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The Ultimate Minimalist Makeup Guide

Make-up is not my strong suit but custom suits are, see what I did there?  I called in an expert to teach us a minimal make-up routine. If you are looking for a simple way to spruce up your face for every day or a special day, look no further.  This is a 6 or 7 step, easy-to-follow, product guide for makeup novices.

Please allow me to introduce our guest blogger: 

Madison Cardoza is a San Diego-based makeup artist and the founder of King Cardoza Studio– Makeup Artistry for real women of all ages.  Madison has been in the beauty industry for over 14 years and specializes in commercial and wedding makeup. In her spare time, Madison is a major hippie! She’s in the process of buying a small farm in Oregon where she and her family will live off the land and raise livestock (what a badass, right?) Be sure to check out Madison’s beauty and motherhood blog launching on February 1st, where she will share beauty tips and tricks!

Thank you, Madison, for this post, I will personally be buying almost all of these products.

If ten minutes is all your primping time allows, we’ve got you covered – this is the Ultimate Makeup Guide for Minimalists. The products listed below are multi-tasking, high-performing and guaranteed to have your bathroom drawer clutter free.

#1 BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Boy oh boy! Don’t we all love a multi-tasking product? I know I do and this one is my jam.  A primer, moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen all bundled into one. This formula evens your skin tone and imperfections but you won’t even notice you’re wearing it because it’s lightweight and comfortable.

What does a personal stylist do?

I used to think that personal stylists were only relevant for people who walked down red carpets. Then I thought they were only for people with millions of dollars. Then I became one and hired one and now I think that everyone should hire a personal stylist at least once in their life. BECAUSE IT’S SO FUN!

3 tomboy Thanksgiving outfit ideas

Bust out your pants with the elastic waistband because turkey is comi’n to town!

Here are three outfit inspiration ideas that will keep you comfortable and stylish on the day of gratitude.


This look taken from J.Crew for NET-A-PORTER 

  • Sneakers in picture here
  • Less expensive but still really cute sneaker option that would work with this look here 
  • Pants in photo no longer available, but these are
  • Red and navy striped turtleneck shirt here 
  • Chambray button up shirt layered on top of turtleneck here
  • Leather jacket is here 

4 must-haves from Banana Republic

1 easy look to wear to work this week