Makeup Bag Monthly | II

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glossier priming rich, laura mercier radiance primer, colourpop lunch moneySo last month I posted my first ever makeup bag monthly post, which you can read hereI enjoyed the process immensely and I found that it did accomplish my goal of using up my products in a more methodical manner. I’ll be continuing these posts for the foreseeable future! I’m introducing some more fall-oriented products into this month’s bag.


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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $30 is my go-to for under the eyes. I reviewed it in-depth in my recent NARS Brand Experience Post. The light reflecting particles help to brighten the under-eye, the color warmth of the shade Custard color corrects against darkness, and the formula stays in place all day with a skin-like satin finish.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Concealer $28 is one of the best I’ve found for concealing blemishes and redness on the skin. It’s most similar to Tarte Shape Tape (kind of irritating that Shape Tape is an Ulta exclusive) in that it’s heavy duty and long wearing on the skin. I’m a huge fan of the original Double Wear Foundation and I love that this concealer mimics that formula so well.

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer $38, now this is kind of expensive, but I do think it’s worth it. The cold weather and the wind that comes with it wrecks my dry skin. The lack of sun means I go vampire pale, which can be hot, as long as I don’t look totally dead. A little goes a long way and the glow that this gives shines through even under more heavy duty foundations, which is why it’s a permanent fixture in my makeup bag.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light $22-46 is a go to for me in colder weather. The light yellow color works on my skintone as a setting powder. If you have light-medium yellow-toned skin this should work for you. It blends so well into the skin that I use it when I’m more tanned without it appearing ashy. This is a lightweight powder that brings radiance to the face and blurs it. I prefer a lighter powder in the winter because my skin gets so dry.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation $49 is the foundation I’ve been working through for a while now. I reviewed it here. I’ve been mixing it with Glossier’s Priming Rich Moisturizer $35 on good skin days just to even out my skintone, and on days where I want a more full face I’ve been using it over the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer.


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Hourglass Ambient Blush in Ethereal Glow $38–as you can see I’ve hit pan on this. This is my all time favorite blush; it really does give an ethereal glow. Cool toned pinks are one of the best ways to get that angelic look, which I really like for fall when I want to take a break from all the autumn tones. I plan to keep this product in My Monthly Makeup Bag until it’s completely finished.

MILK Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked $24 is an affordable cream bronzer that I have been loving lately. I’m not prepared to ditch my cream products completely in favor of powder for fall–this one is staying in my makeup bag for good. It’s creamy but not tacky. It sets well, warms the skin up naturally, and is blends seamlessly into whatever base you have on. I really enjoy this because it’s subtle and won’t make you look unnaturally tanned during winter.

MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek $24 in Quickie–is a sheer cream blush in the most divine berry shade. I have to say, I’ve never blushed this color from a quickie! But I do love it for fall. In an unusual twist for myself, I’ve become very into sheer blushes lately. I have moon cheeks so I usually prefer to wear a heavy blush, but this is just so lovely and natural. If you have freckles this is one of those products that would totally let them shine.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter $44–Everyone who has tried these seems to love them and I’m definitely on board with that. Gel is probably the wrong term because these set to a powder finish. The color is an almost-holographic peach shimmer. It’s an expensive product but I use about a grain of rice sized amount for my whole face. Even that’s too intense sometimes.

Colourpop Supershock Highlighter in Lunch Money $8–check out my Colourpop Brand Experience Post to see a full review on this product. I realized just now that this is the first item in my makeup bag that can’t be purchased at Sephora. Conclusion? Sephora is the homeland. I chose this shade because it’s still warm toned, but the light color will do well on my skin when I lose my color.


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Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Defining Black $5.92 is my favorite black eyeliner from the drugstore. It’s so intensely pigmented and the skinny pencil is the best for tight-lining. I prefer it to all of my high-end eyeliners. It doesn’t smudge once it sets. Sometimes I use it for winged eyeliner because the tip is so precise and it really is a gel in pencil form.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest Black $6.59 is my go to mascara. I’ve used it since it came out, which is almost 4 years I believe. Anytime I’ve strayed I come back wishing I hadn’t. I recently featured it in my Long Time Loves post, where I waxed poetic about it’s ability to give full, fluffy, curled lashes that look like falsies.

Anastasia Modern Reinassance Palette $42–I remember the excitement I had when I first saw this palette. I ordered it as soon as it was available directly from Anastasia’s website and used it almost exclusively for months. It’s been a bit neglected this summer due to my preference for more minimal makeup during warm months, but now that its fall I’m ready to bust it back out. In an effort to make sure I really dedicate myself to this beauty, it’s the only eyeshadow I am adding to my makeup bag this month! Let’s see if I can stick to it!


Maybelline Color Sensational in Smoking Red $5.49–(not pictured; couldn’t find it during photoshoot) Maybelline’s Demi Matte Formula are the newest addition to their Sensational Lipsticks and I love it just as much as the original Sensational lipsticks! The color Smoking Red is my perfect red, which has taken me about 7 years to find. I feel clownish in red unless its the absolute perfect shade for my undertones. I can’t stand anything too bright, and this red somehow looks really natural.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper $26–one of the best shades of one of the best lipstick formulas available. this is a dusty rose verging on brown with a very neutral undertone. It pulls warmer on me because of my skintone, but it’s a very universally flattering shade.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn $20–Regardless of how salty I am at the butchered spelling of my name here, I do love this shade. This is another product I bought last fall and kind of ignored during summer. I wore it a for a few nights out, but largely put it aside during the day. This is the perfect brownish pink color and it’s my all time favorite liquid lipstick. The best thing about Anastasia’s formula is that it doesn’t give you puckered butthole lips and it can be worn full coverage or sheered out as a stain.

So that’s all for my makeup bag this upcoming month! I decided to cut back a bit compared to last month so that I can really focus on giving some specific products love. Below is the usual shop this post widget and as always ignore it if you aren’t comfortable with me getting a small commission from your clicks! By the way, I’ve added a disclaimer page in the About Me tab for you all to read about how I utilize affiliate links in my posts.

What’s in your makeup bag for fall? Anything you’re super excited about? Let me know below and have a great day!