My Current Minimal Makeup Routine

the goods

Lately, I have been traveling a lot, working a lot and, just generally being tired a lot. This has lead me to a minimal makeup routine (winged liner style). Now keep in mind that I love makeup. Therefore, my definition of minimal is very different from the average idea of minimal. I still wear a foundation, concealer and, powder. Its the rest of the process that gets more simple.

I cut out blush but, use bronzer. I find this works best with a bronzer that has some red undertones or warmth to it (Bobbi Brown has bronzers with a beautiful red undertone), since that can almost double as a blush. I also pick bronzer over blush because I find blush without bronzer can look harsh. Bronzer on its own makes you look warm and healthy. Then I use a powder (or maybe a pencil) to fill in my brows. Something quick and soft. Nothing full-on since the eye makeup will be soft.

On the eyes I use simple mattes. Specifically NARS Madrague duo. Its perfect. But any matte eye look with natural shades works. The winged liner thanks to the amazing Kat Von D Ink Liner (because I just can’t be without it). And mascara. Lots of mascara. For lips I went nude, which goes with everything.Β I have been crazy about the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Sable (from the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix, which I can review if you guys want to hear about it, just let me know in the comments).

my minimal makeup look

What makeup do you wear when you are feeling minimal? Any products you have been loving? Oh and happy Halloween! I need to get into really intense Halloween makeup (which I did not this year) but maybe next year. I’m one of those people who can never think of a good costume and end up figuring something out the night of from the contents of my closet. I always tell myself I’ll be better next year and so far, I have not been. Lol. Oh well.

NARS Madrague Eyeshadow Duo is Neutral Perfection

NARS Madrague Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Madrague eyeshadow duo is this years Portobello, only more useful. I always go back to minimalist eye makeup (for me that means little shadow and my wings, can’t be without the winged liner) in the Fall. I like to focus on beautiful, flushed skin once the weather starts to cool. Then once Winter rolls out the smokey eyes bust out (best part of the year).

I think its a bit odd, you would expect minimalist makeup to be big during the summer, but I don’t know. Something about Fall just does it for me. I grabbed Madrague since I kept wishing for a matte cream (which I am finding I now use everyday) and an easy crease shade (though bronzer works well too). You can grab this duo and a pretty single and call your eyeshadow look done. Its great. Its so easy!

NARS Madrague Duo Swatched on My NC/NW20 Skin

I find Madrague perfect. It has the two colors I use every day, no matter what look I do on my eyes. I always reach for a matte cream and a warm light brown crease color. Having them both in a nifty little palette just makes doing my eye makeup so much easier.

I do think the shades only work if you are fair/light skin toned. Both shades are very light, so I think they would look ashy on darker skin tones. I find the formula of these shadows amazing. Both shades are creamy, smooth, blendable and, long lasting. The mid tone brown is a bit powdery, but looks nice on the skin. You just have to be careful to tap off your brush.

wearing Madrague on my eye

If you reach for neutrals every day to pull an eye look together, I highly recommend this duo. Its a staple you will reach for day after day. One of those under appreciated products I can no longer be without.

You can get this duo at NARS counters, online and at Sephora for $35.

The rundown: A

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights is The Bomb Dot Com

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Spotlights from the top: Pearl, Champagne Gold and, Opal

I got this set (new for the holidays and, by the way you need it) because I love liquid highlighters and Becca’s are some of the best.

The main problem with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors is that they are huge. Huge! There is on way a non-makeup artist can go through a bottle of the full sized product (which weighs in at 1.7 oz) even the travel size (which you can only get of Moonstone and Opal) are large, at 0.68 oz. Keep in mind a foundation is 1 oz, for reference.

swatches from the left: Opal, Champagne Gold and, Opal

So while I have loved these products for a long time I haven’t gushed about them much on here because the product is just impractical for the average user (aka me and probably you). But this set makes my one and only problem with this product disappear. The size of a tube is 0.17 oz (much more manageable thank you). This great kit comes with three shades, Opal (my favorite) is a peachy/bronze, Pearl which is a white sheen and, Champagne Gold which is a gold.

swatches blended in from the left: Pearl, Champagne Gold and, Opal

Each tube has a nifty doe foot applicator, which makes them super easy to apply. Plus these are perfect for travel (my excuse for everything, but hey, I travel a lot). I really love this kit, I think all three colors will work for just about everyone. These blend into the skin beautifully and last all day on me.

I am all kinds of in love. I think if you are interested in trying these but have been put off by the large size, this is a great way to try it. I also think if you know you love Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors this is a great way to actually use them up.

You can get this kit at Sephora and online for $25.

The rundown: A+


Berry Lip Deep

the berry lip lineup

Last year I wrote a post in the Fall called “Berry Lip Light” and, while this post does include that product as well (its great and perfect if you don’t like vampy lips) this year we areΒ aren’t holding back.

swatches from the left: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Winterberry, Fresh Sugar Berry, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Mulberry and, MAC Dark Side

I really love all of these products for getting that A/W dark berry lip. My tried-and-true is MAC ‘s Dark Side which is the darkest and most purple of this bunch. I also love to press it into Then Bite Beauty brings the goods with its Luminous Creme Lipstick in Mulberry and its High Pigment Pencil in Winterberry. Both are more red/plum than the MAC guy. Both are great formulas.

I threw in Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry, its a great option if you don’t want to commit to too much berry. A year later, it is still great. What berry lip products do you love? Makeup lovers want to know (okay me, maybe just me, but you should still share).

wearing Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Winterberry


Mani Monday – OPI Skating on Thin Ice-Land

OPI Skating on Thin Ice-Land

I am still working my way through the OPI A/W Nordic collection. Skating on Thin Ice-LandΒ is a gorgeous cream purple. I thought it would be lighter on, but it dries pretty dark, making it an almost black/purple. Which I really like.

I found the formula to be a bit on the thin side, which isn’t bad but it does mean this polish could do with a third coat for full opacity. You could also try applying thicker coats (I go thin to avoid chipping). In the picture above I’m wearing two coats, for reference. I wish I had gone for three since there are some lighter patches still.

Other than the slightly thin formula, I really like this polish. Its a great shade (if you like purples) and has good wear time (3-4 days).

You can get this polish at salons that carry OPI and at Ulta for about $9 (prices may vary).

The rundown: B+

New Video – Current Obsessions (Ole Henriksen Style)

Hi everyone!

the topics of todays video!

I have a new video up (link is below). Its a new series (maybe?) called “my current obsessions”. Let me know what you think! Also, I know the editing is not perfect but man I am ready to kick my iMovie right now, so I am rolling with it.

click me for the video!Β 

I hope you like it! Let me know and be sure to leave me a comment with what products you are obsessed with right now.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon is Amazing, Shocking, Fabulous!

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Leche

Get ready for a gush fest. This is full on love people. This product from Bite is straight up amazing.

First, its the perfect size. The nib isn’t as thin as a lip liner but not as big as your classic lip crayon. This means you can use it to both line and fill in your lips. It actually has a small enough tip to line well, its not too big and chunky (you all know I love lip liner, so I’m less fond of lip crayons, generally they are just too big).

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Leche swatched on my NC/NW20 skin

Secondly, This stuff is matte. A beautiful matte finish, which I love. Matte lips last longer on me and, if you don’t like the look, a lip balm or gloss over the top can change everything.

wearing Leche on my lips

Thirdly, and this is the magic, this product is hydrating. I mean it. I am not kidding. Most matte lip products are lucky if they don’t dry out your lips like the sahara. The best I’ve ever given another matte lip product (of which you will find many reviews on my blog, as I love them) is indifference on the moisture front. They get a “does not dry my lips out” or “isn’t overly drying”. None, before these, have been hydrating. Full on hydrating. Not just comfortable on my lips or well textured. Moisturizing.

It amazing. I am so completely in love. I can’t help but smile.

amazing, fabulous and, shocking

You can get these lip products at Sephora and online for $24.

The rundown: A+ (I now need more colors, stat.)