A simple makeup collection.

I’ll preface this - I’m a total novice at makeup. Hell hath no fury like a shaking hand and eyeliner.

Over the years, I’ve refined my makeup collection. It has taken experimentation, getting honest reviews from my friends, and time spent to figure out what went best with my skin tone, and what wasn’t goopy or cakey. I needed a minimal, effective collection that I could travel with, and with enough of an arsenal to feel completely prepared for day or night looks.

Before I jump into what I use on a day-to-day basis, some thoughts.

  • Invest in what you use. Some brand names in makeup are phenomenal, and for good reason - they work, they work well, and it’s hard to find competition. Alternatively, there’s a ton of great products at drugstore prices that rival anything we can find at Sephora or Ulta. Aim to buy less makeup, but with higher quality (no matter the price point). A foundation that matches perfectly, has SPF, and lasts a while longer is much better than 10 that you find on sale, that you have to mix and match and alter to work.

  • Your skin comes first. Try not to let your skin struggle beneath makeup. Put your money toward a good cleanser and moisturizer; take care of any zits or blemishes as they arise. Never sleep with makeup on. Drink your water, stay in your lane, and if you’re anything like me, watch your stressors. My body tends to act and react in tandem with life events. Take it slow, and treat yourself and your skin regularly.

I’ll address skincare in upcoming posts; for now, this is what I wear on my face on a day-to-day basis, and what I mix-and-match to take with me when I travel. (Note: These are all beauty products that I have purchased on my own; this is not a sponsored post for any brand listed below.)



Eyes and Brows

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills - Soft Glam Palette. Believe it or not, this is the first real eyeshadow palette that I’ve ever purchased. The colors are warm, and there’s enough matte and shimmer to go from day to night seamlessly.


  • It Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better. “If there’s one thing I need to get, what would it be?” Answer: this. My friend recommended this to me, and after trying it out, I’m really happy I got it. It’s a CC cream, has SPF, and can be used for full coverage. I’d definitely recommend stopping by a Sephora to be matched, but I already had some products on hand for the online matching tool.

  • Glossier - Haloscope Face Highlight. I bought this in the shade Quartz.

  • Glossier - Cloud Paint Duo. This is a creamy blush. I used to contour/use dark powders to achieve what I thought looked nice, and I have this in the shades Storm and Dusk. It’s cheaper to buy them together than separate.

  • Fenty - Killawatt Freestyle Highlight. This highlight is a step up from Glossier’s, and I foresee myself using this more often. I love how subtle and sheer this highlight is, despite the name (Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby).

I stopped using setting powders when I realized it was giving me a halo effect in photos. Though the technology must have progressed by now, I have yet to buy another. This setting spray is in my cart at Ulta.



Glossier - Balm Dotcom. I bought the trio set on Black Friday. These definitely have a bit of shine to them, and to anyone who vividly remembers the Lip Smacker days, taste about the same.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm - Just…a classic.


Chanel - Chance. A classic, and a go-to for years. I travel with the 1.7ml.

Dolce and Gabbana - Dolce. Be forewarned that this is a strong, bold scent. I wear this sparingly, because the scent lasts long. I love the vintage, woody, floral scent of Dolce - it’s reminiscent of more glamorous times.


And that’s really it. I take the most of these when I travel, with a couple brushes and a beauty blender. It’s lightweight and gets the job done.

Let me know if you have any recommendations - I would love to try them out.