what’s in my makeup bag (video)

This is my quickie video of my quickie makeup situation, what I keep on me at all times. Basically, this bag can be shoved in a glove compartment, gym bag or locker, and it’s chic enough to slip into your carry-all purse. If it’s not in my purse, I store this bag in the center console of my car, beside the first aid kit.

Please give the video a “thumbs up,” (it’s in the top bar while you’re watching) if you’d like me to do more of these types of videos. Also, I’m taking requests, so if there’s any specific video you’d like me to do, name it. Also also, sadly for me and lucky for you, porn isn’t an option this year.

List of products used:

Costco Makeup Brushes / Bag (be on the lookout for these in the beauty section of the store, near the vitamins, as they often (hit or miss, but I always look) have some version of their Kirkland branded brushes.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige

Mac Touchup Stick (discontinued, but this 24/7 concealer stick looks exactly like mine)

Trish McEvoy Essential Pencil in Nude (Rose Nude color) – this really looks fantastic, especially as you age, for a more precise lip. Also I don’t wear this AND the Mac lipstick, gloss. One of the other, depending on the look I want. (Also, Nars makes a great Lipstick/Chubby liner in Dolce Vita)

Mac Cream Color Base in Luna
Mac Lipstick in Coral Bliss
Mac Dazzleglass in Smile

Nars Laguna/Orgasm Duo (Mini size)

Urban Decay Naked Palette BASICS
Urban Decay Primer Potion

L’Oreal Smoldering Liner in Brown/Brun (and sharpener that comes with it)
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Some of the above links are affiliate links. I was not paid for any of these links. I am sometimes sent products to review, but all opinions are my own, and I do not post reviews on everything I’m sent, only the stuff I use and personally adore.



  1. I am lucky if I throw on lipstick. Now that I have recently located, and aged, I should probably star making it a habit. Great teacher gift! Hope you are well!

  2. Great video! And thanks for the heads up on the makeup bag. I desperately need a new one.

    As for other videos, I’d love to see your freezer, pantry, and fridge and take a look at what kind of staples and organization you use.

  3. I was hoping you’d post about whatever is going on in your life — you’d alluded to the fact that some big things were happening. Not so interested in the makeup stuff. Although I know others are! Hope everything is ok.

    1. Also hoping all is well at home. Not so much into makeup, to me it sounds like blahblahblahblahblah. But then again if I had the energy I might actually listen and look half decent. Whatever :)

    2. Yes me too: “There is a new love in my life. Actually, there are a few. I have outrageous updates to share, none of which make me feel particularly loving, particularly toward myself. Shameful moments. As I write these in my journal …”

      Was wanting to know about that. Make-up, not so much.

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        I’m working on posting that story. I’m still digesting it, making sense of it, still documenting it. Now with all this talk leading up to it, it won’t be nearly the drama people hope it to be. Everything is good on the home front, all healthy, Phil is (mostly) behaving.

    3. khr – Nail on the head for me.

      I have been a fan of this blog since before Stephanie even met Phil. I loved it.

      I began to notice a big change in it last year. The posts became more and more infrequent. Then at the beginning of the year it seemed as if one of Stephanie’s New Year resolutions had been to post more. There was more content and daily posts.

      However the last few weeks have been dire.

      Although there have been comments on some big events happening I feel that seems more of a way of keeping readers interested. Not that I doubt these things have happened.

      I really think that this blog (and rightly so) is not important anymore to Stephanie. Stephanie has a family now.

      I keep checking in now and again to see what is happening but I think I am going to call it a day now.

      It was great while it lasted though – It was my favorite blog to read.

      1. Author

        Oh, no! Okay, thank you for this comment. Clearly I needed a wakeup call. I have been writing the mortifying story on my computer, still chewing on it, trying to analyze it before putting it up. I guess I didn’t think anyone would really miss my updates, or, more to the point, I didn’t think I was disappointing anyone, other than myself. I haven’t been good about posting, and I’m sorry for that. Because I need this blog to keep me regular, if that makes sense. This is my baby, has been with me through so much, and I hadn’t realized that I was letting it starve. THANK YOU for being honest. I needed the kick in the New Year’s resolution ass!

        1. I’m with Freya and KHR. Every day I sit down for my dose of Stephanie, and each day, with a sinking feeling, I realize it isn’t there. So glad you haven’t given up on the blog and your readers! I (for one) have been worried! Looking forward to whatever is coming next.

          1. I wanted to “second” the thoughts of the commenters who miss your regular posting. I’ve read your blog for years, and you are so entertaining and thought-provoking.

            Because I’ve enjoyed Greek Tragedy so much, I’m glad you don’t want it to go the way of some of my other favorite blogs where the writers post less and less often until one starts forgetting to visit their site.

            Glad you’re planning to write more. Greek Tragedy will stay in my bookmarks…

  4. I happen to love the makeup tutorials. I’ve actually bought something you recommended, and it was absolutely as recommended –the Stila fat eyeliner pencil. It NEVER comes off–unless I want it to. So thanks! But all I could think of on this post is how all the makeup would melt in the glovebox!

    As far as everything else, well, up to you to post what you want to. When you want to. That’s what I think, anyway.

    Warm thoughts to you and yours.

  5. Wow, can’t believe so many people are giving you a hard time about this post. I personally love “What’s in my bag” videos, so I really enjoyed this one. Love all your makeup videos actually, your makeup is always impeccable.

    Sometimes its nice to get away from any stress and day to day drama with a “fluffy” post or video as I call them. If I have had a bad day watching makeup gurus on Youtube is my relaxation. So, thank you, I liked this.

  6. Hi, Stephanie
    This is off-topic (though keep up the diversity of topics–that is a GREAT idea!
    Stephanie, I am that woman from Port Washington…I had to go stay with a friend in Milford, CT. I miss Port!
    OK: since you are in the general area–No. Shore & not far — I was wondering if you know of even a room for rent; I will putting everything in storage, until I find an affordable place.

    I know it is expensive as all get-out on the North Shore of Long Island. I know you are so crazy-busy, but if you hear of anything (not necessary Port; it is all lovely out there), please let me know.


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