So, I went back and forth about what my first post on this blog should be. Should I do a ‘hi, here I am’, jump in with both feet, or do something entirely different? I figured the jumping in route was the fork in the road I was going to take. But, if you would like me to do a ‘Hi, this is who I am’ post, comment below or give this post a like! So, for my first post on my new makeup blog. I had one before but things happened and I left it on Blogger, so now I’m here. I’m trying to do a weekly makeup bag and this is the very first one I’ve done, post and bag. Keep reading, and I hope you like it! (Oh, also, you might want to grab a snack…. or dinner…. and maybe a giant drink because this is going to be a long one!)
These are the base products I put into last week’s makeup bag. Since this was my first time doing a ‘weekly makeup bag’ I wasn’t sure what I would want or need, so I picked some of my favorites and ran with it.
Primer–Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer. I am currently using the travel size which is $16 but the full size is $34. This was the first primer I ever truly used and it is my current favorite, and has been for about six months.
Foundation– Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation in the color 090 Ivo N. I purchased this about a year ago for my Aunt’s wedding and it really is long wearing. It is a full coverage foundation. The price tag isn’t too too bad when you consider how highly priced some foundations can be. You would shell out $47 for 1oz of product.
Concealer– Under eye: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer I use the color Fair. This is the first and only under eye concealer I have ever used. I know people are put off by the puff ball at the top but since it’s only touching my face, I’m cool with it. For this you would pay around $10 for 0.2 oz but I feel like I use less since it’s a twist up, I feel like I’m not wasting any product.
Face/Blemish: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer I use the color number 20, Light. I’ve used many concealers in an attempt to cover up blemishes and the such and this is the first one I have stuck with longer than a month or two. This concealer is around $9 for 0.25 oz of product.
Powder– Compact: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder This powder only comes in one color, Totally Translucent. In the pan it does look a little banana powder-ish but it really is translucent. I really like the Soap and Glory pressed powders. At least for me, it does help to keep the oils at bay. For 0.26oz of product you will pay $16.00, a little steep but it has lasted me over a year and is still going strong.
Loose Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (mini) I absolutely adore this product, and just using the mini has lasted me a good long while. I also love that the brand offers two translucencies: Translucent, which is perfect for very fair to medium skin tones, as well as a Translucent Medium Deep, which is great for medium deep to the deepest skin tones. In the standard size you receive 1oz of product for $38 and in the mini size you receive 0.33oz for $23.
For my cheek products, except for the bronzer, I chose two for each- one ‘cream’ and one powder.
Bronzer– Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer If I’m not mistaken, this was the first bronzer I had ever used. The one pictured here is a trial size I got in one of their holiday kits a good while ago. I am currently using the Chocolate Soleil Matte but I eventually want to switch to the Milk Chocolate because I am quite fair. The full size of this contains 0.28oz of product for $30. In some respects I see this as a pretty steep price for how much you get but at the same time, if you’re like me and don’t pack it on, one compact of product can last you forever and a day.
Highlighter– Powder: Mannakadar Beauty Powder in ‘Fantasy’. I received this in an Ipsy bag a few months ago and I really like the color for a highlight. Although I’m not actually sure if it’s a highlight or an eyeshadow- it could work either way I suppose. It’s really pigmented but not to the point of me being nervous to put it on.
‘Cream’- ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter This is one of the first products I ever purchased from ColourPop and I still love it to this day. This Super Shock highlighter is in the color ‘Stole the Show’ and is great on fair skin tones. You receive 0.15oz of product for $8. I love this because you can apply with your fingers and it gives more of a glowy look than a powder usually does.
Blush– Powder: NYX Powder Blush in ‘Pinched’. I believe this line is either being discontinued or reformulated because it’s available on their site , on sale for $3, and they only have one color- ‘Angel’. If they are, that’s really a shame because the color ‘Pinched’ is gorgeous and a pretty good dupe for the famous NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush.
‘Cream’: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in number 30, ‘Candy Coral’. This blush is a really nice but interesting texture, that has a really nice color pay off. It truly is ‘bouncy’ when you tap your finger on it and I find that it blends nicely. You get 0.19oz of product for around $6, depending on where you buy it.
For the color on my eyes, I picked two of my smaller eye shadow palettes to play with. I wanted one that was more in the neutral sector and the other one to be more playful with the colors.
Eye Primer– NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 604 ‘Milk’. Okay, yes, I know that this isn’t an actual eye primer BUT I still love it as such. It makes a good base and since the white blocks out all (or almost all) color from your eyelid it makes any color you apply look truer than it would over a neutral or lid colored primer. At least that is what I have found in my uses of it. You get 0.18oz of product for around $4.50.
Eye Shadow Palettes– Neutral: Bobbi Brown eyeshadow quad in Bronze Eye Palette. Unfortunately I don’t have pricing information or where you could start to look for this because I got it at a CCO. This is a great quad for a day to day neutral look with three shimmers and one matte. This is also fantastic to travel with for a little road trip.
Color: Urban Decay Original Amo Palette. This is a discontinued palette that Urban Decay made awhile ago. It’s the size of your average three fold wallet and you get a total of ten shades. My only qualm is that there are no transition shades that are matte, everything is at least a shimmer but quite a few are glitters. There is some fallout when applied and during the day, but not so much that it would make me stop using this palette. I really loved using ‘Last Call’ and ‘Grifter’, which are the lavender and deep pink shades one over from the right side on both levels.
The rest of the eye basics is comprised of some old favorites and some new found loves. I am so glad that I only let myself choose one mascara because, if I could, I would wear a different every day of the week. That would mean I would have tons open, so I guess that’s a no-go, huh?
Eyeliner– a) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion. This has to be, without a doubt, my all time favorite Holy Grail black eyeliner. Now, I can’t justify $21 for 0.04oz of product, so I always wait until it’s paired with the mascara or in a full size pack with other liners from Urban Decay. Then I let myself get it. It really does glide on, it’s nice and matte, and the color is completely opaque. b) Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in 005 Nude. I use this whenever my eyes are red or looking tired. The nude color really helps to open them up and compensate the harshness of the red. You can get this for under $4 but the amount of product that is in it a mystery to me but the one that I own has lasted me a good couple of months. c) Wet n’ Wild marker liquid liner, I put this in solely to see if I still loved it and I most certainly did not so in the bin it goes.
Brows– Pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in the color Blonde. This was my first brow pencil and it had been pushed to the wayside for other products but it has snuck it’s way back into my weekly brow rotation. I find this type of pencil much sturdier and easier to use than the ever popular ABH Brow Wiz. The Brow Pencil costs $23 for 0.034oz of product and comes with a spooly on the end.
Brow Gel: Soap & Glory Archery Volu-Boost Fibre Gel I use this gel in the color Blonde Luck. This gel is tinted enough that I can use it alone for a ‘no makeup’ makeup day. It has a medium hold, which is perfect for me. I don’t like stiff as a board eyebrows. The only problem I have with this product is the price for the amount. This is $14 for 0.09oz of product- that’s less than half the height and less than half the density of most mascaras! I don’t know if I will be buying this again…
Mascara– Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara in the color Troublemaker which is a “high intensity black”. I was really on the fence with this mascara when I got it two months ago, so I put it away and let it dry a bit in the hopes that I would like it a bit better- and I do. I’m still not the biggest fan of the brush, it’s really ‘spikey’ (that’s the only way I can think to describe it) but it makes my lashes look really nice on it’s own or paired on top of another mascara. For $24 you get 0.25oz of product.
Eye Crayon– ELF Eye Shadow Stick (Discontinued) in the color Toast. This is something I have had for years and it’s still creamy, doesn’t smell bad, nothing like that so I’m going to keep using it. It’s a nice champagne nude shad with a ton of sparkle in a twist up tube. ELF has something similar on their website called the No Budge Shadow Stick for $4 on their website. I am sure I will use this until it completely disintegrates.
Finally, lip products… ohhhhhh boy do I have a problem with just selecting one or two as the above picture clearly shows. BUT, I did use every single one of them during last week.
Lipstick– Clinique Matte Lipstick in Matte Beauty. Unfortunately I got this during one of the Nordstrom Clinique sales in a set with four other colors in that special lip packaging. Matte Beauty is a nice pinky nude on me and the matte isn’t that horrible type of matte that makes your lips look and feel like you haven’t been drinking water for the past sixty years. It’s soft and still hydrating. The only matte lipstick I could find on their site was the matte lipstick in their Clinique Pop line (I love that line too, the general Clinique Pop line). It is easily duped in color, so if you like what you see I’m sure you could find one you really love.
Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in the very popular color of 907c ‘Mauve Outta Here’ I have just started trying out mauve colored lip products and I figured I could give this one a try without losing much if I didn’t like it. On their site the price is $2.49 for 0.13oz of product. Pretty much wherever you go it should be reasonable and affordable to try.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Matte Collection I’m sure by now everyone has tried this popular color for Fall, number 107. When I purchased this for the first time (this is my second tube) I was so nervous because I’m so pale and it’s so dark (for me) but it totally worked! You can pat it on for a lighter wash or be bold and swipe it on and wear that bold lip. The average price is $5.50 for 0.14oz of product. Again, this is matte but it’s not a super drying matte, which I like.
Crayon– Tarte Lipsurgence lip crayon in the color Wonder. Now, I don’t think they have this color anymore and I think they are getting rid of the plain Lipsurgence line because on their site they have three colors available for $10 which is $14 less than the original price. I got this in a birthday gift from Sephora I believe it was two years ago and I love their Lipsurgences because they smell minty to me, and I love that! The color I have is a sort of deep strawberry, perfect for the fall. I love lip crayons in general because they are so easy to apply on the go.
Gloss/Stain– Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in the color 005 Garnet. This is a brilliant purple-ish mauve gloss. I know that lipgloss is definitely something someone loves or hates, there is no inbetween. Obviously, I am of the love side. It’s not to sticky and the color is very opaque. For $9 you get 0.2oz of product, which is one of their higher priced lip products but I think it’s worth it.
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in the color 005 Parisian. Unfortunately, it looks like this product has been discontinued. It was a great product though and if you somehow find it or get a chance to try it, I highly recommend doing it. It’s a stain but it’s not super drying but it has a good lasting power. When it does wear down, it does so very evenly making it look more natural and not patchy.
Well…. That’s it for my first ‘Weekly Makeup Bag’! I know it was long, sorry about that, but I really do hope you enjoyed it and maybe even found some new products you would like to pick up and try. If you have any posts you would like to see on here, please, let me know! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like and give me a follow for what is to come!
*I know there are a lot of Ulta links smattered up there. I am not affiliated with them, it was just the place that had the most of the products I was showing. I am not paid for writing this and all ideas and opinions are my own*