What's In My Makeup Bag
I'll admit: I'm a bit of a makeup junkie. I love playing with different styles of make up, and I'll admit that when contouring became super popular, I dedicated many a hour to learning how to do it. While I don't think makeup is a necessity to being beautiful, I think it's a fantastic way to express yourself and if it also makes you feel more confident in the process, well... that's one hell of a plus.
My mom taught me how to do makeup super young. I was on competitive dance teams from the time was very little, so learning how to do stage makeup was a necessity. By the time I was 8, I could pop some strip lashes on it a couple seconds flat, and I was a pro at blending my foundation. Makeup has always been a bonding thing for my mom & I & I have very fond memories of sitting on her counter while she got ready in the morning and asking if I could pleeeeease have a little lipstick to wear to school. She'd dab on the faintest amount and I'd feel like a princess all day.
Right now, I have a super quick and simple makeup routine. It changes often and I adjust it on days where a little more makeup is warranted. I wanted to share a few of my favorite products & tools of the trade, mainly because I found so many of them from suggestions from other bloggers.
- Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer by Benefit Primer is a complete necessity if you want your makeup to live to see dinner time. I think one of the most frustrating things is working so hard on your makeup, only to find that it has moved around and is just doing it's own damn thing a few hours later. I'm taking this one out for a test drive & while I do like it, my favorite is still Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox.
- Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation by Tarte. I bought this foundation because beauty blogger MadeULook posted this video where she basically sang it's praises for 5 minutes and 43 seconds. It's fantastic. I had zero acne as a teenager, but as a 26 year old woman, my skin has just gone haywire in the last few years. This foundation does a fantastic job of covering up scarring and little red dots from hell that pop up intermittently.
- Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder by Tarte I once heard my friend Sam tell her girlfriend that she had "pudding face" because she'd ran out of powder. It cracked me up because that was exactly how I thought my face looked without powder some days. Essentially, I bought this powder because it was next to the foundation I wanted and I was running low on powder and also because I have no self control. It ended up being a good decision because it's a great finishing powder. While I'm a much bigger fan of loose powders though, as far as a pressed powder goes- this is a great one.
- Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation by Sephora Okay, sue me. I'm a foundation hoarder. But when I came across this foundation, I couldn't help myself. I had to try it and I am so glad I did because I. Am. Obsessed. I've tried spray foundations before and they never had great coverage, nor did they look very good, but this one is practically my most-prized possession. It takes a little while to get the hang of it, (and please do not put it on without covering your hairline!) but a few sprays and blending with a kabuki or a beauty blender and it's absolute gold. I usually use this foundation during the week and save my Tarte foundations for going out. This one retails for $28, while the Tarte foundation is a liiiittle pricey at $39 for a 1.7 oz.
- Colorstay Automatic Eyeliner in 201 Black by Revlon I went through a dark (literally lol) period in high school where I wore waaay too much eyeliner... who doesn't. I've since learned that more is not always more and have retired the raccoon eyes, but I will never retire my eyeliner! I have dark features and fairly light eyes, so I love the drama that a good lined eye brings. I'm constantly trying new and different liners, and right now I'm a pretty big fan. If my liner isn't smudged by 3pm, I'm a happy girl and so far, this one has passed the afternoon smudge test.
- Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown by NYX If the Mist Airbrush Foundation is my most-prized possession, then this is my second. I felt like I hit the jackpot of brow pencils when I found this little ditty. Not only does it have a little brow brush on the end to tame my beasts, it's also an auto pencil, which PRAISE THE LAWD is so fab. I hate sharpening pencils and avoid it at all costs. Not to mention the fact that this thing is so cheap, that on more than one occasion, I've bought a handful of them, just to stock up for a while. One of these will last me at least 4 months and...get ready... IT'S ONLY $5. I know. I know.
- Ultrafine Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl by Milani Heading to the office for a 10am meeting? See number 5. But heading out for girls night out where a winged liner is even more necessary than bringing your debit card? This is the go-to. Liquid eyeliners can be incredibly hard to control without practice, but this one makes it pretty easy. I love the almost wet-look you get from this liquid, and it's strong enough to stay put until you wipe it off with makeup remover.
- Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced This is the holy grail of mascaras. I honestly don't know a single person who has tried this mascara and hasn't fallen in love with it. I think it's only rival (& even then it stomps it) is that mascara in the pink bottle with the green lid that everyone's mom uses (I don't know what's in that stuff, but if you're on a budget, pick that little sucker up from the grocery store. It's great). I love the BTS mascara because it makes my lashes look full and fluffy without being clumpy.
Next up, some of my favorite tools. I am so excited about these Beauty Widget Brushes. Not only are they beautiful in white and rose gold, but they hold powders great, blend well, and are incredibly reasonably priced at $19.65. These brushes are synthetic, which makes them ideal for use with cream and liquid products, since there's no cuticle. While natural bristle brushes are ideal for blending powders, I'm still pretty impressed at the the punch these synthetic brushes pack.
On top of including a finisher, a contour, a powder, a pencil, a blender, a concealer, a buffer, and a liner brush, Beauty Widget also includes a separate makeup bag. I love this, because I don't like to store my brushes with my makeup, as we've all seen the inside of a makeup bag. It's inevitable that something will open and spill and give everything in there a light dusting...and chances are it'll be a highly-pigmented purple eye shadow that's been sitting at the bottom of your bag, long-forgotten.
Full disclaimer: I received some products contained within this blog for free in exchange for my review. All opinions contained within this post and on all social media are mine and are not influenced by an outside source.