best of fillmore beauty mini haul (+ some glossier goodies)

Best of Fillmore Beauty Mini Haul 1

The reason I love speciality beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta is because you can find everything you want in one place. I have the pleasure of living near Fillmore Street in San Francisco, so if you’ve got time to peruse the seven blocks that hold Aesop, Le Labo, Benefit Cosmetics, L’Occitane en Provence, Atelier Cologne, Credo Beauty, MAC, SpaceNK, Kiehl’s, NARS, and Walgreen’s, then you’re basically smack dab in a cosmetic wonderland. When the weekend rolls around I’m usually too lazy to do much of anything, but if I need to get my beauty fix I don’t have far to go. This morning—though it was very tempting—I decided against being a hermit and made my way to Benefit, MAC, and Kiehl’s.

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who cares about “beauty” anyway?


In the last few months, I’ve become beauty-obsessed. I’ve scoured the aisles of Target and Sephora; I’ve scrutinized sites like Into The Gloss, From Roses, and Byrdie; I’ve covered my dresser drawers in moisturizers, lip balms, and highlighters. I’ve learned a lot about the beauty landscape in a short amount of time, and I’ve discovered a bunch of new products that I’d love to write about here. But before I do that, I’m going to share some thoughts on “beauty” with you.

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personal style

café run

My man and I went out yesterday for a late breakfast at B Patisserie, arguably the best café/bakery around. The ham, bacon, and swiss quiche was très yums, and their sweet treats are always amazing. Also, new skirt! You like?

(Jacket Steven Alan / Top ASTR / Skirt ASTR / Shoes Claudie Pierlot / Sunglasses Urban Outfitters / Lipstick Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl / Nail Polish Lime Crime in Milky Ways)

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wish list

snake charmer


I perpetually have a hard time classifying my personal aesthetic, since I am drawn to all kinds of clothes, accessories, shoes, and looks.  Color is always an important factor; I usually stick to shades of blue, red/pink, and neutrals.  But one month I’ll find a certain pair of shoes, or even a whole style, distasteful, and the next month I’m dying for those shoes or a product that embodies that style.   Maybe it’s the influence of a friend, a celebrity, a store, a blog, or just oodles of plain ol’ media coverage; each particular case is different.  What my yo-yoing has taught me is to never dismiss a trend so readily.  There is almost always a way to adapt it to your personal style, a way to make it your own.

In my recent Internet browsing, I’ve come across a few pieces that challenged my own tastes and made me contemplate if they would ever have a place in my closet.  For example, I never thought I would like the look of snakeskin (and on any day, I’d opt for faux), but some distinct sea foam green Zara heels made me do a double take.  And when I happened upon a minimal metal collar that probably would not fit around my neck, I stopped and realized that it was actually quite chic.

(Clockwise, from top left)

Slide Close Collar ($20), Need Supply Co.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday ($24), NARS Cosmetics

Oasis Green Bracelet Watch ($36.59), ASOS

LOVE Magazine ($17.99), Need Supply Co.

Madewell Cableknit Crewneck Sweater in Heather Cloud ($98), Madewell

ASOS Square Shank Detail Ring with Fuschia Sphere ($14.64), ASOS

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Happy Birthday ($18), Beauty.com

Zara Snake Skin Court Shoe in Sea Green ($129), Zara

Topshop Eyes in Good as Gold ($14), Topshop

Betsey Johnson Snake Bangle Bracelet in Taupe ($75), Betsey Johnson

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Morphine ($20), Beauty.com

American Apparel Egypt Tote ($16), American Apparel

(Photos, via respective store sites)

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