Makeup Faves

Simple Living to me also means simple routines. Simple routines that cost little money, also save time. I have a very simple face routine, and I know I’ve posted about it before. I shared what I like to use as face wash and moisturizer. As I get older, I like to use a simple Aveno lotion for my face, since the anti-aging ones tend to make my face a little oily.

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Here are a no-makeup shot and a full-on makeup shot of my old mug. As much as I love to play with makeup and get all “dolled up” I sure love taking it all off and having a fresh face. As for wearing makeup, Here are a few of my favorites:

Neutrogena Foundation. It has great coverage and doesn’t dry me out like some foundations. I also use their powder on top of it all.


The Naked2 Pallet from Urban Decay is all I need to color, shade, and fill eyebrows. I LOVE the brush that comes with it too! Find it at It was a present, otherwise, it’s a little more expensive than I would usually get for myself. But seeing as how awesome it is, I would get it again.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle is my absolute favorite! It’s only $9 in drugstores too, which is a great price! It replaces chapstick, lipstick, and lip gloss in my purse. I, of course, still keep a plain chapstick in my bag for the boyfriend, but the Lip Butter is amazing. It keeps my face looking fresh and awake, even if I’m wearing little other makeup. It also adds just the right amount of color, and since I’m super pale, I tend to look almost corpse-like in the winter, so the tint is amazing.

elf blush

The Elf Blush in Candid Coral is available for just $3 at Target or Amazon. It goes on light, and you can add more if needed. And you can’t really beat the price.

organic mascara

I love this mascara to finish things off! It’s only $7 at drugstores and on Amazon. It’s dark and really boosts my fine lashes up. It’s naturally colored, so I feel safe putting it on my eyes.


This is also a MUST. It’s only $8 on Amazon! It’s the Physician’s Formula 2 in 1 Liner. I’m a fan of the liquid liner, the good old cat eye. This is an eyelash strengthener AND a great precision liquid liner. It’s designed like a marker, so it’s easy to put on.

Those are my favorite makeup items! What’s in your makeup bag?


Staying Young: My Face Routine

At the age of, (well, I can’t say it out loud, but let’s just say I had the 2nd anniversary of my 29th birthday this month,) I get asked a lot what I use on my skin. People can’t believe that I’m not at least 25, and I always take it as a compliment. How can I not? Other than not smoking and eating well, I use anti-aging wash and moisturizer and have been since I was 22. Here’s what I use to keep looking young, and keep getting carded.

birthday with matt

The boyfriend and I on by birthday this month. I still got carded going into bars, 10 years after 21.

olay cleanser

I use Olay Daily Regenerating Cleanser. It’s creamy and has exfoliating beads in it, so I tend to use it when I shower mostly so I can make sure to wash all of it off. It smells amazing!


I use Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream to moisturize. It’s a little pricier but It’s worth it. It’s lightweight, non oily, and smells like a million bucks.

neutorgena face wipes

I use “Make Up Remover” wipes when I’m feeling tired and lazy. Mainly at night, and if I’ve had a long day. I like these ones by Neutrogena the most.

neutrogena makeup remover

This is by far the best makeup remover I’ve used! It’s separated so you just have to shake it up, and put it on a cotton ball. I tend to use it to remove dried on liquid liner. I take a Q-tip and get between my eye lashes. It’s tedious, but does the job. I also try to never fall asleep with makeup on! I’m human and it happens every now and then, but it hurts your skin and your pillowcases.

What’s your routine you swear by? Happy Hydrating!