Love BB Cream in the Summer!

Sorry-  I have been so busy lately- and have not been posting enough! I am ready to start again! I love BB cream in the summer- it is the perfect amount of coverage and includes SPF and moisturizer.

This is my BB cream process: I apply the BB cream with my finger or foundation sponge. Then I add some concealer under my eyes, MAC studio fix powder all over my face and finish with bronzer and blush. I find that the BB cream is a great foundation for the studio fix. Then through out the day I just add more powder as needed. This takes like three minutes- and I am ready to go!

I have four BB creams. Covergirl, Urban Decay, SmashBox and Tarte. I really like them all, but believe it or not my favorite is Covergirl. It is very moisturizing and great for sensitive skin.

All great BB creams. Also great for primer!
All great BB creams. Also great for primer!
My favorite BB cream- Covergirl! And it is under seven dollars! So worth the buy. Also it is a much larger container than the other ones.
My favorite BB cream- Covergirl! And it is under seven dollars! So worth the buy. Also it is a much larger container than the other ones.
The Covergirl BB cream has a great consistency. It is thick- but very moisturizing!
The Covergirl BB cream has a great consistency. It is thick- but very moisturizing!
With the BB cream, MAC studio fix and bareMinerals warmth bronzer!
With the BB cream, MAC studio fix and bareMinerals warmth bronzer!

I also love the shade of the covergirl BB cream. The fair to light one is great for my skin. The other BB creams weren’t the right color for my skin. Go buy this great product! I love to find a good drugstore deal.

There are several BB creams I want to try. Always looking for a great one- and Sephora has tons of options!

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This Benefit bb cream has one that has a lot more coverage than a normal BB. It is a foundation but has the benefits of a BB cream. 
Love bareMinerals products! This one is supposed to be great for sensitive skin- so need to try!
Love bareMinerals products! This one is supposed to be great for sensitive skin- so need to try!
Boscia is also great for sensitive skin. I have used there skin products and love them- that is what has me interested!
Boscia is also great for sensitive skin. I have used there skin products and love them- that is what has me interested!
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I have heard great things about Cover FX. Supposed to be great for sensitive skin. Also this BB cream mattifys skin- definitely worth trying!

So many BB creams to try! I am excited. My old favorite before BB cream was Aveeno tinted moisturizer which I can’t find anymore. Hate it when a company stops selling a product! Hope this helps you find a great BB cream!

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Liebster Award!

I just noticed earlier today that I was nominated for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much Beauty and a Little Extra! I love her site- I especially love her post about a gold daytime eye look.

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  • 1) Thank and link the person that nominated you.
  • 2) Answer the 11 questions asked by the person that nominated you.
  • 3) Nominate 5-10 blogs with under 200 followers and link them.
  • 4) Create 11 new questions for the people you nominate to answer
  • 5) Notify your nominees via social media.

My Questions:

  1. If you had to choose one meal for the rest of your life, what would it consist of? It would probably be a salad with gorgonzola and balsamic vinaigrette with crusty french bread to soak up the vinaigrette- yum!! 

    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
    One of my favorite meals- love a balsamic vinaigrette!
  2. Blush or Bronzer? In the winter blush is a must for me- it gives me that pop of color. In the summer I like bronzer because it looks more like I’ve had sun. 

    I love bareMinerals!!
    I love bareMinerals!!
  3. What is your favorite all-time lipstick? There are so many MAC and bareMinerals colors I like- I can’t pick one! I also love Bite Beauty’s violet lipstick. The color is so bright and pretty! 

    Love this color- Violet.
    Love this color- Violet.
  4. Have you ever been outside of the country, if yes, where? I lived in Canada when I was a lot younger and also I got the opportunity to study abroad in England when I was in college. I loved the experience and want to go back! 
  5. Who is your current role model? My mom is my role model. She was such a sweet, patient mother- it is the way I want to be with my two sons! 
  6. If you had the chance to raid a celeb’s closet, who would it be? I love the classy style of Katie Holmes- classic style. 
  7. Heels or flats? I always wear flats- heels unfortunately kill my feet! 
  8. What is your favorite show right now? My husband and I love Madmen and are in withdrawals now that it is over! 
  9. What is your staple piece of jewelry? I love just a pretty stud earring. I have some turquoise blue and silver ones that I love right now. 
  10. What is your favorite make-up brand? There are so many but right now I am very into bareMinerals. I love the lipsticks- the colors are all so great and they feel good on your lips- they are moisturizing and good for your lips. And I love all of their blushes and cheek colors. 
  11. Finally, If you had to be an animal, what animal would you choose? I would be a dog because they provide so much joy to people!  

The questions for my nominees are:

1. What is your favorite foundation?

2. What do you apply your foundation with?

3. What is your skin care regimen?

4. What makeup brands do you love?

5. What makeup products do you splurge on?

6. What do you love so much about makeup?

7. What are your favorite eye shadow colors?

8. What is your favorite mascara?

9. Pressed or loose powder?

10. What brand brushes do you like?

11. What concealer can you not live without?

Everyone have a good week- thanks =)

It’s that time of the year…Bronzer Time

I am pale. Very pale. All through the year I use blush and bronzer- but during the summer I amp up the bronzer. I don’t get tan- I use SPF 85! So I fake it with bronzer.

One of my favorite ones is a bareMinerals product. Not surprising- I love their products. Warmth is one of my favorites. One of the best things about it is it is layerable. You can wear it lightly to just provide a little sun to your face. Or you can amp it up. It is great for my sensitive skin. Also one $20 container lasts forever.  I love, love, love this product.

I also love their cheek colors. I have Giddy Pink, Laughter and Aubergine and they are all great. They provide beautiful color without irritation. I can’t rave enough about them. Also, as I talked about in my post Breaking the bareMinerals rules, you can mix and match them with any foundation!

The beautiful Bare Minerals I have- Warmth,  Laughter, Aubergine and Giddy Pink. I recommend them all for a touch of color or more intense if you layer them.
The beautiful bareMinerals I have- Warmth, Laughter, Aubergine and Giddy Pink. I recommend them all for a touch of color or more intense if you layer them.

Another bronzer that I just found that doesn’t bother my skin is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends in Natural Radiance Bronzer. It provides a pretty light color- it is subtle. But if you are looking for a more natural hint of color- this is what you need. It is great no matter how sensitive your skin in. And for around $11- it is a great price.

The Neutrogena bronzer. I swirl my BareMinerals brush around all of the colors and apply.
The Neutrogena bronzer. I swirl my bareMinerals brush around all of the colors and apply.
Me with the Neutrogena bronzer- subtle but I love the color.
Me with the Neutrogena bronzer- subtle but I love the color.

Some bronzers I would love to get are:

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in milk chocolate.  So pretty - I love so I like that this bronzer doesn't look too sparkly. Just Matte- need it!
Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in milk chocolate. So pretty – I love so I like that this bronzer doesn’t look too sparkly. Just Matte- need it!
I want this so badly! Urban Decay Naked Flushed. The combination of three colors- all that are so pretty. And for $32 not too expensive.
I want this so badly! Urban Decay Naked Flushed. The combination of three colors- all that are so pretty. And for $32 not too expensive.
This Laura Mercier Primer  looks really interesting. It goes on under your foundation and provides color. Would love to try it.
This Laura Mercier Primer looks really interesting. It goes on under your foundation and provides color. Would love to try it.
Lancome Star Bronzer- how convenient! The bronzer and brush in one. Great to just take in your purse and go!
Lancome Star Bronzer Magic Bronzing Brush– how convenient! The bronzer and brush in one. Great to just take in your purse and go!

What’s your favorite bronzer? I am always looking for a good one- and I am telling your bareMinerals Warmth is one of them!

My quick makeup pick me up

Some mornings are hard- as we all know! On Sunday night my one year old decided to wake up at least four times. Then my three year old woke up at 6. This would be okay if I hadn’t gone to bed past midnight- darn Mad Men!

My children were grumpy and I was feeling blah. I wanted to feel more awake. I did a couple quick on demand workouts and then I decided to get ready. With two whinny toddlers it had to be a quick getting ready.

I started with my favorite face cream- Eucerin Q10 anti-wrinkle- sensitive skin. It does not irritate my skin and keeps my skin moisturized for the whole day. I didn’t put any foundation or other face make up on. It is just one of those days =)

My favorite cream!
My favorite cream!
My favorites for a quick look!
My favorites for a quick look!

Then I did my perfect quick eyes– but with no eyeliner on my lids- just under the eyes. I used Maybelline great last mascara– I have loved this product for years. It stays on forever and comes off easy. Love.

Then I needed color! I put Bareminerals lipstick in rose crepe on my lips. It is a great neutral pink. It is matte like and again stays on for a long time. It also moisturizes the lips too. Great product. Unfortunately I can’t find this color in stores anymore-  but Make Your Move color of the Marvelous Moxie Lipstick would be a close comparison.

The Bareminerals lipstick.
The Bareminerals lipstick.
Before- feeling blah!
Before- feeling blah!
Three minuted later with just a couple items!
Three minutes later with just a couple items!

Then I felt more alive and ready to face the day with my boys in a more awake state! And it isn’t turning out to be a bad day at all!

What is your quick makeup routine?

Perfect Quick Eyes

On a whim when I was at Ulta a few months ago I picked out a Bare Minerals eye shadow duo. There was a Bare Minerals free gift- and I am a sucker for a free gift! Well this on a whim purchase has become one of my favorite on the go eye shadow tricks.

When I have to do my eyes quick the first thing I do is line the lids with a black eye liner- my favorite is Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner. Blog post to follow soon about this amazing eyeliner. I go to as close to the lash line as I can.

My favorite eyeliner! Lancome Le Crayon!
My favorite eyeliner! Lancome Le Crayon!
Eyes lined!
Eyes lined!

Then I use my secret weapon- Bare Minerals eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending. I use the little sponge brush that is included and put the light color- Promise- all over the lid and below the eye brow. Then I take the darker color- Dazzle and go over the eyeliner with it. I also fill in the outside corner of my eyelid with it. I love this step. It adds this beautiful color to the eyes and it also fixes and blends the quick eye liner job I just did!

The beautiful eye shadow colors- Bare Mineral eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending.
The beautiful eye shadow colors- Bare Mineral eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending.
Eye shadows applied!
Eye shadows applied!
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Disregard my crazy hair and the rest of my face! The only make up I have on is eyes. I did add the eye liner on the bottom part of my eye lid and mascara.

I recommend the Bare Minerals ready eye shadow duo. Easy application and beautiful colors. The loose Bare Minerals eye shadow makes a big mess and aren’t so easy to put on. I prefer the ready eye shadow! I think the dazzle- blue green eye shadow color goes really well with my hazzle/ brown eyes. A purchase that was well worth it!

Breaking the Bare Minerals Rules

Today was a crazy day. We woke up at 6:30- thanks to two energetic boys who like to wake up when the sun comes up. We went into Boston for the day. Our boys rode the T for the first time and it was a fun, exhausting day.  Boston Common Park, Quincy Market and lots of walking were on the list.

I wanted my make up to stay on for a long time- so I went with an old favorite. Liquid foundation with Bare Minerals bronzer and blush.

I first started using Bare Minerals years ago. When I purchased my first set they walked me through all of  “the rules.”

Swirl the Bare Minerals brush in whatever powder you are using and then do the tap several times. Don’t use too much product. Use the specific Bare Minerals brush for use.

Well  I am a rule breaker! I thought I love this brush- I am going to use it with other products. And I love the Bare Minerals blush I am going to use it with liquid foundation. I loved the results.

One of my favorite things to do is use the Bare Minerals bronzer warmth and blush in aubergine with liquid foundation and studio fix powder.

Warmth bronzer and blush in aubergine.

Today I started with Clinique Moisture Surge and Bare Minerals prime time primer. I wanted to have a smooth base because Clinique skin perfecting foundation/concealer is heavy and needs a moisturized base to go on well. Then I used my favorite MAC studio fix power in N5 and the Bare Minerals products. I used the bronzer in warmth all over my face and the blush in aubergine on my cheek bones and the apple of my cheeks. I normally would finish with Bare Minerals clear radiance, but I didn’t have it with me today.

Before the Bare Minerals products (just with foundation and powder.)
Before the Bare Minerals products (just with foundation and powder.)
With the Bare Mineral bronzer and blush- brightens me up!
With the Bare Mineral bronzer and blush- brightens me up!

I love the colors Bare Minerals offers. They give that glow we all want, more so than most other brands I have tried. I have found you can mix and match Bare Minerals with other brands and the outcome is great. Breaking the rules sometimes works!