My Favorite No-Makeup Makeup


The no-makeup makeup trend is just about everywhere you look at the moment, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Finally, my “lazy makeup” is now considered cool,  and I have endless sources for recommendations on what to try.  The scale of my beauty routine is as such: no makeup (most days), a dash of tinted moisturizer and a swipe of boy brow, and at the most, what the average beauty bloggers would consider their “five-minute easy makeup routine.”  My goal is always to look like myself, but better, and ideally like I’m not wearing any makeup at all.

Beauty products fall into two categories for me.  The ones that make me think, “well, you do the trick” and others where just holding them brings me joy, and I think to myself “I love you!  I don’t need to spend any time looking elsewhere to replace you!”  This list is made up of the latter products:

Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentré

Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentré— This is by far my favorite moisturizer and most days I use it as a primer too.  It’s the perfect lightweight product, that leaves my face feeling moisturized, but not heavy.  It’s also only made up of five ingredients, all of which are things I recognize, like shea butter and aloe vera.  Every time I use it, I feel very French (major bonus) and like I’m nurturing my skin.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer— This is a cult favorite that I’m surprised I don’t see people talking about more often.  I’ve been hearing quite a lot about the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, and to me, this is a much better version of that.  A small amount of the Laura Mercier provides the same light coverage as the Perfecting Skin Tint, but it’s also buildable, and a gives you a lovely glow.  It is twice the price, but it does more and it lasts forever.  I will admit my bias here- this is the first foundation that I ever loved, and I feel like it will always have a soft spot in my heart, but it’s deserved!

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream — This is my current favorite foundation.  I’ve recently had to cut mine in half to scoop out the remaining product because I desperately need to place a Sephora order for more.  The coverage here is going to be a lot more than the Laura Mercier, but when applied with a damp beauty blender, it just soaks right into the skin without looking heavy or cakey at all.  Every time I wear this, I just feel like it’s my skin, but SO MUCH BETTER.  Is anything better than that good skin confidence?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder— This powder is so beautiful and finely milled that it provides the perfect counterpart to a light foundation.  It settles so lightly onto the skin, minimizing your pores and giving your complexion a gentle glow.  No heavy powder look here.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer— On days that I’m just wearing a light foundation, I love to dab some of this onto the high points of my face and under my brow bone.  It’s a 100% natural product, which I love, and makes your face look bright and fresh.

Glossier Boy Brow—  When I’m hardly wearing any makeup, the one thing that makes me feel the most pulled together is my brows.  I have thin, spotty brows, so I usually fill them in a bit with a powder or the It Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil, and then I’ll take a good bit of Boy Brow and do my best to give myself effortless Instagram brows.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com— On a rare full moon I’ll wear lipstick, but every other day you’ll find me slathering on balm dot com like it’s going out of style.  I’m addicted to chapstick (no truly, I’m worried that my lips have become addicted to chapstick.  I hear this is a thing) and this is my favorite.  It doesn’t hurt that the packaging is so darn cute that I don’t mind displaying it on my desk, vanity, and nightstand, and pulling it out of my purse at restaurants.

What are your thoughts on the No-Makeup Makeup trend? I still have quite a few products that I use while searching for their holy grail counterparts, so if you have any favorite beauty products, I would love to hear them so I can give them a try!  I’m currently on the hunt for a natural mascara to replace my Benefit Roller Lash- any favorites?

xoxo, Keya

eat & drink

Ice Cream Maker Frozé



Can we take a second to talk about our very very deep love of frozé?  I spend the summer months selecting restaurants and happy hour haunts by whether or not they provide frozen beverages.  What frozé brings to the table that most frozen beverages do not, is that it is rarely sickly sweet and is simply an improved upon version of its original rose self.  A glass of frozé is simply a wonderful moment in your day, sitting on a patio with friends, appreciating everything that is perfect about summer.

ANYWAY, we love frozé so much that we made a video about it!  It’s a little awkward and there’s sound in the background and lots of jumpy edits, but we had so much fun making it!  And hey, if anyone wants to give us video editing lessons, we would really like that.

We know that summer’s coming to a sad end, but we want to squeeze every last slushie-filled drop out of it and we want you guys to join us.  This recipe is so easy and so good.  We based it off of Bon Appetit’s recipe, which you can find here.

Anyway, enough chitchat, let’s get to the video!

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We’re back!




Wow.  We’re a little ashamed to admit that it’s been over a year since our last post.  Why you ask?  Well, truthfully, Erica and I started this blog while we were both still living in Santa Barbara together and when I moved to Portland a few years ago, blogging just became less exciting!  It was always something that was fun and inspiring to do with someone else, and is so much harder to do by yourself.  We stayed dedicated for a little while, and then life took over and our little blog fell to the wayside.  We planned and talked about posts, but just didn’t have the drive to get them on the interwebs.  A blogging rut, you might say.

A little while later, feeling re-inspired, we set about moving the blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and a few weeks after our site transfer and endless website crashes, the whole website just disappeared!  How is this even possible?  I’m not going to lie to you guys, tech savvy we are not.  This really stumped us for a while.  We re-loaded the site from a saved version, but for some reason our back-up only had text and all of our pictures were gone.  This was an odd moment for us.  I mean, we had spent so much time creating content for this site and to just have it disappear felt like such a loss.  My computer had recently failed at the same time, so all of our photos that would have been saved there were gone as well.  Part of us wondered if it would just be better to start anew?  Or not even re-start at all because it had been so long since we’d last blogged anyway?  But after all of the time and effort we’d put into this little passion project, we just couldn’t let it go.  So right about when I was about to start painstakingly collecting pictures from our Pinterest to restore our old blog posts, I had a very brilliant and obvious realization.  Since we had moved our account from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, our old site still existed, forgotten and just floating around the interweb full of all of our lost photos.  (Does the internet feel like the most vast and confusing thing to anyone else?  Sort of like space, but with websites floating about?  Like, I mentioned previously, not tech savvy.) Anywho, with this revelation we got the blog up and running (correctly this time) and got a great new theme from the ladies of Blogzilla (our theme is Unveil).  And now we’re back in action!

Creativity  is a funny thing.  We started this blog so that we could stay inspired and continue making and sharing the fun projects that we would do in school and for our sorority, as adults.  But you have to work to stay creative!  Especially if you want to blog about it.  It takes time and commitment and, ahem, photography skills (the hardest part!).  It’s easy to let little passion projects like this fall to the wayside, but if I’m being honest to myself, that makes me feel oddly guilty.  Like I’m a quitter!  And we’re not quitters, guys!  So after a long break, and some confusing internet fiascos, WE’RE BACK!  If you’ve been around for a while thanks for still following along, and if you’re new, hello!  We’ve got some fun stuff to come and we’re excited to share it with you guys!




oscar party 2015



 We.  Love. The. Oscars.  You know this.  Planning on throwing an Oscar bash?  We highly recommend that you do (they’re the best).  Here are a few of our favorite ideas for this year.

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