it’s not you, it’s me

ok, maybe it’s you.  i’m talking disappointing products people!  please note, most of these products i either returned, gave to my sisters, or begrudgingly used up.  so i don’t have pictures of most of them because they are looong gone.  and these are things that i have mainly disliked over the past year or so, cause who can remember anything before that?!  now let’s get to it…

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bobbi brown bronzer brush // you might remember i splurged on this brush during the november sephora sale.  despite the mostly poor reviews, i thought i would try it out for myself and…yeah it sucks.  i have never had a brush, higher end or drugstore, that shed as much as this.  and not like one hair per use that is totally reasonable.  by the time i returned this 1 month after purchasing i don’t even know how it had any hairs left.  i’m using the real techniques multitask brush for bronzer and blush right now and it is exactly what i was looking for.

glossier supers // i am soooo disappointed about these, especially considering the rave reviews everyone is giving them.  but to be honest, they just didn’t do anything for me.  i got the whole set right when they came out, but did a lot of research as to when and how to use them.  my sister tried the super bounce as well and we just didn’t see any effects, positive or negative.  so yeah, these were meh.  i used them all halfway and left them at them at my parent’s house.  i have since done more research especially on hyaluronic acid serums, and i think i have found some better options as well as why these didn’t quite work for me.  i discussed this a bit in my january picks, but basically most ha serums contain ha molecules that are just too big for your skin to absorb.  i feel this way about all three of these serums – they sit on the skin rather than absorbing into it, so the affects are completely washed away when you cleanse your face.

first aid beauty ultra repair hydrating serum // this is another purchase i made during the sephora sale.  i did finish this up for the most part, but frankly i didn’t see any benefits.  kind of the same issues i had with glossier super bounce.  just meh!

la roche-posay anthelios mineral sunscreen spf 50 // this is a more recent purchase and i don’t have the receipt so i’m not really sure what i’ll do with this.  i have been doing a ton of research on what sunscreens will work for my skin for every day use, and this was a very highly rated one by many including paula’s choice.  however it really didn’t work for me.  the texture is quite grainy no matter how much i shake it up and it doesn’t seem to sit well on my skin.  i decided that i wanted something with more moisturizing properties so i picked up another highly rated susncreen, the kiss my face 3-in-1 for sensitive skin.  this is a partially mineral sunscreen and is great for sensitive skin (duh).  i have used the kiss my face face and neck sunscreen and really liked that, so i knew this would be a pretty solid choice.  i am loving it thus far – it doesn’t clog my skin or sit heavily and adds a lot of moisture to my face.  i am, however, going to keep the la roche-posay around for travel purposes.

bourjois cc cream // i am so sad about this.  i got this while in london because i have had it only wishlist for years, thank you estee lalonde!  it is a great color match for me and everything, but it just feels drying on my skin.  it says that it’s a hydrating formula, but it doesn’t sit well on me the way my nars tinted moisturizer or glossier skin tints do.  i’m going to keep trying to make this work, but i think if you have oilier skin this will be much better for you!  (update: i have since given this to a friend.)

nars concealer stick in vanilla // i got this a few months ago to keep in my purse instead of another mini creamy concealer.  the shade match was perfect but i just couldn’t get along with this guy.  maybe i’m just used to the cement-like properties of the creamy concealer?  this one just slipped around and didn’t really cover much of anything for too long.  i returned this to sephora.

rms lip and skin balm in vanilla // ok let me start off by saying this smells disgusting.  the cocoa and the vanilla scent.  i figured i could look past that so i bought it anyway, but yeah no.  i thought this would be a good petroleum-free alternative to glossier balm dotcom and vaseline but i just can’t get it to work for me.  you have to warm up the product so much, more than other rms products, and it doesn’t hydrate at all.  so between the scent and the fact that it doesn’t do much of anything, i’m not sure what to do with this thing.  PLUS it contains a lot less product than any other rms product, even though it’s in the same size pot and ridiculously expensive.  it looks like i’m already halfway done with it when i’ve used it very minimally.  sadly this is the first rms product i haven’t loved.  i am actually really mad at myself for spending almost $40 on this.

nars sheer glow in mont blanc // i’ve had this for a long time and i just can’t make it work.  i bought this a year ago when i was really really struggling with my acne and redness.  i loved how it covered my redness and returned my face to more normal territory, but it was heavy and cakey and just looked like i had a lot of makeup on.  i haven’t even bothered to use it until the last month or two (and just to try to use it up), but whenever i put it on it still feels too makeup-y.  even with an oil and primer underneath and applied extremely lightly with my fingers, it cakes up and clings to dry patches.  so many people love this, but it’s too much for me i guess!

tarte amazonian clay blush in exposed // don’t you just hate when a super cult product doesn’t work for you?  that’s exactly how i feel about exposed.  i have extremely fair skin and i couldn’t even get this to show up on my skin.  i just swatched it on my hand next to my favorite nars impassioned and the tarte blush in paaarty from this year’s sephora birthday set, and both of those perform so much better than exposed.  i like the peachier neutral tones of the tarte paaarty and the cool pink of nars impassioned, and exposed just doesn’t compare to these.  i’m actually wondering if i got a dud, but after the first one i purchased was totally smashed and this one lacking any pigmentation, tarte exposed is being returned to sephora asap.  plus, i’m really not that much of a blush girl, so i really didn’t need this anyway! (ps tarte paaarty is now available as a full size product, so if you don’t shop at sephora/don’t have a birthday coming up but are interested, there you go!)

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the real real pt.2

sorry, no black friday roundups over here!  let’s get back to regular scheduled programming, shall we?

part two: the eyes. bring on the taupes!IMG_4398.jpgIMG_4400.jpg

when i want something shimmery: it’s all about these two creamy shadows.  the wander beauty exquisite eye liquid shadow in bronze is a super cooling, shimmery liquid shadow that gives you a little time to blend but then sets and won’t budge all day.  it’s in between a bronze and a taupe and it sheers out nicely (it’s not as bronzey as it looks in the photos).  to be honest, at first i thought this was burning my eyelids, but i realized that it’s just super cooling and that feeling goes away quite quickly.  the sephora colorful shadow&liner in taupe is my ideal cream shadow stick.  it’s a light, cool-toned taupe that again doesn’t budge.  i absolutely love these sephora shadow sticks and highly recommend!  i think they’re a great alternative to the high-end ones on the market and this shade is my perfect taupe.

when i want something glossy: rms eye polish in myth.  in the pot, this looks a lot like the sephora shadow stick, but on the eyes the color is extremely sheer.  the finish is super glossy but doesn’t crease and remains throughout the day.  i love how sheer this is, giving the slightest wash of taupe color without being obvious that you have it on.  the glossiness is editorial perfection.

when i want something matte: mac paint pots in painterly and groundwork are second to none.  i use painterly if i’m tired and want a little brightening on the lid, and groundwork when i’m feeling grungy and want something that’s there but also barely there.  i love running groundwork on the lower lash line as well.  and these are great eye shadow bases/primers as well, so kind of a 2-in-1!  when i want to run something through the crease, all over the lid, and/or my lower lash line, it’s always the jane iredale shadow in cappucino.  it’s my perfect neutral-toned light brown shadow and i love it for some subtle, every day definition.  it also works beautifully with other shimmery shadows.  i think it’s similar to urban decay’s naked, but a little cooler toned and more subtle on my skin.

you might be wondering, where is mascara?  truth be told, i hate mascara.  i have a few that i like as much as i can like it, but day to day i don’t wear it.  at night, i like it to perk my eyes up and look a little more spruced up, but otherwise i can’t be bothered.  i have been liking curling my lashes though, so i usually do that during the day and to open the eyes.  i have only ever tried the tarte eyelash curlers and while they are definitely good, i really don’t like the handles (you don’t put your fingers inside, if that makes sense at all).  so i placed a cheeky order for the shu uemura ones since they are supposedly the best.  i’ll let you know when they arrive!

stay tuned for part 3!  my images, please credit if taking.

travel tips // the makeup bag

when it comes to traveling, i find it’s always best to pack simply, whether it be your wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, etc.  it’s easy to say that “new city, new me” mantra and throw in those items that we own but never wear, but let’s face it, when we’re not at home we try to make ourselves feel as comfortable as possible.

my advice is to stick to what you know and love, and what works for you no matter the location or climate.  of course it’s fun to toss in the bits that we don’t use on a daily basis, but we really aren’t any more likely to wear something out of town than we are in our own city (no matter how much we try to convince ourselves of this).

in terms of cosmetics, a great tip is to bring a makeup item in each category, so you have options but are still pared back.  so here is my staples makeup bag – and staples don’t necessarily mean boring!IMG_4337.jpgface //

sample size mac strobe cream

nars radiant creamy concealer in creme brulee

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium

physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (the ultimate winter bronze)

nars blush in impassioned

eyes //

jane iredale eye shadow in cappucino

burberry eye shadow in pale barley

rms volumizing mascara

glossier boy brow in brown

lips //

nars velvet matte lip pencil in damned

nars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama

blistex medicated lip balm (you need this. period.)

tools //

mac 187 brush

sephora must have large powder brush

mac 217 brush

bobbi brown eyeliner brush

tarte eyelash curlers

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blog sale

so your girl here is a bit of a makeup collector…and never-user.  this little sale is less about making money (though it would be nice) and more about sending these beautiful items off to better homes where they will actually be used.  all items have been sanitized and cleaned, and most were swatched only.

the information:

  1. email me at babybohemianblog@gmail.com with the subject bb blog sale, with the the items you want and your shipping address
  2. from there i will give you my paypal address so you can send the payment over.  items will not be shipped until payment is received.  items will be shipped within 4 business days
  3. prices listed do not include shipping charges.  i will calculate shipping charges upon receipt of your email, depending on how many items you are purchasing, etc.  i will use any shipping method you are interested in!

the items:

IMG_4251.jpgurban decay beached bronzer in sun-kissed // a matte bronzer with a pinky cast, good for light skintones // $20 // swatched on hand only, originally $28

IMG_4260.jpglaura mercier caviar stick eye colour in copper // an orangey copper cream eye shadow stick // $20 // swatched on hand only, originally $29

IMG_4257.jpgysl touche eclat in shade 2 // a classic under eye illuminator // $30 // used 2 times under eyes only, originally $42

IMG_4253.jpgtarte special edition mini blush in fanciful // a cool toned, dusty rose blush, great pigmentation // $10 // swatched only, part of gift set

IMG_4254.jpgjouer lip creme in lychee // a soft cool toned pink nude, matte finish // $10 // swatched on hand only, originally $18

IMG_4255.jpgjouer lip creme in dulce de leche // a cool toned dusty rose, matte finish // $10 // swatched on hand only, originally $18

IMG_4259.jpgsmashbox always sharp waterproof liner in penny lane // brown eyeliner with bronze shimmer running through // $15 // used on eyes once, originally $21

// i tried to get photos as true to color as possible.  let me know if you have questions or research online for true swatches!  thanks!

makeup for a minimalist: the brown shadows

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as i’m sure you could imagine, i love brown shadows.  i feel they really suit my fair skin, brown hair, and brown eyes, and there’s no makeup look i love more than a simple but smudgy eye look.  and don’t even get me started on how good a shimmery brown shadow looks with a good tan and freckles.  oh summer, where are you?!

(moving clockwise from the far left)

urban decay naked basics 2 palette: i got the original naked basics palette and liked it, but didn’t feel like the colors suited me.  and then urban decay came out with the basics 2, and it was love at first sight.  the basics 2 is everything i wanted the first one to be and more.  perfect for when you need something matte in the crease, something light all over, something dark all over…i could go on forever.

sonia kashuk eye couture matte palette (eye on neutral 02): an amazing dupe for the viseart matte palette!  i love the shades in this; there is something for everyone and for every look.  it’s such a great basic palette to have and i love the variety in the shades, from warm to cool tones, and a little bit of reddy browns thrown in as well.

tarte tartelette palette: i absolutely adore this palette.  i’ve mentioned it before but i had to mention it again.  if i had to purchase one matte palette, this would be it.  the shades are gorgeous and the pigmentation is wonderful.  i love the range of purples and pinks, but the brown shades really stand out for me.

nars duo in kalahari: a beautiful duo of taupe, goldeny browns.  these don’t have the best pigmentation, but i still love the colors.  they provide a nice, light wash of color with a hint of shimmer, while still remaining neutral.  not the most amazing shadows, but i still wanted to include since the colors really are beautiful.

burberry wet and dry eyeshadow in pale barley: i spent a lot of time searching for the original sheer eyeshadow in pale barley before discovering that this line was discontinued.  thankfully burberry released this shade in the new wet & dry formulation and i snapped it up as soon as i could!  so beautiful, so perfect, so wonderful.  it’s all i can say.  i really treasure this one.  it’s what i wanted the nars kalahari to be.

my mac quad: oh this little baby.  i can proudly say this was my first mac purchase besides my brushes.  i was always so intimidated by mac stores that i never wanted to go in, but after studying up via youtube and beauty blogs on the shades i wanted, i bit the beautiful and got my first quad.  and let me tell you, it was not scary.  don’t be intimidated like i was!  anyways, the shades i have here are (moving clockwise from the top left) patina, woodwinked, all that glitters, and satin taupe.  gorgeous.  i really wanted to add these classic shades to my collection before venturing out and i’m so glad that i started with these four.  can’t wait to get more!