Five minute make-up

Since I’m not going into work right now, I have paired down my daily morning make-up routine to five minutes. And not five minutes where I’m going as fast as possible to say it’s five minutes. This is literally five minutes. Here are the products I’m using:

I start out by wiping my face with a wet washcloth. I do not wash my face in the morning because it dries out my skin too much. After I pat my face dry I apply Glossier Superglow on my cheeks and forehead and let that dry for a minute.

Then I apply ultra repair cream over my while face and let that dry for a minute, while it’s drying I curl my eye lashes, apply Diorshow mascara, and Glossier boy brow pomade on my eyebrows (not pictured).

Then I apply Becca skin love brighten and blur primer all over my face and Becca anti-fatigue under eye primer under my eyes. I let that dry while I brush my teeth, and then sweep NARS blush on my cheeks and finish with Tarte lip rescue balm in nude.

And that’s it! The only extra I add in is sunblock before the primer if we are going to be outside. I like to have a little bit of make-up on just to keep a routine, and occasionally I’ll add in eyeliner or shadow if I feel like it, but this is pretty much my everyday!

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Spring capsule wardrobe

From last Fall to now, I’ve had to toss (and I mean literally toss out), several shoes and clothing items because I’ve had them for 15-20 years (yup, you read that correctly), and they fell apart. I was walking in a pair of shoes to teach and they came apart on the bottom of my foot. So, I’ve shopped online stores to start a Spring wardrobe capsule of replacement items.

I put in a Nordstrom order for a new pair of everyday slides, booties, and a black midi skirt:

At Madewell online I picked up these wide flair pants and a tie-dye top:

At Social Threads online I bought three new tops and two stretchy bracelets to stack:

And here are four ways to mix and match it all:

 

Happy online shopping, friends!!

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February Beauty Buys

This month I had several items I was restocking and then just a few new items to fast forward towards Spring.

First is my Garnier Micellar Water restock. This is my favorite make-up remover. I feel like it doesn’t leave an oily residue like marked “make-up removers” do and it really helps get your skin completely clean. I combine it with my stand by cleanser.

I restocked my hairspray, I use the Bumble and Bumble until empty. I’ve tried lots of other hairsprays, but this one has hold without being crunchy or stiff.

I have seen the peace out acne dots on several influencers blogs and wanted to try them out. I would say they are okay. I don’t find them to make a marked difference in reducing a pimple faster and if you have more sensitive skin, it will leave a red, slightly raised spot for a bit in the morning when you take the dot off.

I’m constantly on the hunt for shampoo for B that doesn’t have anything in it he’s allergic to, and the Odele shampoo fit the bill. So far he’s liked it, and it has no fragrance.

Every night that I wash my hair (about two to three times a week), I follow it with Bumble and Bumble styling cream scrunched in from the scalp and then I spray L’Oréal Priming Spray all over and It’s a 10 keratin on the ends only. Fair warning, spray over a towel (or over your tub and rinse it down), because they make tile slick when the spray gets on them. Don’t ask me how I know. But trust me.

A refill of my favorite perfume was one of my gifts from B for Valentine’s.

I like the Stila waterproof eyeliner in dark brown, and switch between it and Revlon’s color stay liquid liner.

I went throw and tossed quite a few old our used nail polishes a few weeks ago, so I re-stocked my stash with Essie polishes in Marshmallow, Spring in Your Step, and Check In to Check Out.

After seeing Cristin Cooper’s dermaplaning step by step, I decided I needed to add in m-61 glow pads to my weekly routine. When I first used them, they stung. A lot. Like, oh no, what have I done, stinging. But then it stopped and my face looked great. I would say to definitely read the directions and check with your dermatologist because I’m not an expert and your skin may be too sensitive for these. They are sold out on Amazon right now, but will hopefully restock.

I also tried the isle of paradise tanning drops (I use the lightest shade) to give me just a bit of glow as my skin is just supremely dry this time of year. I only do two drops mixed with my moisturizer once a week and I don’t use them at night because they do have just a bit of a tanning lotion smell. However, they are really easy to use, not streaky. Just make sure to follow the directions on the package and online.

Finally, sugar caramel lip balm. I used up all my trial size of this one and bought the full balm. I love it!

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Sephora Fall Sale

Well, it’s officially Fall weather because everyone in our house is under the weather. Ugh! We are hoping for a quick turn around, and in the meantime we’ll be watching lots of movies, football, playing Fortnite, and picking up Mac and Cheese from Chik-Fil-A. I’ve been loading up my Sephora cart for the upcoming sale (already started for Rouge members, starts a Thursday for VIB and Beauty Insiders). Here’s a break down of some of my “Holy Grail” products:

All of these are ones I’m either out of completely, or there is less than half of the product left. These are also products I use almost every single day. So let’s get started!

1. I wouldn’t call this a moisturizer, it’s a lip treatment. I put it on immediately after I wash my face at night and then apply Kiehl’s lip balm right before bed. I’ve found this combination helps to prevent my lips being so intensely chapped all winter.

2. I didn’t think I’d ever find a moisturizer again after Sephora stopped carrying their original formula of my favorite. This one is going to seem really intense, but my skin is pretty dry, so it works. And no oiliness or breakouts, or fragrance.

3. B and I both use this styling creme, and our hair stylist said it’s getting discontinued….hence why I have five in my shopping cart right now.

4. This lip pencil is the perfect pink and it wears so well…I’m super conscious of my lip stick wearing off weirdly when I’m talking while teaching, and this one has never let me down.

5. Living Proof Full Volume Blast. If you don’t follow the directions on this, your hair will be sticky and unmanageable. However, if you follow the directions, your volume will last for days (if you use the Bobby pin bun technique I use to put my hair up at night….I feel like I need to do a tutorial because I keep telling people about it, ha!).

6. I’ve tried other hair sprays, I always go back to this one. Always.

7. Verb conditioner, still my favorite. I trade off using it and Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco conditioner.

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Week of Outfits

It’s finally Fall! I wore out another pair of shoes this week, walking back and forth to teach is starting to wear down my shoe collection. Everything I’m wearing this week I’ve had for at least a year, so check the links for similar styles and/or colors.

Monday:  shirtskirt, loafers (so old…updated here).

Tuesday:  toppants, Nordstrom shoes.

Wednesday:  topskirtwedges.

Thursday:  topskirtwedges.

Friday: toppantsheels.

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Week of Outfits

This is my “it’s almost fall weather” wardrobe. Where the walk to class is hot, but the classroom is freezing. I’m running through shoes, I had to completely toss a pair that disintegrated while I was wearing them. I know it’s almost fall weather, when I give up my wedges for flats and then it’s finally boot season.Monday: Piperlime dress (similar), pink booties (similar), necklace (similar)

Tuesday: Top (similar), skirt (similar), shoes (similar), hoops

Wednesday: Anthropologie top (similar), Banana Republic linen pants (similar), Michael Kors wedges (similar)

Thursday: Banana Republic dress (similar), Missoni for Target cardigan, JCrew flats

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Recreating Victoria Beckham’s Look

Victoria Beckham can really do no wrong in my fashion opinion, but there are some looks that are my absolute favorite. Her outfit at her most recent fashion show is in my absolute favorite category. Simple, structured, and a pop of bright cranberry color. Combined with an effortless bun and make-up that includes a brown smoky eye, light plum lip color, and a bright blush, it’s perfection. Check out how I recreated it below!

Shirt, shoes, watch, pants, earrings, long bobby-pins

 

Eyeshadow, Blush, Lip Color

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Week of Outfits

 

 

Tuesday: Anthropologie top (similar here), Anthropologie tank, JCrew skirt, DSW wedges (old similar here)

Wednesday: JCrew top, JCrew skirt, Sandals (old similar here)

Thursday: JCrew Factory cardigan, Target tank, Banana Republic pants, Nordstrom sandals

Friday: Anthropologie sweatshirt, Gap pants (current season style), Nordstrom wedges (similar here)

The best part of the week was my sister and I showing up to school pick-up in coordinating outfits, down to our shoes:

Must be our sister brain!

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Weekday Wardrobe

It’s still blazingly hot here, so I’m trying my best to have work wear that looks both professional and isn’t stifling. Oh and that I can walk a half mile to class in.

Tuesday: Banana Republic dress, Nordstrom blazer, Target shoes (similar here)

Wednesday: Banana Republic Top, Ann Taylor pants, Old sandals (similar here)

Thursday: Uniqlo Top (similar here), Anthropologie pants, Nordstrom shoes (similar here)

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Blush & Print for Fall

I have a bit of a confession. I’m super lazy when it comes to accessories. I’ll spend time carefully planning my outfit the night before, and then when I go to put on accessories the next morning, I either a) forget, or b) feel overwhelmed trying to pick them out. In a move to combat that I’ve started stream lining my accessories, creating a capsule collection of them and then switching out outfits that coordinate. I’ve created three different looks to share, all using the same accessories, just switching out the outfits! Here is the line-up of accessories:

A fun essentials clutch for my purse.

An investment purse to wear with everything.

Cute peep-toe booties to transition to fall.

Hoops that add a bit of sparkle but aren’t overwhelming in size (I go with smaller hoops because when I teach larger hoops will swing around when I talk….my students would say I’m pretty animated, ha!).

My favorite lip gloss for when I remember after I get somewhere that I didn’t put on lipstick, which is often.

I invested in several pairs of sunglasses this year and this pair was one of them.

I love stretch bracelets because they tend to not slide up and down my arm and they don’t have to be sized.

And finally, a cute cellphone case that I can switch out easily (I also have this one).

First up, is an outfit for work:

The top is Target and the black jeans are Madewell. If I had a meeting I’d switch out the jeans for these pants (and if you want to take the outfit even further into fall get the wool-blend version).

Second up, is an outfit for work or going out:

The dress I purchased for 60% off this weekend, so if you have a Gap/Banana Republic Card be sure to check it out! The denim jacket is on my fall list from Nordstrom.

And finally, an outfit to wear to go volunteer and then remove accessories and switch shoes for the gym. Or just remove accessories and shoes and do yoga.

These leggings are a thicker weight and the sweatshirt is comfy, but still stylish, layered with this sports bra and this tank.

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