Here’s a weird fact: I really only started wearing makeup toward the end of college. Ok, with the exception that I did, occasionally wear the super classy white eyeliner on my eyelids during high school. Oh yeah, I did that. So sure…now that I actually DO have to wear makeup, my routine is usually under five minutes…mostly because I’m lazy and always running late. In this video, I show you my not-so-secret under five minute routine (FOUR minutes, to be exact!) that will give you the bare minimum as far as coverage, and not looking like a beast.
When I first saw this lip balm, I knew that I HAD to try it out. Aside from the gorgeous packaging, you know I’m a sucker, Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm has pretty much everything that I look for in a lip product: a mild tint and moisture. In one easy word, this product is magical, and reminds me of being a kid…here’s why:
The “crystalline glaze,” aka the clear outside, plumps and accentuates lip contours and, let’s be honest, we all want plumper, fuller lips
The “pigmented core,” aka the juicy center (a la a Tootsie pop), is the actual thing that provides the color and the fact that you can see the differentiation is just FUN.
With thousands upon thousands of nail products on the market, all claiming to solve ALL of your problems, it can definitely be confusing as to what you actually need to achieve your best nails possible. Here, I break down for you the four products that you should be using, no matter what. Trust me, use these four and you’re good to go!
1. All-In-One Treatment
When you’re crammed for time, it’s best (and easiest) to use a strengthening base and top coat in one. Hydrating panthenol will smooth and glaze nail beds, while also preventing your nails from chipping. Make sure to first apply this treatment to clean, dry nails as a base coat and let dry. Then brush on one to two coats of your favorite nail color and let dry. Finish with the Double Duty treatment as a shiny top coat.
I prefer a polish remover with a light, calming scent (like lavender), which will swiftly and effectively take off your darkest, most glittery polish just as fast as you applied it. Sure, in a pinch cheap or generic polish remover will do, but I really love the version from Zoya, which smells great and actually gets all of my nail polish off.
This calcium-enriched formula toughens nails, without altering the color of your polish! It’s recommended for use twice a week and will definitely help strengthen nail beds within a few weeks time. I can’t recommend this strengthener enough. The fact that you can actually apply it OVER your nail polish is truly amazing and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in the health of my nails.
Cuticles simmer down with just a drop of this cure-all product. Infused with sweet-almond, jojoba and vitamin E oils, your nails will never be softer. This is my secret weapon! For anyone who gets dry cuticles, this oil is your best bet.
It’s time for May Favorites! Truthfully, I still have a LOT to learn about making YouTube videos, but I genuinely do enjoy making my monthly favorites videos. Ha, my manager would be so proud! It’s not that I’m uncomfortable in front of the camera (quite the opposite, actually), but I have absolutely no eye for editing and/or filming. So there’s that. I’d much rather be in my pajamas, hair in pony tail, zit cream on face, writing a blog post. Truth. With that said, I digress, and present to you…my favorite things for May!
I’m blaming my dry lips on the Santa Ana winds but, in reality, I think it’s a combination of not drinking enough water and the fact that I wear my Invisalign retainer at night. Ok, maybe I’m making up that last part…but I’m convinced! Regardless, I’m really into this KAPLAN MD Lip 20 Mask. It’s not very often that you even come across a mask for your lips…so when I heard about it, I was really pumped to try it out. My favorite part about this mask, aside from the fact that it did, indeed, exfoliate and moisturize my lips, is the fact that it is QUICK. And, since I’m incredibly impatient and lazy, committing to a mask for 3-5 minutes is totally doable. My lips got tingly, then I wiped off the mask with a warm wash cloth…then BOOM- moisture. Thank you.
Just wanted to take a minute to let you guys know about my newest freelance writing gig! I’m the new Beauty Contributor at Outblush.com, which I am SO pumped about. I’ve actually been reading Outblush for years…and seriously, if you ever need any home or gift ideas, this is the go-to site. Make sure to check out the beauty section to see some of my favorite products