Can’t Live Without Makeup: Daily Essentials

This Summer was filled with back to back commitments.  I’ve managed to fill in every spare second with visits with close friends and trying out new local restaurants.  What I haven’t been great with, however, is ear-marked!  No worries though, long flights and non wi-fi locations have left me with piles of magazines with turned down pages and as we head to Fall, I’ll be preparing posts in advance to be sure you’re getting your daily fill!

All the travel also forced me to minimize my daily essentials to only what I absolutely need, which is always a challenge for me.  I listed below some of my favorite products, and although I definitely like to switch things up, I know I’ll be ok if these items are packed in my purse!

Can’t Live Without Makeup (in order of how I apply):

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream $38

Smashbox Photofinish Luminizing Facial Primer $38

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation $43

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit $33

*I like how this one has two colors – not all skin tone is the same and it’s also useful when you’ve gotten some Sun or in my case a faux tan 😉

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation $28

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights $30

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush $25

Stila Eyeshadow Trio $28

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner $15

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara $19

LORAC Cream Lipstick $19

Tory Burch Dash Large Brigitte Cosmetic Case $75

Coffee Table Books

I’ve been called a hoarder of magazines and like to think of Coffee Tables Books as the more sophisticated and grown up version.  They’re fun to flip through and a nice thing to have for when guests visit.  Personally, I choose ones that accent my home and stand out as little accessories since they are more than not for decoration than read cover to cover.

Here are some that I own/want:


Who What Wear $14.06, 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion $19.77, Irreverent $58.82


Ask $9.99, Beauty $13.57, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual $21.12


Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor $29.70, American Fashion Designers at Home $42.55, Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign of A Misspent Life $34.65


Maps $31.50, Influences $3.62, The Big Book of Art $26.37


Mario Testino Let Me In! $336.52, Lady Gaga x terry Richardson $50, Planet Earth $23.81



Islands: 100 Ultimate Escapes $32.85, Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips $9.95, The Travel Book $30



Anti-Political Correctness and Inappropriate Jokes: The Perfect Coffee Table Book $9.95, 1200 Pick Up Lines $21.16, Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog $9.98


Post Secret $16.85, I had the Strangest Dream… $10.19, The Goddess Guide $7.98