What’s in my Makeup Bag: July

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In a hot, humid weather like this, who needs makeup, amirite!?

Well, my makeup game has been pretty minimal and effortless lately, but surprisingly, I still failed to fit everything I reach for on the daily basis, in my makeup bag.

There are two Glossier products I’ve been reaching for pretty much every single time I go for a foundation-free look: Cloud Paint in Beam and a Generation G lipstick in Cake. Beam has beautiful peach tones that work surprisingly well with my skin tone. Blush is one thing I always struggle with, but these are so easy to work with. I was a bit disappointed when I saw how small these were, but you only need a tiny drop of product to add some color to your complexion. These blend really nicely, so there’s no blotchiness. I also picked up one of their new Cloud Paint shades in Storm, which is a pretty rose shade.

I always mention that when it comes to Glossier, some of their products are great, some are a bit overhyped, some of them did not work for me at all. BUT, the Generation G lipsticks are amazing- especially for someone who doesn’t like to wear pigmented, rich lip products, but still wants to add some color. They have the most amazing formula; they feel just like a lip balm, but look like a blotted, matte lipstick. Extremely comfortable to wear with a fool-proof formula. No need for lip primers, liners, touch-ups, etc. I was afraid that Cake would have a bit of that orange or concealer-like look on me since when it comes to nude lip colors it’s always a hit or miss for me. Thankfully, this shade quickly became one of the everyday favorites (along with Zip which I love to use in Spring.) It just looks very natural and adds just the right amount of color. I also love topping it with just a touch of Jouer’s Lip Topper in Skinny Dip.


Cream shadows are great to reach for when it comes to effortless, quick and easy looks (duh, right?). I love Tom Ford’s Cream & Powder duos and just added Young Adonis to my collection. It’s a light brown with a bit of shimmer and works really beautifully with blue eyes- it’s a perfect combo for summer.

I actually haven’t been wearing foundation too often lately which I still find surprising and strangely liberating, given my history with skin problems. When my skin was at its worst, I actually slept with foundation on once, when visiting out-of-state friends. I mean, I didn’t even care if it was 100 degrees outside. Now that we’re having this insanely hot and humid weather, it feels great to be able to leave the house bare-faced, without having to worry about someone making a stupid comment about your skin.

I did, however, try, test and fall in love with a new foundation- and it’s from a drugstore brand. Covergirl’s Trublend Matte Made* foundation. I’ve actually read a few reviews after receiving this collection from Covergirl and some mention a problem with the product’s texture, but I haven’t experienced that problem at all. I love the coverage, the fact that there is a selection of 40 shades, which is awesome.  The packaging is great, Iove the pump bottle. The thing is, my skin isn’t a hot oily mess anymore, so I can’t say whether or not it works with oily skin and if it does stay matte throughout the day. It has a very nice, natural-looking finish on my normal/dry skin though.

I’m pretty sure I already mentioned that I finally caved in and got lash extensions and it’s been pretty life-changing when it comes to my beauty routine. I no longer have to reach for mascara- and technically, you’re not supposed to wear any, unless using water-based products. Hourglass will soon be releasing a new oil-free mascara: Caution Extreme Lash Mascara.* I was lucky to have received a complimentary tube from Influenster and as soon as I realized that it’s oil-free I knew I had to try it. I am due for a refill next week so my extensions are not looking best at the moment, but this new gem from Hourglass came to the rescue. I love how soft the brush is; it’s tapered so it reaches even the tiniest lashes that tend to hide in those inner corners of the lash line. Also, it removes very easily, doesn’t flake or smudge. Love.

Left to right: Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, No7 Skin Illuminator, Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Cloud Paint in Storm, Generation G in Cake, Tom Ford Young Adonis duo, Covergirl Trublend Matte Made in L15 and L20. 


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    Frankly Flawless
    July 11, 2018 at 3:28 am

    What a fantastic round up. Cream shadows are definitely my preference in the summer – so much easier to apply x

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    The December Dame
    July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

    What a great bunch of products! I need to try the cloud paints!


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    Naya //
    July 11, 2018 at 7:00 am

    These are all such lovely picks, Paula! I agree about Glossier – I have an exact same experience with the brand, something works/something doesn’t. I love Beam, it is one of my favourite blushes ever (and I own a lot!). I need to try their lipsticks next! xx

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    Danielle Alexa
    July 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I am desperate to get my hands on some of those Tom Ford shadows, they are stunning!

    Danielle xx

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    Lisa Autumn
    July 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I really want to try the cloud paint.. sounds gorgeous!

    x Lisa |

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    Zoë Ware
    July 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I have been wanting to try Glossier for so long!! I have heard so much about the brand! Loved this post! Its always interesting to see who is enjoying what!! xx

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    Ellie | PetiteElliee
    July 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Ahhh so many gorgeous products!!

    Ellie xx

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    July 12, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I’ve been reaching for the Ofra rodeo highlighter a lot recently, I love how glowy and intense it is!

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    Kelly Anne
    July 12, 2018 at 2:21 am

    All of these products sound gorgeous! Ahh I’ve been contemplating lash extensions, I just worry they will ruin my real lashes in the long run! Would love to hear more about them once you’ve had them for awhile.

    Kelly Anne xx

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      Paula @
      July 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      I worried (and still worry) about the same thing-damaging my real lashes. So far I haven’t noticed any damage, but my natural lashes are pretty long and strong thanks to castor oil, but now that I can no longer use it (because of the extensions) it will be interesting to see how healthy they’ll be. I’ll definitely write a detailed post about it!

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    July 12, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I’d love to try the CoverGirl matte foundaton but I put myself on a foundation buying ban!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

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      Paula @
      July 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      I hear ya! Foundation is one of those products that I always want to try, even though I have a whole bunch of them haha!

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    July 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I love the photos! You got me tempted to try the foundation!

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    lawler || yvettemypet
    July 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Oh! I did not know those Tom Ford duos existed or I wasn’t paying attention. I just clicked through and saw two with green and blue shades paired with some golds. Gorgeous! I love cream shadows. So that would be the best of both worlds.

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    July 13, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I remember you said you might get laser to help with the scars from your acne. Did you go through with it? I have scars all over my cheeks and chin that I desperately want to get rid.

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      Paula @
      July 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

      No, I haven’t yet! I’m hoping to get it done this fall, once I’m done treating my back injury. I do think that derma-rolling and The Ordinary’s peeling solution helped me make them a lot less visible. I will definitely write about the experience once I do get it done!

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    Natalie Redman
    July 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

    So many beautiful products to try!

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    Jasmine Talks Beauty
    July 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

    The Tom Ford duo looks SO stunning! I’m loving the Glossier Cloud Paints at the moment too :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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