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Natural Everyday Look with Drugstore Makeup

Hi all,

So, unlike many other bloggers (and many other girls in general) I’m not a huge fan of makeup.

When I was younger I was never allowed to wear it, and that’s probably why I wasn’t really interested in makeup when I got older.

I’m also pretty terrible at doing my own makeup; again, most likely due to my lack of practice.

However, I do like to wear basic makeup when I want to look a little more dressed up, so I’ll do a natural look for client meetings, parties, photo shoots, etc.

I wanted to share a super simple, natural makeup approach that is my go-to whenever I want to highlight my natural features and make my skin look more even-toned.

All of the products I use can be found in a drug store or on Amazon (all are linked to Amazon in this post) and are pretty inexpensive.

So here’s a step-by-step guide of how to create my natural makeup look; this only takes 20-25 min and is very easy to do, so it’s perfect for a daily morning routine or a once-in-a-while look refresh.

Step 1: Primer

Maybelline Master Blur Stick Primer

This product is actually a recent find for me, but I absolutely love it.

It has great coverage for a primer and the “Light” shade blends perfectly with my skin tone; I’ve actually worn just this primer with mascara when in a rush!

It is also available in a transparent color, which allow you to get the same pore minimizing benefits with an even more natural look.

Step 2: Foundation

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

I love this foundation because it goes on smooth and is still only light-medium coverage.

In the winter I use the Ivory shade but in the warmer months I switch to one of the Light or Light-Medium shades; they have a lot to choose from so you should be able to find the right one for your skin tone.

You can use any type of blender or sponge to put on your foundation, but I prefer the standard makeup wedges; they are cheap and disposable, so I can just throw them away after a few uses to avoid causing extra breakouts on my skin.

Step 3: Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

This is one of the most expensive makeup items I own, but I actually got it from an Ipsy bag some time ago and it has lasted me a while.

A few things I love about this product: it smells like chocolate (!!!), it adds the perfect amount of color and slight tan to my face, and it (seemingly) lasts forever.

I would definitely recommend this bronzer, but if it’s a little above your price point, there are certainly others from trusted brands like Neutrogena or Maybelline that are cheaper.

Step 4: Mascara

Covergirl Bombshell Mascara

This mascara is literally the BOMB…it’s double-sided and adds both volume and length to your lashes.

I’ve read online that a trick to getting really great-looking lashes is to use two different mascaras, but you don’t even have to do that with this Covergirl tube because it’s already two in one.

I kind of bought this on a whim a few years ago when I saw the commercial for it, but I’ve loved it ever since and am always going back to get the same one when I run out.

Step 5: Lip

Baby Lips Coral Crave

I’ve posted about Baby Lips before; it’s basically a great lip balm with a few different shades to choose from.

My everyday go-to is Coral Crave, which is just slightly pinker than my natural lip color.

It adds a little more color to my face without it even looking like I have anything on, which is awesome.

That’s it! I don’t use eyeliner, highlighter, eye shadow, or setting spray for my typical makeup look.

As I mentioned, I like to keep it simple and I also aim to highlight my natural features rather than changing the look of them.

Of course, I’m not knocking anyone who likes a more intensive makeup look; I went the first 18-ish years of my life wearing virtually no makeup, so even this very minimal style sometimes feel like a lot on my skin.

The thing that I think is cool about makeup is how customizable it is; there are so many different products out there that you can choose something as bold or as tame as you want, and you can change it up every single day if you want to.

I hope you found this list of products useful, and I’m more than happy to hear any makeup tips you may have to share!

Comment below to let me know some of your favorite products, and what you think they work best for (every day look, costume makeup, extra glam, etc).

Thanks for checking out my latest post and I hope to see you back here again soon! ❤ 🙂

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My Daily Skincare Routine

Hi all, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

I’m on my way to our second family dinner for the day, but wanted to make sure I get today’s post in.

I’m going to share my daily skincare routine, including the products I use to wash and moisturize my face.

I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis, so I won’t be including that in this post.

I’ll probably do a future post with the makeup products I use and how I use them, though, if you guys are interested!

So here we go…daily skincare routine!

Step 1: Morning Wash

I wash my face once per day, in the morning.

I use a basic Cetaphil daily cleanser, which is unscented and great for sensitive skin.

I had a lot of acne and skin issues when I was younger, so I try to stick to tested and true products that are dermatologist recommended, which is how I found this cleanser.

I use it every day and it leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed without drying out my face.

Step 2: Moisturize

After washing my face, I rub it dry with a clean hand towel.

I have been told in the past to pat my skin dry, but I actually feel that rubbing it with the towel helps add some extra exfoliation to my daily routine, and that’s been working for me.

I use Neutragena face lotion on my face immediately after washing and drying.

There is a sensitive skin version that works perfectly for me, but when I’m going to be running or spending time outside I use the one with SPF 15.

I do feel that the one with sunscreen in it makes my face feel just a little bit greasy; it’s not enough to make me break out or anything like that, but still enough of a reason for me to use the one without sunscreen if I’m going to be sitting in the office all day.

That’s really all I do to my face in the morning, and I don’t wash it at night unless I’ve had makeup on.

I use this Garnier makeup remover when I do wear makeup, and it works really well.

It is great for getting off any kind of makeup, including waterproof, and is gentle on the skin.

It even works well for removing eye makeup, and I obviously avoid getting it in my eyes but it doesn’t irritate them when it’s close to them or anything like that.

The only other thing that I do for my skin is derma roll about twice a week.

As I mentioned, I used to have a lot of acne as a teen, so I do have some scarring on my face and I just feel that my skin has gotten damaged over the years.

For those who aren’t familiar, derma rolling basically involves taking a tool with a spiked roller on the end and rubbing it over your skin.

It feels a little prickly but isn’t too painful, and it helps your skin regenerate itself.

I get lazy with rolling sometimes and don’t stick to the twice weekly schedule, but I do see an increase in smoothness, softness, and radiance of my skin when I’m doing it regularly.

There are also people who use derma rollers on areas of the scalp where their hair is thinning, and some see hair regrowth after doing it for a little while!

Those are basically all of the things that I use on my skin.

This is a bit of a simple post, but I feel that the less stuff I am putting on my face, the better.

When I was younger I put so many creams and treatments on my skin, I felt like it was always irritated and it got red so easily.

When it comes to skincare, I’ve definitely learned that less is more, and hopefully this approach can work well for some of you.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and have a great week! ♥️😊

See you next time.

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Top Picks: Products for Curly/Wavy Hairstyles

Hi all,

You may have seen my post from a while back with my top picks for hair straightening products.

I personally like my hair best when it’s straight, but that’s not my natural look.

My natural hair is kind of curly and wavy at the same time, and gets pretty frizzy when it’s humid outside.

Although it’s hard to manage my hair, I get a lot of compliments when I wear it naturally, and I’ve learned to love it (even though it’s a little too wild and messy for my liking, sometimes).

Here are the steps I take to style my hair naturally, and the products I use (with links to buy).

Step 1: Lather it Up

I got into Organix hair products a few years ago when my best friend recommended the brand to me.

I love that the shampoos are sulfate free, and they have a ton of different shampoo/conditioner options.

I use the Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner before straightening my hair because I feel it adds a little extra smoothness, but when I’m going to wear my hair curly I use the Coconut Curls shampoo and conditioner.

I feel that these products do a great job of keeping my hair hydrated and reducing frizziness; plus, they smell delicious!

Step 2: Oil Down

After washing my hair and patting it dry with a towel (tip: rubbing your hair rather than patting it can cause additional frizziness), I add a bit of this smoothing and de-frizzing oil to my hair.

A little goes a long way with this product, so I take a small drop, rub it in my hands, and then run my hands through my hair from scalp to ends.

It’s very light and smells nice, and I do feel that it helps reduce frizziness.

After running this oil through my hair I take my hands and just scrunch my hair a bit so that it keeps its curl (my wavy hair can be very finicky, so if I brush it out or even run my hands through it too many times, my curls get limp and my hair just does a weird flippy thing when it dries).

Step 3: Scrunch, Scrunch, Scrunch

For this next step I use two different sprays; the Aussie one first and the Frizz-Ease one second.

I basically spray the first product all over my hair, take a section in one hand and hold it over the open palm of my other hand.

I then gather the ends of my hair in my open palm, and scrunch everything upward.

This basically tightens the curls/waves I already have and, since I’ve already sprayed them, they’re more likely to stay in place.

I do this for all different sections of my hair, and then spray everything with the Frizz-Ease and repeat the process.

If your hair doesn’t tend to get frizzy, you can probably just do this with one spray rather than two.

Both of these work equally well for me so I’d recommend either one, but I do think the Frizz-Ease smells a little better.

Step 4: Lock It In

This is the same hairspray that I use when straightening, curling, or tying back my hair…it’s pretty much my go-to for any style.

I spray this all around my hair, do a bit more scrunching for good measure, and then spray a bit on the top near my part and smooth that out with my hands.

This spray is a great finishing touch for any style, but it works particularly well for me when I’m wearing my hair naturally.

Those are my top picks for curly/wavy hair products!

I’d love to hear your own experiences with these products, or if there are others you swear by!

Drop a comment below and be sure to check back for tomorrow’s post! ❤ 🙂

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Top Picks: Hair Straightening Products

Hi all!

I’ve decided to do a new series of posts with my top picks of products, and the first one is about hair straightening products!

My natural hair is a mix of curls/waves/general unruliness, so when I want to look a little more dressed up or put together, I usually go with a straight style.

I also have very thick hair, which is both a blessing and a curse, and requires me to go through a couple of different steps to get my hair straight.

The steps and the products I use for each one are outlined below (with links to buy!), but if you have been blessed with more cooperative hair, you may be able to skip over some steps.

Step 1: Protect from heat

Garnier Fructis Flat Iron Mist OR Maui Moisture Blowout Mist

Since I typically blow-dry and straighten my hair, I want to protect it from heat damage as much as possible.

The Garnier Fructis spray has been my go-to for years, but I’ve recently discovered Maui Moisture and I like that as well.

I kind of alternate between the two at this point, and I’ve found that both work well, although I do love the smell of the Maui Moisture.

After washing my hair I towel dry (squeeze, don’t rub to avoid extra frizziness) and then spray all over with one of these mists.

Step 2: Blow Smooth

Conair Infiniti Pro 3-in-1 Hair Dryer

This Conair hair dryer was super cheap and is super effective in smoothing out my hair.

Sometimes, if I want a more wavy, blown out look I will stop after Step 2. In fact, my current profile picture for this blog shows how my hair looks with just the blow-drying.

This dryer is amazing because it comes with a few different attachments that you use like a brush.

There is a different version of it, the Conair Ion Shine Ionic Styler, that I used for years, but because my hair is so thick the attachments would get stuck and either break, or get pulled off the base and fall onto the floor where they would crack.

Conair doesn’t sell the attachments separately, so I bought 2 additional dryers over the years purely because of broken attachments!

I got tired of this after a while and that’s when I found the more advanced model, the Conair Infiniti Pro.

This attachments snap into place rather than sliding on, and even my tough hair hasn’t managed to pul them free yet. 🙂

It also has a range of heat settings and power, which is great because I tend to dry my hair on the Warm setting rather than Hot (too much heat can make a freshly-washed scalp a little sweaty/greasy).

Step 3: Straighten

Chi Air Straightener OR MiroPure Straightener Brush

I have had my Chi straightener for years (as you can tell by the picture) and it really is durable.

This thing has traveled everywhere with me and still works as well as it did the first day I purchased it.

I usually put it on ~350˚ for straghtening (again, due to the texture of my hair) and divide my hair into 2 layers. I’ll straighten the bottom layer and then do the top.

I also recently got this l MiroPure brush for Christmas and have been using that instead of my Chi when I’m in a rush.

I’ve tried straightening brushes in the past and pretty much accepted the fact that they were not made for my hair type.

They would somehow manage to make my hair MORE frizzy, or simply not straighten out my kinks and waves at all.

My brother got me this MiroPure brush for Christmas and I decided to try it out. I wads very pleasantly surprised that it DOES straighten my hair!

I keep it at high heat (~375˚F) and run it through my hair like a regular brush.

I do try to get the underneath parts of my hair and then brush the top, and get sections in between.

It doesn’t make my hair pin straight but it smooths it out leaving a bit of volume (which I actually like) and is so easy to use.

Step 4: Lock It In

Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray

You’ll probably see this spray in a few of my hair Top Picks, because I use it all the time.

After straightening my hair, I have a lot of little pieces on top that tend to stick up.

I spray just a bit of the Frizz Ease on the top of my hair and then smooth it out with my hands, which prevents it from clumping up or making the top of my head hard.

Sometimes if I’m going to brush my hair back instead of parting it I skip this step, but if you want a really polished and in-place look, this spray is a great finishing touch.

Those are my top picks for hair straightening products!

I’d love to hear your own experiences with these products, or if there are others you swear by for straight hair!

Drop a comment below and be sure to check back for my other Top Picks, coming soon!