Who You Gettin’ Cute For?

We’re going to get all girly-girly up in here today, so hang on to your makeup bags! Well, my makeup bag, actually. See, I’ve been so hard at work getting Crimson and Clover ready to release (and just wait until you see the new cover!!) that I’ve not blogged recently, a fact you’ve probably noticed. But the other day Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, blogged about what was in her makeup bag and I thought “How fun!” Because I just adore makeup. And just for the record, I use it to get cute for me. 😉


Now, I don’t wear it every day. I don’t wear it most days because I rarely leave the house. Seriously, my autobiography, if I ever get conceited enough to write one, will begin “Call me Hermit.” But when I do set foot out into the world, I tend to wear makeup, and I have a ball putting it on! So today I thought I’d take a page from Ree’s blog and share what’s in my makeup bag.

Juli Page Morgan

First of all, my bag is really a toolbox-looking Caboodle I got at Walmart a hundred years ago. It’s sturdy and has all these great compartments and I’d be lost without it.

I forgot to take photos of my cleaners, but that’s for the best since they’re all faded from being in the shower and the ones in tubes are all jacked up from me squeezing out the contents. But in the morning I use either Olay Regenerist Thermal Mini-Peel (it heats up as you rub it in and that’s so relaxing!) or Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub. I don’t have any set schedule for these, but just grab one or the other while I’m in the shower. At night I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser with ceremides and hyaloronic acid to remove my makeup and/or moisturizer, and I use it with my Olay Professional rotating scrubbing brush thingie.

My mornings begin with these things:


Whether or not I’m wearing makeup that day I always put on Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream and L’Oreal Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 50+ Sunscreen. (I also use Timeless 20% Vitamin C+E Ferulic Acid Serum every morning, but I’m out right now and I tossed the bottle so I don’t have a photo. Gotta order some more ASAP.) Since the L’Oreal sunscreen has a bit of a tint to it I don’t use it on my neck and decolletage, so I slather those areas with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock SPF 70. If I’m not going to put on makeup this is where I stop. If makeup is on the menu for the day I follow up with primers. And for my face I use Monistat Chafing Relief powder-gel. I hear you saying, “Whaaat?” But it’s the same formula as the original Smashbox primer and it only costs about $6 a tube. Works like a dream, too. The eyeshadow primer I use is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I started using this a couple of months ago, and I love it! I used to use a shadow primer by Estee Lauder, but it was just too chalky for me. This Too Faced primer is perfect.

Then onto the foundation:


Right now I’m using L’Oreal Visible Lift, and I like it okay. It has SPF 17 and Pro-Retinol A, and it’s not too heavy and not too sheer. I have no earthly idea what shade it is. When I’m running low I throw the bottle in my purse and match it up at the store. My current concealer is Elf Complete Coverage, but I don’t like it much. It does the best it can, I guess, but I inherited some major undereye dark circles from my ancestors, and nothing covers them well. Then I set it all with NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder. I love this stuff. I’d marry it if I could. It’s completely translucent, goes on like a dream, and I don’t even feel like I’m wearing powder. I follow up all that by doing some sculpting under my cheekbones and along my jawline with Covergirl Tru Blend Minerals loose powder. I buy it in a shade about 3x darker than my foundation. (I did take a photo of it, but I accidentally deleted it!)

Now the eyes!


As you can see I’m not too adventurous with my eyeshadow colors. I’ve tried them all, believe me, and these are the ones I like. We’ve got the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, and the rest are Wet N Wild. WnW shadows are great low-cost alternatives to the Naked palettes. I stick with Comfort Zone, Petal Pusher and Walking on Eggshells palettes. Then I have a small pan of Sugar Scrub that I use on the inside corners of my eyes for highlight, and to combat some of that dark circle thing I mentioned earlier.


I tightline my upper lashes with NYC Kohl pencil in jet black (if I’m wearing brown eyeshadow) or Wet N Wild Coloricon pencil in charcoal (if I’m wearing the purples.) I also apply Wet N Wild Coloricon Shimmer pencil in silver to my waterline, but I’m out of that, too, and my local Walgreen’s is sold out at the moment. My regular eyeliner is Almay Liquid Liner in black.

I use two different kinds of mascara because I’ve found the older I get the thinner my lashes get. So I start with Covergirl Lash Blast Volume in black to plump ’em up, and go over that with Diorshow for length. And boy, does it give you length! I have both the regular and the waterproof, and I usually use the waterproof. I find it doesn’t smudge as bad, and since I use Neutrogena eye makeup remover it comes right off with no problem. For my brows I use L’Oreal HIP eyeshadow in Shady, and I use the lighter shade. I don’t even know if they make this stuff anymore, but I’ve got enough left to last awhile.


For blush it’s good old NARS in Orgasm. And if I want a sunkissed look I’ll also use Wet N Wild Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil.


My makeup case also includes your basic eyelash curler, a 15x magnifying mirror to go with the lighted mirror on my makeup table, false lashes (in the photo with my eyeliner for some reason) for when I want to look really glam (and Duo Eyelash Adhesive that I forgot to photograph), and my brushes. Oh, and my makeup sponge! I forget what brand it is, but I got it at Ulta and I love it. I just dampen it with a little water and use it to apply my foundation.


Most of my makeup brushes are by Coastal Scents. My daughter gave me a set of them several years ago, and I love them! They came in this handy leather case that’s great when I travel, but most of the time I keep them in my Graceland cup so I can get to them quicker. There are also some various and sundry brushes in there that I’ve had for a while.


The final products are in my purse. I keep them all together in this flashy gold bag I got at the Estee Lauder counter. It contains my lipliner which is Jordana Easyliner in Tawny, my lipstick, Maybelline Colorsensational in Warm Me Up, Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence, Smith’s Rosebud Salve (can’t live without that stuff!), hand santitizers (I have both Purell and one by Bath & Body Works in a lavender scent), Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream, and my perfume which happens to be Estee Lauder Beautiful at the moment.


After I remove my makeup at night I put on ROC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream. I’m planning to move up to Retin-A, but a prescription for that stuff is about $200 in the States while you can get it for about $20 over the counter in Mexico. My husband, who travels to Mexico on business, will be dispatched to hunt some down for me next time he goes. Then I follow up with Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream. I’ve just started using this, and it’s my new favorite thing! My face feels so good in the morning after I’ve slept in this!

So that’s it – my makeup bag! I’d love to know what you have in yours!


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