This blog post is about one of my *relatively new* favorite things:
I would say the initial launch of Fenty Beauty was when I first started investing serious time and money into learning about makeup more seriously. Before then, I would play around on my visits to the drugstore.
Frankly, I love Rihanna so I had to support. While I still consider myself to be a beginner, I do have a vanity full of products I have splurged on. That said, I love a good shopping trip to Sephora and Ulta but that does not mean that I do no not spend my share of time in Walgreens and Target grabbing more budget friendly items.
For the most part I have always known how to apply foundation, eyeliner, and mascara (funny thing is that I don’t really have lashes though. Who is gon help ya girl out with applying the falsies?!). I could do a little color on the eyelids as well.
BUT HONEY, when it came time to learn how to “bake”, apply a transition color for my shadow, do a winged liner, highlight, and contour, I was…
- On the struggle bus
- Clutching my pearls
Or any other term you could think of that could describe me not being able to figure it all out!
Eye makeup is still my weakness. Nevertheless I find myself at the vanity “playing” with my makeup more often than not these days. It is so comforting and it does not hurt that I feel a boost in confidence when I have a “beat” face!
I decided to share with you a list of “what’s in my makeup bag” today. To help my readers out, I have decided forgo an exhaustive list of each makeup category to instead show you my higher end items and lower end items that could easily be swapped for one another depending on your budget. Also, I use the terms “higher end” and “lower end” loosely because that is all relative to an individual. Furthermore, I do not have what I consider to be “higher end” and “lower end” products of all makeup categories so I want to be careful to only speak about what I know while ensuring the content is worthwhile to you.
Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer & Maybelline Master Prime
My Smashbox primer is honestly the travel size because it was friendly to my wallet at the time of purchase. I have only been using it for about a month and I like it. The Maybelline has been my day one go to. I need to keep using the Smashbox so until then, I vote for the master prime.
Foundation: Fenty & Maybelline Fit Me
The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is tried and true. It has a matte option and a dewy option depending on your preference. This was my primary foundation before transitioning to Fenty. I really love my Fenty but honestly, they are equally recommended!
Highlighter: Fenty Shimmer Stick & Maybelline Master Chrome
As a part of my Fenty haul, I purchased the match stix set. The rum highlighter stick is really good. I’ve noticed that I prefer the control of a more powdered highlight for my cheekbones. I do use the stick for my brow bone, cupid’s bow, and bridge of my nose though. The Maybelline packs a punch for the sticker but I currently feel like I need both since I find them to be useful for different reasons.
Concealer: Bare Minerals BARESKIN & LA Girl Pro Concealer
When I first got into the world of highlighting and contouring, all the YouTube girls were using LA Girl Pro Concealer. I loved that I could find this in the beauty supply store I frequented and that it was so affordable that I could buy several shades until I found the right one. These are tried and true. I dabbled in Bare Minerals at one point and purchased the powder foundation and grabbed a concealer from them. I used this one more frequently that the LA Girl but I think it is more about getting my money’s worth for the product that it is about preference. You cannot go wrong with either.
Contour: Fenty & Maybelline Super Stay Foundation Stick
I couldn’t tell if I did not know how to contour correctly when using the Fenty stick or if it was the product. I recently started using a foundation stick, in Mocha and I really like it better. It is not as thick so I find it easier to blend.
Eyeshadow: Jackie Aina & Revolution
I was excited about both the price tag and the pigment of the Revolution palette when I first purchased it. It looks really good on and the pigment is pretty good but Jackie’s partnership with ABH is perfect as we prep for fall. I was torn as to whether or not these two are really comparable, but they both have fall-ish colors so I went with it. I am really loving Jackie’s palette right now.
Brow Mascara: NYX Tinted Brown Mascara & Benefit Gimme Brow
My NYX tinted brow mascara has been my ride or die. Admittedly, I do not know how to fill in my brows so the mascara works beautifully. The truth is I do not really like the look of mine filled in since my brows tend to flourish on their own. I get them done at the Benefit counter at Ulta and someone recommended their brow kit which included Gimme Brow. I have been using their pencil and mascara since but I think this one is a toss-up. However your pockets are feeling, go with that one. You cannot go wrong.
Powder: Sasha Buttercup & Revolution Banana Powder
As a bonus, my cousin put me on to hard candy’s translucent powder which could potentially be a dupe for the Laura Mercier. Do not quote me on this though. I have it, I just need to give it more use!
As I was writing this, I had a section to discuss lipsticks but I have way too many that they may warrant a post of their own?
I acknowledge that moving forward I may want to start researching brands more deeply to look into who is cruelty free and who uses better ingredients but I need some time for that.
Until then, what’s in your makeup bag? I’m itching to add to my vanity!