Five Minute Face- My Weekday Beauty Routine


I am trying a new ritual in the morning- instead of rushing out of the door for the school run and work with a bare face feeling like a frazzled mum not ready to face the day, I am working on refining a five minute face so I feel good when I leave the house.

 I recently hit the drugstore for some new products to make this challenge more fun (new things are ALWAYS more fun than old things as any kid will tell you).

Here is what I am currently playing around with:

 L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow foundation– This foundation offers medium coverage and a nice dewey finish. Perfect for every day use.
Revlon Colorstay Concealer– I am prone to dark circles under my eyes and this concealer helps me look much more rested than I actually am.
Maybelline Master Contour Contour and Highlight Stick– I have lots of contouring products but this is so easy and fast it is perfect for a quick makeup routine.
essence Contour Powder– this compact contains both bronzer and highlighter to perfectly complement the stick.
Revlon Cream blush– A cream blush is super quick to apply, blends well and stays nice and fresh all day.
essence all about matt finishing compact powder–  a quick brush of this stuff makes my face stay put all day long.
Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon– Again, I have lots of brow enhancing products but this one is fast and precise to apply so it has become by daily go-to.
Covergirl  The Super Sizer Fibers mascara– Mascara is tricky for me because I don’t like waterproof but I hate smudging. After some online research, I decided to try this one out and it is pretty great!
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw– I don’t wear this colour every day but I love it and wear it whenever I can. The formula is amazing and the colour lasts for HOURS!
Writing it out, it looks like A LOT of steps but it legit takes me five minutes!
What products do you use to create a five minute face?
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Pantone Colours of the Year 2016- Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone decided to mix it up this year when choosing their colour of the year. First of all, they chose TWO colours.. Secondly, these two colours, a soft pink and a soft blue that look pretty amazing together, are very different then the extremely bold and sometimes odd (marsala?) colours of recent years.
Here are some fab finds in these two fresh shades!
Pantone Colours of the Year 2016- Rose Quartz and Serenity


Earrings: Ice  /Lipstick: Cover Girl /Bracelet: Alex + Ani/Dress: Chicwich/Clutch: Rebecca Minkhoff/ Coat: Vince /Nail Polish: Deborah Lippman/Sweater: N.Peal /Jeans: H&M

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Friday Fun- Makeup to Highlight and Contour!




I have always loved makeup, but I got really out of the habit of wearing it after my son was born. However, on returning to work, I made a vow to myself that I was going to leave the house looking put together every day, and that means at least a little makeup to help me face the day.

I have a very round face and I decided to try some contouring and highlighting to try to create the illusion of cheekbones. I didn’t want to faux chisel my face a la Kim Kardashian; Just a little shape to my baby cheeks! I am still very much a novice but I can see a difference in how my face looks and it is fun to practice!

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Thursday Obsession- Drugstore lipsticks!

I went through a long period of time when lipstick was a bit of an afterthought in my beauty routine. I was just not that interested in it, focusing much more on the eyes. I would throw on an old standby colour or even just a bit of Rosebud Salve (which I still adore) and go. Then I became a mother and I started to feel super frumpy. I discovered that a fantastic lip colour and a pair of glam sunglasses made me feel like I could actually face the day!!! Drugstore brands tend to be pretty inexpensive so it is possible to stock up on a bunch for not a lot of $$ and completely renew your look!



Here is a list of my favorite drugstore lip products (photographed above)!

Clockwise from the left:

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple

Maybelline Color Whisper in Oh La Lilac

Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick

Maybelline Color Sensations Vivids in Hot Plum

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss

Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Haute Pink Twist

Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Coral Twist


What is your favorite lipstick right now? How important is lipstick in your makeup routine?

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Whats on my vanity – March 2013

I have been trying to stick to a short but effective makeup routine. I have found that on the days when I am tired and running after my little man, a bit of face paint helps me feel more human.

This is what I am using right now:


BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light


Cover Girl Fresh Complexion Under Eye Concealer in Creamy Natural



Purely Pro Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Luxury



Maybelline New York The Rocket Volum’ Express in Black


Nars Exhibit A


Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm



Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple


It may sound like a lot, but it literally takes me five minutes and I feel good about showing my face outside the house!!

What is your everyday makeup favorite??


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