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What’s in My Makeup Bag: Beauty Blogger Sarah

We all have our go-to products that we can’t live without, all of which make up our everyday looks. Although our must-haves are different based on what works best for our individual skin tones, sensitivities and more, I’m going to walk you through the steps that I swear by, and why. Check out my favorite products and everyday routine below!


Before I apply anything on my face, I make sure to wash my face with a light cleanser. I have sensitive skin and one product that works for me is Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser ($10.79). It doesn’t irritate my skin and it doesn’t have a strong scent either so it’s perfect for everyday use for all skin types.

After I dry my face, I apply Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer ($40). It is a good base to apply before you put on your foundation.

I then use Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It gives me full coverage but isn’t cakey or heavy, like a lot of liquid foundations that I have tried out in the past  have been. Plus, it really gives you a totally flawless finish!


My all-time favorite blush is Peaches by MAC ($22). The color lasts all day, and the product lasts forever—it took me over 7 months to hit the pan and that’s after using it everyday!


The palette that I use daily is the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay ($64). I like this palette best out of the brand’s three versions because this one has both brown and grey tones. It’s perfect for creating a smoky eye, or even just a neutral look to wear everyday like I do. The brush that comes with this palette is double ended and is my go-to brush for my eyes.

I apply black eyeliner daily on my bottom lash line and my favorite at the moment is bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner ($16). It glides really well without feeling dry like some pencil liners can. It includes a smudge tip for blending and also comes in many different colors.

I am always going back and forth between mascaras, however my favorite at the moment is Clinique’s High Impact Mascara ($16.50). I’ve always liked Clinique’s mascaras because they don’t clump and they are extremely volumizing.


There are two lip products that I consider my absolute favorites. Depending on the look I am going for, I will reach into my makeup bag for one of the following products.

The first is Hourglass’s Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28). I have been using this lipstick for about six months now and the reason I love it is because it is well-pigmented and it applies very smoothly onto lips. It keeps my lips moisturized and the shade lasts all day long. If you’re like me and live in a cold city and find yourself with chapped lips often, this is the product for you.

The second lip product I use often is Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17). I like this one because it’s got the color of a lipstick, but has the consistency of a lip balm. I like to throw this on before class and it keeps my lips moisturized—and perfectly tinted—throughout the day.

We want to know what your favorite products are, collegiettes! Have you tried any of my must-haves?

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