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Chatting Motherhood, Makeup & More With Whitney Port

Though it would be nice to indulge in a leisurely beauty routine every day, life with kids just isn’t set up like that. For many of us, there’s family, there’s work, and also just a general lack of time to have “beauty regimen goals.” Thankfully, I always have my go-to Burt’s Bees products so that I can salvage a little me time while also getting the kids where they need to be (hopefully on time).  Now that I’m always racing against the clock, I’ve learned to shave off a good 10 minutes by subbing a makeup bag full of products for a few clean, impactful staples that always get the job done.

When it comes to makeup, I’ve become a multi-tasking product daredevil.  I’m always pushing my products to the limit to see which ones can make me look “together” as I’m also trying to bolt out the door. I’ve adopted a thorough low maintenance routine, and I favor purpose over price. I need to know my products can withstand hugs and kisses from my three kids, busy business meetings, blog shoots, and date night with my husband (with time for one or two touch ups).

Since I’m a curious person by nature, I met with Whitney Port, fellow blogger and style-savvy entrepreneur, and sat down for a chat about all things mama-related. I’ve always admired her effervescent personality and effortless approach to fashion and beauty. Whether she’s talking about motherhood or the new shoe you’ve gotta have this season, Whitney keeps it real. I think that’s why she’s been hugely successful in everything she’s done.

Whitney’s now a mom of a beautiful 10 month-old son, so we explored some serious real talk about how our beauty routines have evolved since having kids (spoiler alert: they’ve definitely gotten a whole lot shorter!). Give our conversation a watch!

I’m not going to lie, I love my Tom Ford bronzer and a Dior shadow (this 5-color palette is my godsend), because I’m all about a little attainable luxury and a product splurge every now and again. But when I’m getting ready for a crazy day or a night out, I have 15 minutes, max, to get ready,which is why I love Burt’s Bees.  I know their makeup is not only affordable, clean and made with natural ingredients, but they will give me a lot of impact in the few moments I have.

So if you’re looking for some new beauty staples, here’s my go to: When I want a real pop of color on my lips (which is all the time!), I slick on Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipstick in Flushed Petal or Rushing Rose, because it’s velvety texture doesn’t dry out my lips.  Plus, it provides all-day moisture and gives me that vibrant color and shine I’m looking for.

Also, I love that Burt’s Bees has safe options for my family too. Their Sensitive Skincare Collection and Baby Collection uses natural ingredients like Aloe and Cotton Extract. Since my kids have sensitive skin, I try to steer clear of any products that contain harsh chemicals. Their products are gentle while keeping their skin hydrated and super soft.

What products are you currently obsessed with? Drop a comment below or share this post with a friend, I always love to hear from you!



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  • Johanna

    I love my Origins Ginzing Refreshing Scrub. It has Panax Ginseng, coffee beans, Jojoba and Carnauba Wax. It’s gentle so I can use it daily. I use the acne control toner from Murad and Origins Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb. I’m not big on makeup, no time for a full face so a lot of times I’ll just fill in my brows with an Anastasia pencil, mascara is from Benefit (bad girl bang) aaaaand my Burt’s Bees tinted lipgloss.

  • Regina

    Gen, I love Burt’s Bees as well though I wasn’t aware that they carried so many beauty products! I thought they only sold lip products. I generally use elf or Physician’s Formula because they seem to have less chemicals in them and are easier on my skin. Would you ever consider doing a makeup tutorial video/blog post? I admire your style of using make up to enhance your beauty rather than creating a whole new look which many makeup tutorials seem to do.

  • Larissa

    The photos are so beautiful! I love the blog, the videos and everything! Never stop!
    Love from Brazil ♡

  • Suzanne

    Thalgo is my go to serum. I love it. It keeps lines in check and my skin feels so smooth.

  • Colleen Flanders

    Even here in Australia we have Burt’s bees. Compact and convenient, I can always find one in my handbag . I even carry one in my nurses pouch at work.

  • Cathrine

    The ABH Modern Renaissance palette is a staple in my makeup collection. I’ve worked hard to stop buying so many products because of FOMO, and I’m happy to say that Modern Renaissance meets most of my needs for work and fun eyeshadow looks.

    Also sunscreen. As I get older, I’m slathering that on my skin like it’s a second layer.

  • Sarah

    I absolutely love your dress! My go to products for my skin are Lina Hanson and love natural and organic beauty products. Will definitely look into Burt’s Bees as didn’t know they did so many products.

  • Sarah

    I love your dress! And my go to skin products are Lina Hanson and try to use all natural and organic make up products. Will definitely check out Burt’s Bees as was unaware they did so many different products

  • Buffy Meiser

    I love Avalon Organics-the wrinkle therapy cleansing milk is incredible and the intense defense eye cream and moisturizer have done wonders for my skin! I just started using their biotin/b-complex thickening shampoo and conditioner, as well. I am in love with these natural products! I get them at a discounted price through Thrive Market!

  • Jutta

    Hello Gen
    I’ll try burt bees …here is this brand unfortunately not so well known.
    I love your inspiring contibutions, especially your workout and well everything.
    Thank you for your inspiration!

  • Elena Alkhimova

    Unfortunately, I do not have cosmetics from Burt’s Bees, but if I have the opportunity, I will definitely experience it. My passion is lipstick. Thank you Genevieve for the interesting and vital advice! From Ukraine with love!

  • Jordy

    I absolutely love Burts Bees and their beauty products are incredible. I’ve been using their chapstick and make-up removing wipes for a long time. Then bought their lipstick when it came out and I’m obsessed. Everything is amazing and makes you feel good that no animals were harmed.

  • Anne Downing

    I am a simple woman that likes the most bang for my buck. I enjoy using Elf products, they don’t cost very much but go a long way. The mascara is great to really bring my eyelashes out, the foundation doesn’t feel heavy and a little goes a long way. I can get out of the shower and makeup ready in 10 minutes. Since I already have a natural dark lip color a simple tinted lip gloss is enough.

  • Ruth Vidal

    I’m in LOVE with that dress. Completely obsessed.

  • Patti Ducharme

    Hi Gen – I love your blog and the very interesting information you put out – especially for new moms. I’m a new “Mimi” to my first granddaughter, Savannah, born this past March.
    I do have a concern for the Burt’s Bees products for babies – and the line of makeup & skincare – since they are owned by Clorox, who I wouldn’t associate their products as “natural”. I know you endorse their product, and of course that’s your choice, but I’m concerned with the product ingredients that are questionable for use on baby or Mom.

  • Autumn

    First off I have always loved Whitney, been a fan of hers for years! I think both Gen and Whit have great beauty and style, inside and out. Second, I signed up for weekly newsletters but have never received one. Any help or should I just stop checking for one? Thanks! 🙂 P.S. been a long time fan of Gen’s as well just for the record, LOL.

  • Kat

    I’m an EMT and mom of 3. No time, no money for luxury items. For my own mental health though I HAVE to have eyeliner, mascara, and chapstick! I use stila – Stay All Day waterproof liquid eye liner and benefit – they’re Real mascara. I work 12-24hr shifts and NEVER need to touch up or wipe off! This stuff stays where you put it even in pouring rain! I get mine from Ulta beauty for about $20 each.

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