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The 5 Minute Face | Favorite Beauty Products for Busy Mornings

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The title of this post makes me laugh, because who am I kidding? Every morning is a busy morning. I like to wear a little makeup every day -- nothing crazy -- but putting something on just makes me feel a little put together even on the days where I'm anything but (which is most). I'm also a product loyalist. Are you? When I find something I love, I tend to stick with it for years. These are my tried and true favorites that I put on every single day in five minutes or less.



Every Day Must Haves

1. Olay 7 in One Moisturizer

One of my go-to drug store finds, this moisturizer gets the job done. I feel like I really have seen a difference in my skin since using it consistently, plus it has SPF.

2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Foundation

I've been using Bare Minerals foundation for forever. I hate feeling like I have a mask on, and this foundation gives me great, glowy coverage.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer:

My favorite product and a true game changer. If you want to look like you got 12 hours of sleep, just grab some of this. The secret to applying it is to warm a tiny dab between your fingers before rubbing it in. It covers everything and the littlest bit goes a long way.

4. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara:

Another product I've been using for years and one that you can grab at any local drug store, Target, Walmart, etc. It just works and is perfect for every day.

5. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder:

This is a newer favorite, as I used the cult favorite Nars Orgasm blush for so long but grew a bit tired of the high shimmer. I love how this powder takes care of three things in one: blush, bronzer, illuminator. Just a little bit does the trick!


Favorite "Extras"

1. Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer:

On the days (or nights) I have extra time or a specific reason to get a little more made up, I make sure to use primer under my foundation to help it stay as long as possible. 

2. Chella Brow Pencil

I tried a couple of brow pencils before asking the woman who waxes my brows (when I remember to go, like, twice a year) what she recommended and she quickly told me about the Chella pencil in taupe. It blends naturally with my dark brows and has a brush on the other end.

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Stick

Perfect for on-the-go, this stick has rich pigment that goes on easily in one swipe. I have a double-sided one with the colors Truffle and Stone and they're so pretty and natural.


Are you a no-makeup person, a 5-minute face kind of gal, or do you like fuller coverage for everyday? I'm always curious about others' routines & favorite products!

Friday Favorites

Friday, July 26, 2019

Happy almost weekend! 

What does this weekend have in store for you? We're painting the nursery tomorrow -- yay! We went with Falling Snow (Behr), so hopefully it will be bright and fresh. The baby's room is the smaller of our bedrooms with just one window so we wanted something that would maximize natural light and be neutral that the room grows with her.

Today I have a whole bunch of random favorites from the week to share:

+ Our new NEPHEW was born! I won't share pictures here, but we went to visit on the evening he came into the world and it was magical. He's perfect and his momma is a rock star!

+ Are you a lazy parent? (This piece was interesting and worth a read -- embracing my kids' "help" is something I'm always working on!)

+ On Saturday, my mom, aunt, and I ventured to NY to attend my cousin's baby shower for her first baby -- a sweet little boy! My cousin and I are due two weeks apart, which is kind of fun (our moms were due less than 2 months apart with us!).


(My dress is non-maternity Nanette Lepore found at TJ Maxx for $29.99, originally $150! I did find it here online at Saks Off Fifth, but it's listed at $55. It was so comfy and perfect for travel as the fabric didn't wrinkle during our 5 hour round trip!)

+ I read this article in the August issue of Real Simple and enjoyed it. I think a lot of people would be able to relate and I found nuggets of wisdom throughout it, like "I found that in the quiet, I could still move forward." Meaning, in those moments where it seems like you're staying still or stuck somewhere, literally or figuratively, you still have ownership of your own mind and can use it to think, dream, and progress.

+ The girls and I went peach and zinnia picking at our local farm yesterday. We came home with tons of juicy peaches (and some flowers, plums, and lemons) so we made homemade peach crisp. Dangerously good!





+ My favorite new (to me!) design Instagram account. I am obsessed with every single thing she posts!

+ With some birthday money, I recently picked up literally the softest sweatshirt and sleep shirt (nightgown length) you have ever felt. I'm planning on packing both in my hospital bag! 

+ Many of you are already familiar with veteran blogger and sweet momma April Robson. Her now three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed last July with a devastating quickly-progressing and eventually terminal illness and yet -- yet! -- this family has managed to find and spread joy amidst the unimaginable. There is a kindness movement being organized for July 31, and we are each encouraged to participate in random acts of kindness in this precious little girl's name. Won't you join? You can read more about the movement here.
Have a beautiful weekend!
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