My Morning Skincare & Foundation Routine

Do you ever feel like your foundation is gliding off your face 3-4 hours after applying it in the morning?

Your skin care routine and everything you do before applying your foundation is what will make a difference in how your foundation lasts all day, or doesn’t.

3.5 years ago I went through a lot of problems with my skin, I had to try SO many things and products and home remedies to get it to a healthy place that I am comfortable with. Thats when I found a product line that really worked for me, and my passion for helping women find their best skin possible was born!

–>> My skincare routine video tutorial below <<–

I used to tan, in the booth, regularly. I went from the lightest ivory shade of foundation to Beige 3/4 shades. When I stopped I had to have a reality check with my blackheads, clogged pores, extreme discoloration, dark spots, red spots, and just yucky dry feeling of my skin texture. Check out the video tutorial where I share my winter routine in the morning.

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coming next week



List of Products I use:

Step 1: Moisturizer – I am using this moisturizer in the winter time, then switch to a different one that’s lighter for summer. This moisturizer last me 2/3 years because I only use it in the winter starting mid fall. Use this as a substitute if you don’t want extreme moisture and repair like I did – Lightweight Anti-aging Moisturizer.

Step 2: Eye Cream – Amazing! Totally necessary!  The customized applicator elevates this cream to a new eye-deal of beauty. Perfectly sculpted to fit the shape of the eye, the metal tip is designed to help impact microcirculation as it gently massages the undereye area to help reduce puffiness. The other eye cream I use and mentioned – Firming eye cream, and its a great one to start with if you don’t use anything right now.

Step 3: Lip Balm – An absolute must in winter time!!!!

Step 4: Foundation Primer with SPF – This is going to be one of the key products to keep your foundation on all day!

Step 5: Foundation – I am using liquid foundation during the winter time in the Luminous formula. On the warmer days I use a matte wear foundation in the same shade and the same formula but with a different finish that also controls my oils. Foundation brush.

Step 6: Finishing powder – aka Translucent powder! I often carry this one with me when I travel through airport, or even during the day when my skin gets a little oily in the afternoon. A quick brush on of the finishing powder and shine all goes away!



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Spring Makeup Collection “into the garden”

I am obsessed with this new Makeup Collection and I believe every lady should have one!


Full Video Tutorial:



Products List:

Eye brow Pencil

 Concealer in Ivory 2 shade 

Concealer brush 

Translucent Powder 

Into The Garden Makeup Palette Collection 

My brush set Kit 

Gel eye liner 

Ultimate Mascara 

Cheek color duo with highlighting powder 

Bronzing Powder 

Lip Liner 

Half Moon Smokey Eye

I love makeup, no question about it!

When I teach makeup tricks to ladies I see in my work, they often ask for simple makeup that can be versatile and can be used in different ways to create soft makeup looks! Mary Kay has the perfect solution! I love this palette because it looks good on every skin tone, shade and everyone’s complexion! You can also customize these shades to any eye shape!

Don’t you jus LOVE this adorable little compact called BARE Palette!?

Click here to get your own Bare palette 

and scroll down for details on getting a sweet discount deal



Products used:

(if you love any of the makeup I used, you can pick it up on my website! As long as you don’t already have a Mary Kay beauty consultant! Use Promocode: YOUTUBE to get 15% off your order, you must register to get the discount.)

Eye Brow Pencil in Brunette 

Concealer Ivory 2

Bare Makeup Palette

Gel Eye liner 

Ultimate Mascara in black 

Highlighter in Pearl 

Cheek color – substitute, as it’s not available online anymore

Perfect Nude Pink lipstick Posh Pink 

2nd option lipstick color – Pink Passion  lipstick and Pink luster lipgloss 

I am using all the brushes from the Mary Kay brush collection!


I hope you found some helpful tips to do your own makeup every day and find ways to feel better about yourself! Comment below and let me know what you loved the most!

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Everyday Easy Glam Makeup


Thank you for stopping by to check out the details of this makeup tutorial! I am so excited to share it with everyone! If you know me, you would know that I tend to do my elaborate makeup every single day! Some ladies tell me that they just don’t have time to do make up like that daily, or it costs too much, or it’s just not them….

Here is the cool thing about makeup, ITS NOT PERMANENT. So experiment, have fun and wear what makes you feel your own best!

I am so excited about this makeup palette from Mary Kay because I think its so amazing and you can have 30 different looks from it for every single day of the week! This look is simple and VERY easy to recreate! I will include all the links to the products below, but the entire look is under $100 (which most of the makeup you would re-use every day and it will last you for months and months!!!!)

But first, there is Marchesa.

She is my best animal friend and as soon as she hears my camera shutter on, she’s by my side no matter what part of the house she’s in. Meet my puppy (yes, she’s still a pup)!



ALL the makeup I’m using:

Bare Palette – it has 6 eye shadows and it comes in a compact with a mirror.

Gel Eye liner in Black – comes with a brush to apply

Waterproof Mascara in Black

Cheek color in Ripe watermelon – comes with highlight

MK Bronzing Powder

True Dimension Lipstick in First Blush OR

True Dimension Lipstick in Sassy Fuchsia


I often choose my makeup based on what I want to wear that day, or sometimes I pick my clothes out based on the kind of makeup I want to wear on my eyes, sometimes it gets very specific and my look is all created from a lipstick shade, down to my shoes!


THANK YOU for watching the video, I hope you found some helpful ideas and inspirations on how to do your own makeup!

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Dining Room Makeover

For today’s Makeover Monday I want to talk about my Dining room. Technically we have 2 dining rooms in our home, one is formal and this one is more functional every day use. We have an old house and its not exactly all open layout, but we really love having a formal space for entertaining and a functional room where my husband and I share meals every day.


This is what the room looked like when we bough it.

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What this room looked like after I did some painting.

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Notice the difference furniture makes! And color choice is everything! 


What this room looks like now.


This room took a lot of work and it was definitely a process! It took 3 different rugs to figure out which one fit this room the best, and this table was a process to re-furbish! Take a look at the buffet by the window, it was a dark brown color, all real wood and extremely heavy! It was originally with a big towering top that had some shelving and a mirror on it, the dining room table and chairs are all part of the same set. I am so happy with the way this table came out! It’s hard to imagine the transformation without seeing before and after pictures.

My color theory:

In this room I wanted to have vibrancy, mind stimulation, conversation, brightness and light! There are trees right outside the window providing a lot of shade, so being brown this room was very dark and depressing. I don’t see any reason why brown should be a color for walls, definitely not this shade of brown. Since the house is Dutch colonial I wanted to have a very light hint towards reds, white and blue shades all throughout the house, and since royal blue is my favorite color the inspiration took place!  There are a lot of traveling references in this room and this room became a greek island decor inspired scheme. Slowly I found each piece like the curtains that really complete the look of the room, the cork map, the wine holders and the cork holder shaped in a bridge. Now I definitely enjoy being in this space and this shade of blue just makes me smile.

Here are some more pictures:

This table is from 1950s, with the original wood work. I painted it white and reupholstered the chairs. (the chairs were a crazy mess, I will post the before and after on the separately) There were two sleeves that went into the table and I took them out to make the table more stable, the sleeves I used to make 2 coffee tables in the Parlor. See the Parlor makeover.




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I love decor pieces that are unique and stand out! This mirror with the white border is amazing, I found it at Home Depot for $19.99! The cork map is a stick on from which I found for $35. It has a few pins stuck in it already to represent the places and countries we’ve traveled to. Choose your decor wisely and take your time picking the perfect items that describe your interests, values and hobbies. 

I hope you enjoyed this makeover and found some inspiration for yourself and your next project!

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Bombshell Blue Makeup Tutorial

Check out this makeup tutorial for the adventurous spirit, a hot date or a night out on the town with the girlfriends!

No animals were hurt in this video or while I was filming, and all the makeup I’m using is from Mary Kay cosmetics, and the company does not test on animals.

To get the makeup you see in the video go to my website: My Makeup stash website!! and just type in the name of the product in the search box. Or contact me directly, I will personally deliver it!

Feel free to use the tips in this video and create the look with the colors you are personally comfortable with! Most of all, stay beautiful and push yourself just a little more with a new makeup routine that makes you feel better about your look!


Makeup used in the video:

  1. Moisturizer, foundation primer, liquid foundation and concealer under the eyes. I use a similar routine every day so this time you don’t see my foundation routine here.
  2. Brows: this time I’m using Mary Kay Brow Pencil in Brunette and Mary Kay Brow Gel .
  3. I am using an Eye Primer before the shadows go on. That’s important in this look  to have the eye shadows stay on vibrant.
  4. Mk Eye liner in black, which goes over the top of the lid before the eye shadow to create a darker look, since Im not using an eye liner after at the end.
  5. Eye shadows: Crystalline, Stone, Peacock blue.
  6. At the end, (this is optional) I’m using an MK Pencil in Deep brown under the eye filling in bottom lashes. I wanted a softer look on the bottom and using a warmer tone helps.
  7. Mascara: because I want this look to stay on for a long night out I am using MK Waterproof Mascara in Black.
  8. Cheek colors: I love products that can do 2 functions for 1 product! So I’m using MK Ripe watermelon cheek duo, there is a highlighter and a cheek color. Then finishing the look with MK Bronzing powder.
  9. Lips: I love using a clear lip liner because it does the job and it can work with any lipstick and lip gloss! I also added Sun blossoms Lip Gloss, my favorite part is that it’s not sticky and doesn’t have any sparkles, just gloss!
  10. Finishing spray and setting powder. This is all for the extra strength stay on power! I personally prefer the setting finishing spray because it keeps my skin moisturized and keeps my makeup on longer.

I hope you enjoyed this makeover and found some helpful tips on what you can do to your own makeup to make it more fun, bold and make you feel more beautiful!!

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Shades of Grey Smokey eye Makeup

Have you ever had that day when you’re running late, and can’t find your makeup that you want, or maybe feel uninspired to do anything with makeup? I have those days. Over the last year I found my favorite shades which came to a makeup look that’s my go-to on those off days. I always have these colors around, its quick, and I know it well, so when I’m not feeling super confident or have an off day, I can still do a good job and feel better!

What I love about this makeup look is that it only takes 2 eye shadow colors and the best part is that you can change it to match your shades and tones! As always, take the tips you find useful to you, and apply them in the best way to enhance your natural beauty and your eye shape!


  • Pick a shade of grey that will work well with your skin tone, hair color and over all complexion. There are different options and grey can be found in warm and cool tones, so experiment if you need to and find out what gets you the most compliments, or ask me, I’ll be happy to lend my opinion.
  • Have a big fluffy eye shadow brush for blending the harsh lines. I recommend this brush to be clean, it will take the excess shadow off and will be easiest for blending.
  • Lipstick color can change the entire look you have for that day, so play up a soft nude or a light pink for day, and change it up with a sultry berry or a classic red for Night on the town in the same day! Most importantly, have fun!

List of colors used are below.

Before & After:


Watch the video tutorial: 


Foundation Primer
Timewise Mattewear foundation
Concealer in Ivory 2
Brow Pencil in Brunette.
2 eye shadows: Crystaline and Stone
Gel eye liner in Black
Ultimate Mascara In black
Cheek Color: Lace highlighting powder (can be used as a highlighter but because my skin is so light I like it as a cheek color)
Bronzer in Light-to-Medium shade
Lip liner in Neutral
Pink Passion Cream Lipstick 








Perfect Lipstick Shade 101

Do you ever go to the store and buy a lipstick, bring it home to put it on, and it looks funny on you?

Here is my lipstick 101, my top 5 tips. 

  1. Exfoliate your lips routinely. When you can see the natural beauty of your lip color its easier to find a perfect match of a lipstick. You can find many different ways to exfoliate your lips, my favorite is the Lip Mask from Mary kay because it also comes with a Lip Balm. I like that its scent free and very gentle.
  2. Lip Liner – isn’t for everyone, so don’t feel like you need to use it. If you do, stock up on 3 shades: neutral, red, and pink. Those colors will fit perfectly with most lipsticks and you won’t need to have 10 of them on hand. The key is to pick a neutral one that fits closest to your natural lip shade, so this one will vary based on your skin tones. One of my favorite ways to use lip liner is to outline my lips, and even fill my whole lip with the liner and use tinted lip balm to add moisture. Your lips will look like you have matte lipstick on, and its only lip liner! My go to is this lip liner – Clear! Yes, clear lip liner is the best! I can use it with every lipstick and it will give the allusion of bigger fuller lips without extra color, and you only need to buy 1 not a bunch!
  3. Application – use a brush if you have extra time, this will give you a softer look and the lipstick will look more natural.
  4. Blot – it will allow your lipstick to stay on longer and look fresh without being greasy. Blotting also helps your lipstick to be layered, so you can create an ombre effect by using more then one shade, and of course eliminates lipstick getting on your teeth!
  5. Know your colors! This is the color chart I like the most and find the most accurate to my decision making when picking color for myself or for someone else (which I do for my job):

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Here are my comments to each category:

FAIR skin

  • Red lipstick is classic, so pick a shade that has a cool tone to it, which will be the blue under tone, it will bounce off the pale skin and won’t make you look yellow. It is also great because it will make your teeth look brighter. Sometimes this shade looks a bit berry tone and often is very bright. Here is my personal go-to red lipstick, I actually have 2 of them because this is my skin tone and I wear red often. Really Red and Firecracker. (one is more moisturizing and one of them is more like a traditional lipstick)
  • Pink is a must for every lady! This color has a lot of variables and shades to pick from, if you’re new to lipsticks, pick one and stick with it as your go-to! In this case for fair skin, keep it light and bright, not too berry, because that can go very dark. This is a very girly shade, soft and romantic. Here are my favorites for this light pink category: Pink Passion (creamy and a tiny bit of sparkle), Pink Cherie (rich in moisture and a little lighter in shade then pink passion, gloss, no sparkle)
  • Peach is a good compliment and a general hue, for someone with light skin this is typically the color closest to their skin tone of their lips (not skin tone). This shade is perfect for summer and spring time! My favorite in this category are: First blush – I wore this color for weeks when I first found it. Its my no lipstick kind of look because its natural and very soft!

Medium complexion

  • Reds – typically this skin tone has more yellow then pink their skin tone, and blood red – a bold color looks great! I recommend Firecracker in this category! It’s bold, bright and compliments very well!
  • Pink is a great must have lip color and I’m recommending Wild about pink Shade – its creamy and has that perfect pink look!
  • Perfect peach color is going to highlight this complexion and it’s of course the color that will be the closest to neutral tone. Check out Color Me Coral  as my favorite for this category!

OLIVE skin 

  • Dark red – pick something that’s cool tone with a little of burgundy color in it. My recommendation is Sizzling Red, it’s rich in color and will go well with the skin tone.
  • Pink category turns into a berry for this skin tone. Because the lip color will be darker, you will find these shades to compliment your skin and lip color – it should be a dark pink version, which is basically berry tones. Check out this one (my favorite name for a lipstick) – Sassy Fuchsia or Rosette for a more natural look. This category is the natural looking lipstick. If you need a perfect nude for Olive skin stick with Rosette.
  • Apricot also means orange. It doesn’t mean this shade has to be bright or bold. But have fun with it! I would pick between Tangerine Pop  and Apricot Glaze.

DEEP skin 

  • Brown Red is your go -to here. Especially if you’re picking up lipstick for the first time in a red shade. You can also stick with a dark red. Check out Red in this shade.
  • Look for a Dark berry color instead of pinks, this one is also going to be close to a natural look for your lips, or a nude lip. Look for something like Berry Kiss  or Rich Fig .
  • Dark Apricot is basically a yellow/brown tone of lipstick. Look for a pop of color like Citrus Flirt or Sunset for a more natural look.



CONFIDENCE! Honestly, these rules are really for someone who is new to wearing a lipstick. If you find a shade, if you love it, WEAR it! If you wear it with confidence you will look great it in! Use the tips if you need ideas and help, but most of all, enjoy yourself!

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Bold Eye Liner

Are you sometimes so busy you skip on your usual full on makeup routine just so you can get out the door in time?

I find that my January has been that way, so I am looking for more ways to have a strong makeup look without taking a long time to get it done. Its definitely possible! One of my absolutely favorite looks is with a strong eye brow and a bold eye liner which makes a statement, great on time, and lasts all day!

It took me about 10 and a half minutes to film this video, and that includes the moisturizer and my winter foundation routine! I have a couple of different ways I like to do my eye brows so look for my brow tutorials coming up soon! Also, I’m not focusing on my foundation and will have a full video talking about my winter foundation routine coming up shortly!

I hope you find this video helpful, I’m committed to making these quick tutorials less then 5 minutes in length to give you ideas, inspiration and quick tips without taking forever.

Keys to success:

  • Practice
  • Good quality gel eye liner
  • Clean brushes, especially for the eye liner

It’s ok to take longer to apply the eye liner, especially in the beginning. Don’t try this look expecting it to be super easy peasy, I’ve had lots and lots of practice. So give yourself a break and have fun!

Total cost of my makeup today: $63

Lasting: 6 months -3 years. My gel eye liner lasts me longer then 2-3 years. I use it almost every day and its crazy good lasting! I’ve had mine for 2 years and it’s about two thirds out.

To get this eye liner and a personal consultation with me click on this link .

Stay fabulous and beautiful!



From Blah to Glam in 5 Minutes

This winter I’m keeping very busy! With a tighter schedule sometimes you need a quick pick me up with the help of makeup!

One of my go -to colors and makeovers to make me feel glamorous on a busy schedule is quick! It took me 10 minutes to film this video, so the application really does take a short time!

quick tips:

  • use big blending brushes for the all over the eye dark eye shadow
  • find a cheek color that can function as a bronzer and as a cheek color during the winter
  • use mineral powder over the liquid foundation for longer lasting and more coverage
  • apply mineral eye shadow right after applying cream eye shadow, before it’s completely dry; the minerals will attach better and will give more depth to the color.

Here is the video tutorial:

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What’s your favorite tip from this makeover?