No-Makeup Makeup

Lookbook by goodies

On a regular basis, if I’m just going to school or running errands, I don’t like to cake on too many products. Instead, I prefer a much more natural look, using products that won’t irritate my skin. Here is what I use when I am trying to look like I’m not wearing Makeup:

  1. bareMinerals complexion rescue bareMinerals Complexion Rescue
  2. tarte cheek staintarte Cheek Stain
  3. tarte contour and highlightertarte Contour & Highlighter
  4. neutrogena lip balm Neutrogena Lip Balm

Tarte and bareMinerals are my all time favorite makeup brands. Their products are rid of a lot of the toxic chemicals that are found in most cosmetics. Complexion Rescue has been my go-to cream since Summer. Because I feel more comfortable going out with something on my face, this product is the perfect amount of coverage–light, yet skin perfecting. It goes on great alone, when I want the no-makeup look, or looks great mixed with foundation for a night out. Tarte’s Cheek Stain adds just the right amount of color to make me feel awake. I like to put it on my lips too, but if I know I am going to be out in the sun, I love a tinted lip balm with SPF protection. I have been wearing Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Balm since high school! Tarte’s Double-Ended Contour and Highlighter stick adds just a tad bit of definition, and can also act as a great eyeshadow. One of my favorite things about these products is that they can all be applied just using my fingers.

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.”

-Lady Gaga

Black Friday 2015

Black Friday is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. Since beauty items are normally quite pricey, I love to take advantage of Black Friday deals.

Sephorablack friday deals

Too Faced Beautifully Blushed & Bronzed Set $25

black friday deals

CLINIQUE Black Honey Beauty Set $25

black friday deals

Smashbox ART. LOVE. COLOR. Primer Pair  $10

black friday beauty

Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set $10


black friday beautyBAREMINERALS Collections $10

Black Friday Beauty

LORAC Eye Shadow Palette $12

Black Friday Beauty Deals

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé $13.50

Black Friday Beauty Deals

Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials Set $34.50

Black Friday Beauty DealsLancôme Parisian Holiday Définicils Mascara Set $34.00


“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”
― Ray Bradbury

I LOVE Fall. In the spirit of things, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I associate with my favorite season.

Hoola BronzerBronzer 

Madewell Sweater

Oversized Sweater

Zazie Sf Hot Cocoa and Chai

Big Bowls of Hot Chocolate and Chai at Zazie 

MAC Lipstick

Dark Shades of Lipstick 

Brave Enough Cheryl Strayed

A New Book (preferably read by a fire)

Anthropology table setting

Table Settings 

Gap Scarf

Cashmere Scarf

Sole society boots

Knee High Boots

Loose Braids from the beauty department

Loose Braids

What’s in my Make-up Bag?

Make-up bag

Here is an overview of my go-to beauty basics. I know…kind of a lot. I don’t wear all of this on a daily basis. For a night out, however, these products have me covered.

eye make-up

EYES: Naked 2 Basics by Urban Decay

Mac Eyeshadow in Frost

Clinique All About Shadow Duo 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Essence of Beauty Smokey-angle Brush

eye make-up

Nars Black Moon Eyeliner

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Taupe 

Lancome High Definition Mascara in Black

eye grooming tools

Essence of Beauty Tweezers and Scissors 

Maybeline Brush and Comb

Revlon Lash Curler

Bare Minerals

FACE: Bare Minerals Blush, Foundation, and Bronzer in Glee, Summer Bisque, and The Skinny Dip

Fake Up Concealer by Benefit

Bare Escentuals Blush Brush Flawless Face and Concealer/Eyeshadow Brush Full Tapered Shadow

Sephora Kabuki Brush

Moisturizer, highlighter

Clinique Moisturizer

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

High Beam by Benefit

Mac Lipstick

LIPS: Mac Lipstick and Lip Pencil in Matte Viva Glam and Brick

chanel number 5 and NYX matte finish

SPRAY: Chanel Sheer Moisture Mist for after the shower

Nyx Finish Spray to set your make-up

Make-up meme

And thank you, Internet. I couldn’t have put it better myself.


Halloween is just around the corner! I used to plan my costume out months ahead of time when I was a kid. Though the outfit is fun and all, it’s nothing without a great face to match! Here are a few Halloween make-up looks I found for inspiration:

Halloween Make-up

Halloween Make-up

Halloween Make-up

Halloween Make-up

Halloween Make-up

Halloween Make-up

Sephora has the best “Halloween Must-Haves” to choose from. I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone! After all, Halloween is a great time to experiment.

If you still haven’t found the right costume, like me, ASOS and ModCloth have great Halloween selections to choose from. Even if I don’t end up deciding on a specific THING to be, I still think it’s fun to dress up a little. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces:

ASOS skeleton sweater

Asos Skeleton Sweater for a scary movie night

ModCloth haunt dress

ModCloth “My Usual Haunt Dress” for a dinner date

ASOS black eye mask

ASOS Black Eye Mask for handing out candy

ModCloth Halloween Top

ModCloth “Ecstatic Age Top” to thrown on over  jeans and boots for pumpkin picking

ASOS spider web catsuit

ASOS Metallic Spider Web Catsuit for a costume party

“Play and try to be a little bit daring–break the rules.” -François Nars

Estée Lauder

estee lauder lipstick

Estée Lauder has been my go-to lipstick brand lately. It’s a classic brand with classic colors.

Above I’m wearing Pure Color in Scarlet Siren:

estee lauder pure color scarlet siren

I’m also a fan of Pure Color Envy Matte in Commanding & Kendall Jenner’s new shade in Restless:

estee lauder lipstick

estee lauder lipstick

All of these colors remind me of Old Hollywood Glamour. Sometimes lipstick is all you need to complete an outfit.

Abercrombie Striped Tee, Levi's Jeans, Urban belt, Zara Heels

On Me: Abercrombie Striped Tee, Levi’s Jeans, Urban belt, Zara Heels

Rules of Thumb

“My rules of thumb are lightness, transparency, and less is more.”

-Francois Nars

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

I used to wear SO much make-up in middle school. I had grown up watching my mom apply her make-up every morning, and one day she introduced me to the intriguing routine! I had finally been invited into this new world of women and beauty products.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

I found make-up so much fun. It became the event of each slumber party! Unfortunately, I was starting to grow a little too dependent on my addictive new toys.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

At first, it was all about experimenting. I needed to learn how to wear every product! And let’s face it, I liked the result. I had never seen myself under the flawless light. Just as puberty began to hit, I started wearing make-up to school to cover up my acne.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

After a while, I started to feel insecure without any make-up on. Pool parties were my worst enemy.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

By the time high school hit I was in full make-up mode. I’m talking eyeliner and bronzer mode.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

Sophomore year I transferred schools, and it was the best decision I had ever made! I decided it was time for a fresh start–new friends, new place, new me. I rediscovered my love for myself and my make-up.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

I realized that make-up shouldn’t be about covering myself up, but instead accentuating who I was.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

I started wearing LESS. I started switching up what I experimented with depending on my outfit and occasion. It was fun again–no longer a chore.

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

Today, sometimes I just wear lipstick. I like the visibility. I’m not hiding. I’m not trying to impress anybody else. I’m just being me.

“Confidence is the most glamorous thing to me.”

-Francois Nars

H&M dress, Nordstrom sunnies, American Eagle belt, Montego Bay Club Wedges

On Me: Dress




Just Kissed

This Summer my beauty routine changed a lot. After joining the Ipsy Glam Bag trend, I started rethinking my whole look. I became more experimental, less regimented, and even decided less is more. Ingredients began to matter a little more, and I stopped looking at the face value of products. More often than not, beauty products can be used in more than one way.

Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain by Jane IredaleLip and Cheek Stain

This product describes everything I spent my Summer looking for. When I put this on, I am reminded of the multipurpose lipsticks our grandparents wore when they got ready for their first date. This lip and cheek stain is made from avocado oil, beeswax, olive butter, white tea leaf extract, pomegranate extract, and wild rose wax. It’s long lasting and light weight. Sometimes one product is all you need.

July 2015 ipsy Glam Bag

This is my first month receiving my ipsy Glam Bag! I am so impressed by this month’s products that I had to share what I got:

1. be a bombshell lip balm in french kiss

lip balm

This product is so hydrating! I also love how light the color is–perfect for an everyday look.

2. Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion

Tinted Sunscreen Lotion

My favorite part about this product is that it is 100% chemical free! It’s so hard to find a sunscreen that is natural. It feels light, the color is great for every skin tone, it smells good, and it protects you!

3. Coolway Beachy Salt Spray

beach salt spray

This spray can be applied to wet or dry hair. It is mineral enriched, so while it’s adding texture to your hair, it’s also adding strength.

4. OFRA Bliss Eye Shadow & Highlighter 

eyeshadow and highlighter

This color looks great on everyone! What I found really cool was that it contains natural sun filters. I love when I can use one product for multiple reasons–this one on my eyes and anywhere else I want to add a little highlight.

5. tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

Clay Waterproof Bronzer

I’m so used to wearing a bronzer that has a shimmer, but this one is making me rethink my comfort zone. Without the shimmer, I appear way less greasy, and the tan looks more natural.

I highly recommend subscribing to the ipsy glam bag! The quality and quantity is totally getting the bang out of your buck.