Stolen Makeup Bags
Sadly this is far from rare, which has always been a bit perplexing to me because who really wants someone's used cosmetics? With large bags having to go into mandatory, yet unsecured, baggage checks in many public places such as museums things are going missing a lot lately. This is happening in offices and I even know those who've had their makeup stolen right out of their evening clutch. So the idea came, what about making up a bag that if it did go missing, would feel relatively painless. Even a little, got you! Plus there is some rather good finds in the drugstore right now. Some surprising doppelgängers too. Take a gander, pick and choose, make these up as little favor gift bags or a starter makeup set someone will not be crushed to loose:
A lot of times BB Cream or the L'Oreal Sublime Sun is enough, especially in the summer, but it's amazing how much a little concealer here and there can make. That's why I have 3 picks for you, although I was surprised at how much the Revlon Nearly Naked conceals as well. From Revlon is their PhotoReady concealer which has been around for a while. It's very creamy, conceals well, creases little and best of all it seems golden based which is great for people with Olive/yellowish undertones such as me. The drugstore can be a very pink place. They have a nice range of shades in this stick concealer although many are sold out most of the time, obviously there are a lot of follow lovers of this one. Two others that are amazing but come in limited shade choices include Hard Candy's Glamoflauge (mine is in Medium 313 which is still on the light side) and Conceal RX by Physicians Formula (in Natural Light which is the darkest shade but very light). Both of these heavy duty concealers are very similar although the Glamoflauge is slightly thicker and really does cover, even tattoos. I know someone who recently returned Kat Von D's Tattoo Concealer because the Hard Candy Glamoflauge did a better job.
A few other bits for the base is this bronzing powder by NYC in Sunny which is so cheap but is one of the loveliest mat bronzers that I've ever owned. Go figure. It lasts for ever too. For a highlighter and to give a little color to the cheeks E.L.F. (eyes lips face) makes these little tubes of Shimmering Facial Whips with a favorite color being Lilac Petal. It also comes in a Multiples type stick but the shade is called Persimmon. Both are reminiscent of NARS but I prefer the E.L.F. because they're more natural whereas the NARS looks very glittery and obvious, especially in summer.
We're down to the last two things to pop in a makeup bag, one being C.O. Bigelow's Rose Salve. The taste is not too good but it plumps and hydrates so well. Plus it's great other places including the hands and for bruises and scrapes. It actually reminds me a lot of the 8 - Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden which is also a save, but this is much cheaper and more portable. Last doppelgängers is this little Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nail polish in Time to Shine which is a dead ringer to my OPI Designer De Better from the Ltd., Muppets Collection of yore. The Sally Hansen has actually been getting a lot more use.
Most everything here can be found in US drugstores such as CVS with the exception of Jordana which I've only been able to find in Duane Reade / Wallgreens. E.L.F can be found online here and Hard Candy here.
Image: mam for Gave That