I Put on Makeup Today!

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tarte double duty beauty classic courage palette with connor

Ya know what occurred to me the other day at 2 in the morning while I was in tears and feeding Connor?


Babies have no need for concealer, even if they’re up all night.


If I look a little tired…that’s because I am. Connor Claire’s been really colicky and, thus, we’ve been spending some long nights together. Plus, hello hormones running amuck (hence the flood of tears at 2 in the morning)!

I needed a little pick-me-up, so I managed to put on makeup today.

tarte double duty beauty classic courage palette k1

I’ve worn this Tarte Classic Courage Palette ($28; limited edition from the new Double Duty Beauty collection) a few times over the last couple of weeks, and what I like most about it is 1) how easily the eyeshadows blend together, 2) how long the eye and cheek products last on my combination skin (a full nine hours!) and 3) how I can do this entire look from start to finish in 20 minutes.

I bet I could even get it down to 15 minutes with some practice. I’m learning that in new Mommy Land, 20 uninteruped minutes to do anything is a blissful eternity!


tarte classic courage

tarte double duty beauty classic courage palette

Classic Courage is one of two limited edition palettes from the Double Duty Beauty collection, and it’s the one with warm colors. The other palette, Sultry Star Power, has cooler tones. I’m hoping to give that one a try soon (you know I love me some cool shades).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Alexis says:

    You look fabulous. Baby girl, C is fierce! Is it wrong that I never stopped wearing makeup? I would give the baby to my husband and just take whatever time needed to slap on makeup on my face – this is still my favorite “me time” moment!

  2. Kwmechelle says:

    OMG! She’s your mini-me! I think she looks just like you! Oh happy day for putting on makeup. I’ve worn my “no makeup” makeup look all week & today I put on the full monte. At least for me anyway. I added a flower headband to complement my flower jumper pants from F21. The entire look is incredibly springy. And I look like a flower girl. My fave aesthetic is a boho-chic vibe, a la Free People. I’m also rocking Becca Opal, MAC Rebel, & NARS Taj Mahal. Needless to say, I feel like a bad a$$ and the fashion pick me up has given me a much needed jolt of girl power!

  3. Saloni says:

    You look beautiful as always and your baby girl is beyond adorable! Sleepless nights will get better:)

  4. Agata says:

    Hi Karen and Connor, you are both such beauties! You might look a little tired but you sure look very happy! And it’s great to see a post from you! Connor is such a cutie!
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  5. Alissa says:


    Oh man! I totally feel your pain. You two are the cutest. I had my daughter Saturday and definitely did not anticipate all of us crying all night! When you figure out the how to get ready in 15 minutes thing let me know too haha! She’s so gorgeous just like her Mommy!

  6. Katia says:

    Oh my goodness, look at you two!! I’m so so happy for you, this put a huge smile on my face. And you sure look as beautiful as ever, if not more. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Kisses from Greece!

  7. jessica says:

    awww Hugs!
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  8. Chelsea says:

    Glad you got time for some self-catering! Connor Claire is so beautiful, I love her little nose.

  9. Heather L says:

    I know how you feel girl – I have two sets of twins, and the only way I could describe my sleep habit when they were infants was “nonexistent!”

    I’m really loving the new Tarte collections… for the most part. I’ve really loved everything in the Rainforest of the Sea Collection, especially the Wipeout Color Correcting palette and Drink of H2O moisturizer. The Double Duty collection has been more hit and miss in my opinion. I ended up returning the hybrid gel foundation because no matter how I used it – with a brush, beauty blender, fingers… it just ended up looking cakey throughout the day no matter what, even though I set it with powder. I loved the concept – so I wanted to love it, but it just didn’t happen. The lipstick/gloss I thought was too creamy for its own good. I prefer a firmer lipstick. Other than that, I loved the Double Duty line, especially the Confidence powder which I am now using with the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation and I absolutely love the combination! I do hope they perfect the gel-hybrid formula – I’d love to give it another shot if they work on it some more!

  10. Indya says:

    Karen! Oh, how I missed your face! Sorry the babe was feeling bad and your hormones were/are running a muck πŸ™

    You look radiant and Connor is the cutest!
    Indya recently posted … Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad

  11. Shawna says:

    Mazel Tov, Karen! You are both gorgeous! Connor is such a beauty!!! Love how bright eyed she is!
    I had to laugh the other day at your post about eyelashes! I have twin boys (now 6) and one of them TOTALLY hit the eyelash jackpot. Like insanely long, curly lashes. He didn’t get it from me!!!

  12. denise S says:

    You look great Karen! Wow Conner Claire looks just like her Mom! Hope you get lots of rest.

  13. Terri says:

    You look great and your baby is so cute.

  14. Kimmwc03 says:

    Beautiful, Karen (and Connor Claire too)!

  15. Jessica Revitte says:

    You look so beautiful Karen! Those “right after delivery” hormones really kick your butt. I cried about everything (broccoli, Jake talking to me, Jake not talking to me, Jake being afraid to upset me, the baby, our seven year old, the sun … it’s intense). Putting on makeup–even if only a little TINY bit–always helped me feel like ME.

    I hope Connor Claire decides she’s ready to sleep a bit better, a good long nap always helps those hormones a little bit.

    Much love,

  16. Kellee says:

    You look so great! You have a great “mommy glow” going on! Conner is just adorable….truly your twin!

  17. Melissa says:

    Hi Gorge Lil Lady. 😁 In my eyes when I seen the picture of You & Connor my heart melted! You look absolutely stunning OMGoodness especially for having your first baby, and with the colic!! 😒 My son had it so bad and it nearly made me feel as if I was such a failure and broke my heart to pieces!! You are doing such an amazing job honey and that precious Lil Angel is so beautiful I just want to reach through the screen and give you a huge hug and just snuggle her!! Keep your head up love! Enjoy each day cause now my son is 18!! Lots of love!! 😘

    • Karen says:


      You’re so sweet. Thank you for this nice message. The colic has been such a challenge, I just hope it eases up within the next couple of weeks (I’ve read it peaks between week 4 and week 6). I’ll try to enjoy each day because I know the time goes by fast.

      Oh, and the other day it hit me that I need to make sure this little person has dinner every day until she’s 18! OMG!
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      • Melissa says:

        They have so many different things now to help with the colic that they didn’t have when Lil Damon was a baby! Check out Moms organic stores etc! His was so bad I had to get my Nanny which is his great Grandmom to come stay with me over it! I would put him into his car seat n put him on the dryer n turn it on and hold the car seat and that helped?? Crazy!! Love You and I’m so thankful that Everyday I get to see your pretty face and read your blog!! I love You & Tabs so much!! 😁 And now I get to love Lil Miss Connor!! ❀️❀️❀️

  18. Daniela says:

    Hi ladies!
    You both look amazing. No make up required πŸ™‚

  19. Lilly says:

    When my baby was nursing every HOUR at night, my pediatrician advised that daddy can give baby 1 oz formula. We never had nipple confusion issue. That 1 oz of formula bought me 2 hours of sleep.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lilly,

      Connor was doing that the other night; feeding nearly every 1-2 hours! She goes through phases where she’ll eat frequently and then other phases where she’ll sleep for longer blocks of time. I’m hoping that tonight will be one of those nights when she wants to sleep longer *keeps fingers crossed*.
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  20. Lily says:

    I know you are tired, but you look MARVELOUS! Connor looks just like her beautiful mother. Fantastic photo.

  21. Lulle says:

    What a gorgeous picture of you two! You don’t even look that tired Karen. Concealer might have helped but honestly you look radiant!
    Lulle recently posted … Spring Makeup Look: A Pastel Dream

  22. Allison C says:

    OMG, I adore the photo of you and Connor! Two beauties! And you look fabulous as always, especially for a brand new mom who isn’t getting much sleep. That new little palette looks so cute too
    Allison C recently posted … Big Lashes with PUR Fully Charged Mascara

  23. Ally says:

    Karen– feel your pain with the colic!! Been there, done that, tried everything– even an elimination diet where you basically subsist on air and water (no soy, dairy, etc) in order to ease your little one’s pain. Calling my husband in the middle of the work day, sobbing that I can’t get him to stop crying– we’ve all been there. It may be hard to see now, but just remember you are doing all the right things. The days are short, the nights are long, but this too shall pass and you won’t even remember pacing the floors when you look back.

  24. Eri says:

    Hi Karen, both you and your baby girl look so beautiful! I had a REALLY colicky baby for the first 3 months of her life and I thought I was going to die. She could not spend any awake time without crying unless she was nursing. I promise you though, it WILL get better and it is OKAY to not enjoy her every minute of the day. Don’t beat yourself up because babies are really hard to take care of! Hang in there, you’re doing a great job mama! Xoxo

  25. My daughter was very, very colicky as well, but hang in there. It really gets better after week 8 and almost completely is gone after three months. And these days she is an awesome sleeper and such a content little lady, as if these first weeks never happened. My son now is colicky as well, but not nearly half as much.
    Putting on makeup is my treat whenever I manage it throughout the day, it is an instant mood booster.
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  26. zVintageFashionizta says:

    You look great! Your baby girl is a cutie patootie, she’s your Mini-Me.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Karen, you look beautiful!! I’m sorry about the colic. I was a colicky baby. My Dad used to drive around with me at night. Sometimes he’d go up a mountain so he could listen to Yankee games on the radio. I became a fan at a young age!
    My son had colic, too. Every evening he’d scream for what seemed like hours. My husband was away on business for a week of it – lucky him. Nothing really worked, except time.
    Yay for makeup. It’s good to do something for yourself. Even taking a shower every day was a challenge. I’d bring my son in the bathroom and put the carrier on the floor.
    Connor is a little treasure and I know that she is SO worth it.
    Love and hugs to you all.

  28. Ruchita says:

    You look gorgeous and Connor Claire is so adorable! Love this picture and her cute little head of hair. πŸ™‚

  29. Channal says:

    So cute… adorable!

    Love Anna

  30. Katie says:

    You and Connor look adorable! This too shall pass even though it feels never ending at the time. Much love to both of you! πŸ™‚

  31. Christine says:

    Gorgeous mama and Connor Claire, who looks like the spitting image of you! Glad you’re feeling more like yourself and honoring that by putting on some beautiful face (and sharing it with your online family). xoxo

  32. Tulipthecat says:

    You look great Karen. I can’t even tell that you’ve had less sleep. Baby Connor Clair is super cute!

  33. Ana Marta Samuel says:

    So lovely to see you Karen and Connor looks just so awake and picture perfect!
    I totally agree with the lady that says you have the mommy glow! Radiant!

  34. Raquel says:

    Your baby is everything. Like, for real. There is s serious calming, peaceful aura spilling off of her. And she is so perfect!!!

    Ugh, serious baby fever over here!!!

  35. Kalli says:

    OMG Baby Connor is adorbs and she looks just like you! She’s got one piercing gaze, that’s for sure. She can put Cara Delevingne to shame πŸ˜‰
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  36. Tatiana says:

    You and Connor Claire are both so beautiful!!

  37. Stephanie says:

    You look fabulous! And little Connor is your twin!!!

  38. Nataya A says:

    How adorable lil miss Connor and her Momy. Sweet. I really like the result, your face glows naturally very beautiful, you don’t look tired at all. Perhaps it’s also because you’re happy and so in love. Hope lil miss Connor is getting better, the colic goes away soon. Sending much love.

  39. Sandy says:

    Just remember “this too shall pass”. You both look so darn cute

  40. Michelle ComesLast says:

    and rocking it Mama! You are both gorgeous!

  41. Jaclyn levy says:

    It WILL get easier, promise! My mom told me God made babies cute and women strong. Even when I didn’t feel strong that little truism helped me get through some tough times. I’m so glad you were able to carve a small bit of me time for yourself today!

  42. Lisa C says:

    You look so pretty, and I love the pic of you and Conner. That you need to blow up and put on your wall! My firstborn was colicky too and I was very young when I had her and didn’t know what to do. Luckily my friends mom was a nurse so she came right over, wrapped her up in a cocoon and did her magic! She made it look so easy lol
    Enjoy your time with her, they grow up really fast πŸ™‚

  43. Rachel R. says:

    Connor Claire is the spitting image of you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you took a few minutes to do something for yourself. Remember, anything good you do for you is also good for the baby. A mama’s got to recharge her batteries a little. It’s amazing how something as simple as taking a shower or putting on a little makeup can make one feel human again. I’m so sorry Connor has colic. Not fun for either of you. I was a colicky baby, and my dad used to have to drive me around at all hours so I could sleep. I still fall asleep on car rides till this day. lol

  44. Kuz says:

    Such a lovely mama and daughter pic, Karen! Connor Claire is gorgeous – just like you! Sending hugs and snuggles! πŸ™‚

  45. Suzan says:

    Karen ,
    Props for being able to do makeup and post too!! I was a breastfeeding counselor for 6 years and thought of one tip that I didn’t see mentioned by other posters. Try to burp Connor before AND after nursing. If she doesn’t burp before, no worries, but it can’t hurt. Also, I found that the best pacifier of all is your little finger, with your (clean, of course) nail down. Gives new meaning to giving the finger! Don’t forget, many of your readers have been there, survived, and are mentally pulling for you and El Hub. Hang in there, baby (cue kittens).

  46. Hazel says:

    hi karen! you two are lovely! have u tried the LA girl pro concealers? specifically the correctors?

  47. India says:

    Karen, you look so beautiful! Connor Claire is suiting you well πŸ˜‰
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  48. jonirae says:

    Connor Claire is one of the most beautiful little peanuts I’ve ever seen. Top Five. Including family member babies. πŸ™‚ And darlin’, you have such a proud momma glow no matter how tired you are, hormones and no-makeup days be damned! πŸ™‚ xx

  49. Angela says:

    That is a great picture! You look radiant. Love your hair and the length. Little girl is a natural for the camera.

  50. Chris25 says:

    There’s no doubt- Connor Claire is certainly your daughter! You both look beautiful, and I am so glad you were able to take at least a moment for yourself.
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  51. Eesha says:

    Hi Karen…you look so happy and radiant with Connor Claire, even though she is keep you up till late night πŸ™‚

  52. Jen says:

    Such a great photo of you two πŸ™‚ You look gorgeous!

  53. Fran says:

    Glad to hear you’re hanging in there through the colicky time, Karen. What a lovely photo! The two of you look alike in so many ways πŸ™‚

    And I think I’ll have to check out that Sultry Star Power — love me some good grays!

  54. Rachel C. says:

    I love this picture of the two of you! You both look great! Colic sucks, I had it with my first (second is due in a month, I really hope he doesn’t have it), but just try to remind yourself that it’s only temporary and ends someday – although it’s hard to believe it at 3 in the AM! Post-delivery hormones are a total b****h – I cried about everything, my c-section recovery was long, so all I could do was feed the baby, my husband did the rest, and I felt so useless – the hormones did not help! We all got through it eventually. Oh, she is so beautiful, what a cutie πŸ™‚

  55. Kristy says:

    Karen, you look beautiful. Hang tight, I went through the same thing with my son. I was so tired I think I was actually hallucinating! Now he’s 10, and I often wish I could spend another day with him as a baby!

  56. Deborah says:

    OMG! Connor is BEAUTIFUL! And so are you Karen!

  57. Nichole says:

    Oh girl i know that pain. My girls are now 6 and 3 so I’m done with the newborn crying phase but it wasn’t so long ago that I don’t remember all of that hell. I know it’s so cliche but it really is true that it gets better {even colic}. Ya just gotta hunker down and take care of yourself in those very rare moments that you get. Pretty soon she’ll be passed this stage and will be in the cherubic baby phase where she sleeps through the night, eats on a more normal schedule, and you even get to take showers now and again. Just hang in there, it’s all so worth it!

  58. Erin says:

    I will have to check out the cooler toned one! You guys look so cute together in the photo!
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  59. Tracey says:

    Gorgeous! You — the baby is pretty cute too. πŸ˜‰ Colic is an awful, evil mistress. I will say that becoming slightly immune to a child crying is a gift now that my sweet baby girl is 9 & is beginning to feel those delightful hormone surges… Just keep on momming. Like everything else in parenthood, it ends. And then you miss it. πŸ™‚

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