What’s In My Makeup Bag

Since we’ve been talking about makeup in this week’s Mom Makeover challenge, I thought it would be fun to give you a peek inside my makeup bag. I always love talking makeup with friends!

What one busy homeschool mom keeps in her makeup bag!

I have a confession to make. Are you ready for this? Okay, here goes.

I never leave the house without at least minimal makeup.

Not even when I’m “just going to Walmart.” (My husband always says, “Why do you need to wear makeup? It’s just Walmart.” It’s kind of a joke between us, because we both know I’m not even going to Walmart without makeup on.)

Before you judge, let me tell you a little bit of my story.

See, I’ve dealt with acne my whole life. Even in my 40’s, I’m still dealing with acne.

Usually most people can’t tell, because as long as I use Benzoyl Peroxide twice a day, I don’t have breakouts.

And, believe me, I’ve tried every natural acne cure known to man: salicylic acid, coconut oil, essential oils, bentonite clay, green clay, manuka honey, gluten free diets, dairy-free diets, etc. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. And none of it works.

After I’ve totally messed my skin up with all that natural stuff, I always go back to my Benzoyl Peroxide, and after a few weeks, my skin clears back up.

So, because I have less-than-perfect skin, I wear makeup whenever I go out.

And before you imagine a heavily-made-up woman, sometimes people can’t even tell that I have any on (in fact, one of my daughter’s friends said to her, “Your mom doesn’t wear makeup, does she?” My daughter said it’s because I don’t wear enough 🙂 ).

Mostly I just try to even out my skin tone, cover blemishes and scars, and try to look a little brighter.

My Makeup Bag

my makeup bag

This past Christmas, my mom surprised me with this adorable pink and coral makeup bag from Clinique that was filled with new makeup!

Inside the bag was eye shadow, blush, lip gloss, eye liner, two mascaras, and eye cream. It was such a fun gift!

I’ve been wearing Clinique makeup since I was about 13, when my dermatologist recommended it to me.

During my teen years, I also used their skincare line, but now I just use my homemade soap, rose petal witch hazel toner, and Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment.

Everyday Makeup

I don’t wear a lot of makeup for everyday. My goal with my everyday makeup is to look like I’m not wearing any. 🙂

Whenever I’m staying home for the day, I usually give my skin a break from foundation and just wear lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss.

Sometimes I add mascara and brow ink (because for some reason my eyebrows have faded with age!).

If I think there’s a possibility I might be seeing someone other than family, I’ll go ahead and put on concealer, foundation, and some eye makeup.

everyday makeup

What I Wear for Everyday

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  1. Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer #2 Peach
  2. Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Classic Nude
  3. Corral ‘Em Eye Firming Gel from Cowgirl Dirt love that this is all-natural! (read my Cowgirl Dirt review here)
  4. beauty sponge blender
  5. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Peppermint Lip Balm (I wear this morning and night!)
  6. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue
  7. Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in beige nude
  8. Hard Candy Brow Ink in light medium (I love this stuff, and used to get it at Walmart for a few dollars, but it’s getting hard to find, so I’m thinking of switching to this. My daughter has been using it and she says it’s even better than the Hard Candy one.)
  9. Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
  10. Clinique Skinny Stick Eyeliner in Slimming Black
  11. Elf Eyeshadow Brush
  12. Elf Concealer Brush
  13. Elf Brow Comb and Brush
  14. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup in Buff (This is the only makeup I’ve tried that doesn’t cause breakouts.)
  15. Cowgirl Dirt Yeehaw Lipstick in Seattle Slew (not pictured, but I’ve been using this every day for years now—it’s a favorite!) I wear this over the Bite Beauty lipstick above, kind of as a lip gloss.

Going Out Makeup

As I mentioned above, I never leave the house without at least minimal makeup on. But whenever I’m going somewhere, I’ll put forth a bit more effort, especially with my eye makeup.

Mostly it’s the same products, but I do add in a few things.

my makeup bag

What I Wear for Going Out

  1. Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Shadow (my daughter just talked me into this one!)
  2. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder
  3. Clinique All About Shadow Quad
  4. Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer #2 Peach
  5. Clinique All About Eyes cream
  6. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue
  7. Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in beige nude
  8. Hard Candy Eye Shadow Primer
  9. Hard Candy Brow Ink in light medium
  10. Clinique High Impact Mascara in black
  11. Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in Wink Pop (not a huge fan of this, I prefer the Cowgirl Dirt Bullet Proof lip glaze)
  12. Elf Eyeshadow Brush
  13. Elf Concealer Brush
  14. Elf Brow Comb and Brush
  15. Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple
  16. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup in Buff
  17. Kabuki powder brush
  18. beauty sponge blender
  19. (Not pictured) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (This is the only thing even somewhat close to moisturizer that I ever use. That’s because it’s the only thing that doesn’t break my skin out. I’ve been using this since I was 13.)
  20. (Not pictured) Maybelline Define-a-Line eyeliner in Ebony Black

Why So Few Natural Choices?

Honestly, I would love to switch all my makeup over to more natural things. However, there are a few things that have prevented me from doing this.

my makeup bag

Number one, I’ve got the acne issue. I’ve never been able to find a natural foundation or moisturizer that doesn’t cause me to break out. So, I feel like I have no choice but to continue on with Neutrogena and Clinique.

Number two, performance. I’ve tried many natural makeup products in the past, but most of them were a disappointment. The company that I’ve stayed with the longest is Cowgirl Dirt. I especially love their eye firming cream, the lipstick, and the lip gloss. My girls also love their body glitter. If you know of a natural makeup company with products that perform like professional makeup, I’d love to hear about it!

And the final thing that has prevented me from totally switching over to all-natural makeup is cost. Most of the makeup I’ve purchased is fairly inexpensive (the Clinique makeup listed above was a gift from my mom). Many of the natural makeup companies are more expensive and have high shipping fees.

I’d love to hear what your favorite makeup is. Let me know in the comments!

Other Posts in The Mom Makeover Challenge series:

  1. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 1: Renew Your Mind
  2. Week 1 Progress Report: 5 Bible Verses for Hard Times
  3. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 2: Make Sleep a Priority
  4. Week 2 Progress Report: How to Get to Bed on Time
  5. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 3: Prioritize Exercise
  6. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 4: Overhaul Your Wardrobe
  7. Week 4 Progress Report: Nothing to Wear? Shop Your Closet!
  8. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 5: Update Your Look
  9. Week 5 Progress Report: What’s in My Makeup Bag
  10. The Mom Makeover Challenge Week 6: Cultivate Delight
  11. Week 6 Update: Making Time for Mother Culture

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  1. I am so glad I found your blog. I love it! I always love seeing what’s inside other people’s bags because nine times out of ten, i’m going to buy something they have and love! My Mom got me using Clinique when I was a teenager, too. They’re products never fail my super sensitive skin. I’ve been wanting to try Hard Candy products and I’d never heard of Cowgirl dirt but now I really want to try that line, too!

  2. I am terrible in doing proper make up. My wedding day was the first and last day when I had applied maximum layers of make up on my face. I too have acne break out problems. The maximum I can do with make up is pressing my face with some compact powder and putting a dark lipstick. I love to wear eyeliner though. But since I need to wear glasses all the time, so the effort of putting eyeliners goes in vain. To be honest , i get awestruck when I see women around me carrying make up in an elegant manner and look so beautiful.

    1. I know what you’re talking about regarding the need to wear glasses! I also wear glasses much of the time, but I go ahead and put on eye makeup anyway if I’m going out. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. I always think it’s fun – and a great way to discover new products – taking a look in someone’s makeup bag. I really enjoyed this peek into yours. And I never leave the house without at least minimal makeup either 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  4. Have you looked at 100% pure? They are a bit expensive but I’ve heard great things about them. So far I love Cowgirl Dirt, it’s all I use. And I was excited to hear that Young Living just came out with a make up line.

    1. Yes, I’ve looked at their website many times, but I still haven’t tried them yet (because of the expense thing 🙂 ). I hadn’t heard that about Young Living—how neat!

  5. It was fun to read what’s in your makeup bag! My daughter deals with acne so I’m going to share what works for you!
    Visiting from #SittingAmongFriends

  6. Oh, thank you for this post! I love peeking into other ladies makeup bags and gleaning ideas on products that work. I am like you – I wear minimal makeup when I go out anywhere – except to the beach/pool on a cruise – and for the same reason. I have very uneven skin tone along with acne scars and hormonal brown spots. Yay adulting! 🙂

    I’m also one that most people don’t know I wear makeup. And honestly, I’m not sure my minimal effort makes a lot of difference but it makes me feel better.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Karla! And I had to laugh—I’m not sure my minimal effort makes a ton of difference either, but it does make me feel better too! 🙂

  7. I use the Almay line for my mascara, blush, and powder which I really like. For lips I use the Naked Bee brand, they have a Rose tinted lip balm that is natural looking. The only foundation I like is the Maybelline Fit Me, it gives really good coverage to even out skin tone. I like a natural, but polished look!

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