My makeup must-haves

First, before I forget, I have some fun news! Jennifer just got featured on Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh Blog! Tripp’s nursery is THE CUTEST NURSERY EVER and I am so excited that Jenn’s hard work and amazing design skills are being shown to a bajillion readers. You can see the feature on his nursery here.

Now on to the important topic of makeup. If you’ve known me forever, you know I haven’t always worn a lot of makeup. In high school I was a mascara and Burt’s Bees chapstick kind of gal. In college I wore a little more, but it probably wasn’t until the last five or so years that I have expanded on my daily beauty regimen. Part of wearing more makeup has been out of necessity {hello, I am 31, remember}, but a lot of it is that I really didn’t know what makeup worked for me. I started to experiment a ton and over the last few years I’ve found some definite keepers. I still don’t wear gobs of makeup, but my daily routine is definitely more than mascara and chapstick. ;)

If forced to, I could live with only these eight items in my makeup drawer.  I use most of these every single day and pretty much can’t live without.

my makeup must-haves

From left to right:

  • Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara in Jet Black, Waterproof.
  • The Present by Philosophy. It’s a moisturizer and primer in one. I still use a separate moisturizer because I have very dry skin, but this helps my makeup go on even and stay put all day.
  • Laura Mercier Lip Gloss. I have loved every color I’ve tried of this, but my favorite for the summer is Desert Rose
  • Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh. This makes my lips soft and is especially useful in the winter months.
  •  Benefit’s Smokin’ Eyes. I love this kit! It comes with everything I need for my eyes and it is all in one place. After it starts to run low, I’ll probably replace with individual Benefit products, but I have loved this easy, go-to kit for my eyes.
  • NARS the Multiple Sticks. I have a pink color for a quick touch of color for cheeks and lips, and a shimmer color for highlighting. The pink color is my favorite beauty product period.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I was a Clinique girl for foundation forever, but about a year ago I switched to this and oh my goodness. It has made a huge difference in my foundation regimen. I pair it with LM’s loose powder and eye illuminator and I’m covered all day.

I have a lot more than eight products in my makeup drawer. I am definitely addicted to trying out new ones, too! My college friend Emily recently posted her  Working Mom Survival Kit, and there are a couple of new-to-me products I can’t wait to try. How about you? What makeup can you not live without? Please share. I’m always looking for new ways to spend money at Nordstrom! :)


  1. Amanda

    I share the same love for LM products! Try BB gel eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer. It’s worth every dime. And be sure to buy the eyeliner brush for application – it makes all the difference. Love posts like this!

  2. Liz

    tarte’s waterproof eyeliner – comes in a little pot with a brush. i wear it every single day – LOVE it. it can survive a day at the beach! there’s not a sephora within three hours of me, but thanks to UPS i won’t have to go without. =)

  3. Katy

    thanks for the fun make up ideas! i tried the present and absolutely LOVE it! love reading your blog:)

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