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My Daily Makeup Routine

I’ve been all about the skin care life lately, but thought it was about time to do a refresher on my current daily makeup routine.

I’ll preface this blog post by reinforcing that I greatly appreciate a quick morning routine. When I get up it’s early and it’s dark out, and I have a 25 minute walk ahead of me. Needless to say – I keep it quick.

That being said, my routine has changed a bit in the last year as I’ve been playing with new products and trying new tricks. So here’s the updated daily routine.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer in Fair Light – Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this when I first ordered it. I’d been using Laura Mercier for a while and didn’t give the Tarte concealer a fair shake until my trusty LM ran out. Fast forward – Now that I’ve just bought my second tube, I can confirm that it has beautiful coverage and great staying power throughout the day. I’m officially converted.

Laura Mercia Eye Brow Pencil in Blonde – I have used this brow pencil for years and it never fails. I always keep one in my bag!

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Light – Benefit is known for their eyebrow products and this brow gel is a MUST. Super easy to use for a quick, high-impact look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Powder Compact in Light – I don’t use face make-up which means I can get a little shiny by the end of the day, so I like to keep a compact on hand to powder off my forehead on occasion. 🙂

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Liquid Eyeliner in Black- This is my latest adventure in liquid eyeliners. I always go back to Kat Von Dee’s Tattoo Liner, but I like to try other brands in between.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black – Since I stopped getting my lashes tinted/curled, I’ve rediscovered my love of mascara. Really enjoying this Estee Lauder one, though my top two are Benefit’s BADgal and, of course, Maybelline Great Lash. Always and forever!

Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – If you’re new to the art of highlighting products, like I am, this is a great product. Easy to use and subtle – No mistakes!

NARS Blush in Orgasm – The perfect shade of blush. Super flattering and works for most skin tones. Love this!

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer – I’ve used this bronzer off and on for years and it’s still a killer product. The perfect way to add a little color or do some basic contouring.

Beauty Blender Micro Mini – I adore beauty blenders and keep a mini version in my daily makeup bag for under eye concealer.

Too Faced Kabuki Brush – This is the perfect retractable brush to carry with you for a quick blush, bronzer, or contouring update.

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler – This is a great basic eyelash curler that I picked up at Sephora.

What products do YOU love? How does your daily makeup routine compare to mine?

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May Favorites: New Skin Care Products

This month has been all about preparing my skin for Summer. It’s a fun season that I look forward to, but it’s not easy on your skin! That made May a great time to try out some new products and see how I liked them while I try to get my skin in tip top shape.

Missed out on some of my previous favorites posts? Check out my January Favorites, February Favorites, March Favorites: Healthy Junk Food & April Favorites: Workout Gear

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate – Smells and feels great going on, and it’s really hydrating. You skin feels really healthy and moisturized afterwards.

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask – This is one of the best masks that I’ve tried in a while. Your skin looks amazing afterwards. It’s expensive, no doubt about it, but the mask works wonders.

Biossance Squalane + Peptides Eye Gel – This is a company who produces plant-based, sustainable products and this particular eye gel is non-toxic and fragrance, mineral oil, sulfate & paraben-free. I’ve been working on my under eye circles in recent months and this product seems to be a good one to have in my repertoire.

Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer – I’ve been playing with night masks lately, but I like to use night cream at least every other night. They’re very rich and moisturizing, and my skin always laps it up!

Have YOU tried any new skin care products this year? What’s your favorite?

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Book Review | Fit & Fertile

Miss Ashley of A Lady Goes West has appeared here on MCLV a few times before – Bay Area Fitness: A Lady Goes West & Blogger Meet-Up – Orange Theory – And I’m beyond thrilled to be chatting about her new eBook today!

She recently released a beautifully written and insightful story of her journey through health and fertility in the eBook – Fit & Fertile: How I Found my Body’s Fitness from the Inside Out.

What I appreciated most about this was the bravery behind the telling of the story.

Fertility is a deeply personal topic and for many people it carries a certain amount of self doubt. People blame themselves and are ashamed to talk about it. But the truth is, it’s a much more common concern than we realize and I fully believe that the more people talk and share their stories, the less taboo the topic will become.

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So what kind of topics does Fit & Fertile cover? It covers a lot of ground, including the very emotional and stressful inner struggle that parents-who-want-to-be go through while trying to get pregnant. The part that I found especially interesting was how Ashley went the non-traditional way and turned to holistic remedies, dietary shifts, and changes to her fitness routine to help with the process.

If you’re interested in fitness or nutrition, fertility, or know someone who is impacted by these topics, I highly recommend taking a look at this ebook and joining the conversation!

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Beauty Junkie | Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil

Welcome back my beauty lovers!

This edition of Beauty Junkie is about Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil!

I’ve turned into an oil fan the last few years. Probably in part because my skin is drying out somewhat as I get older, but also because I enjoy that it’s ultra hydrating. I generally workout twice a day, which means two showers daily washing off my body’s natural oils.

Replacing what’s lost with high quality facial and body oils seemed like a natural solution so I initially dipped a toe into the oil pool with Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil. I used their pure argan oil for a few months in the Winter and then in the Summer tried out the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 which I loved. That’s still my go-to product when I’m traveling to warm-weather spots during the Summer.

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Since then, I’ve graduated to argan body butter and even hair oils – And I haven’t had a bad experience yet. I have fairly sensitive skin, but have focused on organic, natural oils and luckily haven’t had any major break outs.

When Musely sent over the Sibu Sea Berry Oil to try out I was excited because this particular product is for damaged or problematic skin. High stress periods at the office means my skin is extra dry and in serious need of some TLC. I like to make a little ritual of the application as well – I put the product on all eight fingertips and slowly, gently massage it into my skin. Between the lovely oil and the little face massage, it’s both relaxing and rejuvenating.

Are YOU a fan of oils? What’s your favorite?

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Giveaway | OrganicGirl Tank

I’m super excited to be here today and to able to offer this fun little OrganicGirl tank top giveaway!

I’ve talked about OrganicGirl before – OrganicGirl | More Greens, Less Fruit – And it’s a company that I regularly support with my own money. Their tagline says it all – Good Clean Greens. It’s a California-based company that offers organic produce – First salads, then salad dressings, and finally juices.

Great products and a message that I can definitely get behind.

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I wanted to give all of you guys a chance to show off your support for OrganicGirl – Enter this giveaway!

I’ve got two unisex tops to give away – Both size medium. The front of the black tank says ‘Go Chard or Go Home’ and the back says ‘Live Life Fresh’ with the OrganicGirl logo. This tank is super cute and flattering, I’ve been wearing mine to the gym!

This is a US-only giveaway so please check out the entering options below. And don’t forget – There are two winners!

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