march picks

bb march picks3.jpg// makeup & skincare //

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist // soooo hydrating and leaves the skin insanely dewy.  like more than tatcha dewy skin mist.  the skin just feels and looks ridiculously healthy.  did i mention it’s $10? plus it’s pacifica, so the ingredients are reliable and pretty darn good.bb march picks5.jpgw3ll people mascara // i mentioned this mascara in my first picks of the year, but at that time i was still using a small sample size.  sometimes i find that full size products differ from their miniature counterparts, but in this case the full size is just as good if not better.  length and volume in a beautifully natural way.

glossier perfecting skin tint in medium // this is always a product i have somewhere and go back to time and again.  even when my skin is at its worst, i love this product.  it evens the skin out just the tiniest touch while looking like glowy nothingness.  i’m using the shade medium since i got the tiniest tan while in california, but i use light or a mix of light and medium in the winter.bb march picks2.jpgmychelle sun shield liquid tint in nude // finally a lightweight, non-white mineral sunscreen.  this shade is a little dark for me now, so it will be perfect over the summer when i get more color.  for now, i love mixing it with my bare minerals complexion rescue in opal if i want more coverage than the glossier skin tint and since my skin is a little sunkissed from california.  they are a perfect mix with a great dewy, hydrated finish.  i think they just realized an untinted version as well.bb march picks1.jpgneutrogena grapefruit body clear // since going off birth control i’ve had some pretty big breakouts on my chest and back.  and the best product for clearing up the body is hands-down this neutrogena body wash.  i’ve been using this since high school and it never fails.  this did have microbeads in it forever and it still has some sort of bead, but i think it’s safer for the environment now…not 100% sure on this.bb march picks4.jpg// etc //

slouching towards bethlehem, joan didion // i am finally delving into joan didion’s works (honestly where have i been?) and am absolutely in love with her.  surprise, surprise!  more to come, but slouching towards bethlehem is a collection of her short stories, most revolving around california during the 60s and 70s.  delicious, truly.bb march picks6.jpglove season 3 // i really enjoyed seasons 1 & 2 of love, but at the same time wasn’t 100% sure.  but when season 3 came around, my love (hehe) for the show really solidified.  they did such an incredible job with the final season – it was truly the perfect wrap up.  and the last episode?  are you kidding?  all the heart eye emojis.

eye buy direct ethereal glasses // my sister told me about eye buy direct, and how affordable and cool their sunglasses are.  i tried to not buy these, but ultimately couldn’t resist.  i originally got polarized lenses but they bothered by eyes, so the company kindly switched the lenses to normal ones, for just the $6 shipping cost (plus a refund for the special lenses).  pretty great customer service and i love knowing these were made especially for me.  mine are the ethereal glasses in champagne with green lenses.bb march picks8.jpgbb march picks7.jpg

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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?