Behind The Butter

what’s in my makeup bag

Like most girls, I love to play with makeup. Granted, I really don’t know what I’m doing when I play with it, but I do love to experiment!

Sabrina gave me this cute polka dot makeup bag last summer and in it I store all my goodies.  I don’t really wear too much makeup on a normal day (newsflash: standing over a hot stove while wearing lots of mascara just doesn’t really work), but whenever I go out I have my normal regimen that I stick to.

And trust me, you don’t WANT to see me without any under-eye concealer. It’s a scary thing.

So on my face, I use Bare Minerals powder, ulta mineral blush and almay concealer. Been using these three products every day for years and love them all!

Now, what I really love to play with is my eyes! After hanging out with my friend Morgan in Austin a few weeks ago and letting her do my make-up every day, I became addicted to two new products: purple creme eyeliner and MAC swiss chocolate eyeshadow.

So basically, to get my everyday look, I’ll brush this pale pink eyeshadow all over my lid (Benefit “Leggy”) then brush a little bit of the swiss chocolate shade across the top of my lid to contour. Then, I’ll draw an ever-so-thin line of creme eyeliner (Smashbox “Midnight Purple”) across my top and bottom lash line…and then finish with black mascara!

Always black mascara.

Lips are easy.

Been using this gloss since high school (well, not the same one know) and love it. I’ve never really been a lipstick girl but I love watermelon flavored lip gloss!

Oh! And while we’re talking about it, I have to show you the newest product I’m absolutely obsessed with:

I never truly lived until I found out about dry shampoo. I got this from Ulta (I really need to distance myself from that store) and love it. You’ll probably tell me it’s just talc in a spray bottle but I don’t care. I like my fancy spray talc.

And on that note, I’m off to apply another coat of waterproof mascara and stand in front of the stove.

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  • Lauren
    April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Love it!!! I’m a HUGE makeup geek so it’s fun to see you do a post on this. Love your variety of brands too!

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms
    April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I need to check out that dry shampoo… I haven’t liked the others I’ve tried so far!

  • Jen, a priorfatgirl
    April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    wait… you forgot to show us pictures of your eyes! Your pictures of brownies, cookies and pasta {oh my!} are amazing but this post definitely needs a photo of an up-close eye with make-up!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Dry shampoo is especially good for those camping trips!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove
    April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’m an alamay concealor sort of girl myself 😉

  • kate@ahealthypassion
    April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I love makeup mac and bare minerals are my fav! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • cait
    April 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    i love bare minerals as well 🙂 it’s one of my fav foundations to use because it really seems like i have nothing on and it’s so ‘flawless’ on my skin xo

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    wow I totally wish I knew what I was doing when it comes to makeup

    thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Jessica
    April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I feel like discovering dry shampoo was how early man felt when discovering fire. Life without it almost seems meaningless… or at least a life with much shinier, flatter hair.
    Don’t waste your money on the new TreSemme kind- I gave it a whirl b/c it was cheap and it’s awful. Sammy also makes a good one that I always get at Ulta (where I never leave without spending upwards of $100).

  • Arianna @ laughter + linguini
    April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Love this stuff! Your watermelon lip gloss reminds me of the lip smackers I used to BEG my mom for! Cake Frosting, Dr. Pepper, Cherry.. I need to start using those again! 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I am a makeup and beauty products junkie! I have tons of products and always love seeing what everyone else uses and their rec’s. Like that dry shampoo…good to know you love it. Anything to get even just 1 more day before hair wash day is a great thing 🙂

    I love MAC, with a passion. Have posted many times before of my love for it and have 2 huge trunks full of it. No shame.

    I love gloss and if you’re looking for an awesome gloss that is one of my go-to’s…MAC lipgloss in the color “Prrr”. I mean, anything with a name like that is gonna be fun 🙂

  • Natalie
    April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Bahahah. Melting mascara from the oven makes me laugh so hard everytime. Last weekend I thought I actually melted my left eye shut. Dinner turned out well but I ended up looking like one of those creepy baby dolls with overly dramatic eyelashes whose eyes open and shut when you lay them down or pick them up. Attractive.

    On another note – I’m addicted to Ulta. Specifically Benefit products. I like feeling like one of the pin-up girls on the packaging (and not a creepy lashed doll). I would agree that dry shampoo is amazing. Simply amazing. You should try Benefits Erase Paste for under your eyes. It works magic. I go from zombie to normal well-rested human with one quick swipe!

  • Devon (Run Sleep Rinse Repeat)
    April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Dry shampoo changed my life.

    I just switch the the Suave one because A) its $2-3 B) It smells amazing & C) Its the BEST I’ve ever used.

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    April 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I never really wear makeup out in public, but I find it riveting! Hahaha, it’s like painting, like arts and crafts to me! So fun!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    April 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I am obsessed with dry shampoo! It is literally life-changing. I use Batiste. I don’t care what’s in it, it is a miracle worker.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    April 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! I’m always on the search for better skin care/make-up/hair products!! I’m going to have to check some of those out!

    I do love my Clinique foundation and powder though!!

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I think we need to see the finished product and especially a close up on the eyes!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    April 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    You know, I always felt a little tacky with my Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. Maybe it’s time for me to step it up in the world of hair care…

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I need to find a good dry shampoo!!! Maybe this is the one?!

  • Carly
    April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    We use the same mascara! Love, love, love it. Especially the purple snakeskin.

  • Allison
    April 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Any pics of the different make up looks????

    Love that you did a personal post. Love all the recipies, but seriously, I miss reading about your life. Thanks for doing that again!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I’m completely obsessed with dry shampoo too! I’ve tried several different kinds including the powder kind. In fact, I’ll even resort to baby powder at times. Oh yeah, and that one time I was traveling and I was forced to resort to using baking soda (because baking soda is a totally normal thing to have in your toiletries bag)! Not recommending the baking soda…. but it did it’s job. But the whole point of this comment is there is a cheap dry shampoo that I think works just as well as the $25 at Sephora/Ulta. It’s called Psssssst and it’s $7 at CVS or Walgreens! Psssssst is usually on the bottom shelf, you gotta kinda search it out, but it’s one of the best things ever!!!

  • Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    April 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I love Ulta and their coupons too!
    I also hate lipstick, and always rock the lip gloss. 🙂

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    April 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Love this post! It’s so fun hearing about what others have in their makeup bag. Lately, I’ve been keeping things super simple, but playing up the eyes. I’ll have to check out the MAC eye shadow, as you’re the third person I’ve talked to this month who claims to love it! 😀

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    April 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I use the same mascara! I love it!!1

    • amc
      April 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      What brand is the mascara?

  • Molly
    April 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Dry shampoo, I’ve been meaning to pick it up for the past 8 months. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti
    April 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love makeup…not really wearing it, but like you said, playing with it! Reading about your eye makeup routine made my night! Eyeshadows, liners, and mascara are my favorites. I know, I’m a dork!

  • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    April 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I love Bare Minerals…I use all of their face products (foundation, blush, concealer)…their eyelid primer is the best!!

  • Heather
    April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    That mascara is my fave– totally desert island status…the waterproof version of it is great, too! Can’t wait to try the Midnight Purple eyeliner! Fun post idea, Jenna!

    • jenn
      April 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      where do you find the mascara/ what brand is it?

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I need to invest in some beautiful purple’s and brown’s.

  • Sabrina
    April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the shout out!! I finally learned how to use under eye concealer. It makes SUCH a difference!

  • Jennifer
    April 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh I love reading people’s makeup routines hehe I am always looking for a fun new product to try, even though I am also always trying to control and stop my addiction! I really want to try dry shampoo it seems to be all the rage these days and I still haven’t tried it. I will have to try this one! I also love Bare Minerals, its just the best foundation for when its hot out in the summer especially the Matte formula which is my favorite.

  • Kelly
    April 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Okay, so I must be missing out on something – someone fill me in on what the deal is with “dry” shampoo??? Do tell!!

  • Jen
    April 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I have never heard of this Ulta store – it sounds wonderful! Really enjoyed this post – thank you!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I just ran out of dry shampoo…need more!!

  • erin * sparkle & hay
    April 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    dry shampoo is the BEST thing ever!

  • Heather
    April 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I love make up so much. But I am putting myself on a budget as of a couple of days ago… 🙂 I love dry shampoo, too – Bumble & Bumble is what I use! It is a life savor from time to time! Thanks for sharing your favorite products. I always love learning about what others use.

  • Dee
    April 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Ooh, I love posts like these. How fun! I’ll be hitting up Ulta this weekend for sure. Can you believe I’ve never been? 😮

  • Jessica
    April 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I echo the comment above re posts re your life… Miss those! I log onto your site each day, wishing and hoping for a story re your day, pics from the fabs place you ate dinner, how yoga practice is going, but getting sadly let down, day after day, until today! Thanks for a touch of your old style– loved & miss it!

    • Becky
      April 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

      I agree! While your recipes always look tasty, I think people miss hearing about YOU, rather than just your latest sugar+flour+butter concoction.

      • Allison
        April 8, 2011 at 5:21 am

        I am glad that I am not the only one. I think what we all LOVED about ELR was that it was so persoanl. It really was a glimpse into your life. It was a great encouragment for me when I was first diving in to eating better and living a more health concious lifestyle. That is what made ELR so special, and I do miss that.

        • Mel
          April 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

          Me five!

          • Fancy
            April 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

            I completely agree with the others who said that they miss your old way of blogging…

    • Christena
      April 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

      I have to agree. Your blog has changed in a major way, and in many ways the change has been great. I am not a fan of food journaling, but the reason I read blogs is to get some one’s personal “story.” You write well and you are funny, but I find myself not checking your blog as much because it doesn’t seem as personal….posts like these are a nice surprise, thought!

      Of course, it is your blog so you should do what makes you happy. But you obviously have a personality that resonates with & attracts people…we just want more of it, I guess! 🙂

      • nickee
        April 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        I agree too unfortunately. While I like the recipes I’m not too excited anymore about what I may see on the blog everyday. I miss the old style of blogging :(( Include more posts like this one. 🙂 please :))

        • foodandfarm
          April 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          I have to agree with these comments. We don’t care if you eat bacon, egg, and cheese burritos or drink a bottle of wine every day… we just want your old writing style back… we want to know about YOU. The voice from your blog that made it so unique and kept your readers coming back has kinda disappeared. There are SO many recipe blogs out there. Be unique, dont disappear into the common 🙂

  • Raya
    April 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I just discovered dry shampoo too!! I LOOOOOOVE it!! I’ve been using Suave (it’s so cheap) and it works great too!

  • Kiran @
    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I am intrigued by dry shampoo!

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 am


  • Katherine: Unemployed
    April 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

    all sans barbecue sauce 😉 very nice

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    April 8, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I LOVE dry shampoo! I haven’t used it in ages but I’ll have to whip it out for the summer. 🙂 Less shampoos = always a good thing! haha

  • Daisy
    April 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I basically wear all the same makeup as you!!! well, the eyes are a bit different but I used the same almay concealer and bare minerals bronzer, and the same type of lip gloss! stuff is the best.

    • jenn
      April 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Where do you find the lip gloss?

  • Susan
    April 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I am a beauty products hoarder. I have so much stuff it’s kind of embarrassing. I love that Ulta opened up! Are you signed up for their “club” or whatever it is? I’m always getting coupons in the mail. And I currently have one of the coveted 20% off EVERYTHING coupons. I don’t need anything, but I have to use that coupon, right?

  • Ashley
    April 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

    What is the name of the mascara??

  • Holly @ Food, Make-up, Hair
    April 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thanks – I’m a make-up junkie, so I loved seeing in your make-up bag!
    I wish my routine were this easy – I bet I have bout 10 make-up bags worth of stuff! I guess I just like to have lots of variety. 🙂

  • Paula
    April 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m intrigued by the MAC shadow. Can we see what it looks like on? I only wear MAC products, except for my Loreal mascara. I can’t give up my Lash Out!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    April 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I love this post! I have a serious love for make-up. My new obsession is lipstain, which allows me to drink and eat all the stuff I want and still have perfectly stained lips. It’s magic!

  • Jen @ What's on Jen's Plate?
    April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Dry shampoo is the best! A definite lifesaver for those mornings when you pressed the snooze button a few too many times.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    LOVE dry shampoo! and bare minerals…and almay. haha Our makeup bags look remarkably similar.

  • Sara
    April 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hey Jenna, it was nice to read this post! I’ve been reading your bloog almost daily for over a year. I was actually a little bummed when it turned to more of a food blog because I loved hearing about your workouts and other things (don’t hear me say that I don’t still read it almost daily, haha because I do!) It is just fun to hear about you sometimes 😉

  • Allie
    April 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve yet to try dry shampoo yet but I heard Suave makes it now!

  • Tina
    April 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    LOVE this post. I’ve got a bit of a problem when it comes to makeup…it’s pretty much an addiction, and I’m always curious to see what others are loving/hating/etc.

    I’m really interested in that Swiss chocolate color and would love to check it out!

  • Sharon
    April 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dry shampoo huh? is this for use after getting a bit sweaty after working out, but not really needing/wanting to wash and style hair all over again? I might need to seek this stuff out…is there an Ulta in Santa Rosa now? And of all the MAC eyeshadows I own, I seem somehow to have missed Swiss Chocolate…i think this merits purchase now based on the name alone! lol….and my new favorite mascara is Lancome’s Hypnose…I just discovered a sample of it that I had stashed somewhere and never used…omg let me just tell you it is genius stuff. Long, thick lashes, no clumps! Makes me look as though i’ve applied false eyelashes and that’s saying a lot…my eyelashes are meager at best. As for eyeliner I’m currently addicted to Lancome’s Artliners…liquid eyeliner in pen format…so easy to use and stays put! I have it in Aubergine and Icecarob….great colors for green-eyed girls.

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    April 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I rarely wear makeup except for special occasions. I really have no reason too – seeing as I’m always at the gym, at church and because I’m a massage therapist, I believe a fresh, clean face is a healthy one. I keep it practical because I’m very budget conscious right now – yet that still doesn’t mean I don’t doll up or don’t want to doll up. I love dolling up when I get the chance!

    I like how your routine is a minimal one. In the case where I do want to splurge on makeup again (Yes, I even consider Ulta a splurge as you can rack up a tab with makeup and beauty products in there!) , I feel as if your everyday look (your everyday eye makeup for instance) would be a realistic splurge for me. 🙂

  • Sahar
    April 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I was walking by Sephora and had to try the Smashbox eyeliner after this post – the dark brown shade ended up being perfect for me!

    I love fun posts like this 🙂

    P.S. I like your new blogging style – your writing style keeps getting more and more awesome!

  • Sarah
    April 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Can you get Morgan to do a video?!! I want to see her eye techniques (especially how to use undereye concealer without looking like you’re using undereye concealer.)

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    hehe this is great Jenna 😉 I just went to purchase some new foundation. I think I spent 1/2 hr comparing ingredients, price, etc. Oh the joys of being a girl!!

  • jenn
    April 10, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Please someonw share what mascara that is 🙂 AND where to find the lipgloss, I need some new stuff! 🙂

  • Kris
    April 10, 2011 at 9:18 am

    You’ll like my friend Erica’s blog called Gloss Addiction. She’s always experimenting with make-up. And shares all her secrets.

  • Linda
    April 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for a fun post. I read your post everyday and love your recipes! However, I really miss the posts where you talked more about your everyday life. You live in such a beautiful part of the country and have such a zest for life.

  • Amanda
    April 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’m obsessed with dry shampoo too! Don’t know about you, but I have polker straight ‘I won’t do anything you want me to’ hair. Dry shampoo gives me the power to wear my hair straight and have some volume/texture!
    I definitely want to try the brand you have, I’ve been using cheap-o Treseme.

  • Lauren
    April 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I love this post! Bare Minerals is my favorite!

  • Melanie
    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Seriously, nobody has shared the name of the mascara yet?! I’d love to know what it is.

    I’m a new blog subscriber, but I’ve enjoyed it and LOVE the recipes. 🙂

    • Maria
      April 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      I googled a purple snake skin case mascara, and it turns out to be Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 Natural Mascara 🙂

  • Lauren
    April 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Not to pimp myself (or my work) too much, but I’m the copywriter for a site called, and we sell amazing products for the makeup-loving girl. I’d recommend checking us out! We have lots of good promos and incentives 🙂