My Everyday Makeup

I’ve been getting a lot of questions on my Instagram asking about what makeup I use (which I find extremely flattering since I really feel like I know nothing about makeup!), so I thought I’d give an update on the makeup I’m using these days.

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I feel like my face just gets used to certain makeup and it stops being as effective. Maybe it’s just in my head, maybe I just get bored with makeup easily, or most likely, as I age and am extremely tired thanks to two kids I’m always wondering why I look so haggard and think trying some new makeup might be my miracle cure 😉 After lots of trial and error, I’ve really come to love the products in my makeup bag right now. I’ve already covered three of the products in this beauty post, so I’ll copy and paste what I had to say over here, too.MakeupFinals (2 of 2)

So, here’s the roundup. I’ve listed everything out in the order in which I put it on my face. Hope that helps!

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder: I’ve had people comment on how “flawless” my skin looks — well, as much as I hate to admit that it’s not my skin, I have to give credit to this mineral powder from Laura Mercier. It provides amazing coverage while not being cakey and it’s also luminous so it gives your skin great dimension. I love it!

IT Cosmetics Sunshine In a Compact Vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer: This is one product in my makeup bag that I definitely love and have bought several times to replace, but I’m not obsessed with. I am sure there are other great bronzers out there that would work really well. I like this one because it doesn’t have a lot of orange or red tones in it and works well for giving a contouring type effect!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer:  Listen up tired mamas, you NEED this concealer. This is another one I heard about from miss Lauren and I am so glad I gave it a try. This concealer hides the fact that I have an infant and toddler at home and don’t get nearly as much sleep as I would like. My sister (a total beauty junkie who also has her own infant and toddler at home) ended up buying this too after noticing that I never looked tired even though she knew that I most definitely was 🙂

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips: I was, and still am, a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks, but my older sister uses the Physicians Formula version and recommended it, so I’ve been using that instead for the past year or so. I use it both to give my cheekbones a bit of shine as well as use it as eyeshadow when I am out of my regular Mac Woodwinked shadow (which I currently am!). Love!

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara: I used to be a strictly drugstore mascara gal, until I found the IT Cosmetics Superhero Maskcare (thanks to Lauren McBride!). This stuff is so good — it lengthens and thickens and makes my lashes almost look fake! I’m hooked.

Christian Dior Eyeliner Pencil: I’ve used this eyeliner since I was 14 and I just can’t quit it — it goes on super smooth, doesn’t smudge and lasts throughout the day.

Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil: I know everyone is all about the Glossier Boy Brow right now, and I’ve given that a try and it wasn’t my jam, but this stuff has been for a couple years now. It’s honestly foolproof, which I need because I am not an expert when it comes to brows and filling them in. I never got complimented on my eyebrows until I started using this. Now it happens all the time!

Bobbi Brown Blush in the color Peony: I used to be a strictly bronzer girl and didn’t feel I had any need for blush. Boy was I wrong! This Bobby Brown blush in the color peony is the perfect shade of pink to give your cheeks that flush pink color that brightens up your entire face without looking too pink. I now consider this blush my secret weapon to my makeup and my face definitely doesn’t feel “done” without it.

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{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

You Asked: Hair Hair Hair!

Because pregnancy hair is the BEST hair. Photo by Linnea Paulina

Ya’ll really know how to make a girl feel good about her hair! When I reached out on Instagram for any blog topic ideas, the number one request was details on my hair. I aim to please, so here’s everything there is to know about my mane 😉

For starters, I’ve always had really thick hair. It’s naturally wavy (not cute wavy, more frizzy than anything). I haven’t colored my hair in over five years, which I think is one of the reasons it is so healthy. I also think it’s super important to get your hair cut by someone experienced who knows how to maximize what you’re working with as well as compliment your face shape and skin tone when cutting and coloring. I’ve been getting my hair done by the same person for over TEN YEARS. If you’re in Portland and are looking for an amazing hair stylist, Chachi is your guy. Love him!

I don’t use a ton of product for my hair — I have a few I love and have used for years. For shampoo and conditioner, I use either Redken or Pureology. I am less committed to a certain shampoo, I usually buy a big bottle of something at Ulta or at my hair salon and use that for months. Right now I’m using Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo, before that I was using Redken All Soft Shampoo. I really liked both!

I am, however, very committed to my conditioner, which is really great for thick, wavy hair like mine: Pureology Precious Oil Conditioner. A little goes a LONG way, even their standard size bottle lasts me 6+ months. It is amazing for taming my mane and it also smells incredible.

Other than shampoo + conditioner, the only other hair product I use is Moroccan Oil. I have the pump bottle and use two pumps on my wet hair, then blow-dry. If you don’t have very thick hair you could definitely get away with just using one pump and the bottle will last a super long time.

In terms of blowdrying and styling here’s what I do 1-2x/week:

+Wash hair
+Brush with a large paddle brush
+Apply two pumps of Moroccan Oil mostly to ends and then throughout the rest
+Brush again with a large paddle brush
+Let air dry for 20-30 minutes (for me it’s important it isn’t longer than this or it actually changes the texture of my hair and makes it more oily somehow?!)
+Blowdry while using large paddle brush
+Curl in sections (about 4-5) using a 1.5″ curling iron, alternating each chunk of hair within the section to curl outward and inward (this is really difficult to explain without actually showing you — maybe I’ll try to do an Instagram story or something?!)
+Make sure to always curl pieces that frame my face outward (this has a more slimming effect on your face, or so I’m told)
+Run through hair with fingers, loosening up the curls
+Set with a medium hold hairspray – I use Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray Medium
+To refresh hair during the week, curl a few pieces of hair around your face and use dry shampoo as-needed

That’s it! I don’t re-curl my entire head of hair every day. That would take an insane amount of time that I don’t have. I am sure my ability to only wash and style my hair once or twice a week and have it stay relatively nice looking has a lot to do with the amount of hair I have as well as its natural texture.

Let me know if you have any questions that weren’t answered — I’m an open book!