My Makeup Routine

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You guys know that I’m still a total newb when it comes to makeup. Over the years, I’ve gotten really into beauty and figuring out what works best for me. Today I wanted to share my current makeup routine, along with the products I use regularly.

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The two products that I almost always put on when I’m leaving the house are eyeliner and mascara. I use the Rimmel ScandalEyes Water Kohl Liner to line the outer half of my upper waterline. I love how creamy this liner is and I really love the definition it gives my eyes. Lately I’ve been reaching for Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara. I picked this up in December and I think it’s great. It gives good length and volume and separation (I prefer my eyelashes to look nice and fluttery, rather than spidery). After a good coating of the Lash Sensational, I’ll also use Maybelline’s The Rocket Mascara just to make sure that every single lash is separated.

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On a typical day, that’s it! I might dab a bit of color on my lips if I have a few extra minutes in the morning, but usually I’m hurriedly lining my eyes, slapping on some mascara, and running out the door. If I were going out at night, or if I had more time to get ready, I might add a few extra steps to my makeup routine…


On the weekends, sometimes I like to amp it up a little with a cat eye. Like many girls, I struggle with my winged liner and I may spend several minutes in front of the mirror, attempting to make my wings look somewhat even. Back in the day, I used to mainly use liquid eyeliner, but in the past couple years I switched over a pen form. I think it’s much easier, especially if you’re like me and you don’t have the steadiest hand. I’ve been using the Rimmel ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, but I really want to try the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and/or the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

If I’m getting really fancy, I just might swipe on some eyeshadow. When I first started wearing makeup, it was basically just eyeshadow and eyeliner, but then I moved away from that. My makeup collection was sorely lacking when it came to eyeshadow, so a few months ago I purchased the Lorac PRO Palette. I don’t wear eyeshadow all the time, but I wanted a quality palette to use when I felt like playing around. This palette is so pretty and the shadows are so soft and blendable that even someone like me can’t really mess it up. I like to keep it really simple and dust the color Pewter (a shimmery dark brown) all over my lid, with a little bit of the color Slate (a dark grey) in the crease and outer corner. Then I use my MAC 217 brush to make sure everything is all blended in.

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Then it’s on to my favorite part- lipstick. Lipstick is my second favorite beauty item (I have to put nail polish at the top, then it’s lipstick, closely followed by mascara). I’m more of a bold lip girl, which is a bit crazy, since it was only a couple of years ago when I felt so self-conscious whenever I wore red lipstick. Most of the lipsticks I own are in the red family and I really like the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection in 01. It’s definitely noticeable, but it’s not a bright cherry red, so I think it’s a little easier to wear and good when I want a pop of color (rather than a POP OF COLOR). If I’m being really good, I’ll use a lip liner before applying the lipstick straight from the tube, or I might use a lip brush to apply it so that I’ll have cleaner lines.

So that’s my current routine in a nutshell. Do you guys use any of the products I mentioned? What’s your current makeup routine? I’d love to talk beauty with you in the comments below!

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Beauty Wish List 02.

bare minerals complexion rescue, nars satin lip pencil, origins drink up mask, benefit roller lash NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal– I have the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the color Dragon Girl and it was my go-to red for a while. I’ve only tried that one color from the line, but I do find the matte pencil a little bit drying. I’ve always wanted to try the Satin version and this deep berry color looks really pretty online.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue– This has been popping up everywhere lately, so naturally I became curious. I don’t really wear foundation or anything at the moment, but I’ve been thinking about getting a lightweight base for days when I want to look a little more polished. I want something that looks natural and feels like you’re barely wearing anything. I haven’t tried any products from Bare Minerals before, but I’ve heard good things about the brand. Kim also did a review on this recently. When I saw how glowy and great her skin looked, this product moved a few spots up on my wish list.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask– For the past couple of weeks, I’ve incorporated a face mask into my weekly Sunday routine. My skin continues to suffer from the winter weather, so I’ve been trying to be better about moisturizing daily. Ashley tweeted about this Origins mask a little while ago and she said it’s been saving her skin. With a rave review like that, I knew I had to add it to the list.

Benefit Roller Lash– This is another product that’s all over place- I guess you can tell that I can get sucked into the hype. However, I really like Benefit’s They’re Real and I trust them when it comes to mascara. People are saying that Roller Lash is just as good. Mascara has become the one product I always put on before I’m heading out the door (well, usually that and a bit of eyeliner). So far I’ve mostly dabbled in drugstore mascaras (Maybelline is my go-to brand), but if this is as good as people are saying, I might be willing to splurge.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products!

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Those Curls

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When I saw this picture, I had immediate hair envy. I wish I could snap my fingers and make my hair look like this! I love a messy tousled look and one day I will figure out how to do this to my own hair.

I mentioned that I picked up a curling wand in December and it’s been my secret weapon for making it seem like I actually did something with my hair. I remember when I first started curling my hair (not that long ago) it would take me a good hour to do it. Now with some practice, I’ve been able to reduce that time greatly. With my curling wand, it’s even faster- I can quickly curl just the ends of my hair in about 5-10 minutes. Do you have any tried-and-true methods for curling your hair? Or favorite products to use? You guys always give great advice, so I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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