What's in my Makeup Bag

9:43 PM

I wanted to show you all what I've been loving right now for my makeup routine and random bits I've been trying out. My daily makeup routine is very minimal since I'm always running late for class so I usually only put on a bit of concealer and a swipe of mascara. I'm really bad about washing my face and I've found it actually makes my acne worse, but I've included a few skincare items I've been loving. For a full face of makeup this autumn, this is what I've been loving:


Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream ($41) - This eye cream is great if you naturally have dark circles no matter how much sleep you get. It's hydrating and lasts for up to 30 hours. I love putting it on before I go to bed as part of my night routine and when I wake up before I put on my concealer. It helps me feel more refreshed and awake and helps minimize the dark appearance around my eyes.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($7) - This facial spray is refreshing and is great for both morning and night routines. It helps soothe and re-energize skin and makes my skin look nice and dewy.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I miss living in London when I could pick this up from Boots for just a few quid. This is a great, cheap drugstore concealer that's thick enough to hide dark circles but still easy enough to blend into your skin. It's smooth and never cakes and is my go-to concealer in the morning.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - This is another great concealer that I normally apply with the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. It's easy to apply and blend because the applicator is a sponge. It helps hydrate the under eye area and reduce puffiness while covering dark circles.

Glossier Stretch Concealer - When I was in New York I headed to the Glossier showroom and tried on this bad boy and fell in love. It's easy to apply and thin, but it does wonders for covering acne and spots. I don't love using it on my under eye area since it's not thick enough to cover my horrendous dark circles, but it's perfect for covering annoying spots.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation ($44) - If you want a dewy, light foundation that still offers coverage, this is for you. The Becca foundation is perfect for making your skin look radiant and hydrated, which is why I typically wear it in the warmer months but it can also make your skin look fresh during the dry, winter months. 

Benefit Cosmetics Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation ($36) - My nearest Sephora stopped selling the Becca Aqua Luminous foundation, but they introduced me to Benefit's liquid foundation. To me, this feels a bit creamier and has more coverage than a BB cream but still isn't a full coverage foundation. I've been liking it because it helps conceal redness and evens out my skin without feeling heavy or cakey. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation ($36) - I've been using this product for about three years now and I'm still loving it. This is a powder foundation that can offer as much or as little coverage as you need. It gives my skin an airbrushed effect and looks great with or without a base coat of liquid foundation. (Also this product is eco-friendly!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance ($42) - The price might look scary, but this is a worthwhile investment. I've had my palette for a year now and use it every day and so far I've only made a dent in one color. I love the red, brown, and pink tones in the palette and how easy the colors are to build and blend. This is perfect for fall and winter with the dark red and brown shades, so I've been using it a lot lately. If you're torn between the Naked palette and this one, I'd choose Anastasia since the colors are good for day and night and most of them are matte. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) - Another palette that's worth the investment. If you haven't heard about the Naked palette I'm a bit concerned - even my ex recognized the packaging when I was putting on my eyeshadow. If you want a neutral palette with shimmer, this is for you. Most of the colors are shimmery (my favorite is half baked) and are good for a bold look. I typically wear this palette more for when I'm going out or dressing up, but a few of the colors work well for a normal day as well.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner ($7.99) - This is great if you want a blend-able natural looking eyeliner. I just lightly draw this across my lids in the color espresso to make my eyes pop. It's great for a more natural and daytime look.

Covergirl Lashblast Mascara ($8.99) - Mascara is one of those items I don't think people need to splurge on. My eyelashes have looked the same when I've used high-end products and when I use this product. Lashblast mascara adds volume and length to my eyelashes and doesn't get flakey all day. I've used this product since I was 13 and seven years later, it's still one of my beauty staples. 

Elf Bronzer ($4) - Bronzer is one of those products that you don't need to splurge on - a high-end bronzer won't look any better than this cheap one from Elf. It has a bit of a shimmer but I still use it for a light contour with an angled brush. It's pretty thin, but it's one of the best drugstore bronzers on the market.

Glossier Boy Brow ($16) - This has gained a cult following for a reason. This has saved me so much time on my makeup routine. I no longer have to pencil-in little lines from an eyebrow pencil. Instead I just brush on Boy Brow and my eyes brows look thicker and more tame. I tried a knockoff of this when I ran out and was too lazy to order it online and pay for shipping (Glossier, please open a showroom in LA) and it was awful. Order Boy Brow (if you want to save 20% and get free shipping over $35, click the link here). 

Glossier Cloud Paint ($18) - Noticing a trend? I really love Glossier and all that they stand for. I never really wore much blush before I started wearing Glossier cloud paint in dusk. It's easy to blend into the skin and gives a nice, dewy tint on the cheeks or eyelids (whatever suits you!)

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid ($7.99) - This is a great, cheap liquid lipstick. It's creamy and doesn't dry out your lips and doesn't move around. I do have to apply a few coats throughout the day, but overall it stays on for a while and doesn't crack. I currently have this in the color nude thrill and it's good for a day-to-night look.

Glossier Generation G Lip Color ($18) - Is it a lipstick? Is it a lip tint? I don't actually know but I'm obsessed. I bought this in the shade jam and it gives the look of "I just blotted my lipstick" look. I like the subtle color and how it can be worn daily or for special occasions. It's hydrating and just adds a little pop of color.

What are your favorite products? Any I'm missing? Help me spend money at Sephora (totally kidding, my wallet can't even handle me window shopping there).

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