dealing with acne flare-ups

bb acne treatments1.jpg
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

. . . 

my images, please credit if taking

follow me: instagram // pinterest // bloglovin’

dealing with acne flare-ups

monthly picks: march

bb march picks 3.jpggetting into a good skincare routine // i already posted about my skincare routine here, if you want to read more.  some standouts have been the previse hyaluronic acid and indie lee squalane oil – both incredibly hydrators.  i have to say i don’t like the previse quite as much as the hylamide ha i was using, but it’s a close second.  and the indie lee oil is beautiful – so lightweight and quick to sink in.  i love applying these one after the other or mixed together if i’m in a hurry, morning and night.  i’ve also been loving the living libations all seeing eye cream, which smells amazing and is a great basic under-eye moisturizer.  i haven’t seen any drastic changes but i like using it and i think it’s a nice product.

weleda pomegranate regenerating hand cream // you all know i love weleda’s lotions and potions, and this is no different.  it’s a luscious lotion that is quick to absorb and hydrate my poor dry hands.  i actually have started doing something that my dad does – which is apply hand lotion immediately after washing my hands and then wiping off the excess with a towel.  it has made a drastic change in my hands – they are so much softer and more moisturized from my constant application, as well as using lotion when my hands are still slightly damp.bb march picks 4.jpgrms swift shadow in tt-73 // again, i mentioned this in my california travel post, but it is officially my favorite eye shadow ever.  i have been wearing it almost every day, with other makeup or without.  it is the perfect brown, slightly shimmery and glowy shadow that is subtle but keeps me looking grungy and slightly undone.

drinking water // this month i have really started to focus on my body.  i’m exercising regularly and drinking a ton of water.  i read that we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces (100 pounds = 50 ounces per day) and i have been attempting to stick to that ratio.  some days are harder than others, and frankly sometimes i just can’t be bothered with how often this much water makes me go to the bathroom, but for the most part i have been really good about it.  i feel more energized, i think my skin looks better, and i like knowing i’m doing what’s good for my body.  it’s the only one i have, you know?

going more natural // speaking of having one body, you may have noticed that over the past few months i’ve started transitioning into more natural beauty, skincare, haircare, and body care products.  like i mentioned here and even above, my body and taking care of myself is becoming more and more important to me.  using natural products is certainly not going to make or break me – if i’m going to get sick, i’m going to get sick, you know? – but it makes me feel so much better to be doing even this little bit of extra work to stay healthy.  my father has had cancer almost my whole life and is very stubborn about going to the doctor, eating foods that are good for him, and even drinking water.  he is truly a medical miracle since none of this seems to affect him too much, but for me it is comforting to know that i am doing what i can, almost for him in a way.  i know that green tea and kale and avoiding parabens are great little ways to protect ourselves a little bit more against cancer and other illnesses, so that’s a path i want to follow.bb march picks 2.jpgfemale empowerment // more great books this month! while on vacation i finished another phryne fisher novel, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag.  currently i’m almost done with the summer before the war by helen simonson, which my mom picked out for me and i am head-over-heels in love with.  i highly recommend all of these novels.  they all have powerful female leads – which seems to be a theme in all of my favorite books! – as well as some slightly magical elements.  the house at the end of hope street was especially beautiful and i couldn’t have read it at a better time.  i’m so glad i’m back into my regular reading habits – it took a while after college for me to get back into read for fun.  reading has gotten me through so much in my life and has truly allowed me to travel the world from my little bed.  next in my reading queue is the storied life of aj fikry by gabrielle zevin, desert solitaire by edward abbey, and girl waits with a gun by amy stewart, and offshore by penelope fitzgerald.

spotify // i’ve been using spotify for the past few months after my sister introduced me to its magical powers.  this month i have been absolutely in love with a number of playlists – most of them 60s and 70s oriented.  i’m also having fun creating my own dream playlists – i’m at babybohemian if you want to follow along.  i’m working on a really good “california” set right now if you are interested.

samathome518 youtube // mercedes of l’amour et la musique mentions sam of samathome518 a ton, so i finally got the hint and checked out her videos.  she is the absolute cutest thing (and 100% reminds me of my mom’s best friend and my surrogate aunt) and i love her love of makeup.  she got into makeup more recently than most – which i totally relate to – and has an amazing eye for colors, textures, etc.  she is half a conventional makeup purchaser and half an eco makeup purchaser, so i love to see her picks and opinions.  truly a ray of sunshine and i highly recommend checking out her channel.bb march picks 1.jpgand that’s it!  march has been a very stressful but rewarding month.  i finally feel like i have my head on straight and know what the future (or at least near future/ok next few months) will hold for me.  i’m so excited for this next phase of my life to begin – to be studying and learning again, to have my own home, to meet new people and make new friends – and i’m so excited to keep sharing my little life with you here on baby bohemian.  thanks for following along, for sharing the love, and for being my people.

. . . 

my images, please credit if taking

follow me: instagram // pinterest // bloglovin’

Image

hello, beauty

beginning in 2015, whole foods has annually released a special edition makeup bag filled with full size and deluxe sample size products.  and this year’s bag has arrived!  i spotted mine at whole foods a few days ago, and the official arrival date of the bags was march 24th.  i was going to wait to review the bag after i had tried everything, but i decided to it now so you all can get the bags if you are interested.  did i mention it cost only $18 for 11 products, including 4 full size items and a handmade makeup bag?  maybe i should have given you that information first.  feel free to run to whole foods and then come back to the rest of this post.bb whole foods hello beauty 1.jpglet me just say, i am so impressed with the contents of this year’s bag.  this is my first one so i can’t speak to previous editions, but i’m confident they have all been equally as amazing.  the amount of products you receive, the gorgeous makeup bag, and all for under $20?  insane.  bb whole foods hello beauty 2.jpgthe bag //

so let’s get to the goods!  to start, the piece&co makeup bag itself is handmade by artisans in india, featuring organic cotton and using traditional weaving, tasseling, and indigo-printing techniques.  piece&co provides employment for women in need.  the bag is super soft indigo with a gold and white tassel and a navy, gold, and silver interior. bb whole foods hello beauty 3.jpgthe skincare //

the first full size product i tried is the acure pore clarifying red clay mask, 1.7 oz., $15.  this mask is exactly what i didn’t know i needed.  it has both exfoliating and hydrating properties, revealing toned and glowing skin.  put on a thin layer for 15 minutes or until dry, then add water and watch the magic happen!  exfoliating granuals are revealed, followed by a beautiful foam, and can then be rinsed completely clean.  it’s gentle but action-packed, to say the least.  plus the color is a stunning red rust that i’m in love with.

the second full size product is product is the evanhealy wild carrot nourishing eye balm, .5 oz, $20.  i haven’t tried this yet because i am already using an eye cream, but i have seen this at whole foods before and have been very interested in it.  evanhealy is one of my favorite brands, so i guarantee we will all love this.  featuring cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado, rosehip, and coconut oils, this balm is perfect for smoothing and protecting the eyes.

next up is the andalou naturals apricot probiotic cleansing milk, 1.7 oz.  this shit smells incredible.  like…i just want to smell it all day.  just fruity, energizing goodness.  i actually have been wanting a super hydrating, more milky cleanser for my dry winter skin so you can imagine how thrilled i am with this.  it is indeed milky and conditioning, but also cleansing and brightening.  i wouldn’t use this by itself if i had sunscreen and makeup on, but paired with a makeup remover i think it will be perfect.

one of the smaller samples is the weleda soothing facial lotion, .23 oz.  it sounds like a pretty basic, restorative moisturizer but is packed with yummy ingredients and based on sweet almond oil.

the moisturizer that has really blown me away is the derma-e hydrating night cream with hyaluronic acid, .5 oz.  i absolutely love this for both day and night.  it is thick, but not too thick to be worn under makeup or alone during the day.  i really feel like this penetrates my skin and assists the other moisturizing/hydrating products that i use.  it is packed with great ingredients including antioxidants, vitamin c, vitamin e, and of course hyaluronic acid.  i am definitely going to pick up a full size of this, and perhaps the day cream as well.

another exfoliating item included is the juice beauty green apple peel sensitive, .26 oz.  i must say i’m a little nervous about this item because i’m really not a peel girl, but i’m intrigued by the inclusion of “sensitive” in the title.  this is an aha-based exfoliant that boasts more even skin tone and texture as well as nourishment and hydration.  we shall see!

something i am extremely excited to try is the dr. haushka facial toner, 1 oz.  i haven’t tried anything from this brand yet as it is really quite pricey, so i’m excited to get a sneaky, and very generous, sample here.  this toner is both balancing and hydrating, with toning and brightening properties.  it has a very short list of ingredients and is actually in a spray bottle (glass!) that i really appreciate.  i look forward to trying this out.

the last skincare item is a sample of the trilogy coq10 booster oil, .17 oil.  you all know that i like trilogy a lot, so i’m excited to try this.  this oil is moisturizing, nourishing, recharging, and revitalizing, with a ton of amazing ingredients packed in.  it is also for anti-aging, featuring collagen boosting effects and protection against free radical damage.  bb whole foods hello beauty 4.jpgthe beauty //

the third full size item is the mineral fusion volumizing mascara in jet (black), .57 oz., $16.  i won’t be trying this for a little while since i am currently using up a brown mascara and a black mascara, but i look forward to trying out another eco mascara option!  this seems like a pretty basic mascara wand, not too big, not too small.  it is supposed to be very gentle and doesn’t clump, flake, or smudge.

the fourth full size item is the pacifica devocean lipstick in tenderness (nude pink), .07 oz., $10.  this lipstick is almost more of a matte balm that i would compare to the glossier generation g lipsticks.  it’s hydrating and creamy, but also matte which i love.  the color is a beautiful nudey, rosey, pink aka the dream, and it’s just really nice to have around or in your bag.  total love.

the last item is another bag essential; the whole foods market dry skin hand cream in peony, mint, and blackberry, 1 oz.  i haven’t tried this particular scent, but i have tried this hand lotion before and it is great for dry hands.  ingredients include argan oil and shea butter (actually it is 20% shea butter), so you know it’s going to be soothing and moisturizing.

so that’s everything that’s in the bag.  i mean, can you believe this thing is priced at $18??  for those 4 full size items alone, this would be over $60.  bb whole foods hello beauty 5.jpgall images are my own, please credit if taking.

. . .

follow me: instagram // pinterest // bloglovin’

hello, beauty

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)…

🌿wash: mix of stark skincare aurora cleansing balmglossier 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.

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

🌿spray: evan healy lavender hydrosoul // always!

🌿serum: 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.

🌿oils: 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.

🌿eyes: 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 – i 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.

. . . 

my images, please credit if taking

follow me: instagram // pinterest // bloglovin’

the skincare routine

talkin’ trash 01

bb talkin trash 1.jpg

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.

bb talkin trash 3 bronzers.jpg

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.

bb talkin trash 2.jpg

. . . 

my images, please credit if taking

follow me: instagram // pinterest // bloglovin’

talkin’ trash 01

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.

skincare (&liquids):bb warm weather bound skincare.jpgagain, the usual suspects with some fun stuff thrown in.  for example, i got a new sunscreen since my other one is too big for travelling and i’m not comfortable taking it out of its container and exposing it to sunlight.  so: mychelle sun shield, cetaphil lotion, mini trilogy mist, mini trilogy cleansing balm, dr tung’s floss (sexy), maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt perfume oil, weleda skin food, go-to face hero, dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer, living libations all seeing eye cream.

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 – a 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 – it 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?!!

warm weather bound