What’s in My Makeup Bag

What’s in My Makeup Bag

If you’re like me, some beauty and makeup products get used to the bottom of the jar, then replaced. The rest end up under the sink, never to be finished. I like to experiment with new things but few earn a permanent spot in my regime. Here’s what’s being used up and replaced in my beauty arsenal these days.

I use these sunscreens… every…single…day. Rain or shine, indoor day or out. And yes, I know that layering sunscreen does not increase your SPF coverage, but I use these for different purposes.

I start with this Josie Maran which I use as my face and neck moisturizer. Then this Athelios gets slathered on my neck, chest, and arms. Next, I use this Brightening Perfector on my face as a makeup primer. I follow up with this Elta MD which acts as my tinted moisturizer since I don’t wear foundation.

I use this Men’s Rogaine morning and night, without fail. My doctor told me to use the men’s version which has helped my thinning hair a lot. Before blow drying, I spray the roots of my hair with this Body Builder. After my hair is dry I spray with this Doo Over which adds tons of volume.

I’ve used this mascara for years. The unique comb-like brush goes on smoothly and never clumps. I use it in black.

This stay-on lip fixation is non-drying and long-lasting. I use it as a base under all my lip colors so when my lipstick wears off, I still have some tint on. This Airbrush Concealer paints on with its own brush and never looks cakey. I apply it to the inside corner and under my eyes, as the last step to brighten any shadows. I also brush it under my eyebrows to open the eyes.

I stock up and buy the above products in multiples because I know I’ll use them.

What do you love and used to the end of the container? I’d love to know.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. October 24, 2017 / 4:34 am

    I use a Jane Iredale concealer and love it…she has great products. This was fun…I love to see what other women are wearing.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Jane Iredale is a great line! Why haven’t I tried her concealer? Thanks Pam

  2. Gail Schwartz
    October 24, 2017 / 4:48 am

    Boots No. 7 from Target: serum, day cream and night cream, have been my standard for years. I’m 70 and everyone says I look 50 ish. Glad to hear you promoting sunscreen all year long. It’s been my rule. Laroche-Posay Anthelios is one of the best. Neutrogena with Helioplex is good too.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 8:13 am

      I’ve heard great things about the Boots line. Sunscreen is so important. Always. I had melanoma several years ago so I take my sun protection seriously.

  3. Eileen Ternullo
    October 24, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Thanks for this information! I also have sensitive skin, and fair complexion, and fine hair. Very helpful.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 8:10 am

      I’m happy it helps Eileen! The older I get the more sensitive my skin becomes.

  4. October 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Love hearing your recs, Jennifer, as I have similar coloring. I’m a fan of the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Fair. What is the name of the Lip Fixation shade shown in your last photo? It looks really pretty.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      The shade is Fascination. I’ve worn it for years Ann, and hope they don’t discontinue it!

  5. Janet
    October 24, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Thank you! Very helpful with my fair sensitive skin and fine hair!

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      My pleasure Janet!

  6. Carolyn Shaw
    October 24, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I see in the past you have used Nioxin and now you use Rogaine for Men. What do you think is the best?

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      I have had my best success with the men’s 5% Rogaine. When I tried the Nioxin, I used the 2% which was not as strong.

  7. Bonna Nichols
    October 24, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Rodan and Fields skin care is the program I have been on for about 3 years and I love it. Make up is Estee Lauder. I’ve tried the tinted moisturizer and there just isn’t enough coverage for me. Eye makeup is where I experiment.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      I love playing with eye makeup! It is flat out fun to try new techniques and colors. I’ve heard very good things about the Rodan and Fields line.

  8. Lisa Merritt
    October 24, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I love to see what others use, you can learn so much! I have recently started using Australian Gold tinted sunscreen. I found it through Hot and Flashy’s YouTube channel and I really like it.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      I haven’t heard of that! I will have to check it out. Angie is wonderful!!

  9. Carolyn Lassonde
    October 24, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    This is so helpful! I often get overwhelmed with all of the choices for make-up/skin care. It’s nice to know about some products that have stood the test of time from a trusted source!

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      There is way too much out there Carolyn. I find comfort in these products and feel happy with their quality.

  10. Julie from Melbourne,Australia
    October 24, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I cannot live without my La Mav Wrinkle Smoothing Creme,as it is a moisturising lotion that absorbs really well.I also love their serums.La Mav is an organic skincare range from Australia and great for sensitive skin.
    I also cannot live without my Inika loose mineral foundation powder.
    I used to use Jane Iredale mascara and thanks for reminding me of it,as I really liked it and am in need of a new mascara.

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      I’ve not heard of the La Mav brand. I love that it’s organic. I’ll have to see if it’s available in the US!

      • Julie from Melbourne,Australia
        October 25, 2017 / 3:51 pm

        Beautiful products,especially for sensitive skin. 🙂

  11. Norma
    October 24, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your personal information. I have used IT cc cream and I have been happy with it. I like to hear what others have used and liked.

  12. Pat H
    October 24, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    One of my favorite and must-have products is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I started using this in 2012 and have not ever stopped. At the time, I thought I looked tired all the time and my skin looked dry and lifeless. A saleswoman at Nordstrom’s recommended it; I purchased thinking I would hate it and regret the $100 + spent. I saw a difference in two weeks, and I am a believer. There is a reason Cate Blanchett, the face of the brand, looks so amazing. This transformed my skin and made it soft and returned luminosity. I now buy the largest size bottle (11 ounces) with a pump (about $300) as this works out to about $26 per ounce. I pump small amounts at a time into small refillable spray bottle which is great for everyday use and travel. It lasts a long time (like 9 months) as you don’t need more than about 3 to 4 sprays to cover your face and neck. I consider it my toner and never miss a day. After I wash morning and evening, I spray my face and neck with SK-II and let it dry. If you decide to use it, use the spray bottle method or decant into your palms and tap on your face and then rub all over your hands. Do not waste on a cotton pad. After the SK-II, I then use serums. For a morning serum, I really like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. It is pricey, about $165 for a 1-ounce bottle, but the bottle lasts 6 months. This comes highly recommended by dermatologists, and it brightens my face. At night, I use a retinoid cream recommended by my dermatologist, Avene Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream, which is reasonably priced at $75. I also use the Boots No. 7 serum and really like it. For evening and daytime moisturizers, I use L’Oreal drugstore brands. For makeup, I use Bobbi Brown and Jane Iredale and Beauty Counter. I live in Las Vegas so it is a constant battle to keep my skin hydrated. These products are my go-tos!

    • Jennifer
      October 24, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks for your SK-II recommendation. I’ve been curious about the line. I’m a fan of the SkinCeuticals C serum. My dermatologist got me started using it. It’s pretty clear that quality skin products make a big difference.

  13. October 25, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Love this post. I’m a big skin care and makeup junkie so I love learning other people’s favs!

  14. Linda
    October 25, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Jennifer what shade of the airbrush concealer do you use?

    • Jennifer
      October 25, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      I wear #01, fair.

  15. Kathe Schwalen
    October 27, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    In an earlier post you recommended a product called Nioxin for your hair loss and thinning hair.This post recommends Rogain for Men. Which do you actually prefer?

    • Jennifer
      October 27, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Nioxin contains minoxidil which is also in Rogaine. It is the active ingredient. The Nioxin product I tried had a 2% concentration which was pleasant to use and effective.
      I prefer a 5% solution, no matter the brand. I’m simply finding the stronger concentration of minoxidyl and works better.

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