Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Bare Necessities

Typically when I'm running back & forth from school to home I do not bring all of my makeup with me.  Unless I'm coming home for a long break or to go to an event like a wedding, I usually come home for the weekend to relax, so I don't need to be dragging a ton of makeup around with me.  After two & a half years, I have down pact which items are my bare necessities so that I have some simple products on hand for when I need to put on a little makeup to do stuff like grab lunch or run errands.
1. Hair Tie- For some reason I can never find a hair tie when I come home so I always throw an extra one in my makeup bag before I leave.
2. Clear Mascara- I use COVERGIRL Professional Natural Lash Mascara to groom my brows, I learned this trick a few years back from a makeup artist & helps to give a much more polished look.
3. Black Mascara- As a girl with super blonde lashes this is always a major must for me, lately I've been using COVERGIRL Lash Perfection in Very Black.  It works nicely, darkens my lashes without clumping & doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.
4. Lash Primer- I love this Mary Kay Lash Primer it really helps my mascara to adhere to my lashes & makes it last longer.
5. Blush Brush- I use a brush I got in a kit a few years back by Borghese.
6. Concealer Brush- I use Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush to apply my concealer primer, concealer, & finishing powder under my eyes; I will also use it to apply concealer over blemishes or red spots on my face.
7. Concealer Primer- I got Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Light/Medium for Christmas & am obsessed with it!  It works wonders to prime under my eyes & to extend the wear of my concealer.
8. Brightening Powder- This Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is amazing, it sets my concealer & brightens up under my eyes, seriously everyone needs this stuff.
9. Concealer- I started using Benefit Boi-ing in 01 Light back in December & love it, it gives great coverage & a natural finish.
10. Eyelash Curler- I've been using Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers for years because they are the best on the market.
11. Blush- The color of Benefit CORALista is perfection, it gives you a sun-kissed flush, which really spruces up my complexion.
These are what I need for a quick makeup look.  I know it may seem like a lot, but it is all really just used to cover imperfections & enhance natural features, which is what I want in a makeup look.  I really need to get around to doing individual reviews on these products with application tips, especially the concealer primer, concealer, & brightening powder, because recently I learned some great tips from the makeup artists at Sephora.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to get that together!

Do you have your makeup 'bare necessities' or do you always bring along all your makeup with you?

Today I'm linking up with Glossy Blonde & Karly Kim!


  1. I am such a product junkie, I love seeing what others have! One thing I've started doing is carrying my Smashbox Master Class palette with me. It has eyeshadows, liners, bronzer, blush and highlighter in it!

  2. Great essentials!
    ~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}

  3. Love using gel on my brows! I use the Anastasia stuff but this clear mascara is a great idea! I also use a Vera Bradley bag-the circle one and I've had it for over 10 years!! AHAAHHH! I still love it! :) Found you through the Glossy Blonde/Karly Kim linkup!

  4. Clear Mascara! I need to try this!

  5. I'm a mascara and lip gloss kind of girl so I stick to basics most of the time.


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