2.10.2016 – Simple Morning Skin Care Routine

Skin Care

Now, I in no way would say that my skin care routine is perfect. But, never the less… it is a routine and that helps. As I’ve said before, it is so important to wash your face both morning and night for different reasons.

Morning: You’re washing away all the toxins that your body has pushed through the surface during the night, any dead skin cells, etc.

Night: You’re washing away all the impurity from your day, so any bacteria that have surrounded you.

*Remember that you should remove your make up BEFORE  you wash your face. This doesn’t mean that every spec of it comes off, however removing the majority prior to washing your face insures that your face wash can do it’s job. Other wise, it’s having to work to remove the make up and not giving your face any neutralists, vitamins or extras it may have. Essentially you may be using a high dollar cleanser but only getting out of it what a bar soap would have done! (Okay, I’ll stop preaching!)

For myself, I have a different skin care routine in the morning and the evening based on what works best for my skin. I am combination/oily skin type so I tend to do more moisturizing in the evenings when I don’t really care if I look shiny! So, let’s jump in…


Aveeno Foaming

Aveeno – Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, I will dampen my face with warm water and then apply a generous amount of the foam cleanser to my face. Then, I will take a clean wash cloth and dampen it with warm water to remove the cleanser. This is such a refreshing cleanser that wakes me up and always makes my skin feel great.

I tend to not use scrubs in the morning any more, because they would leave my skin red for some time. I reserve those for my night time routine.


Cucumber Cleansing LotionMario Badescu – Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. I will take this on a cotton round and just buff around my face. This leaves your skin feeling so nice and hydrated with out being oily.

Now, some of you will thing this is bazaar but that is my entire morning skin care routine, UNLESS I am using a foundation. 99% of the time I use my beloved It Cosmetics CC+, which has the benefits of a moisturizer built in; and because I am on the oily side I don’t double up or I will look like a greased chicken! However, if I am going to use an actually foundation I will go in with a light weight moisturizer.



Garnier – Moisture Rescue, this is my current favorite moisturizer, leaves your skin feeling hydrated but not oily – as you can tell is always my goal!!

I love keeping it simple in the mornings, normally I’m on auto pilot because I haven’t had coffee yet! What are your favorite morning skin care products? Until Next time…

xoxo H





2.8.2016 – No-Makeup – Makeup

Less is More

I am not some one who needs to wear makeup 24/7, but sometimes when I need to run several errands I do want to feel a little more pulled together than just washing my face and throwing my hair in a bun. But, I also don’t want to go full face glam for the grocery store, and pharmacy. On days like this, this is my go-to-look.


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

Maybelline, Instant Age Rewind – Fair/Light;I will pop a light coat of this under my eyes to neutralize the dark circles and even out my skin tone. I will take whatever is left on my brush and just run it across my T-Zone so that later when I apply my powder it stays on my face better.

Setting Powder

nyx banana powder

NYX,  HD Finishing Powder – Banana; I will set my under eyes with this powder so that it doesn’t move or crease on me.


Stay Matte

Rimmel, Stay Matte – Transparent; This is perfect to just put a light layer all over the face just to make sure that I stay matte and to balance any discoloration I may have going on since on these particular days I do not use a foundation.


elf blush light

Elf, Blush – Light; I have been really loving this palette. I love taking the first shade on the top row and just popping it on my cheek bones for a little pop of pink!


Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara

Tarte, Lights, Cameras, Splashes – Black; This is great to just pop a light layer on the lashes. Just enough to open up the eyes.


Baby Lips - Cherry Me

Maybelline, Baby Lips – Cherry Me; I love using this for moisture with a hint of color. Perfect for this no-makeup – Makeup look!

And that’s it! Very simple, but make me feel a little more pulled together than if I just ran to the store bare faced. I wore this Sunday to run around town with my mom, and loved it! What are your go to minimal makeup products? Until next time.

xoxo – H

2.1.2016 – January Favorites



Ok! Let me just start by saying… it has been FAR too long! Things in my life have been a little crazy, and unfortunately my blog has suffered! But, I’m hoping that most of the chaos has past and I’m back in working order! So, lets jump into some favorite’s shall we?!


With the craziness of the last couple of months I haven’t tried a ton of new products, but here are the things that I have tried and absolutely love!


Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder – This is amazing for setting your under eye concealer. It is pricer than my normal NYX banana powder so I reserve it for special occasions or times when I know that I need my make up to last an extra long time!

Stila Bacci

Stila Stay All Day, Liquid Lip Stick in Bacci – This has become a quick favorite! Such a beautiful color and it really does last ALL day!!! I will put it on at 7:30AM and it will still look intact when I get home at 6PM!

Skin Care

Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub

Mario Badescu, Kiwi Face Scrub – This is an oldie by a goodie for me! I find myself going back to this from time to time, and lately I’ve been grabbing it more and more.

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

Mario Badescu, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion – Also and oldie but a goodie! I just love this line so so much! Such a great and refreshing toner!


Marshmellow Fireside

Bath and Body Works, Marshmallow Fireside – This has been my signature home scent of the last month! If you haven’t had a chance to smell it, you need to!

TV Show

24-logo-105949I’m currently obsessed with 24! It’s such a good show, if you haven’t seen it… I highly recommend!


Currently I’m re-doing my bedding! I’m super excited and I’ll do a post once I’m finished! But it’s been so fun to find affordable items that fit my vision!

Well guys, that’s really all I have for you! This month has been pretty simple, but I’m so excited to be back to blogging! What have your favorites been? Until Next Time…

xoxo H