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Stuck In A Beauty Rut?

Stuck in a Beauty Rut

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Stuck in a Beauty Rut?

This article is for those of you who have found yourselves in a beauty rut or a beauty routine (or lack thereof) that is boring. Your skin isn’t as glowy. Your makeup just looks blah…you want to make a change because you have plateaued. After years of doing the same thing, you just get bored. You need a new hobby. A new sport. A new look. This article is full of 4 pieces of makeup advice you can probably implement today and on the cheap!

This week has been a week of me getting out of my rut. First, I subscribed to StitchFix! It’s taken me years to boldly acknowledge I just don’t have the same time I used to shop, snag a great deal, try clothes on, and be methodical. It’s hard to juggle shopping with a husband who’d rather be anywhere else but the mall and a toddler who just wants to play in the “mall park” all afternoon. I also don’t have patience to shop online, ugh and price comparison and second-guessing yourself. I can’t do it. So, I signed up for a free week of Plated courtesy of my sis-in-law and caved when I got a half-off coupon code for FabFitFun. In my defense of all these whims, these extra splurges are my “Valentine’s Day” prezzie(s). Okay, but this isn’t about me, just about how I sprang upon my beauty rut.

1. Use those makeup samples….stat.

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If you are anything like me, I’m sure you have hoarded an old {ipsy} bag of samples of face creams, primers, even foundations. My skin has felt so boring lately that I decided to bust open my sample bag and dang! I felt like it was Christmas. Yea, I had a bunch of packet samples (least favorite) but there were a few deluxe samples I had totally forgotten about. Cooling Cucumber Peter Thomas Roth mask is calling my name…

Remember my beauty box dilemma series? A lot of the smaller size items made it in the bag (well, let’s not lie, I have a little box). I now have a ton of new products to choose from (yay!).

Oh yea, can’t forget the masks!

So, yea. This’ll keep me busy for awhile. Tons of stuff I already know I love in the mix. Tons of stuff I have been wanting to try out but haven’t. So, I’m pretty freaking excited for this.

For the sample-less gal…may I suggest hopping over to Target, Ulta, or Sephora and grabbing some of their travel sized products. That way you don’t commit to something full sized and generally, you will receive whatever samples they have in stock at checkout. Bam!


Face Masks Flat Lay Natalie Setareh

Remember, only use products suited for your skintype! If you don’t know or are unsure what type of skin you have, I have an amazing, free Skin Type Guide.Natalie Setareh Skin Type Guide

2. Get a cream highlighter / illuminator.

Glowing Girl

So when I was visiting my mom in Tucson during the move from Cali to Georgia…she gave me her leftover Benefit SunBeam Highlighter ($26). This was once a staple item in my collection but I hadn’t used it in awhile. As a matter of fact, a lot of my cream illuminators have faded out of my personal beauty routine for lack of time. Man, now I remember why I lovveeeee cream illuminators. Not only do they add a soft glow to your cheeks, but they help keep powder blushes and powder illuminators last longer. They are also super versatile and can be used on your eyelids, the corner of your eyes, and your cupids bow alone or under whatever makeup you decide to put on top.

Now, I’m not saying you need to use the Benefit (although it’s sooo amazing and versatile).

Like: MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush $22

The stock photo doesn’t show the gorgeous and subtle sheen of MAC Hush but this has been a kit staple for year and I use it mostly on the eyelids. It’s not TOO bright and also, doesn’t lean too silver or too gold. This looks great on it’s own but also under a shimmer or metallic shadow.

Love: NARS – The Multiple in Copacabana $39

Worth EVERY PENNY-seriously, it’s like one of my most favorite products EVER.


Lust: Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint $55

Okay, I haven’t tried this baby… that’s why it’s on my lust list. Technically it’s tinted moisturizer or a foundation that intended for use over your entire face… but if it illuminates my face the way I only image Hourglass to illuminate, it fits the bill for me!).

3. Curl those lashes. I’m so serious.

Before After Eyelash Curler

Yes. Curl them. Then mascara them. Trust. It’ll change your face. Don’t be scared, just do it. I promise you’ll survive.

If curling your lashes is already a part of your practice (went yogi on you), then get a new mascara! If you love love love your mascara, groom those brows. Shaping brows and opening your eyes with mascara are always easy (and cheap) ways to upgrade your look. I’m still working my mascara series so if you are in the market for a new mascara…I’m here for you. I will help.


Like: Revlon Eyelash Curler $5.99

Seriously, my fave and super affordable–I have an old, all metal one with white pads.

Love: Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler $21

Featured many times on this blog, in my little getting ready videos, everything! It even made my Faves of 2016 list, read why here!


Lust: Tarte Jeweled Eyelash Curler $31

I mean, look how gorgeous this is. If you feel happy using it, you’ll actually use it.

Scared of the eyelash curler? Check out this great post from Infinite Lash on the 101.

Oh, and don’t forget… when you shop for a mascara that is going to rock your world what you’re really shopping for is a specific wand shape.

In my book, I discuss alllll the various wand shapes that are out there and what each one of them does for your lashes. This is valuable information and will save you tons of time, money, and headaches. No more trial and error in the makeup section!

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4. Change Up Your Lipstick

Natalie Setareh MAC Heroine Lipstick Selfie

Do you have five empty MAC containers? If so, head over to your local MAC counter, recycle those bad boys and pick out a lip color a little outside your comfort zone. No empty containers? No problem! Skip your daily coffee run and save that money for a new drugstore lipstick. Have fun picking out a color and wearing it alone or mixing it with a color you already have. It’s amazing how just changing your lip color makes you feel like a totally different person. Trust. If you really need help in the lipstick department, let me know. Ask Setareh is a great way for me to really hone in and personally answer your beauty/makeup questions.

For more reading, check out “What’s The -Ish With Lipstick” — it’s one of my most popular content pieces on lipstick, how to find the right colors for you, and get you excited about your kisser!

Like: Burt Bee’s Lip Shimmer $5

These babies really pack a punch on hydrating color. Sure, you may need to reapply often but who cares? It’s Burt Bees. Plus, you don’t have to feel guilty if you lose the tube or don’t love the color. It’s all natural for all you granola, crunchy divas.

MAC Lipstick

Love: MAC Lipstick $17

Because who doesn’t LOVE MAC lipsticks? Gosh, they are such my go-to. I opted for Heroine…wham.

Lust: Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss $46

Pick a color, any color. It’s Tom Ford and I’m soooo lusting over a tube.

Bonus #5. Paint yo’ Nails


I’ve never been a huge nail painter mostly because I lack patience and they always end up getting smudged and chipped within minutes of me thinking they are dry. But. As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve become a little more patient and when my nails are painted pretty, I just feel a little bit more put together. Plus, it’s cheaper than going to a salon (which is normally my cop out for not wanting to do my nails at home). So, I painted my nails today and I’m digging this Julep polish. It dries so quickly!! Woot woo!

Julep Nail Color

Do you want to learn how to use the makeup you already have? My book, “Be Your Own Makeup Artist: Unleash Your Inner Beauty” will help you make the most out of your existing stash of products. I also spend a lot of time teaching you how to apply makeup to best suit your skin type, face shape, preferences, and lifestyle. Order your copy today, you won’t be disappointed!

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Hope these tips helped and I wish you a most wonderful, fabulous day. Don’t forget to follow me on social media and join my email list below!

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Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction.

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