beauty tips

April 22, 2014

Makeup Essentials

Sonia Kashuk Makeup BagTopShop Kohl Liner, TopShop Magic Liner, bareMinerals Original Foundation (I wear medium beige), bareMinerals Bareskin Foundation, Stroke of Light in Luminous 2, YSL Kiss & Blush in “Orange Fougueux” and “Rose Libre”, bareMinerals Bronzer in “The Skinny Dip”, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in “Desirable” and “Impassioned”, bareMinerals Lash Domination, bareMinerals Eyeshadow Palette in “The Power Neutrals”, Essie Nail Polish in “Resort Fling” and “Meet Me At Sunset”, bareMinerals Moxie in “Life of the Party”, “High Roller” and “Miss Popular”

A few essentials currently on rotate in my beauty routine. I’ve talked about my new found love for YSL’s “Kiss & Blush” here- it’s really the best to add just the right about of color and liveliness to your face. I keep the rest of my basics pretty simple, with neutral palettes and a subtle bronzer. Three of my absolute favorite products are bareMineral’s Lash Domination, Stroke of Light and Original Foundation. While I’ve been using the Original Foundation in medium/beige for years, I’ve recently tried out their new liquid foundation and I love it! It makes your skin look flawless and velvety soft. It gives a more dewy complexion than the original powder and feels like you have nothing on! I also think I have almost every Moxie lipgloss color (I’m addicted!), but these are my three favorite shades for spring.

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April 8, 2014

Kiss & Blush

YSL ‘Babydoll’ Kiss & Blush in “Orange Fougueux” and “Rose Libre”, Wearing Urban Outfitters Sweater (old, similar here)

With each season, I add a few new beauty products to my routine to freshen up my look. In the warmer months, I try to keep things minimal but still want some color to add life to my face. I absolutely love the new YSL ‘Babydoll’ Kiss & Blush (exclusive to Nordstrom)- a product you can use on both your cheeks and lips. I tried out all of the colors and picked my two favorites for my complexion, “orange fougueau” and “rose libre”.  Both colors are so different from my usual bronzer (in warmth) and add just the right amount of color. I was a little hesitant at first about using the same color on both my lips and cheeks, but they end up complementing each other perfectly.

Other makeup worn: YSL Radiant Touch, bareMinerals Original Foundation, bareMinerals Lash Domination, NARS Eyeliner in “Via Appia”

A big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.


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February 4, 2014

Date Night Makeup

Gap Jeans (old, similar here), Gap Sweater, BaubleBar Earrings, Prints by Ashley Cooper Design 

My everyday makeup is pretty much always the same- a little concealer, blush or bronzer, mascara and lipgloss or lipstick. I have my favorite products and stick to them consistently. However, I do love to change things up every now and then and break out of my routine. Date nights are always a great excuse for getting dressed up and putting on some red lipstick, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite products to get glam for a night out (especially since V-Day is coming up!) With my everyday makeup already on, I added NARS Lipgloss in “Wonder”, NARS Duo Eyeshadow in “Kalahari” and NARS Eyeliner in “Via Appia” to take my look from day to night. This lip color is great because it reminds me of a less pigmented lipgloss version of one of my favorite lipsticks, NARS “Heatwave”. I wanted to play up my eyes without making them too dramatic, so I chose a neutral/smokey shadow and eyeliner.

Everyday makeup already on- BareMinerals Original Foundation in Medium Beige, BareMinerals “Stroke Of Light” and BareMinerals Lash Domination.

You can shop all of the products I used for my date night makeup here…


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