Inspired by 5 Things You'll Never Find in my Closet, this brings to light some products that you won't find in my makeup collection!


I do not mean this to be a negative post at all. I realized it might come across that way when I was putting it in my calendar, so I wanted to make it clear. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of “5 Things You’ll Never Find in my Closet” posts (and yes, maybe I am completely revamping my wardrobe now) which is why I bring you – 5 things you’ll never find in my makeup collection.


I was actually debating about whether or not this would go in my list, because while it was my first instinct (seriously, I am SUCH a drugstore baby) I do know that I eventually want to branch out and grab some quality stuff. However, I don’t ever see myself spending over $50 on a foundation or a lipstick. I’m still having trouble spending over $20 on either, let’s be real. And I can’t completely discount drugstore – you can get some great value products.  

Side note: I literally just realized that the foundation I’m using right now is a few shades darker than my actual skin tone, so giving myself four chins isn’t really in the cards right now unless you want to be freaked out over the color difference between my face and my neck. I’m also relatively sure my other foundation is similarly dark. hahathisissogreat.


Maybe it’s because I don’t quite get baking???

And I don’t understand the difference between this and normal setting powder???

I feel like as a beauty blogger I should know this stuff (or at least researched it) but I don’t use either so it doesn’t have a place in my beauty routine.


Since I’m always wearing lipstick (NYX’s Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard is my current fave) then a tinted chapstick isn’t needed. The only other time I’m wearing chapstick apart from prepping my lips for lipstick is before I go to sleep so my lips aren’t the frozen tundra when I wake up in the morning.


I say “dedicated” because I do use the Mario Badescu Rosewater spray as a setting spray, even if that’s not its main purpose.

I’m talking about products like the Urban Decay setting sprays, or NYX Matte Finish. I have dry skin and I’ve never had a problem with fading foundation and such; plus, I always wear a primer so I don’t worry about lasting power unless it really is terrible.

Quick Q: which do you prefer to keep your makeup in place, primer or setting spray?


When color correcting started becoming a thing, I admit that I was a sucker for all the products I saw (particularly the Urban Decay Color Correcting Concealers) and if I had the money I would have spent it all on those things. As it is, I’m glad I haven’t.

While I could probably benefit from using color correcting products, I’m too lazy to actually use them and I feel like I would be caking too many products on my face. Even going full coverage, I like to keep my face products as light as possible.

What are products that you’d never buy for your own makeup collection?

  • I’m a drugstore baby too 😉 I could spend hours in there! Tinted chapsticks aren’t my faves either, I also use lipstick (mostly red). xx Simone from Switzerland

    • Sam

      Yesss, I actually just got a new red lipstick that I’ve been sporting everywhere, I love lipsticks.

  • Caroline Malone

    Oh I’m totally with you on the colour correcting thing – I’m just not down with it and personally don’t think it makes much difference and the pfaffing I can’t handle in the morning! I also am not a big spender on foundation and concealer because I go through SO much of it and it would be such a waste of my money! xx


    • Sam

      Right? My morning routine does NOT need to get any more complicated lol.

  • You know what? That’s what I told myself too…I will never buy high end foundation but starting last year I have been because I think my skin has changed. The ‘beauty’ of aging….sigh. I am with you on colour correcting products, I think it’s great for makeup artist but I have no use for it.

    • Sam

      That’s true, I hadn’t considered changing needs for my skin!

  • Ivona Iwarra Josipovic

    I actually agree with all 5 of those things. I don’t use them either, and just like you, I like to keep my makeup as light as possible and allow my skin to breathe. And I also agree that drug stores offer some pretty good products.

    Ivona from http://www.thesmokedetector.net

    • Sam

      I know, I get investing in high end products, but I can’t step away from drugstore stuff.

  • I agree with you on a few of these…but I have to say that now in my 30s, some high-end foundations are SO good – smooth, highly pigmented, but light-feeling. Also, I’m starting to like colour-correcting products like Dr Jart’s Cicapair CC cream (in the green jar) for days I don’t want to wear foundation, it looks like my skin but more even!

    Camilla | Gracefulface.com

    • Sam

      Oh, I wasn’t aware you could use some color correcting products without layering some concealer/foundation on top of it. It’s awesome that it works for you though!

  • I can agree with you on the fixing sprays, I’ve never really been into them …


    • Sam

      Yeah, I already use primer so for me it’s just too much.

  • laura anne

    I never got the whole colour correction trend. And I don’t think I ever will! I just use mostly basics haha x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

    • Sam

      Haha, I’m definitely over that trend, which is great for my wallet!

  • I love my Laura Mercier translucent powder. I don’t use it for baking, but I use it to set my foundation and give me a more flawless look before applying blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc. I also love green concealer because I have a lot of redness on my nose!


    • Sam

      Powders in general aren’t much of my thing but I’ve heard amazing things about the Laura Mercier translucent powder!

  • Ooo, interesting post! I used to feel the same way about high end foundation and lipstick until I started using them…and now I can’t go back D: I don’t do tinted chapsticks either…just plain lip balm, or full on lipstick/gloss/stains, no in betweens. Another thing I don’t buy is bronzer, and I’m probably in the minority here. I have a taupe matte blush I use for contouring, but I could never figure out where bronzer was supposed to go on my face :/

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      That was me a year ago, until I got the Benefit’s Hoola bronzer and went a little bronzer crazy on my face! Even now, I’m not sure I’m doing it right, lol.

  • Shelise Saddul

    This is a great idea for a post! I never used to spend much on foundations, always high street ones, but now I tend to go for higher priced ones having tried soo many dif cheaper/expensive ones, I use Armani luminious silk and haven’t looked back, I love it. I don’t reallt use powders so I wouldn’t find one of those in my make up bag! x


    • Sam

      Thank you Shelise! I can actually see myself going for better quality foundations at a higher price but it’s the really overpriced ones I want to avoid haha 🙂

  • I feel the same way about liquid lipsticks and hydrating mists and colour correctors tbf, great post! Really interesting. Baking is definitely a lifesaver if you have oily skin it just really locks and mattifies your makeup. Hope you’re having a great weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Sam

      I have dry skin, maybe that’s why baking isn’t really on my radar! Glad you liked this post, Kiran 🙂

  • Neha 14wow

    Wow, really interesting post, loved reading it…!! Xo, Neha


    • Sam

      Thanks Neha!

  • Such a hard question because I have all of these lol!! Minus the tinted chapstick. I have a couple color correctors, and translucent powders, but never reach for them so they were pretty much a waste of money! I don’t see myself buying either anywhere in the near future.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Sam

      Especially with translucent powders, I get so caught up in the hype but I know I don’t need them (and probably never use them) so that’s why they’re on my list.