What’s in my Make Up Bag?

Hi Passionista

Let’s talk make up!!!

I don’t wear full face make up everyday, simple because I’m lazy. I don’t have the time. And I don’t need it. I like a fresh moisturized face. But I can’t lie mascara and lipstick is a daily must. I like to look in the mirror and see my lashes flourishing and my lips kissable ALWAYS.

On a good day, if I decide to do my makeup, it’s normally something light that is done in the car on my way to wherever I’m going. These are the products I must have handy.

Make Up Bag from Ipsy

Foundation Stick

I discovered the color correcting foundation stick in ULTA about a year ago and have been using it every since. 90% of the time I am doing my makeup in the car while in traffic. Foundation in the form of a stick is convenient for the purpose of doing your make up on the go, quick touch ups, and less mess. This product has replaced my MAC photo finish liquid foundation. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used liquid foundation and a foundation brush to apply to my face. It’s all about Foundation Sticks and Beauty Blenders now!

Purchased at ULTA ($15.99)

Foundation Mineral Powder

Cover Girl foundation is the first makeup brand I ever used. I started using it at 16 (i s h) years old. I remember spending so much time in CVS debating about what color I am. I spent all my little money on the wrong shades. I’m so glad I know my colors now and how to shop for drug store make up. This mineral powder lasts me at least 6 months to a year. I love how light weight it is and it doesn’t clog your pores. I mostly wear it on top of my liquid/ creamy foundation but, I can wear it without a liquid or creamy foundation and get the same results.

Purchased at CVS ($9.49)

Lip Liner Pencil

MAC lip pencils are my absolute favorite. They are easy to sharpen, easy to apply, long lasting. Not only does my lips stay perfectly lined all day, but the pencils last for what seems like forever. I’ve had my current pencils for at least 2 years. Now, I’m not sure if you’re suppose to stop using make-up after a certain amount of time, but I plan on using these pencils until they run out no matter how long it takes. My go-to shades are chestnut and night moth. I’m a nude lip girl and the chestnut liner literally looks good with everything.

Purchase at MAC cosmetics ($18.00)

Mascara

My favorite part about doing my make up is the mascara application process. I like to take my time and paint my lashes. I will spend 20 to 30 minutes brushing over and shaping my lashes. I will wear just about any brand of mascara. My only requirement in mascara is that it’s waterproof. I am a cry baby and my eye just water from time to time and the last thing I need is running mascara all my life. I am currently using the ULTA Beauty Limitless Lashes Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara.

Purchased at ULTA ($10.50)

Eye Shadow

I am still learning how to apply eye shadow and blend colors together. YouTube is really helping my learn (Tip: watch the GlamTwinz make up tutorials). Now that I’m getting better at it when I have time to play in colors I like to try different techniques and style to explore what looks really good on me and what I should stay away from. I have so many eye make up palettes, but for everyday on the go make up looks I love the small 3 color compacts by Cover Girl. They are the best size to fit in a make up bag. I love how super pigmented most of them are. My favorite shades are the nudes and anything shimmery in gold or bronze. I like to just coat the bottom half of my lid for a natural look.

Purchased at Target ($5.00)

Highlighter

I am head over hills in love with the Fenty Beauty Shimmer stick. I love how convenient it is. I can literally roll it on my face and use my fingers to blot it in. Even without foundation on, it give my skin this natural glow that works wonders for my cheek bones.

Purchase at Sephora ($25.00)

Liquid Lip Stick

Liquid Lip stick is the best make up invention on the market. I mean I love a lipstick that I only have to apply once a day. If it can’t stay looking kissable through eating and drinking throughout the day I don’t want anything to do with it. Maybe 2 summers ago, I fell in love with the MAC line of liquid lipstick, they are like lip tinted glue. It literally states on all day. I have also found the NYX brand to be very good quality at a low price.

Purchases at MAC cosmetics ($22.00)

Make Up Brushes

You can never have too many make up brushes. I have at least 3 of each type of brush. I don’t wash my brushes often so I like to have a clean set on deck at all times. E.L.F brand brushes are hands down my faves. I’ve received a few other brands in beauty boxes or as gifts but nothing compares to the price and quality of E.L.F brushes. I like to keep 4 brush handy at all times. 1 fluffy powder or blush brush and 3 different eye brushes.

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Target Sepetember “Your New Basics” Beauty Box

Happy Saturday Passionistas!

So… I finally got my hands on the Target Beauty Box!

I have been trying to order one for at least 2 months now, but they are only while supplies last. They sell out quick. But I was able to get the September Total Hydration Beauty Box  and the September Your New Basics Beauty Box.

The Target Beauty Box is not a subscription service. It’s a online only, monthly beauty box for only $7. The box is packed with about 5-8 trial size items and $3 off coupon for beauty purchases of $15 or more. Honestly, this is a great deal. They’ll make perfect gifts for your friends and family members during the holidays without breaking the bank.

If you are a RED card member at Target you get the 5% off for using your card and shipping is free. So for only $14.24, let me show you what I got this month….

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The September – Your New Basics Beauty Box came with

img_8630Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner with argan extract and argan oil. The shampoo and conditioner formula is mild and good for sensitive skin. It’s also sulfate-free.

I’ve seen this product on shelf in many stores, but never purchased or used it. Now that I have these trial sizes I will definitely try it out, when I go back to wearing my natural curls for winter.

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Simple Micellar Water with no harsh chemical and artificial perfume or dyes. I am very big on make up wipes to take off my makeup, just because it’s quick and simple. Lately I have been using micellar water or gel to clean my face before applying make-up. You know just to make sure my face is really clean before I spread make-up all over it. I currently have the Garnier Micellar Water, but I’ve tried this product and love them both. This trial size bottle is great for travel, so I don’t have to carry around the big bottle in my suitcase or overnight bag. The box also included 2 dual-sided up & up Premium Cotton Rounds.

I thought that was a clever idea. Typical me, after I opened the box and took my blog pictures- I used the micellar water and cotton rounds right away. I used wanted to see how it felt.

img_8636Covergirl Tease Mascara for full natural lashes. I have seen the commerical for this new Total Tease product but wasn’t inspired to go purchase it. Honestly, I hardly ever buy mascara because I never run out. I have so many beauty subscriptions and mascara is so popular that I also have one. I don’t have a favorite brand or type or anything like that. But since a FULL size bottle of the Total Tease was in the box, I will use it.

 

Side Note: Every month I get so many eye liners, brow pins and mascara that I would never be able to use them all. So maybe I pick a few that I haven’t opened and do a little giveaway. Stay Tuned!  <Okay Back to The Review>
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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb with vitamin C and E to help promote healthy skin.

Honestly, I’ve never come across this product before, but who doesn’t love a good moisturizer. I can’t stand the feeling of a dirty face. So I keep facial wipes in my purse to wipe my face throughout the day if I need to. You know after you cleanse your face it can feel dry so you need to hydrate it. This little jar is the perfect size. I carry it in my purse for a little refresh throughout the day.

img_8631Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion with almond oil.

If you’ve been following Passion Locked for a while, I featured this product in one of my favorites blogs a few posts back. But my thoughts have changed since. I no longer like this product. I don’t know if they change the formula or ingredients, but it doesn’t make my skin feel nice and soft or hydrated after showering – and I still have to put on lotion afterwards. I’ll be adding this product to my giveaway box.

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Sensodyne ProNamel Strong & Bright Toothpaste for sensitive teeth and cavity prevention.

I use Crest toothpaste, because growing up that’s what my parents bought for the house. So when I moved out on my own and started purchasing toothpaste for myself, I went with what I knew. But I’m open to trying new things.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 of this review for a look at other box I got.

If you think I should do a beauty box giveaway, comment and let me know.

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March Empties

 

Hello Gorgeous,

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start my weekend. So I thought I’d leave you with some product reviews.

  1. Mint Julips Lip Scrub by Lush

The label says the flavor is mint chocolate, but I only taste the mint. I’ve been using this product for a while. I usually use it on Sunday nights before bed, too make sure my lips stay soft and kissable all week. I definitely recommend this product if you experience dry chapped lips often, and I would re-purchase this product.

  1. Charity Pot by Lush

This was my first time trying this product from lush. This was one on those products I was planning on purchasing but was talked into buying by a salesperson in the store. And I must say its and convenient beauty product. It comes in this little LUSH cup, that I keep on the bathroom sink for in the mornings and during the day. I absolutely recommend this product and I plan on getting another one during my next trip to LUSH.

  1. Oatifix Fresh Face Mask by Lush

Now, this is my favorite LUSH product. It’s a facial that blended with bananas, vanilla and ground almonds with oats. This facial is good for cooling and nourishing irritated skin. And it feels sooooo good on the skin, even washing it off feels amazing. And its only $8. It lasts a minute too. So I definitely recommend this product.

  1. Mary Kay Full-Coverage Foundation (color Bronze 504)

TBH, this was my first foundation ever. I started wearing this foundation back in High School when I was dancing and doing pageants. It matches my skin perfectly- mean like all year around too. Like my skin gets lighter in the winter and browner in the summer and its hard to use the same foundation all year round. But somehow this foundation balances with my skin tone all year round. And the smallest tube takes you a long way. I have this product in a tube but I don’t think they make them in tubes anymore. But I will be getting online to order me some more Full Coverage Foundation soon. I think this is the only Mary Kay product I would recommend to other, but I use it and love it sooo much.

  1. Black Tie Candle from Bath and Body Works

Now, this is my absolute favorite candle scent. It is a seasonal candle so I try to rank up on them so I have some to burn throughout the entire year. But this year, seems like this candle was sold out at every Bath and Body Works I went to. Before the winter season was out I ended up was two of the small trail size candles. Like I burn candles everyday so, of course I burned these two out in no time. So yall know I’m ready for Winter again so I can order my favorite candle.

  1. Cantu for Kids Curling Cream

Although this product is for kids hair, I really like using it on my over night curls. Its suppose to like define and tame fuzziness. So I apply it to my hair when I re- twirl it at night for frizz-less curls in the morning. If you are natural and looking for a really good curling cream for your hair, I would suggest you try this product. It might not work for everyone but it has def. been a savor for my hair.

  1. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in conditioner

Okay, when I purchased this product, I just knew it was going to help grow my hair and restore my damaged curl pattern. UH- NO! It didn’t. All it did was strip my hair even more. Like I was so disappointed in the product. I WILL NOT purchase it again. Don’t get me wrong, I love Shea Moisture product, but I will not be using this particular one any longer.

  1. Rimmel London Concealer (color light/med 335)

So, I used this product for highlighting my under eye area. And it gets the job done. It’s a really cheap concealer as well. I have not re-purchased it yet because I’m trying out some other brands of light concealers, but I would definitely recommend this one as a good drug store make up product. And I will eventually go back to this product.

  1. Cover Girl Lipstick, dulce de leche 225

Not for me at all! I only bought this product because it was marked down at a drug store. I thought it was a cute color. I didn’t really think about how it would look on me. And when I got home and put it on, I was like OH! No! take that off and never put it on again!

 

Well that’s it for this month’s empties, feel free to share with me some products you have tried lately that you would recommend to a girlie girl like me. Be sure to stop back by on Wednesday for a new post …