What's in my Makeup Bag?

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I don't know about you, but I love to look into other people's bags (with their permission of course!).  Maybe I'm nosy, or maybe it's just the prospect of discovering new products! Either way, I think it's safe to assume that I'm not alone on this one, so that's why I thought it'd be fun to share what's in my makeup bag!

I love to try out makeup products and I'm always on the hunt to find those special products that I can't live without! I've gotten lucky and stumbled upon several that fall into that category, but I'm still on the hunt for a few others.

Sharing my favorite makeup products by letting you peek inside my makeup bag!
Sharing my favorite makeup products by letting you peek inside my makeup bag!

Over the past two weeks, I've had to travel on two trips, so I've had to go through my makeup and pick my faves in order to take the absolute minimums on my trips.  I figured this might make a fun post to share the products that I've found that work really well and make the cut as my favorites!

Ready to take a quick peek?

#1 | Jouer Matte  Moisture Tint

I've been using this liquid foundation for several years and LOVE it! Nothing compares to Jouer's Matte Moisture Tint, in my opinion.  I've even tried Jouer's other foundation and didn't like it nearly as much.  I love the coverage, texture, staying power, and how smooth it makes my skin look.  I've reviewed this one in the past, so if you want more details, then be sure to check out that post.

#2 | Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Undereye Primer

You'll quickly see that I'm a big fan of primers.  They just prep the skin and face for the makeup you're about to slap on there.  Smashbox's Undereye Primer, which I've discussed in the past, allows my concealer to 'stick' better and last longer.  Love this stuff!

#3 | Benefit Fake Up Concealer

I've tried a lot of concealers in my day. Having fair skin and a habit of not getting enough sleep, I need a good one! What I love about Benefit's Fake Up Concealer is that it covers nicely, yet it's not heavy and doesn't look cake-y after a couple of hours.  I think part of the secret is the ring of moisturizer that surrounds the actual concealer.  I love this stuff so much that I have two tubes - one in my makeup kit in my bag, and one on my makeup table!

#4 | Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightener

I've been using this Eye Brightener by Bare Minerals a couple of months now and really like it!  I use a light hand when I apply it and I brush it over the Fake Up concealer.  This stuff does a great job of brightening the eye area and hiding any lingering dark rings that the Fake Up might not have gotten.  You just have to be sure to use a light hand...dust on too much of this and it will look powdery and cake-y.

#5 | Smashbox Photo Finish Eye Lid Primer

Like I said....I love my primers!  I've tried several eyelid primers in the past and I always return to Smashbox's Lid Primer!  It really evens out the eyelid and when I want to do a quick 5 minute face, this works perfectly for giving me a nice, natural lid with no shadow needed!  When I do apply shadow on top of it (which is most days), there is no creasing or caking. It holds the colors all day long!

#6 | Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

I love eye shadow palettes and I have a hard time resisting new ones that come out on the market! But the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette has held my attention for the past several months and I use it almost exclusively these days.  The colors are awesome for a nice natural eye (which is what I prefer during the day).  It layers on nicely and the compact is nice and sturdy for travel!

#7 | Laura Geller Baked Foundation

I've only been using Laura Geller's Baked Foundation for two weeks and I have fallen hard for it.  I brush this on top of my Jouer foundation to set my face and makeup.  When you first sweep it on, it may not appear that it does much, but just wait until you're out and about and catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror.  Your skin will glow!  It'll also look smooth and oh so natural.  I LOVE this stuff!!

#8 | Laura Geller Baked Cheek Color

This little sample sized Baked Cheek Color by Laura Geller came in my latest Birchbox and is what introduced me to the awesome-ness of Laura Geller products!  I adore this baked blush! It gives such a nice color and since it contains a highlighter, it gives a nice glow (better than any highlighter I've ever used!).

#9 | Laura Geller Waterproof Eyeliner & Stila Eyeliner

For my daytime look, I prefer going with a natural look. I don't have the time in the mornings (nor the office environment!) for a heavier eye. 

I like to use a very thin black liner in the lash line to thicken up my puny lashes. This Eyeliner by Laura Geller (yep...another new love from this brand!) is waterproof so it stays put during the day (but comes off easily with makeup remover wipes). It also keeps a relatively sharp point, which I prefer.

For my upper lasers, I'll use a darker shadow (than the rest of my eyeshadow) with a liner brush to add a little more depth. For my lower lashes, I love this Stila liner in Sepia. It's a light brown, but adds just a touch of something-something.

#10 | LORAC Cobra Mascara

The LORAC Cobra mascara is awesome (although I'm still on the hunt for a mascara to fall in love with that doesn't break the bank!). This stuff lengthens and lasts all day, all without clumping. I would like a touch more thickening, but it'll do for now!

#11 | NYX Lip Gloss

I recently talked about these in my post on 6 Best Bargain Beauty Buys. I'm only showing one here, but that's deceptive. I generally have several of these NYX lip glosses in my bag! NYX is one of my fave lip gloss brands!

#12 | Jouer Makeup Bag

I love almost anything in leopard print, so I adore this leopard makeup bag. It's by Jouer but I received it in a gift set that I ordered via Birchbox last year, but fortunately, it's available for sale on it's own!  It's the perfect size to hold everything I might need without adding a lot of bulk, and looks cute too!

Not pictured | Face Primer

I forgot this one...oops! Currently I alternate between two different primers and really it just comes down to my mood when I'm putting on my makeup.  I love Benefit's That Gal Primer and LORAC's Pore Perfection Primer.  

I feel like the Benefit one gives a little more "stick" for my foundation and the LORAC one gives a better mattifying effect. 

Your turn, friends! What are your favorite products that you can't live without? Do any of these that I mentioned intrigue you? I'd love to hear what you think, so leave me a comment and let me know!