Today’s beauty inspired post is from Katie of Martinis and Mascara, who this year was runner up in an Allure Best Beauty Blogger contest. Amazing, right?? What do I adore about Katie? The list is fairly long as I’ve known her for years through our other worlds — she’s a reporter and I spend my days pitching her events and stories! — yet she never even mentioned her amazing blog; she’s just so low-key and sweet! The secret is out after she spilled about how she got to raid Allure’s beauty closet (umm, hello this!), so I pretty much made her share a post here this week. She did not disappoint! Check this out… 

Hi, Katie here! At any given time I have about 25 lip product tubes collecting at the bottom of my purse. Most are total impulse buys (they always keep the lippies by the register!), but a handful are my tried and true favs. If I narrowed my lip stash down to only five products, these are the beauties that would make the cut. Pack these staples in your kit and you’ll be set for almost any occasion!

Best Lip Finds of 2013

IMAGE Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex
This stuff is magical. I apply it nightly before bed and wake up with supple lips in the morning! IMAGE’s Lip Balancing Complex adds moisture and volume while reducing fine lines. You can use it throughout the day whenever you need a serious moisture surge, too. It’s a smidge pricier than my other fav finds, but it’s way worth the splurge.

Vaseline Advance Lip Therapy
I prep my lips with this before applying any sort of lip color. It is one of the best products I’ve found to eliminate chapped lips almost instantly. I like the Advanced Lip Therapy in the tube for ease of application, but Vaseline also makes a killer cocoa butter lip therapy variation an adorable mini Vaseline tub. Aww!

Smashbox O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss
This is my go-to quick fix gloss I apply if I need to put together a natural, polished look in a hurry. The non-tacky gloss glides on smooth and morphs into a perfectly personalized pink hue.

Tarte Complexion Brightening Lipstick
I discovered this new lip treat via Glossybox last month. It climbed to the top of my list pretty quickly with good reason! The texture is extremely creamy and the two toned core provides a plumping illusion without the tingling. Tarte offers the complexion brightening lipstick in two shades, one for fair toned gals and one for those with tan skin. Each shade is extremely flattering and great for daytime wear.

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish
The Buxom Big & Healthy lip polishes look beautiful alone or worn atop your favorite lipstick. These sheer glosses plump your pout and provide a high-shine finish with no stickiness. I like to use these to tweak lip colors that might be a little overpowering as well. Have a deep red lipstick that looks a little too harsh on you? Add a swipe of a lighter Buxom Lip Polish to soften and diffuse it. The collection features an expansive range of colors perfect for any occasion. I have just about every shade in the Big & Healthy Polish line, but my absolute favs are Dolly, a flattering shimmery plum, and Katie (go figure!), a soft pale pink.


While my bathroom counter and shower might be loaded up with random beauty samples, don’t get jealous too fast: this mama and business owner x 2 rarely has time to scout out new products, or at least test them enough times in a row to know that they’re as amazing as the claims. You should see the getting ready situation here: always 10 minutes late, daughter clamoring to play make-up and take apart my pretty storage (i.e. this), all while trying to field early morning client emails and blog comments.

While I’m always open to new products, it needs to be pretty spectacular if it’s going to find a permanent home here. Here’s some of my favorite functional, time-saving and tried and true go-to products that I keep going back to… though there’s one newbie in the line-up:


Keep reading for more about these products, and why they’ve become morning beauty essentials. Keep Reading —>>


Ok, guys, big tip: when I met earlier this year with the make-up artist from Pixi (post here), she enlightened me to something very important. While waterproof mascara will definitely help you hold up during a tear-fest movie, a day at the beach or a surprise thunderstorm, it’s also the solution to major mascara staying power!

If you’re someone with long days, trying to battle this intense heat (i.e. make-up practically melting off!) or have a major night out, swap out your regular mascara for waterproof. I double up: I swipe on my favorite regular mascara, and then top with waterproof to help with longevity.  To remove, I’ve started using old classics: Almay make-up remover pad, and this is a favorite, too. Check out these four waterproof mascara favorites, or I’d love if you comment below to share yours.

Best Waterproof Mascara

save:  maybelline great lash waterproof mascara
all-natural: 100% pure fruit pigmented black tea mascara
worthy splurges: benefit bad gal waterproof mascara or diorshow waterproof mascara


beauty buzz: supergoop!

July 18, 2013

I recently discovered Supergoop! via Birchbox (ps: best/most fun $10 monthly purchase) and was immediately hooked. I haven’t felt this way about an entire beauty brand in a long time (ya know, they always have one or two items you love, but everything? Not usually). Looking into it further, I learned everything Supergoop has an SPF but doesn’t come with parabens, chemicals and the other bad stuff. I’m focusing on eating well, and realizing that what’s being absorbed into my skin is just as important. Everything also smells good or neutral; a huge win for a fair girl with a sensitive nose!

The CC cream, with a nearly fluffy/super light-weight texture evens up my complexion, covering up  redness and lines, protects my skin and lasts the day. I’m also obsessed with the acai fusion lip balm and like the save face a.m. moisturizer. It’s on the thicker side yet sinks into skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue. Can you tell I’m hooked? It’s definitely a beauty line worth trying. {ps: everything below is from Nordstrom; free shipping + great return policy}.

line to try: supergoop

cc cream  // mint fusion lip balm // acai fusion lip balm //  continuing mist spray sunscreen // save face a.m. moisturizer  // sample pack

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