Good morning


I’m not very good at the beauty thing.  But counter intuitively, I’ve found a routine that works pretty well.

Morning routine

I didn’t wear make up until I was in college.  Not that I wasn’t allowed to, I just wasn’t interested.  Was I blessed with beautiful skin at a young age?  Not particularly, but I was able to escape acne until oddly, my mid twenties.  Having always been a tomboy, make up was a constant mystery even to this day.  Even after watching countless YouTube videos.  But over time I’ve managed to find a few products that works well for me, and I stick to them like super glue.  My very simple morning routine below.



I think no one wants to hear me mention Philosophy again after my massive love post on them awhile ago but this SPF 30 version of the Hope in a Jar is just awesome.  It’s the strongest SPF day cream I’ve found that’s not a super sticky mess.


Brows and Eyes:

Brows: I fill in my brows with this Sonia Kashuk brow definer, been using it for years and it’s like 6 bucks from Target.

Eyes: And because of the surgery on my right eyelid, liners and shadows get extremely tricky because absolutely everything creases into that odd fold within 10 minutes unless I use the Urban Decay base which is strong, but unfortunate irritates my skin so I can’t use it everyday, nor do I want that extra step.  This Stila liquid liner is the only one I’ve used so far that stays on all day on its own (and I’ve gone through pretty much that entire “best sellers” eye liners stand at Sephora).  Until it no longer works, I’ll be using this for the rest of my life.  It owns my soul.


Sometimes I’ll go without eyeliner to give my lids a rest, the skin there gets sensitive occasionally.  2 steps, about 7 – 10 minutes depending if I mess up the liner.


Undereye and Face: 

Primer: I’m trying out the famous Smashbox primer and bought a travel version of it because I had another primer I was using full time.  I eventually switched to this completely and will probably get a full size version once I run out.  I do quick dabs under my eyes, and on my cheeks if I’m going to wear foundation that day.

Concealer: My under eye circles are so bad that normal concealers that are yellow based just don’t work.  There are 2 kinds of concealers that have more red in them and actually covers: the Tarte CC undereye color corrector and Benefit’s Erase Paste.  Which was odd to me; red cancels out green…so I guess my undereye circles are blue green?  Whatever, it works miracles people.

Foundation: I only wear foundation on my cheeks because of the redness there, and the Benefit Hello Flawless does a pretty good job for its price, and it has SPF!  Sometimes I’ll put it on my chin/forehead as well if I feel fancy.  But otherwise I just dab it on and blend with my fingers for good coverage.  I have a Beauty Blender, but again only on fancy days.

3 steps, about 6 – 10 minutes depending on if I wear foundation or not.


Fancy days only

Mascara: Mascara is a pain because of the odd lashes pointing every which way on my right eye due to surgery so I hardly every wear it.  If I must for major occasions it’s falsies.  Otherwise I do love the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara; it’s a bit heavy but does the job.  I love Sephora and their travel size options; this little tube is more than enough and saves me a ton of money.  This Shu Uemura curler has been with me for ages.


Shop the look:

I finish up with a nice spritz of a favorite fragrance and I’m out the door.  Oh right, lips.  Sometimes I’ll put on some Fresh tinted balm in the car.

All in all it takes me about 15 – 20 minutes to slap on my make up?  Not bad right?  I’m a believer of keeping things minimal; we only have this one skin to live in for the rest of our lives, the less crap I pile on it everyday hopefully the longer it will maintain.  As I desperately whisper to my pores “stay small okay?”

Is your morning routine a fancy one or a basic one?  Sound off below!

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  • I have both a simple morning routine and a more full out routine, depending on how much time I have and the mood I’m in. Definitely have to check out some of the products you mentioned.

  • Love this simple makeup routine. Definitely something I could do!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • I find it quite thick as well, that hot water trick is amazing! Thanks for sharing that!

  • It’s kind of awesome that you can look this polished without a lot of makeup. I think that says something about your style.. and I love that.

    Jessica | Cubicle Chic

  • Mallory

    I love the editing on your photos!! so pretty!

    mallory |

  • I’ve been using a concealer by Clarins for under the eyes and I’m so, so pleased with the coverage – though that doesn’t stop me from being curious about the Tarte under-eye corrector you’ve mentioned!

    ps. I love your product photography in this post, by the way.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Obsessed with Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! It’s my favourite, although sometimes it can get a bit clumpy a little hot water always fixes it 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  • Thanks for sharing! Your photos are awesome, and it is nice to see how others go about their daily routines.

  • Your choice is cosmetics is amazing!
    Nilu Yuleena Thapa
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  • Oh no! I had no idea, that’s a bummer!

  • Thanks Melisa! <3

  • Thanks Eva, you as well! 😉

  • They’re wonderful products! I just wish that the Smashbox primer isn’t so pricey!

  • I used to use a BB as well until I got bored of it haha! Give the Stila liners a try, they’re amazing! My only complaint is the brush tip go bad relatively quick, which is annoying when you’re trying to get a perfect line.

  • That stuff sounds amazing, I’d love to try it once I run out of my peel!

  • Thanks Ruth!

  • such lovely photos! you look gorgeous with the minimal makeup 🙂

  • Violette

    Great morning routine and nice products!


    Amazing products, you always look so flawless

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  • i’ve heard GREAT things about the stila liner but when i found out they’re not cruelty free </3 i just couldn't bring myself to buy it. i'm trying to go more cruelty-free when it comes to makepu products but i love the flatlay! x

  • I keep my makeup minimal too. I loved getting a peak into your makeup routine!

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  • Melisa

    always love seeing your flatlays! amazing post dear | Youtube x

  • those are some great products!

  • Maria

    Perfect girl you are.

  • Eva

    Great to know your morning make up routine. I also use minimal make up. I don’t know why but I don’t quite like it. Anyways, have a wonderful weekend <3

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  • Taylor

    Great post, thanks for sharing your routine!
    Love the photos.

  • Hello Flawless is my favourite foundation x


    Nice post! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love the Smashbox primer and Stila liquid liner. Both have been a staple in my makeup drawer for a while. I need to try the Too Faced mascara!

  • I love Sonia Kashuk products! Thanks for sharing girlie.

    XO, Jessi

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great routine! It looks Beautiful!

    Adi xx

  • Breana Newton

    love the makeup routine and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing very much.

  • Love Koko

    Alice, i feel you I’m 23 and really don’t like to wear too much make up I keep it less just with some mascara and eyeliner, I just go full makeup when I have a show or something

  • Alice, what a great post! I am very simple when it comes to my makeup routine as well. On most days, I just apply a very light “foundation” (actually, it’s a BB cream by Pupa), a bit of concealer and an eyebrow pencil. When I have something special, I also use MAC eye-liner gel and some mascara, but it got a bit dry recently, so I am looking for something new to test. I’ve heard many good things about Stila eyeliners, so I am curious about that one:) Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend!


  • Loving the black, white, gray aesthetic of your photos. I’d like to try the Renewed Hope. Looks luxe.

  • Benefit foundation is what I use too and I love it!

    xo Lacey

  • Siffat Haider

    I absolutely love Philosophy. I’ve been using their charcoal activation treatment and it’s amazing!

  • Ruth Maldonado

    Your skin is beautiful! I am all about simple makeup and not taking a long time to put it on! And the Stila eyeliner is one of my favs too!

  • I swear by Stilla eyeliner!

  • You’ve totally made me blush 😉 THanks Keri!

  • It does miracles for people with deeper undereye shadows, definitely try it!

  • Same here. I can’t be bothered with more than necessary!

  • It’s lovely and cost effective, definitely go for it!

  • Need to give the sonia kashuk brow definer a try! I only have brushes from her (which I love!)



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  • Rach

    I love simple make up. That’s all any one really need! Thanks for sharing your beauty products!

  • I really want to try the Tarte CC cream, love how natural yet polished your look is! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS


    nice post

  • I would definitely try the sonia kashuk brow definer if they were available in NZ!!
    Kathy x

  • great routine! I have not tried any of these products and need to now!

  • Laura Macij

    Awesome post! I love your honesty and I’m already in love with the products!

  • Love your skin/makeup routine. Simple yet totally effective. You’re such a natural beauty!

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