Mar 232014

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Here’s Three Things” post, so I thought I’d give it a try. Life’s been very busy these last several weeks, and I’m making quite a bit of progress in my off-the-blog life. At the same time, I’ve been watching the new releases with interest and should have some good things to share over the coming weeks.

1.  What’s in your baggie? Here’s what’s in mine…. I’ve been traveling pretty extensively, refining my beauty routine down to the quick. Those breakfast meetings on the East Coast come awfully early when your plane lands late the night before and you are running on California time. On Twitter, Marina at Makeup 4 All asked whether I could do a look with five (5) items. Her question made me think hard about whether I could (and should) simplify my makeup for those uber-early occasions. I’m happy to report that this little system worked for me.

5 Things

  • A long wearing foundation:  Pictured here is Chanel Perfection Lumiere (shades swatched here), which has a matte finish that eliminates the need for a powder for much of the day. Another good option is Burberry Velvet Fluid Foundation (all shades swatched here). If I’m going strictly carry-on, I’d switch to the more baggy-friendly Nars Tinted Moisturizer, which has a squeeze tube and a touch stronger sunscreen.
  • A good, dependable mascara:  Pictured here is Guerlain Le 2. It gives me a good precise application, never flakes, and leaves my lashes feeling curled and flexible. (Score another point for eliminating the need for an eyelash curler).
  • A good pen liner:  I’ve used Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er in this picture, but I’ve also used Nars Stylo as well.  On some occasions, I’ve eliminated any liner from my bag completely. Then, I bring a push brush (like this one from Laura Mercier).  To line, I just push the brush onto my mascara wand and line my lids as normal.  This makes room for an all-purpose concealer (usually MAC Pro Longwear, which can be used for both face and under eye) and, as the name suggests, does last well.
  • A good lipstick/gloss:  Here, I’ve pictured Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss which is always fabulous. Your taste may vary.
  • A multi-tasking blush: This Nars Multiple in Maui (or alternatively, Malibu). These can be dabbed on cheeks for a blush, and dabbed on lips for a touch of color. Another nice option are the Chanel cream blushes (some are swatched here), because their slim compact and finger-friendly application makes them foolproof.

Sometimes I slip some skincare samples, as well as one envelope of the Dr. Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta peels in the mix to do late-night facials as I catch up on work back at the hotel in the evenings.

Dr Gross Alpha Beta Peel7

 2. In the spirit of Spring Break, March Madness, and Gifts for Grads:  The very lovely Masik perfumes sent us three collegiate fragrances. In case you don’t know, these fragrances are designed by Katie Masik, intended to evoke the memory-scent and spirit of different colleges throughout the U.S. ($39 each). These are eau de perfums –still, a little goes a long way. You do not need a full spray to get a full, lasting scent.

masik perfume

I can say that these would be lovely for a college-aged student, or a true fan of any of the schools (trust me, I’ve seen alum on game day all decked out in school colors, why not fragrance?)  I liked University of Kentucky’s the best–it was  a powdery soft floral, with a touch of apple and plum.  Penn State’s was a spicy floral with a pleasant mix of rose, lilac and jasmine. For the orange and green of the University of Florida (go Gators!) I received the men’s version, which is a bright, spicy scent with orange, musk and mint.

Masik college

Although these can be purchased from Masik’s website, Cafe Makeup is pleased to send out these exact sample bottles that we received free of charge (each has been spritzed once or twice) to the first person from any of those three schools with an email with one of the three school’s “.edu” address.  So if you’re a Wildcat, Nittany Lion, or a Gator, just leave a comment using your  “.edu” email address in the comment section. Don’t worry, your email is only visible to us and won’t be publicly displayed.

3. Get to a spaaaaaa! I have to admit, this time on the road has left me wanting to have an at-home spa day more than once. Some scrubs can feel harsh or abrasive. I was pleasantly surprised by this Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Whipped Body Polish ($34 for 12 oz. tub).

FHF Sweet Tea Scrub1

Although I expected the texture of this to be grating, in fact it was very soft and moisturizing. The Sweet Tea scent was calming and soft, not at all strong.

FHF Sweet Tea Scrub3


The scent faded as soon as the scrub was washed away, so that it didn’t interfere with my fragrance du jour.

FHF Sweet Tea Scrub label1

Well, those are my thoughts of the day. Oh, and also in the meantime, I’ve become a Google Glass Explorer. I’ve been playing with the concept of using them to do some brush reviews to start. Would you watch a video brush review? If so, would you want both a full review with stills on the blog and video? Let me know?

The Masik Fragrances and the Farmhouse Fresh scrub were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains some affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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  12 Responses to “Here’s Three Things….”

  1. I went to UK!! Those collegiate perfumes are such a neat idea!!

  2. I went to UK, too, and did not know about the perfumes! MUST own!!!

  3. Thank you for the mention, loved reading about your picks! 🙂

  4. Would love the Penn State bottle! We are!

    • Great! You are the first Penn State person to respond–I’ll send you an email to get your address right now! 🙂

  5. I don’t have a edu address because I’m alum but you can see from my email address I’m a dedicated UF educator! Love the blog & thanks for the lovely MAC blush I got from eBay. Taker care.

    • Perfect, Sarah–I’ll send you an email now for the Gator scent–it’s for “him” but hopefully you’ll enjoy it (or find someone in your circle who will)! 🙂

  6. Lining with mascara is *brilliant*! Thank you for that tip!

  7. Still at Penn State, would love to try the PSU scent. It’s a great idea!

  8. Another Penn State alum here. I always wondered about these scents. Glad you were able to sample the PSU one, sounds nice!

  9. For me my quick look baggie has these in it: Nars TM, L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition, Armani Blush #2, Prestige Eye Kohl in Black, L’Oreal Infallible in Iced Latte and either Lipstick Queen Medieval, Burts Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin, or Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. This always equals a very natural polished and most importantly “awake” look in my arsenal. If you didn’t know me you’d not be sure if I was wearing any makeup or if I was just looking very fresh and well rested.

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