My Morning Routine With Kat Von D Lock-It

I’ve always been someone who is slow to warm to change. I don’t oppose the process, it just takes time for me to figure out how to assimilate it in my life. So, when little miss dropped her morning nap a few months ago, I needed to make some adjustments. Gone were the days of being able to shower, and get ready, during her morning siesta. As I navigated our way through those first couple of weeks, I had moments of frustration, as I tried to create a morning routine that worked for both Harper and myself. Since then, we’ve seemed to work out a flow that, while not seamless by any means, has worked well for us over the past few months. Today, I’m sharing that routine with you….

5:30am-6:45am: I wake up and head to the gym. I know that if I wait until she wakes up, it won’t happen.
6:45am-7:30am: Breakfast and return e-mails
7:30am: Harper wakes up
7:30am-8am: Harper eats breakfast
8am-9am: Morning walk and park time. We have a park right around the corner from us, so it’s easy to get in some outside action bright and early, before it gets too warm.
9am-10am: I hop in the shower and get ready. Here, Harper watches an episode (well, maybe 15 minutes, at most) of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and then she helps me get ready…. she combs her hair while I do mine, she hands me, and puts away, my make-up while I apply it. Given that I need my make-up application to last all day, I recently started using Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, which is currently available at the Sephora inside JCPenney (#SephoraInJCP). It’s pretty much a busy mom’s dream foundation that provides me with flawless coverage…. I seriously feel as if my skin looks incredibly smooth, with imperfections concealed. Yet, it doesn’t feel heavy, or look cake-y at all…. and I also don’t get any weird creases under my eyes or in my smile lines. It’s free of parabens too, which is something I am trying to be much more mindful of these days. I start by applying the primer, which essentially hydrates, protects my skin, and smooths the appearance of pores, for a flawless makeup application. It uses vitamin B5, aloe vera, jojoba, and shea butter to provide my skin with the all day nourishment it needs. I then apply the Color IQ foundation, concealer creme, and setting powder

On our most recent travels back to Cleveland, we had to wake up at 3:45am (yes, it was as brutal as it sounds). I tossed on the Color IQ matched foundation and concealer creme. Both are super easy to apply with their respective brushes, and have creamy textures which blend flawlessly. I knew that when we landed, we would be in a time crunch to get to the hotel, freshen up, and head to the wedding rehearsal. I was sure that re-applying my make-up was going to be necessary. Yet, when I got to the hotel and examined my face, there wasn’t a need to touch-up, or fully re-apply, my make-up, as it had lasted throughout the long  day of travel (such a huge time saver for us!).

All that to say, the collection has been so great for me, as a busy momma on the go. I apply once, and don’t have to worry about it throughout the day…. meaning I have time to worry about more important things… like a potential toddler meltdown when it’s time to leave the park…. #SoWorthIt.
10am-10:15am: Pack up and head out… sometimes I get a lunch together so we can go to the park for a couple of hours, or we head over to my parent’s house for some pool time. I typically try to plan the next day’s outing the night before so I have an idea of how much time I will need to pack everything up.
10:15pm-12:30: Outing….
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Nap-time (yessssss!).

 (Products Used || Foundation | Concealer | Primer | Setting Powder | Foundation Brush)

Thank you to JCPenny for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own experience with the product. 


  1. Great post and thanks for the pics! Do you always use the setting powder? Thank you!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Thank you Teri! Yes, I use the setting powder every time I apply my make-up. It really helps, but doesn’t leave any cake-y look! Hope that helps!

  2. Irma vasquez says:

    I enjoy watching your blogs and Instagram pics and stories you are down to earth simple gal 👍🏻Love your style

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Thank you so much Irma! I really appreciate that! Makes my day 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. Great post! As a fellow mama, they are always so helpful. I was wondering at what age did you switch to one nap per day? And do you use whole milk for Harper ( I am not a fan of it but just curious your thoughts since I think you are not big on dairy too .?) Thank you!!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Inga! Happy to hear it was helpful. I switched to one nap with Harper when she was around 15 months old. I do use whole milk for Harper, but I am not completely strict about it. I make sure she gets her calcium from other sources, as well as healthy fats from avocado, nut butters, and salmon. It’s been something I’ve had to work through though. I hope that helps!

  4. Lindsay says:

    What shade of color do you use?