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Spring Cleaning: Beauty Cabinet Makeover!

March 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!

I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.  It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag.  Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. 

And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them!  So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.

This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay.  You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter. 

And then, I organized!  I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves.  Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed.  Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.

I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products!  And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy!  Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.

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Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.

Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).

Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.

So there you have it!  Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?

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Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial

February 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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I know spring hasn’t quite hit most of the country yet, but here in Texas, it’s in full force!  And from the moment it warms up, I start thinking about how my beauty routine changes.

For instance: I don’t have to slather on as much Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer every night and morning! I change my moisturizer to the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, which has SPF 15 for those sunnier days!  (My foundation also has SPF, so don’t worry, I’m still getting sun protection during the winter!)

And my beauty routine changes too!  I start reaching for my bronzer a little more frequently, and easing up on the dramatic eye makeup.  Spring is the perfect time to try out a fresh-faced, minimal makeup look, so that’s what I always gravitate towards!

For this look, I created a subtle smoky eye using brown liner, and brown and gold eye shadow.  I use the darker brown shadow in the crease and right along my lash line, and then fill in the rest of my eye with shimmery gold.  I used a combination of blush and bronzer to highlight my cheekbones, and went with a soft, natural pink lipstick.  The end result is makeup that hardly looks like you’re wearing makeup — perfect to accentuate your natural beauty!

What’s your favorite spring makeup look?  Share it in the comments below!

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Holiday Beauty

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I *love* this time of the year. 

I love picking out presents for our friends and families, feeling the excitement of the new year about to start, and — obviously — getting glammed up for night after night of fabulous holiday parties!

But as we started dressing up more frequently a few weeks ago, I started to realize: my make-up routine was in a rut.  More than a rut — my makeup routine has pretty much been the same, every single day, for like TWO YEARS (basically a streamlined version of the products I wrote about in this post).  Sure, sometimes I experiment with a lipstick or a new blush, but pretty much, I’ve been doing the exact same thing every morning for the last, oh, 700 days or so.

So obviously it was time to brainstorm some new beauty looks!  I like to keep my makeup pretty minimal, so I wanted something that wouldn’t look too dramatic — just pretty, glowing, and easy to recreate time after time.

First, I started with smooth and moisturized skin — which isn’t easy at this time of the year!  I apply Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer at night, and Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning before I put on my makeup.  During the summer, I can sometimes get away with moisturizing once a day, but during the winter, twice is an absolute must.  (And sun protection is crucial, even during the winter, so make sure to use at least SPF 15!) Then I used concealer under my eyes and a light layer of Cle de Peau foundation, to create a smooth, even and radiant base. 

Since I usually do a brown smokey eye, I picked a look that was a lot more subtle and natural — the eyeshadow here is white and pale pink (from Mark.’s Tenth Anniversary Compact), and it’s crazy how much brighter and more refreshed the effect is!  I also used a black liner from Urban Decay to give a little bit of definition around my eyes, and then smudged it with white liner (COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil) to tone it down a little. 

For the cheeks, I usually combine blush and bronzer, but since I haven’t been getting spray tans since I found out I was pregnant, I thought I’d play up my pale skin in this look!  I used soft pink blush from Mark. and Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée to get glowing cheeks with just a hint of pink. 

Last, I blended three lipsticks and glosses to create this neutral, glossy lip!  I started with a base of Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Spiked Toffee, and then blended Aerin lip gloss in Festive.  Then I added just a hint of Estée Lauder Pure Color lip gloss in Frivolous Pink to finish it off!

What do you think?  Now that I’m out of my beauty rut, what other holiday looks should I try out?

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