What’s in your makeup bag?

A makeup bag, a place where all of your must-have beauty products and daily items like that coconut oil that you can’t live without, comingle. And if you ask me, the contents of one’s bag can tell you a lot about its owner. Are you a simple no fuss person? Lipstick hoarder? Or the all natural beauty product loving gal like myself? We thought we would give you a peek inside our makeup bags that we carry around everyday.

It all starts with the makeup bag itself. Always on the hunt for that one perfect bag to add to the collection, I discovered Lovestitch on Instagram. I was initially looking for a weekender bag for my sister’s bachelorette party. The one I currently owned was probably five years old and desperately needed to be replaced. While shopping their Instagram feed I saw some cool boho inspired cosmetics bags, and it was love at first sight. This is where our love story begins with Lovestich’s line, an understated boho feel and that California vibe we love so much.

You can shop each of our bags below too!

Let’s start with me!!!

Photos by Little Meg

All my goodies are packed away in the moody Venezia Makeup Bag. Soft and beautifully embroidered, this origami make up bag with beaded pom-pom zipper detail is too cute to not have a place on top of my vanity. Usually, I will store it in a cabinet, but not this baby. For the past couple years, I have been trying only to buy all natural products that aren’t filled with anything I can’t pronounce. But I do have some true and tried products that aren’t natural that I can’t live without. On an everyday basis, I only wear mascara and loose powder following my daily skincare routine. My bag is a mixed collection of my favorite items for every day.

Every morning, I start my day with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, and Kapuluan Coconut Oil to give my skin a little pick me up, and nourishment from the raw cold-pressed coconut oil. Followed by Sun Project Shimmer Sun Essence Lotion to add a natural glow to skin while protecting from the powers of the sun with this SPF 30 sunscreen. It is so soft! I just love it! Lastly, a spritz of the best smelling perfume out there. If you love coconut; you will be smitten over the Lait De Coco spray.

This mama spends maybe 5 minutes on her hair in the morning. You will either see me with a top knot my go-to look or in a hat. House of Intuition, Hair Mystics Harmony Spray is a sea salt spray I use that is made with naturally refreshing fragrances + essential oils to condition and hydrate my hair.

On hand ALWAYS, is the Howard’s Guava candy. I’m one big guava freak, and these give me my daily fix.

I love this Taksumi Detox Deodorant in the travel size. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I apply this bamboo charcoal deodorant a couple of times a day.

I always carry my calm essential oil blend with me in case I need it throughout the day, and lately that has been a lot! We are going to be sharing more about essential oils soon, and I’m so excited about it! As well, I pack a lip and skin mask just in case I’m feeling extra dry. We have been traveling a lot lately back and forth from Sacremento, and these have come in handy. Last but not least, Milk Makeup Balm in Babe and Pure Paw Paw Ointment for dry, cracked lips, and cuts. I use Pure Paw Paw on the kids too, and it helps instantly. It’s one of my favorite products that I can’t live without.

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On to What’s in Leah’s makeup bag…

Photos by Megan Welker

My favorite Lovestitch bag is the Loa make up bag.  I like it because it’s a long tube-like bag that will fit longer brushes or makeup palates that I sometimes tote along.  Especially when we are doing events, and we show up early and grungy, then have to put on our game faces for the main event.  But what I take with me every day is different.

Most of what you will see in my bag is by Honest Beauty.  I’m pretty addicted to it since I rarely have time to myself these days.  All I have to do is log onto the website every month, and three new makeup pieces are shipped to me for $50!! Deal…right??!!  So I never have to make that trip to the mall for makeup, it’s super convenient right now.  And if I don’t like something, the returns are easy, and the customer service is good.  No complaints here!  So above is the concealer you can find here.  I always need concealer on hand for sure.

One thing I never leave the house without is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps.  The best hand lotion everrrrrr!!!  Especially in the winter time.  The mascara is good, comes with a primer, which I like and easy for those 2 seconds per eye mascara jobs on a busy day.  It’s also not a pain to take off every night; it’s perfect for everyday use.  Since I don’t wear a lot of makeup every day, sometimes l like a bold lip with some light mascara to do the job.  You can find this pretty bright gloss here.  It goes on pretty natural, don’t let the rich color here fool you.

Always need a sheer good gloss you can find this one here.

And last but not least my creme foundation you can find here.  It’s thick enough to even out my skin, and hide my lovely sun spots, but yet thin enough for everyday use…if that makes sense, haha!  I know you get it!

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Last, but certainly not least!

Jacquelyn and her set of essential goodies she can’t live without!

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi

I have to say; I’m not the most beauty conscious or oriented girl.  Although, I should probably change that as I get older because these wrinkles aren’t getting any better, haha!  But there are a few essentials that I always use and have to have around.  They are my everyday items that I usually don’t leave home without!

Aquaphor – Have you ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where they use Windex for everything?  Well, that’s how I am about Aquaphor!  Oh, you have a cut?  Use Aquaphor.  Oh, your nose is red from having a cold?  Use Aquaphor.  You have a rash?  Use Aquaphor.  You get my point.  I use it a lot for a chapstick and just always love having it handy, you know because I would die without it :)

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve – My mom puts this lip balm in my stocking every year, and I use it all the time, and it will last me a full year!  I love the soft pink tint it gives to my lips, and it keeps them moisturized and shiny without being sticky.  It’s definitely one of my go-to items I always have to have, these big lips gotta stay hydrated or else they get majorly chapped!

Honest Beauty Mascara & Lipgloss – So Leah introduced me to the Honest Beauty product line – do you see a pattern here?  I can’t find any beauty products myself because I’m useless in this department, haha.  But seriously, I fell in love with these products the minute I tried them.  For one thing, you can order everything online, and it’s delivered straight to your door quickly.  The products are not tested on animals and don’t have parabens, paraffin, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances- you know, the bad stuff. I was on the hunt for a new mascara- I had used Dior Show for years, but I was so sick of how long it took me to get it off at the end of the day. I love how Honest is effective and works but also comes off easily at the end of the day.

And their lipgloss colors are so pretty! I am currently obsessed with Dreamy Kiss and Generous Kiss. I’ll be trying more of their products soon!

Sun Bum Sunscreen Stick – So this is something my Nanny introduced me to!  I love Sun Bum products because they work and (mainly) because of the smell.  I find myself buying most of my beauty products because of the smell including hair, lotion, lip gloss, you name it.  But this particular item is one that I love b/c it’s perfect for kids and when I’m on the go.  It’s small, so it fits into my makeup bag, it would even fit in my pocket!  And my son Court has loved using this since he was 1!  He loves putting it on his face even, and we all know the struggle of putting sunscreen on kids!  It’s like trying to wrestle an alligator, so when you have something that they don’t mind putting on and are even willing to do it themselves?!  Winning….

Miss Marisa Oil – This has been one of my favorite scents for around ten years now!  It basically smells like summer and the beach, and who doesn’t love that?!  It reminds me of warm days in the sun with some sweetness to it.  I love rubbing a little bit on my wrists, and I’m good to go!  I have never gotten sick of this scent, and I don’t think I ever will!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray– Ok, so this stuff I can’t live without! Whenever I have a day where I don’t feel like washing my hair- which can be a lot these days because duh, mom life- I just spray this magical stuff on my hair and voila! It looks even better than the days I actually wash my and do it! Did I mention the smell?!? Gah, I love it… So if you’re like me and barely get 5 minutes to yourself for such extravagant things like a shower, then this is for you :)

Davines OI Hand Balm – I love keeping my hands moisturized and soft, but I hate the feeling of them being greasy.  This hand balm gives me exactly what I want.  Soft hands with no slick and yucky grease.  I also love the smell to it; it just smells clean if that makes sense… There I go with my smells again!  Speaking of smells, Davines has my favorite hair spray which also smells so yummy!

Goody Elastic Hair Ties – Do I even need to say anything?!  I love these because, well, I’m a girl, haha!  I can’t leave home without a hair tie; you never know when you need them!  They are usually on my wrist which is a HUGE pet peeve for any photographer you’ll ever meet, so I’ve gotten used to keeping them in my bag.  I usually use two at a time, I’m not sure why, but my hair just feels more secure and better when I do.  These are the ultimate everyday essential for me!!!  Can’t live without them!

NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder & Eco Tools Brush – I have to have bronzer, like every day… I feel naked without it!  California girl problems, but I love having some color on my face and NARS has been my favorite for a while now.  I just got into this brush line as well; it’s super soft to the face which I love.

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xx

Abby

 

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By on February 24, 2017 in BEAUTY, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS

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Stylish Oscar Hosting Ideas

It’s Oscar time! Gather your girlfriends, pass out the cocktails, and get ready for some red carpet action. A perfect girls night in. With the Oscars being its fancy self, you should too! This year, we made a stylish and relaxed setup for you to gather around. Enjoy some delightful nibbles (incredibly easy to make) while gossiping of who wore what, and who is going to take home the Oscar.

I got flowers from my local Whole Foods and made the arrangement myself.

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When it comes to a successful girls night in, it’s all based on two things: cocktails and food. It was all about citrus for this star-studded evening. For the food, I found this grapefruit and pickled radish salad that instantly made my mouth water. A fancy salad for an elegant evening with your girlfriends and your favorite A-list actors. Alongside, is beet chips served with a french onion herb dip. Not your ordinary chip and dip here. For the cocktails, my favorite part, I wanted to do two different ones. A classic rosé to serve to your girlfriends upon arrival, our go to is, of course, One Hope Wine. Served in a collection of mixed champagne flutes on a copper plated charger from Crate and Barrel.  Later as the show was about to start, a grapefruit gin cocktail garnished with grapefruit and a herb sprig will be served.

Wilder Salad Plate | Ridge Flatware | Champagne Napkin


Here is the recipe for that A-list salad!

Pickled Radish And Grapefruit Salad
Serves 3-4

Two small ruby grapefruit, peeled and segmented
Two blood oranges, peeled and segmented
2 cup watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (follow this recipe for pickling)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
2 cups watercress and micro greens
edible flowers, to garnish (optional)

Arrange the grapefruit, pickled radishes and greens on a platter. I used Little Market’s handmade olive wood board for my tray. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Decorate with edible flowers. Drizzle the pickling liquid just before serving. This salad couldn’t be easier to prepare ahead of time.


Lastly, a fun touch is having Oscar ballots for the ladies to fill out. I found this printable one here from Sugar and Charm.

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Cheers to a magical night!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By on February 23, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, COCKTAILS, EATS, ENTERTAINING, FOOD

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SoCozy Products

Hey, Guys! Abby here, I have to tell you about one of my new favorite products for the littles that I discovered. I’m always on the look out for bath products that will accommodate my kid’s needs. Jett, my 4-year-old is super sensitive to bath products. He will often get a rash or hives that leave him with discomfort through the night. Alongside his chronic croup and asthma, we have to be careful with what we use on him. Poor bubba. I have to give it to him, though, he is always smiling and being silly even when he doesn’t feel well. It sure makes this mama feel a little bit better, but it breaks my heart he isn’t 100% healthy.

The other day I was at my solitude of peace, Target, getting something I “needed.” I remembered while aimlessly walking through the aisles that I needed to try another bath product for Jett. I immediately was drawn to a colorful bath product called SoCozy. I read the label and discovered that it has safe ingredients. No nasties; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. Safe and effective, and completely non-toxic. Made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, and propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts was huge for me. So here we go.

Two months later, and we have had no rashes, hives, discomfort, struggles for bedtime cause we just itch so much. We laugh in our family because Jett always says I want to take a cozy bath tonight. Who knew in the end, the product that would work for this little man is called SoCozy. We use the Cinch 3 in1, Cinch Detangler, and Behave Styling Cream. In addition to Jett’s sensitive needs, we have our sassy 6-year old Dylan who needs one strong detangler to get through her wild locks. SoCozy detangler is the lion tamer we were looking for, and she can do it herself. Winner! One less thing for me to tackle at the end of the night.

Dear SoCozy,

I’m beyond grateful for your dedication in creating a product is uber safe for little ones and remaining super cool and smelling amazing at the same time. Most of all, you have helped this mama get through bathtime that was once filled with tears and screams to laughs and happy babies.

xx

One Happy Mama

You can find SoCozy at Target, CVS, and Walgreens!

xx

Abby

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By on February 22, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS

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A Baby Sprinkle for Julia & Lizzie

Last week my buddy Julia welcomed her second baby, Lizzie Swain Wheeler.  I had the honor of throwing her a sprinkle with Rachael of Siren Floral and wanted to share it with you.  The shower was held at the Romantik Studio, also owned by Rachael.  It was a special day with friends and I couldn’t be happier for Julia.

I feel so lucky to have found a friend like Julia through this industry.  It’s hard not to fall in love with someone who is so supportive, smart and kind.  She is a sounding board for me on days when I feel at a loss, whether it be with work or even with what’s going on in our world.  It’s so rare to find people like her so I knew I had to make this day as special as she was, or at least try!

All photos are by Taryn Kent

It was a small sprinkle with about 15 of us, nice and intimate just the way I like it!  The colors were neutrals and mint, inspired by Julia’s favorite blanket colors from her Gunn & Swain collection.  I used beautiful pieces from Hostess Haven for the tabletop; a mix of woods, whites and mint glassware.  My friend Courtney of Poppy Jack Shop made the prettiest metallic place cards that complimented the setting perfectly.

The beautiful flowers were of course done by Rachael.  That girl is beyond talented and the biggest sweetheart ever.  And did I mention she is the hostess with the mostest?!

The rentals were from my friends at Witty, who helped us with the cutest lounge set up!!  I love the pops of color with the neutrals!  Their inventory just keeps getting better and better!

Lunch was catered by Posh Nosh and it was beyond yummy!  Little bites and a big salad = happy tummies!  Don’t you just love all the color veggies bring to the table?!

And dessert… Let’s talk about dessert!  This shelving unit from Witty was full of tasty treats from We Are Native Tongue.  The creme brûlée in the oranges were my favorite, but that cake is oh so cute too!

Such a fun day celebrating our mama friend and her new babe!  Now I just have to get my butt down to San Diego to meet and snuggle that sweet girl!

Love you Jules!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 21, 2017 in BABY SHOWER

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Wedding Spotlight – Bloom Babes

I’m excited to continue our wedding vendor spotlight today with Bloom Babes!  Angie & Emily are two best friends that fell into the floral world and have taken it by storm.  These girls have become some of our favorite to work with.  Angie & Emily are incredibly talented and their work is consistently gorgeous, we can always rely on them to make anything beautiful.  They are also truly genuine and kind people and pretty darn hilarious!  Plus they really do live up to their name, they’re total babes, which is evident in the photos below.  Here’s more about these gorgeous girls, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them just like me!

How did you two meet and become friends?

Emily and I have known each other since middle school! It wasn’t until after high school, though, that we became BFFs through a mutual friend. We traveled to visit my family in Argentina and hike the Inca Trail in Peru together early on in our relationship, and I think that was the trip that bonded us to sister status. Our biggest bonding moment was being deathly sick together with food poisoning in a tiny little town in Peru… but that’s for another time to tell ;)

How and when did you get started as florists?

We got into the florist industry because it was our destiny! Haha well at least I think thats the case. We both come from a background seeped in nature and art and floral design is a perfect combination of the two. Ditching our existing paths and choosing to work at local flower shops in 2013 was the stepping stone for us to becoming Bloom Babes. When we started helping our friends with their weddings, we began getting inquiries from other people and we just kind of kept rolling with it, we just said “yes” to everything and let the pieces fall into place. Everything snowballed so naturally and effortlessly that we realized we had to be in the right place doing the right thing.

How is it working with one of your best friends?

We jokingly call each other our wife — it’s just like being in a marriage. Learning to communicate our wants and needs and always looking out for the best interest of each other has been integral. We have learned to identify our strengths and weaknesses and fill in for each other when one of us falls short or is struggling. It’s a great feeling to know we’ve got each other’s back and that we’re in it together. I also love that we still choose to hang out as friends outside of the business. Our friendship brought the business together so making sure we put it aside at times and laugh and play together is really important to us.

What do you love most about working on weddings?

Every wedding we get to be part of is a huge honor for us. It feels like we are doing more than just a job — we are there in the beginning chapter of our clients’ lives, and that feels really special. The fact that they chose us to be part of that pivotal moment for them makes us feel so thankful for our work and gives us a huge sense of purpose. We live for the excitement of our brides’ faces when they get to see their bouquet for the first time. We seriously feel like we could do backflips every time our client feels really stoked on our work.

Tell us 3 words that describe each of you…

Emily is probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. She get’s shit DONE! Her confidence is inspiring and she has a great vocabulary, haha! But she has a way of making you feel at ease and calm instantly which I think is rare to find. She will make you laugh within 5 minutes of meeting her so I suggest flossing also :).

As for me, this was tough to answer for myself so I asked Emily to do it. She said I was hands on, handsome, and humble. I think that’s pretty solid answer, so I’ll take it.

Tell us 3 things we may not know about you…

The first 3 things that come to mind about Emily… She was a talented track athlete in high school and college, and even trained for the olympic bobsledding team for some time. Her grandmother in her younger years was in a blue grass band called ‘The Moanin’ Lisas’. She has 2 of the most adorable dachshunds you’ve ever seen, and when they wrestle and play together she calls it “Weiner wars”. Also, she has a thing about textures so if you know whats good for you please keep all navel oranges and sandpaper at a far distance.

As for me.. I used to hypnotize my pet lizards as a child, I have 7 fur children (2 cats, a dog, and 4 chickens) that I love with all of my heart, and my husband and I will soon be living in a tiny house on wheels! We filmed an episode of “Tiny House Big Living” during the build which will air soon on DIY Network and HGTV. February 23rd at 6:30 pm PST on DIY Network to be exact haha!! (There’s drama that unfolds and I can’t wait to see)

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve ever worked on with Bejios?

WOW such a hard question because every bit of work we’ve done with Beijos has just been the absolute best. I think going back to one of our first shoots together which was our Cinco de Mayo photoshoot. It was effortless and it came together magically. We still see so much traffic on our website and Pinterest from this shoot. It was so innovative and different which made it so special!

Thank you for sharing ladies!!!  And I have to just throw in this pic, because I freaking love these girls and this is so them!

I feel lucky to get to work with these girls who are beauties both inside and out!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 20, 2017 in FLORALS, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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