what's in our makeup bags?

My makeup bag and routine is pretty simple. Up until this past year I was using the same products over and over again. I watch a fair bit of beauty vlogs on YouTube, and combined with constant talk with Sam, I had decided that I wasn't happy with my usual products and wanted to change things up. Again, simple is pretty much my motto, so my list of products isn't too extensive.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. Prior to this foundation, I was using the Nars Tinted Moisturizer. I had decided to switch to this because I was looking for a bit more coverage than the tinted moisturizer. Overall, I find this foundation a bit thick and drying on my skin. Now, I use a bit of this mixed with the CC cream for a bit more coverage. I probably won't buy this again.

Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation. I used to love Mac's Studio Fix powder. That was my constant product. I decided to change it up purely on the basis that I wanted to try something different. I've been loving this powder—maybe even more than I loved Studio Fix.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream. This is my most recent purchase. I love the idea of a BB/CC cream, but this one isn't doing it for me. I like how it's an all-in-one, and that's the kind of simplicity I like in a product. This one in particular though, I find it doesn't 'absorb' well enough. The coverage is great, but I find myself a bit oily as the day goes on, and sitting on the surface of my skin too much. I definitely won't buy this one again.

MAC Eyeshadows. The main one I use is the brown one in the pot. I actually don't use it on my eyes, but as the base of my eyebrows. I feel like I take the most time and care into my brows, and I find them to be the most important part of my makeup routine. The other shadows (in the palette) are ones I've had for awhile now, and you can tell which ones I use. The orange/yellow/greens are from my crazy makeup phase in high school which are just sitting in the palette.

MAC Fluidline Eye-liner Gel. While I like this product, I am still on the hunt for a new liner.

Makeup Forever Aqua Brow. Possibly the best product I have purchased in the last 6 months. Not only does it build up nicely on the brows, it is virtually smudge proof. It's a waterproof product, but comes off easily with makeup remover. I find the colour match great, and this is something I am definitely going to buy again. Adjusting to the gel was a bit weird at first, but now I don't think twice about it.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara. I don't have much for eyelashes, so I find most mascaras the same. I prefer a mascara that provides more volume than length, and I find this one does both pretty well.

Makeup Forever 274 Straight Brush. I use this one for my eyebrows. Before this I was using a Sephora eyebrow brush. This one is WAY better. It has the little spoolie on one end which I love, and the angle is perfect for fine details. Love it.

Sephora 22 Pro Angled Liner Brush. For eyeliner. Does the trick.

Quo Definer Shadow Brush. Simple brush for eyeshadow. Works well enough.

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what's in our makeup bags?

Makeup Bag

I've recently taken quite an interest in makeup and skincare products and really perfecting my own regime. I've found some really great products over the last couple of months. I tend to focus on my base the most, hence why in my makeup bag there tend to be a couple of options for foundation and also a couple of options for concealing. Other than my base, my next area of focus would be eyes, and while I like to keep things simple and natural-looking, it is also a multiple step process made easy with some really great products.


Makeup Bag
MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush. I use this for buffing powder onto smaller areas.

Sephora Professional Buffing Brush. I use this for buffing powder onto larger areas of my face. I've had this brush for eons, and due for an update. It's not exactly my favourite brush for powder, as it tends to leave things a bit full-coverage for my liking, but it does manage to get the job done.

MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush. This used to be my favourite brush for use with those MAC eyeliner pots, but I very rarely wear eyeliner these days. Now, it's used for spot concealing and does a pretty great job of it.

Sephora Pro Foundation Brush 47. A recent purchase for applying liquid foundation. It does a great job of blending in the foundation without leaving any streaks.

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer. I love Tarte's Amazonian Clay line, and this tinted moisturizer is no exception. It provides very minimal coverage, but is also quite buildable. The colour match is great too.

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation. For days when I need a little something more. Coverage is light but again also quite buildable. The colour is likely getting a bit light on me these days (that darn sun!), so unfortunately I doubt that I'll be wearing a whole lot of this in the coming months. It's a bit of a bummer as it's quite a radiant foundation, but what can you do?!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Arguably the best concealer ever. It does a great job of covering dark circles, and in a pinch can double as blemish coverage too.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder. My forever go-to for pressed powder. I used to use all MAC products and have since found better alternatives for most all other products except for this. They recently changed the packaging, and while I thought it was great at first glance, I'm now a little miffed about it.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. An excellent duo concealer that is fantastic for covering blemishes. The shade on the left takes care of that, while the shade on the right is incredibly bright and I tend to use to get a very bright under-eye area. 

Makeup Bag
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The best product to get rid of creasing from eyeshadow.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. This is one of those products that you don't think that you need until you try it. Trust me, you do. I always had the clumpiest or smudgiest bottom lashes from using a full sized brush, and this mascara takes care of that issue.

L’oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. I waver between using this and Lancome's Hypnose, but considering this is a fraction of the price, I'd say it's my #1 pick for mascara. It adds a ton of volume and thickness to lashes.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. The best of the best brow pencils.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette. And the best of the best eyeshadow palettes.

Sephora Professional Crease Shadow Brush. I use this for exactly what it says. Putting a darker shade in the crease!

Sephora Dome Shadow Brush. This is great for smudging a bit of shadow under my bottom lashes.

Sephora Professional Small Eyeshadow Brush.

Sephora Eyeshadow Brush.

MAC Powder Blush in Melba. I find that I have a bit of a tough time with blush. I am definitely more of a powder blush kinda gal, and absolutely need a little bit of it to not look dead. It’s all in finding the right hue though, and I’m not sure if this one is the right for me. I’ve got my eye on an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush.

NARS Laguna Bronzer. The most versatile bronzer for most people, am I right?

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. I'm obsessed with Aesop products, and this hand cream is the shit. It smells amazing, doesn't make my skin freakout, and leaves my hands super soft.

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What's in your makeup bag?

call it magic

It's been awhile! Life has been so busy lately! As a result, our blog has been neglected. As well, Sam and I have been taking some time to really think about what sort of content we want to share. I'm looking forward for us to be in the same city so we can really brainstorm, and to obviously spend time together.

While we mull things over, our posts will be sporadic. But today, I have some silly outfit shots to share!

These pants could very well be a work uniform! I think half the girls I work with own these pants. It's fantastic though, because they are suuuuuper comfortable and super fun! It's like wearing pyjamas, but seemingly more dressy. Next time I wear them, I intend to pair them with my favorite lace-up pink suede wedges. The choices are endless!

My only thing is about fun pants is having top options! Especially since they are high waisted with an elastic waistband, it's hard to decide the right shirt to wear with the pants without looking too casual. Especially for work. This shirt seems to go well with most all of my high waisted pants (which is uhhh, mostly all of them), and shows off my unfinished tattoo!

While cleaning and re-organizing my closet last night, I realized that in the past couple years my clothing choices have gotten a lot more colourful. Throughout the end of high school and most of university my entire wardrobe consisted of black and grey. While this is still holds true for my basics, I have thrown in some colourful patterns and florals in to mix it up. I'm really enjoying it!

I hope all is well with all of you, and we look forward to sharing more soon!

Thanks to Jess for taking these photos! 

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