5 Must Haves: Ready in a Flash

December 1, 2011

Meet Victoria! An Austin native, this gorgeous gal moved to LA for undergrad and then to San Francisco for culinary school, where she’s been since 2006. I found her blog, vmac & cheese, this fall and was instantly smitten by her fantastic taste and frequent posts on food, design and more. She’s someone I’m instantly drawn to as her passion for life shines so vividly through her images and words. When reading her about page, I realized we both have an infinity for navy blue, flea markets, vintage sparkle and j. crew (though who doesn’t for the two later mentioned items?!). Oh, and food, duh. But we differ in that she can create dishes, I merely just like to eat them!

I’m honored that she’s put together this absolutely fantastic post about five must haves to be out the door in 15 minutes. Many of these products are new to me, which is even more exciting. In her words, here are Victoria’s must haves…

Hey (not-so) Average Girls! I’m Victoria from vmac+cheese and am so excited to be here today to share five must-haves with you. When I sat down to think of my items, I kept gravitating back to stuff I use in the morning. Then I realized, that’s probably because I always hit the snooze button for just a little too long, and rely on products that work well and can get me out the door in a flash! Of course, there’s a bit more to my morning routine than you see here, but on days when I’m running very late, these are definitely the five must haves that I’ll squeeze in extra time for.

1. Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum. This is a new discovery for me, but I can already tell you it will be a staple in my beauty repertoire for a long time. You apply the serum after cleansing but before moisturizing. It dries almost instantly, and leaves your skin feeling smooth, firm, and over time, with a noticeable glow. I don’t really like to wear a lot of foundation or powder, so it’s super important for me to start off with great skin as a base. Combined with my moisturizer (here’s what I’m currently using), my skin is looking awesome these days!

2. RMS Un-Cover Up. I’m in love love love with Rose Marie Swift’s line of natural makeup products. I’ve talked about their products many times, but really, it’s because I truly think they’re awesome. Too often you try a product that’s “natural” and find that the product isn’t as good as “conventional.” That’s so not the case with her makeup line. This concealer goes on quickly, blends seamlessly and is actually GOOD for your skin. I dot a little over any blemishes or uneven areas, and it lasts all day.

3. Jane Iredale bronzer in sunbeam. I like this bronzer because it also has a bit of blush color in it. A quick sweep over the cheeks and you look luminous. It really wakes up your complexion! I use bronzer all year round, not just in the summertime, and I think it makes a huge difference in the way I look.

4. I can’t leave the house without mascara. Lately I’ve just been using Maybelline’s Great Lash. It’s a classic for a reason…it works!

5. On days when I’m running late, a ponytail or a bun has to suffice. Goody spin-pins can help keep your hair in a bun all day. The look is so chic and effortless, no one will EVER know you were jammed for time that morning.

Presto! You’re presentable in just a few short minutes.

 Thanks for having me today, Alyson, and be sure to visit my blog!

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  • http://baylorsays.blogspot.com [email protected]

    Great picks!! I’ve just recently learned how to multi-task a really great cream foundation as a concealer and that I only need a little where I need it. Life changing information, and not really what you are talking about here, but the RMS looks like a great product in that vein. LOVE spin pins, love.

    I also enjoy your blog Victoria!

  • http://fashiontruffles.blogspot.com viv

    These are all really great suggestions. I do not leave my house without applying mascara. Ever.
    Found you via vmac+cheese and am now following! :)

    • Alyson

      Thanks for following, Viv! Eager to check out your blog, too. Oh, and Never without mascara: and now, I’m loading up the eyeliner more and more. Really defines the eyes!

  • http://marionberrystyle.blogspot.com Marionberry Style

    Love this post Victoria! I have actually been searching for a quality serum (right now I’m going through a few samples and I’m not really loving when I am trying) so I’ll DEFINITELY give the Juice Beauty Serum a try! :-)

    I’m also loving your blog Alyson! :-) Very cute and some fantastic ideas/inspiration!! You’ve got a new fan…

    XO - Marion

    • Alyson

      Marion: thanks so much for stopping by! Great to connect with you through Victoria… I’m eager to try the serum as well, and to check out your blog.

  • http://www.mydressyways.com My Dressy Ways

    I have a new blog obsession! Her blog is BEAUTIFUL!

  • http://fashionbyalicia.com Fashion By Alicia

    Great picks!! I love spin pins so much right now. I have been very lazy with my hair!!

  • http://designstiles.me designstiles

    Love vmac. Spin-pins. Never seen those. I’m intrigued. I also like the idea of a glow with that serum.

  • http://stripesandsequins.com Grace - Stripes & Sequins

    These are great! And I absolutely LOVE Victoria’s style + blog (obviously!)

  • http://loveallthingsbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com Aubrey

    Love hearing about people’s beauty must haves…I have been thinking of trying those spin pins…I’m going to have to now! I’m pretty sure I’m always running behind! (c:

  • http://hrcktheherald.wordpress.com HRCK

    I’ve seen these bobby pins around, but I can’t say that I really understand how they work. You just jam a spiral in your hair and it holds?

  • http://www.popchampagneblog.com pop champagne

    love your picks! the maybelline’s mascara is one of my fav mascaras, it totally works for me :D

  • http://thealternativebride.blogspot.com/ Dawn {The Alternative Wife}

    Ah Victoria you’re gorgeous! I’ll have to give those spin-pins a shot :) xoxo

  • http://Shoestring-fashion.blogspot.com Lisa

    Great picks! I’m going to try that bronzer. I’ve been using great lash recent as well and you’re right - it is a classic for a reason!

  • http://www.vmacandcheese.com victoria | vmac+cheese

    Thanks for having me yesterday, Alyson!! I used 1, 2, 3 and 4 this morning as I hustled out the door and thought of all of you. : )

    • Alyson

      awww, i am absolutely so flattered to have had you guest post!! looking forward to getting to know you better in 2012! :)

  • http://www.gamedaystylist.com Sara @ Gameday Stylist

    I’m going to have to try those spin pins!

    - Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  • http://www.pencilskirtsandlattes.com/ Pencil Skirts and Lattes

    I am an AVID user of spin pins!!! these are great tips! :)


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