What's in my makeup bag?
Let me start this by saying I am not a beauty expert by any means. I don’t wear makeup every day, even when I am leaving the house. But when I do want to put my face on, I have a few things I like to use. None of these products are high end, and all of them are available at the drugstore or Walmart in Canada, where I live.
Here is my current lineup.
In the warmer months, I like to use a BB cream instead of a foundation. First, it’s effortless. Just smear it on like a moisturizer, no brushes required. I use the Rimmel Perfection BB Cream Matte in the shade Light/Medium. This is great for keeping my oily skin under control, even without setting it with a powder.
I have recently made a new blush discovery! (I know, this product is probably old-hat to many of you, but it was the first thing I’d ever tried from this brand. It won’t be the last.)
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in the shade Natural. This product makes a lot of claims about boosting your mood with its scent (which is pleasant, but I don’t know how much joy I feel when using it!) and other things. I just love it because it gives my medium skin a natural, just-in-from-the-fresh air look while still looking natural. This blush does have sheen to it, which gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin.
I am a big believer in making things easy on myself, especially when it comes to makeup. I don’t like to have to carry around brushes, etc. with me (especially when I travel) so I am always on the lookout for products that fit in with that philosophy. For eyeshadow, I like to use the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon in Bronze Truffle. This is absolutely effortless. Just apply the colour straight to the eyelids as if you were colouring with a crayon. It’s that easy! The colours are gorgeous and just shimmery enough, and they stay on all day.
For mascara, I love the Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara in Blackened Brown. This gives my VERY wimpy lashes (I have what feels like about three hairs on each eye LOL) volume and length. Even better, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. A win-win for me!
I like pretty neutral colours on my lips, but not so nude that it looks like I have put concealer on my lips. Another “crayon” type product I like is for the lips, this time by NYC. The NYC CityProof Twistable Instense Lip Color Crayon goes on smooth, moisturizes the lips and gives just enough colour (I currently have the colour Brooklyn Brown Stone, but I plan to pick up a couple of others).
Sometimes I’ll also wear a gloss, either on top of this or on its own. In my bag right now is NYC's 8 HR City Proof Extended Wear Lip Gloss in the shade “Gold with Me.”