3 Quick Everyday Makeup Looks

I’m one of those women who never wears makeup to work because I feel like I never have the time. I focus mainly on my skincare to ensure my skin is healthy and glowing. I encourage everyone to start with a good skincare routing or find someone that can help you with your skincare needs. With that being said I have been trying to find ways to do my makeup in 15 minutes or less and actually look well put together.

Here are some tips and tricks to start with:

  • Have all of the products you use on a daily basis or most often in one spot.
  • Decide what areas are most important to you! Is it color correcting, brow, or skin prep.
  • Find products that match your skin tone, texture, and temperament. Yes, I said temperament. My skin is very temperamental/sensitive. I’ve put products on my face that have instantly caused my skin to itch, burn, or break out.
  • Know your skin and what works for it. What works for Susan won’t work for Carol.
  • Enjoy the process! This should not be something hung that is stressful!
  • Have your brows neatly groomed! This makes a world of difference for me. I have naturally full unruly brows, so having them groomed makes a world of difference.

Products Used:

  • Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition in Deep Neutral 2
  • Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer in C 3.55
  • Fenty Setting Powder in Hazelnut
  • ABH Brow Gel in Dark Brown
  • Hard Candy Lipliner in Burgundy
  • Elf Plumping Lipgloss in Champagne Glair

Products Used:

  • Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in Hazelnut to spot correct
  • NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Caramel to highlight
  • AC Cosmetics in Butternut Beige just the highlighter parts
  • Fenty Setting Powder in Hazelnut for the rest of the face
  • Bronzed with Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation Powder in Deep Cool 1
  • Huda Beauty Nude Medium Palette (I’d recommend skipping eyeshadow. I rushed through this part to get it done quickly and I think it shows. For people with greasy eyelids like myself I’d recommend set your lids and sweep your bronzer all over the lids!)

This look was all about skin prep! I used some of my favorite skincare products for the base of this look.

Skincare Products:

  • L’Oréal Vitamin C Serum – This stuff is The Truth! After pregnancy my skin was struggling and this stuff helped get me together. It definitely brightened and smoothed my skin. I could do a whole post on Vitamin C because I’ve been using it off and in for years. It helps your skin produce collagen, improves texture, brightens, and provides a healthy youthful glow. I recommend eating foods high in Vitamin C, taking a liquid or powder Vitamin C, and drinking a lot of water in addition to using a Vitamin C serum.
  • Collagen – I read somewhere that Vatamin C should always be followed by a collagen. I just use one I picked up at Marshall’s. I will go more in-depth about my favorite collagen in a follow up skincare post.
  • Vitamin E Oil – I saw a makeup artist on Instagram use Jason’s Vitamin E Oil prior to applying makeup and absolutely loved how it looked. The skin had a healthy glow and did not look greasy so I’ve been incorporating it into my makeup routine more.

This look was surprisingly my favorite! Easy skin prep, limited liquids & only 6 makeup products!

Products Used:

  • Elf Concealer in Deep Cinnamon to correct dark spots
  • NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Caramel to highlight
  • AC Cosmetics Setting Powder in Butternut Beige Used very lightly to set the whole face
  • Bronzed with Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation Powder in Deep Cool 1
  • Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette – I used the dark brown shades to fill in my brows.
  • Lips: Elf Plumping Lipgloss

Find a route that works for you and your lifestyle.

Ciao ♥️

Rimmel 25HR Breathable Foundation

I, like most makeup enthusiast have a ton of makeup in the vault that I have yet to try, but let me tell you I was sleeping on this Rimmel Foundation! I’m honestly amazed at the quality of the foundation from the drugstore. My all time favorite would have to be the L’Oreal Foundation, but the Rimmel Breathable Foundation is definitely in my top 5.

I love the my skin but better look that it gives and this is definitely a light weight long wearing foundation. It is not full coverage which is perfect for me. It’s probably all in my mind but whenever I wear thick or full coverage foundations and then pack on the rest of my makeup my face itches. I know, dramatic much! That’s another reason I enjoy a light weight feeling and medium coverage foundation. I just like the area around my mouth to be evened out. My skin is also extremely oily in my t-zone but dry around my mouth, so my foundation needs to combat those issues and this foundation does. Your skincare routine and primer will help combat those issues as well but if the makeup isn’t good quality or doesn’t work well with my skin type no amount of prep is going to help it!

Note: This is after 15 hours of wear, also after spending time outside.

The pictures of this foundation speak for themselves. I wore this foundation for a week to work. My job entails office activities and some field work on occasion. No matter where I was or what I was doing this foundation held up. I cut the grass is this foundation in The Florida heat, I fed the cows in this foundations, and I wore it for 15 hours one day and she held up!

Note: This is after 12 hours of wear, also after cutting the grass in FL sunshine ☀️ with a push lawnmower!

The pictures of this foundation after 12 hours plus of wear speak for themselves. I’m not overly oily; even after cutting the grass and sweating the foundation settled back nicely into my skin. This foundation performed better than a lot of the high end foundations I’ve tried. I would definitely recommend that you try this foundation.

Stay tuned for all the post this month as there will be a lot of great content coming.

XOXO 💋

Sephora Favorites

Skincare

The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve paid attention to my skincare routine. When I was younger I struggled with acne and was able to clear it with the help of a dermatologist. Now at the ripe age of 30 I’ve finally learned to listen to my skin and use products that work well with my skin type. First, let me briefly mention that I have combination skin, mostly oily. I’m oily in my t-zone, mostly on and around my nose and I sweat the most on my upper lip (gross, I know). My eyelids get extremely oily throughout the day, but after I shower or wash my face I feel like the area around my eyes is extremely dry. One product that helps combat that issue is First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I have sensitive skin and my skin loves this face wash. I love that it lathers! Am I the only one who hates when my face wash doesn’t lather? Another one of my favorite skincare products in the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment with charcoal. I love this mask. The charcoal in this face mask isn’t too strong and doesn’t make me breakout. I recommend doing a patch test.

Brands Featured: GlamGlow, Buxom, Laneige, Sephora Collection, & First Aid Beauty

Lip gross is the one product I use daily. I hate having dry chapped lips. My ride or die Gloss is Buxom’s Plumping Lipgloss. My favorite shade is Celeste but they have a ton to choose from. I have to mention Elf’s Plumping Lip Gloss; I tried it a few days ago and was in love. It may take the top stop but I want to use it a few more times. I hate when lip products are suppose to be moisturizing but in the long run dry your lips out. One brand that definitely leaves your lips moisturized is, Laneige. They have presentation, packaging, and product quality down. I love the different scents that their products come in as well. The Lip Glowy Balm & Lip Sleeping Mask are my faves.

Complexion Products

My holy grail complexion Products don’t need much introduction because they speak for themselves. NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in the shade Caramel is a dream. This concealer has a good color range and blends into the skin beautifully. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation is the only foundation that I’ve purchased multiple times. I’ve purchased the shade Golden Almond, Almond, and Sable multiple times. This foundation is an oily girls dream! She is definitely a rider and doesn’t break down on me in this FL heat!

Brands Featured: Fenty, Hourglass, & Nars

F-E-N-T-Y was one of those brands I was dead set on not purchasing because I haven’t been impressed with almost every celebrity owned makeup brand. I feel like too often it’s a gimmick to just make money, but Sis if you felt like me throw that notion out the window! This brand is absolutely amazing and it caters to all skin types and skin tones. I still need to test out and play with the foundations and concealer; but honey this here Bronzer and Setting Powder is BOMB! Say bye bye to flash back and hello to a smooth flawless finish!

More Makeup

I have to start with Kat Von D Beauty. It is one of the first brands that I splurged on and is one the first brands that made me genuinely fall in love with makeup. The liquid lipsticks from KVD are one of my ride or die products. I know that they are going to perform well and hold up. I’ve also recently fallen in love with their lip liners and lipsticks. I probably own more of KVD than any other brand. My all time favorite palette is currently the Lolita palette by KVD. In my opinion this palette is unmatched when it comes to bendability, color pay off, and comfort, especially for purples.

Brands Featured: Smashbox, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, & Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another brand I’ve been obsessing over is Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH)! The product drops that have recently come from this brand have been phenomenal, well at least they look phenomenal. I purchased the new foundation and I’m working on purchasing all of the Norvina palettes. I will definitely update you guys on that, but the product we’re here for is the Shimmer Body Oil. Let me tell you if you go on vacation this is a must have product. I took this with me to the FL Keys and loved how it had me oiled up, shimmering, and smelling like fresh dessert!

The final product I have to mention is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick! I love this stuff almost as much as I love my KVD liquid lipsticks. I have multiple of both lipstick brands and I definitely think Smashbox is comparable to KVD. Always On has a good shade range and is a comfortable wear. It can be a little drying so I recommend applying a lip primer or lightly applying a lip gloss.

XOXO 💋

Best Drugstore Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

I know, I know! This is not my first post about this foundation, but this is for the people who have asked me about my favorite foundation or asked me to recommend an affordable foundation. I honestly cannot rant and rave about this foundation enough. I mean look at it.

Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

First, let me tell you about my skin and my major concerns. My skin is very oily. I secrete most of my oils in my t-zone (chin, nose, forehead). My major problem is my nose and the area around it. My eyelids are also extremely oily but I’m dry under my eyes. I have larger pores on my cheeks and get the occasional acne blemish. I have hyperpigmentation around my mouth and get chin hairs that cause dark spots from the plucking. For me, personally I do not expect my foundation to work miracles and I’m not a full coverage kind of girl. I go for a my skin but better look, and that’s exactly what this foundation does.

Swatched shades from left to right: 545, 540, 535, 530, 525, 520, 515, 510.

L’Oreal truly outdid themselves with this one. There is zero flashback. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. There is ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH flashback! All the pictures above are with flash, the picture below is without flash.

Infallible foundation in natural lighting!

For the look featured in these photos I used 510 as a concealer, 525 as an all over shade, and 540 to contour with. I also have to shout out AC Cosmetics because their setting Powder is the truth! Below I compare how the foundation looks with and without flash.

Natural lighting vs. Flash

This is my number one drugstore foundation and I would recommend giving it a try. I think it works great for all skin types and skin concerns.

Checkout some of my other post and remember, All things are possible with Christ!

New Mom Chronicles

Episode One: Back to Work

I’ve never known a love so beautiful and fulfilling. As my little girl continues to grow I feel like my love for her grows. I constantly joke with my mom saying, “Is this how you feel when you see me?” I’m sure you never stop loving your children, but I do believe the love you feel for them probably changes over the years. I pray that it just continues to grow.

This is love!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy my time with my little one because they grow up so fast. I’m already starting to feel like that is so true even though baby girl is only 10 weeks. Some days I want to stop time so I can soak up every moment with my sweet baby Scarlett. She has already started to scoot around on her back and stomach and even tries to roll over. She’s outgrown her clothes and is wearing 6 month outfits. I want time to stop or slow down so I can soak up every moment with her. I just pray I get to be there for as many of these changes as I can.

Each day my little princess seems to do something new that amazes me. She’s perfect in every way and I feel like she’s growing up so fast. That’s probably why I feel so guilty when I have to leave her to go to work. As she grows and learns more I hope that she knows how much I love her and that I would sacrifice anything for her. I thank my Heavenly Father for her daily.

The guilt I’ve felt daily having to leave Scarlett is something I’ve never felt. I never thought that motherhood would come with so much guilt. Right now I’m more fatigue than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m an emotional wreck. This morning I had to fight back tears of sheer exhaustion and guilt. I didn’t want to come into work; I wanted to sleep and most importantly I wanted to be with my baby girl. I’m on my fourth day of having to be away from her for ten hours and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. I’m sure much of the emotions I feel have to do with the sheer exhaustion I feel, but I’m doing my best to push through.

Patience. That’s my word for the rest of the month. I just have to remember to have patience with this new journey. My family has grown and there are going to be some growing pains. I just have to start each day with a positive outlook, seeing as Scarlett is a morning baby and is always smiling at me that’s not hard. I make sure I love on her and bond with her as much as I can when I’m with her.

XOXO