i’ve started student teaching (EEEEEEEEEK), which requires me to commute over an hour at 6 am. it’s truly not that bad, but it requires me to be very organized the night before and pretty quick in the morning. after a little experimentation, i’ve got my makeup routine down pat, and i knew you would all want to see it 😉as fall is thankfully making its presence known, i’ve gone back to my layering technique to keep my skin fresh and hydrated. after using my clinique mineral sunscreen, i’ve been putting generous mix of embryolisse and first aid beauty coconut primer all over my face and neck. i haven’t been using any base products cause i truly can’t be bothered, so i pop a little glossier stretch concealer in light on any areas that might be a little red or discolored. sephora bright future concealer in meringue covers up the blemishes that somehow haven’t been too bad.
while letting all that moisture sink into the skin, i curl my lashes with the surratt curlers and apply a light coat of mascara – either pacifica stellar gaze (back to this love!) in supernova (black) or covergirl lash blast volume in black/brown. then i brush up my brows with a spoolie and pop on a little maybelline clear mascara to keep them in place.
back to the face and here’s where it changes depending on my mood. after applying a light layer of alima pure pressed powder foundation in macadamia – keeps my skin glowy but not shiny and offers the perfect amount of light coverage, i either go in with blush or bronzer. for bronzer i’m still loving the hourglass diffused bronze light and for blush i’ve been reaching for the pixi multibalm in baby petal. add a little rms living luminizer and the face is done!for lips it’s usually lip balm, but sometimes i’ll do a little bit of the burt’s bees lipstick in nile nude. it’s the PERFECT neutral nude that lightens the lips up in a healthy, juicy way. very moisturizing and even a minimalist like me can enjoy it daily.
so that’s that! if i have an extra second i’ll spritz my face with some rosewater or some sort of hydrosol. basically my aesthetic here is to be fresh-faced and put together, but simple and clean. what’s your go-to work makeup routine?
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as a student again, i find myself in class, at the library, or at a coffee shop studying and working pretty much every day. and this requires some supplies, right?the essentials:
wallet // my 21st birthday present
sunglasses // my sister gave me these, no clue as to details!
keys on a baggu strap
jao natural hand sanitizer
schmidt’s deoderant in rose + vanilla // if you’re looking for a natural deo, try this! they have it at tj maxx for cheap
eye brow spoolie
sephora mirror // glossier & milk makeup stickers cause i’m 12
mini nars concealer in vanilla
alima pure pressed foundation in macadamia
osmia lip doctor
bite beauty multistick in mascarpone // a soft sunburned look on the cheeks and a hint of color on the lips
pacifica lip tint in vanilla hibiscus // a super hydrating light pink
various hair clips
what are your daily essentials?
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my trick to surviving work as easily as possible is to have everything you need for every situation. there are few things worse than getting to work in the morning and realizing you don’t have a hair clip or a bottle of water – knowing that it’s hours before you can leave for lunch, if you can at all. so here are my work essentials, especially for summer:
because you’ll get sweaty // clean&clear oil absorbing sheets, bare minerals ready foundation, mac travel powder brush, evan healy lavender hydrosoul
because your nail polish is guaranteed to chip // nail polish remover pads, first aid beauty hand lotion
because you’ll always want to put your hair up // hair clips (i love the butterfly kind since they are hold your hair tighter than regular ones) and hair twisties (i love these scrunchie ones)
because you’ll probably get drinks after work // mini nars laguna bronzer, tony moly lip stain (in red), perfume sample (mine is of my usual byredo gypsy water)
because you’ll get tired of ac // madewell denim jacket (in ellery wash)
because your phone will die and your commute will be boring // phone charger (drugstore), apple headphones
because you’ll get tired of vending machine water bottles // s’well 17 oz (but i would recommend getting the larger size since this one doesn’t last me long enough)
because you’ll need to write things down // moleskine agenda, iron curtain press notebook, delfonics pen, lepens
other staples that are not pictured // lactaid pills, advil, purell, bandaids, sunglasses
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hot beverages // coffee (especially hazelnut), tea (especially yogi kava tea), hot chocolate
going to work every day and loving it // feeling like i’m doing something with my life that i actually enjoy
wearing jackets and beanies // embracing the cooler weather
rereading my favorite book // the lost art of keeping secrets by eva rice
rifle paper co agenda // keepin’ me organized one week at a time
mac 187 brush // i’ve had this for a while but always preferred a bigger brush for bronzer…not anymore!
hourglass arch brow sculpting pencil in soft brunette // i have bushy brows, but like this for filling in little gaps
nars isolde duo // mainly the darker shade – keep an eye out for a makeup post using this
all good organic coconut oil with lavender // i’ve been applying this after the shower while my skin is still wet as an all over body lotion
flannel // from various brands including katin and patagonia (i get men’s)
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bare feet in the sand – having someone new to be excited about – freckles on my nose and cheeks – all black ray ban aviators – going to work every day (call me crazy) – summer nights with summer friends – sunset photography – binge watching orange is the new black – eating fresh fruit all the time
iced coffee – a long, sweaty run – a beach day + refreshing swim in the ocean – a better tan
the summer would slow down – my skin was behaving better – i didn’t have a cold
for my next pay day – for my new white jeans to come in the mail – for tonight.
i must say – i am definitely loving life right now. and is there any better feeling in the world?