it takes a village

A very dear friend who’s sees my face everyday said to me earlier this week: “Your skin looks great today.” hmmm. I sarcastically replied, (because I can not take a compliment), “I have a pound of makeup on.” She then proceeded to take a closer look. Like really close. “No you don’t.” “Oh yes, yes i do. I’m just really good at it.” (when I have 7-9 minutes extra at 5:30am). “Wow” she said. I said, “Yes. I know right?”

OK. I’m exaggerating a teeny bit. I don’t look like Tammy Faye Baker pre or post cry. Let me explain. I don’t get a lot of sleep. Or restful hours. No need to feel bad. Mostly its self-inflicted. Like a lot of you out there, I work full-time outside of the home 5 days a week. I have 2 children who still need/want pretty much everything done for them. And I still do some things that they, well at least the 9-year-old should do himself like make his own breakfast… They both are very active in sports and activities. My husband and I are pretty active outside of work as well. We do stuff. A lot of stuff in one day, a week, a weekend. And I go to bed late like all the time even if I tell myself in the am that I’m sooo going to bed early. I mean I’m writing this at 10:00pm on a Thursday for God’s sake. No one is paying me to do so. I like my nighttime without the kids as much as I like my weekend days and weeknight evenings with them. TV, Magazines, Blogs, Pinterest, FB and Insta just like the rest of you….

All of that adds up to me, not so cute at 5am. I have kind of under-hydrated skin to begin with all year-long, and some bags that are sooooo not designer ones under my eyes. You know all the things that JLo pays to have never happen to her. So I wear the war paint. And I’m getting pretty good at it.

I’m not even going to talk about anything fancy here. Not even going to go into the mascara or lip color really. Just a day in the life of how I even out a not so even and under-hydrated face. 9 months out of the year, I do not have that fresh off the beach in the Bahamas at sunset glow. (Ha! In my head it’s a Bahama glow but really, the other three months it’s more like freckles and a sporty soccer mom tan.)

So on any given Wednesday I use this stuff:


HAAA! Ladies, I don’t use all of it at once but a combo of like 4 things, religiously.

#1 YSL Touche éclat UNDER MY EYES and sometimes on my eyelids. MAGIC. Find it here:

#2 Clinique concealer to dot those uneven reddish spots on my chin and around my nose. Find it here:

#3 Nars Sheer Glow Foundation AMAZING. Find it here:

#4 Mac Bronzer or Nars Bronzer (I like Laguna best)



Find them here

#5 Nars Blush in Torrid (for me that color works best)


Find it here

All this and my winter spirits are lifted slightly because everything is even and it doesn’t really feel like I’m wearing anything. It lasts all day and believe me I run around like mad at and after work. After that it’s a little mascara and some nude lipstick or gloss and that is Work Face. (disclaimer: This work face below includes a pink YSL lip stain instead of the normal Chanel or Bobbi nude. I needed a little pink that day ;))


Find it here:

And that’s 4 days till 40. xo friends!


Published by carin

2 kids, husband, dog, house, family, friends, styling, entertaining, decorating, beach, sun, fun.......working, cleaning, scheduling, Soccer and Lax mom, dropping off, picking up, working cleaning, scheduling.....Gorgeous Chaos.

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