Like so many of you, it’s hard for me to imagine calling any other place than the Pacific Northwest my “home.” Its charm and beauty is hard to match, and the picturesque scenery is fulfilling in every sense of the word. But making yourself beautiful? Sometimes it can be a challenge.

1. Setting Spray



Above anything else, my No. 1 product recommendation is always a setting spray. From weddings to inclement weather, to any other day, this product will keep your looking fresh all day. My favorite: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, original formula. Works for all skin types and performs well without leaving a sticky feeling.

2. Resurrect Your Mascara


Continuing my love for Urban Decay products, I recommend Mascara Resurrection. It’s the only product I’ve seen of its kind and I think it’s revolutionary. If your mascara is clumpy after an unexpected cloudburst, or you just need to freshen up before a night out, swipe this on your lashes to de-clump and add moisture. You can stop there or add another coat of mascara to bring your lashes back from the dead.

3. Dry Skin Moisturizer

No matter your skin type, these last two winters seem to have left everyone’s skin more drier and chapped than normal. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream is good for both your hands and face and heals your parched skin fast. It’s my go-to when I need extra moisture in the winter or when traveling.

4. Bronzer

By spring, I’m needing sun. But often I’m not available to take advantage of spring break travels. If you are like me and trying to find ways to bring the sun to you, try a bronzer to bring some warmth to your cheeks. I love this Pro Bronze Fusion from Makeup Forever. It adds a nice glow without being too shimmery and adds the perfect hint of being sun-kissed.

5. Hair Tie Bracelet

Probably my worst habit that I just can’t break is wearing a hair tie on my wrist. I never know when I’ll need it and often use it to save my hair if it’s fallen flat. It doesn’t look good, but the convenience is worth it. Enter the best invention I wish I’d thought of first: the hair-tie bracelet. Your hair tie becomes a part of the bracelet. Choose from many cute styles. It’s quick and easy to get on and off, and you no longer need to worry about it being too tight on your wrist.

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"If you are like me and trying to find ways to bring the sun to you, try a bronzer to bring some warmth to your cheeks. "