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The Queen of all BB Creams

I know I’ve written about BB Creams before and have had different favorites along the way, but this one is different.
Tarte BB Tinted 12-Hour Primer is the holy grail of BB creams. I tried it at the beginning of summer and instantly knew I had found THE ONE. It goes on with the silkiness of a primer and the coverage of a light foundation. I barely need any concealer. It also moisturizes well, is an anti-aging treatment and has SPF. It does a great job evening out my skintone and covering imperfections and it diffuses light which minimizes all my pesky fine lines, pores, and wrinkles. Best of all-it’s oil free and comes in 5 shades, which is unusual for a BB. If you’re looking for a makeup that’s light weight and made with more natural ingredients, I highly recommend this product. You won’t be disappointed!

Tarte BB Tinted 12-Hour Primer $35



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5 Minute Face

I love my morning routine. There’s something very comforting about having a regime. It gets my day off to the right start and sets the stage. But just because I enjoy applying lotions and potions, it doesn’t mean I want it to take forever. Let’s be real, most of us have a limited amount of time in the morning to get ready and we need things to be streamlined. Here’s a look at my five minute face (give or take). It may seem like a lot of products, but they are quick and easy to apply. You’ll have a natural, rosy glow in a matter of minutes.

The first thing I do is apply a beauty balm. This is a moisturizer, primer, concealer, and SPH all in one. It will save you lots of time (and money).
shown: Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream $38

I then apply a concealer on the hard to cover spots. This takes two seconds, as the bb cream does a great job covering most flaws.
shown: Loreal Magic Lumi Liquid Concealer $13

The next step is to apply a blush stain (gel or cream). You could skip this step, but I find my cheeks stay rosy longer if I use a stain.
shown: Tarte Cheek Stain $30

I then sweep on a mineral powder. It gives me a flawless finish and helps to keep the oil at bay. I find mineral powders to be the best. They seem less cakey and are more natural.
shown: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfectly Powder $59

Next comes a powder blush. I know, it seems like overkill to most of you. But I’ve found that using both a cream and powder blush gives me great color and is less likely to melt off during the day.
shown: Tarte Amazoninan Clay 12hr Blush $25

It’s on to the eyebrows. I like a gel instead of a pencil. The color sweeps on with a mascara wand and is super easy. It gives definition and holds brows into place.
shown: Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel $21

To set everything, I use a makeup setting spray. This keeps my face looking fresh and set all day.
shown: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray $29

If it’s a day I’m going to be out and about, I’ll add mascara to the ritual. I always use a primer. It makes my lashes even longer and keeps the mascara from smudging.
shown: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer $28 and Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara $8

Last step is the lip. For most days I apply a tinted lip balm. It gives my pout a natural pop of color while keeping them soft and moisturized.
shown: Revlon Lip Butter

So, there you have it, my five minute face.You can add or subtract to fit your needs, but this is what works best for me. What’s your five minute face routine?

My 5 minute face minus mascara!


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The Perfect Gift Sets

Every year during my teen years I would ask for and receive the Estee Lauder Holiday gift set. It always seemed so magical to me to have this fabulous kit full of wonderful makeup. To this day, they still offer their amazing sets. It got me wondering what other gift sets are available this holiday season. I headed to Sephora and found so many that I just have to share my favorites with you all.

Lashstash ($133 value) $45

This collection features ten of the most popular and sought after mascaras Sephora has to offer. Also included is a do-it-all makeup remover. This is perfect for anyone (like me) who loves experimenting with different mascaras.

Stilla Lipglaze Set ($110 value) $25

I love Stilla lip glazes and this is a wonderful assortment. It features eight high-shine and oh-so-tasty glazes that are sure to be a hit for the girl who loves to put her best lips foward.

Bare Escentuals “The Total Package” ($83 value) $35

This Bare Escentuals set contains their powder, lip color, mascara, cleanser, and more. It’s a great starter kit for those new to the world of bare minerals.

Tarte Shining Stars Limited Edition Best Sellers Collection ($67 value) $25

I love Tarte and this set contains their top products in convenient travel sizes. The cheek stain and Lipsurgence are two of my all-time favorites.

Tarte “The Starlet” Limited Edition Makeup Vanity ($505 value) $52

I saved the best for last! This is an amazing gift set at an unbelievable price. Designed to be a keepsake jewelry box, this vanity contains all you need to look ultra glamorous during the holidays. It has a pop-up mirror and three removable drawers that house 24 eyeshadows, mascara, lash primer, blush, bronzing powder, and much, much more. This is THE gift set for the girl who loves makeup!

There are many, many more fabulous gift sets available at Sephora. I highly recommend checking them out.


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