A Guide to Building Your Best Cosmetic Bag

I hate to admit it but have to admit it.  I am NO GOOD at choosing personal care products.  I could walk endlessly up and down the aisles at the Target all day and stare at the Sephora counter for hours and still leave the store empty-handed.  I get overwhelmed by all the options, scared to pull the trigger on my pocketbook,(I just have a really hard time shelling out $45 for foundation...even though I know it's worth it) and am completely terrified of buyer's remorse.

Buying cosmetics is an outing that makes most women’s hearts flutter is something that sends me running in the opposite direction. I don’t want it to be that way, but it just is (I’m sure someone could psychoanalyze me and figure out why, but honestly I don’t want to know).  

Although I still dread purchasing a new foundation, I am proud to say I have come a long way since my first caboodle. And, it’s because I have found the secrets to building a great, stress-free cosmetic bag.

Splurge on the essentials.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm a Frugal Franny.  I like my coupons, and I like ‘em with deep discounts. However, over the years I have learned there are a few things I am willing to spend the extra buck on---my groceries, my haircuts, and my skincare products.  I firmly believe that if you invest in the essentials, everything else will fall into place. For me, the essentials include a cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, concealer, and foundation. Of course, other people might have a more extensive list of essentials, but these are the ones I will always dish out for---because these are the essentials of skin care and the base of your makeup routine.

Get recommendations from friends.

Right now, there are a lot of direct sales representatives out there pounding the pavement trying to get you to buy their products. A lot of them are probably your friends.  A lot of them are my friends. Stop running from them. These women are passionate about what they do, and most of them are VERY educated on the subject. So, confide in them. Tell them what type of products you are looking for, ask them for samples, and try what they have to offer.  Many direct sales companies offer products that are formulated with better standards than you can buy from behind the counter. These products and your skin are worth the price tag.

Keep it simple.

In my experience, the more you add to your cosmetic bag, the more overwhelming it becomes. And, the more overwhelming it becomes, the more it becomes a money-pit.  So, my advice is to find the products you love, create a routine using them, and then keep a stock of those products on hand so you don't run out unexpectedly. This will help alleviate the stress of getting ready, the stress of packing your overnight bag (for any fun weekend getaways), and create a process you enjoy instead of the one you dread.

So, go dump out that eyeshadow-stained, broken brush filled bag, give it a good wash, start from scratch, and let me know how it goes!

About the Author 

Ellie is a talented momma, wife and career girl. When she’s not fueling up at the local coffee shop, she’s busy helping women discover their true potential on Grow Yourself Girl and Buzzy Blogs.

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