Teacher Off Duty: Light Summer Makeup

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Light Summer Makeup

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I am pretty simple when it comes to my beauty routine — I’ve mentioned that before. Anything that helps me maintain that simplicity is a win in my book. I consider myself a beauty lover, but I’ve moved on from my phase of trying to perfect HAC or winged eyeliner. These days, I just want to maximize my time and get out the door without looking like a hot mess. This light summer makeup routine helps me look put together without spending too much time or piling on the products!

1 // Prep

I remember trying BB Cream for the first time around five years ago (it was this Smashbox one) and I’ve been a BB/CC believer ever since. On a clean face, I blend my tarte Amazonian clay BB Cream mixed with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer. Both of these products provide SPF, so this is all the sun protection I use on my face.

2 // Conceal

Next, I cover any blemishes or redness I might have. Thankfully, my skin has moved on from the angry teenager acne stage (for the most part), but now I’m moving into under eye circle territory. I guess that’s what starts to happen when you become an adult. Who do I call to fix that? Anyway, I recently picked up some tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. I use this on my chin, around my nose, and under my eyes. I wouldn’t call this light coverage, but because I keep my base light, I don’t mind my concealer being a bit heavier. If you prefer your concealer to be lighter, I also love this tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer.

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3 // Emphasize

Now comes the fun part! Right now, I’m using Benefit Dandelion for my blush. I give a couple of swipes across my cheek bone and then reach for my Lorac Tantalizer (I prefer the matte version). I swipe a little bit of the bronzer under my cheek bones and jaw, and around my hairline for the slightest contour.

Next, I dab a little bit of Urban Decay Primer Potion on both of my eyelids. I started using eyeshadow primer a few years ago and I’m not sure how I ever survived without it. It’s magic! When I’m going for light makeup, I always reach for my Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette. The matte colors are perfect for a light summer day. My favorites and most used shades are Stark all over the lid, and Cover in my creases. I finish my eyes with pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir (the same eyeliner I talked about here!), and tarte tarteist Lash Paint.

4 // Finish

Finally! After a quick dust of bareMinerals BareSkin Perfecting Veil, I give a spritz of Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray. Does this actually help my makeup last longer? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m a sucker for marketing. As I’m running out the door trying not to be late to wherever I’m headed, I slap on some ChapStick and if I’m lucky, I remember to follow it up with some gloss. One of my favorites is the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Nooner.

I’m all about a light beauty routine in the summer, but honestly, I like my makeup light year round. Depending on the season, I switch up my products a little, or try out different colors. However, this pretty much describes my routine day in and day out.

Light Summer Makeup

Question: Do you prefer light summer makeup, or being all dolled up?

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Second Day Hair After a Workout: Save Your Hairstyle!

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Save your hairstyle after a tough workout with this simple hairstyle for second day hair.

Second Day Hair

How often do you wash your hair? Until a few of years ago, I washed mine every.single.day. No matter how many beauty articles I read saying otherwise, I just couldn’t behind it. I finally decided to “train” my hair to last just one more day and worked on getting the hang of dry shampoo. This revolution came about the same time as my submersion into fitness, which presented its own set of obstacles (read: lots of scalp sweat). Over the years, I’ve developed a routine that allows for about three days between washes, even with the toughest workouts in between.

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I try to keep my getting ready routines simple and spend maybe 15-20 minutes getting ready (hair and makeup both!). My husband appreciates this when we have somewhere to be and most days I’m too busy to want to spend more time than that. This second day hair tutorial takes me no more than 10 minutes start to finish!

1 // Build a good base

I find the key to making your hairstyle last begins the day you wash your hair! On Day 1, I typically shampoo, condition and blow dry my hair. I don’t care for the feeling of product buildup on my scalp, so I don’t use products prior to drying. I curl my hair in layers, away from my face, using a 1 in. curling wand (I love this one by Hot Tools) and end with a light spritz of hairspray. Right now, I’m using Redken Quick Dry 18. It’s not too heavy, but it keeps my baby hairs out of my face. Throughout the day, try to keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible.

2 // Take your hair down after activity

On Day 2, after you’ve completed your workout, take your hair down. I typically workout first thing in the morning and as soon as the sweat on the back of my neck has dried I pull it out of the ponytail. This is possibly the most important step in saving second day hair. This helps to prevent a hair tie crease and also keeps my sweaty scalp from just melting my hair. If you work out in the afternoon, don’t skip this step!


Real life–right after my workout on Day 2!

3 // Shower! (Or skip to step 4)

The first 15 minutes after my workout are usually spent making breakfast for my husband, but as soon as the eggs are done I hop in the shower! I just twist my hair  back and up and secure it with a claw clip. If you don’t intend to shower after your workout, skip to the next step.

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4 // Comb it, blast it with a cold shot, & dry shampoo it!

After getting out of the shower, I comb through the ends and blast my roots with the blow dryer using the cool setting. I use this one by John Frieda. I’ve yearned for a pricey blow dryer for years, but this one does a fine job and I’m pretty cheap. 😉 I also take this time to use a little dry shampoo if I feel my hair needs it. Like I said, I don’t like product build up on my scalp, so I try to wait until the day before I plan to wash again to use dry shampoo. However, if I’m especially greasy around my hairline, temples, or ears on Day 2, I use Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo in those areas.

Second Day Hair

Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Dry Shampoo found at Target!

5 // Smooth at the roots

If your hair has a tendency to get a bit frizzy, like mine does, grab your flat iron and smooth the roots. I focus my smoothing efforts around my hair line, my part, and sometimes the nape of my neck if my frizz is out of control. This helps tame the beast, but also gives a volume boost I might not otherwise have. A few years ago I picked up this Hot Tools Digital Salon Flat Iron and it’s been great!

Second Day Hair

Fun fact: That faint scar on my lip is from a dog bite I sustained around age 4.

6 // Touch up curls

Using my Hot Tools curling wand, I touch up any curls that might’ve lost their bounce in the last 24 hours. Using a smaller curling wand on Day 1 helps my curls hold, so I spend a few minutes on the front pieces and any pieces in the back that might have a slight crease.

Second Day Hair

7 // Defrizz and hairspray

Finally, I use a very light spritz of Moroccan Argan Oil to battle frizz a little bit more. I spray my hands and then lightly rub it through the ends. I use OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and I find it at Target! Another light dusting of Redken Quick Dry 18 and I’m out the door!

Second Day Hair

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil and Redken Quick Dry 18 can both be found at Target!

By Day 3, I’m usually rocking a messy bun, or at the very least, pinning my hair half up. On the days I wear my hair half up, I follow all of these same steps. I also follow these steps on days I straighten my hair, I just skip the curling step. Obviously. 🙂

Second Day Hair

Question: Do you rock second day hair after a workout, or do you start from scratch?



Spring Beauty Favorites

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It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of the first week of April! Spring is here and summer is well on its way. Around this time of the year, many people, myself included start to freshen up their beauty routines. Here you’ll find some new additions to my beauty routine that have quickly become spring beauty favorites!

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Spring Beauty Favorites

My beauty routine is pretty simple and I try to keep it that way. Every now and then I’ll mix it up, but for the most part, I try to only spend about 20 minutes a day getting ready between both my hair and makeup. That said, these products help me get it done quickly!

1 // Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

This is a perfect gentle cleanser! Its thick, creamy texture gives back a lot of moisture, but leaves my skin feeling so fresh and clean. I am typically a facial scrub girl (I still use one about every other day!), but this is probably my favorite facial cleanser I’ve ever used.

Spring Beauty Favorites Burt's Bees

2 // Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant

In recent years, I’ve become more aware of ingredients in my every day products. I picked up my first stick of aluminum free deodorant and have been pleasantly surprised with it. I’m using the fresh apricot scent and it smells great! For me, it doesn’t last the full 24 hours, but that’s usually not a huge deal breaker. I can stand to make it through my 5 a.m. workout without smelling like fruit. I also haven’t noticed myself sweating anymore than when I use standard deodorant.

Spring Beauty Favorites Tom's of Maine

3 // Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Who doesn’t love Neutrogena? One of the hardest things for me in my adult life has been establishing a nighttime skin care routine. I don’t want multi-step and complicated. I want something I can slap on my face in 10 seconds and crawl in bed. This cream is about as basic as it gets. It also doesn’t feel super heavy, which I like.

Spring Beauty Favorites

4 // tarte Maneater Mascara

This is my new favorite mascara! It’s the type with the spiky brush, so it really spreads your lashes out. It reminds me a lot of Benefit They’re Real!, but I found that line to be very harsh on my eyelashes. This is much more gentle, but just as pretty. I’m a big fan of tarte products, and I’ll definitely be purchasing this again.

Spring Beauty Favorites

5 // pixi by petra Endless Silky Eye Pen

I’m always hunting for the perfect eye liner. This one that I picked up at Target is definitely true to its name. It’s so silky when it glides on and it stays all day! Eye liner plays a key role in helping me look awake during the day. This reminds me a lot of Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye pencils, but at a better price point.

Spring Beauty Favorites

Your turn: What additions and refreshes are you making to your beauty routine this spring?

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