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Make It Up Monday

Skincare, Bright & Early

Hi friends!

As you know if you saw my Skincare: After-Hours post, my nighttime routine involves the use of quite a few products. This can partially be attributed to the fact that I have the luxury of time in the evenings. In the mornings, I tend to follow the “fireman routine”, as my dad so lovingly refers to it. I am a chronic “snooze-hitter”, because that extra 5 (10, 15, 20…) minutes of sleep really matters! So by the time I’m actually out of the shower and ready to take care of my skin, I have to choose wisely and stick to the basics.

skincare bright & early
Daytime face wash, toner, & moisturizer

For me, the “basics” in the morning are:

  • Face wash
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer

I do not use any facial wipes, serums, or eye creams for the daytime. I do the bare minimum so I can get to makeup application and get out the door on (or almost on) time 😉

Here are the specific products I’m currently using:

  • Face wash: Origins Checks & Balances
    face wash
    Origins Checks and Balances

    I have loved this face wash since I first tried it. I strayed from it for a little while, but I’m happy to say we’ve rekindled our relationship. It does exactly what the name implies; it is gentle and doesn’t dry out patches that need moisture while at the same time balancing oilier patches.

  • Toner: Origins Zero Oil
    Origins Zero Oil

    Honestly, I don’t have strong feelings about this toner one way or the other. You can definitely feel it working when you put it on, but I think it may be too astringent for my liking, especially for use in the morning. When I finish this bottle, I will likely shop around for a gentler toner.

  • Moisturizer: Origins GinZing
    Origins GinZing

    I just realized my entire morning routine is from Origins. That is completely unintentional, but it is a testament to how great the brand is, because I obviously always gravitate toward it. Okay, back to the moisturizer. It’s very nice and refreshing. The smell is amazing; it is citrusy and fresh and a very awakening (can that be used as an adjective for a scent?!) scent that is a pleasant start to the day. I will likely repurchase it once my current jar is done.


As you can see, this is much less time consuming and gives me more precious minutes to wing my liner and apply my lipstick, and those extra minutes are crucial. It is so important to take care of your skin both in the morning and at night. An important step in a morning skincare routine that appears to be missing from mine is the application of SPF. On the days that I’m wearing makeup, my primer has SPF and takes care of this step for me. On days that I am going au naturel, I do like to apply the Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense which has an SPF of 30.

What are your favorite daytime skincare products?

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Makeup Products for a Deserted Island

Hi friends!

If I was stranded on a deserted island, let me assure you that my makeup bag would not be at the top of my list of things to be stranded with. However, if I were afforded the luxury of having a small makeup bag with me, there are five items that would absolutely need to be inside.

This list serves as a good starting point if you want to put together an “emergency makeup kit” to keep in your bag or your car or to quickly grab if you think you might get stranded somewhere 😉

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5 Deserted Island Makeup Products
  • Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Loreal Infallible Foundation
Loreal Infallible Foundation

I have always struggled to find my “perfect” foundation. I used to be a bit of a foundation snob, and I made the rounds through many high-end foundations sold at Sephora, but I was never 100% satisfied. I heard a ton of hype about this “drugstore” foundation and finally decided to give it a try. I had zero expectations, and I even remember telling my friend Ann-Alecia, a fellow makeup junkie, that I was going to be very frustrated if I finally found my “holy grail” in a drugstore foundation after years of throwing money to expensive ones. Well, guess what happened. My main concerns with foundation are coverage and how long I can go without blotting/touching up. Let me tell you- Loreal Infallible hits it out of the park in both categories. It is full coverage, and as long as I set it with a powder, I am good to go all day with no touch ups or blotting.

  • Powder
Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation
Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation

As I mentioned, I have to set my foundation with a powder. I have been setting it with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Loose Powder Foundation, and this is a nice combination. However, I do not love the packaging of this powder, especially if I am trying to have it in my bag to use on the go. I have recently purchased a pressed setting powder from Tarte, and i’m hoping it will work well with my foundation and replace the loose one. A powder is a great thing to have with you in case you need a bit more coverage or need to eliminate some shine.

  •  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

    Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
    Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

    I know this is cliché nowadays, but winged liner is my jam. I wear a wing with just about every eye makeup look, regardless of the ocassion. And Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner is my favorite. Period. It is a liquid liner with a felt tip and it makes application so simple. The product is not too wet, so you have more control when creating the line. Bottom line: if you like winging your liner, you need this.

  • Mascara

    Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
    Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

    When you’re in a bind with no makeup, mascara is the easiest way to amp up your “no makeup” look. A few quick swipes of a good mascara makes your eyes look bigger and more awake. I am constantly trying new mascaras, but I have a couple that I love and repurchase consistently: Urban Decay PerversionCovergirl Lash Blast, and Too Faced Better Than SexI only have Urban Decay’s Perversion in my possession right now, so I have only included a picture of that mascara.

    • MAC Crème Cup

      MAC Creme Cup
      MAC Creme Cup

      Throwing a little bit of color on your lips is a great and easy way to amp up your look and feel more put together. This lipstick is the one that I have in my purse at all times. Okay, not the only one… I’m definitely guilty of keeping an arsenal of lip products with me at all times. However, this is my go-to shade. It is a beautiful light nudey-pink shade, and it is a cremesheen; both of these characteristics make it super easy to quickly apply when you need something on your lips that you can wear without tedious application or concerns about whether it will match whatever look you are currently rocking. I know matte lips are all the rage right now, and I am certainly on that bandwagon. But when i think of a lip color that is effortless and just works for me, MAC’s Crème Cup is it.

The great thing about having items along the lines of these 5 with you is that you can create a quick, simple look in just a few minutes using only these products. If you just planned to run a few errands and left the house barefaced but then got a text inviting you to lunch/coffee/drinks/etc., this survival kit can help you look and feel your best on the go!

What would be in your deserted island makeup bag?!

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