Friday, May 24, 2013

What's In My Makeup Bag?

I consider myself a pretty practical person, and that extends into things like my makeup collection. I'm not fully stocked in very expensive makeup...but, there are a few staple items that I think are worth the money.
What's In My Makeup Bag?

Rodan and Fields Unblemish Regimen - I've talked about this plenty of times before - I love how it keeps your skin beautifully clear!
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Medium Beige, mixed with Rodan and Fields moisturizer and applied with a Beauty Blender.  This is a great foundation for the price - applies a matte (but not clumpy or thick) finish.  I read a few weeks ago about mixing your foundation with moisturizer for a lighter look, and it works wonderfully!  I dab a little bit of foundation and moisturizer all over, then pat it in with the Beauty Blender.  It gives such a natural (but covered) look.
Mac Loose Powder in NC40 - I use just a little bit of this over my foundation...just to keep the shine away.  I apply it with an E.L.F. Kabuki brush.
E.L.F. Mineral Blush in Rose - this is a fabulous value for the price...I love it!  I apply it with a Mac 129 Blush Brush.

Naked and Naked 2 Eyeshadow - absolutely obsessed with these palettes - I use both, just depends on what mood I'm in.  The primer that comes with Naked is so great (but E.L.F. makes a great one too), and I love the brushes that come with Naked 2!  From Naked, I typically use Virgin/Sin mixed together, Naked/Buck in the crease, and Darkhorse to blend my eyeliner.  In Naked 2, I usually use Foxy/Bootycall all over, Chopper/Tease in the crease, and Snakebite to blend my eyeliner.  Sometimes I'll get experimental though. :)

E.L.F. Mineral Eyeliner in black - love this eyeliner...I'm not great at applying a straight line, but I use a shadow from my Naked palettes to blend it after I apply, so it really doesn't matter if it's perfect.  It blends very easily!

Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black - I had a sorority sister in college that always had the prettiest, longest lashes.  One day she told me this was the mascara she used, and I've been hooked ever since!

Mary Kay NouriShine Lip Gloss in Pink Sateen - This gives great coverage, but isn't too thick...just gives your lips that perfect finishing shine!

I've also become a little bit of a nail polish junkie lately!  Here are a few of my favorites...
Favorite Nail Polishes

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Gray Area (has just a little bit of a purple finish...and I LOVE this line!  Great value for a great formula.  I'd say it works almost as well as the expensive stuff!)

Essie 3 Way Glaze (In my opinion, the best base/top coat out there.)

OPI Bastille My Heart (A great, deep red color.)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet (Such a fun summery color!) 
Essie Smooth Sailing (This is my nail polish for when I'm feeling experimental...I had it on my toes just a couple of days ago!)
Essie Ballet Slippers (The BEST neutral pink you'll find!)
OPI Cajun Shrimp (This one is super popular in salons around here.  It's a great, bright pink!)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac (I just happened upon this one in a store a few days ago, and it immediately caught my eye.  Very pretty, light shade of purple.)
Alright - what am I missing out on?  What are a few of your current favorite beauty products?