Video: My 5-Minute Everyday Makeup Routine

5-minute everyday makeup tutorial

I’m so excited to share my everyday makeup routine with you all today! Whenever I have the oppertunity to get ready with my girlfriends, observing their routines is always fascinating and I always learn something. It’s so fun exchanging tips and helping do each other’s makeup! (Wow, that may be the girliest thing I’ve ever said.)

So I thought it would be fun to invite you to get ready with me… Or at least watch me get ready.

On the days that I actually wear makeup, my “everyday makeup” takes about five to seven minutes – but it lasts me all day. Check out my video and the products below it to see how I do it.

Products and makeup brushes I used:
1. Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (also sold here)
2. Product: Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer (also sold here) – I wear the color “Fairly Light”
3. Product: Chanel CC Cream – I wear the color “20 Beige”
4. Product: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Power (also sold here) – I wear the “Translucent” color. Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40 (on sale!)
5. Product: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in the color ‘Light/ Medium’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75. Blending brush: Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki #82 – This is the best brush ever AND it’s on sale! If you buy one thing from my routine, buy this brush!
6. Product: Nars blush in the color ‘Sin’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Blush Brush #49
7. Product: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in the color ‘Medium Brown’ (also sold here). Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #7B
8. Product: L’Oreal Paris Double-Extend Tubing Mascara
9. Product: Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme in ‘Slow Burn’

Also, please excuse my messy / eclectic / empty-looking living and dining room in the background of this video – we literally just moved into our house a month ago and it has been a process getting it furnished and decorated and we’re clearly nowhere near done.


Talking Skincare + Makeup on ‘Afternoon Live’


In case you blinked and you missed it, I did a short segment for KATU Channel 2 last week. I had the pleasure of sharing some of my favorite skincare and makeup tips with Tra’Renee on Afternoon Live. I go into some detail about my somewhat unusual method of cleansing and the three key steps I recommend for your skincare routine. Then I talk about the “no makeup makeup look” and make a few product suggestions for how to achieve it.

You can watch the segment and shop the products I talk about below.

Green Goo Oil Cleansing Face Wash
Khiels Facial Cleanser
Tony Moly Brightening Peeling Gel
Belief The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
MAC Strobe Cream
Chanel CC Cream
BareMinerals Liquid Lipcolor in ‘Swag’
MAC Lipstick in ‘Rebel’
ColorScience Loose Mineral Sunscreen

Everybody at the station was so welcoming and lovely to work with (and helped ease my initial jitters about speaking on TV).

It was a brief (7-minute) segment, so on I had to gloss over a few things that I didn’t have time to expand on, and I’d like to clear those up.

About physical exfoliation… Watching this back, I realized that I imply in this segment that I don’t think physical exfoliation is good for you. That wasn’t really what I meant, but I realize that’s what it sounds like. So to clarify – I don’t think all physical exfoliation is bad (and in fact I actually do a lot of it myself), but I do have some reservations about exfoliating scrubs. There is a common misconception that the harder you scrub your face, the cleaner it gets – which is not true! In fact, aggressive scrubbing can leave your face irritated, or expose raw tissue to bacteria and infection. Not to mention the whole microbeads issue

So if you do use a scrub, make sure you’re using one that is gentle, biodegradable or dissolves in water. And for the love of god, don’t scrub hard!

Microdermabrasion, which does happen to be a type of physical exfoliation, is actually my personal favorite method of exfoliation and it’s something I’ve been getting done regularly by a professional for years now. I’ll talk in more detail about that in future post though, because I’m actually in the midst of working on a project with my esthetician for this blog.

I hope you enjoyed my segment, and I hope this long-winded explanation at the end cleared a few things up!


February 2017 Beauty Favorites

February Beauty Favs

For me, February was was all about finding the products that made my skin smooth, sculpted, and luminous! If that’s what you’re looking for too, then you’ll love this post :)

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VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm* ($39 – I’m wearing #2). This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill concealer. This balm is a treatment and concealer in one. Not only is the coverage great – you only need to use a teeny, tiny bit to conceal a blemish – but it’s simultaneously helping heal your skin by decreasing redness, bruises, and pimples. Even when I go foundation-less, which is often these days (I talk about that in more detail below), I almost always use at least a bit of concealer under my eyes, so I find myself reaching for this stuff a lot. Besides being gentle, parabon-free, cruelty-free, and EFFECTIVE – all good enough reasons for me to purchase a replacement when it’s used up – VOLANTÉ happens to be a local Portland company, which makes it all the more appealing. #shoplocal
VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm in #2, $39, available at

MAC Strobe Cream ($12 for the mini size). I use this all over my face, after my initial moisturizer, to give myself a healthy, dewy glow. I mentioned earlier that I’ve started skipping foundation more often than not – and I have this product to thank for that. It makes my skin look so luminous that I don’t want to cover it with foundation. Alternatively, I’ll mix it with my foundation or CC cream – one part MAC Strobe Cream, one part foundation – if I decide I do want a little more coverage that day.
MAC Strobe Cream, $12 for the mini size, available at Nordstrom.

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($10-49 depending on the size). This primer is so popular that I feel silly even including it on here, but I wanted to let you all know that it lives up to its hype. On the days I do decide to wear foundation, I ALWAYS apply this first. (After moisturizer, before foundation.) It smooths out my skin, creating an ideal base for my makeup. It also makes a big difference when it comes to how long my face lasts that day. I’ve tried a number of primers over the years, but this one is my favorite because it’s soft and non-drying – but it doesn’t make my skin look oily. It’s also super soft and simply lovely to apply.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $10-49 depending on the size, available at Sephora.

BECCA Highlighter in ‘Champagne Pop’ ($38). Mmmmm I just love this highlighter! It’s so smooth and buttery. It’s also perfectly build-able and so pretty on my cheekbones. (Not sure where / how to apply highlighter? Check out this handy photo guide.) It’s not glittery, but it adds the perfect glow. If you’re in the market for a good highlighter, I can’t recommend this one enough! I got the color ‘Champagne Pop’ but I think I’m going to also purchase ‘Peal’ too – possibly in the liquid version for a little variety.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highligher in the color ‘Champagne Pop’, $38, available at Sephora.

Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82 (on sale for $19) + Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75 ($32). You probably already have your foundation brush, your bronzer brush, and your concealer brush, but what’s the status of your contour brush? Hear me out… You don’t have to be a Kardashian-wannabe to benefit from these brushes. In general, my personal preference is a subtle, barely-there contour (and a little highlight) – and these two Sephora PRO brushes make the job SO MUCH EASIER. Seriously, they’re the brushes you never knew you needed, but after you buy them, you wonder how you ever did your makeup without them. The Angled Contour Brush #75 gets precisely into the hollows of my cheekbones on my first try. And the Contour Kabuki Brush #82 is the absolute perfect brush for blending everything together (which is awesome even if you don’t contour), not to mention how soft it feels on my face. Recently I replaced all of my brushes with the Sephora PRO line and I’ve been really pleased with all of them – they’re well priced for professional-grade brushes and feel soft and sturdy. But the two standout brushes were certainly the two contour brushes I’m raving about here.
Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82, on sale for $19, available at Sephora.
Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75, $32, available at Sephora.

Wet Brush Hair Brush ($8.99). I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one – you’ve probably been using this brush for years! But in case you haven’t, I have to tell you that the new-to-me Wet Brush is an incredibly affordable way to maximize your conditioners effectiveness and guarantee smooth, easily brushed hair when you get out of the shower. The process is simple: After you add conditioner and before you rinse it out, just use this soft, flexible brush to get the knots out and help evenly distribute your conditioner. So simple, yet so effective. I notice a huge difference on the days I use this versus when I forget to.
Wet Brush Hair Brush, $8.99, available at Amazon.

Hempz Original Body Moisturizer ($12). Most body lotions are either too thin, too thick, too sticky, too greasy – too something. But this one, this one is perfection (and smells so good!) Carter loves it too.
Hempz Original Body Moisturizer, $12, available on Amazon.

*Disclosure: The VOLANTÉ product was gifted to me free of charge but all opinions expressed are my own. I sample a lot of products and only feature my favorites on my blog! All other products in this post were purchased by me with no affiliation with the companies who made them.


What’s in My Shopping Cart?

What's in my shopping cart

I do most of my shopping online these days, which generally allows me to add things to my “favorites list” or shopping cart and let it sit there for days (sometimes months) while I contemplate the purchase. This works out nicely because it gives me time to think helps me avoid impulse buys.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that are in my shopping cart / on my wishlists right now. Naturally, I won’t be buying all of these (or even 90% of them), but it’s what has been catching my eye lately.

What's in my shopping cart

I’ve been on the hunt for a cute, weather-proof boot with a bit of a wedge or heel (that doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard). The Sperry Luca fit the bill and is on sale in a couple of places (here and here) so I took the plunge and ordered it. As far as a more dramatic boot goes, I’m also admiring these from afar.

This cold-shoulder sweater by 1.State utilizes three of my favorite trends this season – exposed shoulders, mock necks, and blush – without taking it overboard.

Okay, I know it’s freezing outside but I’m totally in vacation mode in prep for my Palm Springs trip next month. This coverup is darling, oh-so-affordable, and would spice up any of my boring black swimsuits. This one too.

Speaking of black swimsuits, how cute is this one and this one?

My girlfriend has these sunglasses and I’m kind of obsessed. I may order the matte black.

I keep coming back to this henley bodysuit by Madewell (I’m also coveting the turtleneck version). Also, how perfect would this t-shirt one be with high waisted jeans?

And speaking of tee shirts… This one would be so versatile.

These studded leather gloves are a pretty badass way to keep your hands warm this season.

I have the black version of this lace dress (that I wear with this slip) and it’s my favorite dress right now. FP just launched the green color and it’s hanging out in my shopping cart right now!

Although it’s more than I want to spend right now, I’ve had my eye on this watch ever since it launched. I keep hoping it’ll go on sale, but it hasn’t yet…

This would be a major splurge, but I really would love a nude crossbody bag from Gucci or Saint Laurent… (A girl can dream, right?!)

As far as beauty goes, my girlfriend recommended this toning mist for my hair a few months ago, and it’s been sitting in my cart waiting for me to pull the trigger.

Also, I’ve gotten really into highlighters and illuminators lately and no one does them better than Becca. I already own and can’t get enough of this one in ‘Champagne Pop’. For something a little different – a variation in color and texture – this set is sitting in my cart right now.

I have the gold version of my favorite ponytail holder, and the silver version is waiting in my cart. I just love these when I’m too lazy to do anything with my hair, but still want to look pulled together.

And last but not least, I’ve heard incredible things about this flat iron. I’m looking for one that will let me do flat iron waves and straight hair, and this one fits the bill… But I’d love to find something cheaper so that’s why I haven’t made the purchase yet. Do you have any recommendations?