Makeup Bag Update/Refresh

So I posted a blog post a little over a year ago with my makeup bag essentials or my wedding makeup go-to’s and I have since updated what I carry around. Now I have also done a travel or To-Go beauty post and that can be subbed in as well if you don’t want to check a bag if you are flying to an event. Some of the things have remained the same, I am not that versatile but I have found new things over the last year or so that I have swapped older products out for and I think that a refresh on your makeup bag is necessary every so often. As seasons and styles change you need to move with them also it depends on what you are wearing to the event, I am going to say that usually I go for a neutral/natural look when it comes to eyeshadow when I am going to events that are more professional or even personal, I am not going to a club I do not need neon eyeshadow no matter how much I want to wear some acid green eyeshadow like the Tokidoki one I had back in the day, legit it was their shade called I think Soya and I remember loving that brand so much back in the mid to late-2000’s. I saved up for it so I could buy it at Sephora and I don’t know why I picked that shade because I didn’t wear it very often. 

            Seriously for events that don’t involve a lot of glitter avoid a lot of glitter!

            So let’s dive right into the bag then, I am not going to talk about tools because those haven’t really changed and let’s be honest everyone uses their makeup brushes for what they want and they have their favorites so if you want to know about my tools, they are in my makeup bag essentials post. 

            I am going to start with base makeup, my foundation hasn’t changed it is still the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation in shade 0.5, I really want to try their new Stay Naked foundation and eventually I will because I feel like Urban Decay is my go to for foundation and it has been since I started wearing makeup. (I like Makeup Forever as well but I haven’t used it since I was in college and I dropped it on the floor in my apartment. It went everywhere luckily the bottle was mostly empty.) 

            My primer also hasn’t changed I still use NYX’s photo loving primer in green to balance out the red in my face, though the All Nighter does cover the red really well. 

            The things that I have switched out are concealer and I have added setting powder, the setting powder I have is Coty Air Spun but for a makeup bag I use Tarte’s setting powder that I got in my May Glam Bag last year. I have used it in the past when I had no idea how to use makeup so it was a natural choice to include here. 

            My concealer game has changed, I still love my Naked Skin concealer but that is up in my makeup bag at my parent’s place, I have moved on to Tarte Shape Tape, like the rest of the internet. I will say this it does make my face a little tight in the application areas but it makes your skin look great. I also have been using Colourpop’s No Filter concealer and I have been absolutely obsessed because it is under $10 and it works so well.

            On to face so blush bronzer and highlighter, my bronzer still hasn’t changed, I am still working with Hoola from Benefit because I don’t wear a lot of bronzer but when I do I put it on in all the wrong places and then look stupid. 

            Blush has changed though, I got an Anastasia blush trio last year and I have found that I like having multiple choices for blush or the option to mix two different shades and get a great look out of it. 

            Highlighter has also changed, I still would probably bring my Urban Decay highlighter quad but I also like the single pan options as well and I have Morphe’s highlighter in the shade Extra and Colourpop’s highlighter in the shade Might Be because I like them both and again like having options when it comes to my look.

            Eyes is probably the area that has changed the most and that’s understandable because eye trends change so quickly and there are always new eyeshadow palettes and mascaras coming out.

Eyeshadow is one of those things that you can love one day and hate the next but I found that having a larger palette with a lot of neutral shades has done me really great so I switched to the Morphe Nature Glow palette because it’s 35 shades and you can add in pops of color from other palettes if you want or bring a few single pan shades from your favorite brands to add some variation to your look. I also usually include the Tartelette Toasted Palette as well because it is a smaller version of a neutral palette and I have been loving it for years.

            Mascara, I still like to carry two around with me but this year it is too travel sized items, Doucce’s Maxlash and Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang which I found myself using a lot this year. Bad Gal Bang though takes longer to dry that I have noticed so be careful. Still wear glasses so I don’t wear eyeliner and also I don’t want to look like a death metal raccoon by the time I’m done trying to get the wings even.

            Eyebrow products are still the same, I found Rimmel’s Born This Way years ago and I haven’t been brave enough to really try anything else. 

            Lips are easier for me in a way because I just pick a few nude shades and run with it, one of them I just got but it has already found its way into my makeup bag and that is the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour liquid lipstick in shade ‘?’ it came exclusively in the summer mystery box and I am obsessed with it. The other shade is Eddie Funkhouser Twisted Kisses in the shade Kiss Me Twice and I got this one in my November Glam Bag last year. I also carry around a lip scrub and I have one from Tree Hut Beauty that I have been loving for the last year so it was the natural choice. 

            Last is setting spray, I have two or three that I use but this is a travel size of the All Nighter setting spray from Urban Decay and it so good. Believe the hype, it’s great if you want a matte look all day. Colourpop’s All-Star is also great if you are looking for a more budget friendly option! 

            So that’s my update, my refresh, and my current makeup bag collection. 

            Do you have any holy grail products that never leave your makeup bag? I would loe to know about them!

            I will see everyone about mid-week with another post!

            -MJ 

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My New Makeup Set Up

The title tells you exactly what this post is about I promise, I moved two weeks ago today which is crazy to me and I have been trying ever so desperately to get my life back together in a new apartment. The one thing that I lost in the move was storage space, like 75% of it. I went from a bunch of kitchen space to almost none so I have been figuring that out first and foremost. The other space where I lost the most storage was bathroom so that meant that my makeup could no long be stored within the space that it had been in previously. (As I am writing this I am tired and I think it sounds like I am trying to get over the word minimum for a university paper or you know Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove “the poison, Kuzko’s poison, the poison for Kuzko” and all that.) In losing that space though I had to come up with a new system and that meant going back to the system that I had when I was still living with my parents. 

This post into going to be super long just because it doesn’t need to be, you can deep dive into my makeup posts to see a boarder view of my collection in several posts which I will link in this section here before we get into the meat of it. My Top five fave eyeshadows, more eyeshadows, and the newest; eyeshadows I’m digging right now. If you are more into other things you can check out my blush, bronzer, highlighter, and contour round up, my top five fave mascaras, and my go to lipsticks. I might do some updates on some of those as well in a single post format soon but I don’t know yet because some of those categories have been expanded or my tastes have changed. 

On to the set up though, now I have had this three tier cart for several years now and I used it originally for makeup so it was no stranger to being loaded down with eyeshadow palettes; the top is solely dedicated to them after all. The second basket has blush, bronzer, contour, and highlighters as well as some tools and some extras that I didn’t know where to put but use frequently, the very bottom is also extras but they are more replacements for things I already have as well as other things. 

That is one half of my new set up the other is a good sturdy table that my great uncle built in the late nineties I think, according to the stamp on the bottom it was built in 1999 so it’s almost as old as me, I was about 7 when it was finished. It was my TV stand in my old place but it made more sense in the new place to use it as a vanity table instead. On the table is my brushes, still in their flower pot, my mascaras and lip liners, still in their beaker, and my vast assortment of lipsticks, mostly liquid and about half of them are NYX, I also have my foundations, concealers, every day applicators, and setting powder and spray as well as my lip scrubs. I wanted to keep the space mostly clean so I could sit and experiment with makeup once I get a better mirror or rather any mirror at all. 

It’s a new set up with a new learning curve so I am still perfecting it and tweaking it as I go but for now this is what I have and this is what is working for me. Like I said, not a long post; unlike most of my others. 

Do you have any small space set up tips? 

I will see everyone over the weekend with a new post and I hope everyone has a great close out to our current week.

            -MJ

Top 5 Favorite Mascaras

I have used plenty of different mascaras over the years since I started wearing makeup and felt comfortable enough to get near my eyes with a wand of black death. Like everyone else who has used mascara before I have poked myself in the eye with the wand and then gotten the mascara all over my face. 

            I am a wearer of glasses so I would probably be able to see the results better, as would the people around me if I wore contacts but that’s never going to happen. I have also never worn false lashes; (I know shocking) so I don’t know their benefits either because I am afraid of my eyes reaction to the lash glue. 

            I have used mascaras in the past that I used once and never used again because it either gave me some sort of reaction or it didn’t do what it was advertised to do. I have worn mascaras for short times that I loved but when it came to long wear they flaked way too easily and irritated my eyes so these mascaras in this post represent my five favorite in the last few years but mostly within the last year because I have begun to diversify what kind of mascara I get because of my ipsy and now Birchbox subscriptions. 

            Let me tell you all about my eyelashes because what I use may not work for everyone, everyone has different lash issues as well as different sensitivities and lash wants and needs so what I like you may really not and that is totally cool because we can all have opinions, isn’t that a beautiful thing? 

            These are not in any particular order; I don’t have a number one favorite of these five because they all do the job that I want them to do while making my eyelashes look great. 

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash

            I have been using this mascara for years and it has never disappointed me. It is on the pricy side but it is worth it if you wear mascara every day. I really like the curved brush because I feel like it really makes my eyelashes pop and look amazing even with just one coat. It can get clumpy but I think that is more user error rather than product error because granted I love mascara I am still not perfect at putting it on even though I have been wearing it since like 2007. I used to be able to get away without it but I don’t wear eyeliner anymore so I have to wear something around my eyes. 

NYX Cosmetics Worth the Hype

            I have been loving this for a good year now and I don’t see me ever feeling any different about it. If you read my February Beauty Haul you know that I had to buy a new one so that’s why this one isn’t open. I am going to try and finish off some other mascaras I already have in play before I start this one. I love the way it makes my lashes look so this is automatically one of my favorites and one of the only non-prestige items on this list. 

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

            This is a newer mascara in my makeup bag, I got a sample in my May Glam Bag from ipsy last year and I raved about it then and I had only worn it once. I still really love it because it does give you the volume of false lashes with one coat. (I imagine they feel like my eyelashes do when coated in this mascara.) It doesn’t flake which is so great and it’s only a trial size so I can use a lot more of it in the window of time when it is still good. I got a second sample in the Gold Holiday Collection and that made me really happy because it’s nice to have a backup.

Too Faced Better Than Sex 

            Okay so the name is funny, I have been getting travel sizes of this product every year around Christmas since probably 2015, it was one of the first prestige mascaras that I ever owned and so it is one of my favorites. Now I don’t even remember what mascara I used to buy when I started to wear makeup, I could not tell you now. This is one of those products that I always have in my makeup bag because it is a staple for me. It is a go to for me because I know what it’s going to look like. It’s a good mascara with a really great name so I can’t be upset about it.

Tarte Maneater

            This I use whenever I am up at my parent’s house because it’s in my makeup bag there, now this has a really long applicator and it really is a great mascara even though I don’t wear it as often as the others on this list. I love the packaging and I’m not actually sure if they still make this but I would buy it again if they did. I think at one point in the past I had Tarte’s lights, camera, lashes mascara so I like their formula and I know Tarte’s quality and this product is no different.

            It’s been a while since I have done a top five for my makeup and it was nice to be able to go through my collection again and actually think about why I like the products that I like. 

            Do you have a favorite mascara? 

            -MJ