February 1, 2012 by Heather
If you ever invite me over to your house, and I hope you do, it is highly likely that the following will happen:
- I will be 5-10 minutes late.
- I will bring something yummy to eat and share with you.
- I will use your bathroom and look in your cabinets and also, maybe, in your shower.
Don’t you even start to judge me on that last one – you know you have done the same thing. Especially if the person whose house you are at has, say, amazing hair and you want to know what kind of shampoo she uses. Or if you are just curious to see if they have a mold problem. That sounds very Dwight Shrute of me, doesn’t it? I am a bathroom snooper for both of those reasons, and also because I want to know what is in your makeup bag. That is, if it is relatively out in the open for me to see. And by out in the open I obviously mean not in a locked cabinet that I can’t look in.
It’s not like I want to steal anything or get a thrill out of knowing what brand of tampons you use, it’s just because I love makeup and I always want to know what products other people are using and why. And since I feel like I am probably (hopefully) not alone in this strange form of curiosity, here is a look at what is in my everyday makeup bag. Well, makeup tray. This does not include the various false eyelashes, hot pink lipsticks, purple eyeshadows, and face glitter that I keep under the sink for when I feel like getting krazy.
This stuff lightly evens out skin tone and makes you look nice and dewy. It doesn’t do a whole lot for major blotches or covering up blemishes, but it does smooth things out. It has a pump-style dispenser on it and it takes me about 1-1 1/2 pumps to cover my face. Totally looks like you don’t have any makeup on too, which is fantastic.
Boy this tube of glory looks like it has been rode hard and put up wet, doesn’t it? And it has. Especially since getting pregnant and having my hormones go haywire, this stuff has succeeded in making me look like I have that “glow” instead of looking like a facial replica of the Rockies. I am a long time fan of this concealer, I’ve been using it for about 4 years now. Not this same tube, obviously. But one tube does go a long way – one will last me anywhere from 9 months to a year, and that is with using it almost everyday.
It drives me crazy how huge the containers are for loose powder. Which is why I bought this travel size powder thingy at Sephora a while back. I can refill it using the powder from the giant tub, which doesn’t happen all that often because I don’t use much. But the kind in it right now is Almay powder from WalMart and I really like it! It is very comparable to the Clinique kind I used to use, but half the price!
Sometimes when I am feeling paste-y I will lightly brush some of this awesomeness all over my face. Actually, a lot of times, I will skip the powder and just use this. I have to go super easy on it though or else I look like one of those characters off that New Jersey show you kids watch these days.
This is a recent purchase (thanks Mom & Eric for the gift card!) and I am in love with it. Seriously, I love it. And it only takes a very teensy bit, so it will last for like 8 lifetimes probably. It is super concentrated, like laundry detergent. Actually I think the correct word is pigmented, but I like concentrated better.
I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday, but when I do this is what I use. It is the perfect palette because you can do a day look and a night look with it. Gross what a dumb sentence. Anyway, my favorite shades in it are the top two.
I used to think that all eyeliners were created equal, but after I bought this as part of a mini-set of Bare Minerals stuff, I am no longer in that school of thought.
This was also part of the mini-set. I. Love. This. Eye. Shadow. It is very sparkly which is super fun. Sometimes I layer it over the Sephora eyeshadow up there and it makes me feel like J-Lo or something. Sort of.
On a normal day, I will either use this as an eyeliner or as a little definition on the outer corners of my eyelids. On a date night or something, I will go full throttle and cover my whole face with it. Just kidding, only my whole eyelid. It is so pretty. Also can be tamed down some with the Bare Minerals sparkly eyeshadow.
Let me tell you what I do with this. I will do a relatively thick-ish line on my eyelid with the Bare Minerals eyeliner, then I will layer this eyeshadow on top of it using that tiny brush. It makes a perfect line, and the brush can do a perfect cat eye, Mad Men style. Plus layering the shadow on top of the liner keeps it from rubbing off onto my brow bone if I squint or something.
I used to think it was so gross when I saw women with their eyebrows filled in. And I still do, unless it is done the correct way. I think the only way to do it where it doesn’t look weird is with eyebrow shadow and not an eyebrow pencil. I probably would have never used anything to define my brows until I got a sample of some stuff one time and tried it and it made my eyes go POP. Plus I have super thin eyebrows naturally, which I don’t love. This stuff, combined with a good eyebrow brushing to even it all out, does just the trick.
Best mascara ever. The end. And you can usually find a coupon for it, which is pretty sweet.
Another recent purchase that I am totally loving 100%. It gives you the perfect pinkish nude lip, with a subtle sheen. Good grief I sound like a magazine. Stop it.
Ok, that’s it for the makeup. Onto skincare. I only have three things that are tried and true, meaning they are the very best of their kind, in my opinion. I’ll not be recommending any face washes or moisturizers, because I am still on the hunt for the perfect combination. My skin is pretty crazy, but the following things never let me down:
This stuff is the Bomb.Com, for real. And as you can see by the squeeze mark, I am almost out of it. This is my second or third tube, I think. I love it. It will dry up whatever you’ve got. You could probably squirt it in the Nile River and by the next morning there would be no water left. Plus, it is skin colored, so it’s not super duper obvious to everyone around you that you are battling through some serious pimple time. Sulfur is the way to go for spot treating pimples. And don’t tell him that I told you this, but every now and then Andrew will say, “Hey, will you put some of that stuff on this?” Heh heh.
I’m not even kidding, this stuff works. Girls (and wrinkle-conscious guys), you start losing collagen at age 16. So get thee to the store and get some eye cream. I dot this around my eyes morning and night. I also put on a little extra if I am taking Mayfield for a walk and it is super windy or cold outside. Dry eye skin is the worst.
And for the big finish, the most prestigious product of them all:
Best lip balm you’ll ever own, hands down. I will also put in on my feet sometimes before bed, then put socks on. I realize that has nothing to do with my face, but whatever. This stuff is legit.
HAPPY HUMPDAY, hope you enjoyed your visit to my bathroom.
*I have not be paid by any of these brands or companies to endorse their products. I am totally wide open and available to do that, though. I take payment in cash and/or watermelon flavored lipglosses.