Monthy Beauty Series: Get Ready with Molly Hannon from Natalie Sinisgalli Photography

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Welcome Back! 

I am so excited to be bringing you our first interview of the monthly beauty series. For the first month, I chose someone I have looked up to for beauty inspiration, creative inspiration, and more importantly her kindness and acceptance of all people. She has easily become very important to me throughout the many years of getting to know her. She's BADASS guys. Keep reading to see exactly why she was one of the first people who came to my mind while creating my long and worthy list of interviews to come. 

Hi guys! I’m Molly and I’ve loved Little Budget Beauty since its inception! I’ve always been a fanatic for all things beauty (coming from a family of almost ALL females, how could I not?). I think taking the time to invest in your skincare, and everyday beauty routine is a wonderful form of self-care and love, and a way to express ourselves. When you feel good, it shows ❤️

What is your every day beauty routine (AM/PM)? 

 AM- I’ve started using this new skincare line called Acure Organics and I’m L.O.V.I.N.G. it. I use the Brilliantly Brightening products, including the gel cleanser every morning and it gives my skin the best boost (seriously after one use I saw amazing results, and I never say that about anything!). It’s made with natural ingredients and their products are all USDA organic. I’ve been making a conscious effort to try to buy products with mostly natural ingredients when I can - I think it can make such a difference in our daily lives! It’s crazy when you read about some of the ingredients that are in the things we put on our skin and in our bodies (check out the app “Think Dirty” and thank me later). That being said, I still use some products that probably aren’t the best for me, but are just TOO good to give up (fingers crossed we get there someday)! I’ve also really been loving Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner Mist, which I use after cleansing! It makes my skin feel extra clean and moisturized. I then use Acure’s day cream and it just makes my skin feel really even and prepped for

The first makeup product I apply is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination (in light?). I love the coverage and actually have been using it as my foundation now that we’re getting into summer and I like my foundation to feel more lightweight (and it’s SPF 50 - major bonus!). I just use one pump and rub it in with my fingers et voila. I then use Tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Shape Tape Contour Concealer as a primer on my lids, and later for concealer on my under eyes and t-zone. For eyeshadow I've been using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. I almost always use a lighter, almost nude shade and buff it into the entire lid (Combust in this palette), then apply a brown or bronze shadow in the crease (Whiskey), and always finish with a shimmery layer on the very tops of my lids (High). This usually goes for day and nighttime makeup, I’ll just amplify a little for nighttime, and add a little more of the Whiskey color to my top lash line! I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow on my brows in medium brown (though they are also micro bladed - I just like that really clean, crisp look).

Then I BRONZE. I have been using Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in "Sweet Tea" to bronze and contour. I’ve used contour kits and, ladies, let me tell you. Don’t waste your money. Call me old school but all you need is an angled brush (I honestly just squeeze my bronzer brush to make it thin/angled) and some good bronzer and you’re set. I apply a little bit of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Paaarty” to the apples of my cheeks - this blush has the prettiest pigment and is great for any type of look. And I always finish with Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in "Champagne Pop". It always gives me the perfect glow - don’t forget to add some to the inner corners of the eyes! FINALLY, mascara. I have been using Maybelline Great Lash (pink tube) mascara that I seriously think I got at Dollar General for the past few months and it is the BEST. You don’t need some crazy expensive mascara to give you that dramatic look. To finish off with lips, I usually just use a NYX soft matte lip cream during the day (my favorite color is Cairo) with their butter gloss over top (usually in Tiramisu). Im all about the nudes!

PM- At night I take my makeup off with either the Acure cleanser or good old Dove bar soap (my mom worked for a dermatologist for 12 years and they swore by the stuff). Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in "White Tea" are my favorite and are really easy on the skin. Acure night cream has been doing wonders for my skin (again - two thumbs up for this entire product line so far). And almost every night I’ve been applying 100% pure castor oil on my lash lines, and sometimes under the eye as well. It’s basically a natural remedy for stunted or broken lashes (I needed a quick fix when I let my lash extensions grow out!) and it. is. a. godsend. I’m telling you, after 2-3 weeks my lashes were back to normal, and NOW they’re twice as long. If you need a boost, give it a try, but make sure what you buy is 100% pure organic, hexane-free, cold-pressed castor oil.

What is the one product you could never life without?
So this is one of those products that will probably end up giving me cancer someday, but St. Tropez Self Tan Classing Bronzing Mousse is hands down the best self-tanner I’ve ever used. I use it once or twice a week and it gives me the most perfect, even glow - especially for those longggg winter months here in upstate NY. And since I won’t EVER get in a tanning bed again, and try to be super careful when I’m out in the sun, this is a great way to stay bronzed whenever you need a little boost. Make sure you use an applicator mitt with it (just grab a couple at Ulta and wash them like the day after you use it with soap and water) and moisturize your feet and hands beforehand!

Lipstick or Lipgloss?
Lipstick. Always.

Liquid or Powder Foundation?
Liquid! I like NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation because it’s super lightweight, but a little goes a long way.

Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner?
Usually liquid. Still hunting for my favorite though! I usually use Stila or NYX felt tip liners. I honestly just use dark shadow as a "liner" more than anything!

Falsies or Mascara?
UGH. I am a ride or die lash extension girl, BUT they can be pricey and mama’s on a budget right now. I honestly can’t be bothered with falsies / strip lashes, but I love the look!

What is one beauty tip that you would like to share with everyone?
It is so cliché, but embrace your natural beauty. For years I fought my curly hair, and used makeup in the WORST ways (high school was rough for all of us, am I right?). I over-lined, used way too much of the wrong colors for EVERYTHING. And didn’t know what the fuck to do with my eyebrows. Of course, we mature as we grow older, but I could have saved myself so much time and energy had I just listened to mother and stopped spending every morning picking myself apart in the bathroom mirror. I seriously dream of teaching a workshop for young girls about self-love and how to use makeup as a tool to enhance their beauty, not hide it. 💗

What is your first memory when it comes to makeup?
 My oldest sister used to dress me up, and pretty much anyone else she could get her hands on, and make us all act in these crazy skits (she’s a comedy writer in LA now, it was always meant to be). I specifically remember her dressing me up as Ginger Spice with this ridiculous orange wig and bright red lipstick - I was probably 4 😂

What is your favorite part of your routine?
 Skin care has taken on a new meaning for me this year. I love seeing how much my skin has transformed just by using better products and paying close attention to what my skin needs and reacts to. It really affects how makeup looks on your skin too!

If you could have anyone do your makeup, who would it be?
I’m going to give some local "Rochestarian" love and say Angelina Palermo of Blush Beauty Bar (@mua_angelinapalermo)! She is my lash goddess, and I’ve known of / followed her on social media for years, but have never had my makeup done by her!

Alright guys, now its time to go show our girl some love on IG (@molly_hannon) so you can continue to follow along with her life as a beauty lover, a studio manager, a dog mom, and an amazing partner to her guy James.

Until next time,


1 comment:

  1. AMAZING! I love all your reviews, I've never had a product you've endorsed fail me yet.


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