magic in the menial

a little summer, a little fall, overall simple and achievable. ¬†these are the looks inspiring me right now…1504233347.jpge4d5cfb6c5fd5b9ad5a7a196b6b1d300.jpg1504233534.jpg8fbda38e2900d319b278aca542c46238.jpgde02f00406f11876bfca8c3d5ab511b0.jpg3100afe7781076a083bcfc7ce012cce8.jpgIMG_3838.jpga76d83af4395b436c6d39f4642a6b37a.jpg8ff31090257327109bd77d93de1fd1a5.jpgLucy-Williams-Fashion-Me-Now-How-To-Enjoy-Cities-Solo-L.A-17.jpgc1fd7b1951b80e855ef85dc70e450449.jpg1503974644.jpg7e23873833be9888f4a090b2394cb399.jpgc1854f238093991a12e34ccda85e0e36.jpg2ab62aedeec7093b85a4068ccac61877.jpg56cf72ac46a1a96ed8c1d89c2d2d8cfe.jpg56a5eb413da55161edb6d3da4243f487.jpgimages via pinterest, fashion me now, tendances de mode

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magic in the menial

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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august picks

glowy skin: cause summer ain’t over just yet

glowy summer skin.jpgprep // after doing your morning skincare, which these days involves a few drops of hyaluronic acid mixed with one drop of various face oils for me, apply your sunscreen.  give it a few minutes to soak in and go back in with a spritz of hydrating toner like the evan healy lavender hydrosoul (shocker) and an illuminating primer that will give you both hydration and radiance.  i chose the tata harper illuminating moisturizer, but anything with a touch of radiance will do.

base // follow with a sheer and glowing base, like the l’oreal lumi cushion foundation. ¬†this is not really a “foundation” in my opinion, but is a step up from something like the glossier perfecting skin tint. ¬†it evens out the skin tone while letting the natural skin show through and gives the complexion a beautiful glow. ¬†add concealer where needed, opting for something equally hydrating, like the sephora bright future gel serum concealer. ¬†this is my favorite¬†for summer because of the exceptional shade range and price point, AND they finally changed the dumb applicator! ¬†it now has a really nice slanted doe foot. ¬†a cream blush and highlighter, like the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose and living luminizer, on the cheeks and cheekbones respectively will add to the glow and overall health of the look. ¬†i usually use peachier blushes because they are natural and subtle looking, but whatever works for you! ¬†this limited edition rms shade (i highly recommend grabbing it before it’s gone) gives the perfect sunkissed effect.

eyes & lips // this look is really more about the complexion, so opt for something simple on the eyes and lips.  i usually slap on a little elizabeth arden 8 hour cream on the lips and use whatever is left on my finger to pat onto the eye lids.  follow with a light layer of black mascara, mostly on the roots of the lashes, for some oomph and maybe another spritz of hydrating mist.

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glowy skin: cause summer ain’t over just yet

the foolproof sunscreen combo

2017 has been the year of sunscreen searching for me. ¬†it turns out finding a natural, mineral sunscreen for every day that isn’t white or greasy or thick is quite the challenge. ¬†a few months ago i splurged on the suntegrity 5-in-1 tinted sunscreen in light, which is great, albeit a little thick and a little dark. ¬†the color is now perfect but it still has a thickness to it that i could give a pass on. ¬†i also use the ilia tinted moisturizer¬†in t2, but it only has spf 20 so it’s more of a makeup item for me than a sunscreen.bb sunscreen combo.jpgafter finishing up another tube of lackluster non-tinted sunscreen for every day use, i bought myself the farmacy green screen. ¬†now this rates a 3 on ewg, so not incredible, but i can honestly say it’s the best mineral sunscreen i’ve found to date. ¬†here are the facts: spf 30, 2.4% titanium dioxide, 5.82% zinc oxide, free radical protection, lightweight, no white cast, nongreasy but still dewey. ¬†i think you get the picture, yeah?

so this all brings me to a few mornings ago, when i decided to combine the farmacy green screen with the suntegrity 5-in-1. ¬†and shit. got. real. ¬†the green screen lightens up the density of the suntegrity beautifully, thinning out the product and making the color even more spot-on for my skintone. ¬†they mix together super well, melting into the skin and offering a lightweight layer with slight skin perfecting properties, but nothing heavy or foundation-like in the least. ¬†plus, since they are both mineral sunscreens, i don’t feel weird or like i’m taking away any of the sun protection, and my skin feels and looks healthy and glowing.bb sunscreen combo2.JPGbb sunscreen combo3.JPGthese horrible awkward selfies (also, welcome to my apartment!) were taken in sunlight, with absolutely no filters or editing of any kind. ¬†that’s my real, puffy morning face. ¬†you can see that the coverage is minimal, but my skin looks pretty even-toned and with a hint of natural light to it. ¬†success! ¬†i apply a number of ways: with fingers, with a beauty blender, or with a buffing brush. ¬†just depends on my mood!

so that’s that. ¬†sunscreen and skin made easy. ¬†do you have a go-to sunscreen to share?

the foolproof sunscreen combo

new from nars: liquid blush

when i saw the new orgasm liquid blush on nars’ instagram, you best believe i immediately bought it. ¬†i¬†have never actually tried nars orgasm, but i know that it’s the perfect peachy pink blush for every person who wears it. ¬†so when i saw this new formula, i was sold. ¬†i love cream blushes and haven’t experienced many liquid ones, but if someone’s going to do it right it’s nars.bb nars orgasm liquid blush1.jpgnow this is a bit shimmery which takes some getting used to, but the formula, pigmentation, and color are all gorgeous. ¬†i also don’t find the shimmer to be as noticeable on the cheeks throughout the day as i expected it to be. ¬†this formula is unique to me because it completely dries on the cheeks, so it doesn’t leave any sheen or dew besides what the shimmer provides. ¬†though i usually like my cream/liquid products to remain dewy, this is a nice feature for oily skinned people and for using this in the summer. ¬†i’m a face sweater, very unfortunately, so it will be nice to know that this will stay put on my face all day even through heat and humidity.

you need just a little dot to get that perfect flush on the cheeks, and i have been using my fingers and then a small stippling blush to blend everything out completely. ¬†the color gives that slightly-sunburned effect, especially when you take a little bit over the bridge of the nose. ¬†i’m sure you could build this up for a more intense look but i’m all about subtle makeup,¬†as you all know by now! ¬†i have only worn this one or two times, but i am absolutely smitten and look forward to wearing this all summer long. ¬†bb nars orgasm liquid blush2.jpg

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new from nars: liquid blush