what’s in my bag

What’s in my Bag? Disney Edition

I have a small secret to confess. I’m not much of a Disney fan.

Ok, so let me rephrase that. I LOVE Disney movies and all the Disney characters because they remind me of my childhood, which was great, BUT, I hate the crowds, heat, lines, matching family shirts and others people’s children in general. Let’s not even talk about the amount of money you spend there. Is it really worth forking over a months salary to wait in line for 120 minutes to see Elsa?

No. The answer is always NO.

However, my kids and husband are big fans of the Mouse, so sometimes you just have to take one for the team.

With that being said, as a Floridian, I’ve been to Disney more times than I can count and even though I complain, I always end up having a somewhat good time. It truly can be “magical” when all is said and done.

The key is not to stress and that includes your outfits and makeup. We’ll be there for 7 days and all my outfits consist of comfy T-shirts, shorts, jeans and a hoodie if it gets chilly (Yes, from time to time it gets cold in Florida).

Makeup is all about the basics. You want to get up early and go to the parks to beat the lines, and therefore it might be smart to skip the wing liner. Below is a small (ish) list of items in my Disney makeup bag:


Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation. Always over the sun screen, but just a light layer because chances are you will be sweating. Just enough for me to cover some of the freckles.

Besame Vanilla Brightening Powder. Not only will you be waking up early, but also staying up late to catch the fireworks, so a little brightening powder under the eyes will help.

Antonym Baked Highlighting Blush in Lily. This is beautiful pinky peach blush with just a tiny bit of shimmer. Honestly, you could take any blush, I just happen to really, really like this one.


Besame Snow White I’m Wishing Palette. No way am I going to Disney without taking something from my collection and this palette is perfect for two reasons: the mirror is nice and big and will help with getting ready and the colors are neutral, so you can easily tap a bit of color on your lids and go.

Besame Agent Carter Palette. I love this palette because it’s small and you can go from a simple easy look to a deeper look if you want. Also, Marvel is owned by Disney now, so I feel it’s totally appropriate.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Heigh Ho from the Snow White Collection. Adding this one for a little shine if I want to for dinner. A girl needs options!

Butter London Double Decker Mascara. My go to mascara. It makes my lashes thick and full. I would also consider packing a waterproof mascara as there are few water rides in the parks, but I’m good I’m with just this one.


Almay Butter Kiss Lipsticks in Berry Light. Honestly, between all the walking and sweating, you will be reaching more for your chapstick than a liquid lip. The Butter Kiss formula is moisturizing with a light wash of color and shine.

Real Her I Am Awesome Lipgloss. Another moisturizing option, but for those days you want more shine and color. Just throw this one in the bag for when you need a bit of oomph for your selfies with Minnie.

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick in Candy Apple Red from the Snow White Collection. Ok, if I’m going to be honest, I probably will never even wear this lipstick, but you always need a nice red just in case. Lipstick emergencies happen and you must be prepared!

I might take a few other items, but these are the “for sures”. Like I said, the goal when spending time with your family at Disney is to enjoy the moment, but a little makeup Magic never hurts.

Till next time, my friends!


Beauty Favorites

What’s in My Makeup Makeup Bag? – Business Travel Edition

From time to time, I am forced invited to attend meetings outside the comfort of my home office. I do happen to work for your typical Corporate America Conglomerate, so these business meetings actually require me to fit a certain mold.

Now all you non-comformists out there are probably saying “Screw Corporate America! You can’t tell me what to wear on my face!” And although that is true, sometimes pink and purple eyeshadow will make you stand out amongst a bunch of suits and, quite frankly, I need my job, so I’m not about to rock any boats over eyeshadow.

With that being said, business casual does not necessarily mean boring. When pressured to rock the neutral look, I always incorporate a slight pop of champagne shimmer on the eyes and cheekbones and a nude, yet fresh lipstick.

It’s not about conforming, it’s about contouring.

Damn, I crack myself up!!

Anyways, below are my tried and true business travel/meeting essentials. These are no fails and I always get compliments on my look from my clients and or colleagues.


Burt’s Bees Eyeshadow Trio In Shimmering Nudes. Not only is this small and lightweight, but the colors are business basics, with a touch of glam. I usually amp it up and apply a touch more shimmer from my highlighter in the center and inner corner for that BANG! effect.

Colourpop Creme Gel Eyeliner In Mr. Bing. The perfect brown. I’ve raved about this eyeliner before, so won’t go too much into it, but everyone needs a nice brown to travel and this one never leaves my side. It’s creamy and long lasting and I use it on the water line and smudge it a bit on the lower lash to create a slightly smoky effect.

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara. Another favorite and really any mascara will do, but make sure it’s long lasting and flake free. Meetings can sometimes run for hours and the last thing you want are raccoon eyes halfway through your PowerPoint presentation.


Tartiest Pro Glow Contour and Highlight Palette. This is a two-fer. You can use this palette for countouring and highlight, but in lieu of an eyeshadow, it also works as eyeshadow. Seriously! This palette is a miracle worker.

Antonym Cosmetics Blush in Peach. A perfect peach shade to give you a healthy glow after a long flight or a night spent going over your notes and presentation is all you need. I like this blush from Antonym because it has just a touch of shimmer to make your look soft and glowy.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. This is a MUST. Meetings stress me out and make me lose sleep, so a good concealer will be your best friend. Trust me!!!

Covergirl Vitalist Pressed Powder. Another must have to set the above mentioned concealer and to control the stress induced shine. Forgot to somehow include a pic of this, but don’t forget to powder, folks!

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I use this stuff as moisturizer (day and night) and as primer, so it’s the perfect travel companion. No need to haul your entire skincare collection when this one can pull triple duty in a pinch.


Real Her Women Rule the World Lip Liner. A cute and fun pink that takes a neutral lip up a notch. Also it’s creamy and pigmented and in a pinch can work as a lip color with a touch of gloss.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte In Bombshell. Seriously, this color is a lifesaver and perfect for any occasion. I love that it’s a neutral, but also pinky peach and can lighten any look. I would buy the entire stock in Sephora if Huda ever announces she was discontinuing it.

What are your travel essentials? Any good recommendations? If so, drop them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


Real Her

Real Her Makeup- Review Time!

When I was younger, I didn’t honestly care about things being too sexualized. Not that there is anything wrong with sex and liking it, but there weren’t a lot of brands out there that really tried to change the perception that makeup makes you prettier, sexier and, therefore, more attractive to the opposite sex.

Ahem….Nars Orgasm.

As a (coughs) 40 year old woman, I honestly am over the whole sexualization of makeup. The older I get, the more I realize that makeup is tool of empowerment, not power. I like the idea that I put on lipstick because it makes me happy, not anyone else AND I like a brand that promotes that message because…Why NOT? It’s about time someone does, right?

In comes in Real Her. Are they the first brand to do this? Absolutely NOT, but they are the first, that I am aware of, to literally put messages of empowerment front and center on their products. This is important, because in this day when lipsticks are named Nip Slip and Pout About it, it’s nice to have the option of picking out a nude lipstick called “I Am Perfect” or “I Am Gorgeous”.

At least I think so.

Names aside, do Real Her products perform? Totally!

I LOVE the Lip Kits the most. Consisting of a lip liner, liquid lip and lip gloss in three shades (red, pink and nude), they can be used together to create the perfect plump lip. The lip liner does have to be sharpened, so I will have to deduct points for that, but it’s creamy and won’t skip if your are filling your lips. In fact, as a gloss girl, my favorite look is to fill my lips with the Deep Nude liner and swipe some of the I Am Awesome gloss and I’m good to do.

Speaking of the gloss, I love that it’s not particularly sheer. I like toppers, but sometimes, it’s nice to have something double as color and shine. It’s says that it’s supposed to be slightly plumping, but I don’t find that to be the case at all. You will have to re-apply the gloss throughout the day as the shine will wear off after eating and drinking, so keep that in mind, but I also don’t find that to be unusual for a gloss.

What does have surprising longevity is the liquid lipstick. When I first swatched it on my hand, I had to scrape the pigment off in the shower. This kind of worried me a bit because I like my lipstick to be long wearing, but not permanent. I was already envisioning the color to patch up and look all dry and crusty, however, I didn’t find that to be the case at all. As always, I exfoliated my lips with my Pur Sugar Scrub, applied the lip liner and layered one coat of the liquid lip. It did take a bit to dry, but once it did, then I went over the top with the gloss and I was done. The color did fade throughout the day, but it wasn’t a weird fade that receded from the inner lip to the outer lines, but rather a natural fade all together with just a hint of concentration around the lip line.

I probably should have gone in and reapplied somewhere around the 5 hour mark, but I got lazy and I was in an all day meeting at work and didn’t want to walk to my desk to get my makeup bag.

Excuses, excuses, right?

The Be Fearless, Be Limitless Blush Kit, is not only a mouthful to say, but also perfectly lovely. Consisting of three baked shades in a rosy pink, coral and copper, they give you a lovely glow. The colors are not particularly deep or concentrated, but do provide a natural looking flush. I thought I could use the deeper shade as a bronzer, but it does have a too shimmery element to it, which I don’t care for. I did use it as an all over lid shade in a pinch one day when I was running out the door to do some errands and that worked quite nicely. My favorite is the rose color named Fearless. It has a hint of gold running through it, that’s not particularly overpowering, but I do feel highlights my freckles in a nice way.

If there is one thing that I find a little challenging is the price. The lip kits are $36 and the blushes run you $32, which I find to be a bit higher in price than I like. However, I did see they were running a sale a few weeks ago, so wait for one of those promotions or if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get 10% off your first purchase.

Let me know if you have tried any other Real Her products and, as usual, drop your thoughts and comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


***Products above were sent to me complimentary, but opinions are all my own.***