Makeup Bag Essentials

Hey Everyone! This post is all about the essentials that you need to have in your makeup bag, but probably don’t already. It’s a list based on things that I actually use on a regular basis; whether I’m going out with friends or am traveling on an airplane. I don’t believe you need to bring a ton of things that do the same thing, just some really good multipurpose products and a few tools. If you are a makeup lover like I am, chances are a few extra goodies will accumulate in your bag, but…

Here are the things that you absolutely need:

 Moisturizer with SPF : This is important because you never know when you are going to be in direct sunlight OR get a little dry. I use the DiorSnow UV Shield White Reveal because it has SPF 50 PA+++ and does not have a strong scent. I love this product because it protects my skin so well and actually helps heal it.

 Face Powder : It is important to have a face powder for quick touch ups throughout the day. Makeup can wear off from things like the weather, sweating, or just touching your face. I use the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. You can also dust a face powder over your eyelids if they get oily, crease, or your eyeshadow needs to be further blended.

 Concealer : Like a face powder, it is important to have a concealer with you to cover any blemishes that might pop up while you’re out. My favorite concealer is the Revlon ColorStay Concealer, but I bring my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 with me because it has SPF and is much creamier, so it makes application and blending easier on the go.

 “Color Stick” : When I say color stick, I mean a product that you can use on both your face and lips (sometimes eyes if need be, but I would avoid it if possible). The Josie Maran Argan Mini Color Sticks are great because you can apply them as a lipstick or blush, and they blend perfectly with a brush or your fingers. It is nice to have a blush with you because blushes tend to fade throughout the day, as do lipsticks; so it is convenient to have a product that does both.

 Makeup Sponge : This tool comes in handy for me quite frequently. Makeup tends to move and settle into pores, fine lines, and creases making your flawless face disappear. The flat Sephora Cosmetic Sponge is perfect for pressing and blending the makeup back into place.

 Eye Makeup Brush : As I said above, makeup moves; so it is handy to have an eyeshadow brush to blend your eyeshadow out. I love the Urban Decay dual-ended brush that came with the Naked 2 Palette (of course any dual ended brush would be just as perfect) because it has a flat shader side AND a blending side.

 Powder Brush : To use with your face powder. I use one from The Body Shop.

 Blotting Linens : Obviously these are great for blotting oily skin, but they also double as a wipe if your mascara, eyeshadow, or lipstick smears. I use the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens.

 Hair Brush / Mirror : You can find a “pop up” hair brush with a mirror at any drugstore; I got mine a Target in the travel section. This product comes in handy a lot for me.

 Q-Tips : These are great for quick makeup touchups OR application, as well as cleaning out your ears. You can even use them to clean things out of small spaces like your phone.

 Hair Ties : For tying up your hair, money/keys etc.

 Perfume : Makes you feel fresh anytime. I carry Viva La Juicy with me in rollerball form.

Do you have all the essentials? Comment below if you agree with my list or if I left something out that you use!

 

Holy Grail Face Product!

Hey Everyone! Today I thought I would share an amazing product that I discovered for all skin types, but is especially great for problematic skin. I came across this product when researching detox bath recipes and such. What I ended up discovering turned out to be one of my holy grail skin products.

Calcium Bentonite Clay has been around for years mainly used in bodywraps, foot soaks, bug bite salves, etc. Recently it has become more popular is treating skin problems such as acne. I was skeptical at first, but with some additional research I found that what makes it so powerful is the fact that the clay extracts and absorbs dirt, oil, and impurities without actually being absorbed into the skin itself. This means you can expect an extremely deep pore cleanse without any residual impurites.

The calcium bentonite clay I am currently using is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which claims to be the world’s most powerful facial. It is 100% calcium bentonite clay with no additives, fragrances, or animal products. It is also sun dried, and cruelty free! The instructions for use are to mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider and/or water and stir in a non-metal bowl until it turns into a smooth paste. Then apply a 1/4 – 1/2 inch layer to the skin and let dry between 5 and 2o minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin; then rinse with warm water.

This product also warns that you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation, which is completely correct! It is not painful in any way, it just feels like your skin is getting pulled/squished forward towards the center of your face. It also will leave your skin a bit red for about an hour before turning back to normal. After a few hours, or the next day if you apply this mask before bed, your pores should have shrunken significantly and your face should look extremely smooth and matte. Usually the majority of any acne I have will have disappeared or at least reduced by a huge margin.  I like to use this mask once every one or two weeks. I purchased mine at The Vitamin Shoppe for $4.99.

In addition to using this product for facial masks, I also like to use it in detox baths.

RECIPE:

Approx 1 cup of Calcium Bentonite Clay (I have a large tub, use the appropriate amount for your size tub)

The juice from 1 lemon

1 bag of green tea

a pinch or two of dried lavender for aroma

** Make the water temperature as hot as you can stand and soak for about 20 minutes. Drink plenty of fluids after**