Two years ago I did a 'What's In My Make-Up Bag' post and linked up with one of my favourite bloggers at that time. (I was new to blogging so please pay no mind to the formatting of that post). At the time I really only wore eye makeup - eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Everything else pictured from 2 years ago was for 'special occasions' ie: when I traveled. I still have that bottle of foundation that's pictured and its over 3/4 full, so that goes to show how little makeup I wore! I mentioned in that post that I was pretty lucky with my skin - I've never had issues with acne and really never have much to complain about other than how dry my skin can get. I do have seasonal allergies (I'm allergic to the outdoors - no joke!) so sometimes I have to deal with some redness associated with my allergies, and lately with work stress and stress from life in general I have had to deal with some major baggage underneath my eyes.
After complaining about how bad the bags underneath my eyes were (and after my Mama said it looked like I had two black eyes) I decided it was time to do something about it. On one of my (very) few days off over the Christmas break I stumbled upon some British YouTubers that I have come to LOVE. Zoe Sugg, Tanya Burr, Niomi Smart, Louise Pentland, etc. I've been watching all of their videos but particularly love all of the makeup tutorials and beauty haul videos because they give me awesome tips on the best drugstore makeup dupes, plus great makeup tips in general.
I received a $180 VISA gift card at Christmas so while in the Queen City at the beginning of January for an orthodontist appointment I went on a little Target makeup shopping spree. I want to play around with some inexpensive makeup before I go crazy at Sephora (though I've been known to drop a few hundred dollars there in the past...) so Target was the best place to start. One of my 30 Before 30 goals is 'Learn new makeup techniques' so actually acquiring some products was the first step.
ALL of my makeup (aside from my Naked palettes and Kabuki brush) are jam packed into my Coach makeup bag. I pretty much have to take every single item out to be able to see what I need so it's not the greatest but it works for right now.
I've had the Naked 2 since Spring of 2013, but I dropped it on the ceramic tile in my bathroom and smashed half the colors :( I'm not as big of a fan of the Naked 3 (I purchased it in Summer 2014) but it will have to make due - I can't justify buying the Naked 2 again when I still have half the colours left from my first one and a brand new Naked 3
I had never really worn foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, etc so the firs step was taking recommendations from the YouTubers mentioned above, as well as some beauty bloggers, and buying a few different types of each kind to see which worked best for me
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in Classic Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Light/Medium
All you need is one tiny dab of it and it covers the entire face
The only brushes I owned until my Target spree were the Sephora angled liner brush, that I used for applying my UD 24/7 eyeliner, and the brushes that came with my Naked palettes. I've just never been a makeup person!
Claw clip, backcombing comb, bobby pins, magnifying mirror
To me all the products pictured above seem like a LOT but I know to people who are skilled with makeup that my little 'collection' is nothing! The more I play around with everything the better it looks - but it's definitely a trial and error situation. There have been a few times where I put everything on only to wipe it off a few minutes later and start all over.It's not quite as easy as some of the YouTube makeup tutorials make it look! I've really only been putting on a full face of makeup on weekends - I definitely don't have time in the mornings right now to do a full face and then have to start all over again if I hate it. But I will get there - I really want to be able to cross it off my 30 Before 30 list!
I have to know - what's your one MUST-HAVE makeup product?