Keep Your Head Down, do the Work, and do you.

Something that has been weighing on my heart a lot lately is others’ opinions of us. This has been on my mind with my goal setting I’ve been talking about recently for 2020 (more on this in my Instagram stories and recent posts). One of my goals for 2020 is, “Keep your head down, do the work, and do you.” I decided for 2020, I’m going to do what I do best. The form that will take I am not sure of quite yet, but what I do know is that I’m going to be so stinking proud of what I do.

This year, I had my ups and downs with trying to find out what I was meant to do. I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to serve my audience with my talents or what exactly I was good at. I always tell John that my mind moves a million miles an hour BECAUSE IT DOES! I have a new idea approximately every 15 seconds and I want to give them all a go. Unfortunately, that’s not very practical.

In 2019 I discovered what I’m good at, how I want to serve people, and most importantly that I do not care one bit about what people think about what I’m doing. The people who get it, get it and those who don’t will never understand. I do not have time to convince people that what I’m doing is good, nor should I! I do this for me and for my community. That is all that matters to me.

Does that mean when people don’t understand my dreams or support them it doesn’t hurt? Absolutely not! We all want that reinforcement that what we’re doing is right. It feels so good to have others tell you how your work is paying off, but I don’t need exactly that anymore. What I need is for one random person to say, “You make me laugh when you call yourself a potato because I feel the same way all the time.” or “Your posts lately have been absolutely on point and I just wanted to tell you that.” or “This is a must-read!” Guess what? These are all things that have been said to me in literally the last week. Most from friends, some from strangers who have become friends, all meaning the world to me.

In 2020, I don’t need my family to tell me that I am a great writer or my friends to listen to my podcast. I don’t need you all to sign up for my email list or buy into my finance coaching. I need to keep doing me, keep doing what I love, and absolutely crush this near year. I promise you 2020 is not ready for this girl.

Cheers!

Affordable Friendsgiving Hacks

Hosting can get expensive really quickly, especially if you are one to be hesitant to ask for help around the holidays. Some times guests forget how expensive it can cost to feed a large group of people, decorate for a party, set up beautiful tables, and all the things that come with hosting. Today, I’m going to walk you through a bunch of different ways you can save on a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whatever large meal you want to host!

If you’re doing a Friendsgiving, my biggest advice is don’t make it fancy. Your friends get you and the point of a Friendsgiving is to get together with your friends and spend some time together eating munchies and getting drunk. Other holidays with family is the time to get fancy (if that’s what you want to do). Even if you want to go all out, here are some ways to make the most out of the least.

1. Upgrade premade food

Do not be afraid to buy things premade. Most of the time dishes are more expensive to buy premade, but some times you take a basic edition and take it to the next level. For my Friendsgiving, I made boxed mac and cheese but added some extra butter and milk, some real cheese, and bacon to take it to an entirely new level.

You can do this with things like premade cookie dough, boxed cakes, precooked meat, frozen veggies, and so much more. Not only will this save you money, but it will save you time.

2. Keep your menu simple

You do not need 8 side dishes and 3 types of meat for a meal. I understand people like variety, but you make your life so much harder and honestly, no one is going to be disappointed if you don’t have 3 vegetables, 3 casseroles, and potatoes 9 ways. You need to focus on a few things, make enough for everyone, and keep moving.

You can also keep your menu simple by picking easy recipes. We all know everything tastes better from scratch, but there are super easy recipes for lots of dishes like cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and all the other classics. Pick recipes that take less time or bake at the same temperature and you will save yourself from spending half a day cooking or buying a million ingredients.

3. Use what you have

This tip rings true for both food and table settings. Try to find recipes that use lots of ingredients/spices you keep on hand in your house. This keeps you from needing to buy a bunch of extra things and spending more money.

For table settings, don’t be afraid to use your everyday dishes. I use paper plates to make clean up faster, but also because I have them in bulk from Costco. I just bought a few smaller dessert plates and themed napkins to add some holiday flair to my table.

4. Ask for help

I know for a lot of people this is hard, but this will make your life so much easier. If you want to have a Friendsgiving, but you’re the only friend who knows how to cook, that does not make you responsible for paying for all the food. Ask your friends to chip in some money or buy booze for the party! I’m sure they will be happy to since you’re the one cooking them a big, fancy meal.

If your friends do know how to cook, ask them all to bring a dish. This means less cooking for you and less cost for you as well. Don’t be afraid to see if your friends want to come early to help you cook too. My best friend and I love to cook together! My other friends love to cook as well, but they usually end up drunk and messing things up before we’re done.

This same idea applies to your family. I know it’s harder to ask them for money, but asking them to bring a dish or help cook is such a good idea!

Just remember you’re putting together this meal to spend time with friends and family. Making food for people is so special to me and getting to share time with the people you love is so important. It’s not about the fancy place settings or your elaborate floral arrangement or your hand made napkins from Peru (although that would be amazing). Spend time, share stories, make memories.

Cheers!

Recipes I used for my Friendsgiving food

Cranberry Sauce

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108649409748513346/

Green Beans

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108649409748513331/

Sweet Potatoes

1 large sweet potato

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400. Chop the sweet potato into 1/4 inch cubes. Mix butter, sugar, and syrup in a mixing bowl. Toss chopped sweet potatoes in sugar mixture. Oil a baking sheet and spread coated sweet potatoes evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 18-22 mins and flip halfway.

Stuffing Balls

1 bag of chicken flavored stuffing mix (I used 365 brand from whole foods)

1/4 cup celery

1/4 cup yellow onion

2 cup chicken broth

1 smashed clove garlic

salt and pepper

1 tbsp butter

Heat oven to 375. Finely chop celery and onions. Add 1 cup of chicken broth to a small pan and heat with onions, celery, and garlic on high heat, stirring occasionally. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Once the mixture boils, bring down to a simmer for about 8 mins. Remove the mixture from heat and add it to your stuffing mix. Add the rest of your chicken stock to the stuffing mix and mix. Layout a cooking sheet size pan of foil. Form your stuffing mixture into balls and place them in the center of the foil in a rectangle. When all the balls are made, top each with a little butter and then cover with the outer edges of the foil. (basically roll it up into a little pouch, but leave a little bit open for venting). Bake in the oven for 15 mins.

Rotisserie Chicken

Cocktail

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108649409748513830/

Pumpkin Pie

The recipe is on the back of Libby’s pumpkin puree in a can. I put mine in a frozen pie crust to bake.

Mac and cheese

2 boxes of Annies Classic Cheddar Shells

2 Tbsp milk

1 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese/Monterrey jack (I used a mix of the 2)

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (shredded)

4 strips of bacon

Preheat oven to 375. Cook the pasta noodles in salted water till they’re al dente. While noodles cook, fry up some bacon in a pan until extra crispy. Drain the noodles and do not add them back into the pan yet. Make the cheese mix on the box in the pan as the instructions say. Add 2 extra tbsp of milk to the cheese mixture. Add in 1 cup of cheddar and 1/4 cup of parmesan to the cheese mixture and stir till melted. Add noodles to the cheese mixture. Chop the cooked bacon into bits and add it to the mac and cheese and combine. Transfer to an oven-safe dish, top with remaining cheese, and bake for 15 mins or until cheese melts.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I linked all the stuff I got so far for you guys on my ShopStyle App. I also linked it directly through Nordstrom if you guys want to check it out once the sale goes live for everyone!

Just a big reminder with this sale, do not send yourself into debt for this sale! Only buy what you need and don’t open up a credit card just to gain early access. The sale is very long and they restock frequently during it. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of cute stuff to go around! I hardly bought anything and most of what I did buy is for my new job. Just wanted to share incase anyone was curious what I got!

I will also update this post later if I buy any more or return things because they didn’t fit!

Click on the pics to shop!

4 ways to deal with stress

When I was in high school it was really the first time I felt like I had to start dealing with stress. When I came to college, that changed dramatically. My stress levels went through the roof and I knew something had to be done. We all deal with stress differently and we all have stresses from different things in our lives. It can be demanding jobs, being a mom, a wife, financials, but whatever the case, we can’t let it consume our lives.

Stress eats away at us. It ages us, gives us higher risks of disease, and mentally drains us. So what do we do? Well, these are some of the things over the years I have found that help me deal with stress.

1. Manage your tasks

The thing that has helped me deal with stress the most is, by far, learning to manage everything I have to do. Most of the time, we all know what we have to get done. Yes, sometimes things slip through the cracks, but we know when a project at work is due, when the house needs cleaned, when we have meetings, when we have to get our kids.

For me, this would look like, okay I have a lab report, I have to go grocery shopping, I have to clean my house, I have to do homework assignments, I have to plan out my blog content for the week, and I have to remember to give the dog his flea and tick treatment all on Sunday…. This stresses me out like no other. Here’s the thing, earlier in the week, I knew I had all of those things to do. I know when I’m going to run out of food and when I usually clean my house on Sundays. If I get stressed, I just move stuff around.

When this happens I have to think about what MUST get done. Do I have to do this today? Can I put this off till tomorrow or the next few days when I don’t have as much to do? When you prioritize and manage all that you have to do, you take a lot of stress off your plate.

2. Schedule time to do nothing

When you’re thinking about all the tasks you have to do in a week, schedule some time where you have nothing to do. Schedule time to watch Netflix, stare at your wall, do whatever you want. This is time where you have no obligation, no responsibilities. You can use this time to get ahead on some things, pay your bills, or other productive things as well. Sometimes having that buffer time built into your days can help you make up for time lost. It’s always good to have more time on your hands than not enough.

3. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

We never know what’s going to happen to us in life. Seasons of life come and go and all we can do is try to be as prepared as possible for what we can’t expect. When it comes to stress, we can try to prepare to avoid it. Financially, we can save money, don’t rack up money on credit cards, and pay our bills on time. With responsibilities, have a back up plan, put extra time in for travel, bring a snack, water your plant if you think you didn’t.

If you expect the worst, you can only be as prepared as possible. That doesn’t mean you’re going to avoid every bad situation, but at least you can avoid some unnecessary stress from unexpected situations.

4. Relaxation

When the stress inevitably hits, we all will have to get through it. In the moment, it’s not take a few breaths and move on. It’s get through the stress and deal with the aftermath. We’ve all been there crying or screaming or a combination of the two, overwhelmed with life. After the storm has passed, we all can take some time to go to the gym, a yoga class, cook a nice meal, do a face mask, read some poetry, watch The Office for the 9th time, relax.

Stress is an inevitable part of life. We can try to avoid it, manage it, but in reality, we have to make the best of a crappy situation. I hope these weren’t obvious things for you guys and that they can bring some ease into your lives. I know when stress started to hit me hard, I gained weight, I cried myself to sleep, but it was just a season. It took me awhile to learn to deal with stress this way and I feel like now I’m in a better place because of it. I hope this can help the same for you.

Lightroom Tutorial

Alright guys! My Adobe Lightroom tutorial is finally here! Its super simple and I will be doing more in depth ones as we go so you guys can learn and grow, but this is a great place to start! I hope you find it super simple and create some beautiful presets for your creative endeavors.

Sephora Skincare Worth the Purchase

Sephora has had some good stuff on sale recently and they also have some great products that I think are worth the splurge. Recently, I asked my instagram community what they liked to splurge on and skincare came up pretty frequently. I think skincare can be great to splurge on! I love to get a facial every now and then to renew my skin, but I also feel it’s important to spend money on good skincare products for home. These are some of the products from Sephora I think are worth the splurge and I personally love.

1. ANTONYM Certified Organic Baked Blush

This blush is subtle yet so pretty. This is great for fair skin tones like me, but it also comes in two other colors for other skin tones.

2. COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder

This is an AMAZING setting powder. It is worth the splurge if you do lots of photography because it makes you look so flawless and it has no flashback.

3. BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

This lipstick is really nice. It’s almost a satin finish and lasts pretty long. It won’t last like a matte liquid lip, but it’s not as drying.

4. SUMMER FRIDAYS Jet Lag Mask

This is such a good mask even if you don’t travel. It’s meant to rehydrate skin and deal with breakouts from traveling and it is so good and refreshing!

5. DRUNK ELEPHANT Besteā„¢ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

This is the perfect everyday cleanser for all skin types. I love how clean it makes my skin feel and it doesn’t have a strong scent either, which I can’t stand in skincare. If I could get John to purchase it, it would be great for him, but he probably knows I would steal it.

6.ISLE OF PARADISE Self Tanning Drops

These are really cool! I’m hesitant to try their tanning water, but I plan on trying their tanning moose when it restocks, but these are great to tan the face and keep it looking natural.

7. ORIGINS Clear ImprovementĀ® Active Charcoal Mask

This is a classic charcoal mask. I use it on my nose, forehead, and chin to clear out my pores and it drys quickly so you don’t have to leave it on for 30 mins. It’s easy and awesome!

8. FARMACY Dew It All Total Eye Cream

I received this in a FabFitFun box and I love it! I pop this under my eyes if I’m feeling tired or before bed to wake up with a bright, smooth under eye.

9. ORIGINS Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel

This is a great spot treatment for my acne prone girls. I just pop this on a pimple before I got to bed and it’s gone when I wake up!

10. CAUDALIE Vine[activ] Overnight Detox Oil

This oil has been on my shop my favorites page forever. I use this with my dermaroller and I wake up with a whole new face. I heavily recommend for anyone who has complicated skin.

I personally have owned and used every single one of these products and I hope if you’re going to make the splurge that you love it. If you try any of these make sure to let me know what you think!

Finding the Best Affordable Skin Care For You

Skincare can be a complicated topic. It can be very different based off of your skin type, your needs, and your budget. Since I think we all are looking to save some money, these are my tips and tricks to find the best affordable and natural skincare for you!

The first thing we need to cover is what is expensive skincare. I feel like this topic can be somewhat subjective because what you and I consider expensive may be chump change to someone else. All the skincare we are going to look at is under $20. I want to try and find each and every one of you an every day skincare routine for under $40 so that you can have face wash, toner, moisturizer, face masks, and some special products for an affordable price.

Next, we gotta cover where you can find these awesome products. There are places you can go into the store, but if you would like, you can do this process completely online. The best places I’ve found for affordable skincare is

-CVS

-Target

-Ulta

-Amazon

-Company Websites

Sometimes it’s actually easier to shop these things online because now most of these websites will break the skincare down based off if you have oily skin, dry skin, combination, acne, or trying to prevent aging. No matter what your skin type, I think you should be using a bare minimum of a face cleanser, toner, and a moisturizer. If your moisturizer does not have SPF in it, then you need to add that too so for each skin type we’ll find a set of these products that’s not only good for your skin, but good quality. Now, lets get into finding the best skincare routine for you!

1. Combination Skin

I’m honestly starting with this because this is my skin type and it is the one I hear about the most. I’m convinced it’s because of the climate here in the southeast, but who knows. For this skin type, you’re going to want a pretty generic face wash. If you get oily in the summer time you might want to try an oil control face wash in the summer, but otherwise keep it simple.

Face wash: Bliss Makeup Melt Cleanser $12

Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner $9.39

Moisturizer: Nourish Organic Ultra Hydrating Face Cream $13.83

2. Oily Skin

Oily skin is really great because it will actually help you naturally age less and dewey skin is very on trend right now! If you’re looking to manage the oils you have these are great products to manage your shine without drying out your skin!

Face Wash: Cerave Foaming Face Cleanser $14.99

Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner $9.39

Moisturizer: Beauty By Earth Face Moisturizer $13.99

3. Dry Skin

I feel like lots of bloggers and Youtubers have dry skin, but the only person I know who has dry skin is John so… Anyways, these products will definitely add the much needed moisture to your skin, but will also help deal with texture that tends to build up on dry skin. I also recommend doing high moisture sheet masks with this kind of skin. It adds that extra little something when your skin needs it most!

Face Wash: Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser $8.54

Toner: Lush Tea Tree Water Toner $10.95

Moisturizer: Nourish Organic Ultra Hydrating Face Cream $13.83

4. Aging

Honestly, I already use a retinol treatment and I’m 21 so don’t feel like this skincare is only for “aging” women. AGE IS JUST A NUMBER HONEY! This is to help your skin feel plumped and help your skin turn over so it stays free of texture and wrinkles. It also could be good to use the derma-roller linked below to help with turning your skin over.

For those of you who don’t know, our skin naturally sheds a layer to reveal a new layer every so often and as we age, this process slows down and causes texture and wrinkles on our skin. By doing derma-rolling and acid peels, we can help that process along.

Face Wash: Nourish Organic Age Defense Face Cleanser $13.99

Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner $9.39

Moisturizer:KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Creme $18.00

5. Acne

Girl this was me and is still me! I can’t say I struggled with acne because I handled it completely with skin care products and without seeing a dermatologist, but I got acne! Over the years I have gotten it under control and I heavily contribute that to a dedicated skincare routine! You have to make sure you are noticing what your skin responds to well and find the best products to deal with your kind of acne! For some, these products won’t be strong enough and for some these will change your skincare game! I just want you girls to remember that even if you’re trying skincare that doesn’t end up working for you, you can return it if you keep the receipt if you buy it direct from the company or from a large store that sells it. Don’t waste your money keeping products that don’t work for you and don’t be afraid to try them all!

Face Wash: Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser $15.00

Toner: Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner $10.63

Moisturizer: Beauty By Earth Face Moisturizer $13.99

Extras

Beauty by Earth Tinted Face SPF $12.99

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face $19.99

Dead Sea Mud Mask by Sky Organics $12.33

Pacifica Face Masks $4-6

Linduray Microneedling Derma Roller $12.97

Every product I have linked here is cruelty free, vegan, and organic. Some are GMO free, gluten free (Idk if that matters, but thought I’d mention it) and made with the best ingredients. I also hope this gives you some perspective that great skincare doesn’t have to break the bank! These products are great for you and the environment and I hope you find something you absolutely love!

If you try any of these, tag me in your pics of them or hashtag them #clarktips or #clarkskincare I love to see you guys trying and loving my recommendations!

As always you can click on any of the blue links to shop!

Why You Should Give Meditation A Try

I know its been awhile since I got a post out, but I really have been lacking inspiration and resources since I’ve been on vacation. I don’t like to make half assed posts and when I write something, I want it to be something I truly am happy to put on my blog. So what did I do? I sat down and took a deep breath and went back to the basics. I thought about what I love, what makes me happy, what I’m passionate about, and then it hit me? Why don’t I just talk about this? Why don’t I talk about how great it is to sit down, take 5 minutes to just sit and think!

So many people hear the word “meditation” and they think of some voodoo hippie sitting around a fire singing kumbaya (okay maybe not that but you get my point). There are so many people who are normal, everyday humans who meditate. People who don’t do yoga, who don’t drink kombutcha, who don’t have chakra rocks, who all meditate.

To me, meditation can consist of whatever you want it to. There don’t have to be guidelines to meditation; you don’t have to be in a specific place or meditate for a specific amount of time. Mediation is something you do to clear your mind and click your reset button. Think about when you’re at work and you’re having a rough day and then someone does something to just push you over the edge. Meditation can be even those few breaths you take to hold your shit together instead of blowing up on someone over something that will be insignificant in a day or two.

Sometimes I sit down and reflect on what has happened in my week, good or bad, and think about what I want to change for the following week and set goals and intentions to make my next week better. Other times, I genuinely need to just take a step back and reevaluate how I’m feeling whether it’s at work or in my relationship, and take some deep breaths.

I genuinely believe that everyone needs to take that time for yourself and be selfish for a few moments and only think about yourself. Taking time to reflect on yourself, your situation, and your life is such a good way for you to unwind and remember what is important to you.

If you still are hesitant about giving meditation a try, then don’t, but i genuinely believe you’ll be missing out on something that is so important for yourself. I hope you give it a try and discover something new, something great.

8 Makeup Essentials For Beginners

I understand that not everyone knows the ins and outs of makeup. It’s a skill that people go to school for! I like to think of makeup like bartending. There are people out there who go to school, learn to bartend, and get a full time job bartending and make bank! There are also “bartenders” who just drank a ton in college and learned that if you put vodka in lemonade, it tastes pretty damn good. Okay maybe not that simple, but you get my point. It’s the exact same way with makeup! There are famous makeup artists and then there are people like me who know how it should go on your face, but I’m no expert.

I know so many people who don’t like to wear lots of makeup or just have no idea what to do with makeup and I think these are some good basics to get your feet wet without completely changing what you’re used to.

1. Setting Spray

This bad boy will become your ride or die. If you’re like me and you slap your makeup on in the morning and then you have a super busy day and your makeup doesn’t come off till it’s time for bed, then you need to invest in a good setting spray. Even if you don’t have super long days like that, you still need to get a good setting spray. It not only helps make your makeup look nicer, but it keeps it stuck to your face all day! You spray some on before you put any makeup on your face and then spray it again once your makeup is all done and your face is locked on all day!

2. Concealer

I wear foundation under my concealer, but if you have half decent skin you don’t need foundation at all! I have really temperamental skin so I like to cover it up as much as possible, but for the average person putting on some makeup before work, this is all you need. I recommend getting 2 different colors of concealer if you can because you’ll want a shade lighter than your normal skin tone to cover up your under eye circles and then a shade that matches your skin tone to cover up any problem areas you’re having such as a blemish or any redness. Then you just blend it into your skin with a makeup sponge or a brush and you’re good to go!

3. Setting Powder

Setting powder is something I didn’t realize I needed until I started watching makeup videos on YouTube. Setting powder can either be translucent or it can be the color of your skin (I have one of each because I’m extra like that). The translucent one will work just fine unless you want a little more coverage on your skin. Then I would get one that matches your skin tone, just for a little added coverage. The 2 best things about setting powder are that it helps your makeup stay in place and it keeps you from looking oily throughout the day. You would start by using the setting powder to set any areas where you have applied a cream product. Anywhere you put concealer, put the powder overtop of it. This helps it look nice and stay in place all day! If you have oily skin like me, you know the struggles of when you’ve had your makeup on for 5+ hours and your skin starts to get shiny. If you keep a little powder compact in your purse, you can just get rid of that shine with some powder as well! Just add a little on to your shiny areas throughout the day, but don’t go crazy because it will start to look cakey if you apply too much.

4. Bronzer

Bronzer is just that little something to add some color back to your skin. I’m not talking full blown contour here, I’m talking applying a little bit of bronzer under your cheek bones with a big fluffy brush and then some across your forehead and done! Bam! That took you 8 seconds!

5. Blush

Same thing with blush, blush is that little something you can put on to add some color back to your face. If you already have some color in your cheeks, skip it! If you covered up all your redness, add on some blush to bring some natural color back to your cheeks.

6. Neutral Eyeshadows

Everyone can rock neutral colored eyeshadows. Theres hundreds of videos online on how to put eyeshadow on, but if you’re newer to makeup or just prefer a more natural look, then I would stick to shades of brown, cream colors, and light pinks. These look great on everyone and look very natural.

7. Eyeliner

Not everyone likes to wear eyeliner and I understand that; sometimes you just don’t need it. I would rather see girls wearing to eyeliner than see girls wearing black eyeliner a half centimeter thick across their whole eyelid! Eyeliner can go very wrong very quickly, but it can really open up your eyes if you do it right. I use brown eyeliner most of the time so it’s not as harsh as a black liner. I know there are a lot of people who use grey instead of black if they have blue eyes as well. Just grab a soft pencil or even try out the gel liner! That works amazing for me, but do a small line, staying as close to your lashes as you can, and stop when your lashes stop! That simple! I know your first few times may get a little bumpy or uneven, but practice makes perfect with all things so don’t give up on eyeliner all together because you cant get a perfectly straight line your first few tries!

8. Mascara

Mascara is my ride or die! I almost never leave my house without it. Mascara can be cheap and fabulous and it can be that one thing you do everyday just so you do something to your face! I like black mascara because I’m convinced everyone either has black lashes or blonde and they don’t make blonde mascara (or if they do they shouldn’t) so I’d stay stick to the black even if you wear brown eyeliner. My only tip for putting on mascara is to get the front and back of your lashes with the wand. This will give them more volume and even coverage. Also please put it on your top and bottom lashes! I know very few people who rock no mascara on the bottom so just give it a try. I promise you’ll like it!

I know you may be thinking holy crap Clarissa…. you said this was going to be simple and theres a bunch of things on this list! Yes I know, but if you put all of them on everyday, you’ll get really fast at it and you’re makeup will take you 10 minutes! Plus, you don’t have to get all of them! My daily makeup routine takes me about 20 minutes and I use about 15 products and I come out with a fully covered face of makeup. My mom uses 6 products and it takes her about 10 minutes to do her makeup. It’s about what you want and how much time you have! I hope if you’re intimidated by makeup, you give it a shot because it can be a really fun part of your day! Down below I left some of my favorite products for each category. Theres a high end option and a drugstore option for each (but honestly save your money and buy the drugstore one) Hope you guys enjoy!

-Clarissa

P.S In the photo, I did my best friend Heathers makeup using a bunch of these simple products and she hardly ever wears makeup because she is so naturally pretty (it’s so annoying) but she has very different skin than I do and most of the products worked great on her skin too! Just remember, not every product will work great for every person so don’t be upset if you hate one of the products I suggest, theres a million more out there to try!

Setting sprays:

Drug Store: Milani Make it Last Setting Spray

High End: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Concealer:

Drug Store: Better Skin Concealer By Maybelline

High End: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Full Coverage Concealer

Setting Powder:

Drug Store: Maybelline Fit Me Face Powder

High End: Laura Mercia No Color Translucent Powder

Bronzer

Drug Store: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

High End: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer

Blush

Drug Store: Wet and Wild Color Icon Blush

High End: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Neutral Eyeshadow

Drug Store: Morphe Brushes 12NB Natural Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

High End: Too Faced Natural Eyes

Eyeliner

Drug Store: Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner

High End: Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Liner

Mascara

Drug Store: L’Oreal Paris Lash Paridise

High End: Too Faced Better Than Sex