Simple Summer Beauty Routine-Winged Liner and Bright Lips

With the dry heat summer brings to New Mexico, switching up my beauty routine is a must.  I like to keep it simple and fresh with a touch of glam during these hot months.  To me this means trading in … Continue reading

Spring Fresh: (5 minute natural and glowy makeup routine)

When I need to throw myself together quickly I opt for minimal makeup, focusing on lush lashes, glowing skin and sheer, rosy lips.  This is one of my favorite looks for the spring and summer and can easily be glammed up by using … Continue reading

My Favorite Mascaras (all from the drugstore!)

Mascara is my favorite step of putting makeup on each day.  It totally transforms you.  I have tried a million different kinds and these three are my all time faves.  The best part is that all three are from the … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently as I normally do! I’m still getting caught up from being on vacation in Florida. Here are a few things that have perked up my week in pictures:

20120823-134943.jpg{This memory of the beach in Florida. I’m ready to go back!}

20120823-135000.jpg{This is one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers with one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. Essie Weingarten herself wears this combination so I had to try it!}

20120823-135031.jpg{This was the ONLY makeup I packed for my Florida trip besides lipgloss. I was so proud of myself. These essentials kept me feeling put together without being overdone. Products: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, MAC Powder Blush in Dame, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Stila Stay All Day 10-1 HD Beauty Balm (Laura Mercier is still my favorite but I left it at home for this trip), CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (this is my second favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous is my fave.)

20120823-135107.jpg{I did a fun twist on the french manicure this week with Essie Mademoiselle and Martha Stewart Glitter in Sugar Cube as the tip.}

20120823-135118.jpg{Jon was out of town this week so I cooked for one! I made myself this salmon dinner and this Brussels sprouts dish…so good!}

20120823-135125.jpg{Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh strawberry slices and a touch of agave was the perfect breakfast this week.}

20120823-135135.jpg{My friend Paula and I had a fun night in this week. We baked a homemade, healthy pizza (recipe coming next week!), sipped red wine and watched the movie Bachelorette on OnDemand. Hilarious movie.}


{**OBSESSED** with this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It came in my July Birchbox and I just love love love it.}

20120823-135150.jpg{Posted this picture of Jon and me on Instagram this week for Throwback Thursday. This was in Vegas 6 years ago. Love this picture…and him!}

20120823-135156.jpg{My current favorite lipcolor is MAC Creme Cup lipstick with a swipe of MAC Nymphette Lipglass. The pinky gold shimmer of the gloss makes the lipstick look so feminine and sexy. LOVE.}

What made you happy this week?

A Makeup Artist’s 11 Must-Have Beauty Items

My gorgeous cousin Rachel, pictured below, is a mother of two adorable 8-month-old twin girls and she’s also a makeup artist! She specializes in wedding makeup and you can see the beautiful work she has done on brides here. You can also follow her on Twitter for her expert beauty opinions. She was kind enough to share her must-have items that she has found to be the most universally flattering.

Here are Rachel’s 11 must-have beauty products as a makeup artist!

1. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: I love this product because it gives a nice, natural coverage that makes skin look flawless. It’s full of luxurious ingredients that actually help improve the appearance of skin within 4 weeks of use. It also has SPF 30 which is always a necessity!

2. MAC Pro Long wear Concealer: I use this concealer on almost all of my brides. It covers without making you look too covered. It provides medium to full coverage, but doesn’t give the heavy appearance that some concealers tend to. It’s also long-wearing which is crucial on your wedding day.

3. NARS Blush in Orgasm: The peachy, pink shimmer of this blush is flattering on many skin tones. It gives a beautiful, subtle glow. It’s a cult favorite that’s worth every penny.

4. Bare Minerals Secret Radiance All-Over Face Color: This product looks gorgeous when applied as a highlighter. Just pop a little on the cheek bone and voilah, gorgeous, radiant skin.

5. MAC Viva Glam V: This lipstick is very versatile and looks good on most skin tones. It is the perfect wedding color for the classic bridal look.

6. Covergirl LashBlast: I’ve searched high and low for the ultimate mascara and nothing beats this. It’s my all-time favorite mascara. It coats every lash without clumping and achieves length and volume. It’s perfect for big, plump lashes. It’s also only $8, so you can’t beat that!

7. MAC Jest Eyeshadow: This shadow looks great on a young or mature eye. It has a nice sheen, but isn’t shimmery. You can wear it alone for an Au-naturale look or add another color for drama.

8. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly: This is the best eyeshadow primer. It’s natural shade evens out the color of the lid perfectly so you have a flawless canvas to build off of. It has amazing staying power…use this under your eyeshadow and it’s not going anywhere.

9. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack: This is a smudge-proof, long-wearing, gel eyeliner that goes on very fluidly. Just brush it on with a precise eyeliner brush and you have the perfect line.

10. MAC Fix+: This product is infused with vitamins and minerals. Just spray it on after your foundation and you literally see your foundation almost melt into your skin, giving the appearance of a “second skin.” Not only does it set your makeup, it gives your skin an amazing glow. This is my go-to product that gives your skin an automatic pick me up. I could go on forever about this stuff.

11. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush: This brush has a blend of synthetic and goat hair. The combination of the bristles gives an amazing, almost airbrush finish when you use it to apply any liquid foundation.

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup

I love department store cosmetics.  The gorgeous packaging, alluring fragrances and hefty price tags always make me feel like I’m bringing home something spectacular.  While shopping at places like Sephora and Nordstrom is still at the top of my list when it comes to perfume and most other cosmetics, I also love a bargain and am thrilled when I find high-quality products at my local Walgreens.  Here are my picks for fantastic drugstore cosmetics:


L’oreal Voluminous Mascara $7.99

This is not only a great drugstore mascara, it’s my favorite mascara overall.  I’ve tried the various high-end mascaras and nothing exceeds the volume, thickness and length that L’oreal Voluminous gives.  It never flakes and lashes feel soft and flexible to the touch with this mascara.  Most others leave mine crispy and stiff.  I love the original formula in black and also the carbon black version.  Many celebrity makeup artists swear by this mascara.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara 8.99

This mascara is a very close second favorite for me.  Both the original orange tube and the purple Fusion version are fantastic products.  This mascara gives buildable volume without clumping or flaking.  While I despise chunky, spidery lashes, I also think the “natural look” with mascara is highly overrated.  I love full, long, dramatic lashes both day and night.  With several coats of Lash Blast I’m left with just that.  Sometimes I’ll start with a few coats of this mascara and finish with two coats of the Voluminous for added volume.   Did I mention  I like dramatic lashes?  🙂


Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner $2.99

I’ve tried department store liquid eyeliner and I keep coming back to this one.  You can’t beat the price and it doesn’t flake.  The brush is easier for me to use than liners with a marker applicator and this product dries very quickly.

CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self Sharpening Eye Pencil $5.79

I use this pencil in Black Onyx.  You can make a thin or thick line and it comes with a smudger on one end.  I love pencils that you don’t have to sharpen.  It gives rich color and it applies really well over eyeshadow.


Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick $8.99

This lipstick in Candy Pink is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks.  Allure voted it Best Pink Lipstick of 2011.  It’s a scary, Barbie pink in the tube but it goes on very sheer and lovely.  I lost mine recently and have been frantically searching for it at every Walgreens and Target in town with no luck yet.  I may have to just order it online because it is such a wonderful lipstick.  It’s the perfect bright but sheer pink for spring.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick $5.49

I love this lipstick in Airy Fairy.  The formula is lightweight with full coverage color.  Airy Fairy is a nude pink with a hint of gold shimmer.  I hate frosted lipsticks and am weary of any with a lot of shimmer but this is a very muted and flattering color.  All the lipsticks in this line have a smell that I can’t put my finger on.  I don’t love the fragrance but the color and price are great and outweigh the slightly strange smell.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter $6.49

Lipstick formulas have really changed recently and they now appeal to a much wider audience.  These Lip Butters have the pigment of a lipstick and the moisture and lightweight texture of a balm.  Now that the weather has heated up and the heavier texture of classic lipsticks is too much for me, this is my go-to lip color.  My favorite shade is Strawberry Shortcake.  I also have Cupcake, but it’s such a pale shade of pink that it doesn’t flatter my skin tone.  I also tried Candy Apple Red because it was getting rave reviews in the beauty magazine but it was too orangey-red on me.  I gave it to a friend with dark hair and a slighty darker complexion than me.  She has the same issue with the color.  The Strawberry Shortcake shade is a gorgeous pink color.  It has a bit of shimmer but the color looks more like a cream than a shimmer when I’m wearing it.  It has a light shine and makes my lips feel soft and smooth.  This line has no smell at all, which I really like.

Lip Gloss:

L’oreal Color Juice Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss $8.48

This is my favorite drugstore lip gloss.  It’s nearly the same texture as Lancome Juicy Tubes, one of my favorite gloss lines.  L’oreal owns Lancome so this similarity would make sense.  Berry Burst is the Color Juice shade I always pick.  The smell is fruity but not overpowering and the gloss has no flavor on the lips, which I love.  It’s a sheer, shimmery gloss that goes on mostly clear with a bit of sheer pink.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss $6.99

This is an extremely creamy and shiny lip gloss line.  The texture and packaging looks and feels very high-quality.  My favorite colors are Peach Petal, pictured above, and Pink Afterglow.  Peach Petal is a peachy creamy nude with no shimmer.  Pink Afterglow is a pink gloss full of shimmer.

Bonne Bell Lip Smackers $1.99

No list of drugstore favorites would be complete without Bonne Bell Lip Smackers!  Not only do these classic little tubes give me nostalgic memories of childhood and make me want to buy some Lisa Frank folders, they are actually great clear lip glosses.  They also double as a decent lip balm.  My personal favorites are Dr. Pepper, Pink Lemonade and Cotton Candy.  At that price point and having a big-girl job, I can collect all my favorites without breaking the bank.  🙂

What are your favorite drugstore cosmetics?