March 28, 2013

Behind the Scenes: In My Makeup Bag

I've gotten so many requests from readers and followers to share my makeup routine and daily products that I use. I apologize for making you wait so long, friends. Whenever I have lots of questions and comments about certain topics I always try to put it at the top of my priority list - this one, unfortunately, took a little longer than planned! I'm not a product junkie - when I find something I love I use it forever. My makeup routine stays pretty much the same from day to night I just amp it up for nighttime. Read on for a full list of products and color guide.

Pond's Luminous Day Lotion // Pond's Dry Skin Cream // Pond's Luminous Cream Cleanser

As you know from this post, I've recently become a Pond's convert - and I'm not turning back. I've been using the Luminous products for a little over two weeks and I can tell such a difference in my skin.


Brushes: e.l.f. // Sonia Kashuk  
(They've discontinued the Sonia Kashuk brush - why I will never know! It's amazing! You can buy them separately, though - brush and sponge)

I use Maybelline's BB Cream (light to medium) every day over my entire face. Then, I dab my foundation (Cool Dusk) on my forehead, nose, chin and cheeks and blend with the Sonia Kashuk brush (not the sponge). After that, I apply the Estee Lauder concealer (warm light to medium) wherever necessary and use the sponge to blend (I use a "dabbing" motion). I use the L'Oreal concealer (fair/light) under my eyes as it's a little thicker and covers dark circles better. Finally, I set everything with the Estee Lauder pressed powder (light to medium).


L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara // Julep Volumizing Mascara // e.l.f. Liquid Liner
e.l.f Eyebrow Kit // e.l.f Eyeshadow

My eyes are my favorite part of my makeup routine. I use e.l.f.'s ivory over my entire lid to create a base. Then I do my brows - e.l.f.'s eyebrow kit is the best. Then, eyeshadow, liner, mascara. It may be a little dramatic for some, but I use liquid liner every day and just thicken the line up for a nighttime look. My two favorite brushes are this one and this one from e.l.f.


Until you're hooked on non-shimmer bronzer you don't realize how important it is. I scored this NYX compact (medium) in my IFB swag bag and have been using it ever since. It's perfect for contouring or just giving you a little touch of color - and it pairs perfectly with e.l.f.'s blush (pink passion). My brushes of choice are this one for bronzer, this one for blush, and this one for blending it all together.


Zuzu Luxe in Caliente // Revlon Love that Red // OPI Cha-Ching Cherry (discontinued) // 
Estee Lauder Electric (discontinued) // Revlon Love that Pink

On any given day these are the colors that you'll find me in. Yes, I love bright lips - all day, every day. The Zuzu Luxe lip gloss is hands-down the best gloss I've found for deep, saturated color - not to mention Caliente is the perfect bluish-red (great for making your teeth look extra white in pictures!)


Essie Bazooka // OPI Over the Taupe // SpaRitual Dreamsicle // OPI Cajun Shrimp // Essie Bordeaux

I change my nail color every week - it's a Saturday ritual for me. I also like to experiment with lots of colors.  However, I constantly come back to a few tried-and-true favorites. OPI's Cajun Shrimp is my signature color.


Hope you enjoyed this peek inside my makeup bag! If you have questions about any of the products featured please tweet or email me!



paperjunk-lc said...

I love Ponds too! Great for dry skin. I will definitely try some of your other products listed.
Thanks for sharing.

Alyssa said...

I love reading about people's product picks. We have a lot of the same faves!

Morgan Neal said...

Great post!

Sarah Wyland said...

I use that same BB CReam - love it! I'm going to try Ponds - my skin has been so dry lately and I've never settled onto a skincare regime that I love. My favorite Olay product recently went off the market too so I've got to switch it up whether I want to or not. :)

Suzanne S. said...

I think it is so much fun to see what beauty products others are using. :)
Love the colour of those lipsticks!

The Now said...

Love seeing your makeup! I haven't used Ponds in years but your face is so pretty, maybe I should :) xoox

Jordan Skiles said...

I'll definitely try out the Pond's system next time I run out! I have several ELF blushes that are constantly in rotation for me too! :)

xo, Jordan

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

Love everything in your bag, Julie! That's my all time favorite mascara, too. Use it every day! x


That bb cream works like magic great post;)

Sam (Savvy City Chic) said...

I need to try Pond's. I have heard really good things about it for sensitive skin like mine.

Reshma at said...

Ponds! when I used to live in India, Ponds used to be my favourite! Never looked for it here in Canada...but it does brings back great memories!

I like your idea of the Saturday rituals for nail colour! I should be doing that too! Thanks for the motivation!

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