Cozy Country Cute

While living it up in the Green Mountain State, I wanted to look as relaxed as I felt. After all, Vacation days are few and far between when you have a day job, a freelance career, and a ton of other responsibilities. However, even while keeping the beauty routine low-maintenance, it was important to me that I looked cute in photos. The solution was a minimalistic approach with a focus on the details: hair, eyes, lips.

When you're rocking a wave, little fly-aways hardly matter. On Day Two, I pinned the front over towards the side to hide any grease.

Hair

We arrived at the lovely Waitsfield Inn and marveled over the sweet owners, spacious downstairs hangout room, and beautifully snug room where we’d be staying for the next four days. As Joshy inquired about the WiFi login info, I was already in the bathroom, assessing the dim lighting and lack of blow dryer. Uh oh. My usual go-to for a long weekend is to wash and straighten my hair once (or maybe twice) and experiment along the way with ponies, braids, or headbands. And dry shampoo. My approach when I leave my flatiron in Brooklyn and the inn has no offerings? Wash at night, and let the curls go wild.

Black waterproof liner is enough to make my eyes pop out in a wash of wintry white!

Eyes

I got my lashes touched up at Courtney Akai a couple weeks ago. They look utterly perfect, and don’t require any makeup if you’re on the run. I recommend these for any girl who likes a lot of drama, or wants a no-fuss morning routine without sacrificing the pretty factor. A little black liner on bottom is all you need for a sexy night look when you have these extensions!

This peony pink lipstick is a pretty choice for day or evening.

Lips

We all know I love a pop of pink on the lips. I wore a different pink or peach lipstick every day and tons of Kiehl’s No. 1 to keep my lips from chapping in the cold/snow/rain/sun. Bing!

Brighten Up

We have decidedly entered the beauty queen’s no-man’s-land. It is winter. Now let out a great big sigh and get over it. There are plenty of ways to have fun with your face despite whipping winds, freezing rain, and generally dismal winter weather. Sure, sparkles are fun (hehe), but what about leaving the confines of the season in the dust and opting for a pop of summer when you need it? Jensy won’t scoff.

The summer of 2011 was ALL about neon, from the bikinis to the cocktails to the lipsticks… everywhere from Dior to Old Navy, neon was the only thing that seemed to matter. And sure, by next summer we’ll all be hanging on tightly to a new trend wagon, but there is no reason you can’t nurse your neon hangover now. Before 2012’s bright color wave announces itself, cling dearly to those neons and use them wherever appropriate. Shall we start with the lips?

I wear a crap-ton of hot pink lipstick for a few reasons. The first is, I really just like it. I think it’s utterly girly, really fun, and it’s one way to beat the blues of a conservative daily lifestyle without offending anyone. I find that a bright pink lip counteracts myriad sins–from undereye bags to pimples, and everything in between. It’s a simple way to appear polished, and it literally takes one sweep to perfection. Personally, I choose to go matte for day because my job requires me to look professional. To avoid being too coquettish, steer clear of hot pink glosses for day and stick with a stick. The two I receive the most compliments on are Chanel Rouge Allure in Super, and Maybelline Color Sensational lip color in Fuchsia Fever.

Now, that’s what I call living in color.

Make like Rihanna and rock a hot pink lip

Add a Little Glitter

Ready to spice up your day but not quite sure how to do it? A touch of shimmer goes a super-long way. You don’t have to go all out to get into the sparkly season, but you can add bits and bobs to join the trend wagon, while adding some much-needed glitter to your busy, crazy day. Some ideas:

Shadow

A sparkling eye shadow is a great way to brighten up your face. While you might not choose this look for day, it’s a fabulous choice for evenings on the town, a hot date, or a Christmas party. Make Up For Ever is one of my favorite brands, and you can always count on them for eye makeup that has serious staying power. This glittering shadow from the brand, only $13, is a perfect treat you can buy yourself and it comes in a ton of great colors. Sephora.com.

Lips

MAC Cosmetics’ “Glitter and Ice” lipstick is slick and special and works by the light of the moon… or the office. From shimmering silver to a punchy, robust red, there is a hue for you. Swipe it onto well hydrated lips for a perfect shimmer and a pretty smile. $15.50. Maccosmetics.com.

Nails

You know I’m an Essie girl, but I have to give a little love to butter London, one of the best nail polish brands to burst onto the scene in recent years. We knew the Brits had style, but did we have any idea how serious they were about their nails? Now we do. The current collection features some pretty crazy sparkly colors that, when worn with everything from a simple black sweater and jeans to a little spandex dress, will make you stand out in the crowd. $14. Beauty.com.