November 4, 2014

November Must-Haves: Beauty Edition

photographer: Stef King

Ever since I was young, my mom instilled in me the importance of good skin care. I remember her taking me to the beauty department when I was a teenager and buying me the Clinique skin care range. It was all the rage with my friends during middle school. I can still distinctly recall the smell of the yellow glass bottles of lotion. Do you know what I’m talking about? As soon as I hit puberty, so the pimples hit my face. For several years, I suffered from acne which really affected my self-confidence. My overly oil skin didn’t do my face any favors; it only seemed to exasperate my pizza face. Thankfully, with the help of a dermatologist, I eventually got things under control. Nowadays, the odd pimple might surface but overall, my skin is pretty clear. I attribute this mostly to a good-quality skin care regimen and balanced diet. 

Now, I’m not one to get dolled up everyday, but I do enjoy the femininity and added confidence boost that come with applying a little make-up. When I lived in the States, I was obsessed with the beauty store, Sephora. I was introduced to this cosmetic dreamland when I was a teenager during a weekend trip to New York City with my mom for my sixteenth birthday. (What a way to celebrate!)  When the store later opened in Nashville, my bank account was in trouble. I loved browsing the aisles and trying on the testers, always leaving with a new find. These days, my frequency to make-up stores has drastically decreased, but I still love discovering a new lip gloss shade or make-up range.


I don’t even own concealer or foundation for two main reasons—-I like my skin to breathe and I have little clue how to apply them properly. You’d think my modeling days would have amplified my make-up skills. Eh, not so much! Although I might not have the skills to apply eyeliner straight or fill in my brows perfectly or match the right shade of foundation to my skin, I enjoy experimenting with make-up looks. I usually keep my look very simple, fresh and minimal. When I do wear make-up, maybe 1-2 times a week, my staples are primer, bronzer, blush and mascara.


Today, I wanted to mix up the Mariposa Must-Have monthly feature by recording my first ever video blog! This month, I have some very girlie things to share with you: my current favorite beauty products. So, let’s get to it!



I hope you enjoyed the video. I’m just really pumped that I’ve finally stepped up my blogging game and figured out how to do this, goofy mistakes and all! : )


// ACTION: We all love discovering new beauty products or make-up brands. Share with us your favorite skin care line or make-up product in the comments below!


To glowing skin and wide smiles,

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Products mentioned

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
  • LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
  • Benefit POREfessional
  • Smith’s Rosebud Salve
  • ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer Compact
  • Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical and Flirtatious
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Rosy Future and Pinkissimo

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    Aw you are just so gorgeous! Loved watching your first video blog! I feel like I know you so much more after hearing your gorgeous accent and seeing your bubbly personality in the flesh 🙂 xx

    1. Sarah Kate Post author

      Ah, Sarah—you’ve brought a huge smile to my face. Thank you for your kind words. It was definitely a goal of mine to start video blogging, and one that took awhile to actually ACTION! Glad you feel more connected now. That was my aim all along!


    I loved it! You are so cute. Well done on doing your first video. I also found it helpful! I must try the Lush mask and the Benefit pore cream!

    I love Nude By Nature powder as they have very little chemicals and cover my acne scars and even out my skin. And I love Hurraw Lip balms- all organic and vegan.

    1. Sarah Kate Post author

      Yes, isn’t Nude amazing? I got a free sample bag from them, which I like a lot. I haven’t heard of Hurraw—must hunt these down! Thanks for sharing your faves. Big love. xx


    Oh my goodness me Sarah Kate!! You are absolutely adorable and I just LOVED your video. You are such a natural at video – where have you been hiding!!! Please keep it up!

    I love your suggestions and I’m off to the shops on the weekend to buy that gorgeous lipgloss!! I loved stocking up on my makeup at Sephora when I visited the US in August. I’m super excited for Sephora to open here in Sydney in December!

    You’re a beauty – inside and out! So proud of you xo

    P.S I can’t believe you aren’t wearing foundation or concealer – your skin is absolutely flawless!

    1. Sarah Kate Post author

      Oooh, I am so glad you like the video idea. I’ll definitely be filming more! I might need to take a quick trip to Sephora when I visit Sydney in March. hint hint. 😉 Thanks for your sweet words. xx


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