15 #GreenBeauty Favorites from 2015

15 Favorites of 2015

The cleanser with coconut oil that my skin lovesMV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser

I put off trying this cleanser for years out of fear that the coconut oil would break me out. Until I had a mini MV Organic Skincare facial at a Credo Beauty. The cleanser is mega gentle, and although creamy, leaves no oily residue or breakouts, surprisingly.

The rosey facial oil calms my acneMV Organics Rose Plus Skin Booster

I also put off trying this for years not out of fear, but more out of “meh, rose? Overrated.” My Credo Beauty facialist and MV founder Sharon both recommended I give it a try for my acneic therefore sensitive skin and I have never been more loyal to a facial oil. You may have noticed my posting volume has been way down the past several months which I have been in grad school. Given my insane stress levels (group projects, ugh), my face should have broken out so much more given how sensitive my face is typically to stress. I’m not complaining.

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Best of 2013: Makeup

Happy New Year! I am starting off this new year with one more look back at 2013. Wrapping up my Best of 2013 series (skincare and bodycare here, in-the-shower here) are my favorite makeup products of the past year.

The ‘un’ cover-up was my gateway into rms beauty, which led me to the cream eye shadows, lip2cheeks, and lip shines. I love the eyeshadows for how easy they are to apply–just a simple swipe and blend, and there you have a luminous, beautiful, wearable color. Pictured is Solar, my favorite, which is golden (pun intended). I keep falling back in love with the Smile lip2cheek for its beautiful coral color which brings life back into the face, but I also have been loving Rapture, the pictured brick red, on the lips and cheeks for the winter season. The Sublime and Sacred lip shines were favorites over the summer for their glossy, bright colors (fuschia pink and bright pinky red, respectively). I have been keenly missing my living luminizer which I accidentally left at school, which got me addicted to highlighting the inner corners of my eyes. It give such a beautiful, natural glow!

I resisted Kjaer Weis for a while due to its price, but once I tried the mascara, it was an easy tumble down into the eyeshadows, the blushes, and newly, the foundation. First, obsessed with the beautiful, sleek packaging. Second, totally worth it, especially with the refill concept and quality of product. Love the mascara for how it enhances my lashes and mostly holds a curl. So, so, so love the blushes for how easily they blend in and natural they look. Suntouched gives me a peachy pop, Desired Glow is more subtle, and lately Abundance has my heart with its beautiful plummy color. And the foundation. It is a bit drying, yet does not enhance any of my dryness at all. It gives amazing coverage, and is buildable. Huge favorite.

Consonant’s The Perfect Sunscreen is my perfect sunscreen for its slightly tinted formula which is moisturizing and effective. Loved this in the summer, still loving this in the winter. I wear this under my makeup (or as the top layer, if no makeup) everyday.

I have to resist buying all of ILIA beauty’s lip products because they all look so wonderful. My favorite is their lip gloss, which my sister has in Love Buzz (top) and I have in The Butterfly and I (bottom). The formula is so beautiful, so moisturizing, and smells beautifully of citrus and vanilla. Love Buzz is a pretty pinky-purple while Butterfly is more of a nudey peach.

See any of your favorites here? What makeup did you love during 2013?

*Thanks to my gracious sister for hand-modeling for me.

Wednesday Wishlist

Going counterclockwise,
YÜLI Skincare Cocoon Elixir

I am interning in the Land of Cubicles this dry, Californian summer away from my humidifier, and even though I’m chugging the H20, my face is le parched. My temporary solution is rosewater, but I’m looking at a cocoon for the future. For very sensitive and irritation-prone skin? Yes, and yes. Calms irritation and inflammation, while delivering deep hydration? Please.


May Lindstrom The Problem Solver
Love the Aztec Indian Healing Clay, but I think I need a super, chocolate-y-detoxing upgrade to match my newfound affinity for juicing. Do I have 45 minutes to sit around in a jet-black mask? Did I mention I’m episodes behind Doctor Who and Game of Thrones?

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen
I appreciate Devita’s for its moisturizer texture, but I am enticed by this tinted contender from Canada. Cue motivation to slather current sunscreen all over, all day, every day.

RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar
Eye cream and gold in one? A one-swipe stop for beautiful that’ll screams summer. At least I can give my computer some beach envy.

Have you tried anything on this list? What are your thoughts?

*Image credits in links.

Exam Week Essentials

It’s been a long week leading up to a very welcome spring break. Along with the “spring forward” time change, all of my teachers decided to give out all of the exams. As far as sleep and brain function, I was verging on zombie status. But, looking like one? Never.
Clockwise: RMS Beauty ‘un’ cover-up in 22, Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Venus, Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Aphrodite

For the past couple of weeks, Rose-Marie Swift of RMS Beauty‘s philosophy has really been ringing with me. She believes in enhancing the skin, not covering it up. Aka, full coverage is out and spot concealing with a touch of healing is in. Her ‘un’ cover-up was my first foray into natural concealers and I did have a bit of a long learning curve leading up to: I love it. It really is concentrated, so really only the smallest amount plus a bit of tapping for blending is needed on the under-eye area, blemishes, and/or redness to even out the skin tone. As everyone else says, it melts into the skin and looks exactly like it. I admit I was nervous at first with not trying to achieve full-coverage because of post-acne hyperpigmentation, but the lightweight coverage plus coconut oil plus other goodies calms the crazy redness, and I have come to somewhat affectionately call the marks that still show through as my freckles. Love yourself guys, don’t forget it.

Even if my eyes aren’t sparkling with the joy of studying, I can fake it with Alima Pure‘s Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadows in Venus (the peachy) and Aphrodite (the sultry brown). I take Venus in the inner half for some illuminating and then Aphrodite in the outer edges for contour and definition. Blend out edges and done. Very easy nudey eyes. Let’s just say I’ve done it in the dark before and inspected myself later to find I didn’t look crazy. Good sign.

Top to bottom: Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara
On top of that goes Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl, which is blackest black plus a bit of sparkle, and then Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara. I’m really liking this mascara–at first I thought the formula was too wet and heavy for my little lashes, but I’ve found with a curling before application and a curling after, my eyelashes are awesomely curly and defined all day. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose goes on lips and in my backpack for on-the-go balm and hint of color.
Now that exams are done, I will just hibernate in my cave room so good night, everyone.