Beauty Battle

So this is my FIRST EVER beauty post.  I'd like to classify myself as "low maintenance" when it comes to beauty & makeup BUT the truth may be that I know absolutely nothing on either topic haha :(  Luckily, I just experienced a facial from Neiman Marcus (Honolulu) in their new Dior Facial Room.  The treatment was one-hour of complete relaxation & bliss…not to mention informational.  I walked away with 2 products that have changed my life.  This is what inspired my beauty post! 

I wanted to do a blog that featured my daily skincare + makeup routine.  I don't have the best skin or makeup tips but this is just what I do on the regular.  I'm also a true believer in natural beauty & if you do your makeup right, it will look like you're not wearing any!  (Girl's Night Out makeup not included haha this is strictly on the day-to-day side).  Anyway, I strive to keep my look simple, fresh, clean, and natural.  Please don't judge too harshly…I have included before/after photos that have no filters, no photoshop, no nothing….EEK! I'm so nervous to post this but here goes: 

Skincare Regimen

  1. Cleanse with Clinique Liquid Soap - My mom is a Clinique woman so I grew up with it my whole life.  I love the simplicity of the brand & it's affordable prices too! 
  2. Tone with Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 - #2 is for Combination Dry skin which is totally me.  You'll see where I have dry patches on my face :( 
  3. Whiten + Brighten with Dior Snow White Reveal - This is my new ESSENTIAL.  This lightweight cream minimizes pores/wrinkles & works to even out skin tone.  I have major hyper-pigmentation so hopefully this helps whiten those pesky freckles & redness.  It's also a light moisturizer that leaves skin matte (say no to greasiness)!! 
  4. Moisturize with Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream (for all skin types) - Call me crazy but I use a heavy duty wrinkle-reducing cream.  Collagen stops being produced around age 25 so I'm starting my prevention EARLY :) 
                                        Before Makeup

                                        Before Makeup

                                          After Makeup     

                                          After Makeup     

Makeup Regimen 

  1. Sunscreen + Foundation with Dior Snow UV Protection BB Creme - This is the ULTIMATE product.  I used to use foundation or powder but this is ALL I NEED.  It's UV protectant + flawless coverage.  It makes my skin sleek, smooth, & slightly dewy.  If you like matte coverage, you may still need powder but if not…GET THIS NEOW. 
  2. Bronzer with Benefit Cosmetics' Hoola Bronzer - Just for cheeks & jawline…Gotta contour…or whatever you experts call it.
  3. Blush with Illamasqua Powder Blush in Tremble - I'm a rosy cheek kinda gal but to keep it subtle I stay on the soft matte side of things. 
  4. Brows with Anatasia's Brow Wiz in Caramel - Everyone tells me I have full brows that don't really need filling in but I like the precision look when I do…Vanity…It's a thing :P 

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed my beauty post! For more tips, tricks, & and overall lifestyle posts please visit my friend Lauren's blog at  I def tune into her for the latest beauty trends & inspiration for healthy snacks.