Updated Makeup Routine

Hi Everyone! I have been getting a lot of questions about my makeup, what I use, and how I use it recently, so I figured I would answer all of your questions here!

I also posted a video of how I use all of these products! Just click HERE!

I recently changed it up about 2 weeks ago and I am loving both how my skin looks and feels with makeup and how it reacts to it after I take the makeup off!

My Skin

I have dry, combination, acne-prone skin for reference. So if you have this kind of skin, then the face makeup I use is the stuff for you! I will link everything I use throughout this post, so don’t worry if you want to shop while you read!

Let’s Get Started!

Face Prep:

To prep my face before I even apply makeup, I use the Tula Discovery Kit. I am telling you guys, this kit has changes my skin for the better!

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I have recently been using the Elizabeth Mott “Thank Me Later” face primer. It claims to be Pore-minimizing, Mattifying, and Long-lasting! I got a small sample in an Ipsy bag a couple months ago, and it has lasted me so long. The smallest amount goes a long way!

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My skin type: I have dry, acne-prone skin, so I like to wear full coverage foundation that keeps my skin hydrated. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation is the foundation that I always have some of because it is my staple, I wear it in shade Light-Medium Neutral. Recently I have been trying to expand my foundation horizons and found the Nars Natural Radient Foundation in Deauville or Vienna, or I mix the two depending on how tan I am. This foundation is full-coverage for a minimal amount of product. It stays on and doesn’t define some lines that i have on my face either! It also doesn’t feel like I am wearing a full coverage foundation! unadjustednonraw_thumb_125 unadjustednonraw_thumb_126 Shop Now!                                                                      Shop Now!


So I wasa huge fan of the L’Oreal Age Rewind concealer and then I hopped on the Tarte Shape-Tape concealer and I LOVE both, so I still totally recommend those, but since I descovered the Maelle Secret Illuminator, I am OBSESSED. It covers what I want it to cover and it BRIGHTENS my face where I want it brightened. I cannot recommend this stuff enough.

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Setting Powder:

This powder is the best I’ve ever used & it’s affordable!

Coty AirSpun Loose Face Powder


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Maelle Sunkissed Bronzer This bronzer is so stinkin’ pretty, so pigmented, and it can also be used as a blinding highlighter! UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_129.jpg

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I usually use the Tarte blush in “quirky”, but I started using the Kaliedo Cosmetics blush in “Caroline” and I have been loving it! This one is under $10! unadjustednonraw_thumb_12a

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I used the Maelle Sunkissed Bronzer again for a GORGEOUS highlight! unadjustednonraw_thumb_129

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I swear by the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade! I have been using it for about 4 years and haven’t strayed away! I use it in the shade “Chocolate”. unadjustednonraw_thumb_12c

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I don’t do my eyeshadow as much as I used to, but when I do, I use the original Tartlette Pallete by Tarte and the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe pallete every time. I highly recommend these! Check out my video to see what I use in these palletes! unadjustednonraw_thumb_12d unadjustednonraw_thumb_12e Shop Now!                                                              Shop Now!  


I love Better Than Sex by Too Faced, but the two that I have been loving even more lately are the Lash Paradise by L’Oreal and the Above and Beyond Mascara by Maelle. unadjustednonraw_mini_12f unadjustednonraw_thumb_130 Shop Now!  Shop Now!

Lip Color:

Kopari Lip Glossy – Shop Now! Pixi By Petra LipLift – Shop Now! Revlon Ultra HD Matte – Shop Now! Maelle Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lip unadjustednonraw_thumb_131

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Setting Spray:

The best setting spray I’ve ever used! Morphe Continuous Setting Mist UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_132.jpg

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  Let me know what you think and if you try any of these products out! I hope I am some help and make sure to check out my video!

Stay curious & kind


My Recent “Empties”

So a lot of people review their “favorites” and I also do that! But I think actually going through a WHOLE product speaks wonders. To me it means that it really is worth getting and using since I used the whole thing until it was empty! So I figured I’d share my recent “empties” with you! If you have any more questions that I don’t answer, then please let me know! I LOVE TALKING TO YOU GUYS!! That’s my favorite part about this whole blogging process!

Plus! The holidays are coming up, so maybe these products could be a good gift as well!


Click on the name of the products to go to the website!

  1. Morphe Continuous Setting Mist ($15)


THIS STUFF IS MAKEUP CANDY! I can’t get enough of it. George got this for me when I mentioned seeing it in a Jaclyn Hill video about two months ago and I already have two empties! I have never used a better setting spray that seriously makes me feel comfortable wearing a full face of makeup all day. I usually spray it on twice. Once, let it dry, then again and I get going. This is probably my favorite empty out of all of these that I’ll talk about!

If you have any makeup lovers (or you are yourself) BUY THIS! IT’S AMAZING!

2. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25)UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b4

I think that I have purchased about 4 of these since they announced this mascara a couple of years ago. I will be honest and say that this is my SECOND favorite mascara of all time (following Better Than Sex by Two Faced). I usually use those two together. But if you’re looking for a very natural look, using this alone is KEY. It lengthens and seperates perfectly and it’s perfect for days that you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup.

3. Nomad Highlight in Midnight Sun ($17) <— Full product, not this small vvv


I got this mini sample size in an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago! I think it was 4 or 5 months ago that I got it and it has lasted me this long! You use so little and it really makes an impact! I’m using the Morphe Mini Highligher ($7) in Spark (which I also got from Ipsy) right now, and I would honestly say that I like the Morphe one more, but up until I started using the Morphe, this was my go-to highlight!

4. Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer ($24)


I will be completely honest. I don’t use eyeshadow primer everyday. Probably like once a week when I do a BIG eyeshadow look. Eyeshadow primer definetly works wonders, but sometimes I’m just too lazy. That being said, I think I had this primer for about a year and a half. The smallest amount goes a long way and it really does keep the shadow from creasing and it stays in place!

5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder ($24)UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b3

So I have 1. super dry skin 2. anal about my makeup creasing 3. hate flashback in pictures. & this product helped with all of those problems! It makes your pores so much less visable and I just feel comfortable and light wearing it!

7. Jersey Shore Balm in Peppermint ($10)UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b2

So! I am pretty high strung with moisturizing my lips! Especially in the winter! I have had two of these lip balms. This one and one in lavender. THE BEST PART!: They’re made with essential oils! I use this one in the morning, I use the lavender before bed and I use my Kopari Lip Glossy during the day! This peppermint one just wakes me up and I don’t usually have to worry about moisturizing my lips until about 1 pm when I apply it around 6 a.m.!

6. Marios Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($14) <— for 8 fl oz, not 2!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b7

I am ALWAYS on the hunt for good skincare since I battle with pretty annoying adult acne. This has been a product I have been using since one of my college roommates, Jeslyn, used it! And I have loved it ever since! I usually use it as a second cleanser. So I usually use my Philosphy Microdilivery Exfoliating Face Wash ($28) (<– but tends to be on sale at Ulta) first, and then use this second, and my face feels AMAZING! I had this for about 5 months and this was only the 2 oz bottle!

6. S factor Sily Smooth Moisture Serum ($23.50)


You guys!!!!! THIS. STUFF. SAVED. MY. HAIR. AND!!!! It lasted me over two years!!! This is my secret to dying my hair since I was 16 and having healthy hair. Nowadays, I’ll be honest, my hair is a lot more dry since I started using bleach to get lighter, BUT before that, it was healthy and strong for 5 years! I highly recommend. I just put a pump all over my hair and ends and it works wonders!! This brand in general has been amazing for my hair.

7. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream ($84) UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_ae

Okay. So. I know this is pretty pricey, but here me out. I had this fragrance for 5 years. Literally one spray at the beginning of each day, and I got complements allll day. If you want to invest in a very fresh-scented fragrance, then I highly recommend.

Right now, I am using Acqua di Gioia  and that is also a very fresh-scented perfume!

Those are all of my empties! I hope this helped with ideas!



Listening to: anything Lauv

Drinking: CoffeeOverCardio Saturdaze! (discount code: 10annax)

Reading: You Are A Baddass 

Looking forward to: THIS WEEK! IT’S THANKFUL WEEK!

Working on: devloping and expanding this blog and my Instagram page. If anyone has any suggestions, PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE let me know!!


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! I am so freaking thankful for you all!