My “Look Like You Got Sleep” Makeup Routine

*Here’s the post I was working on for Friday before I got hit with a stomach bug- really interesting when you have an infant and many of you probably know.

The other day I had a crazy morning- early morning nursing/entertaining Henry, then styling and doing a photoshoot at the house followed by client meetings and work.  Needless to say I was frazzled and rushing, and in between the shoot and getting to the office I stopped to get lunch quickly.  While in the restroom I was washing my hands and looked up in the mirror and literally jumped back. I blurted out loud, with other people in earshot, “Holy shit, I look awful!”  I had managed to forget to put makeup on that morning, which admittedly I think was a first in a while.  And MAN, did it make a difference. Especially now that I’m not getting  eight solid hours of sleep and many nights, falling asleep before washing my face.  When I got home later that evening Andrew said “Honey you look really tired”, and I told him I was always tired, I just have a good way of faking NOT looking tired most days!

No matter if you are a mom or not, I bet you are tired and frazzled too. Maybe not everyday (I hope not) but with this crazy pace we live at these days,  we all have had those days when you look in the mirror and think “I look like I just got dragged down the street by a bus”.  I’ve had those mornings a lot lately, even though (knock on wood) we have a pretty good sleeper.  I’ve streamlined my daily makeup routine to essential items that I think help me look awake, even when I’m not- so I can avoid scaring the ever living daylights out of myself in Panera bathrooms.
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Step 1:  After washing, moisturize liberally with a super-duper hydrating cream (especially in winter).  Anything with hylaronic acid will help plump up your skin and eye cream with caffeine will shrink bags a bit.  My favorites for face moisture are La Mer (I buy a jar every winter),  L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power (so good for the price!) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisturizing Balm and for eyes I love the illuminating Origins Ginzing.

Step 2: Now it’s time to cover blotchiness, dark circles and any spots.  I have recently started using Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation because it really evens skin tone AND stays on all day. Like, it actually does- it doesn’t just say it does and then fail at 4pm. For a less expensive option I like L’Oreal Lumi which has a little more “glow” to it.  When I’m feeling extra tired I like mixing in a drop or two of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector to my foundation for a bit more light to my face (it’s glowy, not glittery). Skip this if you have breakouts as it will just, well- illuminate them. :) Now for the tired gal’s most important item- concealer. I still am pretty loyal to Cle de Peau in beige (one very expensive stick does last at least a year- and I use a good amount of concealer!)- the other one I really like that REALLY covers is Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer.  I make sure to dot this around the corners of my nose and crease of the chin as redness in those areas make you look more fried.  After that, adding a swipe of cult fave Touche Eclat highlighter to the undereye and outer corner of the eye  helps lift and brighten.

Step 3:  I prime my lids with Benefit LemonAid to eliminate lid redness and make my eyeshadow last a little longer.  Following that I fix my brows up with the best brow pencil/ brush there is, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. I’ll add a fresh pop of color to the cheeks with Sephora’s Gel color (love the Dahlia and Waterlily)- this stain lasts all day too and keeps your complexion looking bright not dusty (tip- blend it quickly as the stain sets pretty fast!) Over that I dust my long time love, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze for a little color and glow.

Step 4: Then I dust a pale neutral shade all over the lid and browbone (like in this Nars compact in Bellissima) and put the medium taupe shadow on the lid.  For a little extra definition I’ll add a dark taupe or plummy brown shade to the outer corner and crease (which I didn’t in the pic below because we were just going to my parent’s house).  Then I’ll pop on a couple coats of this Dior curling mascara and a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s Nude gloss and GO.

Pretty much all the products talked about here on my face (car selfie style- please pardon the face that I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in over 10 weeks… yikes!) It’s a natural look and simple and easy enough for every day.  When I have a meeting I’ll add a little eyeliner (I like Laura Mercier’s Cake Liner with a thin angled brush for that) and wing the edge a little to open the eye a bit more.

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(scarf via Two Penny Blue (who is hiring in three positions!!!) , earrings via JCrew (old)- similar here)

 

Down For the Count

Well, it seems I ran myself a bit ragged this week and into a bout of sickness.  Which stinks, especially with my little guy around (praying he stays healthy).  Today’s post will have to wait for next week. Sorry guys! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and those in the eye of the snowstorm stock up on wine, snacks and a whole lotta Netflix (if you haven’t watched Damages, The Killing or Friday Night Lights, start there..)

Me, I am in my own bed- but this one wouldn’t be too bad either.

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My Lowe’s Basement Renovation Reveal!

We completed the renovation of our basement the week before Henry was born, but it’s taken me until now to get it really ready to show you- obviously I’ve had a lot on my plate! We are SO, so happy with how this turned out- aesthetically and functionally! Andrew is no longer working from home as of next week, but having a home office is so wonderful as is creating a little playroom/ den for Henry. He’s not using it much now, but I know he will! And if Andrew wants to watch a football game with friends (and I don’t), this space is awesome. A big thanks to Lowes and DM Painting & Carpentry for doing the dirty work with a smile (they are GREAT).

You might notice a similar color scheme as our living room upstairs- and this is because I re-homed our pillows from the sofa down here as I prepare a little update to that space (going with blues!) But for down here we needed to be budget friendly so we re-used items we had in other rooms/ storage and got the rest at IKEA, Target and Etsy mainly!

So here it is!

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rug // coffee table // sofa // wall color- Sherwin Williams for Lowes-Modernist Gray

New Trad Designers 2016

So, this feels strange to ask but I’m hoping you guys will vote for me to be one of this years New Trad “Rising Star” Designers.  I feel kind of silly entering myself, but in this world of never-ending online media, there is still something very desirable and rewarding about being in print.  And I LOVE Traditional Home- in a time when I’ve stopped getting a few shelter magazines I used to love- I started getting this one (and Veranda, another fave!)

So please go here to vote.

A few portfolio images I picked as examples of my “new traditional” work!

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LINDSEY’S KITCHEN RENOVATION – PART 2

You asked and here it is- an update on Lindsey’s reno! Enjoy! -EG

Hi guys! I’m excited to finally update you on our kitchen progress (if you missed the first post you can check it out here). Back in October we designed and ordered our Deerfield assembled cabinets through Cabinets.com. The expected production time was 4-5 weeks, plus another 2 weeks in transit, and everything arrived right on time. I was a little nervous that all of the cabinets wouldn’t make it here from Florida in one piece (unfortunately damages and delays are all too common in our industry) but thankfully everything went great. Here’s a peek at our dining room after we were left with 30+ boxes worth of cabinets and trim.

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