have surface skin success, but it really goes to further layers of the skin to heal and hydrate. ¬†i will also add a drop or two into my morning moisturizer just for a hint of glow if i’m feeling extra lackluster that day.

and the best part?  ok well the best part is the packaging.  but besides all that, when converted from australian to american dollars, your looking at a $34 oil.  and i think that price is absolutely incredible for how little you need to use and how amazing the effects are.  international shipping was steep at $18 but was extremely fast and worth it, in my humble opinion.

so basically…if you are looking for the best face oil ever and have considered or enjoy using regular rosehip oil, try this baby out. ¬†i promise it will become your go to.

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this oil is saving my face from dying a winter death

winter beauty essentials

or how not to look like all of your skin is peeling away! ¬†it’s all about the layers people…

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the face base: mario badescu facial spray with rosewater, go-to skincare face hero, sunscreen (i’m trying out the la roche posay anthelios mineral with spf 50, not pictured), and lots of moisturizer

a mix of primers: mac strobe cream (i finally used up my little sample size and got the travel size…this is going to take me forever to go through!) mixed with the glossier priming moisturizer or the too faced hangover primer (again, a travel size, from ulta) depending on my mood

evening out but maintaining the dew: nars tinted moisturizer in terre neuve mixed with glossier skin tint in light – equally small dots of each when i need a little more coverage, or just the skin tint by itself

eyes and cheeks: clinique chubby stick for cheeks in amped up apple¬†(also this is described as a blushing red which it most certainly is not – it’s a beautiful neutral rose), hourglass bronzer in luminous bronze light, elf smudge pot in cruisin’ chic (taupe) or revlon colorstay creme shadow in creme brulee (champagne)

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apply everything possible with a damp sponge for extra moisture and finish off with another spritz of rosewater!

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winter beauty essentials