Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What's in My: Makeup Bag

I haven't shared what I keep in my makeup bag in quite some time!  Since the last time I did share my makeup routine has almost entirely changed.  I feel like my makeup has matured with me and I'm much better at doing it now.  I've learned so many new tips and have been using some products I really love.  At this point I have my everyday look pretty set, but I love to experiment with makeup when I'm going out or shooting pictures for here.  I've been thinking about expanding makeup posts on here recently and figured this was the perfect place to start!  I may have some more makeup posts and even a surprise in the upcoming weeks and months.

Below I'm breaking down and giving you all the details on everything in my makeup bag.


Urban Decay Naked2 Palette- The colors in this palette are so versatile and can easily create countless different looks.  I also really love the consistency, wearability, and staying power of Urban Decay's eyeshadows.

Lilly Pulitzer for Estée Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow- This is the palette I grab if I'm going somewhere for the weekend and don't want to bring a lot.  It has a few neutral shades, as well as a few bold shades, which means I can do a lot of different looks with it.  The shadows are richly pigmented and nicely compliment each other.

SEPHORA COLLECTION NY Palette- Jordyn got me this for Christmas and it's such a fun palette!  It has three brown shadows and a gorgeous silver one.  The silver is my favorite in the palette and I love wearing it when I'm going out!

Lancôme Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Taupe Craze- I recently got this when I purchased a lipstick from Lancôme.  I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but the colors are gorgeous and have the most beautiful shimmer.  This palette is not only intended to be used as eyeshadow, but as eyeliner too.

shu uemura Eyelash Curler- This is the ultimate eye lash curler and has a cult following.  It has a great pad and gives the "perfect curl."

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original- Another product with a cult following this is the best eyeshadow primer I've ever used.  I've tried a few different brands and I go back to this again and again.  I've been using it for 8 or 9 years now and plan to use it for many more.

Dior Diorshow Mascara- This is another product with a cult following and has reached holy grail status for many people.  This mascara is known for it's large brush, which is something I love.  It has great color and wearability and I also love the way it smells!

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray in Light/Medium- I use this for two reasons, first as a primer for under eye concealer and second as a concealer on my eyelids.  I primarily use this for the first reason mentioned and it does an amazing job of holding my concealer in place.  When I use it on my eyelids I use it over the Primer Potion because it does not hold eyeshadow as well as it does concealer; I use it to give a nice even color to my otherwise veiny eyelids.

COVERGIRL Professional Natural Lash in Clear- I use this as a brow gel.  I've been using this for over ten years and it does a great job of making sure my brows are all in place and look great.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black- I've written about this a lot recently on here because it is amazing.  Read more about why I love it so much here.

COVERGIRL Intensify Me! Liquid Liner in Intense Black- COVERGIRL sent this to me a few months back before it was launched and I've been using it since then.  I love liquid liner and this one is okay, not my favorite, but for now it does the job.

Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony- I also got this when I purchased a lipstick from Lancôme.  I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like a very dark black and I can't wait to try it.


Urban Decay Naked Illuminated in Luminous- I've recently started using this and have completely fallen in love with it.  It is the most gorgeous shimmer powder that looks great on my skin.  Read more about why I love this here.

tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess- This is another new product and I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  You can read more about my thoughts on it here.

Benefit Cosmetics Coralista Powder Blush- I haven't been using this as much recently because I purchased the blush below.  I did use this for a few years though and it gives a gorgeous coral/bronze color; however, I wasn't thrilled with its wearability, which is why I didn't repurchase it.

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Glisten- This is the blush I have been using and I'm really happy with it so far.  It has much better wearability and it's a beautiful color.  Read more about my thoughts on this here.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water in Fair- I've been using this for a few months now and I like it, but I don't love it.  The girl at Sephora told me that it would be super moisturizing, but I don't find it to be as moisturizing as I would like.  Also I feel like it kind of just sits on top of my skin and I don't get the benefits from a BB Cream I was looking for from it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer- I use this when I know I'm going to have a long day or night.  I put it over my BB Cream and under my concealer to help concealer stay in place.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder- I use this to set my under eye concealer; it helps to make it stay put and brightens the area.  This has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and you can read more about it here.

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer in 01-Light- This industrial strength concealer covers up everything from dark circles under my eyes to blemishes to any irritations.  I recommend using it with a concealer brush to blend everything for a natural look.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Highlighter- I use this to highlight areas on my face where the light hits.  I love to layer it under Urban Decay Naked Illuminated on the tops of my cheekbones for a gorgeous look.


Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in Trendy Mauve- This is a pretty nude that's perfect for spring and summer.

Lancôme Color Design Matte Lip Crayon in Drive to Pink- This is a beautiful electric pink that is so much fun for the warmer weather.  It has a nice matte finish and I will be wearing it all summer.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella- This is my go to red lipstick.  I'm obsessed with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for their rich pigments and great staying power.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien- This is my favorite pink neutral lip color and it really enhances a natural makeup look.

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Woo Me- This lip gloss is a fun pink color; it is more pigmented then most lip glosses and has a tasteful shine to it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry- This cult product looks much darker in the tube, but applies lighter.  It is a dark cherry and is one of my go to lipsticks for fall and winter.
COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Frosted Cherry Twist- This moisturizing balm adds a nice wash of color in a warm pink shade.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Liner- I line my lips and then fill them in with this colorless liner before putting lipstick on.  This keeps lipstick in place and helps to prevent it from bleeding.

Not Pictured: 
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu- I have momentarily misplaced this so I wasn't able to take a picture of it.  It is a dark plum color and is my absolute favorite lipstick for all year round!

What are your must have items in your makeup bag?!

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  1. I have been using coralista for years and been tempted to try tarte's blush! You just sold me!

    xo, Stephanie

  2. I love love love the Naked 2 palette! I am totally addicted to it.
    XO Amanda | www.glitterandspice.com

  3. Those these products! I have used most of them and I have to say one of my all time favorites is Smashbox Photo finish foundation primer!!

  4. What a nice little collection to have in your bag! I love the eyeshadow palettes!

  5. I only have one 3-shade eye shadow palette and I think I need to change that!!

  6. You have some great products here! Just a suggestion, you might want to try using the Smashbox primer before the BB water, primers are generally supposed to be the first thing applied after skin care - it might give you different results/help you like the BB water a little more :)

    Sweet Spontaneity

  7. I have been wanting to get a Naked eye shadow palette. I don't wear make up too often, and when I do it is mainly mascara so that is why I haven't made the investment. Though I want to get better!

  8. I've been looking to use new makeup products. Thanks for this great list to go through for recommendations!

    XO, Sami || sparkleandshinesami.com

  9. Great round up! I've always wanted to try the Smashbox foundation primer!!

    xo Ashley

  10. Sooo many goodies!!! Love them all!

    Xo, Alex


  11. I love the naked pallet it's my go-to!

  12. I love reading makeup recommendations. Thank you so much!

  13. I really need to finally take the plunge and invest in a Naked palette! I have a similar nude palette from another brand, but the Nakeds are just so pretty. :-)

    xoxo A

  14. Love this lady! The lip colors are my favorite!

    XO Corbin Tate

  15. Oh my gosh I am so glad you like the NYC palette. I use my Naked 2 palette ALL the time. It's my daily go-to.

  16. Love all of the goodies in your makeup bag! The Naked 2 palette is my fav!

  17. Beautiful pictures and excellent make up items you picked out especially the NYC!

  18. I loved seeing what products you use since we both have super fair skin! I have been curious about NARS lip pencils, so I'm glad to read that they get your stamp of approval! My must have product is Ulta's contour kit. I only wear highlighter, blush, and lipstick most days, and their highlighter is the perfect shade for my skin tone!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  19. Loving your picks, UD Naked palettes are great I have 2 and the Nars Lip pencils are my fave. I started my own linkup and would love it if you joined. Come take a look at CidStyleFile.com #untamedstyle hope to see you there!

  20. I've been looking at the UD illuminator... I might try it now!



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