The Beauty Spotlight gives you a list of awesome links every other week and then a featured post on alternate weeks. I wasn't in the group last year, but they all did "What's In My Makeup Bag" posts. This year, members of the group get to pick something to showcase what's in their...Shower, Workstation, Etc. Well being that I'm in the process of transferring most of my makeup to my new Helmer and purging old cosmetics to give away to my niece and other family, my makeup organization looks kinda...well...scary. One thing I always have organized is my "Emergency Makeup Kit". I carry this me every day and almost everywhere I go. I thought I would show you that because I'm actually looking for suggestions on what else to cram in there! I would love to hear your comments and suggestions at the end of this post.
OK. Let's get started.
First off. I work a full time job and I blog. That means that there are times when I have to leave directly from work in order to attend a blogging event in the evening. I usually don't have time to do a new full face of makeup, as much as I would like to so I have to "freshen up" my look as best as I can. I also have a job where I meet a lot of people. I want to make sure I am always looking my best. This little kit helps me do that with ease and efficiency.
|I even used the metric system for you Canadians and Brits! You're welcome!|
Inside this 4" x 4.5" tibi makeup bag, which I got as a press sample from Bobbi Brown at a Neiman Marcus event, I have just enough space to fit this in my purse without weighing it down and just enough space to carry a few essentials that will make me look refreshed and ready to be a beauty blogger! What does a beauty blogger look like. Well we come in all shape sizes and colors but you can usually spot us by looking at our arms or hands. If they are full of swatches we're probably a beauty blogger. If we also are carrying on about a certain lipstick or collection with the sales associates at the store, we're probably a blogger. If we are taking notes while one of the sales associates is speaking, we are probably a beauty blogger. But the best way to spot us? The Eyes. We usually look deranged and our pupils over dilate at the sight of a new Guerlain lipstick or Bobbi Brown palette that looks exactly like all her other palettes. It's the "crazy eyes" that give us away.
As much as I wish there was a Tesseract* inside this tiny bag, there isn't so there is a limit to what I can actually carry in it. I try to bring all the essentials. Things like a hair brush and face wipes just won't fit in there so I carry them in my purse. However, should I be called upon to use my super blogger powers for good, the first thing I would grab would be this little bag. Kinda like how Peter Parker always has his backpack with his Spiderman costume in it, or how Clark Kent always ran to a phone booth to rip off his clothes to reveal his Superman costume, I carry THIS bag in the event of an emergency. I always wondered how Clark Kent got his clothing and glasses back after he was done saving Lois Lane. Of course I wondered how EVERYONE in Metropolis were so blind to the fact that Clark Kent was Superman. I mean glasses are not the most effective and unique disguise. Amirite?
Anyway. This is all that this little bag can hold.
- Glass Nail File
- Facial Blotting papers in a Mai Couture travel case (the case is a press sample)
- Hair elastic
- Chanel Ombre D’eau eyeshadow in unknown color
- Sample bottle filled with Milk Of Magnesia (not for ingestion. Topical use only)
- Sample tube of Armani eye serum
- Sonia Kashuk mini travel makeup brush case
- Makeup pencil sharpener
- CoverBlend Multi Function Concealer (press sample)
- Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder in 01 Teint Rose
- Sample size of Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
- Tweezerman Mini Tweezers
- Givenchy Magic Khol in Coffee #15 (press sample)
- MAC Lipliner in Whirl
- Pink Sith Blog Business Cards!!
** Not pictured Urban Decay Mini Lip Gloss which came in the Urban Decay Naked II palette
Obviously the oil blotting papers get a lot of use. I purchased Boscia blotting linens and found the cardboard case can get beaten up pretty badly. A while back I received a press sample from Mai Couture and reviewed their facial blotting linens on The Beauty Debutante Blog, and kept the case as it is really handy and the Boscia linens fit right in!
The Sonia Kashuk travel case is AWESOME! The brushes are of a decent quality, believe it or not, and the case is so nice and small if fits in my tiny bag with no problem and room to spare.
I always have a kazzilion lipsticks in my purse at any one time, but if I ever need to have a nice neutral lip and I only have this case with me, well, I'm set with the Urban Decay mini lip gloss and the MAC Whirl Lip Pencil.
Of course I cant forget my eyes. First off, I apply a little of the Armani Regenessence [3.r] Eye Rejuvenating Serum under my eyes to relieve puffiness and smooth out the skin for application of concealer and powder. If for some ungodly reason my eyeshadow has creased during the work day or if I just need to revive my look I can always count on the frosty peachy pink goodness of this unknown named Chanel Ombre D’eau eyeshadow. It was a gift from a friend and I have no idea what the number is or what it is called. All I know is that I can put a little on the inner corners of my eyes and once it dries I use the fluffy SK eye brush and blend it out. I look instantly awake and bright eyed. It also makes a great all over wash of color. The liquid formula dries down to a powdery finish with lasts a long while on my lids. I Love it. Of course I add in a little pick me up of the Givenchy liner (This was a press sample and is reviewed here) under my eyes or on the lids to sharpen up the look. The brown color actually makes my eyes look larger than if I was wearing black liner. But it's dark enough to work with almost any outfit. And the Armani mascara is a just in case my mascara doesn't make it through the day and I need to add to the tips of my lashes.
Last but not least, I finish up with a quick spot touch up of my CoverBlend Concealer (A press sample was provided) This Concealer is very creamy but holds like a magnet. It covers completely and makes even the most horrific dark circles or red blemishes disappear. I love this stuff. I use my SK concealer brush to apply and blend out with the brush or sometimes my ring finger. A little goes an incredibly long way. Then I use my SK powder brush on the Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder in 01 Teint Rose. It provides a nice matte finish to my entire face. I have to be careful about application because if apply too much it can look chalky. And No, I was not a fan when I first reviewed it HERE. But I blogged about it so I can't return it. It's not the worst powder in the world but I certainly will not replace it when I run out.
That leaves the sharpener (used for obvious reasons) the hair elastic (same obvious reasons), the nail files (obvious again) and the tweezers (obviously obvious). But the mini sample bottle of the Phillips Milk Of Magnesia? Well I use it as a primer to control oil. I use it in strategic places like the corners of my nose which I then cover with concealer and powder
So that's that.What am I missing? Brow powder/blusher combination? A black eyeliner? Band-Aids? I'm open to suggestions and would love to hear what you carry in your emergency kit!
*Tesseract concept - In the novel, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, the concept of a tesseract functions more or less like what in modern science-fiction is called a space warp or a wormhole, a portal from one area of space to another which is possible through the bending of the structure of the space-time continuum. A similar concept occurs in Frank Herbert's Dune novel where it is called the Holzman effect. However, in formal math, a tesseract is a four-dimensional shape similar to a three-dimensional cube, or a two-dimensional square. Such a structure simply presupposes four dimensions of space, but implies nothing about bending the structure of space.