What’s in My Makeup Bag

Happy weekend! After a long quarter, I’m finally done with classes. And, I’m incredibly excited to be going to London today for my journalism class. I’ll be documenting the trip on Instagram and Twitter, so be sure to check out how I’m spending part of Spring Break!

Now, this post is unrelated to my travel plans. Today, I’m going to focus on what’s in my makeup bag! I mentioned a little bit ago on Instagram that I would be writing a post about my current favorite beauty products and I have delivered. I definitely like my high-end products, but if you follow my Broke Girl Beauty series you know I stick to a budget, too. So the products currently in my makeup bag are a pretty good mix of drugstore and high-end products. Check them out below!


I spent ages looking for a broad spectrum sunscreen that wouldn’t leave me with a white cast. This tinted version by Clinique was the answer to my prayers. It has a very, very light tint that helps to cancel out my extreme redness and sinks in to my skin over my moisturizer in about five minutes. I also love that it imparts a glowy finish on no-makeup days, but also doesn’t pill up under my foundation when I want a more full-coverage finish.

Clinique Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $19.50, available at Sephora

I absolutely hated this primer when I first got a sample of it a few years ago, . It pilled under my foundation and felt heavy and greasy on my skin. But after I got the hang of using only a small amount and allowing it set into my skin before applying any other products, I fell in love. It really does leave a velvety-smooth finish that blurs pores and fine lines. It also makes my foundation application smoother and more natural looking.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $12 (mini), available at Sephora

I was really tentative about a foundation that was so expensive. But I have to say, this foundation is worth every penny. It’s a thin, sheer-medium coverage formula that sinks into your skin and actually feels like silk. It also doesn’t break up or oxidize throughout the day, which is a huge plus. I like to apply this with a damp beauty sponge as the formula is really thin – using a brush or your fingers will soak up the product.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, $64, available at Sephora

Nars’ concealer is a cult favorite and I’d tried it plenty of times on my various trips to Sephora, but I could never convince myself to drop $30 on a concealer. I ended up receiving it as a gift for Christmas and I will never go back to an other concealer. This concealer brightens and conceals but doesn’t look cakey or thick like some concealers can.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30, available at Sephora

I’ve had problems with translucent powders in the past. Sometimes, they can leave you with a powdery white cast in photos, no matter how well you think you’ve blended. I finally found a powder that makes it easy to set my products with this version by Nyx. It’s a super-fine powder that leaves a flawless, HD finish on top of liquid makeup. And a little really goes a long way – too much can suck all the moisture out of your skin, so I use this sparingly!

Nyx Cosmetics HD Studio Translucent Finishing Powder, $9.99, available at Target

I love this contour palette. Like a few of Too Faced’s other products, it smells just like a chocolate bar. But more importantly, the product is great for contouring. The lighter contour powder is a nice ashy color that doesn’t look muddy on cool skin tones and the darker color is great for bronzing. It also comes with a light, almost-translucent powder that is nice for setting your highlight and an actual highlight powder (it is pretty sparkly, but looks nice over a more muted highlighter). It also comes with a super soft angled brush that is incredibly precise and the powder itself is really easy to blend.

Too Faced Cocoa Contour, $42, available at TooFaced.com

This is my go-to when I want a really glowing, bronzed complexion. I love dusting it all over the high points of my face. And the best part is, the end result doesn’t look orange and the mineralized finish of the powder is light reflecting. It is super pigmented, though, so if you pick this up I recommend using a big fluffy powder brush so the color isn’t too concentrated!

Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish, $33, available at MAC

This was one of my very first “fancy” makeup products. I had done my research on blush and knew that a peachy, gold-flecked shade like Nars’ Orgasm flattered pretty much every skin tone. I haven’t gone back since! This blush is super buildable and I love the duo version that comes with the Laguna bronzer, as well.

Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo, $42, available at Sephora

Lorac’s Light Source is my holy grail highlighter. I prefer shade Daylight, a soft gold. This highlighter is super velvety and the finish leaves you with a lit-from-within glow. (Excuse the shattered compact!)

Lorac Light Source Illuminating Highlighter, $23, available at Ulta


I reach for this pencil when I have time to carefully draw in my eyebrows. I know that might sound ridiculous to some, but I have to add some color to my blonde brows. It’s definitely a little tedious, but this pencil make it really easy to draw tiny hair-like strokes. And, if you mess up, you can easily use the spoolie on the other end of the pencil to brush the product out.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21, available at Sephora

This is the brow product I use when I want to really define my brows. I use it with an angled stiff brush and short, light strokes (a tiny bit of this product goes a loooong way). It’s also pretty durable for a pomade: it doesn’t wipe off very easily and is fairly waterproof.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade, $18, available at Sephora

Can you tell I like ABH? Regardless of what base product I use, I always finish off my eyebrows with this tinted brow gel. It’s great for keeping your base product in place, defining individual hairs and making brows look more voluminous. It’s also great to use on its own – it leaves a natural finish that defines your brows without looking penciled on.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, $22, available at Sephora


I’ve mentioned this eyeshadow primer a few times  (check out my High-End Holy Grails and Sweat Proof Beauty posts for more). I’ve been using this primer since I first started experimenting with eyeshadow many years ago and I haven’t found another product that measures up. It’s easy to use, one tube lasts a long time and my eyeshadow does not budge all day.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $20, available at Ulta

I received this palette as a Christmas gift and I absolutely love it. It’s similar to Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes in that the colors are incredibly easy to wear and all work well together. In addition, the formula is a creamy powder that lasts all day and doesn’t crease.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Volume II, $36, available at Sephora

This palette made an appearance in my 2017 Winter Favorites, and for good reason. I absolutely love burgundy eyeshadows and this palette offers both muted and vibrant shades for a variety of looks. The shadows are also highly pigmented.

Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow Burgundy Palette, $42, available at KylieCosmetics.com

I’d always been a die-hard fan of Kat von D Tattoo Liner. But when my second pen ran out last fall and Urban Decay was having a sale on their website, I decided to give their new liquid version of their Perversion eyeliner a shot. If I’m going to be completely honest, I still prefer Kat von D’s liner. But this product does the trick almost as well. I think the plus sides to UD’s version are that the tip doesn’t fray (since it’s felt, rather than a pointed brush) and the formula is a deeper black than Kat von D’s.

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, $22, available at Nordstrom

I’d been dying to give this a shot after hearing rave reviews from my fellow makeup lovers. In the past, I’ve found little to no difference between drugstore and high-end mascaras. But after trying this mascara, I’ve been convinced that some formulas really are better than others. Roller Lash actually curls and lengthens my eyelashes and doesn’t flake off like some mascaras can.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara, $24, available at Ulta

I know I just said that some high end mascaras really are worth it. But this drugstore kit is great for a little something extra. This is a two-piece kit: one tube is a volumizing mascara that claims to also nourish your eyelashes and the other tube is full of teensy tiny fibers that latch onto the mascara to lengthen your lashes. It’s definitely not the same as getting eyelash extensions (which are still on my wish list) but for only $11, it gives a similarly dramatic effect for 1/10 of the price.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit, $11, available at Amazon


I don’t think I’ll ever stop raving about this lip balm. I’ve used it since the 7th grade and my most recent tin has lasted me for almost a full year. A little goes a long way with this balm. The smell is subtle but heavenly and the texture of the product is sort of a thick gel that melts into your lips.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $6, available at Sephora

This pinky nude lip color featured in the most recent installment of Broke Girl Beauty, where I rave about its creamy demi-matte finish and long-lasting wearability. At the moment, it’s also my “my lips but better” color. It looks subtle and natural but definitely evens out my lip tone.

CoverGirl x Katy Perry Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, $8.99, available at Ulta

What’s in your makeup bag? Let me know!



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