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

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About Jo-Lynne

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. 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.