When it comes to makeup, I wish I could say that I didn’t wear any and that I just walked out of the house looking like I am on the cover of Vogue magazine. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Makeup has been part of my everyday routine for well over a decade, and something tells me it always will be. But, to be honest, I like makeup. I like the transformation and I like seeing myself go from tired mom to “Oh okay, maybe she got at least 6 hours sleep last night.” I am not a makeup artist by any means, in fact I really envy those girls that constantly do their makeup flawlessly. It’s a real skill. I do however appreciate makeup and quality products. I am a creature of habit and when I find something I like I normally stick with it. I have a couple of girlfriends that I would place under the category of “makeup experts” so I have picked up some great product recommendations from them throughout the years. The absolute worst part about makeup is that you pay for what you get. I have tried countless eyeshadows, mascara, foundations etc. and for the most part, the ones I tend to use usually have a bit of a price tag. None the less, I thought I would share what is in my makeup bag!
Storage: Lucite Lazy Susan Makeup Tray (Unknown) & Kate Spade Travel Cosmetic Bag ($60-$78)
Technically the title of this post is incorrect since I do not keep my makeup in a bag unless I am travelling. Years ago by grandma bought me this lucite plastic round makeup tray that is on a lazy susan. It is the best thing. I keep it right on my vanity and it has different compartments for different size things. It allows everything to be organized and I can clearly see what I have, what needs to be replaced etc. without having to rummage through a bag. When I am travelling I keep my makeup in a Kate Spade cosmetic bag. Kate Spade changes up their patterns every year so mine is no longer available, but the style is still around. I love their cosmetic bags because they are cute and are plastic on the outside and the inside for easy cleanup if you have any spillage.
Toner: The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner ($15)
I apply this toner around my entire face with a cotton makeup pad before applying my makeup. The purpose of a toner is to refresh your skin, clean up any leftover debris and restore your skins natural pH balance from cleansers. It’s a great way to start your face off as a “blank slate” prior to applying makeup. I like this toner from The Body Shop because it feels (and smells) so refreshing. It is also alcohol-free, so it will not dry up your skin.
Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste Brightening Concealer ($19.99)
Normally concealer is put on after foundation, but I use this concealer before. This stuff is a miracle worker- especially for dark circles under the eye. I use a small brush that is normally used to apply lipstick to apply this concealer on anything that needs an extra little bit of covered love.
Foundation: TARTE Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15- Rainforest of the Sea Collection ($39)
First of all, I love the packaging and names of TARTE products. There is nothing that I dislike more than to feel like I have a heavy, caked on foundation just sitting on my face. It feels and looks gross. This foundation is really light weight and has great medium coverage. I have always believed that you should have some sort of sun protection in your foundation, so that was a bonus when I found the TARTE foundation- especially now that I am living in the Florida sun! There is always a great debate on what the better tool is to apply foundation, but I am obsessed with the beauty blenders. They work great, you can find them anywhere and they get in all the otherwise hard to reach areas like the sides of your nose.
Bronzer: Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer ($30)
I am not super picky with my bronzers as I find there are a lot of great quality products out there. This would be one of my products that I bounce back and forth from but the last several times that I have had to purchase bronzer I have used this brand and colour. I really like the quality of this bronzer and the colour is perfect for me. It is not too orange and not too brown but more of a neutral, sun kissed look. I apply my bronzer using a short, thick brush that I picked up at the drug store.
Eyebrows: Benefit Brow Zings Tame & Shape Kit ($32)
I wish I had “on fleek” eyebrows, but, I do not. In fact, if I had to change one thing about myself, that would be it. But, that doesn’t stop me from trying! Eyebrow pencils and gels are the perfect example of products that I have tried a million of. So far, this benefit kit has been my favourite by far. It has a gel to shape the brow and a powder to fill in and make your eyebrows fuller. I use the dark brown to black kit, but they have several palettes for all different brow colours.
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette ($54)
I love eyeshadow! But, I don’t do fun colours. I have blue eyes so anything with colour in it tends to make me look like I am in the wrong decade, so I stick to neutrals. Luckily for me there are tons of beautiful neutrals out there, and the ones with a little bit of shimmer in them tend to catch my eye. I LOVE all the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes but the “2” is by far the best one. The quality of this eyeshadow is worth every penny. They go on so well and better yet they STAY on. Coincidentally, when the makeup artist came to do my makeup for my wedding she whipped out the Naked 2 palette much to my amusement since that is what I always wear anyways. Needless to say, she made my eyes look a heck of a lot better than I ever could but, it just re-iterated the fact that I use a good quality product. The palette comes with a double-sided eyebrow brush with two different brush sizes and it works great. I also picked up a couple extra of the Urban Decay eyeshadow brushes for when I want to switch up eyeshadow colours.
Liquid Eyeliner: The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner ($13.50)
I don’t go crazy when it comes to the liquid liners because again, I find there are a lot of great products out there, but I always seem to go back to The Body Shop Brand. It goes on well and the brush itself is sturdy enough that I can make a perfect line. I switch back and forth between the black and dark brown depending on the mood I am in.
Mascara: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara ($19)
I have used BADgal mascara for as long as I can remember and I doubt I will ever change. This mascara has a really thick brush so it really applies the mascara evenly and thoroughly. There are no clumps and no sticking. What I also love about this mascara is that if I applied my makeup in the morning and I am going out later that night and want to refresh everything, adding more mascara doesn’t make my eyelashes really thick and heavy with makeup like most products tend to.
Eyeliner: The Body Shop Matte Kajal Black Eyeliner ($15)
This is a really great black eyeliner that consistently goes on black and never seems to get muted or faded. It’s smooth and even works great in place of my liquid eyeliner on my top lid when I am feeling lazy.
Blush: M.A.C. Powder Blush in Prism ($24)
This is another product I have used since I can remember. It’s kind of a neutral blush with the tiniest bit of a rose shade in it so it delivers the best of both worlds in terms of blush. I love the way this blush goes on and stays on and really the price of it is not that bad as it lasts a really long time. To apply this blush I use the M.A.C. 116 Synthetic Blush Brush for the perfect application.
Highlighter: BECCA Light Chaser Highlighter ($34)
I love adding the SMALLEST amount of highlighter above my cheekbones. It gives such dimension to your face and really a little goes a long way so this product lasts forever. This highlighter is really subtle so it works great for what I am trying to achieve. I apply it using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23.
- Everyday: Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6) OR Nivea Soothing Lip Care, A Kiss of Milk and Honey ($3.19)
When I am just running errands or hanging out I don’t wear any official lipstick or gloss but I am notorious for chapped lips so I am always applying something hydrating on my lips to prevent them from getting dry. These are my two favourite. I am also a fan of the ESOS lip balms and I always have one in my purse for my daughter and I!
- Everyday Casual: M.A.C. Lipglass in Oyster Girl ($17.50) OR Tarte Quench Lip Rescue- Rainforest of the Sea Collection in Opal ($19)
When I want a little bit of colour and gloss I tend to go for the very soft neutral pinks. I like the lipglass a lot, I have been using it for years and it just gives the perfect amount of something, something extra. The Tarte Lip Rescue is a fairly new product I have found but I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. I love the colour, the application and it has a built in moisturizer for my poor little lips.
- Going Out: Kylie Jenner Lip Kits ($29)
When I want a full blown lip I use the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit’s. They are AMAZING lip products. I have only tried three colours but I love all three: Koko K, Exposed and Posie K. These lipsticks last so long and don’t gunk up! I am planning to try more in the future- the array of colours they offer is fantastic.
Makeup Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32) OR Lise Watier Magnifix Make-Up Fixative with White Tea ($26)
If you have never used a makeup setting spray, you’re crazy! This is a trick I learnt from one of my girlfriends and I promise, it makes the world of a difference. I like both sprays equally, it really just depends which one is readily available for me to buy. Both sprays are very light and offer the perfect finish to setting your makeup in place all day!
I do have a couple “specialty” things in my makeup bag that I use on occasion, but that’s for another post. 😉
I would love to hear some of your favourite makeup products!