If you’re anything like me and grew up never playing with makeup, a step into adulthood was rather shaky when you learned that apparently to be somewhat presentable–well, to at least cover up your dark circles, makeup was required. After traveling to a really dry climate, I developed an interest in taking care of my skin because it doesn’t matter what makeup products you use–if your skin is terrible, it will show. So here’s a somewhat lazy/still testing the waters guide to skincare and makeup.


Before showering, I use Simple’s Micellar Makeup Remover wipes because they remove everything without all the added harsh chemicals that other makeup removing wipes include. Next I use the Cetaphil Normal to Oily Daily Facial Wash for a non-harming cleansing. Then I use the Clearasil Rapid Action Daily Face Wash only on the spots where my face decides to not cooperate because it does include Salicylic Acid which is rather drying to your skin if overapplied. Every 3-4 days I swap the regular Clearasil Acne Facial Scrub for a the Clearasil Acne Facial Scrub and Mask. The formula is green and has microbeads that scrub away any dead skin (ew, I know) and calms redness. After the shower, I lightly pat my face dry–not tugging on my face with the towel in a downward motion in order to prevent sagging skin. Then I apply the Ponds Creama S Nourishing Moisturizer all over my face with upward motion and also the Ponds Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream to any dark spots. Then I go to sleep and I try to change my pillowcase out every week, even though it should be more often than that, in order to reduce any additional spots that could emerge.



After waking up, I pull my hair back and wash my face again with the Cetaphil Daily Face Wash beacause it’s non-drying.  Then I use Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer with SPF30 because I live in Florida and always need to protect my skin from the sun.



After my morning cleansing and moisturizing, I go in with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser as it’s a dupe for Benefit’s POREfessionals Face Primer and I know I’m like three years behind in the primer game I just don’t like to change products if it works for me. Next I use a damp Beauty Blender  to apply Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation which is great for rather oily skin which is something you have to deal with often here in the South plus it has SPF 15 because you can never be too protected from the sun. This stuff works– I went to an outdoor graduation and didn’t do a good job of blending, so afterwards, I had this red line of where I didn’t apply foundation–the proof is in the sunburn. I’m in the shade light sand because the lovely girl at Sephora told me that I have yellow undertones–whatever that means. Next, I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer that everyone and their mother uses to conceal any dark spots, around the corners of my nose and inbetween my eyebrows to lighten the areas.  Then I sometimes set the concealed areas with some setting powder if I’m feeling up to it for the day. Lastly, I use the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Don’t Be Afraid to Dazzle (who comes up with these names????) Contour and Highlight Pallete and contour my cheeks, nose, bronze up my forehead, and blend down my neck. I never use highlight because I’m not that #glam of a girl and besides, Florida’s humidity serves as the best natural highlight #blessed. For eyes, I have eyelash extensions, which make getting ready super easy in the mornings because I don’t have to worry about eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, or worry about it smudging throughout the day. Lastly, I go in with a kabuki brush to blend anything out that’s a little too harsh and off I go. This entire morning makeup routine takes about five minutes because I don’t have enough patience to  do an entire face of makeup.

So there you have it, a somewhat lazy girl’s guide to skincare and makeup. If I can do it, you can do it.




  1. dearashblog1
    May 31, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing these products, Katie! I absolutely love Cetaphil, especially their moisturizer for dry skin. I have yet to try their cleanser!

    Much love,
    Ashley |

    • coldbrewkate
      June 6, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Katherine! What a great name hahah 🙂 They get the job done that is concealing blogging-induced dark circles!

  2. June 6, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Love all these products! Great recommendations!

    • coldbrewkate
      June 6, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Amy! They’re super affordable and do a great job without any fuss!

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