2017 Spring Trends

Hello friend! The end of Winter is in sight, so now is the perfect time to start prepping for Spring. The first step is to simply familiarize myself with the trends: what’s new and what’s continuing. After that, I’ll know what to keep, what to retire, and what to buy. Since I started researching the 2017 Spring trends for myself, I thought I’d share it with you too. Because of the many trends, I will have to discuss them in a few separate posts.

Dramatic Sleeves

It seems that the bell sleeves trend is style going strong this Spring. Luckily, I have a few cute bell sleeve tops from last year that will transition well into this year also! I have one off the shoulder one. But this triple bell sleeve one is my current favorites.

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Therefore I am set in the bell sleeves department! But besides bell sleeves, the 2017 Spring trends show a lot of other types of dramatic sleeves. Think balloon sleeves, exaggerated shoulders and other impactful details. I think I will likely pick up a balloon sleeve item. I’ve linked some of the ones I’ve been eyeing below.

Statement Earrings

The 2017 Spring trends feature large statement earrings as the accessory of choice. Luckily for me, that is also one of my favorite items of jewelry. I have quite a few that I own and love. But I will also likely pick up a few more. Because of my dark curly hair, I tend to pick light and bright colors. That way, it’ll actually stand out against my hair.

Polished whimsy in baublebar statement earrings

For this spring, opt for bold and colorful earrings featuring pom poms, tassels and more!

Shoulder Baring

Whether it’s off the shoulder or cold shoulder, these shoulder baring tops will still be around for Spring 2017. However, many of the designers have added a slight tweak: only one of the shoulders is bare. This asymmetrical update will be fun to follow and emulate. I have found some amazing options for this trend too!

Rainbow Stripes

You can probably predict how excited I am about this 2017 Spring trend! I love stripes. I also love color. Put them together and I am in heaven. Luckily I already have a top that I can wear for this trend. Furthermore, I purchased a fun skirt last year that will also work. But I sure don’t mind picking up another skirt to add to my collections!

Kate spade rainbow striped pleated skirt

Adding some of these items to my existing pieces will have me ready for Spring. Which of these trends are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure to sign up on the email list to catch the rest of my Spring 2017 trends report.

One Item Four Ways: Lu La Roe Cassie

Hello friend! In my last Lu La Roe post, I showed you how I styled the Julia and the leggings. Similarly in this post, I will show you how I style the Lu La Roe Cassie skirt four ways. Like my previous one, this post was also in collaboration with Jamie Denning.

Lu La Roe Cassie and Classic Tee

For my first look, I decided to be basic and simply pair the tee and skirt together. To add a bit of flare, I knotted the skirt. I also added a fun pop of color with my mustard heels.

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Layering the Lu La Roe Cassie

Because I wanted to try a few unique looks with the skirt, I began playing around with the idea of layering it over other clothing pieces. I knew many girls had worn it as a tube top. However, I don’t wear tube tops too often. But that did give me the idea of layering the Cassie over another top! I had initially intended on layering it over a striped button down shirt, but the colors didn’t work out. Instead I layered it over a tee shirt dress.

Lu la roe cassie skirt layered over a striped dress

The results were great. It simply looked like a one piece dress with a patch of color blocking.

Lu la roe cassie skirt layered over a striped dress

 

Cassie With Another Skirt

Because I enjoyed layering the previous outfit so much, I wanted to keep that trend going. This time I decided to try something I’ve never done before: wear two skirts together! I layered the Cassie over an ivory lace skirt. This works best if the hem of the bottom layer has a pretty detail (lace or scalloped) as this is the only part of the skirt that will show! Alternatively, you can choose a plain fabric but one with a fun color.

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Lu La Roe Cassie as a Scarf

My last and most fun styling of the skirt is not as a skirt at all! But rather as a scarf! The Lu La Roe Cassie works as a scarf because of its simple shape. It’s basically a tube, so you just scrunch it up and wear it like an infinity scarf.

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It’s safe to say I adore the Lu La Roe Cassie skirt. The fit is superb and the cute is versatile. I will be on the lookout for new prints to pick up! What’s your favorite styling of the Cassie? Also, which item should I pick up next? Furthermore, If you need a Lu La Roe fix, I whole-heartedly recommend working with  Jamie Denning. You can connect with her via her  Facebook group.

Come With Me: The Body Shop Opening

Hello friend! Recently I was invited to attend the grand opening of the Santa Monica location of The Body Shop. Because the event fortuitously fell on a morning that I had off, I happily accepted. I enjoy beauty products and fun events, so the two combined sounded like a great idea. I attended the event and learned a lot about their products. Therefore I wanted to share it with you here.

The grand opening of The Body Shop in Santa Monica
The grand opening of the Santa Monica store

The Location

The new location of the store is right on the 3rd Street Promenade, a large stretch of beautiful stores and eateries in Santa Monica, CA. Because it is closed to cars, the promenade is a perfect place to shop and hang out. It is a very popular and fun part of Santa Monica and The Body Shop has a prime spot right on 3rd Street.

The Store

With its large windows, the store is bright and welcoming. Also, the layout is very organized and easy to maneuver. I got a tour of the entire store as well as a crash course in all of their products.

The grand opening of The Body Shop Santa Monica on 3rd Street promenade

One characteristic that is unique to the Santa Monica store is the mural created on the back wall. Painted right over the brick, it is a fun and beautiful piece of art that works with the store aesthetic.

The Body Shop in Santa Monica

The Products

Because this was my first visit to The Body Shop in a few years, I was excited to learn all about their new products. I will share with you my favorite ones here. If you’d like, I can do a full review once I have been using them long term. Let me know in the comments if that is something you’d like to see!

The Body Butters

The Body Shop is well known for their decadent body butters. They come in a variety of scents, from nutty and warm to fruity and floral. My personal favorites are the Coconut, the British Rose and the Fuji Green Tea.

The body butters from The Body Shop
Body butters in a variety of scents

Drops of Youth

Among the many ranges of products, I was most interested in the Drops of Youth line. These products have 3 types of plant stem cells to bring out fresh and youthful skin. I am currently obsessing over the concentrated drops, the sleeping mask and of course the famous youth liquid peel. You can see the dead skin on my hand the peel sloughed off below, all without any stinging or burning!

Dead skin exfoliated by The Body Shop's Youth Liquid Peel
Dead skin exfoliated by The Body Shop’s Youth Liquid Peel

Facial Masks

Another range I was interested in were the facial masks. If you have seen my skin care routine, you know that I am good with daily cleaning and preventative care. However, I am lacking in skin treatments. Therefore I have been meaning to get into facial masks. Luckily, I found quite a few masks at The Body Shop.

The facial masks of The Body Shop
Facial masks

They each have different skin care benefits, with specific active ingredients and textures. I have ordered the Chinese ginseng and the Ethiopian honey masks. However I am also fascinated with the Amazonian acai energizing radiance mask (pictured below). The texture is so interesting that I think I will have to try that one next!

The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask from The Body Shop
The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask

Makeup Removers

Just as important as fun makeup is proper makeup remover. Luckily The Body Shop has me covered there as well. I tried out the Chamomile Cleansing Butter and am in love. While I have seen this type of product before, it has always been with a hefty price tag. But The Body Shop has it for a fraction of the cost!

Another one of the items I hope to purchase soon is the Chamomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (it was sold out that day, but the tester felt lovely)! This item, along with a few other items that are intriguing me are linked below:

I learned so much from my visit at The Body Shop in Santa Monica. Moreover, I am truly impressed with the sophisticated products offered. I intend to enjoy my products for a long time to come. If you haven’t visited The Body Shop recently, I highly recommend to pop on in to a store or to visit the website. I am sure you will also be impressed.

Try This (or That): Valentine’s Day Outfit

Hello friend! Valentine’s Day is almost here and I wanted to give you some outfit options. Now whether you want to dress girly and traditionally to celebrate the day of love, or go opposite and be anti-Valentine, I’ve got you covered. I have a Valentine’s Day outfit option for either end of the spectrum.

Feminine Valentine’s Day Outfit

For my traditional Valentine’s Day outfit, I decided to be predictable and wear shades of pink. However, I still had to bring in a dose of whimsy, so I chose a bold buffalo check top. To tone down the brightness of the shirt, I paired it with a blush tulle skirt.

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When I was first looking for this shirt, all of the sales associates kept remarking on how bright it was. Please, a little bright never scared me away! I love how eye catching and unique it is. Polished whimsy's traditional valentine's day outfit

However because the shirt is truly bright, I did keep the rest of my accessories neutral. Thus, I chose a pair of nude pumps. Keeping with the neutral tones, I also added a beige clutch. And finally for the jewelry, I kept it all uniform in tones of rose gold.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Outfit

For my second outfit, I chose to go the opposite route from the first look. Therefore, I turned to distressed denim and racy black.

Polished Whimsy's anti-Valentine's Day look with velvet lace and distressed denim

I immediately reached for my lace velvet top from H&M. It can be worn modestly with a tank (as I have done here) or very racy with just a bra! Unfortunately the photos do not do this top justice. Close up you can see the rich details of the velvet.

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I also turned to my favorite distressed jeans from American Eagle.  I like this pair especially because they are high-waisted. Therefore it covers the butt and the tummy, making it an ideal pair of jeans for me. The rips and fraying are a far cry from the typical Valentine’s Day outfit, but a fun and contrary look.

Valentine's Day Outfit

To add some sparkle to the outfit, I chose my favorite glittery clutch and some killer heels. These shoes have it all: leopard print, pop of red and spikes. Now it that’s not love, I don’t know what is!

Anti-Valentine's Day Ouftfit polished whimsy's anti-valentine's day outfit

Which one of these two looks are you leaning towards? Maybe it’s finally the year to shake off the sweet girl look and opt for a sexy outfit? I’d love to know what you choose!

Try This: Lu La Roe Julia and Leggings

Hello friend! I was recently contacted by a lovely subscriber Jamie Denning (check out her Facebook group) who offered to send me some Lu La Roe items to try. Because I have seen so many of you guys rocking and loving Lu La Roe, I had to try it as well. Jamie sent me four items, two I will showcase here, and the other two in another post. Today’s focus will by on the Julia dress and the leggings.

First let’s discuss the items and how they are named. Lu La Roe gives every cut/item they make a specific name. Then they change up the print. So if you know the style you like, you can easily stock up in different colors and patterns as they come out. The Julia (a fitted knee length dress) was a home run for me: it is not only a great fit, but also a fantastic print. I just love how there are two sets of stripes going on in the same piece.

Dressed Up Julia

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I first paired the Julia with heels for a more formal occasion. Because of my love of pattern mixing, I had to add another print with my shoes. The stripes were just screaming for some polka dots!

polished whimsy in striped lu la roe julia

Because of the dressier look I was going for, I opted for delicate and feminine pieces of jewelry. I especially adore the Araksi necklace from Baublebar for outfits like this.

polished whimsy in striped lu la roe julia and Baublebar Araksi

Lu La Roe Julia Goes Casual

Next I wanted to try a more casual look. Because I have always loved the look of a chambray shirt paired with a striped dress, I decided to try it here too. It’s a simple but pulled together look. I paired it with my Skechers slip ons and I’m ready for anything.

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For the jewelry with this outfit, I decided to keep it simple and fuss free by wearing just a statement necklace.

polished whimsy in lu la roe striped julia

Demure Julia

For a more demure look, I paired a pretty neck scarf from Zyania with the Julia. It instantly increased the feminine touch. Furthermore, it was another opportunity for me to pattern mix, which is always good!

Polished whimsy pattern mixing with lu la roe striped julia

Julia With an Edge

For the last outfit with the Julia, I wanted an edgier look. I was lucky that my good friend and fellow blogger Kristen had suggested wearing it as a tunic. I quickly used that idea for this look. Basically, I bunched up the bottom of the dress and secured it along the inside seam with safety pins. Then I simply paired it with leather leggings, and voila, we have a cool and edgy outfit.

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To complete this look, I added studded boots to further amp up the cool factor. I also chose a moto style purse and pretty tassel earrings.

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Lu La Roe Leggings

After hearing all about the leggings, I knew I had to try a pair. I am thrilled that Jamie sent me a polka dot pair. Obviouvly I adore a whimsical print, and polka dot is as whimsical as you can get! Moreover, I found the leggings to be truly soft and comfortable. Also, I may have worn them for 36 hour straight (don’t judge!)

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I paired the leggings with a lace up sweater and booties. I also added a pair of teal druzy stud earrings to match the teal in the leggings.
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Overall, I have had a great first experience with Lu La Roe. Make sure to look out for my future post on the Cassie skirt and Classic tee. If you are interested in trying out Lu La Roe, I encourage you to connect with Jamie. I highly recommend working with her. Check out her facebook group and get started with the fun!

 

Try This: Colorful Coat

Hello friend! Since winter is extending another 6 weeks, we need to hold on to our coats a while longer. If you’re like me and you’re over wearing your neutral outerwear, then you must try a fun colorful coat. My current favorite is this gorgeous green one from Pink Martini Collection. This verdant overcoat will brighten up the coldest and dreariest of days.

polished whimsy in green ruffle coat

I am very excited to partner with Pink Martini Collection because of the beautiful vintage inspired items they offer. If you’re a lover of Anthropologie and Modcloth, you will similarly adore Pink Martini Collection. The have sweet and whimsical pieces, with the perfect feminine touch such as the ruffle detail on the collar of the coat.

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Another one of the details I love about this coat, is the fun lining: a floral print! I truly appreciate it when a company puts that much thought into the little details. I may be the only person who sees the lining, but it makes me happy to know it’s there! And ultimately, I’m the one wearing it, so that’s all that matters!

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I chose to pair the coat with a bold leopard print skirt and a simple black sweater. However, since it is a solid color, it can be worn with many other solids as well as prints. Because of the neutral color of the coat (not too Christmas-y) it can be worn during winter and into spring. Therefore, I find that to be a very versatile layering piece.

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For the rest of my outfit, I chose simple black pumps to coordinate with the skirt and top. Finally, for jewelry, I chose a pair of neutral statement earrings.

Polished whimsy in green colorful coat

I hope I have convinced you that adding a colorful coat to your wardrobe is a must. If so, then I encourage you to check out my choice in green or in burgundy. If however you still prefer neutral colors or are in need of a replacement, the coat is also available in gray. My other outfit items are available to shop below:

 

 

Disclaimer: Pink Martini Collection sent me the coat in conjunction with this post. However, my opinions are always my own.

One Item Four Ways: Leather Leggings II

Hello friend. I am usually not one to repeat a post. However, when an item is this versatile, I must do it. I think it also has to do with the fact that leather leggings are completely new to me, so I am thoroughly obsessed! I’ll give you a moment to review my first leather leggings post. Now let me show you four more ways of wearing them. The leggings are the same pair from Gray Monroe.

Casual Blush and Black

The leggings are a perfect companion for an oversized sweater. This time, I paired it with my new sweater obsession, also from Gray Monroe.

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To go with the more casual vibe of the outfit, I wore my new Skechers slip-ons with the look. The blush tone of the shoe complimented the sweater perfectly.

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The best part about this shoe is the rose gold stripe in the back, so lovely!

Polished whimsy in leather leggings and pink skechers slip on shoes

Graphic Tee and Cardi

Another outfit I was excited to try was pairing a long tee with a shorter cardigan. I have a great inspiration photo pinned on my leather leggings Pinterest board if you’d like to check it out. This was what I came up with.

Polished whimsy in leather leggings, graphic tee and cheetah print cardigan Polished whimsy in leather leggings, graphic tee and cheetah print cardigan

My shirt is from my favorite tee shirt company, Mama Bird and Co. Her tees are the softest and they are long so they cover the booty! I wanted to bring in a print here, so I paired the look with this cheetah print cardigan. As for shoes, I chose a pair of booties with spikes to go with the bada** feel of the shirt and cardigan.

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Leather Leggings for Work

Since it’s not always easy to wear them to work, I wanted another office look. I decided to layer with a long vest and a chambray shirt. The result is an office appropriate outfit that I like as much as the last, if not more!

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Boho Leather Leggings

Finally for my last look, I decided to try a casual bohemian look by wearing the leggings with a poncho. The poncho is from Zyania, an online store with affordable and cute accessories (seriously, the items can rival department store pieces)!

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This look came together quite simply with a pair of over the knee boots and a criss-cross top. I love the drape and flow of the poncho as I walk.

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Because there is so much visual interest in the outfit already, I kept my accessories minimal. Therefore I opted for just a pair of statement earrings.

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In conclusion, I think it is safe to say that I am loving leather leggings. If you’re loving them as much as I am, let me know!

 

Disclaimer: Skechers gifted me the shoes. As always, my opinions are my own.

Try This: Striped Fur Coat

Hello friend! While I have always liked the look of fur (and faux fur) coats, I haven’t truly felt the need for it. First because I live in Southern California, and our winters are fairly mild. Second, because I am petite and I worry that a large coat would drown me. But when I saw this short striped fur coat on Make Me Chic, I thought it would be the perfect one for me.

Polished whimsy in striped fur coat

Edgy Striped Fur Coat

For my first look, I knew I wanted to pair the coat with multiple textures, including distressed denim. Therefore I chose my new and very distressed pair of American Eagle jeans. To add another element of texture, I wore my black lace blouse underneath.

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I loved how it turned out. The juxtaposition of the textures is exactly what I wanted.

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For my accessories I kept it simple with just a beautiful pair of earrings and my Rebecca Minkoff Love bag. This time I doubled up the chain on the bag to make it more of a shoulder bag than a crossbody. That small change makes such a difference in the bag.

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As for the shoes, I wanted to add some subtle pattern mixing, so I wore my favorite pair of leopard print heels. Because the shoe also has black in it, it helps it to blend in with the outfit while still providing a pop of interest.

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Feminine Striped Fur Coat

For my second look, I wanted to pair the striped fur coat with a feminine and flowy skirt. And what better skirt than my new pleated velvet one? An added bonus to this combination is another beautiful play on textures.

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I just love pairing velvet and fur for winter. For shoes I went with my old stand-by silver pumps. They never fail me!

Polished whimsy in striped fur coat and pleated velvet skirtPolished whimsy in striped fur coat and pleated velvet skirtBecause there is so much texture already in the outfit, I wanted to keep the jewelry minimal. Therefore I just wore a pair of mini tassel earrings and a statement ring. And finally, I topped it all off with a small clutch.

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Although it took me a while to start wearing fur coats, I am now head over heels, thanks to this beautiful striped fur coat from Make Me Chic. Therefore, you will likely see me wearing it quite often this winter. Knowing myself, I will try to change up the look each time. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

 

Disclaimer: This coat was gifted to me. All opinions are always my own. 

Pattern Primer: Winter Florals

Hello friend! While we expect to wear floral print in spring and summer, we don’t have to leave it all behind in the cooler months. I’ve shown you before how to wear floral prints in the fall. Now, let me show you how to wear winter florals.

Muted Winter Florals

One of the ways I like to wear a floral print in the winter, is to choose a muted color palette. Therefore I forego the bright pinks and reds. Instead I opt for grays, mauves, and winter white. Here I chose a scarf with these beautiful muted shades in a lovely winter florals pattern.

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For another look, I chose more of a neutral color scheme. Here I paired the white and metallic floral tee with a  polka dot skirt. Because the colors are neutral, I decided to play it up with my patterns by adding leopard print shoes.

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For accessories, I stuck with the color scheme and went with gray tassel earrings. Because I love pairing pink with gray, I chose to wear my pink purse with this look.

Polished whimsy in winter florals tee and polka dot skirt with baublebar mini falcon drop earrings

Dark Winter Florals

The second way I like to wear winter florals is by opting for dark and rich colors. To differentiate from fall florals, I choose deep plums and blues. Here I have a purple tone floral dress. The colors simply scream winter!

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For the jewelry, I kept with the tones of the dress and chose a gray wrap choker.

Polished whimsy in winter florals dress with over the knee boots

For the last look, I opted for a blue and brown floral print skirt. I paired it with a black criss cross tee.

Polished whimsy in winter florals skirt and criss cross top

For my accessories, I kept the purse and shoes black to further darken the look and hence make it more winter-y! I then echoed the blue in the skirt with my blue druzy stud earrings.

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With so many options for winter florals around, I urge you to give it a try! Whether it’s an icy-cool color scheme or a deep blue, wearing prints with winter florals is easy to do. If you need to add some winter florals into your wardrobe, check out the items from this post as well as some of my recommendations below!

The Beauty Beat: The Five Minute Face

Hello friend! We’ve all been there: woke up late, lost track of time, kiddo had a meltdown… Whatever the reason, we’ve all had days where we wanted to put on some makeup but had desperately little time. Let me show you an easy makeup routine for when you’re pressed for time. My five minute face will have you looking fresh and presentable in no time.

Polished whimsy's five minute face

My five minute face routine is simple and adaptable to each situation. The best thing about this routine: you can modify it to your specific needs. It is essentially just two steps. Depending on how much time you have, you can add a few sub-steps, thus completely tailoring the routine to your needs for that day.

Step 1: Hide Your Biggest Concern

Again, you can have many sub-steps here. But the focus is to cover up the “imperfections” you see that bring down your self confidence. Because truly, going about your day completely confident in your look is the main goal here.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Before face: no makeup

My biggest concern is my skin. I suffer from rosacea and therefore have a lot of red in my skin. Ironically others don’t think it looks that bad, but I feel insecure with my bare face showing. Therefore my step 1 is always some kind of foundation.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Before face: no makeup

If I am in the biggest hurry, then I just swirl on some mineral powder and move on! My go-to at the moment is Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder.

Polished whimsy's five minute face routine
Step one: mineral foundation

Since I don’t have time for a full face of makeup, thus no bronzer, blush etc, I have chosen a shade that is just a touch darker than my skin tone. This serves two purposes: first, it ensures coverage of my redness. Second, it adds color to my face without the need for bronzer.

To get the best coverage, I use a dense brush such as this Bdellium tools one. I use circular buffing motions to apply the powder and then sweeping motions to blend in.

Polished whimsy's five minute face

If I have a tad more time, I may add some concealer. Because I have redness around my eyes, I make sure to put concealer and/or the foundation on my eyelids as well. This ensures a well-rested appearing face.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
Step 1: conceal problem spots

Step 2: Highlight Your Best Asset

The second step in my five minute face routine is highlighting your best asset. By bringing the focus to your best asset, the onlooker will notice that lovely feature and miss the fact that the rest of your face is not as perfected.

My biggest asset is my eyes, therefore I will always do something to draw attention to them. When I have absolutely no time, I will just use my favorite volumizing mascara to make my eyes look wide and awake. If I have more time, I will further define with some eye shadow and eyeliner. I use a neutral taupe shade from my favorite eye shadow palette to add definition and depth to my eyes.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
Step two: define eye crease

Then I try to work in some eyeliner to my inner upper lash line. This is called tight-lining. It may feel weird at first, but it is much easier than trying to get a straight line on your eyelid. It also gives great definition to the eye without looking “makeup-y.” Furthermore, it makes your lashes look thicker. Just be sure to use an eyeliner that is specifically for the waterline, like my favorite one here.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
Left side with eyeliner, ride side without

I tend to use brown, gray or navy as my eyeliners for daytime. I find they provide adequate definition without looking too harsh. While I also love black eyeliner, I save that for evening and dramatic looks. Most days, I also bring the eyeliner half way in on my bottom water line. I find this further defines my eye shape. I leave the inner half clear to keep the eye bright and awake looking.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
Eyeliner on upper and lower water lines

Last of course is mascara, lots of good volumizing mascara.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
Add mascara

If I have a tad more time, I will also define my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. This further frames my eyes. I can often skip this step because I already have dark brows. For those with lighter brows, defining them may be more important than some of these other steps. Like I said, do what works for you! That’s the beauty of my five minute face.

Polished whimsy's five minute face
With eyebrows defined

Finishing Touches

My five minute face is basically finished. If I need any more color on my face, I may add a pinch of blush or a lipstick. But most of these busy days, I will opt for a tinted lip balm or gloss and head out the door.

Polished whimsy's five minute makeup
After face: fresh and polished

What is your quick go-to makeup look? Will you be able to adapt my five minute face for your needs? Let me know if you have any questions.