October 24, 2010

on what's inside my makeup bag...


A while ago, my sister did a post on what was in her makeup bag, and I realized how lurky I am when it comes to what sort of skincare products and cosmetics people use! Considering there are so many products out there, I'm always curious to know which ones a person can't live without. I'm actually quite low-maintenance when it comes to skin care (and makeup, if I may be so bold) but there are a few things that I definitely swear by. Inspired by my sister, I figured I would give you a peek into my makeup bag!

But first? Here are the products I use on a daily basis to clean my skin:

skin care.

  1. Olay Refreshing Toner
  2. Olay Foaming Face Wash
  3. Olay Complete Moisturizer
  4. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

First off, I have a confession. I've never washed my face before going to bed at night. Horrible, right? I've been lucky enough to have been blessed with a nice complexion, so I haven't ever had to worry much about blemishes (aside from my favorite monthly breakouts) and, as a result, have been quite lazy with my skincare routine. I'm ashamed. In addition to that, I've never used an actual facial moisturizer until last month (when I was inspired by this post over at Apricot Tea). I have very fair skin, and I decided that it was time to actually apply a daily SPF to my skin to protect it! Let's just not think about the first 26 years of my life that I did not, mmmkay?

Now that I've gotten that off my chest...

I need to sing the praises of my face wash. No, really. This is the only face wash I have used since I was 13 years old, and I have never found another face wash that even remotely compares! It leaves my skin soft and smooth. Like buttah. And the Apricot Scrub is my second favorite skin care product; I've used it religiously for the past seven years and will probably use it forever. It's that fantastic. Best of all, you can get both of these products at Target (or wherever you choose) for less than $5 each. Sometime cheaper, if you can find a sale or use a coupon. (Have I mentioned I'm cheap?)

As for the lotion and toner? They are both quite nice, but I can't say that they're anything you couldn't find in another brand. But I'm definitely happy with them either way.

So, on to makeup!

It will soon be painfully obvious to the world how I am in no way, shape or form a makeup snob. There are a few items that are completely and entirely worth the extra expense (even to me), but the rest of what fills my makeup bag can easily be found at any drugstore. Also, I'd love to say this is going to be in some kind of order, but I'm not that organized right now:

skin care.

  1. Cover Girl eyeliner (in gray and black)
  2. Maybelline Great Lash mascara
  3. Stila Pretty In Paris compact (lipgloss/eyeshadow)
  4. Benefit Hoola bronzer
  5. Shu Umemura eyelash curler
  6. Maybelline Cover Stick
  7. Maybelline Ultra Liner
  8. MAC Studio Fix powder
  9. mark. lipgloss
  10. Sonia Kashuk blush
  11. Sonia Kashuk brush set

So, most of what I use is based on what is on sale when I'm at CVS or Target. That's how I roll. I've been on the never ending search for the perfect blush, mascara and eyeshadow, but have yet to find anything that truly makes me swoon. Also, I'm lucky enough to have sisters who buy me makeup I'm too thrifty to purchase on my own (see: Stila compact). However, having said that, there are definitely a few products that I refuse to live without:

skin care.

I am head over heels for this Hoola bronzer by Benefit. I use it every day to add a bit of a glow around my forehead and cheeks. And nose. And chin. It is perfect for fair girls because even after I assault myself with it, I don't come out looking like Snookie's BFF. It is definitely one of the pricier items in my makeup bag, but to me it is worth the $28 price tag. (And I only have to buy it once a year!)

The second item I refuse to compromise on is my MAC Studio Fix powder. I've never used any sort of liquid foundation because it would be too much on my skin. This powder is what I've used for the past 5 years and I absolutely adore it! It gives me the lighness of a powder and the coverage of a foundation. I only use it in the morning, though, because I've found if I use it for touch-ups throughout the day, it gets to be a bit much. As long as I only use it in the morning, it is the perfect amount of coverage without looking like I'm wearing any sort of foundation! For touch-ups, I make sure to carry around my favorite Cover Girl powder. (The same powder I've been using since I received my first compact at the age of twelve! It is my hero. Although, they did recently change the packaging which made me grumpier than perhaps it should.)

And as for the eyeliner and cover stick...I'm a creature of habit (for the most part) and these products have never done me wrong. I've used them for the past decade and I'm hesitant to try much else!

I'm curious, though...what are some products that you simply can't live without? Any recommendations for the greatest blush, mascara and eyeshadow in all of humanity? (I'm ready for my search to be over, quite frankly.)


  1. Ah, that was interesting, Kerri. Thanks for sharing.

    I really want to try this MAC powder foundation now!

    Here are my recommendations for blush and eyeshadow:

    I really like Sephora's Blush Me.

    For eyeshadow, it really doesn't matter what eyeshadow you use, as long as you first apply Two Faced Shadow Insurance. It'll make sure your eyeshadow stays no all day!

  2. I just tried Falsies mascara and I am in love. Also... Super cheap. Hello Target!

  3. I too love being all lurky when it comes to other people's skincare and make-up routines. Right now I'm in the process of finding new products - I used to be a MAC whore but now I'm experimenting with different brands to find what works for my "adult" skin.

    As for favourites, I love Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation for my face since I can build up to the coverage I need without it getting cake-y, plus it includes my sunscreen.

    I also just discovered CoverGirl's Lashblast mascara line.

  4. I love looking at what people have in their makeup bags! I agree with you, Hoola bronzer is amazing!

    My makeup case is out of control, but the one item I simply cannot live without is CO Bigelow's rose salve. The tin lasts forever and is the only thing that really moisturizes my lips, plus it works wonders on my cuticles. I have a tin in my purse, a tin on my nightstand, a tin in my makeup case...you get the drill :) I also love Smashbox's creme eyeliner and it's the best black eyeliner I've ever used.

  5. I love Stila! They are my absolute favorite. For foundation I use Clinique Even Better. I need a little heavier coverage to even out my skin tone and camouflage the dark acne scars. I use Maybelline Great Last mascara. It truly is the best out there. I also love the Estee Lauder eyeliner pencils. Those are my standard products. I'm not big on makeup. I can't apply eye shadow to save my life.

  6. I definitely use the St. Ives scrub and Great Lash mascara as well. They are my favorite. I have not settled on a specific makeup, although I do love Bare Minerals. I am not "fancy" enough to buy it though. Soon though, I will be!!!:)

  7. MAC Cream Blush (I use Ladyblush) - I thought it would be sticky and weird but it's oh-so-gorgeous and I have gotten compliments on my not-great complexion since wearing it!

  8. Everything and anything Laura Mercier!

  9. I buy most of my makeup from Bare Escentuals these days. I used to just buy a bunch of cheapie stuff at Wal-Mart, but as I've gotten older I've found that buying a little bit nicer stuff pays off. I've slowly but surely transitioned to buying everything in this brand for the most part. I love their powder foundation, blush, and eye makeup!

  10. For the most part, I'm not big on brands. But when it comes to mascara, I only ever buy CoverGirl. I've tried several different mascaras by CoverGirl, and I love them all. They make great mascara!

    And one tiny warning about using scrubs: facial skin is quite delicate, and scrubs are somewhat harsh (as they are meant to be). My point is, you don't need to use it everyday. 3-4 times a week MAX is all your face can really handle. Plus, there isn't that much dead skin on your face to use it every day.

    When washing off makeup, any cleanser or makeup remover should do the job just fine on the days when you are not using the scrub.

  11. I second the Falsies Mascara recommendation! Wonderful! I also use Studie Fix powder and Hula bronzer daily and have for years :-)

  12. I have recently decided to "grow up" and stop using the Bonnie Bell eyeshadow that I have been using for millions of years (although it truely is wonderful and cheap stuff!) and traded in for some stuff at MAC that I really enjoy. I just enjoyed that Bonnie Bell doesn't test on animals.
    For mascara, I used Revlon's Fabulash for years, until i discovered Body Shop's Divide and Multiply...it has an amazing brush shape that I am in love with! The only downside is that it is definatly not waterproof.

  13. I also wrote an entry like this! I have fine tuned my makeup bag and will probably stick to the products I use now.


  14. I'm mostly a CoverGirl kind of girl -- as another commenter said, they really do make great mascaras, and I LOVE their TruBlend micro minerals foundation powder (the packaging looks complicated but is actually GENIUS once you figure it out). As for face wash, I really should try those Olay products, but I recently got a trial size of the St. Ives apricot scrub, and I LOVE it.

  15. I've recently discovered the wonders of Bare Minerals...omg, swoon. It's the only pricey thing I buy.

    But if you want to talk awesome, cheap makeup - hop on over here http://www.eyeslipsface.com/

    I highly recommend their waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

  16. I love Merle Norman products for my skin (foundation, blush, whatever), but my mascara is Dior that you can get at any Sephora for about $18-$20 if memory serves... I usued to use the same mascara you showed in your post, but someone made me try Dior and I thought the extra cost was well worth it. Using two coats, my lashes were like litle LEGS coming out of my eyes. Kinda like having falsies on, but without the time and hassle...!

  17. I love that you're an Olay girl. I swear up and down by Olay skin care. My grandmothers used Olay moisturizer and Dove beauty bar soap and had the most perfect skin ever. So, I'm following suit.
    I'm also fair skinned and I love Nars Orgasm blush. It adds just enough color that I don't look like a ghost, but doesn't make me look like a 2 dollar hooker.

    For eye shadow I've found that #1, a good primer is key. I like urban decay brand. My favorite go-to eye shadows are #1) Fresh brand eye palettes, soft colors that blend easily and are good for day/night http://www.fresh.com/makeup/eyeshadowtrio
    and #2) last year I bought a holiday eye palette from Victoria's secret, it's one of my favorites. a little bit of glitter and dark/light shades...

  18. I use Benefit's tinted moisturizer because I hate wearing makeup and it's very light, then I kind of "set" it with a dust of mineral makeup, like Bare Essentials. I adore my Dior Icon Mascara. And usually rosebud salve or a CO Bigelow gloss on my lips.

    That's about it when it comes to make up for me :)

  19. I love these posts! I just rediscovered Maybelline Dream Mousse blush. I love the peach shade. I tend to buy whatever mascara's on sale (currently I have two on the go, Covergirl Lash Blast and Clinique High Impact). I like Clinique Almost Powder, which is what I use as a 'foundation', Covergirl concealer and Smith's Rosebud Salve or Burt's Bees lipbalm. St. Ives makes a great masque too that I like to use weekly-ish. Love the apricot scrub as well!

  20. I don't usually wear a lot of makeup. So, it's no surprise that I'm not a makeup snob either. I have a few favorite items and I'm content with those. It's always fun to learn about what others have in their purse or makeup bag. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Cute idea. I may do the same post! :) I use the exact same powder and have used it for 7 years (whoa!) and I love it. I strayed once and never again.

  22. I am so stealing this idea for my blog! I love that you kick it old school with the mascara...I still use Great Lash because it is just the best.

  23. I love that Apricot scrub!

    I used to use that mascara too, but for the past year or so I've been swearing by Maybelline's Full 'n' Soft (the non-water proof kind, in brownish black). It works like a dream, and my favorite part is that it doesn't make my eyelashes feel crispy and sticky. I love it.

    Thanks for sharing, Kerri! That's a really nice picture of your face, btw :)

  24. Want to know a secret? I don't wash my face every day either. I think that's actually not a bad thing... Some soaps strip your skin of important natural stuff. Or at least it FEELS like it afterwards.

    I love this post. You always look so lovely and glowy. Thanks for letting us in on a few secrets.

  25. I don't wash my face every day either...I only do when I'm in the shower. :) I usually buy ULTA products since they're amazing and cheap!

  26. I find it enormously gratifying that we use the same blush. You're like the prettiest ever.

  27. Blush? I meant bronzer. I was clearly too excited to leave that comment.

  28. I really like Mary Kay makeup. It seems to last a ton longer than normal makeup you can buy anywhere. My favorite mascara though is Lash Blast by Cover girl. Try that and your search is over! :)

  29. I used to use Clinique mascara but I kind of hated it plus it was expensive. I went on a massive mascara hunt last year and bought approximately 10 different drugstore mascaras. What I learned from the experience? You have to do your own research to find the perfect mascara. Everyone has the perfect mascara, the trick is finding the perfect mascara for YOU. I tried so many suggestions and hated pretty much all of the mascaras that my friends / family members / blog readers absolutely loved. Sorry to be so passionate about mascara. This is a ridiculously long comment when all I really need to say is "Hi! I love Covergirl Lashblast Length mascara. The one in the yellow tube."

  30. What a neat idea for a post! I am very similiar to you in that I buy whatever is on sale at Target! Or if I have a coupon to Ulta, then I will shop there! Also, I just found out you can print Ulta coupons online and bring them to the store and that is pretty much awesome. I use BeautiControl face wash/products. It is like Mary Kay and I really like it!

  31. Kerri!!
    I recently became a Mary Kay Consultant and I am slowly phasing into an ALL MK makeup bag.
    Some things I love:
    Our mineral powder foundation. It gives coverage but is so light you don't feel as though you're wearing anything, and it stays on pretty well.
    MK's Ultimate Mascara! It gives as little or as much coverage as you need but doesn't feel caked on. I am horrible about picking at my eyelashes if there's too much goop on them.
    Eyeliner: I'm not picky what brand as long as it's retractable. I refuse to use anything you have to sharpen. Another must have is a black liquid eyeliner with a felt tip. Brush tips suck.
    MK lipgloss in such fun colors as: Fancy Nancy, Berry Sparkle and Gold Rush.
    However I also do love the C.O. Bigelow minty glosses from Bath and Body Works. :)
    My brush set is an amazing bamboo brush set by Ecotools. The brushes are SOOOOO soft and wonderful!!
    Those are my favorite things. :)
    As for skincare, I use the entire MK TimeWise line. 3-in-1 cleanser, moisturizer and the day (SPF) solution and night (healing) solution.
    As we say at MK, to not wash your face in the morning is a misdemeanor, but to not wash it at night is a felony! You bad girl. ;)

  32. I'm a big MAC fan and basically own everything from their lines, but I also enjoy NARS and some Chanel makeup. L'Oreal also never does me any wrong ;)

  33. I've recently been introduced to the Philosophy line of facial cleansers and lotions. I am in love with the facial cleanser; Purity. It is so light and smooth yet takes off dark eye makeup so easily. It doesn't leave my face dry or irritated and I have sensitive skin. It's also not harsh when applied directly to eyes. I love the Philosophy line.

  34. My all time favourite mascara, nothing compares to it. The Mark lipgloss has peaked my interest!

  35. For the first time in my life, I'm dealing with some awful skin. My face has totally broken out and it bugs me immensely. So I'm really interested in learning about other people's routines and seeing what works for them! Thanks for sharing!

  36. I'm totally a creature of habit... I've been largely using the same products since I can remember. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - right? Some things, though, I suspect could be tossed in favor of something BETTER... which is why I love to hear what other people use :)

  37. The Fresh skincare line includes my new favorite face wash & scrub. The face wash is AH-Mazing! makes my skin so super soft that I now wash my face more often just because it feels so nice! plus you can just rub it on to take eye makeup off (w/o having to wash your whole face). also really liked their mascara. a bit pricey, but their stuff has totally changed my attitude towards makeup/skincare!!

  38. I am not brand-loyal at all when it comes to makeup. I usually try a new facewash and mascara every time I run out and I have yet to find one that I am completely over the moon or completely unhappy with.
    I may have to try the Mac powder though. I don't use liquid makeup either and that sounds like a good compromise.

  39. I'm using the same mascara!:D

    And I wear Olay products too, like every day cream and night serum :)

  40. Mascara - Dior Show. The most amazing mascara you will EVER try!!
    Blush - I love anything by Nars. They have so many colours for every skin color. They're so so amazing.
    Eyeshadow - my swear bys are both MAC, sign sealed and hand written. Love.

  41. Very interesting post. Your blog is so lovely.

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