What’s in My Makeup Bag: Favorite Products

One thing I don’t share about much on this little blog is my love for makeup. I have to admit it, I’m a bit of a makeup junkie my friends. It’s just plain fun and one of the best parts about being a girl, right? I’ve always loved playing around with makeup, but my obsession really began about five years ago when I started watching YouTube tutorials and reviews. Any Jaclyn Hill fans in the house?! From that point on I’ve always thought of makeup as another creative outlet and I’ve actually managed to get pretty good at it over the years. I even did my cousin’s makeup for her wedding. So today I’m excited to take a quick break from DIY and home decor to share what I’m currently rocking in my makeup bag!

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I have combination skin that is very sensitive and I break out easily. So over the years I’ve had to be very pick about products I use on my face. Typically I reach for more expensive products as I’ve found these usually do better on my skin . Yes, they are more of an investment for sure, but I’ve found it’s worth it for me personally.

YSL Radiance Awakening FoundationI bought this foundation on a total splurge for Mother’s Day. I don’t normally spend this much on foundation, but let me tell you it is worth it. I’ve had it since May, use it about 4-5 days out of every week, and I’m only halfway through the bottle. This stuff will make your skin look like a complete dream. It’s glowy and it’s perfect for summertime. And it doesn’t break me out. Definitely in my top three foundations ever.

Bare Minerals Complete Coverage ConcealerThis has been my go-to concealer for about 6 months now…maybe longer. And one tube has lasted me that entire time. It’s lightweight, doesn’t get dry, and provides great coverage. I primarily use it under my eyes for those lovely dark circles that come with motherhood.

Bare Minerals Bronzer in High DiveThis is a great everyday bronzer. It’s not too brown, not too orange. Plus it stays on pretty well throughout the day and it doesn’t get blotchy. All good things.

Nars Blush–I’ll be honest, I just purchased my first ever Nars blush in May. I had hear the hype and I decided to give it a go despite the high price tag. So far I have really loved it, plus it seems to be more long wearing than others I have tried.

Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil–I keep this baby in my purse and use it any time I get a little oily throughout the day. Been using it for years and I LOVE it.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray–This isn’t something I use on the daily, but this spray is the bomb if your’e going out for the night or even for an especially long day at work. It definitely locks in my makeup and helps it stay purdy all day long.

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Nothing beats a car selfie, right? (Yes, the answer to that would be yes) But I wanted you to see the products on my face and this is the most recent shot I have. Overall I think all the products combine for a pretty natural look–that foundation is life, let me tell ya.

LVN Eyes and Brows

When it comes to eye products and brows, I’m a lot more relaxed and tend to use a lot of drugstore goodies, as you see. These are my go-to eye products at the moment:

Urban Decay Naked Skin Eyeshadow Palette–I’ve had this palette for about 4 years now and I use it allll the time. I’m a big fan of brown and tan eyeshadow, so this is perfect. Plus I love having 12 colors in one spot.

Mac Shadow in Brown Script–I can’t say enough good things about this shadow. It’s the perfect chestnut brown. It’s what I’m wearing in the photo above, blended out with Buck from the Urban Decay palette. This is a holy grail eyeshadow for sure. I hear it’s getting discontinued soon, so I will definitely be stocking up.

Kat Von D Liquid Liner–If you’re looking for a liquid liner that goes on easy and stay on all day, this is it. This stuff will not melt off. And as far as application goes, we all know liquid liner can be a total pain, this is the easiest one I’ve found. I get mine in black.

NYC High Definition Liquid Liner–For only being 3 bucks, this stuff is fab. I think it’s a great dupe for the Kat Von D liner, but doesn’t stay on quite as long.

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes–I have tried a ton of mascara over the years and this one does a pretty bang up job of lengthening my lashes. It’s long wearing, which I love, and doesn’t clump with multiple coats. Right now I’m loving it.

L’Oreal Brow Stylist DefinerThis is an awesome dupe of the more expensive Anastasia brow wiz pencil. It’s easy to use and the super small tip makes for great definition.

So there’s my go-to makeup products right now. The only thing I didn’t mention is my favorite lipgloss, which is the plumping Buxom Lip Cream from Sephora. Favorite gloss ever! I always have a tube of it in my purse and it’s what I’m wearing in the photo, in White Russian. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. And let me know what you think of these type of posts or if there’s anything you’d like to see here on the blog that is more lifestyle related. I’d love to share more of what I love with you all! xoxo

What's in my Makeup Bag

Welcome!! I’m Sarah-- mama to three kiddos + wife to my high school sweetheart. I'm usually over-caffeinated, browsing Amazon + running on lots of grace. Grab a snack + get comfy!

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  1. 8.4.16
    Bodil said:

    Now you have to teach us how to use them. Make a make up tutorial ???? Love it! Thank you for sharing❤️

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Ha, I would love to do that one day!

  2. 8.4.16
    Shahrzad said:

    I absolutely loved this! I think I have to try out that YSL foundation! Yasss to bareMinerals, I love everything from them & I have the touch up veil too! I recently got the Kat Von D liquid liner & im so excited to use it. You look stunning! I’m so glad you shared this 🙂 xxx Shaz aka blondeteaparty

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Awe thanks girl! I really appreciate that coming from you! Yes, definitely try the YSL foundation. It’s soooo worth it!

  3. 8.4.16
    Holly said:

    If I can be totally honest, I follow your blog specifically for the amazing decor ideas and really don’t care to seek anything else. Sorry!!

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks for the honest feedback Holly, I appreciate it. And no worries, I’ll be back to decor in my next post!

      • 8.6.16
        Brittany said:

        If you don’t have anything nice to say… Don’t say nothin at all ????????

    • 8.9.16
      Sherri said:

      How rude of you Holly!

  4. 8.4.16
    lisa said:

    Love this please teach us how to use them now!!

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Lisa! I might have to do that one day soon!

  5. 8.4.16
    Jaime said:

    Fabulous! I’m a big fan of MAC makeup and always scared to spend money and try something new so I like getting to see what your wearing and a picture to follow. Well done! I love your IG Sarah.

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Yay, thanks so much Jaime! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love MAC to–mostly their eyeshadow, it’s so well made and lasts all day.

  6. 8.4.16
    Julowder66 said:

    Aleays love great makeup favs!! What about lips? Seems like I’m always looking for a great colored gloss. Anything to share? love following you on insta and enjoy your blog!

    • 8.4.16
      Sarah said:

      I love the Buxom lip gloss from Sephora. It’s what I’m wearing in this photo, in White Russian I believe. It’s my favorite gloss!

  7. 8.4.16
    Pam said:

    I must try the foundation. I see you up close and personal and truly the most beautiful foundation you have ever used. Teach me all of your techniques please!!! Simply beautiful.

  8. 8.6.16
    Linda said:

    You’re adorable. I am new to this site and love make up too. My youngest is just finishing aestatician school and hopes to have a career in make up as well so i am familiar with all the products. Thanks for the share.

    • 8.6.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Linda, I’m happy you’re here!

  9. 8.9.16
    Lindsey said:

    Thanks for sharing! You are multi-talented girl & I love it. I’m curious what brow pencil color you chose? I have a hard time deciding the color with highlighted hair. Again, thanks for the awesome post.

    • 8.9.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks for your kind words Lindsey! I used the brow pencil in Blonde.

  10. 8.12.16
    Gayle said:

    Hi Sarah! I’m glad you included the makeup blog, in addition to the decor ideas. Your’s is the first and only blog I follow, and I love it! I am currently decorating my new home with the farmhouse decor and can use all the help I can get! I love the way you write and the fact that you post several pictures and include links to products. Keep up the awesome work!!

    • 8.12.16
      Sarah said:

      Aw thanks so much Gayle, you’re so sweet! I’m glad you’re here and enjoying it! xoxo

  11. 8.14.16
    Robin said:

    Love your blog! I’m a total makeup junkey myself. Love jacklyn hill! I love decor and makeup, I feel like they go together! Great choices on the makeup!

    • 8.14.16
      Sarah said:

      Right?! They’re both creative outlets. Thanks so much for stopping by Robin!

  12. 8.24.16
    Ann said:

    I just found your blog through a pin on Pinterest and I love it. I’m not a make up junky like I used to be, but still love suggestions and ideas on colors and brands. The main thing I want to say is that even though I’m old enough to be your mom, I love your hair cut/style and want to maybe try it for myself. So, if you ever want to do a blog post about the cut and how you style it, I will be very appreciative. 😀

  13. 9.1.16
    Shelley said:

    Gorgeous mama! One question.. Do you put eyeliner on the bottom as well? I go back and forth with this.. Thanks!

    • 9.1.16
      Sarah said:

      Not really, but I do use that chestnut brown eye shadow to line the lower lashes!

  14. 9.18.16
    Kim said:

    Great blog! Love the variety and positive attitude. So down to earth and I think everyday women relate to you. How about your hair! Love it! Any info on that? Please….

    • 9.18.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Kim! I actually use a big round brush to blow dry my hair. I section it off in small pieces and round brush each one. I also use the Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Blow Dry Gel, which really helps me get volume.