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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Minute Face

For the first summer in my life, I've craved an eternal summer.  I'm usually more of a fall girl, but something about this summer, despite the fact that I have been sick during most of it, makes me want summer to never end.  I've been out of college for a little while (okay, a long while but I'll never admit it because I don't look my age), but I'm living vicariously through some of my Greek lineage this back to school season.

One of the saving graces of my college career was the five minute face, as it took me from "I just rolled out of bed" to "I'm a polished semi-adult!" without sacrificing my sleep.  Regardless of where you are in life - high school, college, post-grad - I highly recommend having a five minute face routine, even if it's not something that you use every day.

In the tutorial below, you'll notice that I've not only linked to the products that I use, but to budget friendly products, as well!

No Makeup Makeup


I don't like how heavy and cakey foundation looks on me, so I go with a CC Cream.  Right now I'm using Clinique's Moisture Surge CC Cream with SPF 30, and it leaves my skin looking glowing and healthy.

  (More color options available here • $10 cheaper + still as great option available here • $6 alternative available here)  


I don't do a full on contour, because that would take entirely too long.  The contour palette that I use has a highlighter and two shades of bronzer, so I skip using the darkest shade of bronzer.  I use the highlighter to highlight my cheek bones, then use the middle shade of bronzer underneath my   cheekbones and on my forehead.  (When I'm doing a three minute face, I also use the highlighter shade on my eyes!)

(brush I use available here • $4 drugstore alternative here)

Powder (c/o)

Y'all, this Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder is good.  Last weekend I went to my little brother's football game, and it started absolutely pouring.  I had no umbrella, and because it was the end of the evening, I wasn't even worried about my makeup.  You would never know that I had just walked through a torrential downpour; my contour was still there!  The same thing happened this weekend when I went to the (rained out) Bristol race.

When I apply this powder, I do a really fine coat on my face just to set everything, and then use it to blend my under cheek bone contour.  If you're going to splurge on one thing in your make up bag, let this be it.

(brush I use available here (c/o) • $6 alternative available here)

Bronze Eye shadow

I'm a big fan of palettes because there are so many options, and you can use what best suits your mood or outfit.  (And they typically come to brushes, which is great when you're in a hurry.)  Right now, I'm really into light bronze shades, like a lot of the shades in this palette.  If I'm doing well on time at this point, I'll use a lighter shade on my entire eye with the bronze just in the crease.

($5 alternative available here)


In the past, I've skipped eyeliner in my five minute face.  And when I'm in a rush, it's the first to go.  But I think adding a really thin line of eyeliner adds an extra pinch of polish to my look.  (And eyeliner has been my friend in making it look like I actually have eyelashes! Haha.)  I really like this specific eyeliner because it's cheap and has amazing precision.

($3 alternative available here)


Because I'm still recovering from #eyelashcrisis16, I use the neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara  that goes along with my neuLASH.  This stuff is amazing; I layer on a few coats, and then my eyelashes magically appear normal again.  If you're looking for a new mascara, I recommend trying Tarte's Light, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara.  It's what I used prior to eyelash extensions, and it's one of my favorites!

($3 alternative available here)


I love lipstick, and I wear YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in Shade Nine (Rose Stiletto) practically every day.  In college I didn't touch lipstick, so if you're in the same boat, I would recommend a neutral gloss or a tinted balm.

($3 alternative available here)

Voila!  There's your trick to adding a pinch of polish to your look in five minutes!  Enjoy that extra sleep ;)

Do you have products you turn to when you're getting ready in a pinch?

PS - Items marked "c/o" mean that I received them for free.  All opinions are still my own.

PPS - Sorry for the lack of before & after pictures.  My eye is still healing, and it is not very photogenic right now! 


  1. I am all about quick makeup routines because.. Well I'm always freaking in a rush haha. I need to try out CC cream!! I've heard so many good things about it :)

    My go-to makeup item is my Naked Foundation.. I seriously don't know what I would do without it!

    XOXO, Kelsey

  2. Kat Von makeup is awesome! And animal friendly. <3<3 I'm loving the 5 minute face look as well. Now that I'm back to work, I'm always finding ways to make my products and "getting ready" routine more efficient.

  3. I love bronze eyeshadow. I used to wear it at my old job because it looked great with my work outfit.

  4. I always liked doing a full face of makeup in college, but now in post-grad life I'm in a rush to get to work or my internship many days, and also opt for a 5 min face!! Loved learning about your routine. (Some days I even have to do the 2 min face... which for me is just concealer, mascara and eyebrow pencil/gel!)

    xoxo A

  5. Great post! I'm always looking for new makeup to try! Thanks for the recommendations. I've heard great things about Kat Von D, and I have to agree, that Tarte mascara you mentioned is amazing :)

  6. Great products you got here! I would love to try Kat Von D's line too! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  7. Nice blog !

  8. I dont wear to much makeup but this is a great post sharing some great product!

  9. YSL's Rose Stiletto is one of my favs! And I really need to start using CC cream again especially during the summer months <3
    Green Fashionista

  10. I LOVE that Tartelette palette! It's one of my favorites!

  11. I know what you mean, I want summer to last a little bit longer too! It just went by too fast this year! Thanks for sharing this. 5 Minutes to get ready with these products is a win for me!