Freshly Showered (and Then Five Minutes Later…)

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No makeup in the pic above! And my hair’s doing its naturally wavy thing.


Five minutes later I looked like this…

I used:

Nothing fancy. Just simple, easy makeup to get me out the door. πŸ™‚


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  1. Chelsea says:

    You are beautiful no matter what! I wish I had wave to my hair sometimes! My hair is pin straight.

    On the bright side, I can sleep with it wet and wake up with good looking hair :p

    • Karen says:

      Happy Saturday, Chelsea! πŸ™‚

      So jealous of your wash and wear hair! It takes a lot of work to get mine stick straight…seriously, like 30-45 min.

      • Chelsea says:

        I like using a hot air brush once in a while to get volume, but I like being able to sleep in and still have decent looking hair :p

        • Karen says:

          Lucky duck! You don’t even know how many hours I spent in the ’90s trying to get hair like that, le sigh!

          What are you up to tonight? I just got back from a trip to Sephora. I picked up an eyeliner from Laura Mercier called Black Gold.

          • Chelsea says:

            I wrote a paper for my management class, and hung out with the animals! Quincy got some hop-time while Jiji was taking his nap (he hides in the linen closet for his naps), so he was very happy. We also read People Style Watch…

  2. Solangel says:

    Oh gosh I love you and your blog, you’re one of the most relatable beauty blog authors out there :’) I’d love to have a friend like you out in the “real world”!

    • Karen says:

      Aww, Solangel! πŸ™‚ I bet you’d be fun to hang out with IRL too! I’ve met so many wonderful, inspiring gals here on MBB. Wish we could really get together for a girl’s night…that would be so fun.

      Hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Doing anything fun tonight?

  3. CrystalCandy says:

    You are a natural beauty! I wish I could look that good with less than 5 minutes, give me 10-15 minutes. lol
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  4. Kaolee says:

    Very pretty! I like the lip shine.

  5. penelope says:

    I love the whole no makeup, makeup look (if that makes sense). You look so fresh and natural, I try to attempt this look daily. That NARS tinted moisturizer looks great on you!

  6. peach_ says:

    While I enjoy your smokey eye tutorials, I must say you look so fresh and beautiful, both freshly showered and with 5 minute minimal makeup. That lip color was made for you! πŸ˜€
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  7. Katherine G says:

    You look gorgeous! I think you and I are hair twins of sorts – mine does the straight/wavy thing, too and it’s super thick. Makeup only enhances your natural beauty <3.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Ahh, so you feel my pain! πŸ™‚ I love having this texture now, but man, I had some bad haircuts over the last few years. The worst one was the lopsided triangle circa 1995…

      Anywho, hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. Have you gotten in any good workouts? I ran six miles today. First time in a few weeks, and it felt really good.

      • Katherine G says:

        So far it’s a good weekend! Went to a Terps game with a friend/coworker who had season tickets (we love the Maryland Terrapins around here – even though they haven’t had a winning streak in a while – because UMD is our school) yesterday. Today watching football (Go Steelers and Redskins!) and just doing odd jobs around the house.

        I like my hair for the most part now. I hated when I was younger how frizzy it would get, but now with a great stylist who does a good job thinning and layering, it’s wash and go hair now. I rarely break out the flatiron anymore unless it’s for something where I have to look more polished. My workout today was push-ups, pull-ups and weights! Now that I have the weights (but still not the bench as it’s on backorder), I am lifting a lot more. Sometimes it is good to take time off because then you have more energy!

  8. Great post! I love seeing simple looks some of the time πŸ™‚
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  9. musical says:

    You shine and glow, with or without makeup! *Naturally wavy thing*-my hair does this *thing* as well-and it’s good or crazy depending on the day and my mood ;).

    PS: I echo “Solangel”-talking to you via the blog IS indeed like talking to my gal-pals :).

  10. Rads says: look so cute! And your hair is just like mine..tho you have a much nicer haircut πŸ˜€
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  11. Varsha says:

    Perfect milady!:)
    One quick q – what do you do for facial hair removal?I am baffled by this one thing..hate bleaches or rather havent found good ones yet..
    Saw your note about LM black gold..I got that as part of Sephora 500pt gift set..was so excited abt it,but it dint show up as I expected on my tan skin plus my dark eyelid,was sooo bummed..can you do a post on it,am sure it would look super gorgeous on you..did you get the same colorer eyeshadow of Lm,forgot the name..if not,check that out!

  12. Mallory F says:

    I wish I could get away with with wearing so little. Your face looks so.. fresh. Lol.

  13. Agata says:

    I thought for a second it was going to be the hair tutorial…

  14. You look so cute with your hair wet πŸ™‚
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  15. E says:

    Gorgeous, before and after!

  16. From the bottom of my heart: you look REALLY good fresh-faced!!! I have naturally straight hair so I’m jealous of naturally wavy hair! Think about all the extra volume and movement you get!

  17. Hi Karen!

    Your blog is really well done. I’m Priya, a university student in Mauritius. I just created a blog and my chosen topic is makeup.
    I can see in your picture that you are not wearing makeup and I respect that because you proudly show to the world you’re real and natural beauty.

    My blog is about Makeup but at the same time I emphasis on the fact that people should not wear too much makeup because they hide their real beauty or they may use it for occasions like parties but not everyday. It becomes normal and even boring sometimes whereas makeup is meant to give an image of unusual.
    What do you think?

    Here is the website of a blog I just created:
    Hope you will have a look at it and comment to give your point of view πŸ™‚

  18. Sandra says:

    You are soooo pretty! Love the “natural, yourself but better” look on you!

  19. Ansh says:

    i loved even the shower look too πŸ™‚
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  20. Amanda Hess says:

    Can you PLEASE do a tutorial with Urban Decay’s new Fun palette? I just got it and would love to see what combinations you have come up with. πŸ™‚

  21. lovely no-makeup look! Your under eye area is enviable, hardly any pigmentation!
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  22. Lydia L says:

    Karen!!! I luv your look!! I’ve wanted to try the haughty naughty mascara and I just might now cause it looks great on ya!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

  23. alex says:

    Karen, you are gorgeous au naturale! Love your 5 min. make-up look! I need to try NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer… looks so good on your skin!

  24. Carrie says:

    Wow, you have gorgeous skin! I am so jealous.

  25. Eden-Avalon says:

    Haha. My hair does that too. Except, in about an hour it’s a giant poofball. :3 You look lovely!

  26. Ester says:

    for me…five minutes later means I’m still wrapped in a towel….I’m extremely laggy when getting ready! I get distracted by instagram and tv …bad habit

  27. Nina says:

    If I dont love you yet, I love you to pieces now! Thank you for the bare faced, out of the shower pic – youre gorgeous! And your hair wet? I wish mine looked like that!

  28. Nadege says:

    You have amazing skin, Karen!

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