How One Product Saved My Beauty Routine

How One Product Saved My Beauty Routine | |

I have been involved in a beauty love affair for over three years now…with bareMinerals makeup. I first discovered bareMinerals when I happened to stumbled into one of their boutiques at my local mall years ago. I was at first hesitant because I hate being forced into conversation with sales people and I didn’t want spend hours talking about makeup – something I didn’t put too much thought into, or invest in, at the time.

The mineral makeup trend

It was 2012 and I was curious about this newfound mineral makeup trend I had seen pop up everywhere. Up until then my makeup routine was, at best, a love/hate relationship. I had tried the liquid foundation but found it to not match my skin tone and was walking around with an obvious more tinted face than the rest of my pale body. I tried brands from both drug stores and larger retail stores such as MAC (whose makeup ladies scare me with the amount of makeup they wear), Sephora, and Ulta, which both would cause my skin to break out. However, I took a chance and decided to see what bareMinerals had to offer a girl like me, with no makeup skills or knowledge, and on that very day I had become a true believer.

Giving in to the makeup lady…

I decided to take a chance and let the kind sales lady do my makeup in the chair. I’m thankful I did because I finally learned how to apply and correctly use their makeup each step from foundation to eye shadow. Although there were a few more steps than I had anticipated, I was happy with the lightweight feeling of mineral makeup vs liquid. I was pleased that I had found something that matched, and complimented, my skin tone and was easy to use. Since then I only use, and highly recommend, bareMinerals to anyone who will listen.

Long story short, today I am so excited to share with you the newest bareMinerals addition to my makeup bag, which is their Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Cream!

I first fell in love with BB cream a few years ago and again flirted with it when I received one in my Birchbox. I enjoyed it so much I decided to buy the full-sized bottle. Eventually I used it all and had yet to reorder any. Then on a trip to San Antonio I stopped into one of bareMinerals’ boutiques to pick up a new blush compact and to check out this new complexion cream that they were advertising. I spoke with the sales lady and once again I wound up in the chair and and before I knew it she was helping me pick out my shade and how to correctly apply it.

One fear of mine was this idea that in using this cream I wouldn’t be able to pair it with the mineral foundation I already have because of the fear of looking like I’m pancake-ing makeup on.


I have been using this cream in addition to my normal makeup routine and have found that it only compliments, if not more-so, my overall look without the affect of feeling and looking like I’m wearing too much makeup…especially in the Texas humidity.

What I love about BB and CC creams are:

+ they’re lightweight, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing anything additional
+ it takes the place of some makeup primers
+ you get an overall skin tone correcting affect
+ it’s smooth, non-oily, and perfect for all skin types
+ you only need a drop for your entire face!

Tips to ensure an effortless face every time:

One aspect to investing in your makeup that I cannot express enough is investing in the tools that are worthwhile and important to applying your makeup perfectly every single day. It’s like when you go to the salon and get a $100+ hair cut and style but not thinking about purchasing the styling tools or products to give you the same look once you go home and attempt it yourself.

What exactly are you investing in? The important factor here is that you are able to recreate what the stylist did, but for yourself. Same goes for makeup. Another consideration is making sure you clean your brushes so that it prolongs the life of your investments (and it’s just about being clean too).

I purchased the brush applicator along with my Complexion Rescue because this brush is designed for applying liquid and does a fabulous job at giving my skin that radiance I had been looking to achieve as well as the perfect overall coverage for the problem areas.

Before and after…

Fresh Faced: As you can tell in my before picture, you can see how I suffer from red spots, uneven skin tone, and I should mention that Texas humidity does nothing for your skin #spoileralert. I also tend to break out around my T-Zone and knew I wanted a light foundation that would easily hide these spots without making the problem worse.

Take a look at my results (click to enlarge)
Before and after photos when using bareMinerals’ new Complexion Rescue! Learn more about this product at
 Just Complexion Rescue: The after photo is just the use of the Complexion Rescue. Isn’t it amazing that in just one step I was able to brighten and soften my complexion AND find a tint that perfectly matches my skin tone? Jackpot.

Full Makeup: The final photo is me with my finished overall look. I personally wear a more natural palette, which is great for the day-to-day. Being a mom, it’s not guaranteed I even wear makeup so having a quick makeup routine helps me look fresh faced even though I’ve had to reheat the same cup of coffee three times.

I promise that ALL of these photos are unedited or altered in any way (talk about courage, haha).

Want to get my natural look?

Like I mentioned before, I’m not a huge makeup person. I don’t have the time or the interest, but I do like a quick routine that makes me feel beautiful without the hassle. Plus, they have free shipping on a foundation purchases!

Here is what I pack in my makeup arsenal:

Mineral Veil | Foundation | Complexion Rescue | Bronzer | Eyeshadow | Blush | Mascara

Thanks for listening about my newest obsession and I hope that if you’re looking for a lightweight radiant look, consider visiting your local bareMinerals boutique and have one of the helpful ladies give you an application tutorial. It’s so worth the time and you learn so many tricks of the trade in the process.

Enjoy, beautiful ladies!

What makeup products are your go-tos? Are there any brands or products that you swear by?

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It’s FIESTA Pt 2

Hi everyone! We are home sweet home and it feels so good to not be living out of a bag anymore and attempting to find the most comfortable position on a plane so I could sleep (see my original post about that and my tips for traveling here). Oh and one thing I should have added to my list of travel tips is to ALWAYS CLEAN THE HOUSE BEFORE YOU LEAVE. It’s so nice to return home and everything is in order.

I had such a great time in Texas and look forward to the next time we get to visit. For all of you that don’t know, my husband is originally from San Antonio and so we try to get to his family’s house at least once a year, around Christmas time (and hopefully once during the summer), but with our big move back in September we didn’t have the funds to do any traveling. Although that sucked, it put us in a position to save and finally make our trip down…err…East and get to experience FIESTA!

I wrote a little about FIESTA in my previous post here but I wasn’t able to include my favorite photos from our trip due to the computer I was using. So, without further ado here are some instas and other shots from our trip!

Btw…you should be totally following me on Instagram if you’re not already 😉

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I’m not big into Coachella but these flower halos are super adorable and I couldn’t resist! 

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I love getting to spend time with my husband’s goddaughter and her family. I mean, how adorable is she?! My hopes is that one day our babies could be blessed with a face like hers.

You just have to get a Hurricane when visiting Pat O’Briens…or two…
Philip and his sister…so much love here.
The rest of my trip consisted of being away from my phone and internets, staying in my pajamas for one whole day watching Maury, eating tacos and Bill Miller BBQ to my hearts content, and playing Catchphrase with family until 2am. 
I’d say we had a pretty successful trip! 

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I can’t even begin to believe that our trip to see family in San Antonio is almost over. I always look forward to visiting each and every time because it’s an opportunity to catch up with loved ones, create new memories, and of course, eat!

One little routine, or tradition as I like to refer to it as, that I have is to eat an enchilada the day we arrive. I couldn’t tell you why or where it comes from but without fail for the past three years I’ve always celebrated our homecoming with a nice hot, melty, cheesy, enchilada. I know, I immediately turn into the biggest fat kid but I have no regrets.

This week was also especially important for me because I finally had the chance to celebrate FIESTA and NIOSA with Philip and his family. Ever since we started dating he had always described this festival that happens every year in San Antonio and how much fun it is. However, our work schedules never allowed for us to take the time off to make it.

But not this year…

For those who are not familiar: FIESTA is an annual event hosted by the city of San Antonio that celebrates it’s diversity and culture over a period of two weeks at the end of April. It began as a simple parade but has evolved into more of a larger culture festival incorporating a variety of food, music, and varying cultural events. One event in particular, one that Philip looked most forward to, is NIOSA, which stands for Night In Old San Antonio.

Be sure to follow me over at my Instagram to see what I’ve been up to!

And more photos to come!

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Filling My Grateful Heart

Having gratitude and being able to acknowledge the things or people in your life in which you are grateful for is something that helps me navigate this hectic, and sometimes distracting, life of mine. Typically I list of a few things that come to mind in which I am grateful for but today I am doing something a little different and sharing with you what is filling my heart with gratitude this week.
I will begin with my gratitude for my friends in introducing me to a new church that I’ve quickly fallen in love with. Finding and attending a new church regularly had been on my big list of things to do once we got settled after moving and here I sat at 6 months later and had yet to find a service to attend. Flash forward to Easter weekend and I caught my friend heading to church and thought to ask her about what church she goes to and before I knew it my husband and I have continued to go and I feel as though it’s one more puzzle piece that has fit in my life.
This leads me to my grateful heart. 
I’m loving the teaching from the current series: The Pursuit of Happiness because it discusses our desire to feel contentment in our lives with a focus on the book of Philippians. I feel as though this series speaks directly to what my husband and I have been experiencing in our lives as of late and in some way it’s like a major sign that this is the message we need to hear.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:11-12
+ I am grateful because I have learned contentment through the Lord because I have finally learned how to  praise Him for the plenty in my life, but, most importantly, through the hardships I can do the very same. I sing worship to Him when I am troubled and have found this is the quickest way for me to reset my thinking and therefore my attitude. For insight, read about how I found contentment and hope after my miscarriage here.
+ I am grateful because at this moment I feel pure happiness. I feel as though I am learning how to maintain happiness rather than be in the pursuit of it. This is by far the most fulfilling feeling especially considering I’ve spent many years putting the foundation of my happiness in the hands of people or things, to which we all know never works out the way we want.
+ I am grateful to see the workings of God in my life and am in awe of His direction for me. To have that kind of clarity is simply euphoric. 
If you’re interested in checking out this series and would like to read over the discussion questions and listen to the sermons via podcast, you can do so here. We’re only into the second week so there’s still more to learn in how to find happiness and contentment 🙂
Have a lovely week and be sure to linkup with Ember Grey and Oak & Oats!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey


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