An Uncomplicated Life Blog: 5 Must Have Beauty Items...

Friday, May 29, 2015

5 Must Have Beauty Items...

... For The Woman Who Doesn't Wear Makeup

I've said it before - I used to be really into makeup and did a full face everyday... Pre-Henry. Now? Aint nobody got time for that. Also? It's not necessary! I feel just as pretty now as I used to, my makeup routine went from 20 minutes to three minutes and I still catch men doing double takes as I walk by.

If you enjoy playing with makeup, great! If you're like me and don't have the time and/or simply no longer care about it, but want to look good, check out this list of the five items I use to keep myself feeling confident without being over-done:

For the woman who doesn't wear makeup

1) YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils' mascara. I was super skeptical when Influenser sent me a full sized sample to try, but I'm a convert! Yes, it's worth the cost. Especially if you're putting on such little makeup that you want your lashes to truly pop.

2) Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer. I like this formula, coverage and application wand. It's amazing what a little under eye coverage can do to brighten your face! A good concealer, that's the right shade for your complexion, is critical. (I have a winter and a summer shade since my olive skin changes color drastically, even with daily sunscreen.)

3) Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. Nobody does summer heat like Texas, so a powder to absorb all the shine and sheen is necessary - almost year-round. I like this formula because it doesn't make me break out, and the compact can fit in a pocket of my purse. When I apply it at home I use a big powder brush and when I'm on the go, I use the enclosed sponge. Easy-peasy!

4) theBalm INSTAIN Blush. This is the best blush I've ever used, and I'm a bit of a blush snob. The color goes on evenly, the shades are flattering to a wide range of complexions, and the formula stays all day. Concealer brightens your face while blush brings some life to it! Daily blush usage is a game changer.

5) Mirenesse Glossy Kiss. As I aged (I'm 30, can I even say that?) I got more and more into lipsticks. I ran out of patience for my hair sticking to gloss when the smallest breeze would strike! Then after having children, I got more and more into lip stains, because nobody has time to reapply lipstick all day. This is a hybrid - it's a staining lipstick! The color stays, but there's also a sheen to it, and it doesn't dry out your lips. I think every stain says that, and most the time it's BS, but this is legit.

That's it! Those are the five items I wear daily. It takes less than three minutes to put on in the morning and is easy to touch up during the day. These are my go-to items for a no-fuss, low maintenance look for us girls who don't have time or simply don't care about makeup!

Linking up with Amanda, Karli and H54F. Happy weekend!

*These are NOT affiliate links, and I'm in no way being compensated for this post. They're the products I wear and genuinely love!


  1. I LOVE the Instain blushes. I have Argyle and some other one (but I forgot the name). They are super pigmented. I love the Laura Geller blushes for pigment, too!

  2. I'm horrible at branching out and just purchasing new make up without hearing about it first so I love this post!

  3. Great products. I go without makeup a lot of days but it is not necessarily a good thing! Mostly because I live in workout clothes during the week. I LOVE YSL mascara. It has been my favorite for at least 12 years. And, girl, you think 30 is bad...i'm 39! So scary!

  4. This is a great round-up for a no makeup -makeup look!!! I love the mascara and a fun color for the lips!! Happy Friday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. I've gotten more into lipstick as I've gotten older as well. I like stains as well and will for sure have to check that one out. I'm with ya on less is more these days. I'm all about the tinted moisturizer and mascara. 5 min or less and I'm done.

  6. Love the round up! Like you the older I get, the more into lipstick I am. I am definitely pinning this so I know what to get when it is time to go makeup shopping...

  7. In the summer I wear next to nothing on my face and like you said I still feel pretty except in the winter when I'm pale and haven't seen the sun for months I wear more because I look like a vampire. My go tos are also mascara and press powder, can't go wrong with those staples

  8. I love theBalm! Their highlighter is amazing. I don't wear it everyday but it's the best. I've never tried their blush but I bet it's great too.

  9. love this post. ever since you mentioned you wear blush every day as well, i've been trying to dab a little bit on in the morning - it adds like a minute to my routine, and it makes the biggest difference!! i freaking HATE lip glosses. I put it on and then almost immediately wipe it off, I hate the feeling, i hate hair sticking to it.. no. I have been trying more and more lipsticks, but it's not something i do every day. will have to try that lip stain!

  10. I ought to try that concealer; I am looking for a good one. I have been using CoverGirl for years...only because I know that their "classic ivory" shade matches me, and I haven't wanted to bother finding a match with another brand.

  11. Great, I love it! Enjoy the day honey!

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