november picks

you know the drill: new discoveries, rediscoveries…all the stuff i’m digging this month.IMG_4410.jpgIMG_4426.jpg

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too faced hangover primer // i have used this absolutely every day since i purchased it at the very beginning of the month, including days that i haven’t been wearing any makeup. ¬†i love the added moisture it gives to my skin and it really does make my makeup last all day long. ¬†it’s beautiful on it’s own or mixed with something like the mac strobe cream or nars illuminator in hot sand. ¬†the travel size i got at ulta is definitely going to last me for quite a while, even with some frequent use. ¬†this is such a goodie.

milk makeup x urban outfitters urban defense mask //¬†i detailed this mask in this post about milk makeup so i won’t go too much in depth, but basically this mask is awesome. ¬†it goes on as a thick, incredible smelling gel and leave it on for just a few minutes – and then mix in some water, rub it around on your skin, and wash it all off. ¬†it’s cleansing but healing and moisturizing and i love how it feels. ¬†the tub is absolutely huge and will last for quite a while, so for $36 you really get your money’s worth. ¬†check that post for more information (even though really there isn’t much more to tell)!

yu-be moisturizing cream // i’ve had this since early in the year, but quite forgot about it as summer came around. ¬†but i’ve brought it back out for my poor winter face where i have a few extra dry, peeling patches. ¬†i have been putting this around my nose and mouth every morning and night and it keeps¬†dryness at bay and doesn’t burn at all. ¬†the camphor smell is a bit strong (it smells like carmex) but fades away quickly and actually offers a little bit of a pick-me-up. ¬†i don’t know if i would put this all over my face, but considering the high glycerin content i’m thinking about it as the weather gets colder and colder. ¬†in any case, this is a nice bit¬†of extra moisture if you need it.

bronzer // while this is always a favorite, i’ve been having a fun time switching it up with bronzers this month. ¬†i’m rotating between the soap&glory solar powder, benefit hoola, and hourglass luminous bronze light depending on what i’m feeling like and these are all such solid bronzing powders. ¬†super natural on my getting-paler skin and offer the face such a nice lift and glow. ¬†highly recommend all three.

bioderma // i picked up a small bottle of bioderma at the airport while in london and quickly added it to my nightly routine. ¬†i’ve been taking off all my makeup with this before washing my face or doing a mask at night, and i like doing the extra step. ¬†i prefer this to washing my face twice and feel like it gets my face even cleaner than double washing anyways. ¬†it’s extremely gentle and doesn’t burn my dry skin or create any redness as these types of products tend to do on me. ¬†it’s a beautiful makeup remover and a really nice addition to a skincare routine. ¬†and thankfully for us americans, you can now get bioderma via beautylish and violet grey, so i know exactly where to order more when i run out of my bottle!

pf candle co fig and sandalwood candle // my all-time favorite candle and perfect for fall. ¬†it’s warm and smooth, but not overpowering. ¬†i don’t particularly smell fig in here, but i do smell all that delicious sandalwood. ¬†i’m coming to the end of mine so i’ve been burning it night and day to clean out that amber jar like the true blogger i am! ¬†can’t wait to buy another when i get to my next location. ¬†also, i think in a past life i was¬†a sandalwood tree.

monica vinader onyx ring // i couldn’t find the exact one online so i linked something similar. ¬†i got this ring while in london and oh my gosh am i in love with it. ¬†i wear it on my ring finger on my right hand which is a little unusual for me; i’m usually a middle or forefinger ring girl. ¬†the onyx stone is so eye catching and different, and it plays off the gold so well. ¬†it’s a statement but still understated and makes me feel rather grown up indeed. ¬†plus it reminds me of a ring that a dear friend of my parents’ wears, and that makes it all the more special. ¬†IMG_4441.jpgIMG_4414.jpgIMG_4432.jpg

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rules of civility by amor towles // this book is such a gem! ¬†i happened upon it in my local bookstore and left without it, and then went back the next day because i couldn’t stop thinking about it. ¬†this book is so up my alley – very similar to my beloveds:¬†the lost art of keeping secrets and searching for¬†grace kelley. ¬†there’s just something about vintage new york city, filled with lavish parties, twinkling lights, and smart, sassy young women coming into their own.¬†¬†katey, the main character, has such a great wit and sense of humor that¬†i can’t help but want to be just like her. ¬†for some reason i couldn’t get patti smith out of my mind the entire time i was reading this, so i must see a little bit of her in the protagonist. ¬†i definitely took my time reading this because i didn’t want it to end. ¬†favorite line: “bred with just the right amount of fresh air, roughhousing, and ignorance, these primitive [midwestern] blondes set out from the cornfields looking like starlight with limbs” (towles 14).

my top blogs // amelia says this, beauty by kelsey, lolita says so, cindyhyue

following >>

instagram // @kristengracelam, @skinsitivity, @geo_fleur, @surfistastravelogue, @sundayforevernyc, @sortofobsessed, @emmahoareau, @flwhrs, @cynthialions, @househomemade

tamira jarrel youtube // always a favorite but this month i have been playing her new and old videos on repeat. ¬†i’m obsessed with her badass/doesn’t give a fuck attitude and her super natural approach to beauty. ¬†she is truly an artist when it comes to no makeup makeup and i can only dream that i am able to achieve¬†her effortlessness one day.IMG_4442 (1).jpg

november was a pretty good month, but i am so excited for december and all the magic and love and creativity it brings.  and the new year.  ooooh 2017, i love that you are so close!

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november picks

exploring milk makeup

IMG_4382.jpgIMG_4377.jpgi cannot resist milk makeup. ¬†i just think it’s so cool and innovative, and i love their message of makeup for all people of all styles, not just girly girls or whatever. ¬†i have gotten all of these products from urban outfitters online (not all at once!) but they also are available at sephora and birchbox. ¬†i like ordering from urban because it’s so fast and they have some pretty cool collaboration products as well.

for lips, i love the¬†lip¬†pigment swear by¬†peachy nude and¬†lip color in c.r.e.a.m.¬†rosey nude, which i’ve discussed over here, so i won’t go on and on. ¬†they are the perfect matte lip products and the textures of each are different but great. ¬†the¬†lip salve ros√©¬†is an urban outfitters exclusive product and it is awesome! ¬†it’s a lip balm but offers a bit of a holographic sheen, so i love wearing this during the day and at night. ¬†it’s moisturizing and all that, but with a little something that your every day lip balm doesn’t have.

for the face, i have only tried the¬†matte bronzer baked¬†but it’s a gorgeous cream bronzer. ¬†again, i mentioned this over here, so i won’t go too in depth, but it’s the perfect bronzer shade, kinda warm but not too much. ¬†it is a cream to powder formula and features milk melt technology, meaning it melts into your skin immediately on contact. ¬†i especially love this bronzer in the summer time, but i know i’ll still be able to use it in the winter, which is impressive cause i get pretty pale.

for skincare, the¬†urban defense mask¬†is my newest purchase. ¬†it’s another urban outfitters exclusive, and it’s a gel mask that washes away into a lotion. ¬†it’s both moisturizing and skin clearing, and is extremely gentle. ¬†you leave it on for 3-5 minutes and then mix with water, rubbing it in sort of as a lotion and washing off the rest. ¬†it comes in a huge tub and you don’t need much at all, so this $36 is going to go a looong way!

do you have any other milk makeup recommendations for me?

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exploring milk makeup