To Go Beauty

I wasn’t actually sure what to call this post, I was going between Travel Beauty, Weekend Getaway Beauty, Go Bag Beauty, and a host of others.

            Now I am going to preface this with, this makeup idea is not for a long extended trip, for that I suggest just buying an inexpensive concealer, foundation, and makeup wipes on the go unless you are checking a bag and then you can carry anything that you want. However, if you are only carrying a carryon bag, in the US for air travel you are only allowed a quart sized clear bag and nothing over 3 Ounces in the cabin of the plane. If you wear makeup that can get a little complicated. 

            So this is my version of on the go beauty, quick items or small items to carry with you for a weekend getaway or a short trip, maybe this isn’t a great idea but I am going with it. 

            Now I don’t travel as much as I would like to but that is not here nor there but normally when you travel at all unless you are traveling for a specific event you are not going to want to carry a lot of makeup with you. Travel and sample sized items are your best friends and usually where ever you go there is a drug store, a Sephora, or an Ulta so you can get anything that you forgot or didn’t think of. I know I went to Vegas while I was in college and I forgot both makeup wipes and mascara so I had to go and get some otherwise I would look exhausted and not able to take my makeup off very well. 

            Now I for sure wrote a post about this time last year where I talked about my makeup bag essentials and for sure when I take my full makeup bag those are my staples but if I am just going somewhere for the weekend with no concrete plans to have to look nice I only pack the bare minimum and by bare minimum I mean very few things. (As I typed that I looked over to my small pile of items that I will be talking about in this post and I realize my bare minimum is still like 14 or so items without any tools.) 

            My color choices may be completely different than yours and that is totally cool, you may not get ipsy or a lot of travel/trial sized items and that is totally cool too. Work things in that you have or smaller items that you can get when travelling. I picked some drug store items that could be found pretty much anywhere so you aren’t looking for a Sephora in the middle of nowhere. Everything you need can be found at a drug store (Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreen, etc.) or a super store of some sort (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) so use my tips with a grain of salt because they are just general ideas and things that have worked for me in the past that may not work for you in the present or in the future. 

Okay so base makeup is going to be up first:

            Primer, some people say you don’t need primer and that is completely up to you, I got this primer in my April Glam Bag and I love Tarte so this would be a good sample sized product for me to take with me on a short trip. It would be either this one or just forgoing primer. 

Foundation, now this is one of the only sample sizes I have and I don’t know if it matches my skin tone exactly so honestly I would want to make sure that I had the right shade and maybe get a container similar to this one and make my own DIY sample size. Like I said if it is for longer travel periods and you aren’t checking a bag, buy it where you are traveling to. 

Concealer, I just got this Colourpop concealer a few months ago and I have used it several times, it is an inexpensive concealer (it’s under $8) and it comes in a bunch of shades (30) and it’s just as good as some of the more expensive concealers I have used in the past, there is for sure a concealer I want to get my hands on right now but that isn’t in the cars at the moment because I love all the hype around the Magic Star concealer and I would love to see if the hype is actually true. Eventually I will get my hands on it but that day is not today. 

Cheeks: 

Bronzer, I normally don’t wear bronzer but when I do I go for Hoola from Benefit because it is the smallest bronzer that I own and it is my tried and true favorite because I hadn’t used all that many bronzers in my life.

Highlighter, this one depends on the season and what you are really going for with a look, I chose a Super Shock Cheek from Colourpop in the shade Might Be but any of their single pot highlighters would be amazing for an on the go makeup bag. 

Setting Powder, I don’t even know if they would let setting powder on a plane to be honest but I am not a person to usually use setting powder, though I do have Coty Air Spun in my collection and I chose to pull the Tarte setting powder I got from ipsy out of my ipsy samples box and add it into this mix because it is just a sample size. 

Lips: 

Lips, I usually carry two of these as well and this item is one of the easiest to replace on a trip if you don’t have a shade that is perfect for your look. I chose two traditional crème lipsticks because they are available everywhere. One was Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in shade 42 and the other was Rimmel shade 70 Airy Fairy, they are both more pinkie neutrals and those may not be the colors for you but those would be two that I would grab and go. 

Eyes: 

            Eyebrows, okay so I was caught between two different options, a brow shaping pencil or a more brow sculpting kit and I lean more toward the kit because it allows me to do multiple things with my eyebrows when I fill them in. Rimmel is the brand that I have reached for since I started filling my eyebrows in during 2015. I did go out and grab a Tattoo Studio brow product in deep brown from Maybelline and while it is different I actually really like it as well. 

            Eyelashes, I always carry more than one mascara, it is just the way that I roll and even with travel makeup that doesn’t change. I have been using Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang mascara for the last few weeks and I like it but it takes a while to dry. I also will carry around my Doucce mascara until I find something that I like better that comes in a travel size. Travel/trial size for me is usually the way to go for mascara so actually traveling with it is great. 

            Eye shadow, okay I have like three palettes sitting next to me while I decided which one I would take to the deserted island with me. None of the palettes that I have are actually made any more (I think) so you would have to find alternatives to the ones that I am mentioning. Now any small palette will work, I would go more neutral because a neutral eye goes with pretty much anything. If you really like glitter or shimmer you can repurpose your highlighter or you can buy a single pot shadow of your favorite pop color or tone. Now I have the Revolution #Selfie palette, it reminds me of the Urban Decay Smokey palette and it’s real cute. I also have a palette from The Balm (which I really should get rid of because I don’t remember when I bought it) and a NYX palette (which I should also probably get rid of because I got it in like 2015) I am such a hoarder of palettes and then I don’t get rid of them because they cost so much money. 

Tools: 

            Beauty Blender or a beauty sponge or whatever you use to put on your foundation and a brush set, I have a set from Crown Brush that I got in my fall FitFabFun box and it has all of the brushes I need for a quick and easy look. A set is a better bet though than buying the brushes individually if you don’t have a large selection of brushes because some of them come with their own case and because they are not liquid you can just put them in the suitcase without worrying that they are going to be strewn everywhere in your bag. 

            If you are not traveling by plane, I would suggest a small bottle of Micellar Water in a plastic bag all its own and some cotton pads or a travel sized bag of pre-moistened makeup removing toilettes to make your life just a little easier.

            Like I said up top, these are my tips and you can take them or leave them, that is completely up to you, that is the beauty of reading things on the internet. 

            Do you have any travel tips? 

            I’ll see everyone on more than likely Wednesday with a new post!

            -MJ 

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Go-To Lipsticks

I feel like I am going through my makeup collection slowly but surely through my blog and I am not really all that upset by it because it is giving me an excuse to go through my collection with more of a critical eye and maybe downsize (okay that’s funny) a little bit, though to be honest I have already downsized this year and I don’t think I want to do it again at the moment. 

            I have been thinking about the lipsticks that I gravitate toward no matter the season as well as the lipsticks that I only reach for seasonally and I have a feeling that is how this post is going to be split up. Year-round and Seasonal.

            Per usual all opinions are my own. 

Year-Round

            To be honest this section is mostly just NYX Lip Lingerie shades because most of the time if I am just reaching for a liquid lip or a lip at all it is usually a nude shade because nude goes with everything. I have pretty fair skin so most of my nudes have a pinkie hue to them and I have found some that are just too pink for me so these are what I reach for, someone with a different skin tone may not reach for them ever because they are the wrong shade of nude for them to wear. 

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Shade 1: Lip Lingerie 03 Lace Detail
Shade 2: Lip Lingerie 07 Satin Ribbon
Shade 3: Lip Lingerie 11 Baby Doll 

Seasonal

            Like the last section it’s mostly NYX lipsticks because I find they aren’t super expensive so they don’t break the bank and they have a pretty good quality to them. Granted for me a few touch ups during the day is a norm so I don’t really take into account the long wear properties with an everyday application like I would a long day or a formal event. Granted I have worn NYX lipstick to formal events and guess what; it lasted the whole time without a lot of wearing (this is what happened to me, it may not be the case for everyone.)

            Spring:

                        If fall and winter are made for berry and deep shades spring is made for pink! (in my book anyway).

Shade 1: (NYX) Liquid Suede 09 Tea & Cookies

            It’s pink, it’s pretty, it’s springy. I feel like I am an infomercial some days but I really do like this shade and it is just the right shade of pink for a nice spring day with a nice neutral look. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 33 Buzzkill

              A bit daring for spring, I will say that. I love this metallic pink though, it is the closest thing to what I consider to be a “Barbie” pink that I own and with the metallic tone to it, it makes for a great lip color with a not so daring eye look. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream London

            A tanner neutral for those days when it is half between winter and spring and you don’t want to really go too much too quick as the seasons change. 

Shade 4: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream Milan

            Another lighter toned pink that has more of a red undertone than tea and cookies that has an almost white undertone, this is a great shade and yes I do have it in a tiny travel size, I just haven’t gotten around to getting it in a larger size, if that even exists. 

            Summer:

                        The bright and the bold, with some classic shades thrown in. 

Shade 1: (Soap and Glory) Sex Mother Pucker Rosy Chic

           So I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory when it comes to skin care and I have seen some reviews online that their makeup just does not hit the mark, I beg to differ on this shade. Their lipstick isn’t too drying and it looks beautiful. 

Shade 2: (Rimmel) Lasting Finish Lipstick 070 Airy Fairy

            I still go for the neutrals and the pinks in the summer because you will probably not find me out at night because it is so hot and makeup just melts off down here y’all. I still reach for the lighter shades for that reason. I love this shade and since it is a crème lipstick it does provide some protection to your lips against summer. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Soft Matte Lip Cream Morocco

             Probably the brightest shade I own, it takes a lookto go with but when you have that look and a nice place to go it works. It is an orange toned red so it is not a true red and I think that’s why I love it. Whenever I put on a red lip I channel my inner Sanderson. 

            Autumn: 

Shade 1: (Rimmel) Lasting Finish by Kate 107

             I went to like eight stores looking for this lip color because it was so popular when I bought it, I used it twice and smashed the tip of the lipstick into the top of the bottle, it is a beautiful color and if I am going out in the fall there is a good chance I have it in my purse. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 30 Bella

             Copper is one of my favorite shades but I will say this; it takes a certain look to pull off, I can only do it with certain eyeshadows and because it is a metallic shade you have to be careful if wearing it during the day, it is for sure more of an evening shade for me personally. 

Shade 3: (NYX) Cosmic Metals Lip Cream 08 Speed of Light

            This one also takes a look because it is a metallic and shimmery copper, I love it so much and it was the first shade I bought in the Cosmic Metals line because I loved the shade. It is a really cool color especially for more Halloween looks and I would recommend it. 

Shade 4: (NYX) Liquid Suede Metallic Matte 39 Modern Maven

               Another deep red shade, sense a pattern here; warm tones. I love this color as well it is not too red and it is one of those shades that works with so many looks. 

            Winter:

                        Still reach for the Autumnal shades above but a few more get added as time goes on.

Shade 1: (Butter London) Lippy Lip Crayon Ruby Murray

               The nail polish of the same name is also my favorite this crayon is no longer on their website and I think that it has been sadly discontinued. You can still get the lipstick and the liquid lip though, maybe that will be a purchase in my future. 

Shade 2: (NYX) Cosmic Metals Lip Cream 15 Retro Harmony 

              For parties and beyond! 

          

  Do you have any go to lipstick faves? 

            -MJ

Every Day Makeup Routine

I feel like I need to start this post with a disclaimer, I do not wear makeup every day. I do not have the time or the energy to put my face on every single day. Besides I think that after a straight week or two my skin would hate me so much it would go on strike and I don’t want to walk around faceless. Well that got a little dark, sorry. However, I do wear makeup frequently when I have to, I like looking nice but on days when it is about 100 degrees outside there is a point when it just becomes pointless to wear makeup that is either melting off, being sweat off, or clogging all of your pores because your skin is trying to breathe in the heat.

On days when I am outside and it is that warm I normally just stick with my No. 7 Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Fair, which is actually a little too dark for me most of the year but when I am tan it is fine. (Seriously, I went on a date in May and I wore that, concealer, mascara, and chapstick and it was fine.) Being outside most or all of your day means that you need to have something on your skin otherwise you could be doing significant damage to your skin in the long term.

On to my normal makeup routine though. I feel like a lot of these products are a repeat from my Makeup Bag Essentials post from a few months ago but I tend to keep the basic staples ready for my everyday look and add to it if I need to transition to a more formal or more fun look for the evening. (Let’s be honest, I don’t go out very often, I look forward to taking my makeup off at the end of the day.)

One of my friends refers to this as my “drug store” makeup because for the most part you could walk into a drug store and find most of the products that I have here, you could also walk into some Target’s and most Ulta’s and find everything that I am listing below. It keeps the price point down on most items and you could probably find dupes for the more expensive items (the foundation and concealer) in a drug store as well. This is for the most part also what I used in my 10 Minute Makeup Routine video on my YouTube channel. (Ignore the fact that it was like 20 minutes because I talk too much.)

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Primer is a must for me and I use NYX’s Photo Loving Primer in Green because I have a red undertone to my skin because rosacea is a pain in the butt to have because I always look like I am blushing, I am not. (Only sometimes.) I have found that it is a pretty good more cost effective dupe for Smashbox’s primer also in green, I would not say it was a perfect dupe it is a bit more of a thinner consistency than the Smashbox primer but there is also a large price difference, the Smashbox version will run you about $39 for a 1.0-ounce size and the NYX version runs about $13 for the same size. So this product has been a staple in my makeup bag for well over a year now because I prefer a colored primer rather than a colored concealer.

 

Foundation is something that I have to be careful of when I buy it because I have to use products that are for the most part non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog your pores. Now for the most part I use more of the high end foundations, well they are probably more mid-range normally I switch between Too Faced and Urban Decay, my current favorite and go to for my every day is Urban Decay’s All Nighter liquid foundation on the shade 0.5. (The only reason I am not using my Too Faced foundation is because it is a shade too dark for me and it has a very yellow undertone and I cannot wear it, it makes me look a little ill.) I have used more drug store brands in the past and while I have liked them for short term wear for long term wear I find that many of them break me out so I tend to only use them for short term applications.

 

Concealer now the only concealer that I have ever used is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in the shade Fair Neutral. I like using the same brand for foundation and concealer, maybe one day I will branch out to other brands but for now this is the concealer that I stand by for all of my makeup looks. Under the eyes, around the nostrils, and on any blemishes that I might have around my face, blending that all in with a blending brush so it doesn’t look too obvious against my foundation.

 

Eyebrows are something that I fill in pretty much regardless of what I am doing if I am wearing makeup, I didn’t do my eyebrows until I was out of college because no one told me that I needed to fill my eyebrows in so I didn’t have a nice blonde tint to my normally dark brown eyebrows. Now I used the ELF eyebrow products for quite some time and in a pinch I would go back to them because I prefer the gel and powder combination in the compact instead of in a pencil form. Now I use Rimmel Cosmetic’s Brow This Way in Medium Brown because I find that it is very easy to use, it looks nice and it doesn’t take a lot of time to apply it and still make it look good. This had been another staple in my bag for well over a year now, probably more like two or three because a few of the beauty guru’s I follow on YouTube suggested it at the time and I found myself going to three drug stores to find it.

 

Eyeshadow is something that some people I know don’t actually include in their everyday makeup because it takes too long but I do because it adds a pop of color to my eyes while still looking relatively natural. Normally I would go for less shiny or metallic shades but for simple looks I tend to actually like to have some metallic shades in the mix. Now for my every day look I tend to reach for my NYX Cosmic Metals eyeshadow palette, I use shade 1 all over my eyelid, 2 for the outer corner and underneath the eye below my lash line, 3 for the middle of the lid, and 1 again for the inner corner.

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Mascara what can I say about mascara? I tend to have several that I like but only use a few and for the most part I tend to have more travel sized mascara than full sized even though the one I use most often is a full sized and that is NYX’s Worth the Hype mascara, as soon as this one came out it replaced my favorite and that was Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, now it is not an exact dupe but it still lengthens the lashes and I love it so much. Other mascara’s that make appearances in my makeup routine are, Urban Decay’s Troublemaker, Tarte’s Maneater, and Benefit’s Roller Lash because I love all of them for very different reasons and sometimes you just want to have your eyelashes make different statements and having a variety of mascara’s assists with that.

 

Lips are normally the final thing that I do in my every day routine, now for the most part in my every day routine I do not actually wear lipstick. Normally I use an eos or Burt’s Bees, this one is the eos crystal because it is clear it has a bit more shine and I tend to use this in the morning and reapply as needed throughout the day. I prefer none tinted products in many cases for an everyday look but if I am going to need to look nice after my day is over I will carry around a liquid lipstick around with me. Normally it’s something from NYX and in a more nude or pink shade for this time of year.

What are your favorite products in your everyday makeup looks?

-MJ