Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What's In My Makeup Bag?

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Makeup is one of those things that was the last to be downsized when I decluttered my stuff. I don't think it's truly minimal at this point even, but it's leaps and bounds from where it used to be. I mean, I had a solid 40 lipsticks at one point, at least! My makeup collection is always changing, but I wanted to share what I'm working with right now until something runs out.


Like I mentioned in last week's Three on Thursday post, my makeup bag is from Target and it fits my entire makeup collection.  (Side note, I have a matching little one for my nail supplies.)

Everything is, of course, cruelty free.  It's not all as 'green' and zero waste as I'd like, but that's just part of the journey.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face PrimerThis is taking me much longer to use up than I anticipated.  I like it, though it's more moisturizer than primer.  Next I want to find something that's primer, moisturizer and has SPF, so I don't have to worry about each step individually.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ CreamThis is the small size one.  I haven't found anything I really love in terms of foundation, so I'm usually just using small sizes or samples of stuff.  This is nice for summer because of the high SPF but it's nothing with a wow factor.  Would I shell out $38 for a full size?  Probably not.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer CremeI just use it on my under eyes, and I'm not currently tied to any one concealer.  I have a friend who works at Sephora so sometimes she's able to snag me a concealer in my shade for free (among other things) so that's how this one appeared in my collection.  My color is Light 9.  Works just fine.  It's one of the better ones I've ever tried, but the best?  Eh, I don't know about that.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion The color of this eyeshadow primer is called Sin, it's like a shimmer pink color.  I don't bother with eyeshadow primer on a daily basis, but this works amazingly well when I do use it for special occasions.  And by special occasions I mean day drinking for 14 hours with Tara.

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II.   I love this thing.  Along the top are a cream bronzer and highlighter, under that is the sculpting powder (probably the most popular KA product) and a highlighting powder, and the bottom row is four eye shadows.  It's absolutely perfect for my needs.  I only like cream highlighters because my cheeks are super sensitive from rosacea, and any powder dries them out.  The highlighter cream is very moisturizing and it's also really light, which some people probably wouldn't like but I prefer for a work day.  If I really need highlighting for a fancy event, the powder packs a crazy punch.  The cream bronzer is such a nice shade that blends beautifully, perfect for summer, and the contour powder is a cult favorite so no surprise that it's great.  Of course both of those powders can be used as eye shadow too, which is what I usually do.  I don't change up my eye makeup look often, so 6 neutral shades is more than enough for me.  $65 is definitely pricey but for what you get, it's an awesome deal.  The sculpting powder alone is $44 and it's actually bigger in this palette than the single is.  Sephora is serious when they say this is worth $226.  Plus it has the mirror, so this thing is my work horse.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.  I need to set my under eye concealer, but that's all I use powder for.  My skin is dry so I just don't need it.  Since this area is (obviously) so close to the sensitive area on my cheeks where I hate having powder, most loose powders were too drying and also went everywhere.  This powder is so soft and it's almost moisturizing.  I just have the mini one because I need so little of it.  Also, if you're thinking of buying this, look at them in store.  The colors online are so not what they are in person.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse.   Holy cow have I had this stuff forever and it's still going.  There's so much product in there and it hasn't dried out, I love it.  I have the ash blonde shade.  It comes with the brush, so that's nice, and I think the pot version looks better and is easier to work with than brow pencils.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner On a daily basis, I just use a liner brush with one of the eye shadow shades, and then make sure to wiggle my mascara at the base of my lashes, so no liquid liner needed.  But outside of work, I'll usually put a little of this eyeliner on.  It stays, it's easy to apply, it's black, what more can you ask for?

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara I've already mentioned this mascara on the blog, more than once.  Love this stuff and it's so cheap.  Try it, you'll like it.

Ulta Dewy Makeup Setting Spray.  Straight up smells like Parrot Bay, my favorite coconut rum.  It does feel nice on the face, and it does what it says it will, but I'm still going to look for an alcohol free setting spray.

NARS Lip Gloss The shade of this one is Orgasm, and I do like it, but I just don't wear gloss that much so it's slow going.  I'm trying to get it out of my collection.  I try to pick things with cleaner ingredients and NARS has terrible for you ingredients in it, even though they are cruelty free.  So I won't be replacing this once it's gone.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks I have Sweet Cream, Pepper, and Liquorice.  (and a mini in Fig that stays in my purse.)  Kathy originally told me to get these and she was right.  Cruelty free, clean ingredients, super hydrating and easy to wear.  Probably would have better wear time if I bothered with lip liner but I'd rather just reapply.

Wet n Wild Brushes.  Other than the Tarte one that comes with the brow mousse, all the brushes I have are the Wet n Wild ones.  They're cheap, they work awesome, they're so soft, I have no shedding issues, they clean great, I highly recommend them.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler.  Works great, doesn't pinch my eyes ever, I like it. I'm pretty sure Shiseido is not a cruelty free brand but I've had this thing forever. If it craps out, I'll find something else.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  There's just no way I'm shelling out for a Beauty Blender when you can get two of these for half the price of one Beauty Blender.  These work great and as someone who did previously have the Beauty Blender, let me assure you that these clean easier and work better.


That's it, my minimalist collection!  I hope that gives you a glimpse into how I've minimized my beauty routine, but without cutting out makeup totally.  Let me know in the comments if we use any of the same products, or if you're interested in trying anything off my list!

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