Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's her beauty regimen?

My esthetician has a saying, "Great brows don't happen by accident, they happen by appointment." And she's so right. The right products and services, at the right time, can make a world of difference.

 lets get real. i did not wake up like this.

lets get real. i did not wake up like this.

Call me crazy, but when you get a great glam squad together, you hold onto them tight. For me, its so important to have strong women, who support strong women, as part of my beauty regiment. I want them to recommend products at a variety of price points because they work, even if they come from a drugstore. 

But hey, I'm no Kim K. I don't have a glam squad coming to my house everyday to do my hair and makeup, so I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way that I'm sharing today.


1) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Cetaphil is my go-to moisturizer. I have very sensitive skin, so anything scented or heavy is out. I usually put this on clean skin before bed or after getting out of the shower. It's also ideal for patting onto little dry spots after make up has been applied. 

Going hand in hand with moisturizing - wash your face every night before bed, before moisturizer. Clean skin is happy skin and moisturized clear skin is happy, healthy and appears younger. 


2) Beauty Blenders make the world go 'round

Press your liquid foundation into your pores for a dewy look, buff out the blush if you get heavy handed, and use the tip to blend liquid make up around your eyes and nose.

I'll be the first to say, I haven't found a knock-off that is as good as the real deal. Spring for the $20 beauty blender and you won't be disappointed. The cheap knock-offs just don't have the same texture or density.

*Warning: cats love to play with these so store in a secure location.


3) Clean your dirty brushes

I got one of these for my birthday and I'm in love. Not only can you clean your brushes with this, you can clean your beauty blender too! 

How often should you clean your brushes? I clean mine every time I change my bed sheets, which is about once a week (or once every two weeks if I'm feeling lazy.)

Having a lot of breakouts? Wash your brushes and change your pillowcase. Those are two major areas where you're transferring bacteria to your skin! 


4) Wake up those sleepy eyes with curled lashes! 

There are a few different types of lash curlers out there, but I prefer the metal pairs with an actual handle and somewhere to put your fingers as opposed to the small, plastic box shaped ones. 

Practice makes perfect with eyelash curlers. Go slowly, press down on your lashes and be sure you've fully opened the curler back up before pulling away from your lashes. 

Pro tip: Blast with heat from your hair dryer before curling your lashes for a curl that lasts all day. Carefully press the metal part to the inside of your wrist to check how hot it is before putting near your sensitive eye skin. 


5) Lipstick loves smooth lips

Do your lips crack or flake? Does your lipstick clump up or bleed away? Don't pass over your pucker! My absolute favorite lip scrub is this one from Lush. It tastes yummy, it's quick and easy and okay to digest. You just scrub it on with your finger in a teeth brushing motion, and you can lick it off or wipe it off. Even my boyfriend loves this stuff. I'd highly recommend. 

Lipsticks go on and stay on SO much better when your lips are smooth and exfoliated. Use a lip balm before bed to keep your lips moisturized overnight, and scrub off any dead skin in the morning before heading out the door!