the handbag makeup bag edit

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powder | blush | mascara | eyeliner | lip gloss

Between two jobs, a regular workout schedule, and just life in general, I’ve been feeling like I’m constantly on the go. One of the first things I simplified in an effort to conserve time and energy was my makeup routine. I never really wore a full face of makeup on the daily anyway, but with the recent craziness, my routine got pared down even more to these 5 things: powder, blush, mascara, eyeliner, and a conditioning lip gloss. That’s it. And since everything is pretty compact, they all fit inside of a little makeup bag in my purse. I don’t have time post-workout shower to do it before work, so I just take the little bag with me and do my makeup right when I get to my office (I get there a full hour before anyone else) in less than 5 minutes. There is one little cheat: I do curl my eyelashes before I leave the house, but an eyelash curler isn’t a product so I’m still at 5, right? ;).

Some quick reviews about the select 5:

The scandaleyes eyeliners from Rimmel are fantastic – waterproof but still easy to smudge, they’re creamy, long-lasting, and at a great price. I like the brown for daily wear (less harsh than black) as a tightliner on my upper waterline to give my eyes some depth in  lieu of eyeshadow.

The L’Oreal Telescopic mascara has been the only mascara on my lashes for the past month. I like the slim wand that really lets me get at the roots of my lashes for added lift and definition. It doesn’t clump overly much and gives my lashes enough of an oomph without going over the top. In other words, it’s the perfect mascara to toss in your bag .

The sugar shine lip treatment from fresh was part of my haul from Sephora’s friends and family sale last month, and it’s been a constant on my lips ever since. I think of it as a moisturizing lip gloss. It’s not the glossiest of glosses, but I like it for the purpose of being a lip balm of sorts, but with some shine. I walk in pre-makeup with lip balm all ready on my lips and then I layer this on for another layer of protection and for a little finishing touch. It feels light on the lips and has a lemony scent.

Finally, the two new products to my routine. Since they’re both from Chanel, my wallet is straining from their recent addition, but they’ve become indispensable.

First, let’s talk about the blush. I’ve never used Chanel blushes before, but man, if they’re all like this one, I’m adding more to my wish list. The shade I have is malice, a peachy coral. The texture is fantastic – the powder is so smooth and finely-milled. It applies sheer but can be built up. There is some shimmer that’s visible in the pan, but on the skin, it reads more as a glow or sheen. On my winter tone, it gives me that I-just-came-in-from-the-cold flush, which is so flattering. I can see it giving me a sun-kissed glow in the summer when my skin warms up again. Love.

And finally, the powder. Oh, the powder. It’s from Chanel’s new Les Beiges line, which according to the Chanel website was “inspired by the passion for freedom of Gabrielle Chanel…a new spirit of makeup that is simple and intuitive. LES BEIGES reveal the healthy glow of each woman and provide a sensation of lightness, well-being and freshness.” I didn’t think of much of this line when it first came out, to be honest. As a woman of color, a line called Les Beiges with Gisele Bundchen as the spokesperson is not the first release that comes to mind for a line of products that would work for me. I was actually in store to swatch the new YSL youth liberator foundation, but I couldn’t find a YSL makeup artist. The Chanel makeup artist actually came over to help me out. I was hoping the YSL foundation could be a viable winter light foundation option for me, but I quickly found out that I didn’t have a match within the limited range of shades. I was ready to go and call it a day when the Chanel makeup artist started asking me what I was searching for. I said that I was in the market for a light foundation since my tinted moisturizer was getting a little too dark for my winter tone. I explained that I didn’t really lose color so much as warmth, and I wanted to combat that so I didn’t look ashen. I said that I prefer a very light foundation, nothing cakey or thick. He replied that I didn’t really need foundation at all and asked if I was open to powder. I’m not really a powder fan for base – I never really seem to get the application right – so I was hesitant but decided to hear his recommendation out, which turned out to be Les Beiges.

It is so light and does this magical thing where it evens out my complexion, gives me back some warmth and glow, and looks like I have nothing on, which I think is what the press release description said, so it’s spot on. The compact is so convenient for on-the-go makeup application. It comes with spf 15, a decent brush, and a giant mirror perfect for touch-ups. The powder is lightly scented – I happen to like the scent, but it dissipates quickly. I wear no. 60 (the second to darkest shade). Double LOVE. My other bases sit in their compartment, neglected and forlorn due to this. If you can find a shade, I highly recommend it if you’re after a natural no-makeup makeup look. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way, and the quality? Top notch.

Phew. That was lengthy. If you made it to the end, congrats and thanks!

Have a good Tuesday. :)

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