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Saturday, January 13, 2018

What's in My Makeup Bag?

If you're like me, you're probably two things; really into makeup & really nosey 🙈😂
I love sneaking a peek into people's lives with Day-in-the-Life posts or watching Morning/Night Routine videos on YouTube, it's just so interesting to me.

So the other day, I shared this instagram photo showing some new products I've been trying out & asked if y'all would rather me just talk about some of the new things I've been testing or whether you'd like to see a full-on What's in my Makeup Bag post & pretty much everyone that answered wanted to see the whole thing!

So below I'm showing you what all I keep in my everyday makeup bag (plus a few things that I use daily or almost daily). This is a lot of makeup, I don't use every single one of these products every single day, but I keep them there so they're easily accessible.
Actually, with the exception of a few other palettes & my giant collection of lip products, this is about 90% of the makeup I own, so I think I'm doing pretty well!

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I picked up this exact size bag at a Plato's Closet back when I was in high school and it has held up so well over the years. It's large enough to fit all of my essentials & more, plus it has a plastic lining which makes it super easy to wipe clean.
I'm always willing to test out new primers from the drugstore because I'm always looking for the magical combination-inexpensive & works well. This primer is just okay. It's not the best, it's not the worst.
For as much as the ELF primer is just okay, the Smashbox primer is amazing.
I got a sample of this primer & absolutely fell in love. It holds onto makeup like no other, but doesn't clog my pores; the only downside is that it's pretty pricey.
I've tried out tons of foundations from the drugstore & this is the one that I keep coming back to.
It lasts all day on my skin, doesn't clog my pores, & comes in at under $10. A little goes a long way with it too, so it lasts forever. If there's ever a day that I need my makeup to last from morning until night, this is the one I wear.
I don't make it a habit to buy high-end makeup products, I just don't have the budget for it. But I picked up this foundation at TJ Maxx and was willing to give it a shot & just hoped I didn't fall in love.
While I really like the way the foundation lays on my skin, it doesn't last as long as the Revlon foundation so I won't feel bad about not repurchasing when it's gone. But it is an amazing light-coverage foundation.
This is another just so-so foundation. It's light coverage, so I wear it often when I'm just running errands or going out for a few hours but it's definitely not an all-day foundation.
This foundation also has a pretty distinct perfume-smell that some may find off-putting.
I am always hunting down great drugstore products & I feel like this is one of those really good hidden gems. This is $5 & works so well on me. It brightens my under-eye area & covers dark circles or blemishes. I also appreciate that it creases less than most other concealers.
My all-time favorite translucent powder is from Be a Bombshell, but since it's so hard to find (even online), I've decided to test out a drugstore find. It's not as good as the BAB powder, but it does help set my under eye and keep it from creasing. However, I have stopped baking as often so it's not my most used powder in my kit.
This is a colored loose powder that, when doing a full-face of makeup, I use to set my entire face.
It helps mattify my skin, which tends to lean oily.
The packaging on this is tend to breaking though, which makes me not want to buy it again...but for under $7, you can't complain too much.
I received this from Influenster a while back and used it a little here & there, but lately I've been using it a lot more. On the day-to-day, I don't often wear any makeup, so when I do I wear a very light coverage, natural look. I add one of my two lighter coverage foundations & then top it with this powder, it's the perfect long lasting but still fresh face.
In my first Sephora Play! box, I got to test out these Cover FX drops.
At first I was a little underwhelmed with them, but then I mixed them in with my foundation (the Revlon one) and realized how beautifully glow-y & dewey it made my skin look all night long.
12) Pop Beauty Bronzer in Sunkissed
This bronzer came in an Ipsy bag & I have hit major pan on it, however I don't know if Pop Beauty is no longer around or if I just can't find it, but it doesn't seem to be online anymore.
The reason why I love this bronzer is because it's so similar to my favorite bronzer from Nars, because they have the same shade that is great for lightly contouring. So since I can't actually recommend the Pop bronzer to you-go buy this one from Nars for the same feel!
This blush is the perfect pink shade for my pale skin & I love how long it lasts.
I just pop it onto the apples of my cheeks any day I wear makeup and it brightens up my face easily.
When I first started to "get into" makeup, I used #15 on this list as my eyeshadow base & there's nothing wrong with that.
But one day I was at Nordstrom Rack & stumbled upon this Urban Decay product & decided I would just test it out since it was discounted.
Y'all, any day that I'm doing a real eyeshadow look-I always use this! It holds onto shadow so well, cancels out any discoloring on my eyelids, and keeps creasing to a minimum.
So in the "beauty community" everyone always talks about using Painterly from MAC as their eyeshadow base. Well, when I was in college I didn't want to spend the $$$ on MAC, so I bought Maybelline's cream shadow version.
Barely Branded is a great just base shade that I still use when I'm just doing my daily eyeshadow.
These little pots are less than $10 & last forever (as long as you make sure to tighten the lid-if not, it'll dry out!)
Here's the number one reason why I don't get Ipsy can't find their products easily to repurchase!
I have two of these cream eyeshadow pots, so I don't think I'll ever run out but this is one that I always want to recommend to people, but no one can find it (or not easily).
This is an awesome one-and-done cream shadow, if you're having a rushed morning just swipe this across your lids & it looks great and lasts a long time. If you have more time, use it as a base for a beautiful neutral/copper look.
17) Pixi By Petra Duo in Apricot Glow
I got this duo in a Target Beauty Box & it was my first foray into Pixie's eye shadows. I was honestly pleasantly surprised by this duo-it's a great easy eye look with a dark crease color & a nice highlight shade as well. I can't find the duo online, but this six-pan palette has the two colors from the duo & just looks like an all-around nice neutral palette for $12.
When I did a big cleanout of my makeup last year I got rid of most of my duos and singles of eyeshadow. I just have several palettes I prefer...but I did keep this single.
It's a stunningly pigmented copper shade that I find myself reaching for time & time again. It's definitely worth checking out if you love copper shadows like I do.
I'm going to be really honest with y'all.
I have three eyeliners in my makeup bag, but I rarely line my eyes anymore.
If I was going to use a black liquid eyeliner, this is the one I would pick because it truly is easy to use & perfect for a night-time look.
When I wore eyeliner every single day, this is the one I used because it went on so smoothly & didn't smear easily.
If I get a wild hair to use an eyeliner like this on my waterline, I reach for my define-a-line & I love that it's affordable.
I almost de-cluttered this liner, but then I thought it might be fun to have at least one colored eyeliner in my collection. This one isn't too out there, the dark emerald green does look really pretty with brown eyes though (especially with copper colored eyeshadow too!)
I've used many different eyebrow pencils in my lifetime (I've been obsessed with #EyebrowsOnFleek for a while). This one is really good if you like a thicker pencil, I just wish it had a spoolie on the end instead of a little brush!
I was sent this from Influenster and at first, I wasn't a fan and almost didn't keep it. However, it gives a lot of dimension and texture to my brows. I only use it when I'm doing a full-face though, because it does require an extra step that I don't want to do every day!
This is a great clear brow gel that I use almost daily, even if I'm not doing anything else to my brows I will swipe this through them just to hold them in place. It keeps them tidy without making them crunchy (I can't stand that!)
This is another brow product that I use when I have a little more time to spend, I prefer pencils when I'm in a hurry.
It looks super natural in my brows & the taupe shade matches my real brow color very well.
This is an awesome every day colored balm from the drugstore!
It is a little more pricey than most drugstore items (that's Pixie for you), but when I was teaching I would keep this in my desk drawer and swipe it on when I needed a little color and moisture.
Pretty Pink is the perfect pink/nude shade for my skin tone as well.
I don't like holding onto too many lip liners, so I choose to keep a very neutral pink on hand that will match a ton of my lipsticks. This one from Rimmel is a great shade that works for many lip shades & it goes on really creamy without running out of my lip line.
This is the ultimate lipliner to keep on hand for all shades that don't match the one above because this one is transparent but still keeps the shades from running outside of my lip line, which can be difficult with certain colors.
I've always been a fan of Mary Kay products (I just wish they were more accessible to purchase!) and this color is a great pinky nude that goes on really well. I like a lipstick for every day that doesn't transfer a ton and can be applied without looking in a mirror and this one wins on both fronts.
When I need a lipstick that stains my lips & lasts all day (aka when I don't have time to reapply) this is the lipstick that I go to.
It's a beautiful dark berry shade and as the day goes on it wears so nicely, leaving the perfect kiss of wine-color on your lips.
I don't keep too many glosses on hand (can you tell I'm really trying to not hoard a lot of makeup?) but this one is great because it looks great on it's own as a creamy brown/nude shade. But in addition to that, it also looks good over lipsticks or stains and takes on their color.
G) Nars Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette
This was a limited edition cheek palette & my first highlight palette that I ever purchased.
I love the variety of the highlight shades as well as the blush/bronzer colors included too. If you can find this on sale somewhere or if it becomes available again, I highly recommend because the powders are just so creamy and long lasting.
This is a step that I don't necessarily do every day, but if I'm wearing a mascara that is prone to flaking or I just know I'm going to be wearing my makeup all day long then I will add this step into my routine because I have found that it keeps my mascara on and without flaking!
This is an excellent every-day mascara. It's not clumpy, but it's also not overly volumizing either.
It gives a nice black-ness to your lashes and adds a little bit of length. It also doesn't leave my lashes super crunchy either, which I can't stand for daily wear.
First of all, this mascara has a super scary looking wand. However, it gives really great length because of this weird wand. It has a little ball on the end that you can use to get really close into the corner of your eye & it also helps tease out clumps. This is my favorite current every-day mascara.
I decided to take the plunge & try out this mascara during a Too Faced sale & I wasn't disappointed.
It adds SO much volume & length. It is a little clumpy, but I kind of like that look when I'm wearing a full face of makeup.
This is hands-down the best thing on the entire list that I've shared today. I didn't rush to pick up this palette, but when I saw so many people review it & it actually reviewed well. So, I picked it up (it's less than $40) and fell head over heels in love with it.
All of the shadows are so creamy and intense, I do wear the metallics wet, but that doesn't take too much effort and really makes them even more punchy!
This isn't something that I would've paid full price for, but once again I snagged this one at TJ Maxx and I really like it for the price I paid.
I pretty much only use 3, maybe 4 of the shades but that's okay because the ones I do use are really nice. I like the top middle shade (lyric) for my under-eye because it helps cancel out my dark under-eye.
I'll be honest, before this palette I had never heard of Grave Yard Girl on YouTube and I still don't watch her. I picked this palette up on sale on Tarte's website because I loved how it was a full-face palette and I love the neutral shades. Plus y'all...this palette smells SO good. Pick it up, for sure!

Well...that's it y'all-all 493243 things that I keep "in" my makeup bag!
I hope y'all enjoyed this little roundup/review and learned a few things about how I like to do my makeup and what products I think are worth it and maybe which ones aren't.

Let me know below what products you use on the daily!

Until next time. . .


  1. I love these kinds of posts because I'm also nosey, haha! I use that Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, and I absolutely love it too! I rarely line my eyes either (takes too much time in the mornings!), but I have a great liquid liner from Mary Kay that I use when I go out.


  2. Love Too Faced products! Lovely roundup!


  3. I am also super nosey so I love to know what people are using for makeup, what they carry around with them and I also looove trying new products. And I especially love when they are drugstore. You should try the L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin BB Cream in the antiredness color! It is holy grail! It will literally change your life.

    Xo Courtney Drew

  4. Love that Vera Bradley bag! I've been wanting to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow palette!


  5. What a cute makeup bag! I haven't tried most of these products - I'll need to check them out once my current stash of makeup runs out!

  6. Love reading about all of these products! I've heard that eyeshadow primer rocks!

  7. Love reading about all of these products! I've heard that eyeshadow primer rocks!

  8. I love all the products you use! What a great collection you have!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  9. omg been dying to try the KVD contour palette xD and love the products you use!! so many drugstore favorites <3

  10. Everyone keeps talking about the smashbox primer. I haven't wanted to spend that much money on a primer,but it might be worth the hype.

  11. I really need to find a mascara I like (what's your top pick?)
    Tori || Victori Media

  12. So many awesome products! I use elf's face primer and Urban Decay eye shadow primer. Trying out new makeup is so much fun.

    Katie |

  13. I love the NYX eyebrow pencil! I love the brush to really blend out harsh eyebrow strokes!


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