beauty   //   December 15, 2014


beauty favorites

My makeup routine has always been a simple one. There are several reasons for this: one is that I’m really just not that good at applying it (I have not a clue how to “contour,” and my eyeliner is never quite straight.). Second, I’ve found that I look and feel a little more like myself when I’m not wearing tons of makeup, and, lastly, it’s a matter of time. I’m almost always in a rush out the door and I need a routine that’s quick and easy. This timing thing is never more important than the holidays. Anyone else feel like they’re in a constant run from place to place this month? With that said, it is the holidays so I want to have a little more shimmer and shine in there than usual. Here are the products that are currently fitting the bill:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in “Lingerie Pink” and “Extreme Coral: I’m like a moth to a flame when I see a new lipstick at a beauty counter (the new “La Favorite” from Chanel is amazing). Maybe it’s because I keep the rest of my makeup so simple so my lipstick is really the only place I go bold with color. The YSl hues are certainly not new but they’re ones I always come back to. The “Lingerie Pink” is a go-to when I want a super feminine, light pink lip (I love the way it looks with a winter white look.), while the”Extreme Coral” delivers the most amazing orangey-red color. What I love about the Volupté Shine lipsticks is that they go on so smoothly and deliver subtle color. It’s really more of a hybrid between a lipstick and a gloss.

Burberry Nude Glow in “Mocha”: I have absolutely no skills when it comes to eye makeup application. I never know what shadows to mix so I rely on palettes like this one to make it easy on me. It has a warm shimmer to it which is perfect for the holidays and contains my base shadow, two shadows for the crease and a liner. Done and done.

Armani Maestro Foundation: While I’m a big fan of Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer (it’s. the. best.) for my everyday makeup, sometimes I need something with just a little more coverage. I find this especially true during party season. For those instances, I use this Maestro foundation. I like it because it provides great coverage without feeling cakey or greasy. It’s actually surprising light – as in liquid-thin. You apply it with an eyedropper (I use two drops max) and at first you think it’s going to be oily but it just blends right into your skin. Magic.









 YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in “Lingerie Pink” and “Extreme Coral” // Armani Maestro Foundation // Burberry Nude Glow in “Mocha” // Bracelets: Eddie Borgo and Kate Spade New York



Photos by Molly Miller

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own. 

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