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.

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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).


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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.


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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.

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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!)


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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.

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

11 comments:

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!
xoxo
Suzanne
www.writtenbysuzanne.com

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
opal-and-violet.blogspot.com

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

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

BEAUTY IS TASTE said...

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 masalamangomantra.blogspot.com 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!