With the minimalist capsule wardrobe being such a thing right now, I thought it would be fun to take this trend to the makeup bag as well. As a new-ish mom (when do you stop saying new mom? 1 month? 1 year? I don’t know) and also an expectant mom, and new business owner, I really don’t have tons of free time these days. When I was in college, and even before Wyatt was born, I was a beauty product hoarder of sorts. Granted it was the most highly organized, labels-facing-out, strategically placed hoard of products you’ve ever seen, but there were still way too many items. And with that, a huge waste of money and space.
Rather than purchase a bunch of makeup that I only wear occassionally (I’m talking about you, glitter eyeliner for New Year’s circa sophomore year of college), I splurge on the good stuff that I will wear every day (hello, pretty Chanel powder compact that smells like springtime in Paris.)
Now I absolutely do have more makeup than this – it is neatly organized in drawers in my bathroom – but most of it I haven’t touched in a long time and really need to toss! The idea of a capsule makeup bag is to focus on just the everyday essentials. Spend where it counts and keep only what you love and use.
Aside from these capsule makeup bag items, I do love my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palatte for eyeshadow (I do not wear it every day thought) and my Smashbox Starlit Red lipgloss for special occassions. Unfortunately, this lipgloss is now really hard to find so I am holding on to every last drop!
Here is a run down of my every day busy mama capsule makeup bag essentials and why I love them:
I originally came onto the product when it was a sample in my monthly Birchbox. I squeezed every last ounce out of that bad boy! Admittedly, I have never really had amazing skin. It was either acne, acne scars, dark spots from college tanning beds, the list goes on. I used to slather on the foundation and concealer but I hated the way my skin always felt like it was melting and blocked up. The Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow is a game changer. Think JLo skin every.single.day. It is not shimmery or glittery and will not make you fake tan. All of my dark spots are blended and I just look alive and healthy. Retails for about $28.
This blush is one of those fabulous universally flattering colors. And YES, that is really the name because the idea is that when you wear it, you will look like you just, um, you know… Retails for about $30.
I first received this product as a free sample at the Chanel store in the Printemps mall in Paris. I have never been a powder wearer, but this product is one of my absolute favorites ever. Over the BB cream, it makes my not-so-great skin look gorgeous and flawless. The SMELL! Oh the smell…it smells like Parisian roses, no joke. The scent feels so luxurious and refreshing and is just an added bonus to this high end splurge. Retails about $58.
This is another Birchbox favorite. I was lucky enough to receive a full-sized sample in one of my monthly boxes. Trying to perfect a winged cat eye is not joke and I’ve thrown own many a liner that was too runny, too thin, too thick, or just plain a mess. I am thrilled with the width and sturdiness of the pen tip brush which helps in neat application. The formula stays put and remains a rich, unfaded black color all day but then washes off easily with wipes or Micellar water at night. Retails about $18.
I have always loved the look of super luxe, big lush lashes. Bonus points if they can be acheived without falsies (but I do love my falsies!) This mascara gives the huge lash look – longer, fuller, and a richer black without clumping or flaking. Confession – in college I slept in this mascara more times than I care to admit and woke up the next day without those pesky little black flecks on my cheeks. Retails about $28.
When I was in college I worked for L’Oreal for some time and fell in love with this product. I have tried many high end lip products and keep coming back to my L’Oreal’s Fairest Nude. For everyday wear, I love the natural color and the rich, creamy texture. There is no funky aftertaste that you get with many inexpensive department store lip products. When working for the company, I learned that L’Oreal actual owns some of the other big name companies, including one of my favorites Lancome. The brands are so similar – both high quality but at different price points. Retails about $9.
Fabulous full eyebrows are also a daily must. I currently do fill mine in but plan on having them microbladed after I deliver this winter so that I do not have to worry about them anymore. Although I have dark hair, they are very sparse from years of over-tweezing and waxing. I like L’Oreal or Anastasia products for the time being.
Here are some other fabulous capsule makeup bags from around the internets: