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.


The Best Drugstore Beauty Products

Best Drugstore Beauty Products

When it comes to fashion and beauty, I’m not opposed to spending a pretty penny on products that are worth the splurge. But fortunately, when it comes to these goodies, I’m grateful that my favorites come in affordable packages… These are the drugstore products I keep coming back to time and time again. Occasionally, I’ll try their department store competitors, but regardless of price, these are still the best of the best.

1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish.
Sure, nothing beats a professional manicure. But if I’m going to be doing my own nails, this stuff is my go-to. The brush is nice and wide, making application quick and easy. It dries in minutes (which is a huge plus for those of us who don’t have the patience to wait an hour for regular polish to completely dry). But most importantly, when paired with the clear top coat, this makes for a lasting, non-chip manicure. You can buy it from Target and Amazon but I’ve found that has the most competitive pricing and best selection of colors. Cost: from $3 to $6.

2. Neutrogena Lip Balm in ‘Sunny Berry’.
I’ve shared my love of this lip balm a few times before (here and here) and since then, nothing has changed. Thanks to it’s flattering tint, moisturizing properties, and affordable price tag, it’s still my absolute favorite. Cost: $7.19 to $13.99.

3. Aquaphor.
Aquaphor was the only product I could really count on to moisturize my lips during my brief stint with Accutane. There weren’t any other chap sticks or lip balms that were up to the challenge. Although my Accutane days are over now, I still keep a big tube of Aquaphor on my nightstand to use as an overnight lip treatment. But Aquaphor is multifaceted! It’s also great for your hands and feet. I’ll slather it on my feet and ankles, then sleep with cozy socks over it so that it absorbs into my skin. When you wake up, your skin is baby soft! There’s seriously nothing like it. Cost: $6.99

4. Crest 3D White Luxe Strips.
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but people always comment on how white my teeth are. And sure I brush my teeth twice a day like the rest of us, but I also drink coffee and red wine and probably do other things that are supposed to be terrible for your pearly whites. But my secret to keeping my teeth white is none other than Crest White Strips. If you use them relatively diligently (I usually reduce the suggested time by five minutes whenever I wear them because my teeth are sensitive), you WILL see results. Cost: $39 to $50.

5. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.
This eye makeup remover is nice and gentle, and works well to take off regular and waterproof makeup. Plus, because it’s oil-free, it washes right off with water without leaving a greasy mess. Cost: from $6.39 to $12.

6. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers.
These are a little pricey for tweezers, but SO worth it. (And they’re still less money than many department store tweezers!) Once you try quality tweezers, you never want to go back. Promise. You can buy them at most drugstores but Amazon has the lowest price (and the cutest colors!), hands down. Cost: $12.49 to $22.

Okay, now it’s your turn… I’d love to know, what are your favorite drugstore products? Did I forget any of your favorites in this list?



Best Tinted Lip Balms for Day

Maybelline Baby Lips // Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment //
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm

There’s nothing that wakes up a tired face like a little color on your lips. But as much as I love a deep, smoldering red lipstick, it’s not always appropriate for daytime. Still, I like to have a little color on my lips at work, brunch, and while running errands. I’ve road tested a bunch of lip balms in my day and these have been the standouts. Each of these balms will keep your lips moisturized and add just a hint of color to make them pop (but not look like you’re trying too hard).


My Experience with Permanent Makeup


I’ve always been experimental when it comes to innovative beauty products and services, even when there’s a little bit of risk involved (we’ll see if this comes back to bite me in the butt down the line). I’ve tried Latisse (and LiLash) to chemically grow my eyelashes longer, Brazilian Blowouts to smooth out my crazy hair, prescription skincare products to get rid of acne… Well, you get the idea. But it’s been a while since I’ve tried anything worth telling you guys about.

Well that changed about two months ago, when I did something a little crazy. I got permanent eyeliner tattooed on my upper eyelids.

(The photo above is not of me getting my permanent eyeliner done. It’s from another blog post, but I thought I’d post it because it’s a little more glamourous than the photos below, of me swollen from the tattoo.)

Two months post procedure, I feel like I’ve been asked every question under the sun about my experience with this. I always planned on blogging about it, but instead of pretending to be an expert on the topic, I figured I’d just answer the questions I’ve been asked because I anticipate they’re similar to the ones you would ask. And of course, share some After photos (below)! If I neglected to touch on something you were wondering about, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll follow up with you!

You can also find some more great information on Eric Berntsen’s FAQ page about permanent makeup.

Why did I want to get permanent eyeliner in the first place?

A couple of reasons:

  1. First of all, pencil eyeliner ALWAYS RUNS on me. Trust me, I’ve tried them all – they all make me look like a hot mess. (I have better luck with waterproof liquid liner – but that’s less appropriate for day/ the workweek.) At any rate, I knew permanent eyeliner wouldn’t run – so it seemed like a good option for me.
  2. Since my eyelashes are blonde, my eyes kind of disappear if I don’t wear eye makeup, so I thought this would help them pop a bit. And it does.
  3. Also, I’m too lazy to put eyeliner on in the mornings during the work week. So now I don’t have to!
  4. Lastly, like I sort of implied earlier, this is the type of procedure that I get really curious about and like to try.

Can I still achieve a natural, fresh-faced look when I have permanent eyeliner? Does it look weird when I’m not wearing other makeup?

This was a bit of a concern for me before getting it done, because I tend to wear more natural-looking makeup in the first place. The last thing I wanted was to look fake, or worse, not even look like myself!

So upfront, I decided less is more. I wanted my eyes to pop, but I didn’t want it to be obvious I was wearing eyeliner. I told my technician this, and he listened. We looked at photos of what other people had done and talked about it in relation to what I wanted. And luckily, he gave me exactly that.

As a result, the eyeliner is so subtle that it looks natural enough that I believe I still look fresh faced. But just like a better version of myself. And no, I don’t look weird now when I’m not wearing other makeup. My boyfriend would tell me if I did. ;)

Do I ever have to wear eyeliner now that I’ve gotten this done?

If I’m going out at night and I want a more dramatic look, I’ll do a cat eye with liquid eyeliner. Otherwise, I don’t wear any eyeliner over the tattoo.

How long does it last?

The concept of “permanent” makeup is misleading. This lasts five to seven years.

Regular tattoos use ink, which is quite permanent. Permanent makeup tattoos are made from pigment, which fades over time.

Did it hurt?

Yes. It’s a tattoo on your eyelid, so yes, you definitely feel it. But your eyelids are numb before the actual tattooing starts, so that really helps minimize the pain. Honestly, it’s more uncomfortable than painful. If you’ve ever had any other tattoos done, it’s certainly no worse than that.

Was I swollen afterwards?

Yes – the day I got it done and the day after I was quite swollen. Then the swelling went down. (Icing my eyelids helped reduce the swelling and discomfort.) Check out the photos below to see what I looked like after the procedure.

Where did I go to get it done?

I went to Eric Berntsen at Studio One on Macadam Ave. in Portland, Oregon.

What was the procedure like?

If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo before, I can tell you that it was pretty much just like that. I had a consultation first, then I went in for my appointment. At the appointment, we talked about exactly what I wanted. Then I laid down on one of those medical chairs that leans way back. Eric used some gel to numb my eyelids. We chatted about random stuff for about 15 minutes while the gel kicked in. Then he brought out the tattoo needle and got to work. The tattoo took about an hour and then I was done. I put on my glasses (couldn’t wear my contacts) and drove home.

A month later, I came back for my second, followup appointment. Eric does this over two appointments. I went in to get it touched up and he pretty much went over the entire tattoo a second time to address any concerns I had. (The photos below are from after the touch up – so I went through this same healing process twice.)

How long did it take?

The first procedure was probably at least an hour and a half (including our discussion before). The second was about an hour.

Am I glad I got it done?


What was the healing process like?

Not terrible, but as I mentioned before, I was really swollen in the beginning. But then the swelling went down. I did a lot of icing my face. I also couldn’t wear my contacts for a week (hence my Instagram photos of my “four eyes”). Couldn’t wear any eye makeup for a week either.

Permanent Eyeliner After Photos

Ignore my cross-eyed-ness in the photos above! It’s just hard to take photos of your own eyes up close without crossing them. I clearly haven’t mastered that skill.

In the end I’m really happy with the way the eyeliner turned out! Like I said before, feel free to ask me more questions if this is something you’re interested in – I’m happy to discuss it further! Also, if you’re local and looking for someone to do your permanent makeup, I’d highly recommend Eric (he also does eyebrows!).