Today I'll be tackling probably my highest requested post. The What's In My Makeup Bag tag! Whoo hoo! You'll get to see all the fun things I use when I want to look a little more dressy or I'm just heading out with some friends. So what are we waiting for? Let's dive in!
(NOTE: All of these products can be found at your local drugstore and supermarket, so they're not hard to find!)
Eyelash Curler: This eyelash curler by Trim is definitely a useful tool since my eyelashes aren't as big and fluttery as the fabled Kim Kardashian's are. It makes it so that my eyelashes frame my eyes more and make them look more awake and open.
(TIP: Heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer before using it. After you make sure it's not too hot, then curl your lashes. The curl lasts much longer! Just be super super careful that you don't burn yourself.)
Mascaras: Mascara is definitely my guilty makeup pleasure. I have a fair amount of them, and from left to right they are: L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly, Covergirl Clump Crusher, Maybelline Falsies and Maybelline Great Lash.
Eyeliner: Eyeliner is definitely one of my favorite makeup items! You can change the shape of your eye with it, and you can do all kinds of effects with it. Even though I'm still perfecting my winged eyeliner look, I still love using eyeliner. The one I'm using at the moment is by Almay.
Almay is really great if you have more sensitive eyes, since I've noticed there's less irritation if I use this one over some others. The only minor downside to this one is that it has a very, very subtle shimmer to it, which can look weird if you get some on your lashes.
Eye Shadow: Eye shadow is also something that I really like. On some days when my eyes are just looking a little tired and dull, a little bit of eye shadow can really brighten them up. The two palettes that I have are by L.A. Colors and Almay. (L.A. Colors being the larger of the two palettes.)
I really love the neutral tones that the L.A. Colors palette has, and it's definitely a good choice if you don't want a super bold look. My personal favorite colors to use is the middle brown on the far right column of the L.A. Colors one, and the lightest tone in the Almay shadows. I like using that light cream color on my eyelids, and then using the other brown one on my crease.
If your eyebrows are a little sparse, or looking a little weird, you can also use eye shadow to fill them in. Just be sure that they don't make you look constantly surprised or angry! My favorite shade for that is the darkest brown in the bottom right of the L.A. Colors.
Concealer: Now on to concealer! The one I use is Almay Wake Up Undereye concealer in the color 030 medium. (Oops, just realized it looks like my picture is a little out of focus. Sorry!)
I like to use concealer on days when my undereye circles are looking pretty shabby and making me look more tired than I actually am. I also like to use it for any spots or redness my face has going on. What I like about this one is that it's specifically formulated to make you look a little more awake, and the slightly tan-orange tones in it definitely brighten up your face.
Matte Powder: I use this matte powder just to set my concealer so that it doesn't smear everywhere, and to just dust up an oily looking areas I have. I couldn't find a spot on it that told me what brand it is, so I'm afraid I don't know what line it's from. But you can see that I've hit the bottom of this one, which is so sad.
Bronzer: I picked up this Covergirl Clean Glow bronzer in the shade 120. This particular one is called "Spices." I just really love the very natural color it gives you.
To apply it, I just swirl my brush around the bronzer so that it picks up a mixture of all three of the shades and gives more of a natural glow. After picking up the color, I tap the brush on the edge of the container to get rid of excess powder, and then I just suck in my cheeks and apply it to the natural contours of my face. I don't use a lot, and when I do use it, it's just if my face is looking a pit pale or peaky for some reason and I want to bring a little more life to it.
Brushes: I put the concealer, matte powder, and bronzer in a row like that so that you could see the brushes I use for each. The smallest brush if by Elf, and it's their eye blending brush (but I use it for concealer mostly). The brush in the center is by Belle, and it's the bronzer/blush brush. The black brush is just called a travel blush brush, and unfortunately I couldn't find what brand made it. I use it for my matte powder.
Tinted Lipbalm: Since my lips chap really easily, lip balm is essential. The ones I've been loving are by Nivea, and I have the Kiss of Shimmer and the Kiss of Berry Swirl. The Shimmer one is a lighter more bubblegum pink, and the Berry Swirl one is a darker pink, but it tastes amazing (like raspberries!).
Perfumes/Body Mist: And even though these aren't really makeup items, I still consider them part of my morning routine when I'm getting ready. My all time favorite smelling perfume/body mist is called Scentsations: Sunshine Flower and it's by Body Source. It just smells like summery flowers and I love it. The other one that I really like is called Warm Harvest Apple and it's by Bath and Body Works. I believe it was a seasonal fall scent, so I'm not sue if they'll have it right now. You can't use too much (or it's a little overwhelming), but it smells fruity and a little tropical. One of my friends told me it smells a little like pineapples.
And that is it! Those are the products that I use the most for a daily makeup routine. I do have more makeup outside of this, but I wanted to just show the things that I would use if I was going out or getting ready in the morning.
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(NOTE: This is not a sponsored post, and I am in no way affiliated with the companies of the products that I'm using. Thanks!)