Since I was recently in the Hills with the girls, and we spent a lot of time talking about makeup….I’m sure the boys were thrilled…..I decided I’d write up a “What’s in my Makeup Bag” post. Granted, makeup is not a one size fits all situation, and everyone has their specific things, but it just seemed like something fun to write. I have really oily skin. It isn’t really what I’d call sensitive, but I am prone to breakouts. These are the tips, tricks, and products that work well for me. They probably wouldn’t work well if you have dry skin, but that’s why small pieces of heaven like Sephora and Ulta exist, so everyone can get what they need for their skin type.
I know that everyone says that using good brushes is key. I mean the best foundation in the world will still look like butt if you paint it on with your fingers. Last year I wrote that I was going to try being responsible and save up money for new makeup brushes. Welp, I didn’t! So, most of my brushes are very old and not high quality. I have:
- A set of 3 eyeshadow brushes I was given when I graduated college
- A large, poofy fan brush for highlighting from Walmart, I believe the brand is Eco Tools
- A blush brush I’ve had since high school
- A Bare Minerals Kabuki brush for foundation and powder
- A nice eyeliner brush from Sephora for those days when I feel like slicing people with a wing
- A cheap concealer brush that I use to set my underage concealer
- A large powder brush I occasionally use to blend out blush and bronzer or apply all over powder if I get too oily
- A very old eyeliner brush that I use to fill in my brows.
All in all, it’s sorta a sad situation. However, they work, and I’ll maybe make more of an effort to start collecting some nicer brushes. All my girl friends have nice brushes in nice brush rolls, and it makes me a bit jelly honestly!
I use my Clarisonic Mia at night with the acne brush head and the Peter Thomas Roth 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Acne Wash, and then I moisturize with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Lotion. If I’m feeling old I might throw on my Bliss Fabulous Everyday Eye Cream, but generally I forget. When the winter weather starts getting particularly harsh, I’ll add couple drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil to my nightly moisturizer. I know it sounds super counter-intuitive for oily, acne prone skin, but trust me….happily oiled and moisturized skin is much better for your acne. I’ve been using the same skin care routine for a couple years now, and my skin is so much better than it used to be.
In the mornings I just wash my face with a dime sized amount of coconut oil. This makes Scout super happy because she gets a little glob of oil to get her day started. She has bad joints and it’s supposed to help….idk, but she likes it and it’s part of our morning routine now so that’s that. In the winter I will throw a small amount of the Burt’s Bees lotion under my makeup because SoDak winters can be brutal on your skin. In the summer though I find that the coconut oil does enough.
I have a few different face masks, but my all time favorite is GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment. It’s expensive!!!….but, it’s tough enough to clear up acne spots, but gentle enough that it doesn’t stress out my skin. It’s a must have for me! I try and use it once a week, but I sometimes get lazy. I also have the GlamGlow eye masks. I’ve tried other GlamGlow masks and they are all very good, any would be a good choice depending on your skin. If I get a particularly tenacious breakout, I’ll use the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick on it and that really dries them out and clears them up quickly.
Makeup: The Base
These are the products I use everyday! I have some different things that I will use occasionally, but these are my ride or dies and the things that I always repurchase. These form the base that all the rest of my “fun” makeup goes on top of! I’ve listed them in the order I use them in the mornings, after I’ve washed my face.
Concealer – Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light 1
Foundation – Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation in Fairly Light or Medium Beige
Powder – Bare Minerals Original Powder (Just over the T-Zone)
Under Eye Concealer/Highlight – Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
Setting Powder – Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (For setting under eyes or taking down oil over the whole face at the end of the day.)
Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
Bronzer/Contour – Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light
Blush – Nars Orgasm
Highlight – Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki (I know its a “bronzer” but it has no color really only highlight. I would never use it as a bronzer….you’d be covered in shimmer.) I also have Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I’ll occasionally use it as a highlighter or a more all over powder if I feel like I need a special boost. They seem super hokey until you put them on, and then it’s just like a Ta-Da moment! They are also a good choice for oily skin as they aren’t super shimmery. If I wear a straight up highlighter, like a Becca Champange Pop, I sorta look like I’ve rubbing my face on a stripper within 20 minutes. I just get way too much shine going on!!
Mascara – Maybelline’s Volume Express: The Falsies Flared and Volume Express: The Mega Plush, both in blackest black. (I have baby eyelashes so I wear multiple coats of both….EVERYDAY!)
Eyeshadow Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original or Sin….just depends what tube I grab.
Setting Spray – Urban Decay All-Nighter or De-Slick…I can’t really tell a difference between them, but I do think they help my makeup stay where I put it.
Makeup: The Fun
Ahhhh the fun stuff. These are the products I love, but they change everyday. Eyeshadows, lip glosses, eyeliner….these really “make the look”!
Eyeshadows – I own mostly all Urban Decay shadows. They just seem to work for me better than most other brands. I own the Naked 2 palette and the new Gwen Stefani palette. I also got a free mini palette of purpley gray neutrals. Between those three, I feel pretty much set…..for now….. I tend to stick to a pretty neutral eye, but it’s almost always smoked out and dark.
Lip Products – I don’t think you can ever have enough lip products. A different lip can change the whole look of you makeup! I’ll just list off my current favs, but I own plenty more beyond this list!
- OCC Lip Tar in Interlace
- Gerard Cosmetics Lip Stick in 1995
- Urban Decay Revolution Lip Gloss in Apocalypse
- Fresh Sugar Lip Balm—-sometimes you need a natural look
- Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua (I didn’t pick the name!)
- Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Samantha—perfect to add gloss and some plump over any other lip product
Liners – My go to liner is Sephora brand Nano Eyeliner pencil in black. I’ve also really been loving the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils. They seem to stay on my oily face longer than the Sephora one, even if I don’t use a primer under them. I have two that came as samples, one is a dark gold and the other is a dark-gray purple. Once my current black liner runs out I’ll be buying a black 24/7 Glide On pencil. I seem to be sensing an Urban Decay trend in my makeup!