What’s in my Makeup Bag

Hi humans!

Yesterday was the first Sunday in 7 weeks where we were not starting a new session of camp! It’s still so crazy to me that camp is over. Some days felt ages, but I still feel like we just got out there! But with camp over, I’ve got a lot more time on my hands..at least for this week, so I’m excited to share some new things on here with you!

For the past few years some of you on here and on Instagram have been asking me for a makeup tutorial and it was one of those things I always said I wanted to do, but never got around to. It was also one of those things I thought “I’m not quite sure how to go about this??” I’ve always thought makeup was fun, but also confusing. But here we go!!

First off: this is NOT a tutorial. Obviously. Haha.

But I just thought I’d share some of the products I use and what works for me.

Second off: I do not have good skin. My skin breaks out and is super sensitive. So if you’re one of those people who cannot just put anything on your face, I am with you.

A few months ago my friend Audrey posted on her Instagram story about an app called ThinkDirty. If you are thinking thats a weird name for an app I agree ha. BUT it is incredible. You just scan your makeup and it rates it on how good it is for not only your skin, but for your body, and the earth. Recently I have changed my diet up so my body can be functioning at its best (thats a whole other post coming soon) but I figured I should also be a bit more cautious of what I was using on my face. You would not believe how bad even so-called organic and upscale makeup is! I was shocked. And pretty disappointed. I cleaned out nearly my entire makeup bag. There was one brand though that came through and stood strong against the test. I use mainly it now. HOWEVER as you probably know, buying makeup gets pricey. I decided I would buy the better products as I ran out of my current ones, so I still have a handful of things that were brand new at the time that I am waiting to run out. You may see other products in my bag, but I only pulled out what I actually use!

So check it out below:

See those tiny white pods? Those are the ones that passed the test!

RMS makeup is my favoriteeeeee. It’s super good for you and was created by a huge makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift. Google her and read about her…super interesting. But they are little creamy pods and they are nearly all you need. Foundation and concealer, highlighter, bronzer, blush. And they are so small they barely take up any space, which is awesome!

Now I will go ahead and tell you they seem pricey, but they are so worth it, because they last so much longer than you would think. I’ve had the highlighter for almost 2 years! They don’t have any water in them, so a little goes a longgggg way.

For foundation and concealer: Un-coverup 22 (which is too light for me, hence the powder bronzer you’ll see later on)

After foundation I do a little powder, which you can see below. I used to use MakeupForever powder, but have found NYX to do the exact same thing. This is a product though that I’m looking to try the RMS version of though when I run out!

Same with the bronzer. It’s Physician’s Formula and its one of those things thats been tucked away in a makeup bag forever, and I never used it until I got tan this summer and my foundation was too light. But it gets the job done!

I cannot say enough good things about this little pod: the Buriti Bronzer. My, my, my, I love this little thing. Best bronzer I’ve ever used, hands down. Gives the perfect little sun-kissed look. Go to the RMS page and watch the video of them showing how house it…its the most satisfying thing to watch. I try to put mine on like they show there.

Then we’ve got the Living Luminizer that I was introduced to at my wedding. 2 years late and its still going strong. It a dewy highlighter I guess?? Kind of just put it anywhere on your face and it looks good lol. But cheek bones, under eyebrow arch, down nose, and Cupid’s bow. I think there’s a video on this as well.

Then the Lip2Cheek is pretty great as well. For some reason I haven’t used this one until literally this week and I’m kicking myself now asking why I didn’t use it for so long?? I love it. The color is called Modest. I didn’t like the feel of it on my lips though, so I just use it for blush.

My eyelids seems to touch the skin above them (does that make sense??) so I feel like my eyeshadow comes off really easy haha. Therefore I use an NYX primer. I tried to use RMS cream eyeshadow, but it creased to bad for me so I’m back to my favorite little Too Face palette. RMS has some new powders out though that I want to try eventually, but I really do love the palette I have now!

For shadows:

I use pushup and nudie together (real wholesome names huh?), with silk teddy above them, and sometimes honey pot and cashmere bunny. The others are pretty much untouched…don’t you hate that? Those few on every palette that go to waste…bummer.

For eyebrows I use this little NYX brow thing. Basically mascara for your brows. Just kind of thickens them up and gets them to behave right. Brows are important.

I haven’t really been wearing eyeliner, but for some reason lately I’ve pulled it back out. Probably because I’ve been makeup free for 7 weeks and its just fun haha! But I like the little liquid liners in brown and black from the Pixi line from Target.

Not pictured: my eyelash curler. Crucial for me. As is biotin. My eyelashes are fine and very light-colored. They cannot be seen when I do not have mascara one. But I curl them, put primer on (this one is tarte, but is running out, so I’m trying a Maybelline one I think?? Just got it today, can’t remember.) Then I use Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in black. I feel like because of my diva lashes I am somewhat of a mascara snob. I have a high standard for it, because my lashes desperately need it haha. I used to use different Benefit and Too-Faced ones, until this one came out! I am so glad it did, because it cost wayyyyy less and works just as well.

I also should comment on this bag. Best makeup bag in the world. A friend gave it to me in high school for my birthday and I’ve used it ever since. Even though my makeup collection is shrinking because I’m using less than I used to, I still cannot give-up this bag. It opens up where you can see everything and then it smushes flat for traveling. Plus a woman from in town makes them!

Lastly, my good ole’ reliable Burt’s Bees. They are last because they don’t go in my makeup bag. They go in my wallet, because they stay with me at all times haha. I am obsessed with chapstick and these little lip tints are the PERFECT combo of chapstick and lipstick. The darker is Red Dahlia and the pinker one is Rose. Lately I’ve been using Rose.

So that’s that! Makeup can be fun! But remember it’s just that: fun. It’s not necessary. Don’t let it become something that consumes you or controls you. Please take this away as well. We should take care of our bodies and I believe one way we do that is by being careful and cautious about what we are putting in them and on them. BUT what is more important than the physical is the spiritual. Let’s focus on having a beautiful heart and a beautiful spirit rather than a ton of focus on a beautiful face.

1 Samuel 16:7 “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Also I don’t know anything about brushes, so let’s not even go there.


30 comments so far.

30 responses to “What’s in my Makeup Bag”

  1. Kendra Gee says:

    Hello! I sell lipsense, it is a vegan, gluten free lip stain! It actually removes the wax on your lips from chapstick and makes your lips healthier!! I love it and love y’all! Feel free to browse my site 🙂 with love from Texas!

  2. Kat says:

    Gosh! I loved this post! So fun and different from the norm! I’ve heard biotin is really good for hair growth before! Does it help your lashes grow long and strong too? Also loved the little blurb at the end! It’s not too often you come across a makeup bag post anywhere that mentions at the end how fleeting makeup really is when it comes to spiritual happiness! It’s just momentary far unlike the love we have from JESUS! It’s funny how you can see just by seeing a person on a screen how lovely they are inside and out and really Mary Kate it’s like I can tell you are just lovely just from seeing your posts and reading your words! Gods light shines very bright!


  3. Alyssa Clanton says:

    If you are still looking for products that are all natural, check out BeautyCounter!! Their products are amazing!

  4. Julie says:

    You have hooded eyes like I do! Which just basically means your natural crease is further down than the average person! I have learned recently the trick for hooded eyes is to follow the orbital bone aka the eye socket and treat that as the crease! I don’t wear a lot of eye shadow so I just put one color all over the eye up until the bone and then a darker (but not too dark) color in the outer v and then blend! And yes lots of primer haha!

  5. Alli Roe says:

    love seeing what you use!! thank you so much!! also love your closing,, so so true

  6. Bianca says:

    Loved this post! especially the reminder of what’s really important. You should do a tour of your house Id love to see any decorating ideas!

  7. Camille says:

    Love the post! Thanks for sharing. It was always hard for me to wear any face makeup when I lived in Louisiana because I would sweat it all off lol. I haven’t tried RMS but I need to because I’ve heard great things and I’m on an all natural kick. Would love to hear about what you do for skincare as well!!


  8. Amanda says:

    I had such a good time reading your post! It was so cute and you did a nice job of showing how makeup can be a privilege, and that it doesn’t have to take over your life. Great job!

  9. Lindsay Kate says:

    Love this post!
    I will definitely download that app, and try those makeup products. Love your outfit btw!

  10. Erin says:

    Do you have a RMS discount code?? Because that would be pretty awsome!

  11. Sarah Norman says:

    Does that foundation help with acne? My face is breaking out and nothing seems to be helping?? Thanks?

    • marykate says:

      I don’t know if any makeup “helps” but I do think some makeup can hurt and make it worse (does that make sense??) And I do not think this one makes it worse. I’ve had foundation in the past that broke my face out but this one doesn’t seem to make my skin worse!

  12. Alivia says:

    Definitely want to know where you got that outfit, too cute!!

  13. Cassidy says:

    Love your blog, girl!! I was just wondering if you had any blog recommendations!

  14. Jordan says:

    Love this! I would love to see how to have a high-endish wardrobe on a budget!! I love your blog!

  15. Jocelyn Mercado says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the tip on the Talk Dirty app. I downloaded it and now it’s my favorite app! I am addicted to scanning all my products now. I love that you did that cause unlike some makeup tutorials, you kind of get “you should do this/use this product because I like it” but it was like with that app you gave back the power to the people and allowed them to make healthy and informed choices.

  16. Abi says:

    Do you have a link for the lady who made your make up bag? I would love to order one.

  17. […] idea from Mary Kate Robertson’s blog post on what is in her makeup bag, which you can check out here!  But anyway, we are rolling with […]

  18. Kathryn says:

    Sooo refreshing to see such a down-to-earth blog post about makeup!! I’ll definitely have to check out that app, thanks for sharing! Love the verse you shared at the end as well. Keep shining girl!

  19. caroline says:

    Love you and your posts! Could you tell me where your necklace is from?

  20. Claire says:

    How long as the uncover up lasted you?

  21. Katrice says:

    I would love to send you skincare from my business!! Your skin is beautiful!! It’s Rodan and Fields from the doctors that created Proactiv. http://Www.khadley.myrandf.com

  22. Joie Mojica Gahum says:

    I love your post! However, you should try to consider using roadeavour’s toiletry kit! It’s waterproof!

  23. Molly says:

    I can recommend you this makeup bag

  24. Allison Robbins says:

    Hey! Was wanting some new foundation and wanted it to be more natural so I came back to this blog to look and wanted to see if you still liked it? I noticed that recently you said you were allergic to coconut oil and wondered if this foundation wasn’t working since it has coconut oil in it. Anyways, what foundation would you recommended now?

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