Entertainment and luxury lifestyle blogger, Kori(thechicagolite) knows how to get the inside scoop on anything. With her blog The ChicagoLite, she takes her readers into some of the most exclusive Chicago events all while looking fabulous. Being super down to earth and approachable, I couldn't pass up the chance to see what products grace that gorgeous face. 

Whats your current obsession? 

My current obsession as of late has been reading Jezebel and Gawker every night before I go to bed. It allows me to catch up on the news plus they always have some obscure story that is always fun to tell people about. I take pride in knowing tons of random facts so I’m always studying and researching the most obscure topics ever.  I think that’s why I like blogging so much. I love to always learn something new everyday.

What are the current contents of your makeup bag?

My makeup bag is very bare since I’m not a huge makeup junkie. When I venture out the only makeup products I keep on me are lip-gloss and lash glue to make sure my lashes stay on throughout the day. I can’t imagine a day without my lashes lol

Are any of your holy grail products that can always be found in your bag? If so, what are they and what makes them so essential?

Always expect some type of gloss or lip balm especially in the winter since lips can get extra dry during this time. I love the Leah Chavie Lip treatment. I used it right before I apply my lipstick and it hydrates my lips. She’s a local Chicago business so support her!  I’m a MAC girl so I like my MAC finishing powder for touch-ups. L’Oreal’s photo-ready has also been a go to item and I use that foundation in addition to MAC Studio Tech when I need to be camera ready.  

How would you describe your makeup style?

My make-up style is very minimal with a touch of glam with my lashes. Neutral toned smoky eyes and a nude lip is my go-to look. I don’t know a whole lot of techniques so I pretty much stick to a few looks. I wish I had a makeup artist because if that were the case, I would be doing a whole lot more lol

Do you feel your makeup style correlates with your fashion sense?

My personal style is quite eclectic and it varies from day to day. Sometimes I’m preppy, sometimes I’m edgy but my makeup doesn’t really reflect much of that. 

Are there any makeup techniques you wish to master?

I wish I knew how to contour, but I’m afraid I’ll look like a drag queen so I think I’ll just leave that alone lol

Why do you like your current beauty regime and what does it entail?

My routine is very simple. I let my Songza play a random playlist and I have it timed for where it will only take me about 30 minutes to put on makeup.  I start with the eyes. I like to do what I call a subtle smoky. I really like browns and natural tones.  With my eye shadow, I’ll purposely buy the broken palettes on clearance because it lasts longer and the pigment is more intense. It really makes the shadow stick throughout the day.  Before the foundation I apply a unique little trick that I learned from my Mom. For our “primer” we use non-scented deodorant. I was skeptical at first but it really does make your makeup last longer. I literally just put deodorant all over my face and then I apply my foundation.  Seriously, don’t knock it until you try it.  The only problem is you have to move fast so the deodorant doesn’t dry up on your face. Then to top off my natural look I always add lashes! ;-)

Are you looking to add anything or do you feel like something is currently missing from your beauty regime?

I really need to start drinking more water, and I need more of a routine to moisturize my face. I wanted to start experimenting with exfoliates as well as different masks. When I got a facial at MUD recently they gave me a good blueprint that I should start abiding by. Get a facial twice a month, exfoliate twice a week, and wear a mask every other week.  I may have that wrong but that’s what I remembered 

What does beauty mean to you?

I think a large part of beauty for me is confidence. I think people really underestimate the power of celebrating yourself. It sounds cliché but when you truly believe in yourself and know yourself, anything is possible. The first person to convince that you are beautiful is yourself.  One thing I tell myself as a little pep talk, is that Beyonce and Oprah are no better than me. We are all given the same time in a day, so there is no need to compare their lives to my own.   I don’t see myself as being less than anyone and it’s all about celebrating what makes you you. Celebrating our own unique traits by exuding confidence is what makes someone beautiful. 

Do you have any bonus tips you would like to pass-on or share?

I guess this can relate to pretty much any field, but never be afraid to go for it and take risks.  Sometimes you will never know the outcome of something if you never even try. So many people are afraid of failing or hearing the word no, and that mindset is so limiting of our abilities. I’ve always believed in making the impossible possible, so I don’t let the word no or any road blockers stop me from achieving what I set out to do. 

Much love and appreciation to the lovely Kori Coleman for her participation. I can't be the only one that wants to try the deodorant trick? You can get the regular inside scoop over on her instagram @thechicagolite 

First photo credit // Jennifer Claire Photography 
Second // Kori, herself 

Stay Weird.