My Everyday Makeup

So this is a little out of left field, I know.

Make up on a baking website? Well, friends…besides sugar, make-upy type things are my next favorite. I am basically a junkie. SO let’s talk about what I use on the regular. Because I’d love to hear what you use too! Trying out new products is an obsession!

Like I said, I love trying new things…and I love talking make-up with my girlfriends. Kristan is like my go-to source for bouncing ideas off of or asking what she’s loving. We share super similar styles and a lot of these products that I use are from recs she has given me.

And ever since I did my review of the Younique Mascara I have gotten emails asking about things I use daily. Soo, I thought we would have a fun little chit-chat about my daily stuff.

First let’s talk skin-care…


So I am pretty good about washing my face. I do it twice a day with a washcloth. That’s how my grandma taught me. I do use a make-up remover that I forgot to out a picture of on here…it’s by Dermalogica and I love it. I buy it and buy it and buy it. It takes off eye make up so easily. It’s just my favorite. I know it’s a little pricey, but it lasts a while and I don’t have to rub my just melts the make up off. So yes, I splurge on it.

But what I use everyday as far as cleanser goes it this drugstore cleanser, Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser . I have used pricey cleansers and have never found one that I like more than this.

Also, let’s talk about exfoliating. I am bad about exfoliating.. I tell myself I am going to do it, buy a new exfoliater and am great for a few weeks, when I always forget about it…BUT with that said I have been using this Micro Magic Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion Treatment by Bliss for the past 3 weeks and really really like it.

Also, I am a bit of a serum flip-flopper. Does it work? Is it necessary? DO I LOOK YOUNGER YET??? Well, I can’t answer any of those questions.. but I have been using this Philosophy Time in a Bottle Serum the past few weeks and am really liking it. I *think* my skin looks better? And after serum I always moisturize…and I LOVE my Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. It smells like cucumbers and it’s a great moisturizer without being too heavy. DEFINITELY recommend this.

Now for the fun stuff…

Also, yes, I get that this list is long for everyday stuff, but I am just a product girl.

Let’s discuss.


I think you have to use a primer before foundation..and if you haven’t found one you love give this Urban Decay Primer Potion. I feel like it makes everything go on smoother and stay nice.

After primer I’m all about a good foundation. As I get older I find myself needing/wanting more coverage. And Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Make Up is great. Not only is it fantastic coverage without looking cakey (AT ALL) it doesn’t BUDGE! Kristan turned me onto this stuff and I’m LOVING it.

When I am in a rush or not in the mood to do all the makeup I will wear my Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. You guys, I LOVE this stuff. LOVE> I even have used it under foundation as a nice glowy base. I am on my second tube of it and I will for sure buy it again and again. It’s light but covers and it leaves you with the prettiest glowy finish. TOTALLY buy this one!

I have recently started setting my foundation after I apply it. I never used to, but after watching infinite make-up tutorials on you tube, I have found that It’s necessary. SO I have been using Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder. I really like it. It’s invisible, but sets everything in place.

And of course I do bronzer. Maybe too much, but I love it. I use i all year long and Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is my favorite favorite favorite!! It smells like chocolate and it’s the perfect bronze shade. ON my second compact in a year…it lasts for sure, considering I use it all the time!

Next up lets talk about highlighting. I just bought this Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and I like it…but I am kind of new to the highlighting/contouring game…so I’ll have to let you know on this one, but I do really like it as a concealer. It goes on smooth and blends nicely.

This is another rec from Kristan…Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. It’s a super shimmery highlighter. I wasn’t so sure about it, but I am ADDICTED. A little goes a long way. I use it on the tops of my cheekbones and on my brow bone and it’s just so so pretty!

Blush. Boring usually, but I’ve been using Tarte Amazonian Clay 24-Hour Blush in Charisma and it’s a pretty shade. Not life changing, but it’s nice.

Eye Make up is probably my most favorite. I have about eleventy zillion shadows and eyeliners, so I won’t bore you with all that. I’ll just talk everyday stuff….


I just bought this Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eyeshadow and Liner in Rose Quartz a few weeks ago, but have been using it nonstop. It’s a super pretty color and it’ goes on SO smoothly! You can use it as a shadow or a liner..and when you put it on you can smudge it, but once it sets it doesn’t BUDGE! No creasing or smearing. Love a simple eye like this!

Also, I’ve been ALL about colored liner lately…and while I do love a purple , green or teal liner, I usually use my Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner in Arabian Nights or MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu most often. Both of these liners are fab.

As for eyeshadow I bounce back and forth right now between my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette. They are very similar in shades, but there are some that I love in my chocolate bar that aren’t in the Naked 2 and vice versa. OR there is always my MAC Eye Shadow in All That Glitters that is THE PERFECT eye shadow color. For me, it’s the one eye shadow I would choose if I could only use one.

Everyday mascara ALWAYS changes for me…but right now I am using Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara and I really like it.I would definitely buy it again!

And finally I am LOVING my

Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Happy Honey. It’s so moisturizing and really a pretty nude color! Actually I love pretty much all Josie Maran stuff…especially her Whipped Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot. OMG love.


And she has these new Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows out now that I can’t WAIT to try!

Anyhow, there’s my list of errday, go-to faves. I would LOVE to hear what products you are loving now!!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sep 5, 2014 9:14 pm

This was such a fun post! That Josie Maran lipstick looks so moisturizing; I might really have to try it. My favorite facial moisturizer is an oil – Mei Zen Skin Revitalizing Oil. It’s not a well-known brand but it’s really divine; never greasy, absorbs right in, and makes my skin look so bright. I love your food posts (of course) but this was a really great one too! Thanks for the ideas!

Sep 5, 2014 6:08 pm

Sigh. I want to be fancy like you. I have NO CLUE what to do with makeup!

Sep 2, 2014 11:44 pm

Love hearing about other people’s favorite finds! I’ve tried dozens of mascaras- many expensive versions-and always go back to Loreal Voluminous in blackest black (the original version that is grey with a gold top). My newest obsession is Yes To Tomatoes mosturizer (avail at Target). i love everything about it and i am crazy about the smell. Laura Mercier lipstick is my absolute go-to. I’ll likely never use another lipstick!

Aug 28, 2014 9:43 am

I use mostly eye makeup. Love Sephora and Ulta, so I’m loaded with eye products. I also use Latisse (a prescription) to lengthen my eyelashes, so I now love using mascara to make them even more visible. I will, have to try that Younique….never heard of it but I’ll go on everyone’s recommendation! Thanks!

Mrs. Lucky
Aug 27, 2014 11:35 am

I too love Josie’s products-EVERYTHING. I just received the bronzing body butter Vanilla Peach! Oh my – this is great – especially this time of year! Moisturizing with a hint of color and a touch of sparkle!

Aug 24, 2014 6:22 pm

Tragically, several of the items you use are animal tested. The cosmetic companies test their products on beagles, who are left in crates, tortured, then killed. (See the Beagle Freedom Project website) Some of the cosmetic companies, such as Philosophy, deceive their customers by claiming that their “products” are not animal tested. But, if you ask if they are cruelty free, the company admits that they animal test during the development of those products. Tarte and Josie Maran do not animal test. Make better choices, and use only cleaning and cosmetic products that are cruelty free.

Aug 24, 2014 2:05 pm

I have to say that I totally love Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream. I put it on before bed and I can see the difference the next morning. I also just tried the Almay Intense I-Color, for blue eyes, and they really make the eyes pop! The Make-Up Forever Smoky Lash mascara is also great. I use waterproof everything so will have to try your Dermologica remover and save my eyelashes! Thanks for the tip! Love the blog!

Aug 24, 2014 12:29 am

I’m all over the place. I use Tarte foundations, but E.L.F. and L.A. Color shadows. Cleansers, I make my own because I react so badly to a lot of manufactored stuff.

I don’t drop the money on cosmetics-it’s perfumes that are my vice. Only oils, only indies. Once you switch to oils all you can smell is the alcohol base in mainstream fragrences. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab holds the largest spot in my boxes, but I just discovered Deep Midnight.

Aug 23, 2014 8:07 pm

I’m a product junkie as well, so it was fun reading this. I’ve used most of the brands you have listed. My go-to facial moisturizer is Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer. I LOVE this stuff! My skin is kind of a pain and this moisturizes without giving me breakouts. I use the moisturizer cream in the cooler months and the SPF lotion in the summer. I usually use Bobbi Brown foundations, but as I’m a SAHM to 4 year old twins I rarely use foundation these days, especially in the hot NC summer. I also love Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick (the original… Read more »

Aug 23, 2014 6:17 pm

This was a fun stroll down make-up lane. I like LUSH cleansers, they smell great, but I shop at Ulta often because they have a good rewards program. I use Bare Minerals foundation. Check out the All About the Pretty blog for some great ideas.

Aug 23, 2014 5:10 pm

I also LOVE the Estée Lauder double wear, but I also really love their brand new perfectionist youth foundation. It’s awesome. Urban decay naked skin is another fave and the best from the drugstore right now is the maybelline dream wonder fluid foundation. Also, Too Faced also has a new chocolate powder foundation. I go between that and my It Cosmetics bye bye pores loose powder to set my foundation. Have you tried the Lorac Pro palettes? Both the 1 and 2 are awesome! I could go on and on girl. I am obsessed with makeup as well. 🙂

Aug 23, 2014 3:39 pm

I’ve heard such good things about the Josie Maran coconut watercolor eyeshadow. I’ve been dying to try it. I’m also in love with the Rimmel Eyeshadow paints (they come in a tube that looks like lipgloss) because the staying power is INSANE.

Aug 23, 2014 3:39 pm

I love e.l.f. mineral eyeshadows–they go on smoothly and the little pot they come in lasts forever! I also love their tinted moisturizers for very light coverage (for $3 you can experiment with all of the shades). I’d skip their nail polish, though–takes way too many coats to get good coverage.
I’m not too sure about serums, either. I’ve been using Yes to Blueberries and for the first 2 weeks all was looking good and then I started breaking out. Bummer.

Thanks for sharing!

Aug 23, 2014 2:20 pm

Where do you buy your make-up…I have never heard of most of those brands…I know you live on the East Coast and we are in California
but surprised they are not familiar. Don’t know how you find time for that intense of a skin care and make-up routine when you are so busy baking recipes for us to try!!! You look good and cook good!!!

Aug 23, 2014 8:57 am

Shelly you have got to try Younique 3D mascara. OMG I can’t believe how great it is. I am addicted to it now. I am considerably older than you but am also a make up freak. I use mineral make up now for the last 5-10 years. I love you site and really enjoyed this blog. Thanks!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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