My 5 Minute Makeup Routine

Life has been so hectic lately that it only made sense to share my quick and easy 5 minute makeup routine for the days when getting ready seems like another task on your long list of things to do!

This look is perfect for those mornings when you want to feel put together but don’t want to put in a lot of effort! I literally timed myself and was off to the grocery store minutes later(note the sports bra and tank!!)  Also you’ll notice no defined eyebrows ahhh!!!! hahaha! In 5 minutes I could not do them justice so they gone! (I just added a bit of tinted brow gel to fill them in a bit!)

Ok here we go!


Depending on the amount of coverage you want a tinted primer may be enough however I have acne spots and redness I wanted covered up so I just went over my face lightly with the Loreal Lumi Cusion Foundation (my full review here), applied with a beauty blender for a bit more coverage. This foundation is buildable depending on the extent of coverage you would like and gives a beautiful glow perfect for the spring and summer months!


Use the concealer under your eyes to brighten and over any problem areas (redness/acne etc). I used one of my favourite concealers to ever grace the planet, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer  (my full review here) for this quick makeup look! Once you have finished blending you concealer, set face with any setting powder. I am currently trying the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Cameo.


I have been obsessing over Matte Bronzers lately especially after coming into the world of highlighters and I couldn’t resist the Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer in the shade Milkshake. It is the perfect shade for light skin tones and did i mention it smells like chocolate!! Scrumptious!! Adding a matte bronzer will give your face some dimension without looking done up or contoured!


You all know I am now on the highlighter band wagon so for this look I wanted to add a bit of glow with Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop. This highlighter is perfection and I love the combination with this bronzer, enough of a subtle glow to look healthy and put together!


I love me some mascara and don’t leave home without it. For this look I once again used another one of my go tos, the Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara and primer in one (full review here)! You go with what you know right!


If I am running some errands or going to the grocery store I prefer to have a very light glossy lip. That way it is super quick and easy and still looks like you put some effort in lol! For this look I used the Buxom Full On Lip Cream in the shade White Russian, literally the perfect nudey pink!

I hope you guys enjoyed this look and have an awesome week!

Sarah xo

Beach Vacation Essentials & Carry On Pack List

I can’t believe today is friday, this week has flown by!! In a few short days I will be baking in the Kauai sun on an amazing girls trip with my mom and I could not be more excited!! I will also be taking a break from the blog this coming week to fully enjoy my time off! This week was a bit rough as I have been really feeling under the weather these last couple days and have lacked energy to do anything!:(

I wanted to share how I pack my carry on luggage for my beach vacations and show you that you do not need to check luggage if you can find the time to organize and pack smart! I actually don’t remember the last time I checked luggage, the two longest trips Ive ever been on Thailand 4 weeks and Australia 4 weeks both Clayton and I only took carry on so it can be done!!

  1. First key to packing carry on, organize your outfits. Lay your clothes out on your bed, at the bottom start with pants then move on to coordinate shirts and other attire that goes with those outfit colour coordinating patterns and colours, 3 pairs of pants and 3 shirts should all be able to work together and give you 9 possible outfit ideas!
  2. Second Key, wear your heaviest clothes on the plane (sweater, jeans or pants, running shoes, scarf etc)
  3. Third essential for packing is roll all of your clothes and use every square centimetre of space (inside shoes, under bras etc) I have shown my steps below and at the end I half almost a full side of unused space for some shopping purchasing I may have!!
  4. Your second piece of luggage that you are aloud to take on the plane should be a large purse or smaller sized duffle bag (I always use my Stella & Dot Expandable Getaway Bag). Keep your purse in this bag as well as headphones and other things you may want to access on the plane. That way you can have some additional space in there if your luggage fills up!
  5. Keep your liquids in a small ziplock bag and in your carry on purse, that way it is easily accessible through security. (Remember the 100ml limit for all liquids!)

I have attached the packing list I created for myself to remember all the key essentials for a beach vacation as well as shared some pictures of the items I am packing for my trip!

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to reconnecting when I am back in a week!!

Sarah xo


Clothing I Packed

  • 3 pairs of shorts (jean, white and linen)
  • 2 Dressy Dresses (Coral and Olive Green)
  • 1 Casual Romper
  • 3 Flowy Tanks (patterned)
  • 2 Beach Cover ups (1 Romper and 1 Kimono)
  • 3 Bathing Suit Tops and 3 Bathing Suit bottoms , 1 one piece suit (all can be paired together)
  • For shoes I packed one pair of flip flops, dressy gold wedges and one pair of gladiator sandals (they all work with every outfit)
  • For Bags I packed one cross body bag and one clutch (both match all of my outfits)


Tassel Clutch                                               Tassel Romer                                  Tassel Beach Cover Up



Gold Wedge Sandals                                      Straw Hat                                                   Pineapple Bag



Old Navy Shorts                    White Shorts                    Peplum Top                      Striped Peplum 


Makeup I Packed

Beach Travel Packing List





L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation

I have been hearing about this foundation all over the place and was quite curious about the “lumi” foundations that are all the rave right now!

Becca Cosmetics released their Aqua Luminous Foundation recently and it has had an overwhelmingly positive response  however the $54 price tag can be considered by most, quite expensive. I wanted to find a happy medium both in cost and quality so I set out to try this Lumi Cushion Foundation!

L’Oreal released their Lumi Cushion Foundation around the same time and I was able to find it at my local Walmart for $19 (it is also available at Shoppers Drug Mart for $24). It also comes in the liquid foundation form which I have yet to try! Initially I was hesitant about using the cushion and the applicator it comes with, this is the first cushion foundation I have used and it was a bit intimidating to try but I am so glad i did! My instincts were wrong about the cushion foundation but I still prefer to use my damp beauty blender to apply it!

The consistency of this foundation is beautiful, the glow is radiant and I love how it applies to the skin with ease. I bought it in the colour N2, it comes in three different tones of cool, neutral and warm with 8 different shades, talk about versatility! The other thing I love about this foundation is the buildability! This foundation can be applied as a light coating over the skin or you can continue to apply coats for a more full coverage finish! I have shown the stages below of the application, picture #1 is no makeup, picture #2 I have applied the Lumi Foundation and the last photo is my full makeup!

I would not recommend this foundation for anyone who has particularly oily skin as this foundation is intended to give you that glow and combining the two may appear greasy.

This will definitely be my go to foundation this summer and I can’t wait to buy it in a shade darker for my hopefully more tanned skin!!

Hope you guys enjoyed!!

Sarah xo