What’s in TidyMom’s Makeup Bag?

Hi everyone!! I’m Cheryl, aka TidyMom. I’m a 40-something {stay at home} mom to two beautiful daughters, 22 and 13. We closed a family retail business in July ’08, since then I became a SAHM and my make-up routine has become much more simplistic/minimal. On my blog TidyMom, I share my passions of baking, photography and being a mom….along with my tidiness obsession. I’ve been blogging for Chic Critique every otherTuesday for about nine months now.

(I actually cleaned out my box just for you!) I like to keep all of my make-up in this great makeup boxCaboodles train case. I’ve had this one for years and it has held up great to daily use. I like to be able to SEE everything, without dumping it all out on the bathroom counter.

I’m just going to touch on the items I use the most and really love!

About a year ago I discovered Everyday Minerals make up. It was my first experience with mineral make up. Everyday Minerals is great……..they offer (limited) free samples or you can purchase samples for $2.50 each. Their shipping is very inexpensive and fast!! I can’t say enough good things about this line!!…..Their samples are nice size too, they last me several weeks to a few months.


Everyday Minerals that I use most every day:

Fair Medium Matte Foundation

Weekend Getaway Matte Blush

Natural Reflections Fair loose powder

I have to say…..making the switch to mineral foundation gives me the coverage I want/need with out that “heavy make-up” feel

I also use Barminerals Mineral Vale as a translucent “finishing touch”. I have used it for years, for a loose powder (I don’t like pressed powder)…..I only switch between it and the everyday minerals basically because EM is cheaper.

I have Clinque’s Rich Plum blush that I use quite often (it’s more pink than the EM blush)- but it has been discontinued, so I’m going to need to find a new pink blush


I LOVE Urban Decay eyeshadow primer! I don’t use this everyday, just when I’m going out – but it sure does make my eye make up go on better and stay put! You can see where I talked about my love for this product on my blog in this post.

I line my eyes everyday and have found Rimmel’s Jet Black Kohl pencil works best for me – I do line my eyes every day.

Mascara is another must for me – I flip back and forth from my always faithful pink & green Maybelline Great Lash in Very Black…..and my new found love, CoverGirl’s Exact Eyelights in black sapphire (you can ready my CC review on it here)

I always curl my lashes before adding mascara!

Eyeshadow…..is my nemisis. I have a hard time finding eyeshadow that looks great on me, so I have a lot of eyeshadows……..nothing I’m TOTALLY crazy about, but currently I’m happy enough with Clinique’s 101 Teddy Bear shadow (which is apparently now discontinued also! ARGH!)

I don’t like frosty eyeshadow. I think, at 44, frosty just doesn’t look good any more – so I like a nice flat shadow, which apparently is hard to find (half my problem), the other problem is I can’t find a way to apply shadow on my… ahem… aging eyes that looks good. If anyone has any tips, I’d love to hear them! I’m also on the look out for a gray matte shadow……I’m growing tired of the browns.


My favorite “I wear it every day no matter what because I hate naked lips”……is

Maybelline Superstay Lip Color in either Mauve(785) or Plum(755). This lip color goes on like a paint and comes with a moisturizing stick and it really does stay on most of the day!

If I leave the house, I ALWAYS put lip gloss on over it, just because I like the glossy look – I have SEVERAL, but mostly all clear, like Cotton Candy Liplicious from Bath & Body Works or with a plumper, one of my favorites being Very Voluptuous™ Lip Plumper from Victoria Secret.

Ok, now I have to tell you about 2 more products that I LOVE but I don’t wear every day, but do wear if I want to make an impression!

The Present Clear Powder Makeup by Philosophy– this stuff is a DREAM! It gives you that “perfect, airburshed skin” look and doesn’t look cakey at ALL. I rub just a little all over when I’m finished with all of my make up…no more undesirable shine.

Sephora’s Perfessional Perfection Makeup Base – this evens and smooths the skin prepping for a flawless application of foundation. It adds a bit of a glow under foundation and makes my foundation go on smooth.

WOW…….so I had a lot more to talk about than I thought I would! LOL

Don’t forget to link your own post up and be entered into our giveaway. Go back to Monday’s post with Jo-Lynne and all week for all the other great makeup bag posts!

Related Posts with Thumbnails


  1. Wow you have so much fabulous makeup!!

    I definitely need to try the Urban Decay primer – I feel like I’m missing out!

  2. I still have my caboodle from when I was 13 or so!

    Thanks for the info on The Present…I am going to check it out the next time I am in the city!

  3. I love that case! And I really want to try this now – the Present Clear Powder Makeup by Philosophy.

  4. I need a case like this for the stuff that stays at home. Currently it just sits on the counter lol.