The contents of my makeup bag vary on an almost daily basis.
Because I frequently switch up what it is I’m using from day to day, it’s hard to predict what I’ll want to take with me to work, or out on the weekend, or wherever I go. I want everything with me, readily available, but it’s hard to be sure I’ve got it all as I’m dashing out the door and I’ve put on a different combination of things compared to what I used yesterday. There’s usually something for my hair, some kind of rollerball or perfume sample, some kind of skincare item, and a variety of other things. And Lord help me when I’m having a real “night out” and I put a full face on; I end up practically taking my entire kit with me, brushes and all!
So what was in my makeup bag when I opened it up just before I began writing this post? There’s almost always some kind of pinky-nude lip color. Right now, it’s L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm in Nourishing Nude for a shiny look, and Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands for when I want a more matte look. However, if I’m not wearing other makeup already (as was the case today), I typically don’t end up using these at all.
There’s really only two unchanging items that have been guaranteed to be in my bag over the past few years, and that’s the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm and CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher mascara. Those two are always there, and I have, like five more tubes of each floating around in other nooks and crannies of my life. Glossier’s Boy Brow hasn’t moved from my bag since I got it either. It’s so easy to show up at work without it on, dash into the bathroom, and emerge with my brows even and in place five seconds later.
The Alterna Caviar CC Cream has been good for flyaways, and is especially good for smoothing out a midlength cut when it looks a bit too frazzled or feels too dry. However, when it’s volume I want with perhaps a little bit more texture, Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray provides a quick pick-me-up. I spray my little travel-size bottle a couple times into my roots and then flip my head upside-down and shake it out. It’s so hard to define exactly what this product does, but it gives hair that elusive, lived-in, cool girl look. And it smells incredible. It gives you a little luxurious moment of escape in your day when you use this stuff.
That Vitamin E eye cream by The Body Shop is pretty great. I’ve used it before and I’ve tried a couple other kinds since, but I came back to this one. I like that it’s not a pot, making it much more sanitary as opposed to dipping your dirty finger in the same pot over and over and then applying the contaminated product to your eye area (which can technically happen with a rollerball, too). I think tubes are the most sanitary for eye cream. And I commonly have bad dark circles, so the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is the fastest at getting rid of these without being too thick and cakey like some formulas. Undereye concealer that’s too thick can sometimes make you look older, or even more tired. That little Caudalie moisturizer is a deluxe-sized sample I’ve had, and its nice. It’s very straightforward; it provides plenty of moisture and leaves my skin fairly dewy for the next couple hours. No sun protection, but it’s easy to throw in my bag because it’s not in some giant jar like so many moisturizers are.
And that white perfume rollerball you see there is Elizabeth And James Nirvana White. It’s a tea-based fragrance, and I love it. It’s feminine and light, but very sophisticated. They sell a dry shampoo of this fragrance now at Sephora, so maybe once I manage to use up ten more product in my empties challenge I’ll be able to get (because I have a list of like, five things I already want to purchase once I use up accumulate more empties).
One thing I notice that’s missing that usually isn’t is a blush compact. I usually have some kind of blush on hand with a mirror, but there’s my point- I never know what I’ve managed to grab and throw in here until I have a minute to look later in the day. I only used half the items pictured here today, anyhow!
For some girls I know, the contents of their makeup bags never changes, and it doesn’t change at all for years in the case of some. I do have some admiration for that quality of consistency and knowing exactly what you like, but I on the other hand am a bit more unsure of my preferences. And there’s always the fact that I just have too much to begin with. xo, MR