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If I had three things…

I woke up Friday morning with some serious hangover face and a french fry stuck to my fore head. Just kidding about the french fry. I did find one in my car though.  I was slower than Ryan on a Sunday morning and I was running late to catch my train. I could not leave the house looking the way I did so I got crafty and prioritized my makeup. This got me to thinking…if I only had three products I could use, what would they be?


I sincerely believe that no gorgeous gal should leave the house without mascara. There are some women who have amazing lashes. My husband will kill me for writing this – but he has the best eyelashes ever. It’s not even fair. At least if we have a daughter some day there is a chance she will get those. Not many people are blessed with perfect lashes. Adding a bit of mascara in the morning takes all of 30 seconds and it’s just enough to make your eyes look bigger and brighter.  My pick? YSL VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS Luxurious Mascara. Thats a mouthful! It’s the best though. I am a mascara SNOB. My snobbery hits fever pitch with mascara. I was hooked on Diorshow for YEARS until I came across this.  If you need volume, this is a much better choice.  Diorshow is a close second but this baby takes the cake.

Find it at Sephora (photo courtesy of

2. ) Tinted Moisturizer

This serves three purposes. It moisturizes your face and evens out your skin tone without it being obvious you are wearing anything on your skin. And the most important – it has an SPF in it.  All gals should make sure their daily moisturizer carries an SPF. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my favorite tinted moisturizer is Paula Dorf. It’s super lightweight and semi-sheer. It lasts forever too.  I usually just do about a nickel-sized squeeze of it. If you want a slightly heavier coverage apply it with a foundation brush.  This is my go to product in the summertime when I don’t typically wear anything else but a bit of bronzer over it. If I had 1 minute to do my makeup in the morning, this would definitely make the roster.

Paula Dorf Tinted Moisturizer – $38 at 

3.) Tinted lip balm/gloss

You can’t seriously think I would ever recommend leaving the house without perking up the lips? I am a card-carrying lip gloss WHORE. I am not exaggerating when I say I have 7 in my purse right now. I like to layer different looks and colors and textures and it all depends on how I do my eyes or what my mood is that day. I like options, ok?

I do think a little hint of color goes a very long way and if I had to pick one product – it would be Tarte’s 24/7 Lip Sheer with SPF. It is made with all natural ingredients, its extremely moisturizing, its got sunscreen built-in AND it has a really pretty rosy tint that gives your lips a natural looking enhancement.  Sephora carries it in about 10 shades. I am fair with blue eyes and blonde hair so I go with the Sheer Red and the Sheer Coral Peach. It also lasts forever b/c you don’t really need to apply that much.

Tarte 24/7 Sheer at Sephora ~ $14 (what a bargain!)

 TO SUMMARIZE – if I had only three choices of what I could use, its mascara, tinted moisturizer, and tinted balm/gloss.  Even if you are girl who isnt into the makeup thing, I guarantee you would feel like a bazillion bucks if you took 1 minute to throw these on each day – it doesn’t sound like a lot but it does make quite the difference!