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It's that time of year again: back to school which means a hectic schedule, internships, and of course trying to have a social life. The first couple of weeks of school, I always seem to put extra effort into my appearance and health but then it all goes downhill as my stress increases as the semester goes by.  That's why I thought this was the perfect time to share my go-to 5 minute makeup routine that never fails me. It's natural enough for an everyday school look but also makes you look polished and professional enough for internships or work. Here's how to achieve this look: 


Step 1: Apply Foundation 

I'm not gonna lie, I'm not good with stress. It always shows up on my skin first and I just don't have the time to put extra effort into my skincare routine most days. That's why I was intrigued when I found out about the new Neutrogena® SkinClearing line which covers up and helps prevent breakouts while you wear it. 

First I'm going to start by applying the Neutrogena SkinClearing Makeup foundation which is the first and only liquid foundation with Micro-Clear technology that not only treats blemishes, but also helps prevent emerging acne breakouts for clearer skin. Just what I need: a product that does all the work for me and I can just go throughout the day and not have to worry about my skin getting worse! How does it work? The Micro-Clear technology actually boosts the power of Salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief. Developed by dermatologists, this oil-free formula controls shine and won't clog pores. The foundation is medium coverage and matte which helps cover breakouts but also doesn't make my face look cakey and still looks natural. 


Step 2: Concealer & Powder

You're not a college kid, if you don't have some dark undereye circles! I always like to buy a concealer that's one shade lighter than my skin tone for some extra brightness and to cover up awful overnight blemishes. Here, I'm using the Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer which provides natural-looking coverage while reducing the visibility of acne and helping to improve skin. 

This concealer also contains Micro-Clear technology with Salicylic acid which helps treat and prevent pimples and it's also non-comedogenic and oil-free. Lastly, I set my makeup with the Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder which helps to prevent shine from developing throughout the day and prevent future breakouts as well. It also comes with a mirror and applicator puff which makes it convenient for touch-ups. 


Step 3: Define Your Eyes 

Since I don't have much time to get ready in the mornings, I tend to skip the eyeshadow and go for eyeliner such as the Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black instead. I love how this one has a sponge tip applicator on the other side of the pencil which allows you to blend in the liner and create a more smokey look which makes makeup transition from day to night. 

I tend to avoid liquid liners at all costs for my 5 minute makeup routine since it takes too long to apply and requires too much effort and concentration (which I just don't have especially after pulling an all-nighter, ha!). 


Step 4: Lips

I never leave the house without some color on my lips and I typically go for a berry color (especially since fall is near!) and used Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Colorstick in Berry Brown. The Colorstick is shaped like a crown which makes it easy to line my lips first and then fill it in and it has the most subtle shimmer in it which makes my lips look smooth and healthy. If you're going for a more natural look, I recommend blending the lip color a bit with a lip brush or if you're running late in the mornings like I am, then with your fingertips. 


That's it! The perfect makeup for long days at school and it only takes a few minutes and helps your skin in the process. Make sure to check out the new Neutrogena SkinClearing line at your local CVS and get $3.75 off any Neutrogena Cosmetics face product and $2.25 off any Neutrogena lip or eye products while you're there! 

Hope you enjoyed this post, 

This post is sponsored by NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by NEUTROGENA® for this review.

Top: Free People // Skirt: Target // Shoes: Forever 21 // Sunglasses: Dior "Origins" // Bag: Chanel (vintage) // Bracelets: Alex & Ani "Pisces", "February Birthstone", "Inspiration in Flight", and "Queen's Crown" // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude" 

It's been a while since I've bought something from Free People, I just always feel like they're producing the same things over and over again: floral dresses haha. Nothing from the brand has really excited me until I saw this top in the new arrivals section and knew I had to have it! I just love the combination of polka dots and ruffles which can come across as being tacky yet they did it in such a tasteful way that it looks elegant and even reminds me of all things Parisian yet also bohemian. The best part is that I can dress it up with a black skirt or pants and wear it to work or wear it more casual like I did here. I've also been looking for things that I can wear in a warm climate yet still screams "fall" and this is perfect since it's so lightweight and breathable. And yes, I'm wearing a denim skirt again on the blog but I can't help it! They just go with everything!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Jacket: Forever 21, old // Top: PR Couture Shop (on sale for $18!) // Skirt: Abercrombie, old // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: LC by Lauren Conrad via Kohl's // Watch: Michael Kors // Lips: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in "Rich Nude" // Hat: Missguided, old


Lately I've been shopping my closet a lot more and focusing on saving money for the big move so here's another outfit that I put together from items that I already owned. It's nice being able to challenge myself to come up with new combinations and goes to show that owning a few simple neutral pieces can actually go a long way. 

I actually bought this shirt last year from PR Couture (a wonderful website filled with resources if you're interested in working in fashion PR!) and fell in love with the "PR Girl" saying on it. Plus it's quite cozy and loose fitting so it's perfect for the summertime! It's on sale for $18 and comes in black and white too. I actually don't own many t-shirts and don't typically wear them for the blog either so it was a nice change. I dressed it up a bit with my white denim skirt that I'm wearing once again for the blog (it's an essential!) and my denim jacket thrown on my shoulders which always makes an outfit look so much more cooler in photos. 

Hope everyone has a pain-free Monday! Lately my retail schedule has been awful and I only had one day off so I'm going a little nuts. What's keeping my sanity is walking around the mall during my lunch break and seeing all the cute fall clothes (that I can't even buy) in stores which has a calming effect on me haha. 

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