the mac groundwork dupe

bb groundwork vs creamy beige 1.jpgi have long sung the praises of the mac paint pots – specifically the shades groundwork and painterly.  if you are not familiar, they are cream shadow pots in a wide variety of shades – groundwork being a warm midtone brown (described as neutral but i don’t find it to be) and painterly a pinky beige.  i actually have a painterly dupe as well, but i got it in london and can’t find it in the us, so we will stick with groundwork today.

so here’s the amazing news about this dupe: it’s easier to find, it’s cheaper, it has better ingredients, and in my opinion, it’s a better color.  what is this magical eye shadow you ask?  it’s the maybelline color tattoo shadow in creamy beige.  this is by no means a new product but it’s a new shade to me and i’m pretty excited about it.bb groundwork vs creamy beige 2.jpgcreamy beige really isn’t a beigey color at all, but the perfect neutral brown.  i find that creamy beige is slightly less warm than groundwork, so it doesn’t have the tendency to pull orange on my lids (i am very fair with cool toned skin).  i like that the color is slightly more neutral so it will be perform better for skin tones that aren’t just warm-based.  the formula is lighter than groundwork and a touch drier, so if you find the mac paint pots crease on you, i think you will be safer with these.

in terms of ingredients, the mac paint pots score a 4 on ewg while maybelline color tattoos score a 3.  that’s not much of a difference, except the mac paint pots include the ingredient retinyl palmitate, or vitamin a palmitate, which scores a 9 and is a 100% in the high concern for developmental and reproductive toxicity category.  ummm no thank you?!?!?!?  even though all of the other ingredients score 1-3s, once i read that i just can’t forget it.bb ewg paint pot review.pngbb ewg color tattoo review.pngso yes, i will be giving away my mac groundwork and putting creamy beige into rotation instead.  i will still keep painterly since it is my all time favorite cream eyeshadow, but if you do want to know about that dupe it’s another maybelline color tattoo called creme de rose.  it’s slightly darker in tone so i don’t find it quite as brightening on me, but i think this will be a benefit for more skin tones that struggle with the lightness of painterly.

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monthly picks: march

bb march picks 3.jpggetting into a good skincare routine // i already posted about my skincare routine here, if you want to read more.  some standouts have been the previse hyaluronic acid and indie lee squalane oil – both incredibly hydrators.  i have to say i don’t like the previse quite as much as the hylamide ha i was using, but it’s a close second.  and the indie lee oil is beautiful – so lightweight and quick to sink in.  i love applying these one after the other or mixed together if i’m in a hurry, morning and night.  i’ve also been loving the living libations all seeing eye cream, which smells amazing and is a great basic under-eye moisturizer.  i haven’t seen any drastic changes but i like using it and i think it’s a nice product.

weleda pomegranate regenerating hand cream // you all know i love weleda’s lotions and potions, and this is no different.  it’s a luscious lotion that is quick to absorb and hydrate my poor dry hands.  i actually have started doing something that my dad does – which is apply hand lotion immediately after washing my hands and then wiping off the excess with a towel.  it has made a drastic change in my hands – they are so much softer and more moisturized from my constant application, as well as using lotion when my hands are still slightly damp.bb march picks 4.jpgrms swift shadow in tt-73 // again, i mentioned this in my california travel post, but it is officially my favorite eye shadow ever.  i have been wearing it almost every day, with other makeup or without.  it is the perfect brown, slightly shimmery and glowy shadow that is subtle but keeps me looking grungy and slightly undone.

drinking water // this month i have really started to focus on my body.  i’m exercising regularly and drinking a ton of water.  i read that we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces (100 pounds = 50 ounces per day) and i have been attempting to stick to that ratio.  some days are harder than others, and frankly sometimes i just can’t be bothered with how often this much water makes me go to the bathroom, but for the most part i have been really good about it.  i feel more energized, i think my skin looks better, and i like knowing i’m doing what’s good for my body.  it’s the only one i have, you know?

going more natural // speaking of having one body, you may have noticed that over the past few months i’ve started transitioning into more natural beauty, skincare, haircare, and body care products.  like i mentioned here and even above, my body and taking care of myself is becoming more and more important to me.  using natural products is certainly not going to make or break me – if i’m going to get sick, i’m going to get sick, you know? – but it makes me feel so much better to be doing even this little bit of extra work to stay healthy.  my father has had cancer almost my whole life and is very stubborn about going to the doctor, eating foods that are good for him, and even drinking water.  he is truly a medical miracle since none of this seems to affect him too much, but for me it is comforting to know that i am doing what i can, almost for him in a way.  i know that green tea and kale and avoiding parabens are great little ways to protect ourselves a little bit more against cancer and other illnesses, so that’s a path i want to follow.bb march picks 2.jpgfemale empowerment // more great books this month! while on vacation i finished another phryne fisher novel, the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, and the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag.  currently i’m almost done with the summer before the war by helen simonson, which my mom picked out for me and i am head-over-heels in love with.  i highly recommend all of these novels.  they all have powerful female leads – which seems to be a theme in all of my favorite books! – as well as some slightly magical elements.  the house at the end of hope street was especially beautiful and i couldn’t have read it at a better time.  i’m so glad i’m back into my regular reading habits – it took a while after college for me to get back into read for fun.  reading has gotten me through so much in my life and has truly allowed me to travel the world from my little bed.  next in my reading queue is the storied life of aj fikry by gabrielle zevin, desert solitaire by edward abbey, and girl waits with a gun by amy stewart, and offshore by penelope fitzgerald.

spotify // i’ve been using spotify for the past few months after my sister introduced me to its magical powers.  this month i have been absolutely in love with a number of playlists – most of them 60s and 70s oriented.  i’m also having fun creating my own dream playlists – i’m at babybohemian if you want to follow along.  i’m working on a really good “california” set right now if you are interested.

samathome518 youtube // mercedes of l’amour et la musique mentions sam of samathome518 a ton, so i finally got the hint and checked out her videos.  she is the absolute cutest thing (and 100% reminds me of my mom’s best friend and my surrogate aunt) and i love her love of makeup.  she got into makeup more recently than most – which i totally relate to – and has an amazing eye for colors, textures, etc.  she is half a conventional makeup purchaser and half an eco makeup purchaser, so i love to see her picks and opinions.  truly a ray of sunshine and i highly recommend checking out her channel.bb march picks 1.jpgand that’s it!  march has been a very stressful but rewarding month.  i finally feel like i have my head on straight and know what the future (or at least near future/ok next few months) will hold for me.  i’m so excited for this next phase of my life to begin – to be studying and learning again, to have my own home, to meet new people and make new friends – and i’m so excited to keep sharing my little life with you here on baby bohemian.  thanks for following along, for sharing the love, and for being my people.

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