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7 Nov

I’m having the laziest of Saturday mornings over here and can’t be bothered to get dressed for outfit photos, so I thought I’d instead do a little write-up on my beauty product arsenal.

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I’m a skincare girl. I don’t do much makeup, so it’s all about a healthy complexion for me. That being said, I also believe in simplicity; no crazy, $800, 12-step routines. Less is always more in my world.

First up, Bioderma Crealine. This is the holy grail of makeup removers. I saw it on Fashion Toast years ago, and being a big fan of French drugstore products myself, decided to give it a try. Life = changed. It melts away my makeup and it’s so gentle. On my wedding day, one of my bridesmaids had a bad reaction to the foundation our makeup artist used. I whipped out the Bioderma- which she totally didn’t trust, but I talked her into it because we had no other option- and it saved the day. We got the offending foundation off, touched up with some light concealer, and she looked absolutely flawless.

Fresh Soy Cleanser is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not cheap and I use it daily, so it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. That being said, it’s super softening and my skin feels glorious after washing with it. Ultimately worth the price, in my opinion.

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For exfoliation, I use Antonia Burrell Face Polish 2-3 times a week. It’s a polishing powder, so you put a small amount in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water, then massage it onto your face. It’s gentle as long as you don’t overdo it, and it leaves my skin perfectly buffed and smooth. This one also isn’t cheap, but it lasts for ages. It’s taken me nearly a year to use a whole jar.

I’m not loyal to any specific face masks. I like to try new ones regularly, since they’re sort of a for-fun thing, in my opinion. My current favorite is the Blue Lagoon Silica Mud that I got in Iceland. I use this once a week (at most). It’s especially great for right before I get my period, because that’s when I sometimes get a blemish or two around my chin. If I put this on for 10 minutes at night, I’ll be cleared up by the next morning.

My favorite moisturizer is Kiehl’s. It soaks right in and leaves no trace of film or heaviness (I hate that sticky-moisturizer feeling). I’ve been using it morning and night for a few years now, and it’s never failed me.

On my lips, I generally use homemade lip balm that I make with beeswax and my favorite oils. You can check out the recipe here.


The only product I ever put in my hair is Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-powder (pictured above).  I’ve tried other brands, I was even guilty of using plain baby powder for awhile, but B&B is the best. One bottle lasts for months, it never makes me look like I’m wearing a powdered wig, and it barely has any scent (I don’t like anything interfering with my perfume).

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big makeup girl. I’ve gone through phases where I tried to get into it, but at the end of the day, I feel better with a natural face. So, my makeup collection is pretty unimpressive. Feel free to give me recommendations.

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For SPF and faux-foundation, I use EltaMD tinted 41. I didn’t think I’d like this, since I hate the look and feel of foundation on my skin so much, but it’s actually amazing. It blends right in with my complexion and it stays put all day. Once it’s on, I swear I can’t even tell I’m wearing it. Big bonus: it doesn’t rub off on things- so I don’t have to worry about ruining my (or Derrick’s) white shirts.

I’m not into any blushes or bronzers or anything with color, but I do love Nars Translucent Powder. The makeup artist at my wedding introduced me to it. I sweep the tiniest bit all over my face with a blush brush, and then do a little extra right around my hairline. It’s totally invisible and it keeps my skin looking and feeling super fresh all day long- even when Carl the Fog is making the city a damp, clammy mess.

Since I’m blonder than blonde and paler than pale, I need brow color, eyeliner and mascara. Without them, my brows and lashes are invisible and I look like a little girl. I use Glossier Boy BrowsLancome Artliner and Diorshow mascara. Boy Brows is brow-life-changing and I would recommend it to everyone. Artliner and Diorshow work fine and stay put all day, which is really all I ask. I am, however, very open to better (cheaper) liner and mascara recommendations.

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Last but definitely not least is perfume. If there’s one thing on my list (besides SPF), that I won’t leave the house without, it’s perfume. Spraying a little on always makes me feel so ladylike and put together. For everyday, I use Le Labo Bergamot 22. It’s light, floral, and a little spicy. For date nights, I like Bulgari Jasmine Noir (not pictured, because I just ran out). It’s heady and romantic and probably a little too sweet for most, but I love it.

That’s it. Now you know all my beauty secrets.



domestic goddess

24 Dec

I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.

DIY organic lip balm  | A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?

Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.

Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.

The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.

DIY Lip Balm 

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For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:


  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
  • A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)

Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.

Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).

Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).

See? Stupid easy.


Lavender-Coconut Body Butter

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I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:


  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
  • Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon

Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified

Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.

Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.

Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!

Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.

SPF obsessed

29 Apr

Exciting news:  next week, Derrick and I are going on our first real vacation ever!  We’ll be in Cabo San Lucas and I am so damn ready for non-stop sunshine and warm weather.

I’ve been stocking up on all the beach essentials:  bikinis, maxi dresses, sandals, sunnies, hats, and most importantly, SPF.  I’m mostly Danish and I have pretty fair skin, so I try to take care of it and I never tan.  If anything, my goal is to come back from vacation even more pale than when I left.


I don’t trust chemical sunscreens, so I always go with physical sunblocks that contain at least 9% zinc oxide.  Every sunblock on the market claims that it’s “totally sheer” and won’t leave a whitish cast on your skin.  Unfortunately, that’s always bullshit, and if you’re any darker than a shade 10, it’s going to be a problem.  Luckily there are a few brands that make good tinted versions.  My new favorite is Elta MD’s chemical-free SPF 41.  I basically wear it as a light foundation, and I love it because it stays put all day and doesn’t dry out my skin.  The downside is that it only comes in one shade (about a 20 I think), which is still pretty light for most skin tones.  Hopefully they’ll come out with more shades in the future.

Since the ocean will actually be warm enough to swim in- unlike the beautiful but freezing beaches here- I picked up the water-resistant 45.  It stays put in the water, and the spray bottle makes reapplication way easier.

For my lips, I use Jane Iredale LipDrink with SPF 15.  It does leave a bit of a whitish film, but if you apply it carefully, it’s not noticeable.  It’s super moisturizing, smells amazing, and you could easily use it as a base for lipstick.