What’s In My Make-Up Bag

Hello, I’m Janel! I’m a stay at home mom to 2 fun-loving and active kids and have one on the way – due on my 4oth birthday! My biggest hope right now is to keep up with this growing family of mine! I blog at Dandelion Dayz on mostly regular basis. I’ve been blogging for Chic Critique every other Friday for about a year now.

Okay on to the reason why you are here! What’s in my make-up bag?

Well, I do have a small make-up bag that goes with me to the gym and on trips. I actually keep all of my makeup in a basket that fits into a cubby in my bathroom. That way it’s easy for me to keep organized and handy.

The contents of the basket change often, although at any given time you will find about 6 different lipsticks and/or glosses and 10 different eyeshadow colors.

So, I thought I’d just go over the important stuff. You know, the stuff that must go in the make-up bag when I leave my home. The cosmetics I use every single day.

I just have a simple faux croc black bag – it was a gift for Christmas one year…I think. I love it because it is deep, compact and sturdy.


The contents…

Mary Kay Medium Foundation in Beige 304 – Inexpensive and easy to get from my friend – as in she leaves it on my porch. Great medium coverage for my face. I’ve used it for about 3 years and like it a lot. I recently tried another brand and came back to this.

Mary Kay Concealer in Yellow – I think this is one of the best concealers around. It has good coverage. I blogged about concealers awhile back. I’m happy with this one.

Clinique Loose Powder in Transparency 3 – I like to set my foundation and concealer. I’ve used this product for about 5 years now. It lasts FOREVER – I think I’ve had this particular canister for a year.


Clinique Blush in Mocha Pink. Sometimes I use a bronzer instead. Right now, it’s Cover Girl Bronzer – it’s very inexpensive and works nicely. I like these two products but I’m not in love.

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Quad: This was a gift with a purchase from my MK consultant. The colors are: Honey Spice, Sienna,Blue Metal, Vintage Gold. I love the Honey Spice and Vintage Gold – the ones on each end. They are not too bright but have amazing staying power. Like the Blue Metal – it’s not too blue on the eye.


Mascara – always Black. Right now it’s Maybelline’s Lash Stilleto that I’m finishing up. I just reviewed Stilleto here. Lash Blast is my very favorite, though. I keep going back to it.

Eyeliners – too many to mention but my favorites right now are Clinique Black Amethyst ( it has a sharpener on the cap – LOVE that!) and a dark gray one by Wet n Wild for the low low price of 99 cents.


Define-A-Brown brow pencil in Dark Brown – I’m new with this. Liking it so far. Thanks Moriah for the review!

Ulta Clear brow gel to keep my brows in place. I’ve used a clear mascara or brow gel for years on my brows to keep these unruly things in place.

Tweezerman tweezers. Hands down these are the best tweezers around. Pricey but lifetime guaranteed and worth it.

Estee Lauder Lip Pencil in Spice Writer (color discontinued). This was a gift with purchase and I’ve loved it! I always line my lips after I put lipstick on so the line is not visible. I use a color that matches the natural color of my lips not my lipstick. Except when I wear red. Then I line with red.

Lipstick – I have three standbys: L’Oreal Divine Wine and Clinique Chianti (They are my everyday, brighten up my face lipsticks) and Bobbi Brown Sand Pink Shimmer (this is an awesome color with a tan or if you go out for on night on the town with deep smoky eye make-up but sadly, this particular color is discontinued 🙁 and I have not tried to replace it, yet.)

Mary Kay Lipgloss in Starry. Or some lipgloss. I change often.

Brushes – mixture of EcoTools which I reviewed here, Bobbi Brown and Mary Kay. I’m kinda freaky about keeping them clean. I reviewed that here a few months ago – Cleaning your Make-Up Brushes.


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Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on Mothering.com, Southern Living Magazine, CNN.com and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. I’ve never tried the Clinique loose powder – I think I’ll try that next. And seeing all your cool brushes makes me finally want to go get some decent ones for myself!

  2. As I was staring at myself in my little bedroom mirror and reading your post, I realized I’m in great need of Ulta Brow gel. Love Ulta, and my brows need some control. Amen.

  3. Hi Janel. I didn’t link up but enjoyed seeing what you wear.
    I am a mineral make up girl,after years of Clinque and Lancome and Chanel….oooh the $$ gone.
    I use a brand I found online after using Bare Essentuals. I use Lumiere, its great stuff! Great price too. Does not melt off.
    I still use Clinique eye liner and brow pencil. My favorite all time lipstick is Bobbi Brown’s Brown….the best. But for budget I like Nutragena’s lip sheer with an spf.
    I’d tell you more, but I’m too lazy to get up…lol.
    Have a great day!

    • Lots of lovers of the mineral make-up out there. I should try them! I do love the Bobbi Brown lipsticks soooo much but for $18 a tube -ouch. I’m going to have to try the other one you mentioned! Thanks for stopping by, Anita!

  4. Several of us use Tweezerman, that says alot! I really love mine 🙂

    I’ll have to check out that brow gel. I should really groom mine better because when I don’t and see pics of myself I get really taken aback by how horrific my brows look. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, my brows are by far the hardest part of my face to manage. I just cannot get them to look right. I have a friend who has PERFECT eyebrows. Perfect. I should see where she gets hers done.

  5. QponCutie says:

    Another mineral makeup lover here! It’s the best! I have to say, though, I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t love the Lash Blast mascara! Everybody raves about it, so of course I bought it, and I REALLY didn’t like it! Way too wet and goopy for me! I felt like I had to prop my eyes open waiting for it to dry, or I would blink it all over my face! LOL