Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Take a peek

I am all about natural beauty and keeping your makeup routine quick with a "less is more" motto.  But, have you ever read those magazines where they show you what certain celebrities carry in their makeup bag?  I always wonder if what they say they carry is true, but regardless of whether it is or not I sure do enjoy seeing those beauty products and what they have to "say" about them.  If I can find one new product to add to my stash I get really excited.  Who doesn't want a new mascara to try or a new shade of blush?! Tonight I am going to share what's in my makeup bag. While I may not be famous I do promise to share some beauty insight and I promise all that you see really is what I carry in my bag.

My makeup routine usually takes me about 5 minutes or less.  If I am dressing up for an evening out or attending a party of some sort it takes me longer to do the eyes.  Even if I keep makeup simple on most days, and even if I like to go naked (just my face) somedays I still love to splurge on good makeup.  I have found that the expensive items I purchase go a loooong way.

Let's begin shall we...

Makeup Bag: Vera Bradley Large in Java Blue $15
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm $45 Department Stores
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - this stuff is incredible.  I know $45 is a lot of money.  I don't buy this myself.  My mom is a huge fan of Clarins products and she has been buying their face products for years.  She therefore gets great deals, gifts, specials, etc.  I inherited this little baby from her.   You slather this on the morning after a rough night (didn't get much sleep for example) and it immediately makes your skin GLOW.  It does not count as a moisturizer and you're not really supposed to rub it in either.  It has definitely saved me when I haven't exactly gotten my beauty rest.  

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer $42 Department Stores or Sephora
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is not my primary source of coverage.  This tube has lasted me about a year, but I do use it sparingly.  It leaves your skin with a dewy finish and has great coverage for simply being a tinted moisturizer.  This is what I use when I want a little more coverage for a party, date, or fancy evening.  Another tinted moisturizer I love is this one from Clinique.  

From top to bottom: Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush $20
Mary Kay Cheek Brush $10
Bare Escentuals Flawless Face Brush $28
Bare Escentuals Angled Face Brush (Price Unavailable)
Laura Mercier Mini Fan Feather Brush Approximately $30
Bare Escentuals Mini Kabuki Brush (Price Unavailable)
Important thing to note: I did not pay full price for ANY of these brushes.  Now, I love my makeup brushes.  They are my babies.  I take care of them, I wash them, and they are well worth their expensive prices. All of my Bare Escentuals brushes I got in special kits or free samples.  I got my Laura Mercier brush as a free sample and I got my Mary Kay brush in a cheap set.  If you are familiar with the Bare Minerals makeup process you should know how all of those brushes work.  I essentially use those for my mineral makeup and concealer.  My Mary Kay brush is specifically for my blush and it has a nice angle for the cheekbones.  My Laura Mercier and mini kabuki brushes I use for translucent powder when I want to give my face a final glow.  They are light, and feathery!  If you don't own makeup brushes or don't know what's a good way to start I would say some essentials are 1) a good foundation or powder brush (depending on which you use), 2) a good concealer brush, and 3) a blush brush.  Real hair brushes are the way to go, especially with any mineral makeup.  

Covergirl Lash Blast Length mascara in brown $8; Tarte Eyelash Curler $16;
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black $4
Mascara is probably the item I use the most, and it is also my favorite.  I usually have at least two mascaras in my bag with one of them being the Great Lash.  I like to alternate my second mascara and I usually like to keep it cheap and under $10.  I'm not impressed with Covergirl Lash Blast, the brush is nice and good for separating the lashes, but it doesn't make my eyelashes look any longer than they already are.  Maybelline Great Lash is a classic, and my lashes always feel full and voluminous afterward.  I am also a fan of a good curler, I don't mind splurging on a curler because they last me so long.  I've had this Tarte one for at least two years (note the breakage on the right handle).  My favorite is the Shu Uemora but sadly Sephora stopped carrying it.  Other pricey mascaras I love (but rarely buy) are Diorshow, Benefit BADgal Lashes, and Clinique High Impact mascaras.   

The Body Shop's Satsuma Body Butter $18 
The Body Shop's Satsuma Body Butter is my favorite thing in the whole world right now.  I got lather this one all day long and not get sick of it.  The smell is so fresh and clean, the citrus wakes you up and people can smell me from a mile away.  I lather this stuff on right after I shower and it is really moisturizing.  I just bought a new one today since I am almost out of this one.  The new scent I got is the coconut because it is for Normal/Dry skin.  I cannot get enough of this butt-ah and I promise you won't either, go get yourself some.  The tiny purse size butters run for $5 or you can get a sampler of 6 for $30.  You won't regret it! 

Laura Mercier's Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder $34
Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder is a great finishing translucent powder.  I got this mini version as a free sample! I have had it for about 6 months and still haven't run out.  A little goes a long way.  I'm not sure if I would actually purchase this for myself after I finish my sample, but I can definitely see why people like it.  

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment $6 
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment This stuff is fabulous! It contains Salicylic Acid which dries out acne pimples and kills bacteria.  It doesn't over dry your skin and you can feel the burn immediately after applying.  

Clockwise from top: Bare Minerals READY Veil $22
Bare Minerals Original foundation $27
Bare Minerals All Over Face Color $19
Bare Escentuals Makeup I've been using this stuff for about 5 years now and it's what I stick to.  It can be as light as you want it to be or apply a little more for heavier coverage.  I hate to use the word heavy though because this stuff never feels that way.  It is creamy and light on your skin.  Also has great SPF! I also have the concealer, but you can always use your concealer brush in the original foundation an it will work just the same! Flawless natural looking makeup. It also goes a long way because I usually buy about two foundations a year.  I recommend getting yourself a starter kit if you are new to Bare Escentuals because it is way cheaper and you get brushes in the set! 

NARS Orgasm Blush $28
NARS Orgasm Blush an ode to the best blush in the entire world! The name of this shade is orgasm and it is their most popular because it looks great on basically any skin tone.  It is a peachy-gold shimmery shade that's perfect to wear alone or with foundation.  Since I discovered this color five years ago I have not gone back to any other blush.  This blush will usually last me anywhere from a year to a year and half, more if you baby it ;).  If anyone has found a similar shade in blush please let me know because I'd love to compare.  

Mary Kay Concealer in Beige1 $10
Bare Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer in Summer Bisque $18
Concealer is an essential in my make up bag, even though I don't use it the creamy kind regularly.  My Mary Kay concealer is AWESOME, it has incredible coverage and is the perfect concealer to treat blemishes, dark circles, red spots, sun damage, etc.  I save it for emergencies and for special occasions.  The Mary Kay concealer was also in the O Magazine hall of fame!  The Bare Minerals concealer is also great and better for every day, but I wouldn't buy it regularly.  I received this one in a starter kit and even though it's awesome it is unnecessary for my minimal concealer needs.  

Carmex $3
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Mini Perfume (Price unavailable)
Tweezerman Mini Tweezers $13
Oral-B Satin Floss $4
Miscellaneous Items like Carmex are ideals for girls like me who never wear lipstick or even lipgloss.  I do however like to make sure my lips are moisturized and kissable! My current fragrance is Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh which is perfect for summertime with it's sweet and soft floral scent.  I love to floss and even though I don't need to tweeze my eyebrows much I keep them on hand because you never know.  

Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow in Aspen Summit $12
MAC Eyeshadow in Creme Brulee $15
Mary Kay Eyeshadow Brush $10
Almay Intense i-Color for Hazel $6
Sharpener $.50
Estee Lauder 'Pure Color' Eyeliner $20
Eye Stuff As you can see, I don't really buy many eyeshadows or eyeliners.  This is because I have BIG eyes and if I play them up too much I look really made up.  I save these dramatic looks or the use of eyeliner for the weekends or date nights.  I do love a good cat eye these days.  Most people can't believe I only use one eyeliner or that I've had the same eyeliner for at least two years now.  Look how tiny it is?  This eyeliner is perfect, it's creamy, it's rich, it doesn't smudge easily.  It was also a free gift because my mom buys lots of Estee Lauder lipsticks and eyeshadows.  My eyeshadows are neutral, the Aspen Summit color I use as a highlighter along the inner lids and below the brow.  My Creme Brulee is an all over color and my Almay Trio is for smoking up my eyes.  Done. 

Tokidoki Arte Palette in Lion Pappa $10 
Recent Purchase happened today because I decided I needed more eyeshadows.  I fell in love with this neutral palette by Tokidoki.  It also comes with a blush in a golden peach color.  The blush isn't NARS Orgasm, but it looks promising.  I'm excited to wear these colors on Saturday night for my cousin's wedding.

Phew, that was a lot of beauty in one sitting.  I hope you enjoyed looking through my makeup bag.  Let me know if you have any questions regarding any products.  

What's your favorite item in your makeup bag?  


  1. Laura, I'm loving your blog!! Keep it up

  2. Thank you so much for reading Liz, it means so much to me.

  3. i have your mango body butter. the only difference is that mine is the mini one. i love, love the scent. anyway i love the layout of your webpage; its very enduring

    1. Mango is also a great scent. I just love The Body Shop products. They're great.