What’s in Your…Iowa Girl Eats Edition!

Today is a fun one y’all!

I am super excited to have Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats spilling her goods.  I have been secretly stalking her site for a while now.  I mean how could I not love this or these.  And she has fun beauty tips too.  I am especially partial to her Friday Favorites series…seriously there are tons of fun internet finds!

So anyway, she’s here today and I’m happy!

Let’s go…


When Shelly asked me to reveal the contents of something in my house, I slightly panicked. Surely I couldn’t show the outrageous number of pickle jars inside my fridge (more than 5…ok 8,) or the incredibly boring contents my purse (seriously – wallet, camera, cell phone – that’s it!)

What I could show, though, was the contents of my make up bag!


I’ve spent a good chunk of the last 15 years trying to figure out what not only works on my super sensitive skin, but also hides acne scars, and genetic “gifts” such as dark under-eye circles. I’m so happy I’ve found this perfect combo of products over the past couple of years, and am even more happy to share them with you!


The Face:


We start with zee concealer – Mary Kay Signature Concealer.


As I mentioned, I’ve been blessed with extremely dark under-eye circles which, without makeup, make me look like I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in months. Mary Kay Concealer is like shellack and not only covers and brightens my under-eye area, but covers up blemishes really well too. If I could only take one makeup item with me to a desert island – this would be it!


Next I sweep Make Up Forever Duo Mat Powder, which acts as both foundation and powder, over my entire face. This product is full coverage, to cover up acne scars, but feels super light.


At $32/compact, it’s by far the most expensive makeup product I use, but I feel it’s totally worth it as nearly all foundations/powders I’ve ever tried make my sensitive skin itch. Not this stuff!


Next I sweep a light dusting of Physician’s Formula Light Bronzer all over, then on the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line, and forehead.


I’m sort of freaking out because this shade looks super natural, but every drugstore in my area has stopped carrying the Physician’s Formula line. I’m in total ration mode!


Clinique Powder Blush rounds out the makeup I use on my face.


This blush lasts forever, and the color is really sweet, I think. :)


The Eyes:


My eye makeup routine is a little less involved, and starts with a quick curl of my eyelashes with a $2-ish drugstore eyelash curler.


Next I line just my top lids with Maybelline’s Waterproof Unstoppable Eyeliner in black. I have tried eeeeevery eyeliner on the market, and this is the only one that does not budge, smear, or melt – and it comes off easily in the shower. I have no idea what I’ll do if Maybelline ever stops making this eyeliner!


Lashes are next – just a quick coat of CoverGirl’s Waterproof Lash Blast in black. Again, only mascara I’ve tried that does not budge during the day, yet comes right off with soap and water.


My genetic gifts extend to extremely unruly eyebrows, so a quick swipe of CoverGirl Clear Mascara helps keep everything in place.


Whelp – that’s it! My whole makeup routine takes about 7 minutes (you know everyone has theirs timed out to the second) and I love how I can buy 80% of the products I use right at the regular drug store.


I hope you’ve enjoyed, and that you’ll come see me for a quick and easy recipe over at my blog, Iowa Girl Eats! :D

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  1. 1

    Kristin is prob my fav blogger of all time! SUCH an exciting what’s in your edition!

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    Hayley says:

    Gosh, Kristin is gorgeous!! And I would FREAK if PF stopped being carried at my ULTA or drugstores! If only I could mail her some more bronzer, I would in a second!

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    Rena says:

    Almay amazing lasting eye pencil also lasts forever. Have you tried it?

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    Marie M.C. says:

    I love the blue bag — perfect color and size. First: your skin looks beautiful (as do you)! I’ve no idea how bad your acne scars are but, when I was a teenager (1957) I had horrible skin. HORRID! When I was 17 and my acne had stopped my mother took me to a dermatologist. He did a series of treatments to burn my skin off. Really. He would take dry ice and rub it over my face. (DO NOT try this yourself!) Ouch. Then over a few days my skin would turn RED and like a burn it would form a scab and eventually fall off. It looked so bad I wanted to put a brown bag over my head. It took many visits but eventually my new skin was almost smooth and looked so much better. Not all the scars were gone but it was a big improvement. I bet they have far better treatments today! Jeez, I hope so. The point of my long, long story — make an appointment with a dermatologist and see what s/he would say.

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    Katie S says:

    I use Physicians Formula too! I just wanted to let you know a few places that might carry it. My local (Western PA) Rite Aid and my Walmart both carry this brand. Hope you find a new place to purchase it. They make my favorite face powders. luminizers, bronzers. Love it!

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