Monday, February 20, 2012

Quick & Easy Beauty

I absolutely love wearing makeup and getting dressed up, but when it comes to my beauty and skincare routines, I’m also all about keeping things as fast and easy as possible. That’s why I’ve come to rely on a set of tried and true must-haves that help me keep things simple and streamlined on even my most hectic days. Here, a few standout staples I just can’t do without.

Image Source: Pond's

This set of Pond's facial cloths, infused with a cucumber-citrus scent for mornings and a lavender scent for evenings, are fast, easy and effective at refreshing my skin and removing makeup in a matter of seconds. 

Image Source: Mary Kay

I love Mary Kay cosmetics, and her mineral power foundation is just the thing I need to give me smooth, buildable coverage without a lot of time required.

Image Source: Mary Kay

Also by Mary Kay, this clay clarifying facial mask is simple to use in the shower just a couple times a week for skin that's soft and glowing. Plus, it's gentle enough that I can apply a medicated acne cream immediately afterward with no irritation.

Image Source: POPBeauty 

I won this POPBeauty Eye Cake palette for blue eyes in a giveaway and have since come to love it. I typically use the three left-hand shades together, though I'm planning to also try out the dark blue as a liner sometime soon. The colors work really well together, making it easy to get the right look quickly.

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I was gifted this rich and luxurious cream for Christmas and have been using it daily ever since to help rid my skin of winter dryness and chapping. Not only does it work great, but it really does have the perfect toasted marshmallow scent that is neither too strong nor sweet. I'll definitely be picking up another bottle once the holidays roll around again this year!

What are your top quick and easy beauty staples?

P.S. Janet Liang, whose story I shared a couple weeks ago, has still not found a bone marrow match. Can you help save Janet’s life? Please take a moment to read her story and do what you can. 


  1. I think I need to re-do my skin/beauty regimen for Spring. It's tired and I like the idea of your ponds cleaners.
    I can just imagine how that lotion smells. NOM.

    PS: Thanks for keeping the word out for Janet. I hope they find a match soon!

  2. Great picks! I love Philosophy products, but haven't tried the cream you posted about yet. I will need to catch up on Janet's story, but I'm sending good thoughts her way until I'm filled in!

  3. I think I need to get some of those facial cleansing cloths because I need something fast nowadays.

  4. I've never tried the ponds cleansing cloths, but have heard great reviews. I'm religious about taking my make-up off at night..I do shower before I go to sleep so all the make-up comes off. I use a mix of claris and clinique skincare :)

  5. I'm all about mineral foundation!

    I will definitely check out Janet's story too!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  6. Oh I use the Philosophy Marshmallows for Toasting is my favorite! It's so hydrating and smells divine!
    Aw, we are praying for Janet!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  7. I use the facial clothes (Kirkland brand) from Costco for travel or for a quick refresher. I'm usually an Oil of Olay girl.

    Mary Kay - love their cute compacts that hold lipstick, eye shadow and brush.

    Hope Janet finds a donor.

  8. I'm trying some products from Avon but I swear by Olay facial products!!

  9. So glad you like the eye makeup you won!! I really dont use anything except for eye liner...but when I did my makeup for our wedding I loved the Revlon Photo Ready foundation. :)

    PS I finally posted my 11 questions and tagged you!! ;)

    Congrats on ordering your cap and gown! xoxo

  10. definitely like the face wipes! they're so handy.

  11. Great picks! I literally just did a whole post my morning regimen. It's so funny how we never realize how much we use till we write about it. Thanks for sharing! x

  12. I cant wait to read your post on church! It has definitely evolved for me as I have gotten older, and then took on a whole new meaning when we had children. Catholicism works for me because I know it will be the same where ever we go. There is something comforting about knowing that even though we move every few years, the mass ritual is the same everywhere. (I would have replied this via email, but you have a no-reply comment tag on yours!)

  13. If I owned something called Marshmallow Frosting, I'm pretty sure I would eat it, not apply it to my body. Just saying. I have a love affair with marshmallows.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  14. I have so many beauty staples that I live by, and I am afraid to make any kind of change before the wedding, I don't want it to mess with my skin or make me break out. But I have gotten SOOO much better at making sure I wash my face before bed every night, there was a time when I got lazy before bed time.

  15. Heres how you check to see if your email is showing!

  16. Nice reviews.

    My must haves include: Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Dermalogica Microfoliant, and Almay Eye Makeup Remover.



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