Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bags Mother’s Day Sale!!

You all know already that I am obsessed with Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Bags.
Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but they are exceptionally well made. 
They are super durable, clean easily, look incredibly chic, and get all your beauty items from point A to point B (whether that is across town, across the country or across the world) safely and in one piece.

These bags are ideal for personal use, but also make fabulous gifts.
Personal gifts, business gifts, hostess gifts, bridesmaids gifts.
They are unique, luxurious and exotic.
From now until May 6th everything on the Stephanie Johnson website is 30% off for Mother’s Day.

Check out these fabulous gift ideas:

1.  ML Traveler

A perennial best-seller, our ML Traveler is the Cadillac of cosmetic carry-alls.  With two snap-out mesh pouches, a removable clear zip pouch, clear wall pocket, and removable mirror, it may be the most versatile piece in our organizational arsenal.

Pictured here in:  Sag Harbor

2.  Luggage Tag

Dress up a boring black suitcase with this striking luggage tag, making for easy identification at baggage claim. Designed with the fashionable frequent flyer in mind!

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Coral

3.  Laura Large Trapezoid

This trapezoid shaped zip top case boasts a wide base to sit upright on your countertop or vanity.  Laura provides plenty of storage space, while its sleek shape allows it to travel well.  Try one for Mom in this rich turquoise patent, trimmed in metallic silver.

Pictured here in:  Laguna Turquoise


4.  Jenny Train Case

Take it from me, as someone who spends a lot of time on the road, the Jenny Train Case is the perfect go-to for both long trips and weekend getaways.  I love the interior elastic that straps products in place, and the bonus clear zip pouch and removable mirror.  If your Mom is a frequent traveler, this is definitely the bag for her!

Pictured here in:  Mumbai Fuchsia

5.  Katie Folding Cosmetic

With two interior clear zip pockets, this charming case secures with snap closure and is the perfect size to hold makeup basics, while its stylish shape means it’s too cute to be kept hidden inside your handbag.  The Katie is always a favorite, and it’s oh so pretty in soft beige patent, highlighted by subtle specks of metallic gold.

Pictured here in:  Laguna Buff

6.  Fiona Dome Cosmetic

This enchanting half-moon shaped cosmetic bag promises eternal summer in vibrant rainbow raffia.  The perfect every day makeup case.

With summer right around the corner, items are selling out fast.
Check out their website today and get your order in while the discount is on and while supplies last!

Overhaul Your Makeup Bag For The New Season

There’s no time quite like the end of one season and the beginning of the next to overhaul your makeup bag.

Don’t you just love this picture??

image from Short Is The New Black

If you follow this blog you’ll know that for years now I’ve only used makeup bags from Stephanie Johnson

both for traveling, and also to tote around in my handbag. 

So as I’m prepping my Stephanie Johnson makeup bag for fall,

 here are some of the key items that will be making the cut.

Today I’m focusing on the eyes.

First up, a really good eye shadow primer. 
I am a big fan of the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer,
as well as the Nars eye primer.
Both of these are in my pro kit, and either or both wind up in my personal stash too.
An eye shadow primer is going to help your eye shadow to go on more smoothly, keep the color true, stop it from balling up and creasing, and keep it on all day.

Next is a luminizer.
Makeup Forever Uplight is one of my “go to” products for all kinds of quick fixes. You only need the tiniest amount as it is super concentrated, but it is a fabulous way to wake the skin up and make it look revitalized.
a tiny dab at the uppermost point on the cheekbone and the bridge of the nose can actually brighten the eye (if the surrounding skin is looking dull).
If you’re looking sleep deprived, mixing a dot of it with your concealer can restore vibrancy under the eye.
But be careful: adding shimmer where you have fine lines and wrinkles just accentuates said fine lines and wrinkles…

A good eye shadow palette.
I prefer to buy an empty palette and make my own, as the pre-made ones in the stores are frequently too sparkly, and have some pretty cracked-out colors you’ll never use.
Build your palette with matte shades – you build your eye with matte shadows. Add in a shimmer shadow for effect and a dark shadow for lining.

A Gel Cream Liner
When in doubt – wing it.
You can add polish to your look with a defined lash line. It doesn’t have to be high drama or over the top. An accentuated lashline with a slight lift at the tail can be super flattering to all. Just play around with it first, and find your ideal  thickness and shape.

Last but by no means least, max out your lashes with a really killer mascara.

Find one that is ideal for your lash needs – do you need to lengthen or define? Thicken or build?
If you’re not planning on swimming or sobbing 86 the waterproof in lieu of water resistant – far kinder to the lashes.
Know that most of the magic in a mascara is in the wand, so find a mascara with a wand to meet your needs.
Personally I’m still a Diorshow Blackout girl. I like to build huge, thick, dynamic lashes.
Be ready to toss your mascara as soon as it starts to get a little on the dry side. Crumbling, flaky mascara does no one any favors.