What's In My Make-Up Bag

I get questions from time to time about my make-up routine and preferred products. I'm not going to play the coy card (like some) and pretend I use nothing but mascara and a tinted moisturizer. Am I the only one that wants to scream expletives when a blogger (clearly wearing make-up) that says she "woke up and threw on some lip balm"?

Did ya throw on that Nars blush and set of faux lashes, too sister?

Not saying natural beauty doesn't exist, but come on, y'all. I've personally never seen someone that looked worse with a little help from Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown.

I'm Southern to the core. I wear make-up. Every day. And love it. And I'll never deny it. I have imperfections on my face (redness, spot dryness, under-eye circles). I don't care if they do "tell the story of my life" or what have you - I'm using some dadgum concealer, thankyoukindly.

So, for you pretty ladies, make-up mavens around the U.S., Canada and beyond, here's what's currently in my fall rotation:

Laura Mercier Primer 

A must, if you wear foundation.

Estee Lauder Double-Wear Foundation (otherwise known as the best stuff ever.)

Make-up Forever HD Translucent Powder

It sets your make-up without getting cakey. And no one ever wants a cake face.

Nars blush in Angelika

Don't be turned off by the bright pink - this stuff will amaze you. It provides very subtle color that, for once, looks like you're actually blushing. Nars makes the best blush, hands-down.

Mac eyeshadow in Satin Taupe and Urban Decay in Twice Baked for shading

I wear mainly neutral shadows, which play well with my blue eyes. I do use a plum shadow on occasion, but it's typically browns and taupes. I'm currently wearing both of the below.

Mac shadow
Urban Decay shadow

Covergirl Khol eyeliner in Black 

Pictured is the liquid blast CG liner, but I can't seem to master liquid eyeliner. Khol is my personal fav.

Falsies mascara in Blackest Black

It's cheap and it gets the job done. Win-win.

Lip Smackers Berry Peach

I know what you're thinking, but hold on a hot second. This middle school favorite provides the perfect amount of sheer color, moisture and staying power - pinky swear. That is, if you can resist the temptation to lick your lips... 

And that, as they say, is that.

P.S. - Someone asked me if I planned to get Botox when I'm "more mature". You bet your Kate Spade slingbacks, I do.

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. Love your honesty! It bugs the livin' daylights out of me when bloggers claim the 'no make-up look' when they clearly have a facefull on. I've got Nars Orgasm blush - which I love for summer with its shimmery peachy tone, but now you're making me want to try Angelika for the pink flush that's perfect for fall and winter! Also, I have blue peepers (and blonde hair) too and would love to try a plum eyeshadow like you mentioned. I do the tans, golds and browns everyday but would like to change it up once in a while. Can you recommend a good purple shadow for us fair skinned/fair haired/light eyed girls?

  2. I just bought some Maybelline-can't remember which one they have so many now. I used to LOVE Lancome but it's just too expensive. I like it that you are honest about your make up wearing ways. I wish I wanted to wear make up every day because I truly do feel better about my appearance and more glamorous when I have it on.

  3. I appreciate your honesty because I agree so much! Make up takes your natural beauty and highlights your best features so you have your best foot (face?) forward. There's nothing wrong with that! I'm blue eyed with blonde hair too and I for sure agree about the neutrals, but I haven't tried plum. I've found that a mixture of gold and brown works well if I'm going for a smoky eye.
    Love your blog!

  4. I am glad I am not the only girl who swears by the kohl eyeliner, I cannot figure out liquid liner to save my life. I agree primer is a must have, although I am not a fan of the price tag ... I'm currently trying Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer, it made Allure's Best of Beauty - so I want to see how it compares to Smashbox (my favorite primer thus far).

  5. Ooohh! I'm for sure going to have to try some of your product recommendations! My new favorite product is NARS velvet matte lip pencil. It's meant to be worn as lipstick, but it goes on like a pen pencil (without being drying). Check out my post about it here:
    It. Is. Awesome!


  6. I completely and totally agree a girl needs a LITTLE make up now and then! I love what you use, I think we have similar coloring and I can't wait to try some of your suggestions!


  7. you are so awesome! so honest and love it.
    thanks for sharing, no one else id rather get make up advice from then you my friend

  8. What you wear makeup?!?! Are you kidding me?! Lol I have been looking for a good primer! I will have to check out yours!

  9. You are SO fab! I'm a big fan of Urban Decay myself. Love their eyeshadow colors.


  10. Ok I literally use almost all the same products! You have good taste :)! I don't use the primer...I'll have to try it!

  11. Your beautiful!

    I love Laura M products! I use her foundation and primer too!

  12. I've seen Estee Lauder's Double Wear everywhere lately & I'm anxious to try. I know it's hard to judge exactly online but your coloring looks similar to mine...which shade are you using?


  13. I love that you wear lip smackers - I think the last time you talked about them you mentioned the Dr. Pepper flavor and I ran out to get it - I LOVE IT! And my husband appreciates that when he gives me a kiss he's not tasting CG or some other brand of lipstick - chapstick is great too because I can put it on without a mirror and not fear I'm going to look like a clown :)

    Thanks for the hints and tips girlie!

  14. Oh I love this post!!! I'm with you on the yummy tasting lipgloss as is my Beau--my Laura Mercier Baby Doll one tastes like a vanilla cupcake. I also love the fact that you'll get botox--I'm only 25, but I have a decent amount of friends who already do as a preventative measure...I'm sticking to weekly or bi weekly facials for now! Hope you're having a great Thursday. oxo

  15. you look tres fab!!! and I love love love Laura Mercier!

  16. Love your candor. What a beautiful photo as well! I use the same primer and mascara. What would I do without it?

  17. Girl, yes! I am so glad you are not ashamed to admit that you, too, love foundation. I love that I feel like I look 10x better in foundation and I'm okay with that!

  18. You are so fresh and honest~I love it. I'm a southern girl who loves her make-up too. Haven't gone the way of botox...yet, but it has crossed my mind lately!


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