Pre-Dame: A Beauty Guide for the Everyday Girl

{with insider knowledge}

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Bought it From Birchbox: Benefit Erase Paste
I will forever be self-conscious of my dark under eye circles. They’re genetic, often the result of a night spent up too late, and frequently emphasized by the shadows of my long lashes. When I look in the mirror they’re the first thing I see and I’ve tried everything to conceal the worst of them. I’ve seated myself at many a-makeup counter, climbed onto one too many Sephora swivel chairs, and browsed more drugstore aisles than I’d like to admit. And after all that, the leading champion was hands down Benefit Erase Paste. 
Perfect for under eye circles and blemishes, too, the Erase Paste is my go-to on the days when some heavier concealing is needed. Packaged in a small bright pink pot, it comes with a mini spatula that means you don’t have to keep dipping your finger back in over and over again. Because that sounds like a recipe for a major breakout to me.
I’ve recently come to accept that there are days I won’t want to apply a full face of foundation and nights I’ll get ready to go out and find that my under eyes are carrying most of my exhaustion from a really long day. I’m working on finding those flaws to be endearing and writing them up to documentation of full days and nights I’ll remember always.
With that said, when I don’t want to scare the neighborhood kids with monster-worthy discoloration, Erase Paste is a lifesaver.
Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC 

Bought it From Birchbox: Benefit Erase Paste

I will forever be self-conscious of my dark under eye circles. They’re genetic, often the result of a night spent up too late, and frequently emphasized by the shadows of my long lashes. When I look in the mirror they’re the first thing I see and I’ve tried everything to conceal the worst of them. I’ve seated myself at many a-makeup counter, climbed onto one too many Sephora swivel chairs, and browsed more drugstore aisles than I’d like to admit. And after all that, the leading champion was hands down Benefit Erase Paste

Perfect for under eye circles and blemishes, too, the Erase Paste is my go-to on the days when some heavier concealing is needed. Packaged in a small bright pink pot, it comes with a mini spatula that means you don’t have to keep dipping your finger back in over and over again. Because that sounds like a recipe for a major breakout to me.

I’ve recently come to accept that there are days I won’t want to apply a full face of foundation and nights I’ll get ready to go out and find that my under eyes are carrying most of my exhaustion from a really long day. I’m working on finding those flaws to be endearing and writing them up to documentation of full days and nights I’ll remember always.

With that said, when I don’t want to scare the neighborhood kids with monster-worthy discoloration, Erase Paste is a lifesaver.

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC 

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Bought it From Birchbox: Stainiac

For an understated look that says “I put in at least minimum effort today”, Stainiac is my new go-to. Subtle yet somehow still bold, it’s a two-in-one lip and cheek stain that’s both fun and easy to apply. Get ready for that post-carton of raspberries look for your lips just in time for spring.

Perfect for those days when you don’t want a full on lip look but still don’t want your lips to look totally bare. Small, compact and a two-in-one product? Stainiac is the ultimate candidate for that extra pocket in your purse.

Birchbox features Stainiac in three colors: Beauty Queen, Prom Queen and Homecoming Queen. A magenta pink, rose pink and dewy peach respectively. One for every outfit, mood and season. The New York weather seems to have finally gotten the spring memo! Here’s to hoping a subtle pop of pink on the lips only encourages it. 

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

{Photo courtesy of Glamour}

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Two in One
Elf’s Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder duo has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. A well-known dupe for the NARS Blush/Bronzer duo and a personal favorite, I never travel anywhere without it. A shimmery but not sparkly bronzer is perfect for contouring.  Paired with the pop of pink blush layered just above that, I finish off with a few dots my Benefit High Beam and I’m set.
Imagine my dismay when I went home to Chicago a few weeks back only to find out that I had left all of my eye shadow in New York. First world problems, my friends. In a moment of desperation, I decided to use this duo as an eye shadow palette. I blended the bronzer across the outer two thirds of my eyelids with some extra concentration in the crease and added the pink on the inner third for some dimension. {Pro tip: If you’re fair-toned, use the pink lightly so it doesn’t make your eyes look too tired. If you’ve got a great tan going on, don’t hold back! A pinkish color is actually beautiful on the lids.}
Using the same color for eye shadow and bronzer really tied the whole look together and I’ve been using this trick a few times a week ever since.
What’s your best beauty secret?
Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

Two in One

Elf’s Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder duo has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. A well-known dupe for the NARS Blush/Bronzer duo and a personal favorite, I never travel anywhere without it. A shimmery but not sparkly bronzer is perfect for contouring.  Paired with the pop of pink blush layered just above that, I finish off with a few dots my Benefit High Beam and I’m set.

Imagine my dismay when I went home to Chicago a few weeks back only to find out that I had left all of my eye shadow in New York. First world problems, my friends. In a moment of desperation, I decided to use this duo as an eye shadow palette. I blended the bronzer across the outer two thirds of my eyelids with some extra concentration in the crease and added the pink on the inner third for some dimension. {Pro tip: If you’re fair-toned, use the pink lightly so it doesn’t make your eyes look too tired. If you’ve got a great tan going on, don’t hold back! A pinkish color is actually beautiful on the lids.}

Using the same color for eye shadow and bronzer really tied the whole look together and I’ve been using this trick a few times a week ever since.

What’s your best beauty secret?

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

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Bought it From Birchbox: CO. Bigelow Rose Salve

New York, go home. You’re drunk. It’s still freezing in the city and this is frustrating not only for the fact that I am so over my sweater collection but also because my skin is over the dryness in the air. Today, we’re sticking to the basics. CO. Bigelow’s Rose Salve has everything going for it. It is singlehandedly curing my lips from their dried out winter state and simultaneously making me smell like a bouquet of red roses. This is a good thing, I promise. 

A Birchbox feature and favorite, it’s my new go-to for a little pick-me-up. It leaves a glossy but not greasy finish and applies smoothly and easily. Winter skin recovery means many a-night spent moisturizing and this is great for lips, cuticles and elbows. (Disclaimer: I’ve never actually tried it on my elbows.)

The perfect base for any pop of color, a great glossy finish to a simple makeup look or some extra TLC before bed every night. CO. Bigelow’s got your back.

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

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