Friday Fresh Picks: My 5-Minute Face

Friday, November 11, 2016

Over the years, I have steadily streamlined my morning beauty routine, specifically my daily makeup routine. Before I had kids, I seemed to have limitless time to do my makeup, but once I had my daughters. wearing makeup was truly a luxury. On the rare occasions that I did wear it, I still seemed to spend at least 20 minutes on my routine.

These days, I want to look good, but I just don't have the patience or desire to spend even a quarter of an hour on my makeup each day. And honestly, you can look just as good with a 5-minute face as you can with a 30-minute face.

In today's Friday Fresh Picks, I'm sharing the products I use for my 5-minute face. From start to finish, here are the tools you need to look like 5 million bucks in 5 minutes.

1. Obiqo Radiant Day Cream
I don't start the day by cleansing my face. My dermatologist recommends that I rinse with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer prior to any makeup. I started using Obiqo products a few years ago after I reviewed a few body products. I loved the collection so much that I started using the skincare line. Obiqo uses sea kelp and natural antioxidants to enrich skin and boost elasticity. But what I love most about the day cream is that it contains extracts from New Zealand's coastal flora to soothe and calm my skin, which helps tremendously with my rosacea.

2. BareMinerals BARESKIN® Concealer Serum
This is my go-to concealer. It covers flawlessly. I find many concealers to be cakey, but since this one is also a serum, it has moisturizing qualities that keep it from being heavy. I dot this on red spots and blotches.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Concealing Cream
This has replaced my everyday foundation. It goes on evenly and covers my redness like a charm...and lasts all day! Many foundations tend to crease and crack as the day wears on, but this products says smooth all day.

4. BeautyBlender®
I use the BeautyBlender to blend the concealer and the concealing cream. If you aren't using a blending sponge, you should be. They are amazing. I use the Original BeautyBlender®, and it really is worth the $20. I like the get the pointed end slightly damp and then start blending. The ever so slight addition of water really aids in the blending and smoothing process.

5. e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder
This powder not only sets my makeup but it also neutralizes redness and adds a matte finish. The four colors in the palette can be blended together or used on their own.

6. e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
This has got to be the best Kabuki brush at this price point (only $6). It sets powder perfectly and can be used with both dry and wet products.

7. Sephora Eye Brow Brush/Comb
I use this brush to comb my brows into place before using a light filler. Once the filler is on, I use the brush to blend the filler.

8. Maybelline® Eye Studio® Brow Define + Fill Duo
This pencil has become my go-to for defining and filling in my brows. It comes in several shades. I use the light brown one since my brows are a bit darker than my hair color.

9. NARS Eyeshadow (Shade: Abyssinia)
I have very veiny eyelids, and as a result, I always wear eyeshadow. I like a shade that closely resembles my natural skin tone, and Abyssinia is it! It is a little pricey, but the coverage is awesome and lasts all day.

10. Benefit They're Real! Lash Primer and MAC False Lashes Mascara
This is currently my favorite primer and mascara combo. I am always finding new mascaras that I love, but right now, MAC False Lashes is my favorite. I received a sample from Sephora and ended up buying a full size tube.

11. Trish McEvoy Lip Perfector Conditioning Balm
No look is complete without the finishing touch: lipstick. Trish McEvoy's Lip Perfector Conditioning Balm is like magic. It adds the perfect amount of color to the lips. If a natural look is what you are after, this is the product for you. It matches the natural pigment in your lips to give you a natural and flattering tint without being too dark or too light.

*Occasionally, I use a luminizer to brighten my cheeks and eye area. When I do, I use Trish McEvoy Luminizer.


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