Well it is officially summer break, and I have nothing really planned until the end of june and all of july – I’ll be going to Washington DC and then I’m off to be a camp counselor at a summer camp! But until then, expect lots of posts! Like last summer, I want to make this blog my baby again. I’ve been doing this for almost a year (can you believe it?!?), and I’ve really grown to enjoy blogging. It forces me to work on a variety of skills including taking photos and writing! Well, I won’t get too sappy now . . . I’ll save that for my blogging anniversary. 😀
When I moved back home at the end of the semester, I reorganized my makeup collection and put the products I use most in a makeup bag. I don’t know why I didn’t do this before, but I think it’s genius! It can be a pain in the butt to go through all the drawers each morning just to put a natural look together, so this way I can throw some things on my face really quickly, or even grab the bag and put my makeup on in the car if needed!
The bag itself is from Victoria’s Secret Pink from several years ago. I think it came in a gift set with a bunch of bath/body products, but don’t quote me on that!
let’s take a peek inside . . .
Physician’s Formula Happy Boosting Bronzer in Bronzer is the first product that I pulled out of my bag. It’s a great bronzer for the winter/spring months when I haven’t seen too much sun because it’s a great light color. When I’m really (safely) tanned this doesn’t show up on my skin as well as I would like, but I have other bronzers for that 😀 The next thing I pulled out was my trusty Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade 120. Again, I may have to switch to my MAC Studio Finish Concealer later in the summer, but for right now, this is a perfect color!
Next we have my Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer. I have a whole other bottle of this when I run out . . . but it’s taking forever! I thought I was going to run out back in January, but this little guy is still going strong! I really like using this primer in conjunction with my Neutrogena Health Skin Liquid Foundation in Nude 40. This is one of my favorite foundations, because it’s really versatile. I can sheer it out to tinted-moisturizer-sheerness or I can build it up to medium coverage. In the back hiding is my L’oreal Infalliable Eye Shadow in 890 Bronzed Taupe. I got these a while back, but didn’t really think much of them. They creased horribly on me! But I’ve found that with a bit more eye shadow primer than I’m used to applying, these look beautiful and last a good 6-7 hours on my lids!
Moving right along, I’ve been using my Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 30 Candy Coral and my BFTE Cosmetics Blush in Goddess on my cheeks. I like both by themselves, but together is like BAM. cheeks. The goddess blush is like a pale peachy pink blush with lots of shimmer. I really like it because it’s one of those blushes that you don’t need to add an extra highlight shade with it because its so shimmery (note: that doesn’t stop me from adding an extra highlight every once in a while. What can I say? I like shimmer!). Then there’s my Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in 10 Cosmic Black* which is a soft black with flecks of shimmer throughout. This is a really creamy liner that stays on all day. Think Urban Decay lasting power . . . it’s that great! I do prefer my Urban Decay pencils in terms of color, but I like how this liner stays on my lower lash line neater for longer than my Urban Decay Pencils.
Also in this picture you can see I have another L’oreal Infallible Shadow in 888 Iced Latte. Again, I didn’t like these shadows, but I’ve recently fallen in love with them. Iced Latte and Bronzed Taupe make a great everyday eye shadow look! But like I said earlier, I do have to use a bit more Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden with them than I do with some of my other eye shadows. Am I wrong, but are these the shadows you’re not supposed to use a primer with? Well I need to, but I would say these are still so worth it because they’re so. pretty.
The only lip products I’ve been using on a regular basis have been that little no-name orange lip balm and my Stila Lip Glaze in Bubble Gum. First of all, I’m really proud of myself. Why? That little no-name orange lip balm is almost done. You heard me! I almost finished a lip balm WITHOUT LOSING IT. I think this may be a first for me *gives self a high five*. The Stila Lip Glaze is another product I wasn’t nuts about when I first got it because of the brush applicator. Since getting used to it, I’ve really been enjoying this! The color is a light blue-pink, which really helps brighten up my face and makes my teeth look whiter. While I’m not sure if the full-size Stila Lip Glazes are worth $20+ this is quite nice, and I will definitely use it up!
So that’s what I’ve been using! What have been your go-to products lately?