Tuesday, April 19, 2016

summer "no makeup" makeup look

I'm a big fan of not wearing makeup. I'm also a big fan of looking perfect and flawless without any makeup, but unfortunately, I gave up on that dream along with being able to eat Ben & Jerry's every night & remaining a size 6. 

But I do think I've kind of mastered the whole "no makeup" makeup look, where you wear just enough to get by, while tricking everyone into think you're all-natural and fresh-faced. I've seen a lot of "no makeup" looks before that really frustrated me because they were still using 10+ products, and in my opinion, if you're going to do that much, you might as well just go full-face!

So my "no makeup" makeup look requires 5 products. (not including your 3 tools, a beauty blender any sort of fluffy ended eye shadow brush, and a powder brush, which is only necessary if you have oily skin)

First I apply this Garnier BB Cream (1) in little dots all over my face. I use my damp beauty blender to apply it all over. I love this BB cream because its lightweight and has decent coverage- remember, we don't want a full-coverage foundation, we just want to even everything out a bit and give our skin a bit of a natural glow- and it has SPF 20 which is great for a no-makeup beach or summertime look. 

Next, I apply my Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller (2) under my eyes. I use the same beauty blender to blend it out and into the rest of your face. This is my favorite, tried & true concealer that I use almost daily. Its actually more than a concealer- it has caffeine and some other magic that reduces puffiness under your eyes, AND has color to it so it conceals and evens out any redness. 

The next step is totally optional and not necessary. I use a fluffy blending brush and take a matte medium brown eyeshadow to my crease and outer corner. I included the Urban Decay Naked Basics (3) palette because it has a great neutral-shade matte.. but you can use any matte brown you want. I also love the medium shade in the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette. The goal in this step is to create more depth to your crease, which makes your eyes pop a bit more. 

Next I follow up with this Lorac Pro + Fiber Mascara (4). This is the best, most natural mascara. It isn't super dramatic or life-changing, but its great for making your lashes look dark and lengthened without having clumpy mascara. I actual have a couple layers on in the photo, only because I was touching up after a long day. But just one coat of this mascara makes your lashes look much longer and darker and thicker without making them clumpy, spidery, goopy, etc. Its a very natural looking mascara. I love this for days where I don't wear any makeup at all except for mascara because it doesn't look like I'm even wearing any. 

The last step is also optional and only necessary if you have oily skin. I use a fluffy powder brush and apply my Neutrogena Shine Control Powder (5) on my t-zone. This just keeps the oil at bay and helps keep my BB cream from breaking up throughout the day. This powder is great for making your face look matte and its translucent so you can't even tell you're wearing a powder. 

I love this look and these products for summertime, especially since the BB cream has SPF. Its great for going to the beach or pool or just doing something low-key where not a lot of makeup is necessary. As you can see in the photo above, my face isn't flawless by any means, but that's the fun part, because I'm just enhancing my face just a little, without feeling naked :-)

I hope you guys enjoyed this look and please tell me what your favorite "no makeup" makeup looks like! hope you're enjoying your spring so far
xo, katie

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

beauty blender giveaway

I recently gave in and started using a beauty blender to apply my foundation. It has quickly become one of my favorite makeup tools. A while ago I tried a knock-off beauty blender 'dupe' and hated it. I decided sponge applicators just weren't for me and gave up.

But do you ever just get in a makeup rut? You do the same things every day but some days you just don't like the end result and decide you want something new. My makeup brushes (as amazing as they are) just weren't doing it for me. My makeup never looked smooth or seamless or well blended.. and I knew it had to be my tools. Sooo, I gave in and bought the original beautyblender. After using it for the first time I was hooked.

The trick is that it has to be damp. (I'm sure most of you know this and this is old news!) Just run the beauty blender under your faucet for a few seconds, give it a few squeezes to wring it out, then voila! I like to dot my foundation all over my face with my fingers, then use the damp beauty blender to blend it all out. It looks seamless and blended and flawless every time, plus it picks up any excess foundation so it never looks cakey or heavy.


I decided to have a little fun with this one :-)

Its an Instagram giveaway, so you must have an account to participate.

Here's how to be entered: 

1. Follow @makupyourmind on Instagram
2. Like the giveaway photo
3. COMMENT below the photo on Instagram, TAG THREE FRIENDS, and answer this question:
What is your middle name? 

** NOTE: there is no 'e' in makup on my Instagram name!!!
*** the answer must be commented on the Instagram photo, not on this blog post.

The giveaway is open until Friday, April 15, 2016.

Good luck!
xo, katie

Monday, April 11, 2016

products to achieve my every day face

I've had a few people lately ask me which products I use every day and I realized that I haven't actually ever listed them out before. I have tons of favorites- things I love and use on occasion, products I use to achieve a certain look, etc.. but then there are the products and tools that I use [almost] every time I do my makeup. My tried and true, ride or die products that, unless I find something better, I use every single day.. if I'm going to lunch with a friend or shopping, dinner, etc.

I'm just going to list and link. The fact that I use them every day should tell you enough about them, but if you want to know my thoughts or have any questions, leave a comment!

oh! & the best part? you can get 35% off my favorite foundation (listed below) just for mentioning this post -- keep reading to find out how ♡

Foundation/Concealer: Beauty Blender  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection • It Cosmetics Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush #101
Eyes: It Cosmetics Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105 • Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set • Real Techniques Shading Brush • Urban Decay Dual Ended Brushes that come with Naked palettes
Contour/Highlight: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush
Blush: Real Techniques Blush Brush

Foundation: Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation in Honey Beige (applied with beauty blender)
Powder: Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
Concealer: Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Bronzer: 'Bronze' shade in the Lorac Pro to Go Eye/Cheek Palette
Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (please note, this is NOT the cream palette, I hate the cream contour palette!)
Highlight: Becca Cosmetics Jaclyn Hill in 'Champagne Pop'

Eye Shadow: Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette (absolute FAVORITE) • Urban Decay Naked Basics PaletteUrban Decay Naked 2 PaletteLorac Pro PaletteLorac Pro 2
Eye Liner: Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus • Lorac Pro Liquid Liner
Mascara: Cover Girl The Super Sizer MascaraMaybelline Volum' Express Colossal MascaraL'Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara (a new favorite & so far I love it!)

Okay, and now for the good part.

I ♡ my Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation. Obviously, as this post states, I use it every single day. It feels lightweight on the skin, not cakey or heavy at all, but has surprisingly great coverage and totally buildable. It has SPF 15, it is certified vegan, and has no harsh chemicals, scents, or mineral oils.

& you can get 35% by emailing kristindaniels7@gmail.com & mentioning this post. 

aaaaand everyone who purchases the foundation is also entered to win a free primer! :-) so just email the address above mentioning makeup your mind and place your order! I hope you all take advantage of the discount because you will love the foundation and love the discount even more!

have a great week, guys
xo katie

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Your Best Winter Skin

I'm currently feeling extremely nostalgic for summer. For tons of reasons, but specifically my summer skin!! For the longest time I'd cringe when I get out of the shower. I'm dry and itchy and its not cute. I've been longing for tan, hydrated, smooth skin. But I think I've finally got this winter skin thing down, and I thought I'd share the products I've been loving.

This may seem a little silly but its probably the most important. In the winter my skin is dry, my eyes are dry, my throat.. e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. And its all caused by the dry air. So putting moisture back in the air helps tremendously. The one I use is made by Vicks (like the vapor rub) but any humidifier will do. And if you don't have the money to invest, boil a pot of water with a bit of salt (or epsom salt) and hold your head over the steam for a while. You'll notice a huge difference.

2. An exfoliating scrub
I use this one from Arbonne. Not only does it exfoliate but it has super hydrating oils in it that leave your skin feeling super smooth. I use it to shave and its amazing. Read more about it here

3. A good razor
In the past I've used disposable razors and yes they are convenient because they are much cheaper than buying blade refills, you can buy them in bulk, and you can just toss them when they get old. But I have never used a cheap razor without having that intense itchy, dry, razor burn feeling after. I eventually invested in a good razor, Gillette Venus Embrace, and it really changed the way I shave. The two strips above and below the blades are super moisturizing and its like applying a layer of lotion after you shave. Once you try a good razor with good blades that hydrates your skin at the same time, you'll never use a disposable again. 

4. A body butter 
Scents are more important to me than anything so which body butter you choose is up to you. I just prefer something that doesn't leave me feeling greasy, but, instead soaks into my skin and leaves long-lasting hydrating. Try Bliss Body Butter in Lemon + Sage or Philosophy Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme for a fresher scent. 

5. Lip Exfoliator 
Don't forget your lips! It took me forever to hunt this bad boy (e.l.f. lip exfoliator) down because apparently they're pretty popular. When I finally snagged one at Target, I fell in love, and now I buy one whenever I see it because I use it a lot! Its shaped like a lipstick which makes for super easy application. It has real sugar in it which makes it taste super sweet (which is a huge bonus) and sloths off all the yucky dead skin while leaving your lips smooth and soft. Go buy one, right now.

Do you have any go-to products for the winter that you can't live without? Tell me!
xo, katie
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best of Beauty - 2015

Its been a while since I've blogged and I was thinking it'd be good to sort of "catch up" on what I've
been using lately.. when I realized an entire year has gone by, lots of products came and went, and its a good time to share with you what I used and loved in 2015.

The products listed below are products I used consistently this year and loved. If you don't see a category, that's because I guess I'm still trying to find "the one" ;) -- click links to purchase or learn more


- Arbonne Deep Pore Acne Cleanser

- Arbonne Gentle Daily Moisturizer

- Clarisonic Mia 2

- Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer


- Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation 

- Real Techniques Buffing Brush (sold in set)

- It Cosmetics (for Ulta) Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush

- Gariner Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller

- Neutrogena Shine Control Powder

- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (note: just the regular pressed powder, not cream!)

- Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne Pop


- Naked Basics palette (an oldy but goody!)

- Lorac Pro Palette

- Lorac Pro Palette 2 

- Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Mascara

- Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner

- Younique Moodtruck 3D Fiber Lashes -- (review here)

I'd love to elaborate on each and every one, but that tends to get wordy, but if you have any questions at all or want my wordy, elaborate opinion, please don't be afraid to ask I'll do a separate post dedicated to that product!

have a great year, guys. here's to hopefully some more posts in the future and some fun new ideas
xox, katie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Beauty on a Budget: Affordable Favorites 2015

before I get started, I wanted to state the obvious that I revamped things a bit. I hope you guys like the new look! but because its a completely new template and layout it has messed up some of the posts from the past.. things may not line up correctly so bare with me! thanks, management :-)

beauty on a budget 

Here are some of my favorite products that can be purchased in drugstores, WalMart, Target, Ulta, etc. These aren't just products that I scrounged up to make an 'affordable makeup' post, these are products I use and love on a daily basis. 




E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator (loooove this for soft lips!)


Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set (Eyeshadow Brushes)
E.l.f. Blending Brush (only $1!)
**The two above are sets and if you're new to my blog then you've missed all 3,439,843 
I've raved about them. Real Techniques brushes are very affordable, excellent 
quality, and you need them... now! 

I included links to each product, but SHOP AROUND! The L'Oreal palette above, I paid $14 for. At Target its a dollar or two more, and at Ulta its $19.99!! I would definitely say WalMart and Target are the cheapest, and the priciest would be CVS & Ulta. 

I hope this was helpful! Let me know your inexpensive favorites!
xox Katie
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Naked Smoky Palette Review

Like I posted on Instagram yesterday.. I have to confess that I've had this palette since it came out (in July) and I have yet to do a review or even tell you guys about it! I'm honestly pretty indifferent about the palette. I definitely wouldn't say its my favorite, but I use a few of the shades daily, so I definitely wouldn't say I hate it.

I realized that you guys were probably curious about it.. so I thought I'd post swatches with a description of each shade, as well as some pros and cons so you can make up your own mind (heh, get it?) on whether its a palette you'll use or not :)

Here's the breakdown though- in case you can't make it through the whole post: it isn't an everyday palette, its a smoky eye palette (duh). That means that you're spending $54 on a palette you'll mainly use for going "out", hot dates, or formal events.. and lets be honest, I don't do those things very often. If smoky eyes are something you have perfected and love doing, this palette is for you. If you like cool-toned shadows- this palette is for you. Okay, read on.

I'll get started! Here are the swatches..


HIGH: a super shimmery (but not sparkly- don't get it twisted!) iridescent with a pinky/beigy undertone

DIRTYSWEET: a shimmery gold, almost a rose gold. very creamy.

RADAR: as you can see, this one didn't want to show up on my arm, its very similar to my skintone. its a medium brown with gold sparkle.

• ARMOR: a somewhat taupe-y color with a bit of a purple/steely grey undertone. definitely the most sparkly shade in the palette and a bit more flaky than the rest


• SLANTED: looks very blue in the actual palette but on my skin looks more of a dark silver. it has a bit of sparkle but definitely more of a satin than the shades to its left.

DAGGER: this also looks very blue in the palette, but I would call it a dark charcoal. very nice texture

BLACK MARKET: okay this shade bugs me because its supposed to be black (hence the name) but I definitely don't consider it black. it looks very blue in the palette, AND on my eyes, although on my arm it just looks dark gray or black. hmm.

SMOLDER: smolder is a really pretty purple although in the swatch it doesn't look it. I think I may have had a bit of black market left on my finger which messed up the swatch. its actually a very vivid eggplant-like color with a really pretty sheen.


• PASSWORD: a matte, dark grey with a slight purple undertone.

WHISKEY: this is another one I don't feel swatched as well as it looks. I think my tan arm must be throwing it off. its definitely a warm-toned chocolate brown.

COMBUST: a really creamy peachy-pinkish color great for blending/transitioning

THIRTEEN: strangely enough, my favorite shade. its a very opaque (as you can see) white/ivory shade that really pops. its great for the inner corner or brow bone, especially since its matte.

- The same excellent quality you can expect from all Urban Decay products, the shadows are nice, pigmented and last a long time.

- I really like the packaging. its very sturdy with a nice, big mirror. it also has a hinge which means the top stays open so you can use the mirror without having to hold it up (if that makes sense)

- There are some really pretty shades. I use thirteen almost every day to brighten the inner corner and along my brow bone. Combust is also really nice for blending because its not too pink to blend in, but its also not your typical matte brown blending shade. High is also really pretty for highlighting and is very pigmented. Password is great for the crease if you're going for a smoky eye (and this is a smoky palette, soo..) it would, however, be too dark for an everyday look.

- There are four matte shades, more than I think in any other Naked palette. I'm a huge fan of mattes so this is a really great bonus

- The brush is nice, as usual. It has a small, tapered end good for smoking out your lower lash line, and a really nice blending brush which has more of a pointed (not as round/dome shaped as the others) which is great for getting a color right into the crease.

- It is almost an entirely cool-toned palette.. and I guess depending on who you're talking to, this could be a good thing. For me though, I don't do cool tones on my eyes often, at least not for an entire look. When you think of smoky eyes though, you do think of cool-toned grays and silvers so I know that's what they were doing. It just isn't my favorite look.

- The shades are all pretty dark (except the obvious white/ivory/beige shades). This seems a little silly to complain about- it is a smoky palette which means dark, smoky shadows; however, most people don't wear looks like that daily, so it isn't a palette you'll get everyday use out of. I just think when spending $54 on a palette, I want to use the crap out of it.

What do you guys think? See why I'm a bit torn? Let me know you're opinions!
xox Katie