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Repurposed Makeup Bag Addiction

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J.Crew scarf, Club Monaco blouse, LOFT pants (old), J.Crew flats, Prada sunnies, Estee Lauder (makeup bag repurposed as clutch)

I think I have a thing for make up bags. I get them often as free gifts with purchase and use them way too much as clutches. I just find that they have the cutest patterns and I never feel bad if I scuff them up, lose them, spill makeup in them, etc while I am out because they were essentially free! Maybe i’m nuts.

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In other news, I’m also getting quite good at this whole tri-pattern-mixing thing. These polka dot pants have been a staple in my wardrobe and I love pulling them out when I’m feeling like i’m in a wardrobe funk. They add instant style to any outfit and I love the fit.

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Cold weather is supposed to be approaching soon in San Francisco so be ready for Fall layers and some new fun cold-weather purchases!

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One last completely random question, because clearly I am obsessed with all of your opinions. I am thinking of relaunching email subscriptions as I tend to get many more emails from readers than social media interaction. Would you be interested in subscribing via email and or receiving updates and roundups via email? There would also be some extra content! Let me know below or via email.

Workday makeup routine

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I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here) that I work as a consultant for a technology company, in a very conservative and male dominated environment. The majority of my colleagues are 30-40 years my senior, meaning that my work wardrobe and makeup have to be very very conservative and toned down. I have showed you what makeup products I love, but I wanted to share my everyday makeup routine that takes me a maximum of 5 minutes that can be used in any work environment (with a few fun product updates!)

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Step 1: Foundation and Concealer (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer + concealer)

I am a big advocate of high quality face makeup especially if you have skin that is prone to breakouts. Laura Mercier has tinted moisturizers that are light and provide just enough coverage. The under-eye concealer I am holding doubles as a blemish concealer and has a great waxy consistency that lasts through my 14 hour days.

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Step 2: Contour (product I use: Bare Minerals Bronzer)

Contouring was something that I learned from a YouTube beauty guru, Carli Bybel. She showed a tutorial of how she does it and I found that incorporating a few simple steps into my everyday routine made a big difference in keeping my face looking alive all day. First, I take a bit of strong-pigmented bronzer and with a narrow brush, drag a bit of it along the sides of my nose as shown above. Next, I take a bit and pull it along my cheekbones to create definition.

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Step 3: Basic eyeshadow (Maybelline eyeshadow expert wear quad)

Strong eyeshadow colors are the biggest mistake I see newbie workers make in my office. They wear colors like oranges or strong blues and greens and it just reads as unprofessional. I found this Maybelline palette a few weeks ago and it has been my go-to through the week. The soft blue acts as a base and the purples are layered to bring out my green eyes without being overbearing.

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Step 4: Mascara (L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black)

I cannot stress how important it is not to walk into a workplace with crazy long eyelashes. Fake eyelashes are not ok and neither is 3-4 coats of mascara. One coat to open your eyes and help you look awake is all you need.

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Step 5: Light/nude lipgloss or lipstick (Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss)

Finish it off with a light or nude lipstick to tie everything together. I prefer a not-to-glossy gloss as lipstick tends to stain everywhere and often appears on my teeth. Not a great impression! This gloss is longwearing and is a gorgeous coral shade that has me longing for Spring.

What is your work makeup routine? Are there any products you love and would recommend?

My Typical Weekend Outfit

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Top (from Madewell and a bit old, but it’s this shirt – i’m wearing a size XL for a baggier fit)
Vest (i’m wearing a size L)
Pants (i’m wearing a US12)
Shoes

If we’re being totally honest, this is what I look like all.weekend.long. and what I wish I could look like throughout my work week. Stretchy pants, oversized tops, tennis shoes and no makeup (could you tell?)

These pants were my attempt at dressing up the standard legging. They’re so supremely comfortable, add a bit of additional style with the side stripes and go with everything.

Paired with a flannel shirt and a vest? Solid.

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ThePearShape Turns 2

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A couldn’t imagine a more appropriate picture: how I blog. Naturally, no makeup, in yoga pants. #reallife

Today is our birthday! It’s kind of crazy how much has happened not only in the two years since I started this little blog of mine, but even in the last 12 months. If you read back to our 1st birthday post, you’ll know that I was living in SF by that time and I was just about to begin a new job. When I think about where my life is now, I don’t kid when I say that 90% of it is a direct result of ThePearShape. My closest friends, my roommate, 90% of my social activity in the city are all a direct result of the amazing people i’ve been connected to through blogging. I am so in love with this community, the outlet this space provides to not only share tips with all of you, but document the major moments in my own life.

Thank you for coming back here each day. Thank you for your endless emails, kind comments and unwavering support. It isn’t easy to put yourself on the internet and willingly discuss body issues. But your generosity has made it an absolute pleasure. I’m forever grateful.

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