Back to School Makeup: Your Makeup Bag


Allegro Sketch Artist Purse Kit ($4.99) from Target

Back to School Makeup Bags: What do you need?

Now, I know all of us aren’t going back to school in the next few weeks, but I hope that some of the suggestions and advice below are useful for those who carry makeup bags or touch-up kits with them no matter where life takes them!

OIL BLOTTING SHEETS. There are several different brands out there, but my favorite is Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5.99 for 50 sheets). I’m have normal-to-dry skin, but I always find that a blotting sheet can help makeup look fresher after five or six hours of wear. MAC Blot Powder/Pressed ($22.00) is also helpful with blotting and absorbing excess oil throughout the day.

CONCEALER. Keep a tube or pot of concealer in your makeup bag for quick touch-ups or to conceal that pimple that’s just waiting to strike. If your eyeliner has smudged, a little concealer on top will help camouflage and blend it out better than just using your finger. You may find that you don’t wear foundation to school most days, but a little concealer on hand helps combat any surprises that pop-up (ha, ha) during the day. Or if the cutest boy/girl in the school asks you out for a malt at the ice cream shoppe. (What, they don’t do that any more? Well, a girl can dream.)

FAVORITE LIPSTICK/LIPGLOSS. Either carry the lip products you’ve chosen to worn for the day or one or two lip products that you know work well for you. I like carrying around a single lipgloss in a flattering, semi-sheer shade with lots of peach/gold and maybe a bit of pink in it, because I know it’s a shade that brightens my face but is minimal and natural (Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss at $48, for those curious). Lip balm is also a nice thing to keep in your bag!

More must-haves and some tips!

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What would you pair with MAC Neon Orange Lipstick?

If you were using MAC Neon Orange Lipstick?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a sheer, jelly cherry red that leans a little orange-coral. It’s glossy, and it’s genuinely designed to be sheer–it’s not meant to be opaque, so keep that in mind. It has a very squishy, jelly look on nails. I do think this will complement warmer skin tones best, but it doesn’t pull extremely orange, so cooler skin tones may still enjoy it. Where Supermodel stands out is in the formula–streak-free, a dream to apply, and doesn’t take eons to dry. But really, the lack of streakiness makes it this sheer a pleasure to swatch.

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RECOMMENDATION: This may not be the most unique shade, so it’s not a run-don’t-walk kind of purchase, but if it’s a color and look that you dig, it’s certainly worth a look. The formula is outstanding and true to Lippmann’s range.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Are you willing to pay the price for a product’s packaging?

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

Are you willing to pay the price for a product’s packaging?

Pictured above is the signature, ultra elegant Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick.  This lipstick case is probably one of the most interesting pieces I own amongst all of my beauty products.  It’s both functional and extravagant, and I’d wager that you usually don’t get both.  The rub is, of course, that you are undoubtedly paying for the packaging upgrade.  (In case you’ve never drooled over one of the Rouge Gs–you lucky soul–these retail for $46 a pop.)

Knowing that, does it make it any easier to resist the product?  To cry, “Pfft!  I see through you!  No thank you, you won’t sucker me in!” Personally, after testing out many shades of Rouge G, no, it does not.  Not at all.  It is still one of my favorite lipstick formulas, and so the hefty price tag, even for packaging that I don’t really want to pay for, is something I will still pay.  But this is only because I find the product to be exceptional–if the product was just so-so, I think (or at least, I’d like to believe!) I would have no trouble passing these by.

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss (Charm, Candy)

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly tacky, mostly glossy, lipgloss. These have a shine that’s glossier than your average lipgloss, so lips look very lush and juicy. I’ve tried a few different shades of Dolce & Gabbana’s lipglosses, and they seem to be on the sheerer side, with nothing being completely opaque. I like that they’re moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. I only get about two to three hours of wear, which is a little below average for me. These glosses are rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste.

With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.  Overall, they’re nice glosses, but it’s not quite the holy grail.  For the price tag, I’d probably opt for Chanel or Guerlain glosses instead–or perhaps Dior’s Ultra Gloss.

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RECOMMENDATION: These are definitely a splurge item.  If you’re able to check out the line in person and you find a shade that really works for you, I think it’s worth getting.  But if you’re just shopping around for a new gloss, there are a few others I’d consider before these.

AVAILABILITY: Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss

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