My everyday hair & makeup routine


If I’m being honest, my everyday hair & makeup routine changes quite often.

So… maybe it’s not so “everyday” after all? I’m trying or testing something new almost every single week, so I think it’s obvious that the products I use rotate quite a bit. If you are a long-time reader, then you probably know that I’ve struggled with acne all of my adult life, which is really how I found my love for makeup. Now that my skin is finally healing I have to say that playing with makeup is even more fun. My foundation finally looks good and my makeup doesn’t melt off an hour after application. You know what else is fun? Going makeup-free. Like…. actually leaving the house without wearing any makeup. It’s been years since I’ve felt comfortable enough to go shopping or out to dinner without wearing any makeup.

You know, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever gone out to dinner while makeup-free. It’s not that I wouldn’t feel confident enough, but when my skin was at its worst, I’d have people come up to me in the most random of places (like City Hall when I was getting my marriage license- nothing leaves a young bride feeling more confident than a stranger coming up to her, telling her she has bad skin) and offer unsolicited skincare or lifestyle advice- apparently rubbing your own urine on your skin helps with acne… you know.. just a little tip I got from an elderly lady waiting in line at a grocery store. No, I can’t tell you if it works because I haven’t tried it. The point is.. I love the fact that now, instead of feeling depressed every time I look in the mirror after washing my face in the morning, I can’t help but smile. I still have a lot of scarring left behind and I can’t imagine how good I’ll feel once that is gone as well. Ooookay, enough with the sob-acne-story….. the point is since my skin is feeling healthy my makeup looks SO much better and in today’s post, I’m showing you what my “everyday” makeup routine looks like these days.


My skin is very dry right now, but that doesn’t stop it from getting oily throughout the day. After applying my sunscreen I sometimes reach for a hydrating primer (like Too Faced Hangover) or Pixi’s Glowtion which adds a healthy glow to my skin. My foundation changes almost every day, but when I have a long day planned ahead I love using Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere– it’s has a natural-looking finish that isn’t too matte or glowing and works nicely with my dry/oily skin. I don’t need a lot of coverage under my eyes, but I do love using a bit of concealer like MAC Pro Long Wear in NC15 and set it with Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder. I set the rest of my face with MAC Studio Fix Powder.


I still have a lot of scarring left on my cheeks (especially the right one) so I avoid heavy contouring since it accentuates my scars and makes them more visible. You probably already know that I love a natural-looking contour and two products that are absolutely perfect for this are NYX Universal Wonder Stick and YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stone in Sunstone. I first go with the contour side of the stick (I do this before setting my foundation with powder) around my forehead, sides of my nose and hollows of my cheeks. After setting my foundation with powder, I take a big fluffy brush and apply YSL’s Sunstone all around my face to warm it up a little. This Bronzing Stone is so beautiful and the shade Sunstone is perfect for me- it isn’t too warm, it’s very easy to blend and works really nicely with my skin tone. I use very, very little blush- Hourglass Luminous Flush and then go in with my highlighter: Laura Mercier’s Highlighter in Indiscretion.

swatchesFree Spirit, Force of Nature, Funny Girl, Jet Black, YSL Sunstone, NYX Universal Wonder Stick, Hourglass Diffused Light, Hourglass Luminous Flush, Laure Mercier Indiscretion, Sephora Lip Cream in Marvelous Mauve, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich. 


I’ve been loving both Tartelette and Tartelette 2 palettes lately and reach for both pretty much daily. I apply Free Spirit from Tartelette all over my lid, Force of Nature on my crease, and Natural Beauty on my lower lash line. From Tartelette 2 I take Funny Girl and apply it on the mobile part of my lid. For mascara, I use my all-time-favorite: Dior Iconic Overcurl– this mascara seriously does it all! I don’t usually apply falsies on daily basis, but when I know I’ll have a long day or I’m grabbing dinner with a friend after work, I put them in my beauty bag and just apply them before leaving work and it just transforms my entire look. I don’t go overboard though- just good old Demi Wispies from Ardell. I actually cut the band short- I don’t cut them in half, but I cut off about 1/4 off the band and apply them in the outer corner. To blend them in with my lashes, I use an eyeliner brush and apply black eyeshadow along my upper lash line and smudge it up a bit. I love Lorac’s Jet Black because it has neutral undertones. Usually, I’d also go in with a flesh-toned liner for my waterline, but I couldn’t find my favorite one on the day when these pictures were taken, so I just used white one instead (NYX Milk) but I definitely prefer going for something more natural-looking like Pixi’s Eye Bright Liner. I also like my brows on a more natural side, which is why I love using powders- like Anastasia Beverlyhills Brow Powder Duo.


This also changes daily, but I love going for mauve colors. Here I used MAC lip liner in SpiceSephora’s Lip Cream in Marvelous Mauve and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich.


Before makeup




I keep it pretty simple when it comes to my hair. I use this curling iron, spray my hair with the CHI Iron Guard and curl big sections of my hair away from my face- just enough to create a little texture. I finish off with a texturizing spray- like Surf’s Up Eva NYC which I’m liking at the moment- it also smells amazing! I like using dry shampoo, even when working with fresh hair because my hair is almost a bit too healthy- it just feels soft, silky and smooth and I like when it has some texture to it and is a bit mattified. Right now I like Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak.


This pretty much sums up my everyday hair & makeup routine. Some days I just go in with a tinted moisturizer and mascara, and some I carry falsies with me in my bag- it just depends on what my plans are on any given day. Do you guys enjoy seeing posts like this one? I’d love to know what you think!


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    Kristina Wilde
    June 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Absolutely stunning babe! Love that tarte palette and been wanting to try that hourglass!!

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    June 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Paula,
    I really enjoyed this post, you look fantastic and so is your skin. I honestly couldn’t see any scar, mine are a lot worse but I know what you mean because I’ve been through acne too. Your make-up base looks very fresh and so luminous, I’m a bit jealous!
    I love Chanel foundations, my favourite is the Perfection Lumiere Velvet which is more on the matte side and extremely light!
    I do get out very very often without makeup and I’m convinced that especially if you don’t have good skin/blemishes etc, it’s better to let your skin breathe than cover it with tons of foundation and powders, that’s my opinion and experience. Have a good day! xx


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      Paula @
      June 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you so much Silvia! Oh trust me, it’s all about good lighting haha! My ring light always helps to even out my skin tone a bit! I’ve been meaning to try the Perfection Lumiere Velvet, it’s definitely next on my list!

      I always remove my makeup the second I come home from work and I actually don’t go out too often (most of the time I’m working, sadly and I do a lot of my work from home, so I don’t leave the house- no need for makeup on those days haha) so my skin gets to breathe a ton :) I totally agree with you about that! :) Thanks so visiting! :)

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        June 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        Thanks to you for replying to me Paula, I really appreciate it! I have to confess that you’re totally right about the lighting, just think of the beautiful instagram filters and the difference they make ;) xx

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    June 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    your makeup looks so good, you look so beautiful and glowy! want to try the laura mercier highlighter because i really like the way it looks!

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    June 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    You are gorgeous with or without makeup ?? Some people really need to mind their own business!! Thank you for sharing your routine. I’ve been interested lately in finding a good texturizing spray, so I’ll probably be giving your choice a try ?

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      Paula @
      June 16, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Aww so sweet of you Love, thank you so much!! You wouldn’t believe the things people would say to me when my skin was really bad. People acted like I had terminal cancer, saying how sorry they are for me lol that alone made me feel a lot worse haha. I am so happy to finally have clear skin!! I can’t stop looking at it :D

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    June 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love your everyday makeup, it looks so pretty and glowy! I’m happy to hear your skin has healed so nicely, you look lovely. I really enjoyed this post, looking forward to more! :)

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      Paula @
      June 16, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much Pat! You can’t even imagine how happy I feel with my skin right now. I used to cry every single time I looked in the mirror, now I can’t stop smiling when I see my skin! :) Never thought I’d live to see this day haha! :)

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    Biana Perez
    June 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I love the mix of expensive and drug store products for your everyday face!! You are gorgeous! xo, Biana

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    June 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    You are flawless Paula, and your eyes are gorgeous.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    Marette Flora @ Floradise
    June 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    You take gorgeous photos of makeup and yourself!

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    Ela BellaWorld
    June 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    You know what, when I was a teenager people also told me that rubbing urine on the skin helps with acne and they insisted on me doing it, however I didn’t do it, I really wonder who came up with that solution! My everyday makeup is kinds similar to yours. Everything looks flawless, I will be getting hair cut soon and I will definitely get something similar yours :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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      Paula @
      June 16, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Haha looks like I wasn’t the only one who didn’t find that appealing! Thanks so much Ela! I’m cutting my hair short again soon- it grew back so quick!! haha ;)

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    June 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    You look gorgeous!

    I love NYX soft matte lip creams! Your blog is lovely btw.

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    Maria Carolina Costa
    June 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm


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    Sophia LCS
    June 14, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    That YSL bronzer looks divine! Totally feel you on the acne struggles, too xx

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    Nicole Merza
    June 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Love it! You look so pretty!

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    June 15, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Is it a right time for a ‘go out to dinner without makeup challenge’? ;)

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    Miss Nev
    June 15, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Love the look!! I love using Tarte’s products x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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    Millie Robinson
    June 15, 2016 at 6:38 am

    You look so pretty! Love the Tarte Palette! x

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    Charlotte Lane
    June 15, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Gorgeous! Love this look and I love the look of the Chanel foundation and both of the liquid lips xo

    Char |

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    Holly Shannon
    June 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What a gorgeous look! I absolutely love the Laura Mercier highlighter, it’s stunning :) x

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    Мария Воротило
    June 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful make up! So soft and feminine.
    with ♥ by Masha | BRIGHT QUIETNESS

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    June 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Love love love your makeup look! Just gorgeous. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    June 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Your skin looks fantastic! I love how glowy your make-up looks. I’ve been itching to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting but man, Hourglass are so pricey I can’t afford it right now! The Tartelette palettes look gorgeous as well, and I loooove the Sephora lip cream, it’s such a beautiful shade!

    Amanda Jayne | beauty, style, life

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      Paula @
      June 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much Amanda! Honestly, I didn’t know whether or not I should splurge on that palette, but it’s my most-used LE palette. I reach for it almost daily. Those Tarte palettes are pretty amazing too, so versatile!

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    The Gossip Darling
    June 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    You have some great choices! I really need to try the Too Faced Hangover primer as I’ve heard so many amazing things about it….I also want the MAC pro long wear concealer.

    Mel |

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    Adele Miner
    June 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Your make up is so flawless.. gorgeous! I am in love with your blog also by the way! x

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    June 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! So radiant! Your skin is so healthy and the makeup looks like it just glides right on, love this girly.


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      Paula @
      June 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Aww Mika, my Love you are the sweetest! My skin still has a long way to go- I’m planning of getting laser treatments for my scars, but I’m so happy with my progress! Thank you so much!

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    Kiss & Make-up
    June 16, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Well, keep doing what you do cause it’s working! You look beautiful.

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    The Sunday Mode
    June 16, 2016 at 6:42 am

    There’s a couple products here I’m definitely going to look into (especially that NYX soft matte lip cream…). It’s so nice to see a photo of you on your blog as well, you’re gorgeous Paula!

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    June 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

    You are so beautiful & look great both before and after! xx

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    Yvonne Ashon
    June 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Pretty skin.

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    June 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I really can’t believe how rude some people can be. Just after I had my son I was dealing with a lot of skin issues. I remember taking my son for his doctor appointment and she stopped in the middle of her exam to ask me if I had rosacea. I was like um no? I was feeling rather confident that day, but the skin care product I was using caused my skin to get red in the heat and it was a hot day. I get it. :(

    You look stunning in both of your photos! Seriously! :)

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    Delaney Rae
    June 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    So pretty, that hourglass palette looks gorgeous! Xx

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    Caked To The Nines
    June 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Girl that GLOWWW gimme. Your skin looks so good without makeup!! I can’t believe people would come up to you and try to give you unsolicited advice.. and most of all tell you to put urine on your face wtf haha. I actually was watching a show about weird habits people have and this lady would bathe in her aged urine and said it cleared her skin up, but I’d rather never do that in my life haha. Gorgeous as always!!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    Lipstick LupusMommy
    June 21, 2016 at 2:35 am

    I love how you bring up your struggles with acne because it touches others with what we battle inside with it. I’m with you on a light hand with the contouring to hide scars. Beautiful glow in your pics and I LOVE both of the Tarte palettes. They’re so classic and universal.

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      Paula @
      June 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you!! I can’t believe that I’m just getting over my acne struggles now, at 27, but I know that there are so many others that had similar experience! Love those Tarte palettes, too! :)

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