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Check out this easy eyeshadow tutorial using the Sahara Sunset Palette from Savvy Minerals by Young Living! It is such a relief to have a selection of good quality make up that is made with ingredients that are safe and beneficial for your skin!
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When I heard that Young Living was releasing a line of Savvy Minerals liquid foundations and concealers, I was instantly pumped!
I’ve been loving all of the Savvy Minerals products more and more this past year, but being the type to usually do a medium-full coverage make up look, I just always wanted a little more!
These products are amazing! The foundation gives great coverage, but still feels lightweight! It leaves a dewy finish, but if that isn’t your preference, it also works with the original Savvy Minerals Powders to give a more matte finish!
The concealer also gives perfect coverage and blends in so well with the foundation! Check out my first impression using both of these products, along with integrating my other Savvy Minerals make up products to give a bit of a tutorial on application!
Check out how to use the Beachwaver Braid Balm mentioned in my current beauty favorites! In this hair tutorial, I demonstrate how to use this product (along with a few other Beachwaver products) and how to do Dutch Braids and Top Knot hairstyles!
My everyday makeup and beauty routine has changed pretty drastically over the past two years! I used to be a full face of makeup everyday kind of girl, but since being a stay at home mom of three boys ages 4 and under, I rarely even have time to shower on a daily basis!
Enter the essential beauty items found in this post! These items are key to my getting ready process in my now everyday basic beauty regimen. These items make life just a little easier and quicker while not compromising on a great finish!
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
This mascara is a game-changer! I had heard good reviews and seen many ads for it, but didn’t actually try it out until around Christmas when I received it as a gift! Boy, do I wish I had tried it sooner!
This mascara is perfection—it is a little on the “wet” side when it comes to mascara formulas, but once it is applied, it lengthens, darkens and separates your lashes impeccably! It is not a formula that you can layer, so once it dries, it needs to be left alone, but the good news is that it doesn’t run! Instead, it comes off easily by just wiping down your lashes with a cloth without the mess!.
To top it off, the Orchid Stem cell Complex helps stimulate and support longer, healthier lashes over time and all of Thrive Causemetics products are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free & sulfate free!
Young Living Savvy Minerals Foundation
Anyone who knew me prior to my stay at home days knows that i never went anywhere without my full-coverage liquid foundation! And while that is still my go-to for a night out or some time of event, my new everyday foundation is the Young Living Savvy Minerals Foundation! (I use shade Warm 3) It is a mineral powder foundation, can be light to medium coverage and is buildable! My favorite way to wear it is over my Tarte Shape Tape concealer (I use the shade Light Sand) that does the "heavier duty" but quick coverage under my eyes and in all the highlight areas.
This foundation is very lightweight, feels like there is no make up on your skin, but gives a great blurring effect to make your skin look naturally smooth and clear! You don’t have to use much product either, so the lifetime on this product is well worth what you pay for! Young Living's products are some of the cleanest (paraben-free, sulfate-free, talc-free, etc) products you can find, which is definitely something I have been striving for in my beauty regimen!
I’ve also been a Young Living member for several years, so if you need some guidance with any of their products or becoming a member as well, be sure to contact me!
Beachwaver Braid Balm
You guys...This. Stuff. Is. BOMB!
When I DO get a chance to wash my hair, I have been throwing it into french or dutch braids, throwing a hat on and running out the door. Up until recently, I had been putting just regular hair gel in my wet or damp hair before braiding (or really just nothing in it) and getting a frizzy-type of wavy hair look when I took the braids out.
Not anymore! The Beachwaver Co. is a company I’ve been loving for awhile and their braid balm is just one more reason! It takes away any frizz and gives you a beautiful wave to your hair when its time to unbraid. The balm is a liquid to foam formula and is also a paraben-free, sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil-free, benzophenone-free & vegan product! (wow) Best yet--the company is WOMAN-OWNED! The Potempa sisters have created this amazing company and are so supportive in empowering women to be strong, independent & successful!
I’ve also used their Beachwaver curling iron and heat protectant hairspray in a past post & Youtube video tutorial so be sure to check that out here!
Benefit Gimme Brow
I’ll admit it. I HATE doing my brows. It is my least favorite makeup step. Its stressful, time consuming, well, I just really don’t enjoy it. BUT, on a lighter makeup day I love using Benefit Gimme brow as a quick and easy fill in!
Rather than using my usual pencil, the Gimme Brow formula acts similarly to the Thrive Mascara as it builds onto the existing brow hairs and makes them look more full and even. It is probably one of the easiest brow methods and yet still makes all of the difference after applying!
Glow Serum DIY
In keeping with finding cleaner and healthier beauty products, I’ve also taken to creating my own skin care support! Using several Young Living oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Geranium, Copaiba) paired with organic Jojoba oil (Amazon) and witch hazel (Target), I’ve started making and using my own Glow Face Serum (recipe from Dani Hampton @danihamptonessentials).
This serum has made such a difference in the moisture and appearance of my skin over these freezing Illinois winter months! I have combination skin, but in the winter my nose and lips get especially cracked and dry, so I usually focus the use of it on those areas and other spot treatments morning and night after cleansing and before my normal moisturizers. I love that I know exactly what is in this formula because, well, I made it! And I know that all of the products I use are well-sourced!
Here’s the recipe (dropper bottle from Amazon):
Also, make sure you head over to my friend Naomi's blog to check out her recent Target haul! Her blog is always full of great fashion ideas from Target, Amazon and many smaller local boutiques, too! You can check out her blog here and follow her on Instagram here
I hope you enjoyed my run-down of my current favorite beauty products! Share some of your favorites with me in the comments! Have a great week everybody!
We all need a quick, easy makeup routine to both make us feel a little more put together, while also getting out the door on time! With my 3 kids under 4, this is no easy feat! I usually have at least someone here to supervise the kids while I get ready, but most of the time, I'm also doing my make up downstairs in the living room mirror while the boys run in circles around me!
Check out my "everyday" running out the door make up routine in this quick tutorial! Make sure to check out my past videos if you're looking for more techniques or full-face make up look and also subscribe to my channel!
For this eyeshadow look, I decided to go a little more dark and vampy than usual! You could easily wear this look for day or night time because of it being a brown smokey eye rather than using the harsher black/gray tones! I decided to use my trusty Jaclyn Hill X Morphe palette because the neutral colors are just so perfect and they are good quality shadows for a fraction of the price! Check out the YouTube video for the full tutorial and then refer back to the blog post for the condensed application instructions!
Step 1: Transition Shade - Silk Creme
Using a fluffy blending brush, I apply this light tan color that will serve as the transition color between the dark browns leading up to my brow bone. I blend this using windshield wiper motions from inner to outer corner.
Step 2: Crease Shade - Pukey
Using a denser blending brush, I put a darker tan shade, Pukey, directly in the crease and blend in the same way, but placing this color more towards the eyelid side of the crease. This will be the color we use to blend the darkest shade of brown that goes onto the lid.
Step 3: Lid Shade - Central Park
For the lid, I use a matte, dark brown shade called Central Park and pack this color onto my eye lid using a firm shading brush. I start in the center of the lid and gradually add more and more color until I achieve the shade that I want. I go back and blend between each step, and add more of this dark brown several times before I am happy with it! Take the time to blend out the edges of the shadows to make the look seamless!
Step 4: Winged Liner - Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Start with a diagonal line from the outer corner down to the lash line. Then, connect that line from the corner to the top of the lashes and fill in. Draw the line all the way to the inner corner.
Step 5: Lower Lash Line - Abyss & Pukey
Using a flat definer brush, I draw a “eyeliner” line right at the lower lash line. I then go in with a pencil brush to blow out and blend this dark shade with the tan shade to pull the eye look together.
Step 6: Mascara - Maybelline Falsies Waterproof
Last step is to curl your lashes and add some mascara to the top and bottom lashes!
I hope you enjoyed this makeup tutorial and send me some requests for tutorials that you’d like to see in the future!
Every so often, my skin is in need of a bit more than just a simple cleansing and moisturizing! For this more in-depth nighttime skincare routine, I add in a mask and few extra pampering steps to really get my skin feeling refreshed and nourished! I do switch up my skincare products every so often, but here are just the brands and products that I’ve been using recently! Check out the YouTube video linked below, and keep reading in the blog post for a list and description of each item that I use!
I like to change up my quick, out-the-door makeup routines every now and again, and this time filmed a video showing you just how I apply these products! The types of products are always pretty similar, but since I’ve never actually created a video showing how I can create a look in a shorter amount of time, I decided it was worth the repeat!
Check out the video and the list of products I’m currently using in my “everyday” makeup looks! I've also linked each product for you in the post below!
Young Living Hydrating Primer
This has quickly become a staple in my makeup routine! This primer is a perfect moisturizing primer that makes you skin feel fresh and helps your makeup glide on smoothly! I can never apply foundation without primer these days! Even though the temperatures are getting warmer and more humid, I still go with this moisturizing primer rather than mattifying just because I prefer the lotion type of feel rather than silicone.
Cover Girl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation
This is definitely my go-to summertime foundation! First of all, it is my tan shade. Second, it really is a matte finish without feeling dry or uncomfortable. It gives more of a satin finish and no cakey looking skin either! There is a huge selection of shades to choose from, too!
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer
I just can’t get away from this concealer! It is a perfect color for a slight highlight and gives full coverage, especially for my dark circles under my eyes! The amount of product that you get is incredible, so definitely worth the splurge if you’re in the market for a new concealer!
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
Another product that I have been using for quite awhile is this setting powder. Unless I am “baking” my concealer (in which case I use a loose setting powder) this powder from Charlotte Tilbury is super luxurious and looks beautiful on the skin. I apply this mostly in the areas where I apply concealer, but will usually blend it out with a large face brush to put all over my face to help set my foundation.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
The perfect contour/bronzer exists in the Hoola Bronzer by Benefit! This was actually the very first high-end bronzer that I ever purchased when I first started getting into make up! I go back to this stuff again and again because it is the perfect tone and shade to create a shadow to contour, but also light enough to use as an all-over bronzer. With a quick look like this, I use it as just a bronzer and apply in my contour areas, but with a large, fluffy bronzer brush.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz & Benefit Gimme Brow
My normal combo always includes the brow wiz to fill in my brows, but lately I’ve been using the Gimme Brow by Benefit since my Anastasia Brow Gel ran out. I first go in with a spooly brush to comb my brow hairs up, fill in the sparse areas, and then comb through with the spooly and set with the Gimme Brow. This formula also adds some coverage/color to the brows as well as setting the hairs in place.
MAC Blush - Melba
I love this color blush because it is the matte version of MAC Margin which is my other staple blush color. I don’t go very heavy on blush, but just this little splash of color on my cheeks makes a pretty big difference in terms of pulling the look together!
Arbonne It’s a Long Story Mascara & Maybelline Falsies Waterproof
When I do a quick makeup look, I skip the most time consuming step (eyeshadow/liner) and go straight to curling my lashes and applying a few coats of mascara to my top and bottom lashes. Even without any other make up on my face, adding mascara makes a huge difference in making my eyes look a big more awake!
Young Living Savvy Minerals Lipgloss - Journey
This lip gloss is the perfect shade for my skin tone to wear just on its own to give some color, shimmer and shine to my lips, while at the same time looking natural! This formula is super comfortable and made with clean ingredients, while also leaving a minty smell on your lips. I always grab this to throw in my purse as an everyday lip color.
Tatcha Satin Skin Mist
I am always on the lookout for a good setting spray and I think I’ve found a new favorite! The Tatcha Satin Skin Mist is a toned-down version of their dewy skin mist that has become pretty popular in the makeup world. I love this one because it gives the perfect finishing look to my make up without making me look too oily. It is quite pricey (which is why I waited until I had a Sephora gift card to purchase) but it will not disappoint you!
So that is my current 11-minute makeup routine! I hope you guys enjoyed and let me know in the comments if you’d like more videos like this (sped-up getting ready with me videos) or if there is a specific make up look you’d like to see in the future! Have a great week & Happy Father’s Day to all of those dads/grandpas/godfathers/fur-dads out there!
I started wearing a half-up top knot hairstyle over the past few years and I have had multiple people ask how exactly I get it to look the way that it does! Honestly, the technique is pretty simple with just two tips that make the styling process a breeze!
Check out the video tutorial & subscribe to my Youtube channel!
As with most of my hairstyles, my hair needs to already have product in or just basically not be freshly washed. Styling just washed hair is a bit difficult with my hair texture, so I started of with hair that already had product and had been curled from the morning.
Using my natural side part, I try to mirror the part on the other side of my head to get the section of hair that will go up into the top knot.
Tip 1: It is important to grab the right amount of hair. You need enough so that the top knot won’t be too small, but you don’t want too much so that it looks like a complete half-up ponytail. It might take a few tries, but like I said, try to just mirror a side part and then go back to about the front-crown section (front part of where your skull starts to curve down in back).
Time to pile that little ponytail into a nice messy bun right on top of your head, but here’s where my other tip comes in: tease/backcomb the ponytail a bit first!
Tip 2: Teasing/backcombing the hair that will be in the top knot will give you more texture to work with, which is essential in any messy bun! I just use a round-brush with wire bristles to gently tease the hair from the base to the ends a bit before piling it into a bun on top of my head.
For the section of hair that you’ve left down, you can do whatever you’d like at this point! I typically will curl my hair or at least put some wave spray in if I already have my hair wavy from my signature braid look! For this time, I had already curled my hair to wear down in the morning, so I just brushed through the curls to get rid of some frizz and make it look a little neater.
That is it! I love this look, especially for a dressier event because it makes you stand out a bit, but still looks classy and youthful! I hope you enjoyed this hair tutorial and stay tuned for more to come!
We can all use a quick-but-glam makeup look that is versatile enough for day or night, and this is the perfect one! This brown/bronze eyeshadow look only uses three of my favorite MAC eyeshadows, and is quick and easy to achieve! It is also a great color combo for the warmer weather to give you a gorgeous glow. Check out the tutorial and follow along for your next day or night out!
I did all of my normal makeup routine except for my eyeshadow before filming! Here is what I used:
Before applying shadow, I brought my concealer onto my lids and set it using the Charlotte Tilbury Setting Powder. I decided to use some of my OG eyeshadows that were among my first investments in the makeup world: my MAC palette! These shadows are a little more pricey, but I still love the colors and the quality. Using a Morphe M452 Blending Fluff Brush, I put Soft Brown into the higher part of my crease as a transition shade. I blend this from outer to inner corner. Next, I use a Sigma E35 blending brush to apply Saddle (camel brown shade) into the lower crease, outer corner and outer portion of the eyelid. I go back and blend with the first brush to make sure there are no harsh lines.
For the lid color, I used the shade Amber Lights on a Sigma Firm Shader brush. I spray my brush with MAC Fix Plus after packing on the shadow to help give the shadow a bit more of a shine and also help with the staying power of the shadow. Then blend once again with the E35 to blend Saddle and Amber Lights together. You may also need to go back in and touch up the shimmer after blending.
I am using a different technique than normal for my liner and just using a matte black eyeshadow called Carbon on a Sigma Flat Definer brush. I apply a thin line of this along the upper lash line. This helps to define the lashes, make them look a little thicker, but without having a thick winged liner. It can be messy and blended out too! It just helps to pull everything together and look more finished.
Of course, go back in and blend once again in the crease. Then, use any light shade or powder to highlight the brow bones. Next, curl the lashes and apply mascara. I used the Arbonne It’s a Long Story Mascara. This mascara truly helps with growing your lashes and in comparison to similar products, is a fraction of the price. It makes your lashes look long, separated and voluminous.
For the bottom lash line, I apply the L’Oreal Voluminous Black liner in the water line, and used a Sigma Pencil brush with a bit of Saddle to help blend underneath the lash line. This helps to keep the liner in the waterline and to help from any mascara sticking under the eyes. Clean up anything under the eyes with a sponge or brush, and then apply mascara to the bottom lashes. I always go with waterproof (Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof).
On my lips, I applied the Bite Beauty Agave lip mask just to quickly hydrate my lips, but wiped off the excess so that the lipcolor doesn’t slide around. For the color, I used MAC Velvet Teddy (brownish nude) and topped it off with Young Living Savvy Minerals Lip Gloss in the shade Journey which is a shimmery bronze color!
So that completes this look! I hope you guys enjoyed some of my old MAC favorites and give this type of bronze eyeshadow look a try soon!
Jamie is a high school biology teacher turned stay at home mom of three boys