My Beauty Basics

As I sit here, more than one month since my last blog post, I am realizing…. I don’t have a whole lot of free time! I have a four-year old and a ten-month old… enough said.

So, as I sit here realizing another week has come and gone with no glamorous makeup tutorials, swatches or product reviews, I thought it would be a good time to tell you what my everyday makeup routine looks like. These kids may give me a run for my money… I may not always be able to spend the amount of time on my makeup that I would like to… but I do my best every day to look like I’ve got it somewhat together.

Regardless of time, or lack there of, I can always pull off these beauty basics:


My go-to cleanser and moisturizer are my Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel and Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost from tarte cosmetics. On a good day, I do like to incorporate a serum and other products, but these are two steps that I never neglect.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a daily cleanser and waterproof makeup remover that is loaded with vitamins and anti-aging properties. It removes all traces of my makeup without the need for makeup wipes or greasy eye makeup removers. My skin is left feeling hydrated and balanced, not stripped and dry like so many other cleansers have done to me before.

The Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost is a lightweight gel moisturizer that wakes my skin up and gives it the hydration it needs without feeling heavy or greasy. This moisturizer has a soothing, cooling sensation when you apply it and the citrus smell is so refreshing! My makeup glides on so beautifully over this moisturizer that I don’t even need a primer.


Foundation is my non-negotiable. It is so incredibly rare for me to leave my house without foundation; In fact, I will let you in on a little secret – If I tell you “I’m not wearing any makeup,” odds are, I am wearing a BB or CC cream – and in my world that is not wearing any makeup!

My favorite foundation is the tarte Hybrid Gel Foundation. It feels like a moisturizer but gives medium-to-full coverage without looking heavy or caked on. This foundation is super hydrating so if you have oily skin, this foundation may not work for you; If I oIMG_2284.JPGpt for a “no makeup” day on the weekend, I’m typically wearing either the tarte Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer or the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.
I could leave it at that, but I usually don’t. I like to warm up my skin with at least a little bit of bronzer. If you are a fair-skinned girl like me, the Hoola or Hoola Lite bronzers from Benefit are great options and two of my favorites!

Eyes & Brows

IMG_2282 If I am pressed for time, I can leave the house with just a little brow pencil and mascara.

I have only been filling in my brows for about a year or two, but once I started, there was no going back. I have a scar in my right eyebrow and I dabbled in some over-plucking in the early 2000’s, so I need to fill them in so that they look a little more like sisters and a little less like cousins. My favorite brow pencil is the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil because it is just that… goof proof! The pencil is a double ended tool with a spoolie on one end to brush your hairs into place and an angled pencil on the other side to fill in and define your brows while keeping them looking natural.

Now, let’s talk mascara. I feel like the search for the perfect mascara is much like the search for the fountain of youth… it just may not exist! There is almost always a tradeoff when it comes to mascara but I have a few that I find myself reaching for on a regular basis, and even repurchasing.

I have really been loving the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express for a soft, natural look that is perfect for everyday wear – and you can’t beat the price! If I am looking to amp up the drama, tarte Maneater mascara is my #1.  Maneater gives major volume, length and curl with no clumping, very minimal smudging and almost zero flaking.

If I have a couple of extra minutes in the morning I will pop a neutral shade into my crease just to warm up my eyes and give them a little more definition.

IMG_2283 Lips

When I am going with a simple look, I tend to keep my lips neutral as well. My Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick is on me at all times and sometimes that’s all that I use. If I am looking for a nude gloss I reach for my Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in either White Russian or Blushing Margarita.

This routine is what I end up doing on most work days when I am pressed for time in the morning. It is quick and easy to do, plus I can easily build on it later to amp up my look. There is room to build up any shadow, throw on some eyeliner or even a bright lip color.

What does your everyday beauty routine look like? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you would like to see full reviews on any of these products!


Products Mentioned:

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel & H20 Hydrating Boost tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Benefit Hoola Bronzer Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick Buxom Full-On Lip Cream tarte Maneater Mascara

From Friday to FriYAY: Take your eyeshadow from day to night.

You made it to Friday and the weekend is calling your name! You’ve spent all week working hard (or just watching the clock) to make it to this day, so don’t waste time re-doing your makeup look before heading out for the night.

I am here to help you go from Friday to FriYAY & fabulous in no time!

FriDAY: Create a soft neutral eye that you can easily build on later.

Step 1: Take a light-colored shade that is similar to your skin tone, like a cream or tan and apply it all over the lid, up to your brow. This will create a nice even base that will help you blend out your other eyeshadow colors.

Step 2: Apply a warmer shade like a mauve, dark tan or light brown to your crease. This shade will act as your transition shade later (in other words, this is the color that is going to connect all of the shades that you end up using).

To find exactly where your crease is, take your finger, and with your eye open, feel for where the top of your eyeball is. You want to apply your shadow right where your eyelid creases (get it?… the crease) above your eyeball. While your eye is open, take a soft blending brush and apply your shadow using windshield wiper motions (back and forth). *Helpful hint: If you have hooded eyelids, you won’t want to go too dark with your crease shade. To help open up your eye a little more, you can extend this shade just slightly above your crease.

Step 3: Take another light shade, like a pale pink, cream or taupe and lightly dust your lids with it (keep this shade below your crease color).

Step 4: With a precision brush, take the same color that you used for your crease and line your lower lash line.

Step 5: Apply a couple of coats of your favorite mascara and you are all set!

FriYAY: Turn your neutral eye into a bold and sexy nighttime look.

Step 1: Take a darker shade, like a dark brown or burgundy and pack it on to the outer corner of your eye. Take your time and build this color up slowly – it is better to start with a little and build up, than to go overboard and end up with the dreaded “raccoon eye” – not cute! Take this color no further than the center of your eyelid.

Step 2: Take a soft blending brush and with very light, circular motions, blend out the edges of this shade, bringing it up into the crease.

Step 3: Take a light, shimmery shade, like a pink, champagne or light gold and sweep this over your lid starting at the inner corner but do not take it past the center of your lid.

Step 4: Using a precision brush, take the same shade that you used on the outer corner to line your lower lash line – this time keeping it as close to the lashes as possible.

Step 5: Add some black liner to the top lid (personally, I love a good wing, but feel free to tightline if that is what you are more comfortable with – We’ll save the wing liner tutorial for another day). You can also add some liner to your waterline (the inner, lower lash line) for a more dramatic look.

A few final tips:

  • * Apply your eyeshadow using very light pressure with your brush. This is KEY. It is so much easier to lightly build color than it is to remove it and start over. You can also end up removing color when you apply too much pressure to your brush.
  • * When putting color on your brush, be sure to tap off excess shadow. This will eliminate fallout underneath your eye.
  • * Apply your eyeshadow first, before foundation or concealer, so that if you do end up with fallout, you can clean it up and not ruin the rest of your makeup.
  • *Purchase a palette rather than individual eyeshadows. This will make it easier to coordinate your colors. My favorite go-to palette is the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades and has you covered with base colors to transition colors and darker lining shades.

So, there you have it! Let me know in the comments if you found this tutorial helpful & feel free to share your favorite day-to-nighttime looks!

Happy Friday, Beauties!