Brand OCD: Philosophy

Before I get started, here’s a little pic from our recent weekend trip 🙂



Ever since high school, I’ve been on the endless hunt for the perfect skincare routine to make my easily annoyed skin happy. I recently decided to try more of the Philosophy brand because so many people give their stuff raving reviews.

I’ve used Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple face wash. While I think it’s a nice gentle facial cleanser, I don’t think it’s anything spectacular. It does get eye makeup off rather easily, but none of that really wows me when I still use a eye makeup remover prior to washing anyway. My sister does love it and I’m sure it’s perfect for more drier skin types than my oil spill of a face.

I recently tried their Hope in a Jar Night cream. I have seen tons of hype around the product for years and didn’t think it was suited for my oily skin. I then got tired of all my night skincare moisturizer and decided to see if this product is worth it. In short, it is! The cream is thick and super-hydrating. It doesn’t break me out or make me oilier though I do use this at night, of course. I do feel like my skin is smoother to the touch and will be buying a full-size in the very near future.

When trying a new face or skin product, I usually combine it with my current product and use the new one in a small area to “test” it out before going full-face. I would totally rather break out/get irritated in a small portion (jawline) rather than all over my face. Does anyone else do this?!

I also love their Miracle Worker Retanoid Eye Repair Cream. It’s silicon-y and moisturizing and seemed to help with fine lines around my eyes. I am currently using something else, but will probably eventually re-buy this eye cream.

I have gotten a sample of the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Energizing Moisturizer w/ SPF 30 (not the oil-free version) but haven’t tried it yet. It says to have caffeine to help detoxify and decongest the skin which is perfect for me to try on our upcoming Bermuda trip. If anyone has used this stuff, please let me know your thoughts on it & what kind of skin type you have! 🙂


BONUS PICTURES! I have been painting my nails all sortsa colors lately. Check em out below 🙂

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Essie in Mint Candy Apple

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Sally Hansen Xtreme in Pacific Blue & Sally Hansen Nail Stickers in Check It Out for the accent nail

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Essie DJ Play That Song and Color Club Nail Art Pen in Black (From May Birchbox, a sweet little kit is here) & Butter London glitter in West End Wonderland


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Chambray Shirt: Express (last season)

Tank: Target “Long and Lean” Tanks [*BONUS! They’re on sale for $5.40 right now]

Jeans: Express Extreme Stretch Leggings (not available anymore! wah!)

Shoes: Toms in Camo

*Please ignore my lovely garbage can. I can’t take a picture without that damned thing sneaking in! I need a better full-length mirror 😛

Everyday Makeup Drawer + OOTD

I have a drawer in my vanity that I keep makeup I use regularly and items I want to remember to use and/or try out.

Here’s an updated drawer list for ya and how I use each of these products for my simplistic everyday makeup.


1: Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder – I use this to set my under eye concealer with a small Real Techniques setting brush.

2: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Light/Medium, Milk Chocolate – I think this one is pretty obvious but I also use it as a crease color for when I’m in a rush! I’m too pale to use many bronzers out there but this one works well and smells like chocolate, as I’m sure most of you know by now. I use this with a Real Techniques blush brush because the pointed but fluffiness allows me to precisely contour my cheeks and around my hairline.

3: Nars Blush in Amour – This is a gorgeous berry pink shade that is perfect for this time of year when you need a bit more color but not the pastels of spring or brights of summer. I use it with a Sigma Large Angled Contour F40.

4: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – I’m in love with this peach shimmery shade of blush and use it almost every day as it goes with everything.

5: Stila eyeshadow in Kitten – I use this to highlight my brow bone, cheekbones, and obviously for an eyeshadow and mostly in my inner tearduct area. It is super smooth and buttery. It’s so multipurpose!

6: Nyx “Set It Don’t Fret It” HD Mineral Powder – I love this for adding a little more coverage to my BB cream or foundation. It’s never cakey and keeps my oily skin smooth and matte. I use this with a Real Techniques Setting brush.

7: Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder – I just got this so I’m trying it out for the very first time. So far, it minimizes the look of my pores around my nose and is super smooth as a setting powder with a big fluffy Sigma F30.

8. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal – I love this buttery highlighter. I saw this in one of Melmph’s videos (a haul maybe) and loved the shade. I don’t have very many highlighters and this is different in anything I would normally pick since it’s rather gold/yellow toned but yet neutral too. I use this to highlight my brow bone, cheek bones, cupids bow, you name it. I use this with a Sigma F05 Small Contour brush.

9. Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit in Light – I use the lightest shade of powder to fill in any sparse areas after I’ve lined my brows with a pencil. It makes for a softer look which I like best. I use a flat edge synthetic liner brush from Crown Brushes (something like this).

10. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 – This yellow-based concealer is perfect for red spots and neutralizes the redness. It stays put all day too! Holy grail status here, people. I use a Sigma F70 concealer brush to apply it (or my finger).

11. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 – I use this underneath my eyes for dark shadows in the lightest shade they make, which is totally sad. Oh well. I blend it out with a Sigma F60 Foundation brush and apply whatever is left on the brush to my eyelids to neutralize any redness.

12. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder – I got this as a sample from Sephora and I love to use it to set blemishes with it using the sponge that it comes with. The color is a little too warm/dark for me so I plan on purchasing the 2 or 3 shade and giving a lighter shade a try since I love it so far.

13. Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara – I never saw this mascara before I heard someone talk about it on YouTube. I needed a new everyday mascara and this one is perfect. It lengthens without being too thick since my eyelashes are already rather long. It gives me length and moderate volume.

14. 100% Pure Fruit Pigment Mascara in Black Ink – I have yet to try this little baby as I just got in a Birchbox which I posted about here, if anyone is interested.

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel – I got this as a 100 point perk from Sephora and I’m so happy I did. I love it doesn’t make your eyebrows hard and shiny!

16. Cynthia Rowley Liquid Eyeliner in Black Ink – I got this in my Birchbox and so far, love the pen since it’s just like my all-time favorite, the L’Oreal Super Slim liner. I’ve used it a bit and so far, wish it was a little more ‘liquidy’ but I may just need to store it tip-down.

17. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde – I use this to outline the bottom of my brow and define the tail. I especially love using the spoolie at the end to blend everything in and soften the look.

Bonus! A little (belated) Valentine’s Day outfit of the day!



Sweater: AXParisUSA   |  Jeans: Express (similar)  |  Boots: Gilt

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