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!


May & June Beauty Favorites

June beauty favorites

There is a lot to cover in this post! I have been testing products like crazy lately, partially thanks to my Sephora obsession (and Amazon Prime). But my skin has never looked better and I can’t wait to share the products that have really stood out to me. So let’s get to it!

Skincare products

skincare favorites

bosnia exfoliating peel gel ($34). I’m obsessed with this stuff. It’s to the point where I can’t stop texting people to tell them about it, and trying to persuade my friends to come over and peel their faces off. (Wait, did that sound creepy?) Kidding! Sort of. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t invited people over to try it though! I’ve never gotten a professional chemical peel before so I can’t compare it to that – but this stuff does almost as good of a job exfoliating my skin as professional microdermabrasion. But it’s incredibly gentle. I use it on clean, 100% dry skin (it’s important that your skin isn’t damp because it will stick to it if it is!), and I massage it on my entire face and it literally lifts the top layer of my skin right off. The dead skin, that is. It’s crazy effective and seeing the skin coming right off is equal parts gross and satisfying. I then wash everything off with water and my skin is soft and ready for a moisturizer and makeup application. It’s ahhhh-mmaaazzzinng! Seriously. Go buy this stuff NOW.
Bosnia Exfoliating Peel Gel, $34, available at Sephora.

OSEA eyes and lips ($60). At least once a day, I use this cream under my eyes, on my lips, and sometimes on my entire face if it needs a little extra tightening. It’s especially effective on freshly exfoliated skin after the peel I described above. It’s a fantastic moisturizer that visibly firms and tightens my skin while hydrating it at the same time. I’ve seen such a noticeable difference in my skin since I started using it, especially under my eyes and on my lips. I discovered the brand OSEA when they reached out to me a few months ago and sent three products to try (with no obligation to write about any of them.) I was completely blown away by all three products and honestly use them every day. In addition to this moisturizer, I highly recommend and will absolutely be re-purchasing the OSEA face oil (use it under moisturizer) and gentle cleanser.
OSEA Eyes and Lips, $60, available through and Amazon.

neutrogena hydro-boost gel cream ($13.84). I honestly love the entire Neutrogena Hydro-Boost line of products! They’re comparable and often better than their department store competition. This eye cream is super light and super gentle. I have really sensitive skin, and it’s the only cream that has never made the skin around my eyes red or irritated at all. I love this for hot days when thicker creams feel like they’re melting on my face. It gives my skin that extra boost without feeling thick or heavy.
Neutrogene Hydro-Boost Gel Cream, $13.84, available on Amazon.

Body products

body favorites

donna karen cashmere mist deodorant ($25). Sorry if this is TMI, but I have had a heck of a time finding a deodorant that works for me. At this point, I feel like I have tried everything under the sun. This Donna Karen deodorant kept coming up in the top rated deodorant lists online… But $25 for deodorant? It sounded ludicrous to me. Finally, after trying so many drugstore deodorants that failed me and I was unable to return, I bought this stuff figuring I’d just take it back to Sephora and get my money back if it didn’t work. In fact, I was extremely skeptical and actually planned to return it. Then I tried it. And to my surprise, it works so, so well. I only need a tiny bit and I’m dry all day and it even works through the night. The smell is subtle but really lovely and feminine. I’m actually considering buying the cashmere mist perfume to go with it. But is it weird to buy a perfume to match your deodorant? Probably. But do I care? Meh.
Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant, $25 at Sephora and Nordstrom.

hydrocortisone cream ($6.49) + tend skin ($10.82). After my last bikini wax from Angie at The Wax Shack, I discovered that regular application of hydrocortisone cream and Tend Skin is the perfect cocktail of products to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation after waxing and shaving. Ingrown hairs and red bumps have always been a big issue for me so I swore off waxing years ago. I’m excited to be embracing waxing again now that I know what products to use, because waxing really does do so much better of a job than shaving. Directions for use: Apply Tend Skin a couple times a day leading up to your wax, to prevent ingrown hairs from forming. Then the night after your wax, apply hydrocortisone cream to relieve the irritation and red bumps. Apply hydrocortisone cream the following day as well. And then for the days after that, until you have no sign of irritation or ingrown hairs, use Tend Skin followed by hydrocortisone cream.
Hydrocortisone cream 1%, $6.49, available at Target.
Tend Skin, $10.82, available at Amazon.


makeup favorites

colorscience sunforgettable® loose mineral sunscreen brush broad spectrum spf 50 ($25 for travel size). We all know SPF is important. And when you’re going to be out in the sun for more than a few hours, it’s especially important to re-apply. But I hate messing up my makeup every few hours to re-apply sunscreen. That’s where powder sunscreens come in handy! You can apply it directly over your makeup and it’s matte and keeps your makeup intact while giving you that extra protection you need on a sunny day. This one even has pigment in it so you get a re-application of foundation. I bought the travel size to take when Carter and I go to Asia at the end of the month, but I’ve found myself using it regularly in Portland because it’s just so dang convenient.
colorscience sunforgettable® loose mineral sunscreen brush broad spectrum spf 50, $25 for the travel size at Sephora.

Nars ‘Amour’ blush ($30). I’ve been a longtime fan of the cult favorite Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush. But ever since the lady who did my wedding makeup explained to me that shimmer blushes are rarely flattering (think about it – would you ever put a shimmer highlighter on the apples of your cheeks?), I’ve been searching for a replacement for the shimmery Orgasm blush. So I was absolutely delighted to discover the Nars ‘Amour’ blush – which is pretty much the exact same color as Orgasm, but without the shimmer. Score! Check out the comparison of Orgasm (on the left) with Amour below.

Nars blush comparison

Nars ‘Amour’ blush, $30 at Sephora and Nordstrom.

mac pro longwear liquid lipstick in ‘unchanging’ ($25). This is pretty much the perfect Kylie Jenner-esque color (and I mean that in a good way!) It’s nude-ish without being pale enough to wash you out. The lipstick really is long-wear – it even lasts through a meal! The issue with most long-wear lipsticks is that they’re incredibly drying, but this one comes with a clear gloss on the other side that helps rectify that problem. I have a couple other colors from this line of lipsticks but this is the one I reach for regularly because it really compliments any makeup look and outfit. I’ve also lent this color out to a handful of my friends and it somehow manages to look good on everybody!
MAC Pro Longwear Liquid Lipstick in ‘Unchanging’, $25, available at Nordstrom.

hair favorites

Dry shampoo

batiste dry shampoo ($7.62). I’m always on the hunt for an effective and affordable dry shampoo. Although I’ve repurchased Tresemme’s in the past, but I’ve never been in love with it. I’ve tried a handful of others, some salon-quality and some drugstore, but nothing was ever worth reporting back about. Then I discovered this one by Bastise and fell in love! The price is right, the texture and consistency is spot on, and it makes my hair look clean after days of not washing it! Since going through my first full-size bottle, I’ve ordered three travels sizes (pictured above) and another full size bottle in various scents. They’re all yummy but my favorites are the cherry and the original scent.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, $7.62, available through Amazon.


Why I Purchase Beauty Products from Sephora Over Nordstrom

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I’m guessing that, like myself, most of you are Nordstrom devotees. So it might come as a surprise to you that I’m advocating for Sephora over Nordstrom in this post.

Don’t get me wrong – when it comes to clothing and shoe shopping, I’m all about Nordstrom.

As much as I love Shopbop, Revolve, Zappos, Bloomingdales, Saks, Amazon, etc. – when we’re talking clothes and shoes, if Nordstrom is carrying the same product, I’ll almost always buy it there instead so I can benefit from Nordstrom’s price-matching, unparalleled customer service and generous return policy.

But over the past year, I’ve been defaulting to Sephora over Nordstrom when it comes to my cosmetics and skincare purchases. Here’s why:

  • Sephora’s free Beauty Insider loyalty program gives you the oppertunity to try awesome, deluxe sample products that you might not discover otherwise. Sure, Nordstrom will throw a few one-time use samples into your bag, but Sephora’s deluxe samples are usually around 1.8 ounces (perfect for travel!) so you can actually get a lot of use out of them. AND Sephora has a big, ever-changing selection of them to choose from.
  • Sephora gives all members of their loyalty program free gifts during their birthday month. You don’t even have to buy anything to redeem it. All you have to do is sign up for the free program! In fact, that’s how I discovered and fell in love with Nars lipstick pencils, which you’ve seen pop up on the blog over and over again. I’m still using my free pencils from last July – that’s long they’ve lasted me!
  • Sephora will make you a sample of pretty much any product they carry, for free. Is there a serum you’ve been wanting to try but aren’t ready to commit to buying? Get a sample! All you have to do is ask!
  • Sephora’s value sets are fantastic! They are always a great deal, and there are tons to choose from.
  • Sephora’s return policy rivals Nordstrom’s. Both will take back used products if you have a receipt. In fact, I recently returned a half-used bottle of St. Tropez In-Shower Tanning Lotion to Sephora because it didn’t work for me (as an aside: I’m devastated this product was a bust – such a great concept!) I had been using the product for about three weeks and wasn’t seeing any results, so I took it back to Sephora, showed my receipt (in my email), and got a full refund!

With all that said, occasionally Nordstrom will have slightly better prices on individual products because of their price matching policy. If something is on sale at a rival department store, Nordstrom will match the price and provide free shipping.

Oh yes, shipping. That’s one area where Nordstrom has a leg up. It’s always free! However, for only $10 a year you can upgrade to Sephora’s free 2-day shipping on all orders. 2 days is faster than Nordstrom usually ships, so if you shop for cosmetics online often, I think this benefit is totally worth $10.

Last but not least, Nordstrom carries a few lines that Sephora doesn’t. For example, MAC and La Mer – to name a few that come to mind. But for every line Nordstrom carries that Sephora doesn’t, Sephora carries way more that Nordstrom doesn’t.

So at the end of the day, my purchasing decision usually comes down to the specific products I’m looking for. But overall, these days I’m leaning way more toward Sephora than Nordstrom when it comes to beauty products, cosmetics, and skincare. The rewards are just too good to miss out on!

*This is NOT a sponsored post by Sephora or Nordstrom. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.