Back to School Beauty Favorites

I got so many questions about this makeup look the other day when I posted it to my Instastories that I thought I would write a Back to School Beauty Favorites based on it. Lets face it–the kids might have gone back to school this week but the summer heat isn’t going anywhere until late September. Some of these products I’ve used faithfully during the hotter months in years prior but the one’s marked with an (*) are new products I’ve fallen in love with this summer.

I have three products I’v become particularly obsessed with: The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (it’s the best foundation I’ve found for oily skin and doesn’t break up on my chin); Coty Airspun Powder (It smells like my great grandma but honestly it’s better than the Laura Mercier Powder. GASP! and it’s only $6); Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick (it’s the perfect dupe for the new Marc Jacobs Gloss Sticks and it is sooo freaking beautiful and sexy on the lips. It’s not sticky or tacky and feels light as chapstick. I’m OBSESSED!)



Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation / Bone 1W1 *

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer / Fair Neutral 12N

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Refillable Pan / Lucid

Coty Airspun Powder / Transulcent *

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion / 10M Honey *

Milani Baked Blush / Berry Amour 03

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder / Pale Pearl


Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer / Taupe

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes / 817 *

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara / Waterproof Blackest Black *


Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner / Natural 049

Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick / Baddest Beige *

Maegan — xx

Spring Beauty Roundup: Mama Approved

I could not be more excited for Spring! Temperatures are rising, there’s more sun, more daylight, more time outside with Baby E! The warmer temps also gives me more reason to ransack my beauty cabinet and rotate old products out for new ones! This spring I find myself a busy mama with an infant and I just don’t have as much time to preen as I used to. This year I’m focusing on versatile products to get as much bang for my time as I do my buck! And now, more than ever, I really think about everything I’m putting on my body because what touches my skin touches my daughters skin. And she is so so sensitive to boot!  So this spring my beauty round up is not only fresh and glamorous but mom approved–even for high maintenance mamas like me! Here are my top warm weather, mama approved, beauty picks!

1.  – Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette  This is the best eyeshadow palette you will buy all year. These are the creamiest, pigmented eyeshadows I have ever used. The color payoff is so versatile from a wash of color to intense, vibrant payoff. Not to mention the price point is perfect–thirty-five colors for $38–and the pan sizes are huge. This palette will take you through spring all the way to fall. Seriously. I’m not even using any other eye palette right now! Also, it’s a one stop palette. Check out Jaclyn’s YouTube channel or Google “Jaclyn Hill Palette Eye Look” for lots of different eye looks. From sweet and natural, to warm smokey, or full on glam there is nothing this palette can’t do–the possibilities are endless!

2. – I tried this MORPHE Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge for the first time a few days ago and can I just say–WOW. I’ve used MORPHE’s regular beauty sponge before but this baby is a game changer. You can do it all with this sponge: foundation, concealer, powder baking, contour, and highlight. Because of the way the edge is chiseled it is the ultimate sponge. This is also a great tool for mom’s because it’s an all in one tool. When I don’t have a lot of time I choose this sponge over my face brushes because it is quicker and I’m only reaching for one tool instead of five. And for $7 it’s extremely affordable. It’s a game changer.

3. — L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara  in Blackest Black. This mascara is the perfect dupe for Too Faced Better than Sex mascara at a fraction of the cost. And yes, the waterproof version is actually better. You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s so popular it’s sometimes hard to find! Busy mama tip: Stock up on these when your local Target or Ulta runs a buy one get one half. You’ll thank me later.

4 — Savvy Minerals Lip Gloss by YOUNG LIVING in Embrace and Abundant If you’re looking for a natural lip gloss that’s also beautiful look no further. It’s made with natural ingredients and is not tested on animals. It’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, bismuth, talc, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants. Need I say more? Baby E has the most sensitive skin and I can kiss her cheeks all day with stuff and it doesn’t break out her delicate skin. I am so so careful about what touches her skin and I love that I can kiss her sweet little chubby cheeks guilt free with this Savvy lip gloss! I love wearing it when I’m throwing a hat on and running out the door or with a smokey eye. It’s natural looking and somewhere between sheer to medium coverage. It applies flawlessly without the sticky tacky feeling of other glosses–which I love–and has a great peppermint smell! Baby cheeks approved! You can purchase this lip gloss directly from YOUNG LIVING at the link above or you can join our team as a member and get the lip gloss plus the entire Savvy Minerals Makeup line at a discount!

5 — URBAN DECAY De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray  If you’re an oily mama like me–pun intended–then you know when the warmer months hit this stuff is essential for a flawless all day makeup look. And as a busy mama I don’t have time to worry or fuss over my makeup. I need to get it on and go! This spray keeps my makeup from breaking up and running off my face all day. It also keeps my face from getting shiny. URBAN DECAY makes another setting spray called All Nighter but De-Slick is better for oily skin in my opinion–it does a better job for me.

6 — Flower Cosmetics Petal Pout Velvet Matte Lipcolo in Pink Orchid This budget friendly lipstick is UH-MAZING! I talked about this lipstick on my insta-stories a while back and I still feel just as strongly about it. The color selection reminds me a lot of Tom Ford and they have similar textures and consistencies. The pigmentation is amazing with a wide range of neutrals and bold colors. I love the matte formulation the best but they are both great and for $6 a pop you can afford more than one! Budget friendly and amazing quality don’t happen very often but Drew Barrymore does it here. I love a good pop of color for spring and this season I’m gravitating towards bright pinks, yellow reds, and orange-y corals.

7 — Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder As with the De-Slick Setting Spray above this a must have product all year round for me–especially during the spring and summer months. I always set my makeup with this powder because it mattifies my skin and soaks up any extra oil. This is especially a problem when the temperatures start to climb. This powder is pricey but it last me at least six months. Apply with a light hand to avoid looking cakey and powdery. I never put on makeup without this powder because I know I can set my face and not have to worry about transferring my foundation onto my clothes or baby E. Best powder for mamas with oily skin for sure!

8 — YOUNG LIVING Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter I can’t get enough of this vegan body butter. It is the most delicious, limy-y, beachy, juicy smelling body butter I’ve ever used in my life. I feel like I’m rubbing a margarita on my body. And there is absolutely NO FAKE COCONUT SMELL. It’s like a tropical getaway in a tub. I want to eat this every time I slather this stuff on and I guess I actually could. As a mama who’s always on the lookout for natural products I can use on my body I am so ecstatic to have found this stuff! Made without parabens, petrochemicals, colorants, or animal-derived ingredients, this vegan body butter is filled with skin-loving ingredients like mango and cupuacu butter. Mama approved right here! As with the Savvy Lip Gloss above, you can purchase this body butter directly from YOUNG LIVING at the link or you can join our team as a member and get it at a discount in a wellness box that comes right to your door every month!

There you have it! I’m so excited for Spring–if only the weather would cooperate! I would love to know what your spring beauty picks are! Leave your picks and suggestions in the comments below!