the baby bohemian autumn edit: part 1

fall essentials & the trends 

welcome to autumn everyone!¬† i thought i would do an extended roundup of what i’m predicting to be using and wearing this fall.¬† today’s post is all about beauty and skincare, and part 2, coming soon, will be style related.¬† what are your fall essentials?bb fall edit1.jpgskincare: bringing back the hydration¬†

i mentioned that i had made a few changes to my skincare routine in my recent monthly picks post, and i promise i will go in more detail soon!¬† but for now, i’m adding extra hydration to my dry skin with the help of the¬†earth tu immortelle face balm as a balm cleanser (i got this in the vogue x birchbox set and don’t love it, especially because the price is just ridiculous.¬† i’m using it up as a balm cleanser which it is great as, but i certainly will not repurchase),¬†jordan samuel hydrate serum, and pai bioregenerate rosehip oil.

face mists are a must, of course, and my current go-to’s are the¬†heritage rose & glycerin spray and herbivore botanicals rose hibiscus coconut mist.¬† i have noticed such a difference in the moisture level of my skin since cracking open the herbivore mist so that is getting a lot of love right now.¬† not only do i spray these mists on my face, but i mix them with my oils and moisturizers as well.¬† they help the skin soak up the product and hydration quickly and effectively.

now even if you need extra hydration like me, you still need to exfoliate the skin.¬† my favorite gentle exfoliating treatments are the¬†frank body glow mask and tata harper resurfacing mask.¬† i’ve been using the tata mask for years but funnily enough have never purchased the full size product!¬† i guess i’m really good at snagging sample sizes ūüėČ

makeup: light, glowing base

i know, i know, how many times can i talk about a light, glowing base?!?!¬† but stick with me, there are some new goods here!¬† i love to use the embryolisse lait creme concentrate as either a last step in my skincare, as a primer, or as a refresh if i did my skincare earlier in the day.¬† somehow i’ve never mentioned embryolisse on the blog, but it’s a staple moisturizer for me that i’ve been using for over a year now.¬† i finally got my hands on the¬†first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer (not living near a sephora is pure misery) and it is exactly what i was hoping it would be.¬† glowing and hydrating, this makes the skin look radiant but completely natural.

my ilia tinted moisturizer is still my best friend, and somehow the color i have isn’t too dark yet.¬† i will be purchasing a lighter shade as soon as my skin changes enough though, i promise you that!¬† sometimes i mix it with the¬†glossier perfecting skin tint, sometimes i wear them each on their own, just depending on how i feel and how my skin looks.¬† however, more often that not these days i’ve just been using my¬†alima pure powder foundation.¬† it’s really nice over the first aid beauty primer to tone down the sheen and give a hint of coverage to the skin.

on my cheeks, i’m all about three blushes i’ve had for a while now: the pixi multibalm blush in baby petal, eminence illuminator blush in chai berry, and¬†rimmel blush in santa rose.¬† the eminence and rimmel are very similar, with the former being a hint warmer, so definitely go for the rimmel if you want a similar look.¬† the cream blush is a beautiful warm pink that works even on my cool skin and the powder blushes give a hint of sheeny flush.bb fall edit4.jpgmakeup: peachy, nude lips

soooo all of these lip products are basically the same but in a range of finishes.¬† the nars pure matte lipstick in montego bay is my favorite matte, my-lips-but-better shade that i am sincerely hoping has not been discontinued.¬†¬†glossier cake is pretty much invisible but makes me feel like i’ve made some kind of effort.¬†¬†bite beauty lip pencil¬†in 08 is the peachy nude of my dreams and is creamy and moisturizing enough to be worn on its own.¬† kosas stardust you knoooow that i am completely in love with when i’m in the mood for some sheen.¬† and finally the beautiful¬†fat & the moon wood nymph, which is a cool-toned beigey nude that i like on my lips and eyes.bb fall edit3.jpgmakeup: soft, earthy eyes¬†

as far as real makeup goes, there’s something about a wash of brown or taupe on the eye that i can’t get enough of.¬† my favorites are the aforementioned fat & the moon wood nymph for something creamy and matte,¬†wet-n-wild nutty for a subtle brown bronze, rms swift shadow in tt-73 for a sheeny brown that is as perfect for day as it is for night, and¬†cargo yukon, the most perfect taupe.¬† i’ve also been getting into a little eyeliner these days, mostly using¬†mac teddy eye kohl for a warm shimmering brown and¬†sephora contour liner in flirting game for a cool shimmering taupe.¬† just a hint of liner with mascara and no other makeup is super beautiful, in my opinion.

nails: new neutrals

besides my usual red or taupe nails, i’ve been loving some more unique shades like j.hannah ghost ranch¬†and j.hannah x lcd watermelon.¬† the j.hannah polishes are truly the best formula i’ve come across, even though the price tag is steep.¬† opi’s opi scores a goal is my favorite burgundy that is equally great on hands and toes.¬†¬†sephora formula x in obsessed is a rouge noir shade that i don’t usually love on me (something about the mix of a deep red with my pink skin makes my hands look extra red), but makes me feel very sophisticated.bb fall edit5.jpgstayed tuned for part 2 coming soon!

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september picks

bb sept picks1.jpgi’ve made some great strides in my skincare and makeup routines, thanks to a couple new products and some fresh application techniques.bb sept picks7.jpgas far as skincare goes, the avene thermal water has made a huge difference in the skin issues i was having due to my soft apartment water.¬† i spray this on my face after washing it or being in the shower, and wipe off the excess with a cotton pad.¬† it calms my skin and has been preventing the bumps i was experiencing all over my chin.

i’ve also added the jordan samuel hydrate serum and pai rosehip bioregenerate oil¬†to my skincare regime.¬† the jordan samuel replaced another empty hylamide low molecular ha, and while they are similar, the jordan samuel is far superior for less than $10 more.¬† i think it’s the inclusion of aloe that is making such a difference for me.¬† i’ve been using the pai regenerate oil at night in place of my favorite indie lee squalane because i needed a little more hydration with the changing of the seasons.¬† i’m still using the indie lee in the morning, of course!¬† for yet another hit of hydration, i’ve been using my staple¬†first aid beauty ultra repair cream before spritzing my pai oil with a bit of heritage¬†rosewater and glycerin spray.¬† this not only helps the skin drink up the oil it is mixed with more efficiently, but it adds moisture in and of itself.¬† i also spray a bit in with my lotion.¬† if you learn anything from this post: spray your waters/toners/hydrosols in with your oils and moisturizers.bb sept picks4.jpgbb sept picks6.jpgthe most epic skincare find for me this month was the frank body glow mask.¬† i saw it online at ulta and tried to resist but ended up ordering it a few days later.¬† it is somehow hydrating but rejuvenating and makes you glow immediately.¬† i keep mine in the fridge for added soothing properties and honestly it’s the best luxe experience ever.¬† plus it smells like cream cheese frosting.¬† frank body is the brand that does those coffee body scrubs, but their skincare range seems pretty epic as well, if this mask is anything to go by.¬† they are an all natural brand with a good price tag.

as far as makeup goes, i’ve been keeping it simple and glowy, as per usual.¬† i started teaching this month which is resulting in 5:00 am wake up calls, so makeup isn’t really something i want to think about.¬† for base, a mixture of glossier perfecting skin tint in light and ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2¬†belle marre is all i need for a little bit of coverage and a lot of light.¬† i work this in all over the face with the bobbi brown full coverage face brush, which is very inappropriately named and also the first high end makeup brush i ever bought about 3 years ago.¬† popping a peachy pink blush on my cheeks gives me the life that i need at that time of the morning.¬† my favorites have been the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, ilia multistick in tenderly (perfect for a sunkissed effect, i find this to be more peachy than it looks online), and clinique cheek pop in melon pop, which turned out to be the sheer peachy blush i’ve been searching for all summer.¬† for eyes i pop on a teeny bit of glossier coconut balm dotcom, curl my lashes, and wiggle mac extended play only at the roots for slight definition.¬† the same balm goes on my lips and i am out the door…with a gallon and a half of coffee mind you.bb sept picks2.jpgbb sept picks3.jpgas for my other picks of the month, i’ve been all about simplicity as of late.¬† i found the most perfect going out/packing light bag on sale at urban outfitters for $19 at the beginning of the month.¬† i can’t for the life of me understand why it was so cheap or on sale because it is gorgeous and looks very expensive.¬† love the pop of blue on the inside.¬† on the rest of my body i’ve been rocking my favorite simple gold chains.¬† that little bullet kinda thing and u-shape fit perfectly together, while the monogram chain sits lower on the chest.¬† separate or all together, these are forever faves.¬† i’ve had the monogram for years but the other two were late summer purchases from my favorite local boutique.¬† this beautiful pink candle was another random urban purchase; it is as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing.¬† it’s slightly fruity and floral but grounded by rich wood scents – aka the perfect warm, but not overwhelming house scent.bb sept picks9.jpgbb sept picks8.jpgtell me, what were your picks for this month?¬† i always love to know.
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glossier: a realistic review

i think it’s safe to say i’m a glossier og. ¬†i purchased the phase 1 set only a few months after their launch, mostly after watching emily weiss’ video with leandra medine. ¬†i’ve loved the brand since then and some of their products i just don’t think i could do my makeup or skincare routines without. ¬†however with the introduction of “glossier reps” and the insane marketing all over instagram, which truthfully has more to do with said reps than the brand itself, i feel far less enamored with glossier than i used to be. ¬†it is my honest opinion that the brand is insanely hyped up and not all of the products live up to that hype. ¬†the reps that i see all over instagram can be extremely obnoxious, especially when you have the knowledge of the rewards they get for selling a certain amount of product, including trips to new york. ¬†just feels like we are being used, you know? ¬†it is important to remember that glossier is also incredibly expensive when you consider the amount of product you actually get, especially in their sunscreen and powder, so that is a huge turn off to me as well.glossier review1.jpgbut anyways, because of all these reasons, i think i am a fairly good person to give you a brand review. ¬†like i said, some glossier products i really do adore, and some have missed the mark. ¬†i relate very strongly to the “skincare first, makeup second” and overall undone aesthetic, but strongly dislike the marketing ploys.

please note, i am in no way trying to rag on glossier as i really do love the brand and the majority of their products, but as always i want to be completely honestly with you. ¬†if we can’t discuss our likes and dislikes on our own blogs, what can we discuss?!

the original phase 1 //

perfecting skin tint // my all time favorite glossier product. ¬†i couldn’t have created a better base product in my wildest dreams. ¬†it’s glowy, lightweight perfection. ¬†it evens out the skin the littlest bit and makes it look slightly more perfected, but not like you are wearing anything. ¬†i typically wear this on it’s own but love to mix it with other tinted moisturizers that have a little more coverage or don’t have as much hydration. ¬†i wear medium in the summer and light with a few drops of medium in the winter.

priming moisturizer // another staple in my makeup bag. ¬†this is pretty exclusively my summertime moisturizer as it’s the perfect weight while not skipping out on hydration. ¬†in the winter i layer this over my skincare and daily moisturizer, usually putting it on right before doing my makeup if i did my skincare earlier in the day. ¬†it’s extremely lightweight and runny, but moisturizes and hydrates beautifully. ¬†adds that coveted glossier glow.

rosewater spray // i feel like this is the one glossier product that never gets mentioned anywhere.  this is a pretty basic rosewater but sadly burned my eyes.  if i was extra careful and left my eyes closed for enough time after spraying i was fine, so i finished the bottle, but not a repurchase in my opinion.

balm dotcom // i only had the original balm dotcom this one time, but it’s a pretty basic vaseline-type skin salve. ¬†nothing remarkable but somehow a necessity at the same time. ¬†i’ll mention the flavors a bit later. ¬†great size for throwing in your purse or backpack.glossier review2.jpgphase 2 //

boy brow // my shade is brown. ¬†it took me a really long time to admit to liking this product. ¬†and it only works for me if i wipe most of it off on a paper towel first. ¬†this is really a pomade type product, so it is thick and heavy. ¬†if i don’t take most of the product off, i hate how clumpy and thick feeling it is on my eyebrows. ¬†however, when lightly applied, it offers a great amount of tint and volume, as well as hold, to the brows.

stretch concealer // i originally bought this in shade medium but found it to be incredibly orange on me, even if the shade was correct for my summer skin. ¬†i gave that shade to my sister and i just bought light, so now that i am more pale this works better. ¬†i would much rather use the rms concealer to the glossier, but those shades are far too yellow for me and this has the right amount of pink. ¬†i don’t really conceal under my eyes, but i like this because it offers a little brightness without really hiding any darkness (i think that looks cool, ok?!). ¬†also nice around the face on any redness but definitely won’t conceal blemishes. ¬†i think this is a must have product for people that use concealers like this more than i do, but i am getting a lot of use out of it and i do like.

generation g // the second generation (he he) of these is far better than the first. ¬†the first ones were not as pigmented and a lot more drying. ¬†of the new generation i have zip, a beautiful poppy red, and cake, a peachy nude. ¬†i truly love both of these shades and wear them quite frequently. ¬†perfect for someone who loves a more blotted effect on the lips without the faff. ¬†i have had other shades in the past, but these are my favorite. ¬†i did a little comparison of the gen g’s with the colourpop blotted lips here. ¬†i didn’t own these two particular shades when i did that review, so they have slightly changed my opinion. ¬†i prefer the colourpop iteration but wish they had more wearable shades. ¬†glossier review4.jpgothers //

haloscope // my sister got me the shade quartz for my birthday. ¬†this is very comparable to my favorite rms living luminizer but with more oomph. ¬†i love the glossiness that this gives and the shade is perfect on my fair skin. ¬†i don’t apply it directly to my face as it does tug from the applicator, so i usually get a more subtle look. ¬†i’m not sure if i will repurchase this as the living luminizer is mostly what i reach for, but i really do like having it and am happy to have tried it out.

priming moisturizer rich // another birthday present from my sissy! ¬†isn’t she the best? ¬†honestly i liked this more as a hand cream than a face cream. ¬†the lavender scent was extremely overpowering and it felt very silicone-y on my skin. ¬†even as a dry skinned person i find the regular priming moisturizer to be a far superior product.

milky jelly cleanser // this is a great product and one that i went through about 3 containers of. ¬†however, even as a minimal makeup wearer, this is not an effective makeup remover. ¬†that isn’t the biggest deal as i usually remove my makeup with a micellar water before washing my face anyways, but i do think it should be mentioned. ¬†i have been drawn to more true cream cleanser lately, but i do think i will repurchase this again in the future. ¬†it’s a pretty basic cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, so that’s a pretty big plus in my book.

moisturizing moon mask // this is another one of my “holy grail” glossier products. ¬†it is so soothing on the skin and always feels cooling. ¬†it is a pain to get off, but so worth it. ¬†i apply this after any other mask that i use, as i always want to follow up with something hydrating after using something more drying or detoxifying. ¬†also makes a fab hand mask. ¬†glossier really nailed it here.

galaxy greens mask // this is a clay mask that i really do enjoy. ¬†it’s not the best detoxifying mask i’ve ever used, but it’s a solid product. ¬†this can be pretty intense so be careful and patch test first. ¬†i use this only where i need it and never for the entire length of time recommended. ¬†i’ve had my tub forever but probably won’t repurchase when i finally get through it.

flavored balm dotcoms // coconut is my everything! ¬†originally the scent was quite nauseating but now i can’t get enough. ¬†i like to put it on my lips, eyelids, and nostrils pretty much every night. ¬†i also have the mint which is super refreshing and not fake smelling at all. ¬†this is nice under the nose as well because you get the fresh scent and the tingle of the menthol. ¬†great for when you have a cold!

the supers // i bought all 3 super serums when they first launched and they were definitely my introduction into serums and skincare layering. ¬†i quickly realized, however, that they really weren’t doing much of anything. ¬†the only one that i continue to use and have repurchased is super pure. ¬†i apply that mostly to my chin where i have some hormonal breakouts and it really does help the redness and length of the activeness. ¬†i saw absolutely no changes or benefits from neither super bounce nor super glow. ¬†one thing to note: a product like super glow should be in a dark bottle with some sort of airtight pump because of the activeness of the ingredients, so the ingredients lose their potency far faster than you could ever use this all up. ¬†if you are interested in purchasing one of the serums, i recommend the pure.glossier review3.jpgwhat are you glossier favorites?

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august picks

oh august, the sunday of summer…bb august pics1elizabeth arden 8 hour cream // something you may not know about me is that i interned at elizabeth arden when i was in college. ¬†i can honestly say it’s where my love of beauty came from, and i look back on that experience fondly (for the most part). ¬†i haven’t used 8 hour cream since then, but i couldn’t resist this cutie cute special edition tube that i saw at macy’s. ¬†the smell is sooooo nostalgic to me and this is such a nice all around product. ¬†i’ve been wearing it on my lips, on my eyelids, on my cheekbones, a little bit in my brows, on cuts and scrapes…it truly is a miracle product.

herbacin kamille hand cream // to be quite honest, i randomly grabbed this while at the grocery store and in need of hand lotion. ¬†it’s a nice jelly type formula that sinks into the skin incredibly fast and leaves almost a matte finish on the hands. ¬†sounds weird, but it is very beneficial when talking about hand lotion. ¬†the smell is honestly groooooss, it smells like public restroom soap, but i make it work cause this lotion is pretty dope.

pixi glow tonic // i have previously used the pixi glow tonic pads, but i am having much more success with the actual tonic. ¬†it’s probably because i am using it regularly every night, but whatever the reason i am loving this product the second time around. ¬†the actual bottle allows me to use just a little bit and is lasting me a very long time. ¬†this is the perfect gentle exfoliant for sensitive and dry skin and i can tell that my skin is more even toned and perfected than usual.

real techniques deluxe crease brush // i’ve had this brush for a very long time and have only recently found a use for it. ¬†i don’t know what made me use it for concealer, but i did and it is the perfect brush for patting in concealer on blemishes. ¬†it doesn’t mess with the coverage of the concealer or make it look cakey, it just speeds up the process of patting concealer in. bb august picks2sephora bright future gel serum concealer in parfait // i recently mentioned this concealer in this post and also mentioned it all last summer. ¬†this is my go to summer concealer because of the extensive shade range and the creamy, hydrating formula. ¬†it has great coverage for blemishes and is so hydrating that i’m sure it would be great under the eyes as well. ¬†even around the face i find it blends into my skin beautifully without looking cakey or overdone. ¬†also they changed the applicator – it was previously a weird, hard oval (i don’t even know what this means but it sounds bad) that you couldn’t swipe across the skin – to a slanted doe foot that is very easy to use.

wet-n-wild eye shadow in nutty // a few months ago, i read about this eye shadow here and then went on a hunt to find it, only to realize that it is impossible to find and i could only get it on ebay (except now it is apparently available at walgreens.com?!?!?!?!). ¬†i forgot about the shadow and went on my way, as you do. ¬†then this month, while visiting my parents on an extremely small island with a little pharmacy that hardly ever gets good makeup, i found two of them, just sitting there, waiting for me. ¬†this shadow is absolutely gorgeous, so pigmented as wet-n-wild shadows always are, and the perfect cool-toned but warm-toned browny taupe. ¬†it’s .99 cents so honestly if you can find it, buy the lot.

neutrogena nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate // i hardly ever wear eyeliner, but my makeup look for august has been clean, dewey skin with a thin line of warm shimmery brown eyeliner and curled lashes.  this eyeliner from neutrogena is the perfect slightly shimmery warm brown that blends easily but stays put all day.  the formula of this eyeliner is quite ideal, and i really like how small the nib of the product is.  if you are looking for a liner that is similar to mac teddy (at least in my mind this is), i recommend neutrogena spiced chocolate.
bb august picks3collecting magazine inspiration // i have a looooooooot of old magazines at my parents’ house. ¬†well not anymore because i’ve recycled them all, but before i did that i went through every single one and ripped out the pages that inspired me the most. ¬†i’m not sure what i am going to do with them – i’m considering doing a collage wall in my bedroom and i just recovered my planner with some favorite images – but honestly i’m just enjoying perusing them. ¬†it’s almost like my very own magazine filled with every single item that i actually want to see. ¬†i don’t buy magazines as frequently anymore, so i’m loving going through the pages and seeing them as if they are new.

target notebook with sharpie pens and le pens // i got this notebook for about $3 at target at the beginning of the summer and it has become my constant companion!  from lists to doodles to schedules, pretty much every detail of my summer is present here.  sharpie pens and le pens are my absolute favorites for clear writing and working on fun lettering.

full coverage podcast // as you know i have been absolutely loving harriet hadfield of harry makes it up this summer, so it was only a matter of time before i started listening to her podcast. ¬†she and her cohost, lindsey kelk, are absolutely adorable and such a pleasure to listen to. ¬†each episode is, of course, about beauty and skincare but with a specific theme and the occasional special guest. ¬†it’s relaxing but also stimulating to listen to, so i’ve been playing it while cleaning the house or driving long distances. ¬†i think i’m a podcast convert now.

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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

it cosmetics ball powder brushbb travel again3.jpgbb travel again5.jpgthe extras //

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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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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