Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's in Jill's Makeup Bag?

It's that time again! My great friend and personal product guru Jill, a professional makeup artist and cosmetology educator at PB Beauty School in NJ, is back today for her monthly post. Beauty is her passion and she's gracious enough to stop by here once a month to share her knowledge and favorites with us. 
Follow Jill on Instagram: @kicksandlipsticks
Previous blogs by Jill:
Bargain Beauty Buys, LUSHtastic

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Hello again everyone! I am getting ready to head out on vacation this Friday on a 15 night Disney Cruise through the Panama Canal. That being said, packing for a total of 18 days is giving me a ton of anxiety. Over the years of traveling with Steph I have become much better about packing, especially with space saving. See her shout out on Ebags Packing Cubes here, we both really find them useful! This month I want to share with you my travel makeup must haves. What I can't live without. Most makeup artists have their own personal Ulta at their disposal, so picking and choosing what to bring can be difficult. Of all my "babies," the following is what I just can't be without! 

I'm not going to break down my skin care essentials because we talked about it last month, but you can read about my beauty routine here in case you missed it. I find the Slim Packing Cube to be really useful in packing those items. It is perfect for holding my toiletries, just the right size and it has a strap for convenient hanging in a hotel bathroom.
I got this awesome quad of travel bags when I was shopping around in Victoria's Secret a few weeks ago, they were only $29.95. They're not available in this print anymore but they have a ton of similar items on their website. I like that the pieces in this set can fit inside the large one or can be thrown in a purse or beach bag separately.

  
I will also be using my Eve Pearl Satchel Drawstring Makeup Bag ($34) This thing is a Mary Poppins bag of sorts. It holds so much! It cinches up and also has a convenient strap.
I love Eve and really like a lot of her products - check her out if you aren't familiar! Her line is very skin friendly. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks back and have to share these pics of Eve and I, also me and one of Eve's Emmys (a girl can dream!).

  My Makeup Must Haves:

Face Staples

This stuff is amazing and literally worth every cent. I often work 11 hr days sweating behind a blow dryer and this stuff doesn't budge. It goes on smooth and gives the skin a nice glow.
I use this bronzer everyday. It is quite big and I would say it lasts me about six months. I love this for a little sun-kissed look or even to do my cheek contour with.
I know this is pricey, but I use it to just highlight my cheekbones and my chin. Nothing I have ever tried worked as well as this. Highlighting powder is helpful in giving the face dimension especially in pictures!
This shimmering powder can be used on the face and the body. I use it a lot in the summer on my collarbones and upper chest to give the skin some glow. I love sparkles so if I can make my skin sparkle like Edward Cullen in Twilight I am buying it.
Melba, Sunbasque, and Devil all have orange or coral undertones. I love these for summer but Melba is my main blush I wear all year round!
I have pretty thick brows so I do not use a pencil or a brow paste. I simply use the powder duo to just fill in the shape. It sets nicely and it isn't overly dramatic. Also, when I wash it off it's easy to remove, not like a paste that sometimes leaves you looking like Groucho Marx.
This liner is AMAZING! I have it in a few colors and will be packing it in brown and black. The best part about this besides being waterproof is that there is a built in sharpener in the cap, no reason to pack one because this baby is always sharp!
I use this to spot treat any blemishes that arise and I also will use this to contour and brighten under the eye. This is probably my go to concealer line for when I am working as well. It comes in a ton of shades as well as three color correcting shades. 
I use this in place of a colored setting powder. I like the way it sits on my skin and it is lightweight and translucent so it can be worn with any skin tone and it is talc-free so it does not dry out the skin.


I had been using Calvin Klein CK One Mascara for a while and LOVED IT! Then of course like most things we find and love, it was discontinued. I have been bouncing from mascara to mascara since to find one I like. This is the current one I am using and honestly I do really like it, it lengthens and defines and the brush is nice. Plus, its waterproof.

LIPS

I love Lipstick. I think I am like most women, in that even if I am not doing a full face of makeup a little lip color and mascara is something we gravitate to. Just makes you feel good.

Can't say enough about this stuff. I am obsessed. The color is super pigmented, goes on and stays on. Smooth and creamy application and doesn't dry out the lips like many matte lipsticks can.
 I really like to have a variety of lipsticks no matter what the occasion, so I know it seems like I am packing a lot of them but I just can't choose one or two. I love them all so much!
13.) Lip Liners and Lip Glosses 
These are all a bunch of shades that compliment most lipsticks, pinky orange undertones are kind of what looks best on my skin so that makes up a large portion of my personal collection.

EYES 

I love having a few options for eyes as well. I have my fall back shades that I tend to use everyday but on vacation when I have a little more time to play around I like trying new looks and using a little more color.

 This is my favorite shadow palette, I love the colors in it and it is always my go to.
 I do not need to bring this but I just picked it up and will play around with it on my trip. I like the colors in it so far and any UD shadow is good quality.
I am obsessed with these glitters. They have a built-in primer that sits above the loose sparkle pigment. I like to be glittery and I love both of these shades so much.

Lastly, Brushes

What is an artist without a brush? I love Real Techniques Brushes. They are my go-to for work and play. Plus you can't beat the quality for the price! The three sets that they make are perfect for face, eye and brow. I really feel like you do not need anything besides the three kits listed below. In addition they come in a great little travel case. Also, right now at Ulta you can get them Buy 1, Get 1 50% off . They run this deal a lot so its a good chance to stock up on them.

19.) Dose of Colors Brushes 
Vegan and Cruelty Free, soft and great upscale addition to any brush collection
Love this for working on my eyes, especially when creating a little more of a smokey look.
This is perfect for applying blush, plus it is so soft and fluffy it feels great on the skin

One last little gem I can't forget about is my Mac Fix + Setting Spray. I use this to lock my makeup in and I also will use it on the beach or by the pool for a refreshing mist on my skin when its hot.
Mac has made it in a small travel size and you can grab it for $10 dollars. Not bad.

 
I hope you guys have enjoyed taking a peek into my travel bag. I have my makeup figured out now its on to packing my clothes and shoes! Yikes, I am glad with Southwest Bags Fly Free!
 Bon Voyage Beauties! See you next month!!

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Thanks so much to Jill for the peek inside of her makeup bag. Did you find anything you liked? 



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25 comments:

  1. Makeup is something that I'm always okay to overpack with because it doesn't take up much room!! Jill's cruise sounds like it will be amazing! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Same! I wish I could take it all with me lol

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  2. This is the third time I have heard about those packing cubes - I seriously need to invest! Also, so jealous of Jill's 15 day cruise!

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    1. You will not regret buying them. They really are genius!

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  3. Jill, I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise! Thanks for the glimpse into your makeup bag! And I had forgotten about MAC lip glass. I used to use it all the time.

    Steph, the Naked palette is my most favorite eye makeup thing I have ever used after the Too Faced Country one I just bought. Thank you so much!

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    1. Mac lip glass is amazing! Pick one of those shades up if your into pinky tones- they are my favorites!

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  4. Oh man... I wish I was better at make-up. I only use cruelty-free products so it limits me a little bit, but I have plenty of options out there, especially off this list. I need to learn how to do brows... Hmm...
    Um, also: SO JEALOUS of the Disney Cruise... Like, insanely jealous.

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    1. I am totally with you in the cruelty free! I try my best to stick with products that I know aren't tested. Brows will be coming up so stay tuned!

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  5. All the girly stuff happening here. I'm a mascara & powder girl - that's it. Should I hang my head in shame? :) haha

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    1. No way! Powder and mascara are def great to do! On my no makeup days I always have to put mascara on I feel naked without it! What's your favorite one?

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  6. So other than the MUF powder, naked palette, and MAC lip gloss....I don't think I have tried any of these things. SO much to consider!!!

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    1. Let me know what you try! The UD shimmering powder is life! I love that stuff

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  7. I am loving the Naked One Urban Decay Eye Shadow palette. Gorgeous! I also love MAC lip glass. My lips dry out so easily (it's really embarrassing) so I avoid most regular lipsticks because of it. Thus, I am intrigued by Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipsticks since you said they weren't drying. I love lip gloss but sometimes you need to rock a full-on lipstick! I also struggle with finding a good foundation so I'm going to check out the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation you mentioned too. Have a great cruise!

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    1. the Nars foundation is worth every penny, alittle but goes along way so I would say wearing it everyday one bottle will last me about 2 months maybe almost 3. And the dose of colors are nice, try a lip scrub prior to applying any lipstick that will help with the dryness. I struggle with dry cracked lips a lot and that has really helped.

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  8. oh man!!!! So many good options and picks here! I've heard so many things about the Nars foundation but haven't bit the bullet on it because it's just so expensive. Perhaps I should just suck it up! As I get older, I care more about skin based things than I used to and I love the powders here. Great list, thank you for this amazing resource. PS The NAKED pallette is life.

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    1. I agree naked is life! Lol try the Nars I felt the same way at first about the price but it really is so worth it. I have been so pleased with the results from it. If you would like to try a different on that's alittle less expensive the UD Naked foundation is nice as well as the Benefit Oxygen Wow. I have used both in the past and they didn't disappoint.

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  9. so many things i now want to buy! i LOVE the nyx concealer. so much.i really like drugstore products, and mascara is my favourite to play with, but the better than sex is definitely my favourite right now and has been for almost a year. i haven't tried the waterproof one yet! i am going on a cruise in june and i am definitely worried about packing makeup because there will be days with no makeup, normal nights and fancy nights and that is just so much pressure lol

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    1. enjoy your cruise! And drugstore products are def great to play around with. I love so many things it's hard to pick just one or two as my favs!

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  10. These products look awesome. More awesome is your gift of making others look fabulous and feel great. I immediately feel better when I put even a bit of makeup on myself! Goddess speed for a great vacation.
    Love. Steph's. Momma

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    1. Thank you!! I'll be missing my cruise buddies Mike and Steph but I know we will have a blast! Xo

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  11. Damn! I wish I had seen this before I went out and purchased the Sephora concealer for literally $10 more than this NYX one! But I'll definitely be picking up the MAC blush and setting spray before my vacation! Also, I just picked up the Lush mask you (and Steph) raved about last month, and am very excited to try it out tonight. Have a great trip!

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    1. O yay! I'm so excited you are gonna try it's! You won't regret it!

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  12. I don't even know where I would start with packing for an 18-day trip. I'm already an over-packer when it comes to clothes so I can foresee two full suitcases unless there's a washer/dryer on the trip lol. The VS quad of travel bags sounds really great to compress makeup and toiletries. I will have to check that out.

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    1. I am overwhelmed to say the least with packing for this trip! I have packed lots of clothes pins a tip I learned from traveling with steph to hang things to dry.

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  13. Those lip gloss colors are gorgeous!! I love your taste in colors!!

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