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My Bridal Makeup.

October 7, 2018

I’m an independent woman and one of the things that I was set on DIY-ing for my wedding day was my own makeup. For the months leading up to the big day, I researched on Pinterest for keywords such as “natural dewy bridal makeup” and “light summer wedding makeup.” I pinned a few things, but nothing stood out to me as the look. 

As chance would have it (or perhaps the sneaky Facebook algorithm), I saw a video on my timeline from the Charlotte Tilbury Facebook page featuring none other than the perfect summer bridal makeup. It didn’t take longer than a few moments of watching and I was already clicking “add to cart.”

My bridal makeup look consisted of about 90% Charlotte Tilbury products (featured in the handy Facebook video) and a few other standouts that I’ll get to in a min. 

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How I Edit My Instagram Photos!

November 24, 2015


Today I wanted to take you through my process of editing photos for Instagram, and share with you some tips that I think you’ll find helpful! I know, I know… using multiple apps sounds like a daunting task, but I’ve broken it down into easier to swallow chunks that not only help me, but may be helpful to others struggling to edit as well!

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How To: Master the 5-Minute Shower

April 9, 2014


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We all have days that get started on the wrong foot. You hit snooze one time too many and suddenly you have 10 minutes to get out the door. Since I am the queen of the snooze button (and this happens to me literally every day), I’m here to show you how to master the 5 minute shower – and still have 5 minutes for hair and makeup!

  1. Start by quickly rinsing off your body under the water. Lather up your loofah with body wash and only wash skin that touches other skin. Wash your neck, your underarms, underneath your breasts, between your legs… you get the picture. You do not need to wash your lower arms/hands/legs/feet at all. Just rinsing off the suds will passively clean them as much as they need. Time: 2 minutes
  2. Skip washing your hair (we all know how I feel about excessive hair washing)! If it’s looking particularly greasy, spray in some dry shampoo and tousle lightly with fingers. Time: 0 minutes
  3. Wash your face. I use my Clarisonic, so I know it takes exactly one minute to go from dirty to clean. Time: 1 minute
  4. Use the last couple of minutes you have to quickly shave the bottom half of your legs. Ain’t nobody got time to shave their upper legs on days like this. Time: 2 minutes

And you’re done! Slip on a black jersey dress (my secret weapon for lazy days), pull up your hair in a top knot and blend some BB cream with your fingers. A swipe of mascara and a dab of cheek & lip stain and you’re out the door!


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“No Makeup” Makeup Tutorial

February 23, 2014

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I feel like there’s a fine line between looking fresh-faced and looking too “done.” In my opinion, it’s all in the products you choose to use. This is my usual weekend makeup routine when I’m running around town! This tutorial is for those days where you want to feel put-together but not overly made-up. Keep reading for step-by-step directions below (including my product recommendations)!

Fresh Faced Step 0

Start with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. I like to cleanse with my Clarisonic and moisturize with Shiseido Pureness Moisturizing Gel-Cream.

BB Cream Step 1

Apply a BB cream to your entire face, focusing the majority of the product on your forehead, nose, upper cheeks, and chin. Use your fingers to sheer it out towards your jawline and hairline. I like M.A.C. Prep + Prime BB Cream because it evens out my skin tone without covering up my freckles.

Bronzer Step 2

Using a large, fluffy powder brush, apply a non-shimmery powder bronzer to underneath your cheekbones, temples, hairline, jawline, and down the bridge of your nose. Make sure to gently blow off excess product before touching it to your face. I use NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny.

Highlighter Step 3

Apply a peachy-gold highlighter to your cheekbones, hairline, browbone, and down the bridge of your nose. I’m obsessed with Mai Couture Highlighter Papier in St. Barts.

Brows Step 4

Tame and lightly define your brows with a fiber gel like Benefit Gimme Brow. It adds thickness and volume to your brows while still making them appear very natural.

Eyelash Curler Step 5

Curl your eyelashes. I recently upgraded my drugstore eyelash curler to this one from Shiseido and WHAT a difference! No more weird crimped lashes in the corner of my eyes and my lashes stay curled all day!

Mascara Step 6

Apply a defining mascara. I really like Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes because it gives definition and length without looking clumpy or fake.

Lips Step 7

Slick on a lipstain. I just recently discovered Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and it’s become my go-to product. Just the tiniest bit gives the most gorgeous, natural stain which lasts all day. It also looks good on everyone! TRUST.

Facial Spray Step 8

Set everything with a facial spray like Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. It gives your makeup staying power and still allows everything to look glowy and natural (instead of powder, which can look mannequin-esque).

Final Face Step 9

I’d love to know what your “no makeup” makeup routine consists of! Does it looks anything like mine?


P.S. 9 steps to your daily flawless face.