Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's In My Make-Up Bag

I know I have 2.1 million (lol) make-up posts but after yesterday's post I got more questions about my make-up... AND - every time I snapchat a photo of my make-up bag/make-up it gets SO many screenshots.  To make life easier, I am doing a round-up of what is currently in my make-up bag.

As you all know, I swear by my Clarisonic (nightly use) & recently started using THIS which I also love. I use it 2x per week and it keeps my skin even & super soft. (First time use w/both of those tools will be a bit scary and purge your skin... just a warning.)

In the morning, I start by rinsing my face off. Then, I use a moisturizer.  I just started using this one about 3 mos. ago & I am almost out because I LOVE it. I use it daily & nightly.  Next, I use one of the 2 primers above. Both are great - I honestly don't like one better than the other.. but I do like having a travel size of the Smashbox. When I was in Jamaica and it was hot - and I wanted my makeup to last from day-night I use both - the MAC first then the Smashbox. It really makes my skin look smooth & keeps it on for longer.

Okay, if you don't have a Beauty Blender - GET ONE. I can't do my makeup without it. PS. It may take some getting use to but after you get the hang of it, you'll love it.

I go through phases with foundation - it just depends on where I am and the temperature outside! Lately, I've been swearing by this combo: I put full pump of Double Wear on my hand and use my F80 to blend it in. (I say PUMP because I put THIS Mac pump on my Double Wear bottle because I do not like having to pour it- it wastes product.) Next, I use this spray foundation - I spray some on my F80 & then blend it in. Yes, this is two foundations - but you just need a little of both. This will provide 10-hour wear (or it does for my crazy oily skin.) Use BB to blend any tricky spots.

I use this Bobby Brown under-eye concealer - and I am really loving it. It's pretty new to my routine, but so far I have no complaints. I set it w/ 'Banana' from my Contour Kit.

I set my foundation with Estee Lauder's Double Wear Powder. (Hello, shine-free face!) (Using this brush.)

You guys know I am all about some contour. Anything to slim up my full face! 

I use the ITA brush & the Anastasia Contour Kit for my cheek bones. The ITA Brush is a must-have, just like the BB. Worth the splurge.

I use Bobby Brown blushes - they are my go-to lately. My mom called a few weeks back asking what blush to get at the mall and I said "anything Bobby Brown" and when she got home she sent me a selfie and said "you were right - its the best." (I use this to apply blush.)

I recently switched bronzers because I've been getting spray tans since I have been going to sunny places :). Anyway, I am currently using THIS one in "Natural". I LOVE this MAC brush for getting the edges of the face w/bronzer (and I like this cheaper one, too!). 

Finally, I highlight w/this shimmer brick - it's SOOOO pretty! (Use this brush - only $7.)
Okay, I feel like brows are finally becoming one of the steps for make-up routines. Filling in your brows is really important - especially if they are light. I have very full eyebrows (its kind of sad how often I wax them) and they are very, very black, yet I still fill them in in certain spots to create more of an arch. My tried & true eyebrow brush is the Mac one above & I love this Anastasia powder (I also own the pomade & Brow wiz.. but I like the control I have best w/the powder.). NYX just released this brow gel ($7) a couple of months back and holy-moly... I love it! I don't use it daily but boy, when you put it on - it STAYS there. I always do a small dot on my hand and then dip the brush in it.. so sometimes I have a permanent brown dot on my hand for 48 hours, lol. A little goes a long way so if you are going to try it - keep that in mind. (PS. always keep a spoolie on hand - it helps fade out extra product.)

Yesterday I kept getting e-mails about eye make up so I'll go into more detail about this..

First, I use the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer. (It's matte & makes your eye make stay... and it will last you a couple of years.) Then I use THIS brush to apply 'CAMEL' in the crease. I do this EVERY SINGLE DAY. Then I use another color to the lid... some days I use SHROOM other days I use THIS glitter (it isn't crazy - that's what I had on in yesterday's post.) I apply the glitter w/ THIS brush.

I use Stila's liquid liner on my top lid & MAC's Kohl on the bottom. 

I use the WHITE SIDE ONLY of the L'oreal Mascara - if I want my lashes to be crazy long - I apply 2 coats. Then I use a Dior mascara or Better Than Sex mascara. (Many of you already know that I use a eyelash serum to keep my eyelashes long - I like this one.) I use an Eyelash serum 3-4x a week to keep them growing long. Also, if you do not use an eyelash serum - maybe invest in THIS primer as it is SO good. My mom swears by it. I used it use it before I used a serum to keep them growing long. 

Lastly, I spray 3-4 sprays of Fix+ & then set it all w/ this.


  1. I follow on Snapchat but I'm not able to send a message. Love this post and that Tory makeup bag!
    xo, Lee

  2. I was just looking at that pineapple Tory yesterday, I love it!! Your makeup collection is impressive, I wish I was patient enough to use all of this stuff. Love your list girl!

  3. I've worn the Estee Lauder DW for years and hated pouring it out! Just ordered the pump and I'm thrilled to try it out :)

  4. I love the Estee Lauder double wear foundation! Its my favorite, I find that I rarely ever have to touch my makeup throughout the day :)
    XO Janina

  5. I am obsessed with your makeup bag! I'm so intrigued by the PMD... It sounds like something that I could really benefit from. Going to do my research now :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  6. I like that you use a variety of different products!
    I love Bobbi Brown eye shadow

    Happy Medley Blog

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  10. You use fabulous products! Great post!


  11. What a detailed post! I was watching you on snapchat and got excited about this post! Hope you enjoyed your CFA ;)

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

  12. Great post! I've been wanting to try that NYX brow gel, but have yet to find it in store.

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  13. Lovely post! :)

  14. Just stumbled upon your blog last night, and because of your recommendation I purchased the Double Wear foundation today. I'm very excited to give it a try!

  15. Cute makeup bag! Love all the makeup produce!


  16. What a wonderful post! I loved reading about your makeup bag step-by-step. Keep up the amazing work!

  17. What color do you use in the Estée Lauder liquid foundation, the Estée Lauder powder and the sephora spray foundation?


  18. Such a cute pineapple and stripe prints makeup bag, lovely! Great makeup brands too, personally I like the Estee Lauder foundation!


  19. I love it.

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  20. Great post and I loove your pineapple printed makeup bag!!

  21. We use so many of the same products! Estee Lauder double wear is my holy grail and the Stila eye liner is the best! It doesn't budge which is amazing for my watery eyes! <3


  22. Your makeup bag is adorable!! Love all your makeup posts, fun to always see what others use to try something new!

  23. Love seeing what the products everyone else uses! I'm very interested in that MAC First though so I'll have to give that a try! Happy Friday!


    La Joie de Vivre

  24. This is honestly the best beauty post I've ever seen! I'm also a huge fan of the Double Wear foundation, I just wish it came with a pump. I love the F80 to apply it too. I've just bought Fix+ and I love using that for metalic eyeshadow effects.

    Love from South Africa

  25. Do u use the PMD cleanser? Thanks so much!

  26. I have a question! What do you do when you take pictures with flash photography at night? I have found that the Estee Lauder Double Wear gives a white cast.

  27. I have a question! Where did you get the floral top you have on in the Spring Makeup Routine picture?

  28. I always wondered how you had such long eyelashes!


    Amanda ||

  29. What's the cheek tint you use to give yourself a fresh peachy glow?

  30. Waao thank you so much for sharing a beautiful article with me.
    Actually I need your help I have these 3 bags which I purchased at very affordable price from
    I want to learn how do I manage my cosmetics products in my bag efficiently.
    As I am not able to organize all the product and also most of the time I missed.

  31. Such a great post, nice cosmetic products in ypur bag! Thanks for sharing!

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