Hello loves! So today I’ll be talking about what you can find in my everyday makeup bag. I don’t know about all of you, but I absolutely love peeking into other people’s makeup bags. I love seeing what they love and what works for them. Recently I’ve been really happy with the contents of my own makeup bag – I’ve finally found my HG foundation and I don’t think I’ll be changing my eyebrow products for a VERY long time!
I usually go for a pretty simple look and these products have become my staples. I’ll review them in order of how I apply them to my face – happy reading!
For my primer I’ve been using this lovely little concoction from L’Oreal – a dupe for its now discontinued Lancome counterpart. There is shimmer in this, but it’s subtle and adds a really lovely glow to the skin. I’m quite fair and like my makeup to be a little more inconspicuous , so I like the concept of putting the shimmer UNDER your foundation. This gives you a “lit from within” glow rather than the face full of glitter effect you can find with other highlighting products. Speaking of highlighters, this also makes a great one.
MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION. I’ve been through LOADS of different foundations trying to find one that worked on my extremely dry skin. From drugstore to high-end, I’ve tried them all. Almost all of them seem to “streak” across my dry skin and emphasis just how dry it was. No matter how well I exfoliated, moisturized, and prepped, nothing seemed to help the way most of these foundations seemed to sit on my skin. I found some solace in the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but it was just a bit too expensive for everyday use. However, this one from MAC applies like a dream!! I blend it in with my BeautyBlender and it gives the most natural and dewy look. I never really get spots or blemishes, but my skin can get quite red,and this covers it all up without being heavy. Sheer-to medium coverage. I will never buy another type of foundation again!!
This little guy has been talked up the wazoo in the beauty blogger and vlogger world, but let me tell you THE HYPE IS REAL. I get quite bad dark circles under my eyes due to genetics (THANKS MUM) and this product has been a lifesaver. The color is perfect, it goes on soo smoothly, and it doesn’t crease. What more can you ask from an under eye concealer?? I was using the amazing Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit for a long time and I love it to death, but the Maybelline just offers a more compact, affordable version.
Ever since hearing Estee Lalonde mention this on her beauty channel, I knew it was something I had to have. It is literally a liquid blush. You have to shake it to get the pigment and water to mix after it’s been sitting for a while. Once it’s sufficiently mixed, I squirt about 1 drop on the back of my hand and use my stippling brush to apply it to my cheeks. It gives the faintest hint of color, which is what I love about it, but you could definitely build it up. It’s a great blush for dry-skinned people like myself.
I actually use this eyeshadow (in the color Slate) as my contouring product. While there is no shortage of actual conturing products and kits these days, none of them seem to be the colors of a person’s actual SHADOWS on his/her face. I don’t know about you, but shadows are gray to me, not brown. All of the other products just feel wrong to me and always look like I’ve gone bronzer-happy down the sides of my cheekbones. Anyway, the Bobbi Brown eyeshadows have excellent pigment and color payoff. I would highly recommend this product & color to anyone in the market for a natural-looking contour. And don’t let the dark shade put you off, I apply the smallest amount with a duo-fibre brush and blend for natural-looking cheekbones!
Yes I jumped on the bandwagon with this one. I mostly use it to cover blemishes as I find it too “creasy” for under the eyes. Hate to say it, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this concealer. It does too much of an “OK” job to justify the high price. I love NARS lipsticks and lip pencils, but I was definitely disappointed in this product. However, it does seem to work for loads of other people, so I would recommend getting a sample and seeing how it works for you!
I’ve grouped these two together because I usually use one or the other when nearing the end of my skin products. Prep & Prime is an excellent setting powder and I’ve even hit pan on it! I’ve heard the loose version is great as well, but I prefer the simplicity of the pressed version. The Mineralize Skinfinish (in Lightscapade) is one of my favorite highlighting powders. It’s not full of a ton of glitter or sparkle like a lot of other similar products seem to be. When applied with a duo-fiber brush, it gives just the right amount of highlight – lovely product.
I’ve had full eyebrows my entire life and it has been SO great to see thick brows come into style again these past two years. Even though my brows are on the fuller side, I do still have to fill them in. The Tarte Brow Mousse is a new purchase and I can already tell that I will never be using anything different ever again! The color is perfect, the consistency is great, it’s waterproof, AND it comes with a brow brush. I had been using a pencil to fill in my brows for a while and never though I’d ever be into filling them in with a brush and paint pot, but I was WRONG. It’s amazing and I’ll never go back. Benefit’s Gimme Brow always finish my look to add some definition and keep my unruly brows in place. If I don’t feel like doing the whole shabang. I’ll just run this through my brows before running out the door. An amazing product.
Another recent purchase, this mascara is natural, non-irritating, and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact wearers. I actually picked this up a few weeks ago while perusing through the Whole Foods beauty department. I love me some high-end mascara, but I got to thinking that the harsh chemicals they use to make them can’t be all that great for my eyeballs. So I’m giving this one a go and actually really like it! I can’t even tell a difference between this and a conventional mascara. I think I’ll be using this for a long while.