My 5 Product Face

If you’re anything like me, occasionally you’re running late and have to rush through your makeup routine. For those special morning, I have a five product routine that I do, so I can still look presentable, but it takes less time than my normal routine. I figured I’m not the only one who has this problem, so I thought I’d share my routine to give other ladies like me a little inspiration.

  1. I start with my Baby Skin primer. This is a pore eraser, so it gives me a smooth canvas to work with. It also makes my makeup stay on longer, because it gives my foundation something to stick to.
  2. While my primer is drying, I put on my eyeliner. I use a gel pencil from Ulta and just swipe it under my top lashes and along my bottom eyelid. Then, I smudge it a little if it’s too dark.
  3. Next, I put on my foundation. I use CoverGirl TruBlend. It isn’t very expensive and it works well for me, but use whatever you like best.
  4. While my foundation is drying, I use a tinted eye primer to get some color. I really like Ulta’s Tinted Eye Primer, and this one is Satin Blush. It’s not very bright, but it gives my lids a little shimmer, which I like for everyday wear anyways.
  5. Finally, I contour using a matte bronzer. This helps define my face a little, and for me, it’s more important than blush or highlighter, so I always make sure this gets done.

What is your in a hurry beauty routine? What products help you cut your time down in the morning?

The “Rules” of Makeup

Let’s talk about those rules that people talk about when teaching others how to apply their makeup. Don’t match your lipstick and eyeshadow, don’t apply makeup with your hands, don’t wear lipstick that’s too dark or too light, etc. We’ve all heard at least one, but I’m here to tell you that they’re bogus. Makeup is supposed to be fun! The great thing about it is that there are no actual rules. Do what makes you feel good, not what everyone tells you should feel good.

Why do these rules exist? These rules come from a time where women wore makeup for men, not because they liked the way it looked. While that still happens some, women are starting to empower each other and themselves, and their makeup is reflecting that. We’re getting bolder and showing off our personalities. We’re wearing brighter and bolder colors, and we feel more okay moving away from the nude look. Now, please don’t think this is me saying the nude look is bad; I love the nude look and wear it most days. What I mean is, we as women feel more comfortable being noticed, and we’re letting our makeup do the talking.

Trends change. What worked for our parents isn’t working for us anymore. Monochromatic makeup is in, and it’s okay to wear brightly colored makeup. As quickly as trends change, it’s important to make sure your makeup is comfortable for you. Don’t just wear something because it’s “in”, especially if you don’t feel like a goddess when you’re wearing it. You’re beautiful and deserve to feel beautiful, so find makeup that makes you feel that way, whether it’s trendy or not. Own it, and the trends will follow.

There are some merits to these rules, and while I don’t think they should rule your beauty routine, I do think they should be regarding before completely tossing them out. For example, don’t apply makeup with your hands. I put on my moisturizer, primer, foundation, and eye primer with my hands, and I don’t breakout that much. When I do, I find it’s usually because my brushes, not my hands, aren’t clean enough. Just make sure your hands are clean when you apply your makeup, and when applying eye makeup, use your ring finger because it applies less pressure on your eyes.

One of the things I love about makeup is experimenting. It’s a form of self-expression, and I like to try different things to see what I feel the most myself with. I love wearing dark lipstick when I go out with my friends. It makes me feel sexy and empowered, which isn’t always the case for me. What’s one beauty “rule” that you ignore or bypass that makes you feel like you can take on the world?

Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for a friend, coworker, family member, or maybe just a treat for yourself this holiday season? While it can be hard to choose makeup shades for other people, there are a few things that everyone will love. There are tons of makeup sets out there ranging anywhere from $15 to $50 and upwards. These sets include various items including eyeshadow palettes, lip colors, eyeliners, and other things that people love to use in their everyday beauty routines. My favorite place to get these is Ulta, because they almost always have sales and coupons available, and they’re easily returned if you don’t love them.

Another great thing that Ulta does around this time of year is their 5 for $5 sale. This sale is great to get stocking stuffers, and it includes items like bubble bath, bath bombs, lip colors, nail polishes, makeup remover wipes, and more. What’s great about these, is that you can buy for people who aren’t crazy about makeup, because there are so many things to choose from. I’m sure other places have deals like this, but I haven’t stumbled upon them yet.

One thing I really love is a good lip kit. I don’t wear lipstick often, but when I do, it makes me feel really empowered. I feel like I can take on the world. There are a lot of great lip kits available this time of year, with several different shades in one box.  This is perfect for gifts, because even if the recipient doesn’t use all the shades, she’s bound to find one or two that she loves. Plus, it gives her a reason to try something outside of her comfort zone, and she may find her new favorite shade because of it.

As far as brands go, I like NYX solid lipsticks and their lingerie liquid collection. The lingerie liquids are mostly neutral colors, but they last a long time, the shades seem really flattering on everyone, and they aren’t very expensive (around $7 per color). I really like Corset, Baby Doll, and Push Up for neutral shades. I’ve also had good luck with Stila lip colors. Ulta currently has an 8-piece gift set for $45, which looks like it includes some really great neutrals and winter shades.

If lip colors aren’t what you’re looking for, Ulta has a whole section of their website dedicated to holiday gifts. Their gift guide breaks it down by price point (gifts under $25, etc) , makeup type (lip colors, eyeshadows) , and even who you may be shopping for (friends, hostesses). It may not cover everything, but it’s a pretty good place to start if you’re stuck on what to get someone for the holidays. Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season, too. Shopping for everyone else is hard work, and you deserve a reward for getting it done.

Your New Favorite Places to Buy Makeup

By far, my favorite place to buy makeup is Ulta. They have tons of products to make your life easier, their own brand of cosmetics works really well, and they are reasonably-priced. If you are looking for products that make your makeup routine easier and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, I would highly recommend Ulta.  They also have really helpful staff members.  Don’t be afraid to ask them for help, because that’s what they’re there for, and they know what they’re talking about.  For me, I prefer Ulta because they have the widest range of products at all price points and they seem to be consumer-focused.  I really appreciate that I can buy makeup, try it out, and if it doesn’t work for me, I can return it with no problems.  This makes my makeup shopping experiences stress-free, because I know I can try out different things and not be worried that I’m wasting money if they don’t work for me

They have a great rewards system that’s free to join and gives you points to use toward future purchases. I would also suggest signing up for their email list.  They always have sales or coupons that they send out, and occasionally, they’ll run promotions where if you spend $50 or so, you’ll get a free 9 or 12-piece set.  It’s all Ulta’s brand of makeup, but the bags they come in are really cute, and I’ve always liked everything I’ve gotten.  Plus, when you sign up for their email list and provide your birthday, they’ll send you a coupon for a free birthday treat in your birthday month.

If you tend to stick to drugstore brands for makeup, I would say Target would be where you want to shop. They have a larger makeup section than most department stores, with better quality products.  Walmart’s section is comparable, but I don’t think their selection is as good.  Plus, Target just added NYX to their collection, which is probably my favorite drugstore brand.  Target also runs a lot of coupons through their Cartwheel app, and occasionally in-store they’ll have signs that show promotions to give you a $5 gift card if you spend $20 on certain makeup products or brands. They also carry a lot of good skincare products there, which should be included in your makeup routine.  Target is a great place to pick up a few staple items, like eyeliner or blush, when you’re running low and going there anyways.

For me, these are the best places to buy makeup. I don’t mean to suggest that these are the only good places to buy makeup, because that’s not true at all, and there are a few brands exclusive to other stores.  However, for women who are just getting into makeup or don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on makeup, I would highly recommend starting with these two places and branch out from there once you learn a little more about your likes and dislikes.

3 Foundations for Everyday Wear

When you build a house, it’s natural to start with the foundation. I figured I’d do the same with this blog. To start, I want to go over a few different foundations that I’ve had good results with, and talk about prices and where you can get them. Please feel free to leave me questions or comments, and let me know if there’s anything I didn’t include that you wish I had.

$$$ – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Priced at $41 a bottle, this is definitely the most expensive foundation I’ve ever worn. It is a medium to full buildable coverage foundation, which is great if you feel like you have a lot you want to cover up. It does last a long time, as advertised, but I don’t love the way it feels on my face.  That may just be a personal preference, but it feels really thick to me.  It also has SPF, which is great for everyday wear, but it’s not great for pictures, because it causes a glare. There are a lot of pros, but by far, my least favorite thing about this foundation is that there is no pump on the bottle, so you end up wasting a lot.  You just have to pour it out onto whatever you’re using to apply it to your face. As expensive as it is, I hate wasting any. I got mine from Macy’s and would rate this a 7 out of 10.

$$ – The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation – This is my favorite foundation of the 3. This foundation is $22 per jar, which seems like a lot, because the jar is pretty small. However, you don’t need much at all to cover your face. It goes on smooth and spreads evenly. It’s a medium coverage foundation, and it seems like you may need to go a shade darker than what you would normally buy. For example, I’m pretty fair and generally buy the lightest or second to lightest option available. For this foundation, I originally bought their Lighter than Light, but it was too light for me, so I went with light.  Just something to keep in mind when looking at this foundation. One of my least favorite things about it is that, once you’re about halfway through the jar, it gets a little difficult to get out. I got mine from Kohls and would rate it a 9 out of 10.

$ – Covergirl Tru Match Foundation – This is the best drugstore foundation I’ve found, and the best part is, it’s only about $10 or $11 depending on where you get it. It’s a sheer to medium coverage, and looks a lot better when you use a primer underneath. For me, it seems to last a long time, maybe not all day, but close. The bottle design is great, and it’s easy to get the right amount out. Plus, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel to thick on my face.  I wish it had an SPF, but it’s still really great for everyday wear. I wish it had a little more coverage, but again, use primer or a BB cream underneath, and you shouldn’t have a problem. I get mine from Kroger or Walmart, and I would rate this an 8 out of 10.

I hope this was helpful, and again, feel free to drop me a message if there’s anymore information you’d like.

Another Makeup Blog?

While at first this may seem like just another makeup blog in an internet saturated with makeup tips and tutorials, this blog is specifically designed for women who are just getting into makeup or who don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on their makeup routine.  I am a busy young woman who doesn’t have time to spend an hour putting on her makeup in the morning (admittedly because I like sleep too much), and I’m sure I’m not the only one.  I want more people to see makeup as I do: a fun hobby that also increases my self-confidence.  To that end, I plan to post at least once a week about different products I’ve used, the results I’ve had with them, and where you can get different products, among other things.  I hope you’ll be able to find this useful, or at least entertaining, and if you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to let me know.