SO I decided to do something a little different.
Those of you who know me, know that on a typical day I spend MAX 15 minutes getting ready in the morning. That includes throwing on some variation of a work ensemble, taming my unruly bed head and applying the very basics of make up.
A wise woman once told me, the younger you are when you start caring about your skin, the less you will age. I happen to agree. So I make sure to buy quality over quantity and stick with what works. I've accumulated a few favorites over the years, and they are literally the only thing in my make up bag. So if you're like me and want to maintain a super natural, low maintenance look I've listed all my favorites at the bottom of this post for you to try! But every once in a while, on a special occasion, a girl needs to do something a little different to spice things up. And this weekend happened to be just such an occasion.
Every year on the Fourth of July, anywhere from 50-100 of my extended family get together in the Poconos mountains of Pennsylvania for a weekend of good food, partying/playing drinking games and lounging by the pool.
For the last few years I haven't been able to make the trek, for a variety of reasons (School, work, life). Needless to say, this year, with an extended weekend, I was in the mood for some family time. In honor of seeing relatives I hadn't seen in a while, I vowed to cut my hair (full on cut and blow out), follow a more detailed make up regime, and pull an outfit together (high heels and all).
It doesn't hurt that I had the help of my super fabulous cousin, CJ, to do most of the hard work for me. CJ, his sister Kelsey, and I used to run the gamut of mischief back in the day, the three amigos. Fast forward 5 years and we turned out pretty okay, each of us pursuing our passions and in career fields we love! CJ just happens to be a super talented make up artist and he spent the weekend giving me a few (much needed) tips on how to spice up my super basic make up with just a few quick tricks. See the list of ingredients below ;)
Here they are (in order of application):
1.) Lancome Long-Lasting Underye Concealer (Nordstrom - $31) This goes first, not just on my eye lids and under my eyes but also to conceal any other unsightly blemishes. A little dab goes a long way, so start small with a squeeze on the tip of your finger and apply by gently rubbing into the area.
2.) BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (Bare Escentuals - $29.50) This is my lifesaver, its like the ultimate hydrating cream, SPF and foundation all rolled into one. It's the first foundation I've found that is not only smooth going on, but natural looking and long lasting. You can squeeze it right onto your favorite brush or apply evenly, directly to your face, blending in with your fingers.
3.) BareMinerals BareSkin Perfecting Veil (Bare Escentuals - $26) This is my setting powder, it creates a smooth even finish and masks any spots I may have missed along the way.
4.) CoverGirl Classic Color Blush Rose Silk 540 (Ulta Beauty - $6.49) I know, I know, its nothing special BUT- I've been using it for years and I can't bring myself to spend anything crazy on blush when I use so little of it; plus, I generally use this as a base layer for my cheek highlighter. Just brush it on and you're good to go.
5.) Victoria's Secret After Party Luminous Face and Cheek Highlighter (Ebay - $14.99) - I don't usually condone Victoria's Secret but ever since I found this gem at the bottom of the barrel during one particularly successful semi-annual sale, I've been hooked. I'm sorry to say that they've since discontinued this particular product, but it can still be found on Amazon/ebay. I use this to highlight my cheekbones and apply directly on top of any existing blush.
6.) Clinique High Impact Mascara Optimal Black (Clinique - $16.50)- If all else fails... mascara. But seriously, this is the one thing I could not do without. I have unusually sensitive eyes, but this mascara is easy on em', long lasting, doesn't bead up and lengthens.
Here are a few of the fabulous products recommended by CJ and loved, by me! (in order of application):
1.) Urban Decay sin Highlighter (Urban Decay - $26) I love a good highlighter and with a few well-placed strokes to the nose, cheekbones and forehead, this added a little bit of depth to my normal routine.
2.) Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (Too Faced - $30) I never thought I'd be much of a contour girl but I have to say that this matte bronzer may have changed my mind. Add this in the same places as the highlighter above.
3.) Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer (Physician's Formula - $14.95) Use this in addition to or instead of the above! PS. it smells like cocoa butter and chocolate ;)
4.) Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer (Urban Decay - ON SALE $10) This is exactly what it sounds like. If you're looking for a base that holds your eye shadow steady all day long, this is the way to go.
5.) Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette (Tarte - $40) This color palette turned out to be perfect for my olive complexion with a wide range of browns, purples and pinks. Layer on with hints of gold to brighten things up!
6.) Nyx High Voltage 03 (Nyx - $6) I've been dying to get my hands on a lip color that truly lasts. I've spent anywhere from $10-$60 (that's right 60) in the hopes that I'll find the "one", you know what I mean, the one that doesn't come off with the first bite of a delicious blue cheese burger or that first sip of pinot. Well, here it is ladies, for only $6 you can bite, sip or kiss to your hearts content!
7.) Clinique Eye Liquid Liner (Clinique - $19.50) - Glides on smooth and lasts as long as you do ;)
And that's a wrap!
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