3-5-7 Makeup

I love reading about favorite beauty products, especially if they are drugstore finds (easy on that wallet!). As a stay at home mom, I don't need my beauty routine to be Kardashian-esque, but I personally do feel better when I've got a little makeup on and my hair done. All HAY-ELL can be breaking loose in the home, but if I feel put-together, I feel a little less harried and looney. 

I was getting ready this morning when I snapped a few photos to show you my favorite products for my on-the-go days. Let's call this my "3-5-7 makeup" ... three products for a really quick and basic face, five products for a slightly more polished look, and seven products if I actually have decent time and cooperating babies when getting ready!

New mom disclaimer ... iPhone photos, not great lighting, nary a piece of gorgeous marble in my home to lay these products on, blah blah. You're getting fast snaps on my bathroom sink, so ... yeah. :) All can be purchased on Amazon, and I've included those links below.

Three Products
These are the three items I'd pull out of my makeup bag if we were doing a quick morning run to the grocery store or drugstore. Not anything that would take more than 2 minutes to apply, but just enough to look rested and put together and not scare anyone away. 

Glamoflauge Concealer: super, super thick and heavy duty. Great for camouflaging the lack of sleep I've had.
Bobbi Brown blush in Pale Pink: my favorite, lasts forever. It's not cheap, so I purchased this before I quit my job, hoping that it would last me a while until I needed a new one!
L'Oreal Infallable lipgloss in Rebel Red: Super pigmented and lasts a long time. One coat looks casual, two coats looks va-va-voom. A stained red lip is such an easy way to look polished.

Five Products:
This will be more like a three or four minute face. Using the three basic items above, but adding in my favorite cheapie brow filler and two coats of mascara (no eyeliner). Having my lashes and brows defined takes the basic non-frightening face above and makes me a tad more confident about running into a neighbor or a college friend on a diaper run to the drugstore. 

L'Oreal Mascaramy favorite drugstore mascaras are always L'Oreal. The best! I like thick, voluminous lashes and a few coats of this does the trick. 
ELF Eyebrow Kit: I use this in color "light" for definition but not to have really strong-looking eyebrows. I don't have really thick eyebrows, so any darker color just doesn't work for me.

Seven Products:
Finally, here's the lineup that I'll use on a daily basis. It's not a date night look per se (I'd add in eye shadow and some pencil liner for my bottom lids for that), but it's an everyday made-up look when I actually have a decent amount of time to get ready.

L'Oreal Liquid EyelinerI've been using this liquid liner in Carbon Black or Blackest Black for YEARS now. It has a felt tip that is easy to apply, and after you get the hang of it, you could apply it half awake. Which is the perfect way to describe how I apply mine these days :)
L'Oreal Mineral PowderAnother favorite of mine for years now! Inexpensive, great coverage, and lasts a long time! 

So, there is a peek inside my makeup bag and my daily beauty regimen. If you could only use three makeup items, I'd love to hear what yours would be!


  1. Yes, I feel like I have my life together when I manage to do my make-up and hair haha. I really love the E.L.F. products.

  2. If I am going quick, quick, quick I at least have on foundation, under eye concealer, mascara and a lip of some kind. I'm a big fan of lip crayons and also any matte liquid lipstick. Anything that stays put!

  3. I have to do blush every day, helps me look well-rested when I am anything but!

  4. Totally agree with your blush choice! I am a tried and true Bobbi Brown fan! I would also add Maybelline Volume Express The Colossal mascara. So cheap at Walgreens and better than any high dollar mascara I've tried. My 3rd would be Bobbi Brown loose powder. Provides so much coverage but is light and doesn't look "caked on" like most liquid foundations!

  5. Elf's blush/bronzer combo pack is my FAVORITE! You should try it next once you run out of the fancy blush! :) haha

  6. Love this post! I am all about learning about affordable go-to beauty products! I need a new lip gloss and definitely think I am going to try out the one you use! :)

  7. I love the elf eyebrow kit! That is one of my go - tos! They also make a wonderful bronzer/blush!

  8. I love that Loreal mineral powder! It's as good as the Bare Minerals I was using and half the price. I'm also a believer in a good blush. Nars is my favorite and will last me a year & a half!

  9. Love this post and LOVE me some makeup. I am not so much a drugstore makeup kinda girl with one exception. My desert island 3 items would be the following:
    #1 ALWAYS ALWAYS Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir. I am a makeup junkie, and I've literally tried it all. This is HANDS DOWN the best volumizing/eye awakening mascara ever. Worth the price. I'll wear this and nothing else.
    #2 Eyeliner--you can smudge it and use it as an eyeshadow sub and it just wakes my eyes up. I do enjoy a drugstore buy here--Cover Girl Perfect Blend Eyeliner in basic black.
    #3 A good foundation or tinted moisturizer. I love Laura Silk Creme foundation and I cycle through tinted moisturizers but currently enjoying Trish McEvoy's.
    And to throw in a #4-I am a sunscreen queen w/ super sensitive skin and I really like the Josie Maran argan SPF 47 sunscreen for my sensitive face/neck area.

  10. April what do you do in the summer months in terms of self tanning and foundation? Do you tan your face and just go up a shade in the loreal powder or just use a bronzer? I'm fair skinned so I'm never sure what to do. I use jergens on my legs arms and chest but would love some tips for the face and makeup. Thanks for these suggestions picked up the mascara and eyeliner!

  11. Thanks for the tips! I love quick and LOVE cheap! :) I have an expensive brow filler but may try this one, when it runs out!

  12. Sweet pic!! I am bookmarking this post!! Thanks...this is awesome.

  13. Is that the lip stuff you are wearing in the top pic??

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