how to: that no-makeup makeup look.

No Makeup Makeup Look
how in the world is it already the weekend? i swear it does not feel like i’ve already been out here in LA for a month! everyone warned me it was going to fly by, but i didn’t think anything of it. i’m just trying to soak it all in a much as i can before it’s over.
with that being said, i have been trying to not take as long in the morning to get ready. why waste an hour and a half or more doing your hair & makeup when you can be out and about?! so i have been loving that no-makeup makeup look for days that i just want to get out the door. it’s fast (15 minutes or less fast!) and leaves you with a youthful, glowing look that i know we all want.
i mean who doesn’t want to look good “without” makeup?

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easy everyday skincare routine + the BEST eye masks.

ladies (& gents if you are reading, hello!), i’m pretty sure i have found THE BEST & THE SIMPLEST skincare routine, and it uses only FIVE products. can you tell i’m excited?
just to preface, i’ve never had super acne-prone skin. i do tend to get pesky breakouts around that time of the month (go hormones!!) but nothing too bad. my skin can get very dry very quickly (except my dang t-zone), so i always have to remember to moisturize like crazy. this goes for you too my oily skin babes. my trouble spot has always been my under eye area…bags, dark circles, dry skin you name it. i blame it on my night owl nature, aka me just staying up way too late bingeing on netflix.
alright let’s jump into this routine.
1. makeup remover & cleanser
i finally decided to give this micellar water trend a try, and boy am i glad i did! it removes makeup and cleanses your skin all in one. give the garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water a try.
2. wash / acne treatment
my doctor told me about the panoxyl wash when i told her about my breakouts. she swears by it and said that she recommends it to all her patients, so i decided to give it a try at the beginning of this year. typically, my skin will become immune, for lack of a better word, to whatever face wash i’m using, causing me to switch every month or so. but i’ve been using this product for six months now, and i don’t think i’ll ever go back.
3. moisturize
i almost always use two moisturizers at night. a more concentrated one for my under eyes & neck and another for my whole face. my basic go-to moisturizer is the neutrogena oil free lotion. i don’t personally like using a moisturizer with spf because they tend to be way more oily.
for my under eyes, i’m currently burning through a mini jar of l’occitane “immortelle” precious cream, but my drugstore fav that i stupidly left in stillwater is the olay active botanicals. it’s soooo moisturizing.
4. masks
alright, i saved the best for last. i started using the oxygen eye masks from VII Code only a couple weeks ago and i can already tell a difference. let me give you a little run down about this product. unlike most masks, this is an 8-hr overnight eye mask. i put them on after moisturizing right before i go to bed and fall asleep with them on no problem. they are designed to allow oxygen to flow through to your skin, which promotes healthy cell growth in that stubborn under eye area.
my absolute favorite part about these masks is the gel like material that sits on your skin. it is so cooling and refreshing! you know when you flip your pillow over to the cold side? it’s like that! lol
i use these bad boys 2-3 times a week, & i better get another box because i’m about out!
(VII Code suggests using three boxes for a full treatment.)
well there you have it! my secrets are out..but what fun are secrets anyways? sharing is caring, am i right, ladies?
before i sign off, a huge thanks to VII Code for sponsoring today’s post!
and because they are so great, they gave me a discount code to share with you all so you can save some moneyyy!
use code: N6SS936Z (valid through june 20)
try out the products from this routine and let me know what you think! it’s great because almost all of them are drugstore products (ya girl’s ballin on a budget over here), but they are still fantastic!
alright, it’s way past my bedtime…talk to you later, lovebugs!


my current favorite lipsticks.

hi, my name is emily and i’m obsessed with lip products.

*hi, emily*
i should have seen this coming back when i was obsessed with lip balm in high school. lol
burt’s bees has nothing on eos, let me tell ya.
right now i’m all about matte nudes and the “your lips but better” colors, which sound kind of boring but they are so pretty on. i wish i liked pinks and bright fun colors, but they just don’t look all that great with my skin tone ( & pinks make my teeth look yellow…we can’t have that! ).
i blame this all on freakin kylie jenner and her dang liquid lipsticks.
now i know the title of this post says “lipsticks,” but we must not discriminate. i guess i should have used the word “products” instead. oh well!
i picked out 6 of my current go-to lip-whatevers to show you ladies today.
( if you follow me on snap, i’m pretty sure you’ve seen all of these within the past week! )
personal disclaimer so that you know you can trust me:
when it comes to lip colors i’m typically very picky. not just about color but i also take in opacity, texture, finish, longevity into consideration. your girl doesn’t want goopey, sticky, sheer, “oops i need to reapply five times a day” lipstick. so once i find the brands that i like, i stick to them because they’re usually pretty consistent across the board.
alright, alright, let’s get to it!
top photo is shaded – bottom photo is in direct sunlight
[ L-R : literally / cannes / stripdown / mauve / taupe / chocoholic ]
first up is probably the pinkest color you’ll see me wear. is “pinkest” a word? haha
this is a nyx soft matte lip cream in “cannes” and I LOVE IT. the texture is nice and creamy, yet light at the same time, and dries to a nice matte finish that lasts! i swear it doesn’t even feel like you have anything on!

next up is a couple lip liners. i’ve really been digging lip liners recently for a few reasons. they are always insanely pigmented and they have the staying power of a sharpie! okay, maybe not as permanent as a sharpie, but you get my point.
my faves have been “stripdown” from mac and “mauve” from nyx. both perfect neutral matte shades that work great for day or night time!

now onto actual lipsticks ( finally! ) i chose “taupe” also from mac and “chocoholic” from maybelline.
fun fact #1: “taupe” was my very first mac lipstick purchase…like this tube…like i bought this a month ago. why no one ever made me purchase a mac lipstick sooner i have no idea…some friends y’all are. (JK I LOVE YOU!)
but seriously the formula is amazing and this color is even more amazing. i can’t tell you how many compliments i have received while wearing this!
fun fact #2: i just bought “chocoholic”. how is it in a favorites post already you ask? well, i’ve been looking for a good chocolate brown color for a while and when i saw this one the other day i knew it was bound to be a favorite. maybelline is hands down the best drugstore brand for lipsticks, in my opinion. so basically i’m just telling you that come fall i’ll be wearing this non-stop.

last but most certainly not least is a gloss. now typically i’m not a gloss girl, but the kylie cosmetic glosses just looked too good…so i bought one in “literally”. and let me tell you girl, i haven’t regretted a day since. these are FAB. crazy pigmented and they taste good. it’s a win win. 😉

what are your favorite lip products right now? i’d love to try out some new ones!