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I value sleep a lot. It is a commodity that my eight month old doesn’t seem to value quite as much as I do. When I had a 1.5 hour commute to work and was pregnant with the little guy, I came up with a few ways to get out the door and to work looking presentable in the least amount of time possible. I moved recently and have a lot less of a commute, but still have hung on to some of the habits I created then. Hopefully some of these daily habits of mine help another sleep-deprived lady out there!
First I should mention that these five steps are what work for me. I don’t assume everyone has the same routine or beauty needs that I do. I often go out of the house with little to no makeup. I also have no problem leaving my house with my hair wet if pressed for time. Some days I do longer beauty routines, and other days I stick to a routine that takes fifteen minutes or less.
Showering is MY time. I shower daily and sometimes twice a day. While I do value the cleanliness factor, I really value my time in the shower as my time to myself where all other noises are tuned out. I take three to eight minute showers most mornings and in that time I wash my hair/body, oil-pull my teeth, shave my legs and clean the shower. Leaving my coconut oil* and a spoon in my bathroom helps make me remember to oil pull a couple days out of the week. (It all may be in my mind, but I find oil-pulling relaxing. On days I do oil-pull I feel like my teeth look whiter and my mouth feels cleaner. I also feel that when I am starting to get inflamed gums this habit helps with decreasing pain and inflammation. Note: I’m not a dentist.) I also leave a non-toxic shower cleaner* and handled sponge in the shower so that I can easily clean the shower as I am in it.
When I had short hair I would easily wash it every morning and either let it air dry or use a hair dryer for five minutes or less. Nowadays I have longer hair and air drying/ hair drying takes a lot longer than it used to and doesn’t always garner the results I want without some serious coaxing. I currently wash my hair every other day. When I wake up early enough I wash and use my hair dryer to give it the shape and style I really like. Most hair washing days end up with my hair in a bun. I swear by the Goody Spin Pins* for those days when I need to just throw my hair up in a hurry.
Typically the day after I wear my hair in a bun I use the wave of my hair (from being wound into a bun for a day) to my advantage. I spray some dry shampoo* through my hair, scrunch up the wave a bit with some sea salt spray* and hit the road!
When wanting a polished look with little time I’ll blast my wet hair with my Pro Tools Ionic Hair Dryer* using the diffuser attachment to make sure I keep the volume in my hair. I follow up with a heat protector (currently using the Infusium 23 Repair and Renew Spray*) and then a quick run over my bangs and face-framing layers with my Pro Tools Ceramic Straightener*.
I’ve talked about my new favorite make-up brand in a previous post, but I am still using and enjoying products from Mineral Fusion, so I’ll be sharing about it some more. Most days I don’t have time to do a full face of make-up with eyebrows, eyeliner, bronzers and the like. Because skin protection is important, I moisturize with the Mineral Fusion Facial Moisturizer with SPF 40* (note: I’m pictured with SPF 15, but I liked it so much I ended up buying the SPF 40.
My on-the-go makeup bag is filled with what I believe are the essentials for my work face. I have the Mineral Fusion loose powder, blush, brown eyeliner and mascara in the bag. I’ve combined it with one of my favorite, inexpensive three color nude eyeshadow sets* and whichever lip color suits my fancy. My whole makeup routine takes approximately 2 minutes.
I like clothes. I like them a lot. I don’t however like how anything in my closet looks on me at 6:30 in the morning. After having my second child I had to go out and purchase new work clothing to fit my new size and shape. When doing so I decided to purchase pieces that could easily go together and that felt good on me. I have probably a rotation of 10 work outfits that I mix and match. Sure, most mornings I look at my closet and feel bored, but for the most part, I’m feeling confident and comfortable at work with little effort.
I was sent a variety of Mineral Fusion makeup and beauty supplies to try out and invited some friends over to test out the different makeup options and just get a little silly. My friends are absolutely awesome in that they gave me permission to share their before and after photos as well as some makeup tips.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I share more beauty posts including more featuring some of the products sent by Mineral Fusion. While the makeup was sent complimentary with hopes for coverage I only post about brands I enjoy and think you will enjoy as well. For more information about my posting policies visit my policy page.
My friends are gorgeous. I’m just gonna put that out there. They are beautiful ALL the time—inside as well as outside— and they absolutely do not NEED makeup. However, at times, all four of our little group occasionally LIKES to wear makeup. Some of the members of our little tribe LOVE makeup (well, me), some wear a small amount daily and others of our group wear it as they feel it fits the occasion.
We cannot often share makeup however because we are of four very different skin types. Alicia is very pale, you know, that really creamy milk complexion? Joan has an olive complexion. Rachel is also of olive complexion but it is a slightly different tone than that of Joan. Me? I’m basically RED. No, I have a fair complexion that is always more than a little rosy. (See my before photo if you don’t believe me.)
Okay, embarrassing photos aside…
We made a bit of a ladies night out of the whole testing situation and enjoy some snacks and wine while helping each other find the right colors, put makeup on, and take photos. The four of us hang out often and are nearly always silly. But, sitting together putting makeup on was a bit new for us. We had a great time, but it did feel a little like a throw-back to high school!
Speaking of high school… that was the last time I wore mineral makeup regularly. My dad sold mineral makeup in a multi-level marketing type situation. I had the best products! But, I didn’t find them to be very fast or tidy like some of the compact and multi-use products that I’d find in the stores. After high school time became a commodity and I didn’t really spend a ton of time on makeup so I lost interest.
For the most part, mineral makeup has CHANGED since my high school days. The only thing I can say that has stayed the same— mind you, this is a different product than I used before— is quality. I LOVE the way mineral powders cover and sit on the face.
I was sent a variety of items to try and didn’t find one item that I could say that I didn’t like. However, I do play favorites when it comes to my makeup stash. I need items that do the trick FAST and are travel friendly. (I’m not gonna lie, I often do my makeup in my car in the parking lot when I arrive to work.)
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Mineral Fusion Facial Moisturizer Intense Hydration — Mmmmm… my face hasn’t felt this good in a LONG time. Remember how I just had a baby a couple months back? My skin has been whakadoodle for the past year and a half due to hormones and being too tired to self care properly. I was sent two different facial lotions and LOVE them both. These are not inexpensive lotions, but after using them for about a month now I know that I’m a life long customer. At 32 years old it is time to moisturize regularly.
Mineral Fusion Makeup Primer — This stuff makes the makeup go on like buttah. When I have little to no time at all I’ll slap on some lotion, follow with this primer and then dust on my loose powder. My skin looks less red and much more smooth in a matter of two minutes. Slide on some Lip Butter and mascara and I look put together and ready for the day.
Mineral Fusion Compact Pressed Powder Foundation — I’m a huge fan of loose mineral powder, but it isn’t exactly travel-friendly and can be quite a mess if trying to put your makeup on in the car. I love the pressed powder foundation for the ease of use with similar results to the loose powder. Their bronzer and illuminating powder also come in compact form.
I had no problem finding a shade that matched my pink fair skin tone. Of course, I usually don’t! I topped my look off with lipstick in the shade Charming and loved the final look.
I was more concerned in whether my friends would find makeup to work with their skin tones. Alicia was able to easily work with the fair foundation and light powder to match her milky complexion.
We had an olive shade of foundation, olive shade of BB cream and olive powder for those with olive skin tones. Joan and Rachel ended up using both the foundation and the BB cream, topped with the powder, to get the foundation strength that they desired. However, the results were gorgeous!
I have enjoyed using Mineral Fusion a lot since they sent the products and I tested them with my friends. I have gifted it a couple of times and gone back to purchase additional colors of eyeshadow. Overall, for me, that is the real test— will I purchase after I’ve used my samples? Yes. Yes, I will and have. They are at a high price point than your normal drugstore style makeup, but I feel like the purchase price is worth it.
“Our goal is to leave skin and hair in better condition than we found it. This includes selecting effective natural ingredients, as well as making our products free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates. We NEVER conduct animal testing, and never will, nor do we ask others to do so.We are committed to sustainability and utilize wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and packaging that is recyclable.” — from the Mineral Fusion website
Mineral Fusion is sold in some Targets as well as most Whole Foods and New Seasons Markets. I’d highly suggest checking out their awesome store locator tool to find a store that carries Mineral Fusion near you. Or, hey, you can just buy online!
In addition to their dedication to sustainability, natural ingredients and safe testing practices Mineral Fusion donates a portion of sales to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
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While I am not quite ready for Summer to be over yet… I’m also yearning for the cooler temperatures and warmer color palettes that Fall brings with it. Each year, as late summer comes rolling in, I start gravitating to more and more whites, light pinks, and nudes. It must be something about Labor Day heading my way (although, I’ve never been one to follow the no white after labor day rule!) or just the HOT August heat begging for lighter colors.
Outfit planning lately has incorporated as many whites, pinks, nudes, and golds as possible. I spent most my life hating yellow gold to only want it on everything I own now days. Am I just getting old or really falling for that trend machine that dictates everyone’s tastes? (Anyone else remember Josie & the Pussycats?)
More about the Crabtree & Evelyn Nud-est Collection: I liked these polishes because they are easier on the wallet than some other brands (approximately $6) and go on easy with great color. I can NEVER keep nail polish on long… but, these lasted me longer than some other brands. I also liked how the different colors from the collection went well together. I’m forever stuck in the paint one fingernail different trend. The Nud-est Collection has Alabaster (creamy ivory with a bit of shimmer), Peaches & Cream (peachy pink), Almond (opaque nude), and Mocha (warm creamy light brown with shimmer).
More about Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens: Typically I don’t go for high shine lipsticks due to the hair stickage problem that sometimes happen. Lately though I’ve been wearing my hair pulled back for work and pairing it with a pretty bare face. (Sleep time is greater than makeup/hair time currently.) The pretty shine of these pretty pink shades is perfect for a natural look with a touch of polish. I’ve been wearing my Blossom lipstick daily!