5 Essential Makeup Products for Back to School

During the school year I’m constantly torn between wanting to look cute for class and wanting those extra few minutes of sleep. On the days when I opt for sleep I reach for products that are quick to apply and help to streamline my routine. Today I’m sharing with you the products I recommend as well as specific products that I really like.

One: A concealer that matches your skin color


With this it is super important that the concealer matches your skin. This isn’t a highlighting concealer or a color corrector. I put just a little bit on any blemishes or problem areas, blend, and I’m good to go in way less time than a full face of foundation would have taken me. I love this one by LA Girl Cosmetics.

Two: A flattering blush


A little bit of blush on your cheeks goes a long way to brighten up your face. Powder blush is quicker to apply (at least for me) but cream blush lasts a really long time and I love this shade. This is the NYX stick blush in orchid.

Three: Mascara


Pick a mascara that will achieve the look you want with just one or two coats. Concentrate it near the base of your lashes and it will double as eyeliner too. My favorite is the Maybelline Define-A-Lash, which I have a review of here, but my friend recommended the Rimmel Scandal Eyes and I’ve been liking it a lot. The Define-A-Lash is more lengthening and the Scandal Eyes is more volumizing.

Four: A quick brow routine


My favorite way to do my eyebrows is by just swiping some brown mascara through them. It takes me 10 seconds per brow and keeps them defined and in place all day long. I like using the Maybelline Great Lash mascara for my brows.

Five: A tinted lip balm


Lipstick isn’t the quickest thing to apply and can look unflattering when it starts wearing off. A good tinted lip balm can go on without a mirror and will wear off naturally. I’ve had my eye on this lip balm by Fresh for a while and finally bought it. It’s kind of pricey but really nice.

What makeup products do you use for school? Let me know in the comments!


Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

How I Wear my Curly Hair

Sometime in January or February I started wearing my hair natural almost completely. It wasn’t a decision I put a lot of thought into. I was teaching swim lessons pretty much every day and it wasn’t worth it to straighten my hair in the morning to have it ruined in the afternoon so I started learning how to care for my natural hair and make it look good without using heat. The main things I’ve changed are pretty much never using my hairbrush and replacing it with a wide-toothed comb, and using sulfate free shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. I’ve formed a kind of routine of how I wear my hair.


I usually wash my hair every other day. After I get out of the shower I comb through my hair with a wide tooth comb or my brush (The only time I use my hairbrush is when my hair is wet.) and put a small amount of this product from Shea Moisture I usually get it at Target) all throughout my ends first and then scrunch what is left on my hands in my roots.


If I’m showering in the morning I just let my hair air dry after putting product in but if I’m showering at night I put my hair into a chunky french braid. The braid slows down my hair drying enough that in the morning I can take it out and let my hair dry the rest of the way and take my normal curl pattern. braid



I usually wear my hair down on the first day after I wash it. Overnight I wear my hair in a bun. In the morning I take it down and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Depending on how my hair looks I’ll either wear it down again, put it in a side braid or tie it up in a bun again. If it’s greasy, I add some dry shampoo. I really like the one by Batiste. Right now I’m using the cherry scent. I usually get it at Ulta.



Is your hair straight or curly? How do you usually wear it?

Have a great day!


Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Beauty Top 10



Today I have my beauty products top ten. Its mostly makeup products but I also have hair care and skin care. I’m sorry about the photo quality, I spent a lot of time trying to get good pictures for this but I could never get lighting to cooperate when the tripod was available so I just decided to get this post up. And now, in no particular order, here are my favorite beauty products.

  1. bronzerbt10E.L.F. Baked Bronzer in St. Lucia. The pigmentation isn’t great when its dry but it is nice to add some subtle definition to your face. This bronzer really shines when its wet. You could use the MAC fix+, I use the E.L.F. mist and set. When its wet, I love using this bronzer on my eyelids.
  2. ecotoolsbt10*Eco Tools Large Powder brush This brush is so versatile. I use it to lightly apply my setting powder all over my face, and then I use it to apply my bronzer. The size is perfect, its big enough for bronzing your neck, but not too big to apply product to a specific part of your face. This is one of the few brushes I take with me when I travel because it is so versatile.
  3. julepbt10Julep nail polish I don’t paint my nails very often anymore, I’m in the pool five days a week and that seems to soften my nail polish and it peels off in one sheet within 48 hours of me painting my nails regardless of how much time I give it to dry. When I do paint my nails, I really like using this polish by Julep. It is five free and I’ve noticed that my nails are a lot healtheir after wearing this polish than after wearing regular polish. I have the shades (in order, left to right) Carolyn, Myriam, Margot, Cally, Becca, and the brightening nail treatment.
  4. elfbt10E.L.F. Studio Small Tapered brush I use this brush every day for blending out my concealer under my eyes and then setting the concealer. It is also a great size for applying eyeshadow all over the eyes. The only downside to this brush is that after several washings it starts to lose its softness. E.L.F. recently changed all of their brushes to be certified cruelty-free (which is super awesome) so hopefully with that change, the new bristles will stay soft.
  5. lagirlbt10L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer in the shades *natural and *creamy beige. These concealers are super creamy and blendable and they come in, like, a million shades. They crease under they eyes if you use too much, or have a lot of foundation under them, but the way I really love to use them is all on their own. I apply the shade natural under my eyes to highlight, and the shade creamy beige on blemishes, and anywhere I have redness, and then set it with powder and that’s all I wear for face makeup most days, especially in the summer. The links up above are to amazon but ikatehouse has them for much cheaper.
  6. madeonbt10*MadeOn Simply Shea Facial Emollient and Natural Lip Balm. I’ve talked about these before but I really do like them and I use them pretty much every day. Both are really deeply moisturizing without leaving my skin greasy, or making me break out.
  7. maybellinebt10*Maybelline Define-A-Lash mascara I have an in-depth review of this mascara here so I’ll just say that this mascara holds a curl, lengthens my lashes, and is basically my holy-grail mascara.
  8. perfumebt10Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot I received this as a free sample in a Sephora order a while ago and I like it so much, I think I’m going to buy the full size. It has a sweet, vanilla-y scent. It’s not terribly strong but it lasts all day. I like that, throughout the day, I get faint whiffs of vanilla but the initial scent is not overpowering.
  9. sheamoisturebt10Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion and Coconut Water *shampoo and *conditioner. I have a review of another Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner here. I haven’t used a Shea Moisture product that I don’t like, however, some products hae more moisture than my hair needs. This is light enough to not weigh down my hair, while still being deeply moisturizing for my chlorine-damaged hair. I am also on the hunt for an SLS-free clarifying shampoo. If you have any reccomendations, please leave them in the comments below:)
  10. urbandecaybt10.JPGUrban Decay Revolution High Color lip gloss in failbait. This is my aboslute favorite everyday lip color. Its not terribly sticky, which is a must if you have long-ish hair like me. The pink color is so pretty on the lips. It adds a pop of color without being crazy.

I hope you all enjoyed this and possibly got some ideas for your next beauty purchase:)

Have a great day!


Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Review: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge



I have heard that the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is the best dupe for the famous Beauty Blender sponge so when it caught my eye at ulta a few weeks ago, I thought I would try it out. It costs $6.99 on Ulta’s website here. I have tried using it with the Rimmel matte BB cream and with the Revlon Colorstay Oily/Combination foundation.



The sponge has a pointy end, curved sides, and a flat side to allow you to apply product to various parts of your face in various ways.

I really like the finish that this sponge gave the BB cream and considering that I usually use my fingers to blend BB cream it was nice that it kept my hands relatively clean. However, it did not blend the Colorstay foundation well at all, and it soaked up quite a bit of the product so it took more product to get the same amount of coverage. I’d like to try it out with a few more face products but so far I will probably not be repurchasing this when it is worn out.

Have you tried this sponge? What did you think?

Have a great day!


My Everyday Makeup Look


Today I’m sharing with you the makeup that I wear most days. I honestly think that most girls could get away with wearing a lot less makeup than they think. For me, every day makeup is about highlighting my natural beauty by drawing attention towards the features that I like and away from the ones that I don’t, rather than totally covering up and recreating my face. I do like experimenting and playing around with different makeup techniques sometimes though. It’s crazy how much it can change the look of your face.

Let’s get into it.


I like to wear a BB cream, or even just concealer on my face. My main concern is redness on my nose, and chin and the occasional break out or blemish so I don’t need a lot of covereage. Right now I’m using the Rimmel Matte BB cream in the shad light/medium.I set it with a translucent powder. I really love the Rimmel Stay Matte. You can get the BB cream here and the powder at Target here.

I like to use blush or bronzer to add a little bit of life and color to my face because I’m pretty pale. I like the Covergirl Cheekers blush in Brick Rose, the ELF lip balm tint in Grapefruit, the WetnWild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil, and the Physician’s Forumla Butter Bronzer.The ELF lip blam tint is not technically for your cheeks but it looks really good applied with a stipple blush to the apples of the cheeks. I bought the Covergirl here, the ELF here, the WetnWild here, and the Physician’s Formula here.


For my brows, I just brush through them with a brow comb and add a swipe of this Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Brownish Black. It might seem odd to use a mascara on my brows but I think it looks really nice and it literally takes me like 20 seconds to do my brows each day. I bought my Great Lash mascara at Target here.


For my eyes, I curl my lashes and add some lengthening mascara. Sometimes I line my upper lash line with some black liner. I have a review of my favorite mascara here Review: Maybelline Define-A-Lash. I bought my mascara at Target here and my liner on the ELF website here.


I finish my look off with a fun lipstick. Right now I have been loving the Burt’s Bees lipsticks in Fuschia Flood and Blush Basin, the Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in Rhubarb, and the Urban Decay Revolution lipgloss in Failbait.

Now for the finished product!



I love that this looks is really natural and it is super easy and quick for the days when I’d rather sleep a few more minutes than take a lot of time to get ready.

Have a great day!


Battle of the Makeup wipes: Neutrogena vs. Elf



Today I have a review of two cheap makeup remover wipes. I have seen both Neutrogena and Elf’s makeup wipes highly recommended so I wanted to try them out for myself and see which one was better.



The Elf makeup remover wipes are $3 on the website and come with 20 wipes. I have to say that the packaging on this one is a major bonus. The lid that snaps shut is really effective at not letting the wipes dry out.  The wipes started out a little drier than I would prefer but they still took my makeup off effectively and they didn’t dry out my skin too much. You can find the Elf wipes here.



The Neutrogena wipes are $4.99 at Target and come with 25 wipes. I don’t like the packaging on these wipes, the sticky flap that keeps the package closed loses its stickiness rather quickly and the wipes start drying out. The Neutrogena wipes were nicely moist when I opened them. They took my makeup off pretty well but they left my face feeling a little dry and like some of the makeup remover was still on it. I usually cleansed and moisturized my face after using them, though, so it didn’t make much of a difference. You can find these wipes here at Target.

Overall, I liked the Elf wipes better, and for the price, you really can’t beat them.  Both, however were helpful for removing my makeup before going in to really cleanse my face. What is your favorit makeup remover?

Have a great day!


Get Ready With Me: Owl City On the Verge Tour


Call me obsessed, or a crazy fangirl but when I heard about this concert 3 months ago, I started freaking out and immediately decided to go. Even though it started at 8pm, on a school night, an hour away from where I live. It was definitely worth it. Owl City is my favorite music artist and the concert was fantastic.

For such an exciting concert, of course I wanted to put together a really cute makeup look and outfit so here it is for all of you to see.

First, my makeup:

I started out with the Maybelline Super Stay foundation and used the La Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer to highlight and conceal under my eyes and I set it all with a loose powder from Covergirl.



I used the WetnWild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil and the Covergirl Cheekers blush in Bark Rose. The bronzer can look a little orange if you overdo it but when applied lightly it gives a really nice glow and the blush is a dark rose color that I think is perfect for fall.



I went for a simple eye look and just put all light brown shadow from ELF all over my lid and crease, lined my upper lashline with the Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid liner and lined the outer half of my upper and lower water line with a dark brown pencil liner from Julep.


I filled in my brows with the light matte brown shadow from ELF and then filled in the ends with the darker matte brown.


On my lips I wore the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On lip pencil in Ozone and the Sephora Glossy Lip Pencil in Glossy Purple.


Now, my outfit:

I wore a cute crop top with birds all over it with some high waisted jeans and black combat boots.


I threw on a black cardigan because it’s been kind of chilly in the evenings in Colorado. I took it off once I got to the concert though because it got warm really quickly.

I went to the concert with two of my sisters. Note, I’m shorter than my baby sister in the pink. I’m the shortest person in my family. *tear*


IMG_7998 IMG_8005 IMG_8012 Owl City 1 Owl City 2

Mini Drugstore Haul

The other day I picked up some beauty products that I have been wanting to try and I thought I would do a haul for all of you. I know that several of these things are old news, but I thought it might be fun to see what I am trying out. I will have reviews coming soon.

  1. Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Expressflatironexpress
  2. Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Creamdreamfresh                  I bought the lightest shade, its just called “light”
  3. Maybelline New York Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Linerlinestiletto                  I bought the shade “blackest black”
  4. Maybelline New York Superstay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Foundationsuperstay                  I bought the lightest shade, number 15 “ivory”

Get Ready with Me: Day at Elitch’s

A few weeks ago, I went to Elitch Gardens in Denver with my family. I wanted a look that was cute while protecting me from the sun and feeling cool.

I started with a facial sunscreen from Neutrogena.

Neutrogena clear face SPF 50

I then applied a concealer in my skin tone to blemishes and problem areas on my face and a highlighting concealer on my dark circles using the ELF small tapered brush.


LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer in natural and Creamy Beige
ELF Small Tapered brush

I applied some brown eye liner close to my lash line with a small angled brush. I then curled my lashes and applied a couple coats of mascara.

ELF cream eyeliner in Coffee
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof in Very Black

I finished it off by dusting a light rosy blush on my cheeks

Covergirl Cheekers in Bark Rose
Ecotools Tapered Blush and Angled Eyeliner brush

For my outfit, I wore a top from Aeropostale and some cutoff shorts.


I made my black and white houndstooth crossbody bag.


On my lips I wore a clear lip balm with SPF 50.

Banana Boat Sport SPF 50

While this lip balm did its job protecting my lips, I probably won’t be wearing it very much in the future because of the taste. It tasted exactly like sunscreen which was not very pleasant through out the day so in the future I will probably top this with a lip gloss with a better taste or opt for a lip balm with less SPF but a better taste.