beauty • travel • lifestyle

October 07, 2014


While on the topic of packing light and trying to edit the necessities down to bare bones, I got to thinking about a few products I just could not give up. My 'desperate times' makeup bag of sorts - the products that I wouldn't let leave my side and that have my back in any situation. Having gotten pretty into skincare over the past year or so, I have eliminated the need for oodles and oodles of makeup and now see it as more of an enhancement than a necessity. There definitely was a time when I would sleep with my makeup on over going au natural in front of anyone I wasn't completely comfortable with. As I grow up I've become more comfortable in my own skin, enough so that I no longer need high coverage products and if it came down to it I'd be willing to skip out on foundation altogether.

That being said, there are a few products that I apply just where I need them; a little in the right places goes a long way. I've told you before how my super dark and thick eyebrows have a delightful, little-brother induced bald spot slashed right through the arch above my left eye, so for me the Anastasia Brow Wiz has been a bit of a lifesaver to say the least. It's safe to say I was the youngest of anyone I knew to begin wearing brow pencil (the ripe age of 10) when my doctor told me I'd be needing it, and still to this day I feel instantly more polished with my brows done. 

In terms of skin, a little swipe of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes makes me look so much more awake. I usually dab this on any spots and discolorations as well on days when I am not going for a full-on face, as I find its' creamy consistency doesn't sit on top of skin or look unnatural at all. Something else that I like to do even when I'm not wearing much makeup, is to give my skin a dusting of a glowy powder, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Infusion. Some powders look flat when worn over bare skin, but these ones cut down on shine while imparting a veil of imperfection-diffusing pigments. For me, no look could be complete without lashings of mascara, and for that I'm not too picky - right now it's the Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express. I honestly don't feel or look like myself until the mascara goes on, so this step is crucial

If some bizarre circumstances landed me in a situation where I could only take a very small selection of products, with unwavering certainty, I'd toss these in my bag and run. If you ever find me on a desert island, surely I'll be dusting on my Hourglass powder to cut down on shine...


  1. Cute post idea! I love your picks and explanations, and I've never noticed the brow bald spot care of your little bro, so the Brow Wiz is doing a great job! I can't believe you started having to fill in your brow/s so young! I only just started making it a daily must this year - and I'm 34! I must say, now that I've started, I cannot stop and I definitely can't imagine skipping this crucial step! Right now, if I had to leave town in 2 minutes, I'd grab NARS Pure Radiant TM, Maybelline Pumped Up! mascara, Brow Wiz, NARS Salamanca lip gloss, and Benefit Dallas. :)

    1. I know - I don't even want to think of how many brow pencils I have gone through in my life. And I'm probably exaggerating the size of my scar LOL - it was only five stitches but I am a bit bitter still...I wanted perfect brows! haha



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