What's In My Makeup Bag?

Yesterday I shared what I keep in my bag, and today I'm giving you a look inside my makeup bag. I am not a big touch up my makeup throughout the day kind of person. I like longwear makeup because I spend the time putting it on how I like it in the morning and pretty much don't worry about it for the rest of the day. If I'm going out or changing my clothes in the evening I might re-powder and touch up my eye makeup, but for the most part once it's on, it's on. However, I do like to carry a little makeup bag with me with some essentials for times when I do need them, like if I have to go straight from work to an evening event or I get rained on or end up spending the night somewhere or whatever. Like I said, I like to be prepared. Here's what I have in my makeup bag at the moment.



From left to right: Mini hairbrush (I've had this forever. I don't use it terribly often, but it comes in handy sometimes),  Aquaphor (great for really dry or scaly patches of skin, elbows, lips, taming flyaways, etc.), Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Folle de Joie perfume samples (I like to keep a couple of perfume samples with me so I can pop some on if I forget to put some on in the morning or am not feeling very fresh), Stila CC cream (I actually haven't tried this yet), Estee Lauder Double Wear powder compact (this is actually an old compact but I keep it in here because it has a mirror and it has pretty good coverage, so it's good to cover up midday breakouts and splotchiness), Avon glimmersticks in black, NYX liquid liner, Lancome Hypnose Star mascara sample (haven't tried this yet), NYX concealer, Sephora SPF 15 sunscreen (I always have SPF on my face during the day; this is for days when I'm out a lot or leave the house bare-faced), Cococare Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (my favorite lip balm ever!), lipsticks (described below), and a Covergirl lip balm designed to work with longwear liquid lipsticks, Stila Rockin in Rio palette (5 eye shadows and one super pigmented pink that can be used for lips and cheeks. I got this for ten bucks and think it's a good travel kit).


I always like to have whatever lipstick I'm wearing that day with me, and they tend to accrue in my bag. I clean them out every few days or so, but here's what is in my makeup bag right now. I thought I'd swatch them for you so you can see what they look like.

From left to right: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Maverick (this was actually part of a deluxe sample pack from Sephora. I'm not a huge gloss person, but I actually like this, though I'm not sure I would pay full price for it. The color is nice and it smells like sprinkles), Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in It Girl (nice neutral pink color. Goes on like a lip butter and dries into a suede finish), NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red (name says it all. Lasts wonderfully), and Revlon ColorStay Overtime in Ultimate Wine (love this formula. Lasts all day and doesn't flake if you use the gloss. This color is a nice wine/berry color, more on the red side than some).

I just keep all this in a lightweight makeup bag that came free with some samples from Sephora. Because I keep this pretty condensed down and stick to sample sizes for the most part, this stuff really doesn't take up much space or weigh too much, yet I can do touch ups or create a fresh face just from what's in this bag. Pretty much every time I order anything from Ulta or Sephora I get samples, not to mention my subscription to Birchbox; I keep everything I don't use immediately in a basket, and when I want to try a new moisturizer or shampoo or whatever or need to replace something in this bag, I go and see if I have a sample I can use in the basket. They're great for traveling too!

Do you carry a makeup bag with you? What are your travel essentials?

Yours Truly, Jen

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