I love checking out other peoples makeup bags so I thought I’d share with you what was in my makeup bag including my summer makeup essentials. When I travelled to Las Vegas this month, since that was the kick off for my ‘summer essentials’ makeup routine and my need for special beauty product considerations, I took some time to switch out my beauty products, streamline it and also take out products that I don’t use in the summer.
My #1 essential item is sunscreen of course, especially since I have rosacea which is seriously aggravated by hot weather and sun exposure.
Now that I’m 37 I’ve clung to my sunscreens and am as fanatical about not leaving the house without sunscreen as I am about not leaving the house without wearing pants. My La Roche-Posay is great because it’s so thin and liquidy that it goes on quickly and easily and feels like I don’t have anything on.(Ulta currently has that sunscreen on for buy one get one 50% off). I’ve read that this particular sunscreen makes for a great makeup base and I agree. Another item I found really helpful while on a sunny vacation was my It Cosmetics CC cream because it really had great coverage without looking matte, and had the benefit of SPF 50. I really didn’t need concealer when I used the CC cream because it fully covered the redness on my right cheek from rosacea, so this was nice. I love having high coverage but without a caked on makeup look, so the fewer products used to achieve full coverage the better. The packaging of this CC cream is also very ideal for a travel bag since it comes in a tube with a pump at the end, and a lid. I highly recommend streamlining your products like this foundation + SPF combo when you travel. Another streamlined item I keep in my makeup bag is my Bite Beauty Multi Stick in Mascarpone and Papaya (love both of these colors and yes I need both on me at all times!). This multi stick works as a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow and it’s really very functional for all three. I love the matte stain I get on my lips with it though and that’s my main use for it but I like having an eyeshadow option in my bag just in case. I also recommend using your Sephora points perks for those mini makeup pieces like my blush and my mascara – I save those for travel!
Two more items that travel with me and get constant use in my summer bag is the Deciem Sanskrit Saponins Cleanser and the Photography Fluid. This cleanser is really unique and something a lot of people struggle to get used to – it doesn’t smell pretty, it smells like coffee or bread. It stings your eyes if you get it in, and it needs to be washed off with a wash cloth. High maintenance for those of you not super serious about cleansers. I love it though because it washes off all of the oil from the surface of my skin and the pores and makes my skin feel super clean, matte and poreless. After a few minutes my skin starts reproducing oil again so my skin doesn’t feel dry or tight, just extremely clean and rebalanced. Perfect for sweaty sunscreen skin in the summer! You can also use this cleanser as a mask, which I do about once a week. The photography fluid is something I put on as a primer under my foundation and it gives a really pretty glow and blur to my pores and imperfections. I especially love this primer for when I know I’m going to be in a lot of pictures.
The rest of the products shown are a nice dry shampoo, setting powder and the Caudalie Beauty Elixer is a really nice setting spray for makeup that is also very cooling. When I use face powders I always use a setting spray like this that also has glycerine in it so that my makeup blends together and doesn’t look cakey or powdery.
You can click on icons on the image below to go to the full product page for each item.