what's in my summer makeup bag


Recently, I found myself in need of a larger cosmetics case to hold my makeup and beauty products and luckily found the loveliest one from Pottery Barn. It comes in this beautiful plum blossom print with mint-and-white striped lining on the inside. There are two big, transparent pouches that are more than big enough to hold everything I need.

My organization method is that I store most of my beauty items in this big case and use a smaller one to store just the few things I need when I'm on the go. The contents of the smaller bag change depending on the products I used on that particular day.

So, what's in my bag for the summer?

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea - I've been using either the rose or green tea Mario Badescu sprays forever now and will keep doing so! I use this as a refreshing spritz on hot days, to set my makeup, and to dampen my beauty blender.

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Spray - This is a combination of volumizing spray, texturizing spray, and dry shampoo. It's all the products you need for your hair in one and it smells so good.

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz - I just tried this for the first time and love it! It creates a really subtle, pretty highlight.

Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde - I typically use Anastasia Brow Wiz but I've switched back to Boy Brow in order to have a bit of a messier brow look for summer.

Anastasia Glow Kit in GleamOne of the best powder highlighting kits I've tried. There are four different shades for different looks.

Tarte In Bloom PaletteMy go-to eye palette is perfect for summer. Sometimes, I just use one shade (Funny Girl) all over my lid for a no-makeup look.

L'Oreal True Match Powder - I actually use this drugstore powder as a bronzer. I simply bought it in a shade darker than my skintone.

Karl Lagerfeld Baked Blush - Not sure where I got this or if it's still available to buy anywhere, but it's such a good blush that doubles as a highlighter. 

It Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer - My mom introduced me to this amazing concealer. It's for under eyes but I use it on blemishes too. It's crazy how little goes a long way.

Diorshow Waterproof MascaraStill haven't found the perfect mascara that doesn't smudge, but I really like Diorshow. The brush is really fat which creates thick lashes.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Skin Tint - Love this BB cream from Sephora Collection. It's very liquid-y and you can barely feel it on your skin.

Lavanila Lemon Vanilla DeodorantThis is my all-time favorite natural deodorant. It's long lasting and the scent is so good.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - I'm still obsessed with this mask. It's one of the best beauty products I've ever used and always makes my skin look so glowy! 

Glossier Balm Dot Com in CoconutA favorite that never gets old! The scent is perfectly tropical.

Nyx Lip Lingerie - This newish line from Nyx has lots of great nude shades and the product doesn't feel sticky on your lips. It's my new go-to lip product for summer.

Fresh Sugar Dream Advanced Lip Therapy - I love my Fresh lip products and this one is especially good because it just gives a very light tint, so it's impossible to make it look messy.

Sephora Collection #LipStories in First Class - The whole #LipStories collection is great. Very concentrated color and long-lasting formula. The color First Class is a really gorgeous red-orange.

pretty things no. 13

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! I'm so excited for the little fiesta we're having later tonight with homemade tacos, tortilla chips, guacamole, and watermelon agua fresca. Of course, there will be a fantastic playlist, as well! I hope you all have something fun planned, too. In the meantime, here are this weekend's pretty picks.

Have you seen Sarah Vickers Patrick's new Sarah Patrick dress line for KJP? If not, go look now because the pieces are gorgeous! I'm especially partial to this freshly squeezed print which features the cutest lemonade motif.

Speaking of super cute things, I can't get enough of the new J.Crew swimsuits! This navy ric-rac set is too adorable!

Loeffler Randall has your perfect summer bag. It's an on-trend round straw bag, but it has tassel and pom-pom details that make it a standout piece. How cute would this bag look with a white t-shirt and worn-in jeans?

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I have to share the Carry-On Cocktail Kit's margarita kit. This kit for two includes equipment, margarita syrup, and rimming salt to make a margarita on your next flight. All you need is to add tequila!

I've been seeing this style of knotted sandals a lot recently but especially love this pair from Soludos. The chambray would look so pretty with a white summer dress or the simple jeans outfit I mentioned above.

How beautiful are these Rebecca Minkoff earrings? They're certainly a statement, but I love that the navy color keeps things toned down and makes them a great fit for someone with a classic wardrobe who wants a little something fun for summer.

non-toxic sunscreens at every price point


I am so happy the weather is finally getting warm, which means summer is right around the corner and we'll all get to spend more time outside! I have so many favorite summer activities from swimming and going to the beach to shopping outdoors at the farmer's market and going to the orchard.

One thing I make sure to be very conscious about all year but especially during the summer is sun protection. Unfortunately, so many sunscreens contain toxic ingredients like oxybenzone. Since we're all so exposed to strong sunlight in the summer, I wanted to share some safe, non-toxic sunscreen options in a variation of price ranges.

Alba Botanicals Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen Facial SPF 20 - $7.50

Babo Botanicals SPF 40 Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen - $16

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer - $30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 - $34

COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 - $36

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 - $58

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 - $85

three wellness ideas to try


Hello, everyone! Before I get into this post, I'm excited to announce that, starting this week, every Wednesday here on the blog will be a Wellness Wednesday. That means I'll be posting regularly on those days about everything from nutrition and workouts to mindfulness and motivation. 

I'm officially starting this schedule in May, but today's scheduled post happened to be wellness related so I figured we could go ahead and kick it off early. Wellness is one of my biggest passions in life and I'm always trying new things, so I'm excited to share about it in a more structured way on the blog. Also, be sure to follow along on my Instagram because I'll be sharing a lot more wellness things on my Stories, too!

Today, I wanted to share three wellness ideas that you might not have tried yet. They're a bit less mainstream than what you usually see in the wellness space but all three are great options to try adding to your existing wellness routine. As always, happy to answer any questions in the comments or via email. 

palo santo
You've probably heard of burning sage (or 'smudging'), but what about palo santo? It works the same way as sage smudging---you gently light the end by dipping it into a candle flame, then let the smoke billow into the corners of your space. Both are meant for energy cleansing, but palo santo smells sweet and fresh with hints of mint while sage has a more earthy, herbaceous smell. To get a little more woo-woo, sage is meant to remove all energy, both good and bad, from a space while palo santo removes negative energy and ushers in positivity. Whether or not you believe in it wholeheartedly, its still a fun thing to do on the weekend.

moon dust + other powdered adaptogens
I love, love, love my products from Moon Juice! They truly make the best adaptogenic products I've tried. Try out one of their moon dusts (Beauty, Brain, Dream, Spirit, Sex, and Power). It seems like most people use the Beauty dust, but I'm partial to Brain. We often spend much of our self-care time tending to beauty and buy tons of products dedicated to that. But how often do you really sit down and do something for your brain? For me, this product really does help improve concentration and brain function. There are plenty of ways you can use but the easiest is to blend it into a smoothie or into your tea since it doesn't have much of a flavor.

kundalini yoga
This type of yoga isn't like the typical vinyasa or bikram yoga classes you'll find at the gym. Kundalini is less about exercise and much more about spirituality. It is a blend of three types of yoga: bhakti, raja, and shakti. Respectively, those focus on chanting, meditation, and the expression of power/energy. The chanting does, admittedly, feel weird at first but the more you keep going, the better it feels. Respectfully, it can feel a little weird so you may want to try out a YouTube video before going to a live class.

five beauty products i'm loving lately


Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I'm really excited for this week. I'm going to visit some friends today that I haven't seen in awhile and then continuing to work on a huge new project which I'll talk about later. Later this week, my best friend Caroline is coming into town to celebrate my birthday early and I'm also freelancing from one of my favorite office spaces in the city. I'm planning on having pizza night at Ops with Caroline, walking the Brooklyn Bridge if it's nice enough out, splitting mac + cheese at The Smith, and potentially going over to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. So yes, lots to look forward to!

But today, I'm sharing five beauty products that I have been really into lately. I had so much fun shooting these products at Brooklyn Bridge Park. How amazing is that skyline view?! 

Seriously though, check out any or all of these five products next time you go shopping. The majority of them are actually very budget-friendly which is a plus!

Bioderma | Sensibio H20
I have no idea how, but I only just got around to buying a bottle of Bioderma micellar water. I'd been using makeup wipes for the past few months and suddenly came to the realization that I should switch back to micellar water to save money and unnecessary waste. So, I popped into Ricky's (the most dangerous place ever for beauty lovers) on the way home from my library and got a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H20. If you're out shopping for a Bioderma micellar water, note that the pink bottle is Sensibio (the standard version), the blue bottle is Hydrabio (contains glycerin so it's good for dry skin), and the bottle with the green lid is Sebium (balances oily skin). 

Tocca | Crema de Mano, Giulietta
I love, love, love Tocca hand creams. I was first introduced to them with a grapefruit scented bottle that I got from the Birchbox store in SoHo. I was randomly at Marshall's when I visited Florida last month and saw a Tocca hand cream for $3.99 that I quickly snatched up without even smelling it. Luckily, the Giulietta scent--tulips and green apples--turned out to be amazing. 

Summer Fridays | Jet Lag Mask
I talked about the Jet Lag mask only last month, but I'm going to talk about it again because I love it that much. As I mentioned before, it was gifted to me but I would gladly pay for it, too. This mask is so hydrating, it's been incredibly helpful in keeping my skin decent as I have been battling with an overheated radiator that's been drying out my skin. I just slather it on right before bed and leave it on overnight to protect my skin from the dry heat. P.S. I hate radiators.

L'Oreal Paris | Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask
I tried a sample of this awhile back and really liked it. Recently, when I was out buying new hair products, I decided that I would get this instead of a conditioner. That's not to say it at all replaces a conditioner---I just happen to have really soft water in my current apartment that already takes volume out of my hair, so I really didn't want to add conditioner on top of that. Anyway, this mask is one that you use before you shampoo in order to remove oil from your roots. This is a great product to use once a week or on your at-home spa day.

Kristin Ess | The Signature Shampoo
I've been using this shampoo for a few weeks now and I'm loving it so far. First of all, it smells amazing (kind of like candy but not synthetic or cheap) but it is also sulfate-free and cruelty-free so it's a good budget option for those looking to be more conscious of their products. When I wash with this, my hair comes out silky and soft but still retains volume. Such a good product to try from Target!


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I didn't photograph this product, but I've been using the Veil primer lately and it's so good! It has a really silky texture that glides onto the skin really easily. Your makeup goes on top of it really well and it helps the look to last all day. Plus, a little goes a long way so it should last you awhile.

Have you tried any beauty products that you love lately? Let me know!