makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

as i’ve slowly worked to transform¬†my makeup bag from chemical-ridden to chemical-free, it’s been a fun challenge to find natural versions of my favorite items. ¬†and truthfully, it hasn’t been that hard to do! ¬†it really is amazing how many eco dupes there are for so-called conventional cosmetics.

below are¬†the natural product replacements¬†i’ve found for some of my favorite makeup items. ¬†i won’t be getting rid of all of these dupes as i detail below, but some of them just have to go.bb eco dupes taupe eyeshadow.jpgburberry pale barley eye shadow (top) vs rms swift shadow tt-73 (bottom) // pale barley is probably one of the most hyped up eyeshadows in the beauty world. ¬†it is a sheer taupe with a hint of shimmer that is perfect for every day wear. ¬†the formula is beautiful, but truthfully i’ve always been disappointed in the lack of pigmentation. ¬†i much prefer the rms shadow, which is a hair¬†darker than pale barley and still sheer, but in a better way if that makes sense. ¬†it is smooth, buildable, and long lasting and i’ve been wearing it every day since purchasing. bb eco dupes brown matte.jpgurban decay naked¬†eye shadow (bottom)¬†and mac wedge eye shadow (middle)¬†vs jane iredale cappuccino eye shadow (top) // i’ve waxed lyrical about all of these shadows before and they basically are all the same. ¬†i always have naked hanging around as it’s just that good, and i purchased wedge as a potential replacement when i smashed my previous cappuccino to smitherines. ¬†i would say that naked is slightly warmer and more yellow, while wedge and cappuccino are equally cool and slightly stone colored. the price of jane iredale single shadows is $22 which really is expensive, especially compared to the $6 price of mac replacement shadows, but i know it’s worth it. ¬†this palette is especially great (also a potential dupe for the urban decay naked basics palette?), even though the price was steep (~ $50). ¬†it’s worth it to me to spend money on more natural options, so cappuccino is the winner here for sure.bb eco dupes cream eyeshadow.jpgmac painterly paint pot (top) vs gressa neve eye tint¬†(bottom)¬†// now these shadows are clearly not the same, but i find the effect to be nearly identical. ¬†i love painterly, really it’s my favorite mac eye shadow, and the fact that it neutralizes and brightens my lids in one swipe of creamy goodness. ¬†the gressa shadow works in a similar way for me because of my super fair skin, but i think on darker skin types it might appear too white. ¬†i am going to keep painterly around, but i like that neve offers a similar, if brighter, effect. ¬†plus the gressa eye tint formula is stunning – there is so much pigmentation in one tap of the product, and it’s a cream to powder that stays put all day with no creasing in sight.bb eco dupes cream blush.jpgclinique chubby stick for cheeks in ample apple¬†(top) vs tata harper lip&cheek in very charming¬†(bottom)¬†//¬†different application, almost identical colors. ¬†i am a huge fan of cream blush, and these two are no exceptions. ¬†i love the application of the chubby sticks, it really is so easy, but i like the formula of the tata harper offering slightly better. ¬†it’s more hydrating while the clinique is slightly more sticky.bb eco dupes pink lips.jpgbobbi brown lip color in sandwash pink¬†(top) vs bite beauty amuse bouche in meringue¬†(bottom)¬†// these are both little samples i got from sephora, but i think i can speak for the full sizes as well. ¬†not only are these colors quite similar, but the formulas are as well. ¬†both are creamy and hydrating, and offer a long lasting finish. ¬†meringue is just a hint peachier, while sandwash pink has a touch more brown/plum. ¬†bite fig is also similar, while erring on the pinker¬†side of the spectrum.bb eco dupes brown lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in bahama (top)¬†vs bite matte lip pencil in glace¬†(bottom)¬†// oh nars, why do your matte pencils have to be so gorgeous, but formulated with parabens?!?!?! ¬†fortunately, these two colors are virtually identical. ¬†they are both a gorgeous pinky brown, with fantastic staying power. ¬†bite is slightly more hydrating, which is definitely a bonus. ¬†goodbye nars, i love you. ¬†(plus i got the bite stick as a 100 point perk at sephora, so it was free. ¬†winner!)bb eco dupes red lips.jpgnars velvet matte lip pencil in dragon girl¬†(top) vs mahalo red my lips¬†(bottom)¬†// dragon girl is my all time favorite nars pencil. ¬†it’s a stunning pinky red that looks amazing patted into the lips. ¬†fortunately mahalo’s offering has¬†an identical color tone with that same blotted-in effect. ¬†mahalo is a creamier finish but lasting power is, again, amazing and i like that it is slightly more sheer at first, meaning i waste less product compared to the nars, which i basically completely remove for a lighter look.¬†bb eco dupes powder.jpgbare minerals original foundation in fairly medium¬†(left) vs rms un-powder in 0-1¬†(right)¬†// now i only have a sample size of the rms powder, but it’s too obvious of a dupe not to share. ¬†i’m a big fan of mineral foundations, and both of these are no exception, with the bare minerals being my first introduction to the category. ¬†now this is not to say that the bare minerals has super problematic ingredients, because it really doesn’t. ¬†plus it has the perk of sun protection. ¬†but for the purists, the rms is a great alternative. ¬†this shade is slightly more yellow, but there is a much smaller color range than bare minerals. ¬†i love¬†these equally and will be keeping them both in my makeup bag.

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makeup for a minimalist: this or that?

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!

blog sale

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!

makeup for a minimalist: the brown shadows

makeup for a minimalist: shimmery summer eyes

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even a makeup minimalist like me likes a little shimmer sometimes, especially when i have a tan and the weather is warm.  here are my go to eye products when i want an easy, subtle shimmer look.

josie maran watercolor eyeshadow in rio de rose gold Рthis is such a beautiful product. it can be blended out to be more or less opaque depending on the look you want.  just work quickly as this sets almost instantly!  i also love the cooling effect when applied.

rms living luminizer Рi love this on my eyes!  it is a pearly white that disappears on the lids, leaving a hint of shimmer behind, as well a sort of wet effect.

laura mercier metallic creme eye color in gold – ok the packaging of these is ridiculously cute – like mini paint tubes! ¬†i love the color of this creme eyeshadow; it’s gold but not too gold. ¬†a little goes a looong way and, like the josie maran, this can be blended out to the desired effect.

laura mercier caviar stick eye color in amethyst – i wear this all year long¬†and the color is gorgeous. ¬†it’s a purple-y, taupe-y neutral that looks beautiful all over the lid and smudged in the lower lash line. ¬†i really want to get this in either the rose gold or moonlight shades for something really neutral.

no 7 stay perfect shade and define in cool mink – i have a few of these in various colors but cool mink is my favorite. it’s basically the laura mercier in amethyst, but with¬†a hint more brown. ¬†cool mink is a perfect way to describe this one.

mac all that glitters – another light golden shimmer with a little bit of pink running through. ¬†even though i like to wear cream eyeshadows in the summer months,¬†this shade can’t be left out!

urban decay primer potion in minor sin – this is a weird one because it is an eyeshadow/eyelid primer but it has a beautiful shimmer to it! ¬†it looks more full on when swatched, but when blended out i think it’s most comparable to the rms living luminizer in that there isn’t a real color, but it deposits a little bit of shimmer and leaves the lid looking natural. ¬†this is also what i put on under most of these shadows to make sure they stick around (when i remember…)

i apply all of these with their applicators or with my fingers, and then blend with clean fingers¬†or a¬†blending brush. i like the mac 217, sephora classic crease brush #73, and the bobbi brown eye blender brush (i use this one after i’ve already blended with another tool to make sure everything is really seamless).

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makeup for a minimalist: shimmery summer eyes