Finding Style, and a Smile

The components of style and design are present in every aspect of our lives these days. How beautiful is that? What used to be out-of-reach to many of us is now accessible for our homes and for our families. I get out of my Dwell-for-Target sheets in the morning, drink coffee out of a MoMA mug, water my flowers in their Martha-Stewart-for-Macy’s pots with a pink Cynthia-Rowley-for-Target hose, get dressed in a Vera-Wang-for-Kohl’s outfit that looks like it’s fresh out of a fashion magazine, and outfit my toddlers in True Religion designer-denim jeans. I’ve taken a very big slice from the style-for-everyone pie the stores are dishing out.
What I’ve seen though, is not just how the style cues are absorbed and integrated into our daily routines but what that style does for our routines. In our increasingly busy, scheduled lives, design provides touch points of inspiration, fun and a sly smile for something that makes your day better. If I can eek out a little bit of extra joy in life between errands, work and life—then serve me another slice!

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Minimum Mommy Makeup–For Real

I often get asked, “What’s the minimum amount of makeup I can wear that makes me look just a bit more polished and less tired? Oh, and no special brushes etc. I need to be able to do it in 2 minutes flat.”

Set yourself up for success by taking care of your skin–minimal makeup is easy if your skin is healthy. At least wash and nourish it at night if you can’t quite swing the full morning routine. Bare minimum in the AM? Sweep a toner over your face using a cotton ball as a quick-cleanse method, then put on a broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15.

Go for the biggest bang products that light up your face and buy good brands that are produced using high quality pigments that are easy to “get right” plus if you have to return them because they just aren’t working out, you can if you bought them from a department store or Sephora.

Ok, makeup. Perfection is unnecessary and unexpected. Having an easy, fingers-only makeup arsenal is all you need to look fresh and vibrant.

Tinted Moisturizer [my go-to is Laura Mercier]

Cream-Stick Blush [my go-to is Bobbi Brown]

Mascara [my go-to is Maybelline Define-A-Lash, you can pick it up at Target]

Tinted lip moisturizer [my go-to is Bobbi Brown]
Done. A little practice and keeping it all together in a pouch that can go anywhere makes this do-able in two minutes, really.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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