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Lancome artliner, Fairy Drops mascara and YSL lipstick in Blonde Ingenu. I like to keep things simple!

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Right now, it contains Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder Quad in Coral Red, Guerlain Rouge G in Gisela, MAC Blot Powder (pressed), and MAC Lipstick in Creme in Your Coffee. 🙂

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I just had to clean mine out the other day, I’d managed to stash 11 (ELEVEN!) lip products in there. And wondered why it was so heavy.

I usually have: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral, at least one Too Faced La Creme (Juicy Melons or Naked Dolly), an old MAC concealer for emergencies that I have to replace soon, NARS Multiple (Portofino for summer, G-Spot for Winter), YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (usually 9 Pink in Confidence), NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, sometimes a random Chanel gloss/lacque in Ming, the tiny Sephora birthday gift Watts Up!, a Rouge D’Armani Sheer or two, and if I can cram it in whatever Tom Ford/Guerlain lipstick I’m wearing for a special occasion.

Writing this all out kind of emphasizes that I have a makeup problem.

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I’m probably going to be the odd one out here…

I do not carry a makeup bag. I don’t even have a spare lipstick tucked in there. Everything I wear has staying power, and I never touch up my face during the day. When I come home, I usually remove it all.

The only thing that would classify as a ‘beauty’ item in my purse would be nail clippers or a tiny file. I think I also have a tube of Blistex in there.

Depends on what makeup bag we’re talking about, but we’ll go with my purse for brevity’s sake. 😉 Maybelline FITMe concealer stick, Maybelline FITMe concealer, Dior Addict Lip Glow balm, Jack Black balm, Dior Addict lipstick in Rose Shocking, Covergirl mascara, and Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Lilac.

Oooh! Oud Wood I LOVE! Jay smells SO good in it! I don’t but he does (I’m a Tuscan Leather guy). If I wear Oud Wood I end up smelling like some kind of Arabian pirate after a long night in a Turkish bath house.

At all times I have with me: MAC Brow Set in Beguile, Jack Black Lip Balm, Guerlain Shine Automatique #201, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer in Light and some kind of highlighter like Touche Eclat to brighten any dark circles that are dark enough to make me look beat down but not so much that they need concealer (I’ll often mix Touche Eclat with the Double Wear Concealer too – if the concealer is too heavy or the highlighter is too light).

Haha! True…

Funny how scents mix with everyone differently though. I use it as an example sometimes when trying to explain why makeup works differently as well – if something as basic as a smell turns out different on two different people, why would you not think that something that sits RIGHT on your face wouldn’t? 🙂 I can’t wear most fruity smells… they turn rancid on me and start to smell like actual garbage! Haha! But anything musky or really earthy warms up and softens quite a bit on me, turning kind of sweet.

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I had a friend in college who said that every perfume smelled like “baby’s vomit” on her, and something else about scent is it is often wrapped up with our memories regarding a particular scent. “Old lady” to some means “my grandma” to someone else and that’s a comforting, amazing smell.

Fun science fact for you (putting it very simply): One of the reasons scents are so powerful is because there are millions of bare nerve endings in there that link right to the nervous system and the brain – basically it’s like saying there’s nothing between the outside world and your brain… through your nose.

I think that’s why when you see something familiar it might take you a second to process it and then create the memory in your imagination. HOWEVER if you SMELL something familiar it can instantly take you back to a point in time as if you were still right there… even if it was decades ago.

I’ve always found it fascinating how fast it happens. For example: If I catch even a whiff of Jovan Musk I’m suddenly a 6 year old kid – excited that my mom has come to pick me up from the babysitter after her and my went out for the night. If I’m not expecting it, I’ll get chills and happy tears will start to well up just like they would when I was a kid.

Life is funny 🙂 LOL

I too see most scents turn odd like soap on my skin, but not fragrance-like, rather like Savon de Marseille! Yerk! Especially all the limited editions summery fruity fresh fragrances that smell soooo good in the bottle and on me… for 5 minutes. Si I have to stick to perfumes with a heavy note. The only light ones I can wear are all from Guerlain, because of the Guerlinade that is featured in all their scents and makes the perfumes really stick to my skin .

Ooo I love knowing what people have in their makeup bag. I’m nosy 🙂

I have:
2 Marc Jacobs rollerball in Daisy Eau So Fresh and Oh, Lola
2 tampons
NARS Cruella lip pencil and Funny Face lipstick
Nivea lip butter
Josie Maran argan oil stick
Bath and Body Works pocketbac in Mignight Pomegranate
A mirror compact
An extra hair tie and bobby pin

Well, powder and mini-foundation, at least. I usually add pencil liner, lipgloss or lipstick or both, eyeshadows(when i use them)

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Two MAC lipsticks – Lustering and Brick-o-la and a retractable lip brus; Essence mattifying powder and a small powder brush, a GOSH pencil liner in Metallic Brass (I have one of those almost EVERYWHERE!); I think I also have a mini Pur Minerals 4-in-one and the brush to apply it but I might have taken that out and put it in my gym bag.

Lush bubblegum lip scrub
Laura Mercier foundation primer, sample size
UD Primer potion
UD De-Slick(sample)
Ben Nye luxury powder in a small container
Bobbi Brown corrector
Milani eye tech extreme liquid eyeliner
MAC Pro Longwear concealer
MAC studio fix foundation & mineralized skin finish
MAC lipglass Love nectar, lipstick Spirit, eyebrow pencil Spiked, lip pencil Cork
CoverGirl lashblast fusion mascara
NARS cream blush Lokum, And God Created the Woman eyeshadow palette
Chanel cream blush Fantastic
OCC Lip Tars Anime & NSFW
I’m on vacation.

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For school, I use a black Sephora bag (one of the ones free samples come in). I keep in it a mirror, makeup remover swabs, two tubes of lipstick, a copy of a poem (right now it’s Henley’s Invictus), and then I’ll rotate in the highlighter, concealer, powder, perfume and lipstick I’m using that day.

A Topshop lip gloss and Clinique pressed powder are the only makeup products I keep in my make up bag, but I also have a Blistex lip balm, a Banana Boat lip balm, Paul and Joe blotting sheets and a compressed deodorant (i love being nosy with peoples bags!)

I have a pretty big makeup collection, so I keep a separate makeup bag with products I use daily (lash curlers, concealer, etc) and products I want to remind myself of, like lipsticks I have put aside that are summery.

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Sample Benefit’s “They’re Real!”, sample Benefit’s Watt’s Up, RImmel’s Scadaleyes Kajal in Nude, UD Naked Basics palette, NARS Angelika Blush, Wet and Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink, NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee, NYX Round Lipstick in Gala, ELF Shadow Brush, ELF Blending Eye Brush, ELF Studio Blush Brush, Sephora XL Powder Brush and a Powder puff! It all fits in a medium sized makeup bag, I swear! 😛

In my purse i carry a small makeup bag with YuBe lip balm, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac baby sparks dazzleglass, cargo bluray powder, powder puff, chanel rose initiale blush, and blotting sheets.

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