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Friday, March 9, 2012

A few of my favorite things: What's in my makeup bag

What's in My (small budget) Makeup Bag

e.l.f. face primer. ($6) I haven't been able to buy this for quite some time (due to the dumb mailman refusing to bring things to my house), and I can hardly believe what a difference it makes. My face misses it!

Clinique Acne Solutions foundation. ($26) We've discussed my acne problem before. In case you don't recall, this is the "before" picture.

Yep. That's really a picture of me, Sept 2011.

This is what my face looked like when I finally decided to splurge for the "grown-up" makeup. I took a little trip to Sephora, where a makeup artist suggested Clinique Acne Solutions makeup to me. I can't even describe to you how much better my face was within just days of switching foundations. (Before this I was using a regular CoverGirl foundation). Not only has it cleared up my skin, it matches my face way better AND I never need concealer. A single tube lasted me from September until February.  LOVE.

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal mascara ($6) & Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies mascara ($7). Whatever you do, don't buy the waterproof. Accidentally picked up the wrong package, and they are NOT kidding about long-wearing. I absolutely adore the regular kind.

e.l.f. liquid eyeliner. I buy this in packs of 3 at work for $2.99, but you can buy them online or at Target and KMart for $1 each. I used to pay $10 for L'Oreal but seriously love e.l.f. eyeliner just as much, and you cannot beat the price. I have it in Black, Brown, Midnight, Silver & Plum. I'm dying to try Coffee, but haven't found it in stores yet.

Mary Kay Velocity shimmer powder. I don't even know if this exists anymore. My online search only turned up eBay, so I assume that means it isn't currently being sold via Mary Kay. The point is that I've used this for LITERALLY YEARS and haven't run out. The pot is about the circumference of a penny, about an inch tall, and using it every day I haven't run out of this stuff. It's incredible. (Thanks Nat!)

Rihanna fragrance (free) sample from Macy's. When I went to purchase my second bottle of Clinique foundation at Macy's, the salesperson told me to go get a free sample of fragrance from the fragrance counter. My kids weren't with us, so Husband and I decided why not? The girl gave me a little tube of perfume that I've been using for weeks now, and I LOVE it. I especially love that it fits in my makeup bag without taking up much space at all! No need to buy a bottle of it, because I'll get bored with this scent by the time I use it up and want something new. Right before we went there I read this fascinating article (unfortunately I didn't save the link! dang it!) about how fragrances work, and it really changed my opinion about perfume. Most important thing I learned about it is that you should NEVER buy perfume based on the first spray. The fragrance changes over time, like music notes, unfolding a different scent after several hours.

Baby wipes. It sounds weird, but baby wipes are my makeup remover of choice. I don't use them on my whole face, just as an eye makeup remover, but they are perfect for that & I buy them anyway for Max, so it's super convenient and cheaper than makeup remover wipes!

That's it for now! What's in your makeup bag?


  1. Water proof mascara is the worst. Worst.
    I also love baby wipes. I've actuallly fell in love with a store brand make-up remover that is cheaper than wipes and works better.

  2. That mascara is AWESOME! :) Your eye makeup looks great :)

  3. p.s. you are gorgeous.. that is all.


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