3 Clean Lip Products to try!

Oh hello. Hope all of you are well on this 3 day weekend! Huzzah!

A couple months ago when I talked about my hair care routine, I mentioned that I was on a mission to purge my current beauty products and transition to cleaner skincare/makeup. I also promised that I would share my finds with all of you! I’ve always been so focused about what goes into my body, and less about what goes on my body – it is high time I fixed that.

Just for a little history of my makeup routine….

In the past, I have used Bare Minerals (which I love) for all of my makeup products – eye shadow, lips, mascara, blush, foundation, you name it. I have super, super, super sensitive skin so I have to be really choosey with makeup. While Bare Minerals is definitely better than many other lines in terms of ingredients, it isn’t totally clean. Earlier this year, I started doing a lot of thinking about the fact that I was probably consuming most of what is on my lips as well as that my skin was soaking up everything I rubbed into it. So I started trying to read the ingredient lists on my beauty products and there was not a single item in my bathroom that I could totally decipher. Not okay.

As I started to research beauty products, I had 3 goals.

  1. Good, clean ingredients.
  2. Staying power. Quality products that work as well as the chemical stuff!
  3. Products that nourished my skin while wearing them.

For those of you wondering, here is what I consider to be a clean beauty product: free of parabens, sulfates, pthalates, almost completely organic, cruelty-free, gluten free, petrochemical free, mineral oil free, nanoparticle free, DEA free, EDTA free, and made with natural dye.

I realize this is a long list, but I stuck to it, and these stipulations really narrowed down my options. I was so pleased to find that there were companies who actually prioritize these values, which brings me to these products below.

I settled on giving Ilia my first shot in the clean beauty world and I was not disappointed. To start, isn’t the packaging just beautiful? Ilia uses recycled aluminum for their containers and I love the sleek modern style of their lipsticks. So pretty.

I decided to try 3 kinds of their lip color products:

  1. TINTED LIP CONDITIONER
  2. LIPSTICK
  3. LIPSTICK CRAYON

Here’s my natural lip color below for comparison. Hi!

TINTED LIP CONDITIONER $26

The first product I was drawn to was the tinted lip conditioner. As someone with dryer skin, my lips are always seeking moisture and most of the time, I end up wearing a tinted chapstick. When I saw the lip conditioner, I got excited in hopes that this would combine my need for a moisturized lip with the ability to still get a fun pop of color!

Other important thing to note is that there is the option to purchase these with SPF15. I have actually never owned a lip product that protected against sun damage because I honestly have never thought about the need for it! And it really makes sense. This skin on our lips is actually extremely thin and very prone to sun damage. It is just as important (if not more) to protect our lips from the sun as it is our bodies! On a purely cosmetic note, being that our lips are so delicate and easily burned, when they are damaged they actually become thinner (not okay) and age more quickly (also not okay), just like the skin on the rest of our bodies. Again, makes total sense and I have no idea why this hadn’t crossed my mind before, but it is definitely something important for us ladies to think about.

I went for the SPF line for my first try since I’m constantly outside and walking to and from work, but I will definitely be investing in the other non SPF colors as well.

The tinted lip conditioner is sheer, but very buildable and it gives my lips the same feeling I’m looking for from a tinted chapstick. This is my favorite of the products I purchased because it’s so easily wearable for every day life. Blue eyed girls, this majorly makes your eyes pop! I tried to catch that as best as I could in the photos below below. I highly recommend this line and color!

The color I purchased is called Kamikize and is described as a “hot raspberry pink”.

Sheer Look

fuller coverage

Isn’t that eye pop wild? All time favorite lip product forever. I won’t be going anywhere without this in my purse!

LIPSTICK $26

For a lipstick, I was again on the hunt for something that could be worn on a daily basis. I was really hoping to find a sweet pink that wasn’t fake or chalky looking – why is it so hard to find a light pink lip that doesn’t look caked on and gross? I just want my lips to look like lips!

So for the first time ever, I have found a light pink lip color that I love! This lipstick is moisturizing and goes on so smoothly. Staying power is pretty good as the color seems to soak into your lips almost like a stain (natural stain yesssss!!!), but being that its natural it’s not going to be any sort of 12 hour coverage or anything like that. I didn’t have any issues with it catching onto dry spots on my lips (you know what I mean? hate that) which is a major plus as well.

Sometimes I find that as my lipsticks come off throughout the day, it leaves a ring of color around my lips. Not issues with that on any of these 3 lip products.

The color I purchased is called In My Room and is described as a muted pink. I’m super into Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran right now and there’s a line that says “in my room” which is 50% of why I chose this lipstick 🙂 It think it is a really sweet color.

LIP CRAYON $24

So my girlfriend Aimee introduced me to lip crayons and have to say, I really like them because I think they are easier to apply than a lipstick. For this lip crayon, I was after something fun for summer and I just love this coral color! It really pops.

Of the the three lip products, this one has the most staying power. When I watched a youtube video on this lip product, it was described as going on wet and drying to a more matte finish and I found this to definitely be true (and likely contributes to why it stays on well). And while yes, it dries, it did not dry my lips out which is kind of unheard of.

This color is called Karma Chameleon which is described as a red coral.

So just to summarize, I recommend all 3 of these lip items as I think they each serve a different purpose in your makeup bag.

My personal favorite is the lip conditioner being a tinted chapstick/sheer coverage girl. If you’re a lipstain user, you will probably like the crayon the best. If you’re a lipstick lover, go for the traditional lipstick! If you’re indecisive, get all 3 🙂

These are definitely an investment with each costing around $25 so I was ready to be really hard on them, but honestly, I think they are worth it. I would rather have a handful of lipsticks that were moisturizing my lips with coconut and cranberry oils, healing and nourishing my skin, wearing beautifully throughout the day, and serving the earth better than 30 cheap lip products that I can’t feel good about putting on my body. Quality over quantity in my opinion.

Here are some swatches on my hand too so that you can see the colors more clearly. I don’t know about you guys, but it is a Christmas Miracle in my book to find a moisturizing lip product and you can really see that in these swatches. To clarify though, they are moisturizing, not wet. 

I purchased these 3 items from Sephora since I had a giftcard (thanks Aunt Anna 🙂 ), but I would recommend purchasing on the Ilia website since you get 10% off your first purchase through their site. Sephora also only carries some of the Ilia products and if you’re interested in checking out their other lines of makeup and skincare, the Ilia website is definitely the better place to shop.

I hope this was helpful to those of you that are interested in cleaning up your makeup. As I keep adding in more healthy beauty products to my daily routine, I’ll keep you in the loop as to what I like!

xo, B

Home Decor on a Budget

Hi all! Happy Friday!

Today I have a little bit of a different post for you. Interestingly, my most read post has been my 5 things I’m loving right now. I’ll make sure to do those monthly. I’ve been getting lots of emails and texts saying that you guys have been enjoying your purchases – yay! So I’m hoping to produce some more of that content. It seems this is turning into more of a lifestyle blog and I’m loving it! I know some of you checked out OfferUp and found that it was amazing in some cities and not as amazing in others. I’m sure as the app grows and more people start using it, it will get even better. I love it so much more than Craigslist! Keep me posted on what goodies you’re finding.

Since my OfferUp finds have been mostly home decor and I had some requests to see more of the furniture we have purchased on the app, I thought I would share with you how we decorated our 1 bed/1 bath on a budget in San Diego! Home decor can totally be done inexpensively and I hope this provides some ideas and inspiration for any of you who are ready for a summer sprucing.

Being freshly out of college, I have been decorating on a budget and collecting pieces over the last two years. My cute hubby has been out of college a bit longer than me hence our awesome apartment, but we actually found this through Craigslist! If you’re looking to rent in a big city, a lot of individuals advertise their condos for rent on Craigslist. Usually the overall cost is a lot cheaper when working through an individual than a large apartment complex.

When we lived in Dallas, we had a lovely 2 bed/2 bath for about 2/3rds of the price, but living in downtown San Diego has sure been fun. Oh Cali, you expensive place, you. Also, I never thought I would say this, but I actually loved downsizing in regards to stuff. Michael and I are really into de-cluttering these days and investing in pieces that are long-lasting and high quality. New Motto: quality over quantity.

We’ve had a lot of luck in the furniture department finding nice pieces that are used, but we also found some good quality cheepies, so I thought I would share for those of you who are curious!

Side note: please enjoy The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the TV screen 🙂 Now you know my guilty pleasures.

Let’s start with our living room…

Can you tell from these photos how dark and dreary it has been in SD?

Our apartment is basically one open room which we love. Someday, when we purchase a house, the two top things on nour list are open concept living and high ceilings. We decided we would rather have extra square footage in our living space than a second bedroom and it has been really nice to not feel on top of each other. I wanted to designate specific areas for specific purposes – living area, dining room, desk, music area. So I placed our couch right in the middle of the room to create a divide between eating and living areas.

People always ask about our couch. SO in expensive and SO comfortable! I know it says $619.00 right now, but NFM has a lot of sales and we purchased it for around $550 with a discount code. Also, delivery was $19.99! People always think our TV stand is from Pottery Barn, but it is actually another great buy from Nebraska Furniture Mart. And lastly, this coffee table rocks for only $100. It is huge which is awesome for people who love to entertain (me). Check out the NFM website if you’re in a city where they deliver. My mother and father-in-law introduced me 🙂

Pro tip for people who are always cold like me: Ross has the best and cutest blankets. So comfy and cozy! And cheep. The two on our couch were less than $20.

The wine shelf above was $35 dollars on OfferUp. Seriously, use this app.

I always have candles. Always always always. This candle has become one of my favorites and I really like the whole Chesapeake Bay line. It was a gift from a friend and now I’m addicted!

This bowl is usually a talking point with guests for two reasons. 1, It is funky and awesome. 2, there is usually chocolate in it. It has become one of my favorite pieces in our home and was a surprise wedding gift from 2 of our dear friends. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, it is definitely a fun one and comes in different sizes and colors. Note to self: need to restock chocolate!

The favorite items from OfferUp were this table and chairs. We basically stole the Pottery Barn table for $350 (including delivery) and the chairs for $40/piece. One of the things I love about this table is that it extends. We can comfortable seat 10 or cozy up for 12, and being someone who loves entertaining, that is a huge plus for me. We will be choosing our future apartments and homes based on places that can accommodate this table! Not a joke 🙂 I found the same items online if you’re on the hunt for something similar and have a little $$ to spend.

Exact chairs are here.

Similar tables are here and here. And I just LOVE this reclaimed wood one here.

This piano was the first piece of furniture I bought after graduating. I owned this before I owned a bed or a couch 🙂 I purchased this off of craigslist from a family in Highland Park that was moving. I paid $800 for the instrument, delivery, and tuning. If you’re on the hunt, I would keep my eye out on Craigslist of OfferUp. People are often selling when they are moving so you can steal yourself a great deal if you catch someone when they are on a time crunch. Make sure to have your seller send you videos of the instrument’s sound, let you know it’s history, and get a chance to play it before purchasing. Super important.

This bookshelf was another OfferUp purchase for $75. You can buy it here.

And finally, the beaded bike. I have a thing for anything with bikes on it in regards to home decor. I actually found this at Ross and have had incredible luck with home decor items from that store! They have everything and it’s inexpensive. Lots of our picture frames came from there!

Michael has the cutest little desk corner. He’s had his desk forever and purchased it from Mathis Brothers.

The lamp on his desk was a steal from the Target Clearance, but this is a similar lamp shade here. Currently digging this style of lamp base too. Also, greatest kept secret of life: the dollar store has great picture frames as well. This photo frame came from there as did many others in our home!

Michael’s desk chair came from Overstock. It is actually quite comfortable, looks beautiful, and is a steal for only $164.99.

And finally, the last pieces of our space, this picture ledge and these 8×10 black picture frames are from target clearance, but appear to be back in stock! The ledges come in a variety of different colors and sizes. I want to get more! The white hooks below the shelf are actually from the dollar store! White picture frames are from Ross which I purchased in a big pack and then painted white. Hanging Mirrors are from Home Goods and were about $8 a piece.

I like to have everything ready to go by the door or else I forget something. My next “to do” is getting some sort of a phone console on the wall because I almost always make it out of the house without my cell phone. Anyone else have this problem?? I like to have my grocery bags, keys, purse, umbrella, etc for easy an easy grab and go!

Alright ya’ll, that is a wrap on how we decorated our home on a budget! If you have any questions feel free to email me at birdseedandbirdsong@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram. My next home decor post will include Kitchen, Bathroom, and Bedroom. Happy Weekend to all!

xo, B

WIAW – the weight loss formula

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. Hope I’m finding all of you well!

I’ve got my usual Wednesday eats for you and some intermittent thoughts on weight loss. This topic is constantly popping up in my daily life and the way it has taken over our world amazes me. So I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.

Morning Coffee (insert praise hands emoji)

Smoothie – Banana, strawberries, raspberries, cashew butter, chia seeds, almond milk

One of my biggest concerns as a parent someday (not pregnant) is that my kiddos don’t identify food as good or bad. Might sound strange being a passionate lover of healthy food, but I’m more concerned about healthy minds. To me, balance comes from a healthy mentality and that is so, so tricky to maintain in this world with constant weight loss chatter everywhere you turn. I see beautiful people “allowing themselves to have a burger” because they’ve only eaten salads for dinner this week and i hate. that. mentality. Agh. Been there.

Bites of cheese because it was being passed around at work. Holla. 

It doesn’t matter where I am, but as I sit at a restaurant, my office, or just hear someone walking by on the phone, I can’t help but notice conversations about lean cuisines, weight watchers, logging calories into an app….I just hate hearing people feel so trapped by food. Having a past with restrictive eating myself, I know this feeling well and escaping it is so hard. Why? Because it is what our world preaches.

*Just to clarify, for those of you who have had success through any sort of dieting that has resulted in a healthy relationship with food, I applaud you. I only mean to share my experiences and musings 🙂 *

I constantly hear carbs are bad, fat is bad, calories are bad (?!?!?!). What is good anymore? Even if I eat too many apples apparently that’s bad because of carbs and sugar and whatever else (someone legit commented on the carbs I consume from fruit..?!?!?!). People get all worked up when they see how much food I can eat and don’t understand why weight isn’t something I struggle with. And yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, I am a good eater 🙂

Bur there are a few reasons why I can eat well and maintain a healthy body and it all comes down to a good relationship with food. And let me tell you, it has not always been that way for me.

Handfuls of trail mix

This curry recipe I posted last week with jasmine rice. Pro tip: cook your jasmine rice in a can of full fat coconut milk. SO GOOD.

Food and I have not always been friends, and I’ve tried every diet out there over the years. I’ve been low carb, low fat, low food (avoid this one please)…and lemme tell you I did not thrive on any of these diets. Here’s my theory: eating restrictions are not easily maintainable because they create anxiety in social situations and a lack of contentment which is why they don’t work long term. What I found personally, was that when I took all the restrictions away and focused on nourishing my body, my weight problems went away, but so did a whoooooole lotta stress. Please ask my husband about the low fat low carb diet summer of 2011…….we refer to that as my evil days. So if you’re feeling trapped by diets, I invite you to experiment with letting go. It is not easy, I know.

Cheese stick and an apple for snacking purposes 🙂

One thing that is hard for many about embracing this freedom is that there is no formula. The reason I had embraced diet plans over the years was because there was supposed to be an answer to my problem. A “quick fix”. And I looooove a quick fix to all of my problems. The problem with these quick fixes is that there are chains that come along with them. Yes, I lost weight with my low carb diets, but I also began to struggle personally even though I was thinner. Social situations became overwhelming for me, my anxiety skyrocketed, and hunger pangs wouldn’t ever go away. So for me, the quick fix was exactly that….a quick fix. My long-term success cam from a complete lifestyle shift, and this transition took a lot of time and patience. But this transition did come with long term freedom from my shackles, and I wish that for all of you.

Dark Chocolate with almonds.

Dinner was salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, chicken cooked with olives and tomatoes, roasted brussel sprouts.

I understand that a change like that feel so huge. Letting go of diet plans is scary stuff! For those of us who like routine, order, and a means to an end (me), food freedom does not come easily. For those of you wanting a little taste of a formula, these are two of the things that I helped me transition from restrictive eating to food freedom.

  1. Eat everything. Restricting foods make you want them more! And for me, leads to overeating, binging, etc. Enjoy all foods!
  2. Focus on nutrients, rather than calories, fat, carbs, etc. Is your body receiving all the nutrients that it needs to function? We can talk more about nutrients in detail in another post, but it is seriously hard to get them all into your day! Make sure you’re eating enough!

This is the chocolate btw for those of you wondering. More after dinner!

So all this to say, if you are like me, and have done every diet on the planet, gotten the results, and then bounced right back to where you started because it wasn’t maintainable, there is something better in the weight loss world! Focussing on nourishment and overall health both mental and physical was ultimately the answer to taking my shackles off and being free.

If you’re looking for other bloggers who talk about food freedom, I recommend checking out The Real Life RD and Hummusapien who are both registered dietitians. They both talk a lot about taking off the chains, enjoying all foods, and focussing on nourishment. I found a lot of comfort reading their blogs in high school and well as my early college years and I navigated this new way of living my life!

See you guys tomorrow 🙂

xo, B

Wedding Recap Part 3 – The Vendors

Hi all. I am just having trouble keeping it all together right now! So many things I want to do and just nowhere near enough time. Anyone else? I totally missed the boat on getting this post up yesterday, so you’ll get an extra hello from me on Saturday. I have some really fun sponsored posts you’ll be seeing in the coming weeks and I am so excited to support these small business owners.

But back to weddings, here is part 3 of my all-inclusive guide to our wedding – yay! So today, we’re moving on to some vendors! We worked with so many amazing businesses to make this day happen.

Florals – The Bridal Garden by Lindi Collins

Just wow is all I have to say about working with Lindi. She is a doll, so fun to work with, and I also have to throw out there that her prices were the best I found in Tulsa, OK. By far. She is a true artist. Aside from that, she was happy to delve into all of my ideas and get extremely creative with me. I wanted to keep decor classic and simple with tons of florals and candles throughout and the flowers in the crystal goblets at our reception were my favorite.

CAKE by Icing on the Top

Agh. This cake was epic. We decided not to do a groom’s cake because we had some incredible greek sweets made by Michael’s nana. This bakery was lovely to work with because they do lots of creative cakes that are a bit out of the box and that was what I was after! I wanted to do tall thick layers rather than shorter thin layers. They nailed the flowers on it and I wish the sheer lace layer was easier to see, but it was delicate and classic.

PHOTO BOOTH – Route 66 Photo Booths

Okay, I would HIGHLY recommend using a photo booth at your wedding. Route 66 was a pleasure to work with and they included a sweet book full of photos and notes from our guests. The photos are customized with the colors/style of your wedding as well as with your names. It was honestly hysterical and just so much fun.

TRANSPORTATION – Old Urban Trolley

We are crazy people and had 3 venues for our wedding day. For those of you who don’t know, Michael and I were married twice! Because of this, we needed to get everyone to two churches and a reception venue. Since we wanted to keep everything as simple as possible, we thought it would be best for our bridal party to stick together. We kept all of our venues within a mile radius downtown and used the Old Urban Trolley to get to each location.

Photography – Lorena Burns Photography

I don’t even know where to start, but the photos speak the words I cannot. Lorena has become a friend of ours over the years and her talent is unmatched. She is absolutely unbelievable. She is so kind, easy to work with, flexible, creative, and a joy to be around. She travels, ya’ll so CALL HER. She has shot me around the Dallas area for Bridals, Headshots, Engagements, and more, but she also happily came to Tulsa to shoot our wedding as well as our rehearsal dinner.

That’s a wrap for recap 3! I’ll have more posts to come on some DIY projects, our venues, and some advice for the massive amount of decisions that you ladies and gents must make during this time.

xo, B

Mexican Chicken Soup

I’ve been doing a whole lotta cooking lately trying to get recipes nailed down for this space. I’m one of those cooks that doesn’t measure ANYTHING. I don’t even follow recipes. I just guess and taste test! Other people think it is strange, but it’s just how I operate 🙂

So I forced myself to actually measure and nail down some yummy recipes this weekend. My favorite kitchen gadget for an easy week of dinners is the crockpot. I love the ability to reheat and also to dump all of my ingredients into one bowl. Nothing better than convenience!

This soup is EASY. Since I’m writing to a lot of busy people, I think it’s only fitting that I focus on creating recipes that give your meals fun, flare, and creativity while also being super simple. This is one of Michael’s favorites and a regular around our house!

Please excuse dark final product photos, but we eat dinner late around here 🙂

Mexican Chicken Soup
Recipe type: Lunch / Dinner
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 lb. chicken breast (or 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • ½ cup salsa of choice
  • 1 can container black olives
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ package trader joe's taco seasoning
  • 1 small lime
  • avocados
  • Cilantro
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Into your crockpot goes chicken broth, salsa, black beans, black olives, taco seasoning, and the juice of one small lime. Your crockpot can be set on low or high depending on your schedule. I have cooked on high for 4 hours and on low for 8 hours and it makes no difference.
  2. Before serving, take your chicken breasts out of the crockpot and slice into thin pieces. Place chicken back into crockpot and serve.
  3. Last, saute finely slice onions in olive oil. Keep these slices long and slim. Saute until brown and translucent (about 20 minutes).
  4. Pour onions into crockpot and stir.
  5. Pour soup into bowls and top with shredded cheese, diced avocado, and cilantro. Enjoy!