no makeup makeup.

No Makeup Makeup.

// Photos by Tory Putnam

No makeup makeup is kind of my jam. I like to try and fool people into thinking #IWokeUpLikeThis when in reality, my fair redness and breakout prone skin needs a little extra help. After experimenting with nearly every BB Cream option on the market I finally found a foundation option that’s a perfect balance of having just enough coverage while blending really well and lasts all day long – Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. Cue rainbows and unicorns, this stuff has seriously changed my skin and makeup routine dramatically.

A look at my daily “no makeup makeup” beauty routine:

No Makeup Makeup.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush // Benefit They’re Real Mascara
// Bare Minerals Moxie Lip Gloss c/o 
// Flat Kabuki Brush //
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue c/o // Benefit Watts Up // Benefit Puff Off
// Benefit Gimme Brow // Bobbi Brown Concealer 

  1. I have extremely blonde eyelashes so mascara is always a must for leaving the house without looking tired, twelve years old or sick. I start with a swipe of Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara which adds length and volume – it also is great for nights out because you can get some seriously swoonworthy lashes with this stuff! For the whole no makeup makeup look you want to keep things light, so go easy (and if you have dark lashes, go ahead and even skip the mascara!)
  2. To even out the skin and add a bit of coverage, squeeze a pea sized amount of Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue onto your finger and dot on cheeks, chin and forehead. Use a flat kabuki brush to buff into skin. Cover any blemishes or spots with a bit of concealer (Bobbi Brown is my favorite because it’s the only fair concealer I’ve found that doesn’t have yellow undertones).
  3. To get that dewy, slightly flushed look use the kabuki brush to apply Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in Fresh Pink to the apples of your cheeks (this stuff is a steal and the shade is ultra flattering on all skin tones!). Highlight the face using Benefit’s “Watts Up” illuminator – I do a stripe down my nose and chin and a V-shape on my forehead and then blend into skin with fingertips.
  4. Finish with a little extra oomph for your brows using Benefit’s “Gimme Brow” (seriously a life changing product!) to fill in your brows and add extra definition for that coveted full brow look. Add a little swipe of lipgloss and you’re good to go!

What is your everyday makeup routine like? Have you embraced the no makeup makeup look?

lessons in living together.

While making the move from Chicago to San Francisco was a big change for us, there was another even bigger one… moving in together. We had separate apartments in Chicago (about a block from each other) and while I had already done the long-distance move thing when I first moved from New Jersey, I’ve actually never had a roommate. And while overall living together has been a great experience, I’d be lying if I told you everything was instantly perfect – there have definitely been ups and downs and we’re both constantly learning and adjusting as we find our living together harmony.

Some lessons we’ve learned along the way:

Lessons in Living Together.

  1. Compromise is king: Listen, when two people with two different personalities and opinions share a space, somethings gotta give sometime. Be flexible and willing to compromise and don’t hold a grudge over something “not being fair”. Living together is about give and take, from the big to the small and if both people share that mentality, things will be a lot easier in the long run.
  2. It’s okay to need some space: Don’t feel guilty or get offended if the other person wants some alone time, it’s natural! Doing your own thing is what will keep you feeling like you and sometimes you just have to go for a walk or go in the other room and close the door. Having respect each other’s space and alone time will only make your relationship better.
  3. Divide and conquer: There’s always ton of stuff that needs to get done around the house and things will be a ton easier if you divvy up chores and duties. Pick the things you each enjoy doing the most or are better at and “assign” those to each other to do on an ongoing basis. Take turns on miscellaneous errands and resist the urge to do everything together at all times – a divide and conquer approach will save you a ton of time, even if it means giving up a little control.
  4. Different vs. wrong: This was the toughest for me during the first month or so – when you live on your own you naturally develop your own method of doing things, some of which may be rather particular. Before blowing up over the “wrong” way of folding laundry or washing the dishes take a moment and think about if there’s actually any real issue in the way things are being done, or if it’s just different. Relax! Different can be okay even if it’s not your way.
  5. Choose your battles: With more time together comes more opportunities for fights over stupid little things that can escalate quickly. Be choice-full with your words and conscious of your actions. Know when it’s better to just shut up than make that side comment that’s running through your head.

Do you live with your significant other? What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned to keep things happy at home?

wardrobe workhorses.

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I tend to be all about the classics when it comes to my closet. Instead of getting caught up in the trends I prefer to keep it simple and stock my wardrobe with pieces that are super versatile yet will never go out of style. It’s all about the mix and match, my friends!

Two perfect examples of this: a chambray tunic and striped pencil skirt I recently grabbed at Target (while there to pick up milk, I may add. Using Target for your grocery shopping is dangerous!)

Wardrobe Workhorses.// Photos by Tory Putnam

Chambray is always a good idea because it can be easily dressed up or down and I was super excited to get my hands on this piece because it’s incredibly soft, a nice medium shade of chambray (not too dark, not too light, just riiiiiight) AND it’s a great tunic length. And this striped skirt? Sold. You guys already know that I can’t resist stripes – this piece has just the right amount of stretch so it’s ultra comfortable while still looking dressy.

So let’s put these two wardrobe workhorses to the test, shall we?

Wardrobe Workhorses.

We’ll start with the basics – these two pair nicely together with the tunic top tucked into the skirt. I think the casual vibes of the chambray help dress down the pencil skirt to make it more outside of the office friendly. Pair with a sandal and some simple accessories and you’re good to go.

Wardrobe Workhorses.

The chambray tunic easily transitions into weekend casual mode when paired with a pair of black leggings (it’s long enough to cover your bum so you’re free to go on and wear leggings as pants!), some slip on sneakers and a leather tote. This is one of my favorite combinations for running weekend errands because it’s ultra comfortable and easy yet still looks pulled together enough to prevent getting the side eye from strangers.

Wardrobe Workhorses.

Meanwhile the skirt can easily be dressed up for client meetings or date night by keeping things monochromatic and wearing with a black silk tank, a leather jacket and a pair of black pumps. A bold lip color does just the trick to break up the black and add a pop of color to the look.

Are you all about making your closet work hard by mixing and matching? What are some of your favorite wardrobe workhorses?


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