my low maintenance morning routine

My morning routine is pretty simple. I’m not a super high maintenance girl. Mostly I just focus on my go-to beauty essentials so I can breeze out the door in 20 minutes or less. I’m pretty casual with my look, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a set routine! I’m always such a fan of those ‘make-up bag dumps’ that other bloggers do (I’m such a voyeur), so today I wanted to share one of my own!

Because I recently moved and changed climates completely, I had to revamp my entire morning ritual. Let’s just say my skin was less than thrilled about the change in climate… It was a trial and error process, but I’m really pleased with the results now that I’ve solidified my routine. I start with a a pore normalizing cleanser from Paula’s Choice, then once my skin is dry, I follow with a primer and tinted moisturizer. After that, I add a touch of bronzer because I’m pale and some cheek stain for a hint of color. I’m all about the natural look that stains give, so I also use a lip stain. As for my skin, I smooth on vitamin c body oil. I only use a few drops, keeping my skin moisturized and fresh all day. Another great secret are Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners — they offer a fresh feeling all day long. Then lastly, a spritz of my favorite perfume and I’m out the door. This simple beauty routine keeps me fresh and lovely throughout the day.

links: Smashbox primer / Laura Mercier tinted moisturizertheBalm stainiac / NARS bronzing powderPaula’s Choice normalizing cleanser / Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics vitamin c body oil / Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black / Tarte cheek stain / Carefree pantyliners

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Carefree and SheKnows. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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  1. 7.30.14
    Dee said:

    I received a sample size of the Smashbox Photo Finish primer a while back and I immediately fell in love. It feel like silk when you put it on and seems to work as a great base for my minimal makeup routine.

    • 7.30.14
      joanna said:

      i agree completely! it’s great for summertime.