The 6 Must-Have Beauty Essentials For Every Makeup Bag

Nothing feels better than discarding things that no longer serve you; out with the old and in with the new. What’s more fun than clearing out space? Why, filling it in with brand new items, of course.

bobbi brown

The Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush is from the newest collection of Bobbi Brown brushes. Makeup artists grab these up, because the brushes don’t shed much, they’re super soft (but not so soft that you can’t control makeup application), and the quality is superb.  –$42.00



The BeautyBlender has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but this may be your first introduction to this pink sponge. It used to be a beauty insider secret for flawless skin, but it pops up in magazines all the time now. There are knock-offs of The Beauty Blender; you’ve probably seen them, but NONE of them work like the real deal. Dampen this sponge and apply your foundation, lightly tapping/bouncing the sponge with product all over your face. The result is luminous and gorgeous.  –$19.00


sara happ

One of our favorite places in L.A. is Naimies, the makeup mecca for professional makeup artists the world over. Last time we were there, Naimie’s talented staff member, Hillary, recommended The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ in Crème Brulee. The packaging on this item is adorable and the product works! This is the best scrub for lips because the granules are very fine (it’s a soft scrub really), the smell is fantastic, and the conditioning oils leave lips soft and smooth…perfect during the winter season of chapped lips.  –$24.00


Jiggle hi jiggle lo

This new color called Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo by Essie is part of Essie’s Winter Collection. It’s the perfect color to try out some of the looks from our story, Holiday Nail Trends.  A bold molten gold with shimmer, not sparkle, it’s sophisticated yet youthful. It works for any age.   -$8.50


nars-velvet-matte-lip-pencil-red-square 1Nars Red Square has been a long time favorite in Hollywood. Blake Lively and Miranda Kerr are just a couple of ladies who have worn it on red carpets.  Flattering on a blonde and a brunette and everyone in between, it’s that verstatile.  You can use this velvet matte color as a lipliner or as a lip base to make another red shade you have last longer.  It’s most popular to just wear it as an all over lipstick. Nothing dresses up a winter coat better than a red lip and no color works better on all skintones.   –$25.00



Xen Ten Luminous Gold Tanning Gel dries quickly, so it’s handy when you’re getting dressed and you realize you’re pale! It’s filled with gold shimmer, which adds a gleam to the skin, but doesn’t get on clothing. It’s easy to blend, the color is very natural, and it smells pleasant. We’ve tried a lot of self tanning lotions; this is a favorite and everyone we have gifted it to loves it.   –$35.00