Minimal Summer Everyday-Makeup

Before I started wearing makeup, I didn’t realize how conscious you had to be about the weather. I thought it was always simple, but I’m beginning to notice that as the seasons change, my make up needs to change with it. 

I feel like every month or so, I keep developing new everyday-makeup routines, and I finally found a perfect one for summer. It’s super minimalistic, extremely light weight, fast, and simple. 

So here are the products I’ve been using for my everyday-makeup routine. As you can see, the pile is very small, which means it’s easy to pack for traveling, and easy to reapply when you’re done with swimming. 

I actually forgot to add this little gem in the photo above. My eyebrows switch between this and another kit I have. I love how compact this one is though for this season, so it’s the one I’ve been using up. I start with filling and placing my eyebrows before doing anything else. 

This next step is the newest step in my makeup routine. This is a face toner I received from Ipsy. I didn’t try using it until the past few weeks and I am obsessed with it. I put a little on to give my face a glow. Now that I’ve been using this for awhile, I notice my skin tone has reduced it’s redness, which it’s a and issue I’ve been dying to fix. I put this on to give my son a radiant glow. This means I no longer have to put on a foundation cream, so my face doesn’t melt off in the heat of day. I love this face toner, and I’m so glad I found this alternative for this hot weather. 

My face toner may do its part in eliminating some of my redness, but my face still tends to cherry up in my T zone area. So concealer is a must have. I just spread this lightly under my eyes, my cheek bones, the center of my forehead, and my chin. 

Then, I set my face with my covergirl powder. This really helps set the concealer and create a flawlessly smooth skin tone on my face without getting me all greasy. I love doing this because I still feel coverage, but not suffocating coverage. 

I feel my best when I wear some sort of eyeshadow. Without eyeshadow I feel so exposed. Maybe it’s because the views in my eyelids are noticable. Or because I fear I always look tired. Whatever the case, I always try my best to mask these things with a touch of eyeshadow. Lately I’ve been using my Too Faced Peach palette, covering my lids like Georgia, the palest pinky shade, and going in with either Nectar or White Peach just to brighten my eyes up even more. I find these colors compliment my skin tone really well. 

These are the brushes I use to apply and blend my eyeshadow. There’s a small fluffy brush and then and big fluffy brush. Although these and rent extremely key elements in my makeup toutine, I’d thought I’d share them with you anyways because I love them so much. 

For mascara my current favorite is this one I got out of my Ipsy package recently. I think it creates the best natural length out of all my other mascaras. It really just tops the whole thing off. I’ve been wearing this one daily and I haven’t noticed any smudging or running. Sometimes when you wear mascara for a long period of time, you slowly begin to look like a racoon. Not with this bad boy. 

Lastly, I usually top my look off with a lip gloss. This just keeps my lips moisturized and makes my natural lip color pop. Keeping it simple and natural is my whole thing right now. 

I hope y’all enjoyed reading this and it helped you develop a breezy summer makeup routine of your own. This post is completely unsponsored, so all of these opinions are true. These products mentioned are really great. Take the time to check some out for yourself. Especially the face toner. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy

Emptying My Closet (Donating)

As we discussed in my last post, I’ve been doing a ton of decluttering. I went through the majority of stuff already. Decluttering made me be honest with myself about my interests, hobbies, and personality. Growing up, I became interested in different activities, different decorations, and a whole lot of art supplies. 

I know this isn’t exactly a “looks” topic, but I wanted to write about this in this category because the biggest change I noticed was my clothes. I emptied my dresser. Now I open up my dresser drawers and am shocked by how much I don’t have to wear. It actually makes me feel good, because before, I would together an outfit and legitimately worry that a better combination lied somewhere deep in the depths of my wardrobe. Now I can clearly see what I own, meaning I can leave the house in my best outfit possible. 

Now, being pretty much a grown up trying to find my path, I went through all these old things, like books, art stuff, clothes, and things like that. I had to ask myself if I actually am ever doing to take this hobby up, am I REALLY ever do to do such-and-such, and so on. 

I filled two garbage bags full of clothes. Tops, pants, and shorts to give to Goodwill. I shop at Goodwill, so I will probably steer clear of the one I donate to, in order to prevent buying my old stuff again. I also got together books I’ll never read, supplies I’ll never use and other stuff. 

I always think about giving back to my community. It’s an important thing to consider for each of us to do. My gently used things can be beneficial to plenty of people in my community. 

Some of us may not always be able to donate money or time. When I think about being charitable, I always think I don’t have enough to give. But one book, or one shirt, could make a lot of difference to one person, and that’s really the whole point. 

I consider this a success because decluttering not only helps me clear my mind, focus on what’s important, and help me mature. It’s also getting me to be involved in my local community by doing something selfless. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your living space, or like everything needs to be organized, try decluttering. Going through your stuff will give you a better sense of what you have, let you throw away/donate things you never use, and create more space for the things you love. 

Thanks for reading. I hope this inspired you to empty out the suffocating things in your life. It’s liberating to minimalize, in my opinion. And also, knowing that you’re offering something to other members in your community is fulfilling. 

Peace, 

Emma Katy 

Home Decor Projects  (p. 2)

Last Friday I shared with you all some projects I wanted to do to jazz up my room. Growing up has brought me to like a new color scheme, and has made me realize how much crap I hoard for no good reason. 

So over the past week I went through almost everything I own. I went through my nail polishes, my clothes (again), my art supplies, my books, and just random drawers and places around my room. I decluttered my room already by at least 45%. 

I’m still on this decluttering journey, which I will still share with each of you along the way. But in the mean time, I thought I should try to create a space I really enjoy being in. So I went antiquing and thrifting. Last Friday, I showed you all the before pictures, which you can find in the blog post titled “Home Decor Projects  (p.1)”. Here, I will be showing you the results, and how I’ve decided to purpose my new creations. 

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I painted the frame white, cleaned the mirror, and now this old mirror is a beautiful tray. I love it so much. I picked some perfumes and lotions to display to make it functional. 

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I turned this gross old silverware tray into a makeshift makeup organizer. I love it for my lipsticks, and to hold other things in place. It fits perfectly in my desk drawer. I love how this turned out. 

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I found some old puffy paint and thought it would be perfect for this. It’s not completely finished because I want to cover the whole thing in designs, but I’m so excited to start collecting memories to keep in this cute box. 

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These we didn’t change up so much. We just painted the frames black. They look so much better. It’s crazy what a coat of spray paint can do. 

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I really love these two. I moved my brushes to this big mason jar, (after spraying the mason jar white) and elevated my daily makeup with the candle holder. These things together help me organize my makeup even more and create a dynamic desk top. This was honestly one of my best ideas I think. 

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So I didn’t turn the cup into a candle. Instead I put clear rocks inside and used it as a book stopper. I love the candle beside it. These look amazing on my shelf. I love how my room is coming together.

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This is it you guys. The project you’ve all been waiting for. I love the painted base. I messed up a little and got some paint on the actual statue, but I think it gives character. 

Thanks to my awesome boyfriend for helping me out with these projects. He did so great painting pretty much every single one, even though it was so hot outside. I have a feeling we’ll be doing this many more times in the future. It was really fun to show him everything I found and be creative with him.  

Thanks for reading. I was really excited to share with you all these turned out. I hope you love them just as much I do.  

Peace,

Emma Katy