What’s In My Everyday Makeup Bag?

Hi ladies! Is anyone sick of the cold weather yet? I know I definitely am. I took a bit of a social media break this past month because I just started my new job, which has been great but also very stressful, and I’ve been working 50+ hour weeks and trying to learn everything as quickly as possible so I’m sorry for being so neglectful. I’ve posted a few Instagrams here and there but literally haven’t had much time to do anything else! You all have been so great about giving me content ideas and I promise I’ll be answering all your requests soon!

Which brings me to what my post is about today – what I’ve been keeping in my everyday makeup bag recently! I’ve never been a huge expert on makeup and usually just wing it so I’m quite flattered that that’s one of the things you’ve all been asking about! I learn most of my tricks from my friend Mikayla, she’s the real makeup wiz.

ANYWAYS, I’ve added a few of my everyday products below but here are my top 5:

    1. If I had to recommend one product, it would definitely be the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. The small bottle is only $20 and it is the best primer I’ve EVER used (even better than my Becca and I swore by my Becca for years). It gives a very bright, illuminating look and helps hold your makeup in place plus – OMG THAT HIGHLIGHT.
    2. So this one’s for my girls that like to get ready in 10 minutes but still care about their contour – the Benefit Hoola Quickie Cream Contour Stick has been my best friend this winter. It’s so creamy and blends very easily. I’m always on the go and adding a powder contour can sometimes be a pain if I forgot my contour brush. BUT the beauty about my Hoola Stick is I can buff it out using my foundation brush or even my fingers if I really needed to! Just one less thing I don’t have to think about in the morning.
    3. OK THIS ONE’S REAL IMPORTANT – do you have dark circles??? Is this whole full-time job-not-getting-to-sleep-in-life-sucking-post-college-quarter-life-crisis making you look like the walking dead? OK so that may have been a tad dramatic but the dark circles/bags under my eyes nowadays are actually terrifying (God bless the one’s that have to see me without makeup). I have tried every concealer in the book (Nars, Makeup Forever, Lancome, etc.) and not one of those even compares to Tarte’s Shape Tape. It literally makes every blemish just disappear into thin air and the best part about it? It doesn’t feel heavy or cake-y at all. It’s only found at Ulta and pretty inexpensive for how well it works.
    4. So I’ve put on my primer, foundation, concealer, contour and now it’s time to add some powder. I always use my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Power when I need to get ready quickly. I apply it all over my face to give my skin a natural-satin look which is perfect for an everyday look. Then add some blush and highlight and your face is all set!
    5. Don’t think I’ve forgotten to do my eyes! I recently switched over to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and I quickly became a huge fan. I used Stila’s Liquid Liner for many years but the Tattoo Liner isn’t as dewy and it lasts longer. And it’s only $20!

Throw on some mascara and lipgloss and you’re good to go for the day! This is my method to getting ready in 10-15 minutes every morning before work. I know I’ve said this many many times but before you worry about your makeup make sure you remember to take care of the skin first! It’ll just help your makeup look that much better 🙂 My skincare routines always take priority over my makeup and I urge you all to do the same! Check out my post on How to Get Started With Beautycounter if you’re searching for a new and safer skincare routine!
[New posts coming soon on how I’ve gotten my diet under control this month thanks to Blue Apron and Kayla Itsines]


My Goals For 2018: What Are You Going To Accomplish This Year?

Hii guys! I hope you all had a good time during the holidays! I begin my new job this week and wow I am SO ready to get back to work. I’ve been on vacation for a little over three weeks now and I can honestly say I’m kinda going insane. It’s really tough for me to stay on any sort of schedule when I’m not working and this usually means a lot of late nights and extremely unproductive mornings. But I did get to go home to Florida for longer than I have in almost two years and it was so nice getting to spend all that time with my family. It was also a good time to recover from a stressful past couple of months and regroup and prepare myself for the start of this new year! I’m really excited for what this year will bring and I hope you guys are all looking forward to it too.

I’ve clearly taken a little bit of social media break and I thought I’d start back up with a post about what I’m personally striving to accomplish this year. I’ve done a lot of self-reflection and have thought very carefully about these resolutions because this coming year will be a huge transitional year for me. Not sure if I’m excited or terrified?

It’s very easy to create very broad goals like “to lose weight” or “get a good job” but what I’ve realized is that I’m much more likely lose sight of what I’m working towards if I don’t make it as specific as possible. So this year, I got real specific with what I want accomplished:

  • Find my niche in the marketing industry – meaning, figure out exactly what I love, where I excel and how I can improve 
  • Once I have found where I belong, create a five-year career plan comprised of short-term as well as long-term goals
  • Travel to Ireland, Spain, Italy and Greece in the summer
  • Purge all the bad, which includes but is not limited to bad habits, bad people and bad thoughts
  • Put myself first 
  • Read one book a month

The reading is something I used to always do until I moved away to college. My SAT tutor in high school instructed me to read one book a month in order to “utilize my brain’s plasticity to improve my vernacular” – AKA read as many new words as possible so that my brain can continue to add more to its driver’s manual. A skill that I believe is vital in the career that I want to pursue. Ha, never thought I’d be thanking the SAT. 

So as you can see, this year is mostly career-driven for me. I’ll be 24 this summer (omg ew) so I’m hoping that by the end of this year, I’ll be headed in the right direction. As always, I’d love to hear from you all and read about what you have planned for this year 🙂 Take this fresh start and if you haven’t yet, start putting YOU first – you can’t take good care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.




Last Minute Holiday Look: Red Split Sleeves

            Shannon May Brown Photography

Anyone else running super behind on Christmas shopping?? It’s a week away and I still have so much to do – typical me waiting till the last second. 
I had so much fun working with the lovely Shannon Brown this past weekend – I may have suffered from some frostbite but nonetheless we still had tons of fun. She’s worked with many bloggers in the past and is just an overall amazing person and clearly a very good photographer! Here’s a last minute holiday look for all my ladies!
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