What’s in the Bag? – My Makeup Essentials

I can’t help but agree with the saying, “when you look good, you feel good”. Now with or without makeup depending on how confident I’m feeling, this rings true for me. These are the essentials that I use to feel my best.

1. Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer

The quest for the perfect concealer was a journey that could only be compared to Jason’s quest for the golden fleece. Thankfully my long, painful journey was fruitful and you already know ya girl came out alive and successful!! Drumroll, please…… MAYBELLINE SUPER STAY BETTER SKIN CONCEALER!!! She is beauty she is grace. I use this concealer for my blemishes and under eyes and wow, amazing coverage that truly lasts all day. There’s nothing worse than having a blemish as red as a hot pepper on your face and not being able to get the coverage you want out of your concealer. AND…. an added bonus of actyl C is in this formula, which works to gradually diminish dark marks over time. I love that this helps get rid of my acne scars, and I feel proactive when I put this on in the morning because gradually I’ve seen it make a difference on my skin.

2. Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Voluminizer

My eyebrows are naturally very thick, but also very blonde. I’ve always been a huge fan of Brooke Sheilds feathery, natural brows circa Blue Lagoon and this product is all of that in a tube. I use the shade soft brown and I like to think it’s a fantastic color for those of you blondies out there who may struggle to find a good eyebrow shade like I have. The fibers in the formula blend seamlessly with your natural brow hairs and the hold of the gel is firm enough to keep your brows in place all day, without feeling crunchy to the touch.

3. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

To say that I’ve tried every mascara in the book would actually be a huge understatement. The number of mascaras lying in my mascara graveyard is honestly a bit shameful. Is a mascara that stays all day providing you with perfectly long, voluminous lashes just too much to ask for?!? I thought it was until I tried out this bad boy right here. I tend to get oily eyelids through the day so I’m always on the hunt for a mascara that doesn’t smear all over or flake. This one does the job and more, holding a curl and looking like you’ve just applied it minutes ago, even if it was really hours. (If it can stay perfect through a college frat party, it can easily go to hell and back, no question about it.) If you’re looking for a mascara with a more approachable price tag, I also love Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, which is used on me frequently at photoshoots and is a Makeup Artist’s staple.

4. Rimmel London Kate Moss Face Sculpting Kit

Usually, my everyday makeup only consists of concealer, eyebrow gel, and mascara, but if I’m feeling extra fancy or have a few seconds to spare in the morning I’ll pop on some of the Kate Moss sculpting palette. I love this product mostly because of how easy it is to grab one product that has bronzer, blush, and highlighter all in one cute little container. I use the shade 001 Golden Sands and each of the products compliment my skin tone perfectly and seeing as I’m very pale It’s hard enough to find one product, let alone three that don’t make me look like a fool.

I hope this post helps some of you out there who are looking for makeup that does the job and actually performs like it’s supposed to. I’m happy that all of these products are drugstore (and my wallet is too), except for one which I’ve listed a dupe for. Happy hunting, and thanks for giving this post a once-over.

Keep it real,


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