feeling spring when it’s still winter

bb spring but winter5.jpgyou know the drill, it’s the first week of april and you keep waking up to snow on your window and ice in your veins.¬† maybe i’m overreacting, but that’s been my week so far – see above!¬† after going to california a couple weeks ago, i have been all about keeping my sunkissed glow and embracing that spring and summer should be on their way.¬† below are the products that i’ve been using to achieve this vibe, with plenty of options as always!bb spring but winter1// glowy blush and bronzer //

a realistic sunkissed tan with rms buriti bronzer (perfect for the eyes as well), rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, & eminence chai berry bronzer/blush

& other stories cream cheek & lip tint in dimple peach (very similar to the color of the rms if you can’t get your hands on that limited edition shade or want something that is more cream to powder in texture)

lightly stained lips with the body shop lip & cheek stains in dusty rose & pink hibiscus (spot on dupe for benefit benetint, but dare i say better?!)

glowy & sheer lips & cheeks with olio e osso balm in 02 french melonbb spring but winter3// dewy extras //

glossier perfecting skin tint

the perfect, realistic glow with no shimmer, just shine via the make dew pot

pacifica coconut essence hydro mist hydrating spray

mac coconut fix+bb spring but winter2// pale, pastel nails //

barry m eat my dust

smith&cult bitter buddhist

opi you’re such a budapest

pacifica desert princessbb spring but winter4

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feeling spring when it’s still winter

winter skin & keeping my glow

glowy skincare favorites: alllll about moisture, hydrating ingredients, and oilsbb glow1.jpgmy skincare routine typically stays the same step-wise, but i may switch out the products i’m using from time to time.¬† for me, it’s all about moisturizing layers sandwiched together, and this is true for my makeup too.¬† i always start with a hylaronic acid serum, and the one i’ve been loving for months is the jordan samuel hydrate serum.¬† he just released a 4 oz. size with about $50 in savings, so i’m going to pick that up soon as i’m starting to run out.¬† i let this soak in typically on damp skin, either from a witch hazel¬†toner or a hydrating rosewater spray.¬† next i’ve been using the s.w. basics original cream, which is an oil-based moisturizer that feels like a balm at first.¬† i rub this on the back of my hand to get the oils to melt, then apply to the face.¬† the less the better for this product – you will still get the insanely moisturizing benefits don’t worry.¬† after letting this sink in, but while there is still a tiny amount of product sitting on the skin, i layer on an oil.¬† lately i’ve been using the indie lee squalane, of course, and everyday oil, which is a mixture of lots of goodies.¬† this is of course my night time routine as it is quite heavy duty – in the morning i go straight in with my makeup routine because my skin is still so hydrated.

as far as glowy masks go, my two favorites are the frank body glow mask and the bioderma sensibio mask, which is a newer one to me.¬† you’ve heard me go on about the frank one, but it really makes your skin deliciously glowy in just a matter of minutes.¬† the bioderma one is my replacement for my glossier moon mask – after years of using that one i just wanted to try something different.¬† i do think i prefer the bioderma one.¬† for me, it feels like it really makes a difference for days, not just the hours after like the glossier one seems too.¬† both are great options, though.bb glow5.jpgglowy makeup favorites: lightweight layers & basesbb glow2.jpglike i said, i typically go straight into my makeup routine in the morning.¬† i’ll spray my face with a hydrating spray like the tatcha luminous dewy skin mist, which i sadly finished up after taking these pictures.¬† i’ll then apply my sunscreen and let that sink in for about 10 minutes if i have time.¬† this is a firm favorite for me, and i love that it hydrates the skin and protects me from the sun at the same time.¬† after that, i will apply embryolisse and first aid beauty hello fab coconut primer, sometimes mixed together and sometimes separately.¬† i’m more likely to use a base product now that i am at my palest and need a little boost.¬† these include glossier skin tint in light, vapour beauty atmosphere luminous foundation stick in 110 (the EXACT color of my skin which is incredible), and nars radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve are my go-to’s.¬† and yes, i did repurchase the nars.¬† after having an allergic reaction to my ilia tinted moisturizer, i decided to go back to this old favorite even though it doesn’t have a great rating on ewg.¬† i use so little that i can justify it!bb glow4.jpgglossier stretch concealer¬†in light is my go to concealer for under my nose, on my chin, and around my eyes.¬† it is so hydrating that it doesn’t make me look extra dry, which typically happens if i conceal these areas.¬† if i’m not feeling any other base, i will smush a little of this on any other areas of redness – it has a very similar effect to the vapour foundation stick.¬† blush is also a go-to in the winter, to amp up my already cold-flushed cheeks!¬† usually i go for a cream one like ilia in tenderly or pixi in baby petal, but i recently picked up this nars blush in bumpy ride¬†and love the effect.¬† it’s very pigmented so i apply the teeniest bit and it just livens up my entire face.¬† this has a very subtle sheen to it, as well.bb glow3.jpg

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january picks

long-winded this month – my apologies!

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shea moisture coconut & hibiscus range // ¬†i’m really not loyal to any body wash – really¬†they’re all pretty much the same in my opinion. ¬†but somehow this one has become a strong favorite and this is actually the third bottle that i have purchased in a row. ¬†that’s unprecedented! ¬†the smell of this is soooooooo tropical and uplifting and the product itself doesn’t make me feel dry or squeaky the way regular soap does. ¬†i’m not sure about the firming and toning properties – pretty sure only exercise can do that! – but it doesn’t hurt to try. ¬†when i picked up this last bottle there was a buy one get one half off¬†promotion happening at my walgreen’s so i picked up the matching body butter as well. ¬†same amazing smell and it’s really nice and thick, but soaks in immediately. ¬†i put it on after i’ve toweled off but while my skin is still relatively damp and warm. ¬†loving this range! ¬†overall i really like this brand – it’s natural, organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, and sustainably produced. ¬†i have a lip balm from them (mentioned here) and just picked up a shampoo and conditioner set, which i’m sure will be in next month’s picks.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i loved this over the summer and i’m loving it again. ¬†the scent is incredibly uplifting and it’s just a really nice product. ¬†i like to really pile it up on my lips at night and then in the morning they are totally hydrated and plump. ¬†i prefer this to the original – even though coconut isn’t actually an ingredient i feel like the texture is more coconut-y and more hydrating.

hylamide low-molecular ha serum // i’ve been wanting to get into serums for a while, but didn’t really know where to start. ¬†when the glossier supers arrived, i was so excited and picked up all 3 almost immediately. ¬†i thought it would be a great intro into the serum world, but i was left really disappointed. ¬†i’ve read so many good reviews about the supers, but didn’t see any benefits from any of them. ¬†so after more research, i knew that i really wanted to get a hyaluronic acid serum, and found this one from hylamide. ¬†basically, the hyaluronic acid that is found in our bodies and that is in many skincare items contains molecules that are too large for our skin to absorb. ¬†so the serum or lotion or whatever simply sits on top of our skin, so all the benefits disappear when we wash our faces. ¬†the ha serum from hylamide contains 5 different variations of hyaluronic acid that contain smaller molecules, so our skin is able to absorb these and really get the benefits that that hyaluronic acid provides. ¬†i have definitely seen a moisture difference in my skin after a few weeks of twice daily use, and i look forward to seeing the longer term benefits that this serum promotes. ¬†oh and wait! ¬†i forgot to mention this serum is only $20 and is available at most drugstores. ¬†for a serum, that is a total steal. ¬†deciem, the company that produces hylamide products, is a pretty cool skincare brand that also produces the ordinaries serums, which you might have seen floating around instagram. ¬†those sit at an even lower price point and sound pretty appealing as well.

pacifica nail polish in desert princess // pacifica is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. ¬†i was on the hunt for a mauvey pink nail polish that wasn’t too grandma-ish and stumbled upon this shade while at whole foods one day. ¬†it’s exactly what i was looking for and shows up nicely on my fair, cool-toned skin. ¬†i like that¬†it feels like a neutral shade, as opposed to a bright pink which honestly i don’t like. ¬†the formula is great and the applicator is even better. ¬†plus that name! ¬†who could resist!

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entertainment

selected writings, truman capote //¬†i found this at south congress books in austin and it took me a split second to decide to buy it. ¬†it’s a first edition from 1962 and contains a ton of stories that i haven’t read and don’t have in my collection. ¬†capote is one of my favorite authors and this is something i will cherish all my life.

a gentleman in moscow, amor towles // talk about favorite authors Рamor towles is absolute amazing!  i read rules of civility first, and then my mom actually forced me to read a gentleman in moscow.  the dialogue is witty, the characters are robust, the environment is palpable, and the plot is unlike anything on the market these days.  i will say it goes on a little longer than necessary, but overall i highly recommend.

leather bookmark // going along with my book favorites this month has been the gorgeous green leather bookmark my sister got me for my birthday. ¬†i don’t own any other bookmarks and i feel so fancy having such a beautiful one! ¬†it’s great especially for my vintage books in which i don’t want to fold down the pages. ¬†it also serves a beautiful reminder of my amazing trip to austin. ¬†thanks lyssie ūüôā

american housewife // my sister introduced me to this show and i have since watched very single episode (basically in one day). ¬†this show couldn’t be funnier or cuter. ¬†it’s a breath of fresh air, so carefree, and so wholesome. ¬†it’s still in the first season so it won’t take you too long to get up to date! ¬†go watch!

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madewell succulent earrings & other dangly earrings // ok i had no idea these were called the succulent earrings until i just looked online to get a link for you all (i bought them in store)!!! ¬†could there be anything more perfect for me?! ¬†my sister bought the blue pair for me probably 6 years ago and i am just now feeling like i can wear something so big daily – it’s pretty fun actually.

paring back // my parents are moving out of my childhood home (don’t even get me started…) and as a result we have been going through every single thing we own before the move. ¬†it’s been fun, sad, and extremely cathartic to go through all of my belongings and get rid of those that don’t benefit me anymore. ¬†clothes, books, paraphernalia from grade school…not to sound like marie kondo (i think the fact that she has made so much money off telling people to get rid of things that don’t make them¬†happy – hello duh – is total lunacy…don’t get me started on that either!), but it feels pretty great to not be weighed down by things that¬†i just don’t want in my life anymore.

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january picks

winter lips: how to prevent them from falling off your face

4 of my winter best friends for preventing and treating chapped, sore lips…
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korres lip butter in jasmine // this is a recent purchase but i already bought another one to keep in my purse. ¬†the korres lip butters are a cult item because they are such nice lip balms, but also the colors are so beautiful. ¬†jasmine looks quite peachy in the pot, but leaves a milky pink sheen on the lips. ¬†i like it when my lips look a little lighter than they usually do, so this is perfect. ¬†it’s lip balm, but it makes me feel like i have a little bit of something on my lips.

shea moisture coconut & shea butter lip balm // i picked this up at target because it was right by the checkout and looked really cute – full disclosure. ¬†and i actually love it because it is a balm but shows up quite glossy on the lips. ¬†it lasts for a long time and imparts a nice amount of moisture. ¬†and yes, it’s really cute!

nuxe reve de miel // i’ve had this one since last winter and am still making my way to the bottom of the pot! ¬†this is a love-it-or-hate-it item for a lot of people, but i’m on the love side. ¬†i like that it exfoliates while adding a sort of hydration mask to your lips. ¬†it shows up matte so i wear this during the day or at night, but mostly at night since i like to really layer it up. ¬†after my trip to london my lips were intolerably chapped and no amount of blistex could save them. ¬†unsurprisingly this helped over night, and i think it is because it both exfoliated and healed, and so that just reiterated my love and faith in this product.

glossier coconut balm dotcom // i got the coconut version of the cult balm dotcom last spring and enjoyed it, but it has really become a staple¬†over the past 2-3 months. ¬†like the nuxe, i really slap this on at night and let it soak in, but i like to apply it lightly during the day as well. ¬†i do feel that¬†the coconut is more moisturizing than the original and it has a little bit of a meltier consistency, like coconut oil does. ¬†i’m pretty sure these qualities¬†are¬†in my head as there aren’t any actual coconut ingredients in the formula, but it really does feel different!

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winter lips: how to prevent them from falling off your face