** WHAT'S IN MY MAKE-UP BAG **
This isn't the normal kind of 'review' I do but noticed stuff like this was coming up on other peoples pages so thought I'd give it a whirl. Breaks up the typical 'product' review and gives me chance to give you all tips on make-up brands I use and stuff like that. Also, I know writing something like this can be really enjoyable and will hopefully offer you something interesting to read - Hopefully!!
** MAKE-UP BAG**
Well firstly, I don't use a 'make-up bag' for everyday use. I have a make-up box with several shelves and sections to split my make-up up. I find that a 'bag' can become cluttered easily and can be a little unhygienic. Certainly in the sense of mixing up make-up. So, I opt for an open plan make-up display. This allows me to separate out the contents efficiently for everyday use and for the occasional night time looks. The use of the 'shelving' is really handy because I can clean up sections which become caked in powders and serums quickly with an anti-bacterial wipe. Whereas, in a bag (which I used to use) I found make-up just stained the lining to a point where I felt ashamed looking at it. I don't know if it's just me but I find this method works perfectly myself. I will use a make-up bag when travelling or on spa days etc. But I always use the box method for everyday use. My box is similar to the ones pictures except a little larger and with a black leather exterior. The brand is "Fraulein58". This isn't a known brand but any means but good quality none the less. I believe it came from Avon originally. Although, not certain as it was a gift. The box comes with two easy grip short handles and an optional extendable handle to carry over shoulder. I don't tend to use the long strap as I leave the box in my bedroom. Although, handy for moving I guess!
** MAKE-UP CONTENTS **
I find myself with my box that I keep my make-up catagories separate. Brushes in one section, face products in another, eyes products in another and 'extras' at the bottom. I'm not someone who sticks to make-up brands much or hordes loads of items. Everything I have has it's uses and doesn't sit there deteriorating in a drawer.
** EVERYDAY **
Everyday make-up for me consists mainly of the basics. Primer, foundation, concealer, powder, mascara and eyeliner. I don't tend to use eye shadows or fancy colours/items during the day as I find it too much of a hassle. Laziness really. Likewise I think minimalistic suits me much better. Likewise, it doesn't make me feel so bad when I take it all off!!
Primer - I like many people have opted into the primer trend. I find it's like the glue between my moisturiser and my foundation. It helps everything stay in place and I find by using it I'm not needing any touch-ups throughout the day. Likewise, my pores feel smaller and smoother. I am someone who suffers with breakouts and redness so I use daily a green colour correction primer. The brand is 'Smashbox'. It's upwards of £20 a bottle but lasts a very long time and works amazingly. 'Smashbox' are known for their amazing primers. I wouldn't have normally bought this brand but when In new York recently I had the dollars to spare on indulgences. I have been suing my tub since November and could easily get over a years usage out of it so I don't feel too bad at all. I know No7 do a similar version for under £10 if your interested in this product.
Foundation - Over the past few years I have messed around with different foundations. I was hooked on an estee lauder version for a while but at £26 a go I just couldn't keep up. When at a fashion shows a year or two ago I received a free no7 colour test for my face. The lady at the counter recommended an soft ivory long lasting foundation for me. I began using and found it was a good use. It cost £14 per bottle and lasts me about 6-8 months so not too bad. Boots often do 3 for 2 on n0 7 or £5 off vouchers so it's reasonable to purchase in bulk. It's no miracle foundation but does the job well enough for me. At least I know the shade is correct. If there is anyone out there who can recommend a great alternative please let me know! I'm just fed up of trial and error really so just stuck with no7.
Concealer - I find I mess about with different concealers. Whatever I can get my hands on I use. Currently I have a 'soap and glory' two tones palette, a rimmel bright eyes brush and a W7 tea tree stick. Honestly, I use a mix of all three. I tend to blend the SAG in before foundation and then finish of on spots and redness with either of the sticks. I go for pretty neutral shades to avoid orangeyness. I have never found a fix all concealer so I will use whatever. I find it makes little difference. I do though NEED that extra coverage. I dab it onto spots with a good quality brush and then pat in with my finger. I find the heat from my hands melts the colour in place.
Powder - I will always use a cheap powder. Currently I have a 99p MUA version in shade 002. I find all powders work the same for me regardless. I need powder to set my face and help control oil throughout the day. I use on my inner cheeks, forehead and chin. Occasionally all over on a hot day. I've tried out mineral powders before. Such as the Sheer cover. I find they work okay but cost a lot and don't work properly without concealers anyway. So, cheap all the way for me!!
Mascara - I've tried out many mascaras in my time. Be that budget or couture. However, I found the one that I get on with most is the black collection 200 lengthening in a red container. It has a nice thin brush head which coast lashes easily but doesn't cake like many. I in the morning use this mascara on both top and bottom lashes. I coat the bottom with small outwards strokes. I then curl my lashes with my eye lash curler, apply mascara and finish with a few extra pumps from the curler until set. This works well for me. I find my lashes look long and slightly elevated but still natural.
Eyeliner - I'm like a dead face without my eyeliner. I use just after the waterline on my bottom lashes. I find this define my eyes and opens them up a little more. I rarely use on my top lash line and it makes little difference to me. I always opt for a black kohl liner. I prefer Avon glimmersticks myself but most work the same honestly. I draw my line on the bottom and them clean up with a damp cotton ear bud to clean up excess blackness.
Brushes - I'm a sucker for a good quality make-up brush. I couldn't care less how expensive I find that the better the quality the better my face looks. I have used body shop brushes in the past and find them incredible. However, just last week I purchased a set from 'samantha chapman' called real techniques. Currently buy 1 get one ½ price at superdrug. The brushes cost £21 for a set of 4 for the face. Individually they cost £8-£11. However, an investment they are they are so super soft. They apply evenly and efficiently. The tips are white in colour followed by thick black bristles to the handle. The handles are all a golden colour and extra long. Great for me with longer hands! I had never heard of this brand before my sister told me about them. Apparently it's a range from a Youtube beauty guru. I hadn't heard but I'm very impressed with my purchase. I use these daily with my products listed above. I currently have a small and larger foundation brush, contour brush, buffing brush, defining brush and a strippler brush. I use them all accordingly. Strippler for foundation, buffer for powder and on and on. I opt to clean my brushes 2 times per week with arm water and a clarifying shampoo or anti-bacterial hand wash. I find this keeps them clean, fresh and soft. I would recommend these to anyone looking for some new brushes.
** EXTRA'S **
Every girl has those extras in their make-up bag for special wear or as an extra. My little extras are:
- An Urban Decay eye shadow palette in New York Décor. I love all these colours and their names. From black glittery perversion to emerald cowboy king. I find they are all beautiful for a night out over a basic eye. I received as a gift but I think retail price is upwards of £40. Definitely worth it though and they have lasted years and years.
- A body shop glimmer palette in golden brown colours. These are simple neutral colours with a glittered finish. I find the shades vary from very dark to a light pinky. They work well if you want that smokey eye finish. I contour my outer lids with a dash of the dark colour and finish the inner with the light. This opens up my lids and looks cool. I then blend in
- A 'cats eyes' SAG liquid eyeliner pen. I rarely use this but when I do it do a slick line on my top lid to finish after an eyeshadow. It's simple but effective.
- A Maybelline baby lips lip balm in nourishing blue. This is a quick and easy SPF 20 balms for my lips. I use it usually on a night time on my dry lips and find its very nourishing and smooth. A great buy.
- A Benefit tin set I got for Xmas. This contains the porefessional primer, lip tint, mini mascara and a few glittered golden eye shadow shades. Honestly, I havnt got round to using this yet but will hopefully start soon!
- Finally, a good stack of cotton ear buds to clean up my eye make-up quickly. My top tip to anyone who wears eye make-up. Keep these about. If your mascara coast your lids or your eyeliner goes a little wrong these little fellas work a treat. They when a little damps pick up excess make-up without ruining your look. They are also cheaper than using face pads all the time. I use Johnson ear buds. They cost £1 for 2 200 bud tubs in poundland. You can't go wrong!!
I hope you've enjoyed reading this little insight into my make-up life. Please comments feedback, opinions, recommendation below for me or other readers.
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Have a great day: Samii x
Well this was always going to get written eventually.
My make up bag goes everywhere with me. If I leave the house, so does it. Unless I'm going within ten minutes of walking distance and back and have already applied everything. The reason basically comes back to insecurity, but that's another discussion.
But over the years the contents have changed and some of the current ones are probably keepers. Some specific brands and products will be repurchased after proving themselves to be superb, whereas some are just staple products, of which I am not sure if I have found the ideal yet.
So here goes. To me a make up bag is a transportable vessel, so this is basically what I keep with me when commuting or out for a full day.
1 - Powder. Not in the make up bag itself because it won't fit, but I risk life and limb (and the tenacity of plastic) by having a little of Max Factor's loose powder in an old pot, which I wedge firmly at the bottom of my bag in the hope that it won't get carried up on the tide of handbag contents. I sometimes lean towards shininess - less now because of a variety of skin treatments and a good foundation, but still invariably in summer - and it make me paranoid. Therefore...
2 - Powder brush. This was, I believe, from the Cosmopolitan brush range, I have had it about eight years and it has never let me down and still looks virtually as good as new bristle-wise despite years of abuse and not nearly enough cleaning.
3 - Mascara. Must have. I don't know why I carry it with me because I rarely re-apply, but when I do get lured to the pub before my lengthy commute home, it sometimes helps the old self esteem to flutter that bit more. Currently not brand-loyal, although I do rate Max Factor's False Lash Effect highly. By a series of chance events I have since tried some products I received for free, and then bought out of necessity when I couldn't get a Max Factor one. But it is an essential - black in colour also.
4 - Max Factor Creamy Blush. Mine is in Soft Pink. I love this product - see recent gushing review. It's so creamy, it stays put, it makes you look healthy, well rested and charming, it's just gorgeous. For well less than an English tenner, all this can be yours. Again, I rarely if ever reapply, but I love keeping it with me.
5 - Perfume. Not in the bag again, but in the handbag. Elizabeth Arden Provocative. Absolute go-to perfume for me, although I do like to try others. But I always like the option of a top-up as I have such a long day, so if I buy a new one I always try to get a mini.
6 - Lip balm. LIP BALM!!!!!!! For some reason in winter this time around I have had almost constant split lips. Painful, and hideous. So I always have at least one balm and recently have carried a real bit of weaponry in Yu Be Moisturising Cream, which Glossybox sent me a small tester tube of which is perfect for carrying around - a little goes a mile, and it works. It's not the nicest thing to use, and it's pricey, but it works and fast.
7 - Eyeliner. Again not brand loyal but this is essential.
8 - MUA Eyeshadow Trio. My GOD these are brilliant. I can't believe they're not on here for review purposes. As soon as make up is freed up for suggestions, I swear they shall be!!! For less than a fiver - quite a lot less, in fact, you get a sturdy package with a mini brush and three domes of varied shades of a colour. They are dirt cheap. They don't break, nor does the package. They apply well. THEY STAY WHERE YOU PUT THEM. Minimal, if any, creasing, and if there is it's normally when you've been on the tube for two hours in midsummer. They're flattering. They blend. They shimmer but don't look cheap. The domes last forever and barely seem to wear down even with daily application. You can go light or build up a smoky look even with their predominantly light pink trio. You can contour, highlight....oh god, there's nothing they can't do. The only regret I have is that I have never found the green trio which I am dying to try with my green eyes. BUY SOME. They're about £3 or something and they're amazing.
9 - Lip colour. I'm quite fond of lip butters - Revlon do a great one and Max Factor do a similar sheer, moisturising balm stick - but I also quite like L'Oreal's Glam Shine Splash, which comes in a nice gold vial-shaped tube...until that gets scuffed to stuff by the other contents of your bag.
10 - And finally, painkillers. Because having a belter of a migraine doesn't make anyone look good. I also keep an emergency biro, for when I'm out in the field working and might plausibly have had all my other pens - the primary pen, back up pen, and secondary spare - pinched by someone else. Yes, I'm a bit OCD.
So there you go. Analyse that...or save yourself the time and go and buy the blush and eyeshadow. Unless you're a chap. Oh sod it, give it a try, they're that good you might even like them.
Hey everyone, I thought I'd do another discussion review and this time it is on What's in my make-up because I can never, ever been seen or leave the house without some format of make-up on and most of my Dooyoo reviews are on make-up and beauty products.
So my discussion is going to be what is hiding in my make-up bag!
1. The one thing that I never leave the house without and that is my revlon natural beige foundation. Why I wear this foundation is because it is fantastic coverage, it lasts up to 16 hours (so it does what it says on the label!) and I hardly ever have to re-touch my foundation so this is why I use it and you do not need that much either so it is very lasting and I have quite oily skin, so mine is designed for people who have oily skin and the foundation is perfect for that. It is quite expensive £12.49 but a foundation like this one is so worth having in your make-up bag, as I believe a good foundation coverage is important!
2. My Rimmel London hazel eyebrow pencil. This is the only brand I use for my eyebrow and I think it is fantastic because it looks natural when you apply it, it is a bargain as well, only £2.99 and I never have to re-touch my eyebrows either because the quality of the product is brilliant and it's cheap as chips!
3. My eye-lash curler. Always need these because I don't ever wear false eye-lashes because it is too much mes and effort so I stick to the lovely eye lash curlers.
4. My Jack Wills compact mirror. It's cute and brilliant make-up bag size, and it was a bargain too, £5 and the mirror quality is brilliant! I might have to get a new compact mirror soon, might get a Chanel one as my mum has one and she says they are brilliant, so I might have to get one myself!
5. My clump defy mascara from Max factor. It is brilliant, I love the purple presentation, it really makes your eye lashes stand out. It is expensive £10.99 but it is a good mascara - promise!
6. My Chanel Mascara because I like to have my lashes very long because I have naturally long lashes so I'm quite lucky in a way that I don't have to use the false ones.
7. My N07 eye shadow pallet which I got years ago and the colors are beautiful and natural as I don't like to look like I'm wearing loads of make-up and the natural your look is, the better!
8. My Jack Wills make-up brush which I got in the sale for £3.50, I like my bargains, and it has a beautiful brush which glides really nicely when applying eye shadow. A must have-make up brush
9. My vaseline because I hate dry lips. I have a limited edition one actually which is the pink bubbly which they brought out in 2012, because it's nice to have a bit of flavor!
10. Lip gloss because I like to shine! I wear various brands from L'Oreal, Rimmel, Max Factor, collection 2000. Depending on my look, sometimes it is a lipstick, usually it is a gloss most days.
11. A small handbag sized perfume because I like to smell good as well as feel good.
So they are the things I have in my handbag, sometimes I have more, depending on the day or what I am doing!
Sometimes, when I see celebrities and their flawless appearance I really wish I had a fantastic make up artists for special occasions (e.g. my birthday which is soon approaching!) to make me look so good! I have been to Selfridges and MAC and other retailers over the years experimenting in various brands of makeup but at the moment I feel I have found what suits me best and I tend to stick with it. My make up isn't even sufficient to be in a bag, its in more of a cosmetic purse (like a pencil case but from Bloomingdales) and heres what it contains!
1. Avon Superschock Mascara - great for lengthening lashes!
2. Avon liplgoss - so old the name of the product has rubbed off! Nevertheless it keeps my lips glam and shiny.
3. Superdrug blusher brush - easy application and I've had it for years!
4. MAC blusher - makes me go from zero to 10 in 2 seconds as it spruces up my cheeks.
5. Superdrug BB Cream - fab for covering blemishes and really suits my skin tone which is hard to find with other brands.
6. MAC Lustre Lipstick - creamy and a nice colour, I love this lipstick!
7. MAC Concealer - gets rid of my bags instantly and I look fresh and rejuvenated :)
8. Collection 2000 Liquid Eyeliner - perfect for those flicks around the eyelids
9. MAC Technakohl Eyeliner - perfect for enhancing my eyes and giving nice definition.
10. Gold by Giles Eyeliner pencil and smudging brush - if I'm honest I don't think I have ever used this lol!
11. Avon Eyeshadow brush - fab buy from Avon and really easy to hold and use.
12. Estee Lauder Exotic Orchid Shimmer Lipstick - again, hardly use this as I prefer my MAC lipstick!
13. Sample Vial of Estee Lauder Sensuous EDT - a gift from a friend that does smell nice and great for sprucing me up on the go....
So, not a very exciting list of items, but on a daily basis I can spend maximum 10 minutes in the mirror and come out looking pretty decent! All my items are quite cheap and its clear my preferred brands are Avon, MAC and Superdrug (with a splash of Estee Lauder) and so sometimes cheaper is better than the top of the range products.
My make-up bag comes everywhere with me and let me tell you it is sometimes rather full, but not just with make-up.
The first thing I make sure I have is my foundation. When applying makeup I put primer on first but I don't ever bring that unless my face is bare when I leave, this is because if I am touching up I don't need primer. I use Maybelline Dream satin liquid in 004 light porcelain which, if I am correct is their lightest shade. I love this foundation as it feels so light on my skin and applies evenly. I rarely use this if I am touching up my make-up but you never know when it will come in handy.
What I do use regularly though, is my concealer, which is W7 concealer with tea tree oil in 01 light. I love the fact it contains tea tree oil because I have concentrated tea tree oil at home which I use on spots etc. so the fact my concealer is not only covering my blemishes but improving them as well is reassuring. The tone of this is really nice however my only criticism is that you need to blend almost instantly after applying or it doesn't blend very easily.
I take my Rochas foundation compact with me to set my foundation which retails at just over £20 however I got mine for £2.99 online. Again I love this powder however I only really use it in the winter as it can be quite heavy on my skin. I am yet to find a light and airy powder that I can use in the summer so for now my powder is only in my make-up bag seasonally.
I have two blushers. One darker one and one translucent one. The darker one goes on my cheek and that one is Avon in the shade Russet. I can't find any fault with this and it has a mirror in it which is what I use when I am out to apply all my make-up. The lighter one is by Saffron and doesn't have a shade. It doesn't create a very strong colour when on which is perfect for me as I add it above the blusher on my cheek and under my eye as a highlighter.
Then I have a bronzer which isn't branded. It is a marbled bronzer which is perfect for me as having fair skin I don't want an overly dark bronzer.
I keep a mini blusher brush in the bag as it is the only brush I ever need to use to apply the make-up.
I have 2 eyeliners in my bag, white and black. The white to use over the whole bottom lid and the black to enhance the outer corners and make my eyes look bigger. The white one is just one I bought in a little shop and the black one is from Avon.
I always put my Rimmel scandal eyes mascara in my bag. I use two different mascaras, Rimmel and Maybelline pulse perfection mascara. I only ever take one with me as if I need to touch up my mascara I don't need two
I also take a clear lip gloss in my bag.
That is all the make-up I keep in my bag. It is basically all the make-up I use on a daily basis. It might sound a lot and I do use certain pieces more than others but I like to keep it in there so I know if I need it, it is there.
As I said above I don't just keep make-up in there. I also keep bobby pins and a few hair ties. This is for those times when it suddenly gets really hot and you want your hair out of your face or if it gets quite windy and you just want to tie it up, either way this is a must have.
I usually keep a mini can of body spray in my bag if I have room. If not I just keep it in my bag.
And finally a condom. Let me explain, this isn't just for a quick bunk up with someone I meet in Tesco's but if I am at parties etc. I like the peace of mind of knowing that if I have too much to drink that I will be protected. If I keep it in there all the time then I won't forget it. I would like to point out I don't ever need to use it, it's just that I would rather be safe than sorry as these things do happen.
And that ladies and gentlemen is what is in my make-up bag!
I'm a firm believer that natural beauty is far, far more attractive than faking everything, but most of us need a little help to enhance our best features and disguise any imperfections. I am one of those uncouth women that goes about applying make-up on the train during my commute to work in the morning. I find that this makes use of the journey time, and gives me a few extra minutes sleep in the mornings so it's a good way to get ready and make myself presentable for work. A little grooming goes a long way. I am a bit of an addict and own all sorts of beauty products, with make-up in every shade imaginable, but I make sure to carry my essential everyday kit in a separate make-up bag that I can pick up and rely on for on-the-go fixes. This is what lurks within!
==The bag itself==
The make-up bag I use is a handmade creation in a simple rectangular design. It features a plain pink lining with a fab Hello Kitty patterned exterior in red with Kitty faces and hearts all over. There is a handy little tab on one side which makes it easy to grab onto and pick up, and also helps when using the zip fastener. I really like this bag as it's bright and colourful so it stands out within the depths of my handbag and the fun Hello Kitty pattern makes me smile. Because it is a simple cotton fabric I can pop it into the washing machine when it gets dirty or marked with make-up stains and it comes up looking fresh and new again. It's about the size of a small paperback book, and is quite flat so it has enough room to contain all my bits and pieces without taking up too much room.
+ Max Factor Pan Stik foundation in Fair 25. I have very pale skin with freckles and I like to use a good base product to give a nice even appearance and mask any blemishes. I sometimes get spots or areas of redness, but this foundation is fantastic for covering everything up and giving a smooth finish. It is very creamy and spreads over skin to give a good level of coverage, although it is a bit hard to blend in around the edges. This shade really suits my skin tone and keeps my complexion looking pale but with a hint of added warmth to it. I'll switch to a different foundation with SPF once winter has passed.
+ Benefit It Stick concealer. I got this free with an issue of Glamour magazine when they did their Benefit giveaways promotion, and it must have been at least two years ago but it's still going strong! I use this concealer quite sparingly, usually to lighten the skin under my eyes and hide dark circles. It has a nice light and creamy texture and works best when blended over foundation by just lightly dabbing it with my fingertip. This is a nice finishing touch to make my under eye area look brighter, particularly if I'm wearing dark eye make-up.
+ Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in 01 Rose Nude. I have a combination skin type with oily areas on my T-zone. To avoid breaking out in shiny patches, or to cover them up, I use this light powder which gives a nice matte effect finish. It has a velvety smooth touch and sets my foundation to make it last longer through the day. The pale shade is perfectly light and looks natural with my skin tone and the other make-up that I wear. The powder compact is pretty neat as well, with a swivelly section underneath that stores the powder sponge and also contains a handy little mirror which comes in useful for touch-ups.
+ Bella Pierre Cosmetics mineral eye shadow in Oasis Dew. This is a gorgeous mineral eye shadow with a fine texture and a shimmery metallic finish. It is a light shade of pink with a golden glow that brightens my eyes and looks flattering against my skin tone. It lasts really well through the day and despite being a loose powder it is easy to apply on the go as long as I'm careful when picking it up with the brush.
+ Essential Care Eye Liner in black. I always like to define my eyes with a touch of black eyeliner. I prefer to use this eye pencil on the lower waterline, and then add just a touch to the outer edges of my upper lash line to accentuate the almond shape of my eyes.
+ Eyeko Graffiti Eye Liner Pen in black. This eye liner pen is a super simple alternative to liquid eye liner. I use this for days when I don't feel like wearing my normal eye shadow & eye liner pencil combo. It is really easy to apply and I use it to get a retro style winged flick along my upper lash line.
+ Lancôme Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black. Mascara is probably my ultimate must-have. I like to use travel or sample sizes as they take up less room in my make-up bag and I get to try out a range of different products this way. Lancôme's Hypnose Drama is my latest one and I have this in a 2ml sample size. It gives a dramatic wide-eyed look by darkening and lengthening my lashes. I don't feel like it adds much in the way of volume but the curved brush design seems to spread my lashes out to give a fuller appearance overall.
+ ELF Studio Brow Kit. I've only recently come round to realising what an impact a defined set of eyebrows can make. I have shaped my eyebrows into a slightly angled shape while leaving them quite full, which nicely balances out my features. I use this brow kit to fill in between the hair and darken the area as my pale skin shows through a lot against my naturally dark brows. The kit contains a wax and powder along with a specially shaped brush and even a little mirror. If I want a stronger look I'll use the wax and then set it with the powder, or it I just want something a bit softer then I'll use the powder on its own.
+ Jason Lips Bee Healthier lip balm. I always get dry lips and this lip balm is my defence against chapped skin. I use it every day either on its own or before I apply lipstick, and then re-apply as much as needed. It is all natural and has an unusual minty tingly feel to it.
+ Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart. This is a lovely toffee coloured shade of lipstick that really balances out my look and works well with my dyed ginger hair. It's not particularly long lasting so I do have to top up regularly if I want to keep the full impact of the colour.
+ Compact mirror. I got this as part of my Glossybox subscription from a while ago and use it all the time. The compact is double sided so there are two mirrors: one standard and one magnifying. This is fantastic for me, as I wear glasses and have short sighted vision. One of the main problems I encounter with applying make-up is that I have to take my glasses off so I can put the make-up on, but then of course I can't see what I'm doing properly! The magnifying mirror is perfect and I use it a lot to check my progress as I'm putting on my make-up.
+ ELF Eye Shadow Brush. This came as part of a mineral eye-shadow kit and has a nice wide, flat brush head with dense bristles and a smooth grip handle. It is soft yet durable and works really well with my Bella Pierre mineral eye shadow to pick up the pigment and spread it evenly over my eyelids.
+ Japonesque Beauty Fixation Make-Up Remover. This is a little pack of cotton buds with a twist - each one is loaded with make-up remover! These are perfect for fixing mistakes and give a direct application to clean up any smudges. Applying make-up on the train isn't the smoothest process and if I do make any mistakes then these clean them up easily. I mainly use these to tidy up if my mascara transfers around the eye area before it's dried properly.
+ ELF Shine Eraser. This little pack of blotting papers comes in very useful for neatening up my make-up if I'm going out straight after work. I use these to keep my complexion in check and remove any excess oil that might have built up through the day, and then I'm ready to go over with a bit more foundation and/or powder to freshen up my look.
+ Denman compact hairbrush. This is a tiny little hairbrush not much bigger than my mirror compact. It's a small circular shape with a pop-out brush on one side, and a mirror on the other side. I don't actually think this is a very good brush as it struggles to detangle my hair and actually seems to damage it by causing breakage at the tips, but the small size makes it convenient to carry around and the mirror is also a useful extra.
+ Hair band. Just a plain old black elastic hair band. I keep this around in case I need to tie my hair back out of the way. Useful for lunchtime meals so I'm not dangling my hair in my food (!) and lunchtime gym sessions so my hair doesn't get all sweaty and icky.
So there you have it, my everyday make-up look. Quite a heavy load for what I consider to be quite a natural look, but I'd be lost without it all. If I could narrow it down to the bare minimum I think I could get by with just foundation, mascara and lip balm, but putting on a full face gets me ready to face the day!
I am pretty obsessed with make up. I wouldn't say I'm particularly good at it, and having used it for years I have sort of decided what I like and don't like. I'm in my final year of a teacher training course, work as a bookseller and nanny and have a long distance boyfriend so my days are pretty full. As a result I tend to have a general make up regime that I stick to. When I do find the time to go out I mix it up a little but pretty much my regime is the following:
1. Moisturiser. This is always step one because I think skincare is ridiculously important. I have pretty good skin, it is almost always clear and when I do get the odd spot it is just that rather than a breakout. I put moisturiser on before bed but always have a couple in my make up box for putting on as the day (or evening) starts. My firm favourites have to be garnier day moisturisers and dirty works night cream. These are quite different but I like them because they are both rich creams with help my skin to feel hydrated. I have also recently been testing out a Vichy cream that I received in my glossybox but as this is a more expensive brand I probably won't be buying myself a pot any time soon.
2. Primers. If you've read any of my reviews it will be clear how much I LOVE primers. I've pretty much tested everything out there and decided what I like and don't like. For day wear I tend to either go for Elizabeth Arden Morning Serum or Smashbox primers. These are both clear gels and though they are very lightweight they give great coverage and an even look to my make up. For a night out I go back to my absolute favourite which is the L'oreal professionals primer, this is a lovely thick mousse and I absolutely swear by it for creating beautiful flawless make up.
3. Flash Balm. Oh my goodness I've fallen for this product big time. The Clarins beauty flash balm is something I coveted for ages but couldn't buy because of the steep price tag. I found it in a discount store and snapped it up and have never looked back. I use it after my primer to give an additional boost of hydration and because it creates this great layer onto which concealer and foundation just sits perfectly. I love it.
4. Foundation. Over the years I have tried loads and loads of foundations and I know what I like. I tend to prefer thicker foundations and always look for brands that carry light shades because I am super pale and freckly. I have come to the decision that Max Factor is the brand for me when it comes to foundations and my two favourites are the Xperience and colour adapt foundations. The Xperience is a very smooth, rich foundation and the colour adapt if more of a mousse. I tend to blend the two because I have the colour adapt in a slightly darker shade but if I was to choose it would definitely be the Xperience foundation for me as it is something I always have stocked up.
5. Concealer. I used to use those little sticks that come with concealer inside and a brush on one end until I discovered what is now my go to product. It is actually a foundation but I use it as a concealer and once again it has to be Max Factor. I use the Miracle Touch foundation which comes in a shallow circular dish with a sponge. I don't use the sponge, instead I smooth it under my eyes, along my nose, on my chin and anywhere there are blemishes. The consistency and coverage of this product is fantastic and I don't think I'll ever go back to traditional concealers.
6. Powder. I am less fussy when it comes to powder but because of my pale skin I need to find a brand that offers lighter shades. I tend to go for Rimmel powders or a recent favourite of mine is the Collection 200 lasting performance powder. I get through powder really quickly and this is why I opt for cheaper brands. That said, when I am going out for the night I use my Lancome powder which was given to me by my mother. I have this in a lovely pale shade and it gives the softest coverage to my skin.
7. Blushers, Bronzers and Highlighters. Because I have pale skin I tend to go for muted or mixed bronzers which aren't too dark. I really like my body shop bronzers which has a mesh of colours mixed together. I apply this to my outer cheekbone for a little extra definition. For blushes I really like Bourjois powder blush or Max Factor miracle touch creamy blushers, and I tend to go for an array of colours and see what suits my mood. For highlighters my favourite is high beam by Benefit or hocus pocus by soap and glory. I tend to only use highlighters when I am going out because I think it's a bit much in the daytime.
8. Eyebrows. I use my HD brow palette which I got in my glossybox months and months ago. You can't actually buy this online, but it is available from ebay as loads of people who have had the full sized sample are selling them. At the moment my hair is a really dark brown so I tend to blend the black and dark brown colours together with the brush and then apply this to my eyebrows. I also use 17 eyebrow gel to hold them in place.
9. Eyeliner. I usually use either Bobbi Brown or Lancome black eyeliners on my upper eyelash line. I like this look because it creates a thick look to your lashes if there is a nice dark line on the eyelash line. Recently I have been using my eyebrow palette as an eyeliner. The darkest powder is black and it holds really well on my eyelid but looks a little softer than eyeliner, I tend to blend this with the brush.
10. Mascara. I've reviewed absolutely loads of mascaras over my time on dooyoo and though I love trying new ones I have a few firm favourites. At the moment I really like the Rimmel day 2 night mascara for both volume and length. I also really like Maybelline cat eyes for separating my lashes and Rimmel Scandal eyes for creating drama. I do vary what I use and tend to have at least 10 mascaras on the go at any one time so choosing favourites is pretty difficult but these are mascaras I've bought time and time again.
11. Eyeshadow. This really is a rarity for me even on a night out nowadays. I really love my heavy eyeliner and feel I've perfected the look of my make up over the years, finding the right products to suit me. Eyeshadows are not something I buy regularly and so have a couple I use if I'm really getting glammed up. I tend to go for Benefit smokey plalette because there are two nice shades in this one which really give the sexy sultry look. I round things off with my benefit eye bright to really open up my eyes and if I'm feeling particularly energetic a set of eyelure eyelashes.
So that's my day and night beauty regime in a rather large nutshell. I'd love to hear about yours!
(All products in this review have been previously reviewed by me so check them out!)
My makeup bag is full of quite samey things and mostly stuff that I use everyday, I have another makeup bag in my cupboard that has stuff I don't really use much or makeup that I use for Halloween as it's a bit crazier. I am definitely not a make up hoarder and tend to buy things that I am sure to use. I'm not really a lipstick/gloss or eyeshadow wearer either which saves a lot of space for me and have a hole separate bag filled with nail polishes.
My makeup bag is middle sized, I manage to squish everything in it I need without it being too big and clumpy. My makeup bag is Betsey Johnson brand, it is bright pink with a black lace and skull and red rose pattern on, I love it so much! The inside has a screw pattern and I am very OCD about keeping it clean! There is a small pocket on the outside where I keep some spare cotton buds and hair grips but I wish there was a little zip one inside too.
So, onto the actual contents!
The tools I have include eyelash curlers, tweezers, red hair grips, spare hair bands. No brushes as I don't use anything that needs them!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer spf 20 in 'Porcelain'- acts as a moisturizer, suncream, foundation/primer and fits easily in my bag, love this!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15- I used this before laura Mercier and only use it now if my face feels extremely dry.
Avon SPF 15 Lip Balm- keeping my lips from burning!
Benefit Porefessional full sized and mini sample- only use occasionally.
Witchstick- to dry up pesky spots!
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder- this tends to stay in my bag more though I use it throughout the day.
Benefit Boiing Concealer- one of the best things in my makeup bag which I use every single day.
Benefit Erase Paste- I use a mix of this and Boiing for covering up my dark circles.
Benefit IT Stick - a freebee, basically Boiing in stick form.
Urban Decay Brow Box - I have an eyebrow obsession and hardly ever leave the house without using this baby! Includes two brow powders, mini brush and tweezers and wax.
Benetint and Posietint - mini samples from a magazine, prefer the posietint a lot more.
Benefit High Beam - another mini sample but recently started using it under my brows and tips of my cheeks, love this!
Boots 17 Trio Eyeshadow (browns)- occasionally use for a slight shimmer on my eyelids but still natural.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner- been using this for nearly 5years, love it but have been using Urban Decay recently as the brush is thinner but Rimmel is less shiny.
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner- Bought at Debenhams Beauty Evening with money off, I love liquid eyeliner so much and this really does stay put for 24hours!
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner- bargain quality eyeliner, been using for years.
Benefit BADgal Pencil Liner- love this, lasts for ages and has a smudge sponge on one end.
YSL Pencil Eyeliner- my favourite pencil eyeliner, soft and stays put.
Bodyshop Pencil Eyeliners in Blue and Black- freebee in a magazine, haven't actually used them.
Benefit BADgal Chunky Pencil Liner - yet another freebee, too thick to use well but is good for smokey eye look.
Benefit BADgal Mascara in full size and sample size- use this for thick and dark lashes, not too great at length or curl so need my eyelash curlers.
Clinique High Impact Mascara- a freebee but want in full size as my lashes a thick long and curly which is perfect.
YSL Volume Effects Mascara- this was bought for me as a present and is one my favourite things ever, my lashes are long, thick and curly and I often get asked 'where your false eyelashes from they look real?' and it's because they are! :D Love this so much.
Typing this up has made me realize just how many Benefit Products I own and how lucky I am to get so many freebees! As you can tell I love liners and mascaras (ooo goff) as they make up the majority of my makeup but they all offer different effects. I've also realized that my makeup bag and its contents are most likely one of the most expensive things I own as I use expensive brands (just the Laura Mercier, Urban Decay and YSL items add up to almost £100 and Benefits not cheap either!) but the cost is definitely worth it as I get great results and they all last a long time.
I have reviewed most of these items on dooyoo so check them out if you're interested (:
I don't have one make-up bag or two, I have numerous make-up bags all filled to bursting! At the moment I am using my pink Antler vanity case, inside this are numerous compartments as well as another little black make-up bag!
Okay so unzipping the zip and opening up my case I can see the funky pink and white zebra print lining which must be a good thing as it shows that the case isn't too full yet!
The first thing I pull out is a bottle of Insette extra hold hairspray... missing it's blue lid! I use hairspray everyday so this really is a must.
Avon Naturals Daily Hair Refresher spray, quite nice scent and works!
Expose Summer Bronze self tanning mousse.... Not tried yet but bought in Poundland just to test!
Andrew Barton The Straight Answer hot iron protection spray, seems to work and keeps my hair great despite straightening it pretty much daily.
DKNY Be Delicious - This should really be on my dressing table with my other perfumes.
Tommy Hilfigure Tommy Girl - Same as above!
Jelly Belly Very Cherry Lip Balm, very yummy!
A cherry print hair tie/hair band.
Avon Arabian Glow Deep Bronze pressed powder .... Fab!
One Kabuki brush and a large blusher brush.
A hair brush and comb. Used daily so again a must.
Rimmel Volume Flash Scandal Eyes mascara, the one I am using at the moment, great product, makes my lashes look great.
Summer Bronze bronzing powder.
A pink sparkly, studded nail file. Used once!
MUA Blonde coloured eyebrow pencil. Makes my non-existent looking eyebrows noticeable!
Avon Navy Kajal eyeliner pencil, use daily, makes a nice change to black.
Avon ColourTrend shimmering ice cream eyeshadow quad, great stuff and was very cheap.
And that is the main section done!
There's two pockets on one side and these have ~
Midnight Plum Nailwear Pro nail varnish. A deep dark purple colour.
Two hair bump-it's. Plastic lumps you add on top of back combed hair with more hair added over the top to add a nice bump in the hair.... I just back comb if need be and rarely use these anymore.
Two black glittery nail files. Were in an Avon set.
Cheryl Cole Festival false eyelashes, still in pack never worn. Bought for me by my hubby as a stocking filler, black with gold flecks, not really everyday wear!
A leopard print hair tie/hair band, quite like this, looks very funky, think I bought it in Asda?
My hubby's bottle of Lacoste! Was wondering where that had gone too! Oopps!
The other side has one large pocket, in here we have ~
The reciept for my sons new scooter?
A small tub of body butter. Never used.
A black elastic hairband, used for putting on my make-up to keep my hair out of my face.
An eyeshadow brush.
New in packet Maybelline Lash Stilletto mascara.
Black shimmery nail varnish from Wilkos.
Collection 2000 Mosaic Glow bronzer.
Miss Sporty black eyeliner pencil.
Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express waterproof and normal mascaras.
A pair of black latex gloves and a tanning mitt.
Stunning by Katie Price body lotion.
The middle has a zipped compartment that has ~
Lots of kirby grips, lots and lots, use them pretty much everyday.
Avon Russet Blusher.
A pair of silver earrings, shouldn't really be in here??
Collection 2000 Collagen Curl mascara.
Inside the little black make up bag from New Look is one of my boys pencil sharpeners with a Top Dog sticker that I have pinched to sharpen my eyeliners! Two crackle effect nail varnishes and a pink nail varnish.
Why have I got all of this stuff in my case? I know myself that I use hardly any of this stuff on a regular basis! And the make-up I use when I dress up to go out is all in my dressing table in various other make-up bags so I think this ccase is well due a clear out!
I actually use the hairbrush and comb, hairspray, heat spray, bronzer and brush, navy eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, cream eyeshadow, one of the mascaras and that is it!
However I am very pleased to say that my case is immaculatly clean and tidy so finding stuff is very easy.
I am the type of person who can leave home comfortably without having any make-up. It doesn't mean that I don't like it. It's just simply because I am too lazy!
Here are the items that can be found in my makeup bag:
1. Lip Balm
Carmex is the only brand I used for lip balm. The price is low but the quality is high. The original stick one is easy to carry around and can be put in a small makeup bag.
2. Lip Gloss
I put on my lip gloss sometimes when I want to look nicer. MAC is my new love. If you don't find trying the Japanese brand, then Macquillage (a line under Shiseido) will be a good choice. For both brands, a wide range of colour is available and longlasting.
I only have a small one inside my bag. Personally I don't think you need a large one. If you need a large one, it's always available in the washroom!
4. Hairclips and plastic bands
I use these to tie up my hair if they go totally out of control. I am currently in the transition period waiting to change my hair style from a short one to a long one. Shoulder-length hair can go really messy sometimes and I prefer to tie them up.
5. Hand cream
I don't have a particular choice of hand cream and will just put whatever sample I received in my make up bag. Just a small tip: if your hair go really frizzy, you can put a bit of handcream in your hand and spread it over your hair. It will help to make your hair less frizzy.
Basically these are my bare essentials in my makeup bag. Hopefully I can still keep it to a bare minimum for some time but it appears that more things are finding their way into my makeup bag.
Here's a shocker for you all ; I love makeup. I liked playing around with it for as long as I can remember, from kiddie cosmetic sets from Toys 'R' Us, my Mum's and Auntie's hand-me-downs before graduating to buying my own with pocket money and doing odd jobs.
I've suffered from bouts of severe depression since my mid teens and the saying "paint on your happy face" stuck with me and since then I've become more serious about makeup and read books and articles and watched countless tutorials online in my little mission to improve my application and hopefully magically improve my outlook on myself and the world.
That hasn't happened, but I do enjoy applying 'my face' and find it calming. I can do it within 10 minutes, but I prefer to make sure I have at least an hour so I can take my time and relax as I do it. I wouldn't want to die or anything dramatic if I had to go out bare faced, but I do feel a bit more confident with makeup on.
I had a cosmetic clear out just before I went on holiday last November, so most of my stuff is on the pricier side, things that I bought in America (so I'm sorry if I mention stuff that we can't find over here) and/or Christmas presents.
I'm not really a huge snob when it comes to makeup. Well, maybe I am just a little, as I'd rather pay more money for something that will last, reather then buy something cheap that is next to useless.
Lets start with my foundation primers; It makes a huge difference if you use a primer underneath your foundation, it is easier to blend and wears so much longer.
Right now I'm using a sample tube of face primer I received in Sephora last November; Skin FX Facial Priming serum. My usual brand is Avon Magix Skin Perfecter. I also have a tub of Eyeko 3 in 1 cream, which is a illuminater which seems to make my foundation last longer too.
I only have two foundations as my skin is very fair and neutral toned so finding a good colour match is a pain, plus my skin is dry too. My number one favourite is NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia; The colour match is the best, not only because it's fair but it also has a neutral blend of yellow and pink undertones. It is pricey but as I don't smoke and rarely drink I figure I'm allowed to spend a bit more on cosmetics.
My other foundation is Revlon PhotoReady. Shade 002 [Vanilla] is the lightest shade available in the UK (In America you can buy 001 [Ivory], but I forget to buy some whilst I was on holiday), and the undertones lean strongly on the yellow shade so careful blending is a must. Even though the colour match isn't perfect I think that it is a good, hard wearing foundation and I'd buy it again.
FYI: Revlons odd numbered foundation shades generally have pink undertones [cool], whilst their even numbered shades lean more towards yellow [warm].
I'm lucky enough to have always had clear skin, so concealer isn't a must-have for me. I have had my little tub of Benefit Erase Paste for well over two years now, which covers any blemish I may get.
I also have YSL Touche Eclat from one of my duty free splurges. In short; It's crap. Don't waste your money.
FYI: Liquid concealer = undereye circles. Paste/cream/mousse formulas = blemashes - they'll cake and crack underneath eyes.
As my skin is dry I usually skip powder and currently only own one is and that is Victoria's Secret Pressed Minerals powder. It has a cool concept; One half of the compact is matt powder and the other half has illuminating particles.
Oh, tell a lie; I also have a 'High Definition' white powder by Smashbox [softens the appearance of imperfections. Completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look]. It works great, but I now know that all of these 'High Definition' powders are silica powder; E.L.F. does it for £6, so there's no need to waste money on costlier versions as it's the same product.
For making sure my eye makeup doesn't crease I use Urban Decay Primer Potion. I haven't had to buy a full sized one for a few years now as they include half sized versions with selected eye shadow palettes.
Post clear out I now only have one single eyeshadow, and the rest are palettes; I have two fake MAC ones (Presents from Mum. I didn't have the heart to tell her that they're fake), two Victoria's Secret ones, one Smashbox, one Fearne Cotton and three Urban Decay palettes [The Smashbox one and the Urban Decay ones are big and 'live' in a drawer, but since I use them most often I'll list them here].
My single eye shadow is a Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow. It can also be used as a liner or eyeshadow base.
On to mascaras... I used to buy every new mascara I saw in Boots, but after discovering Maybelline's The Falsies I've been quite good. Maybelline have just released The Falsies Black Drama and I'm hooked on it; if you want volume, length, rich colour, curl and fanned out lashes you have to try it. I also have a purple Victoria's Secret Extra-Lengthening mascara that is over a year old now, but it was a limited edition so I can't bring myself to throw it away.
I have two unopened mascaras; A Victoria's Secret Extra-Lengthening one in black and L'Oreal Voluminous in carbon black. Some people say that L'Oreal test on animals, some don't and L'Oreal give a confusing and long winded copy 'n' paste reply to enquires so I haven't yet used it.
Also highly recommended; Collection 2000 Big Fake mascara; The results are the same as Benefit Bad Gal and Christian Dior Diorshow and it only costs £4.99. If your local Boots has Fearne Cotton's range in the sale pick a set with the mascara in, as that is another great one.
My most-used type of liner is a cream one, as you get more control then a liquid one, it's easy to line my waterline with them (apply it to your waterline using a liner pencil rather then a brush - it makes a big difference) and the colour is richer and smoother then a pencil. I have cream liners by Elizabeth Arden, Victoria's Secret and Smashbox.
However my favourite liner is Avon Supershock liner; It's a gel formula and it comes in a pencil, so it's really easy to use and the colour is richer the my cream based ones. The full RRP is £6, but there are nearly always offers on it.
I have pencil liners by Urban Decay, Benefit, Fearne Cotton and Rimmel. All are good, but Urban Decay's darker shades last the longest. Fearne Cotton is the best for blending and Benefit is the best for lining your waterline.
Liquid liner is my least favourite as I always seem to mess it up, although glitter based liquids are easy; I have a lovely blue glitter by Collection 2000 [05 Le Freak] and a gold one by MUA [Shade 2. MUA is exclusive to Superdrug and everything is only £1]. I also have a fake MAC black liner (again a present).
A lot of the time I don't want my liner to be too defined, so I actually just use a eyeshadow as a liner, either dry or applied with a damp brush.
Believe it or not but I have found a bronzer that I can wear, despite having the skintone of Casper The Friendly Ghost, and that is [drum roll]... Too Faced Pink Leopard. It isn't actually just a bronzer; it's also a blush. It is composed of three colors -a bronze, a highlighting gold and a rosy pink. Worn together, the colors look naturally sun kissed on my skin. It is lightly shimmering, so gives me a healthy flush.
For Christmas 2010 Too Faced released a special palette which contained Pink Leopard as well as two other shades which are unable to be purchased on their own; Peach Leopard [a pale peach bronzer] and Candy Leopard [pink highlighting blush]. Both Peach Leopard and Candy Leopard are again great for fairer skintones and I hope that Too Faced eventually release them as permanent editions.
Also highly recommended; ELF bronzer in Luminance is also very light, in fact it's one step away from being classed as a highlighter.
I'm obsessed with adding a bit of life into my lacklustre skin and starting experimenting with highlighter and my favourite is my Victoria's Secret Midnight Glamour pressed powder highlighter. Sometimes I apply it on top of my cheekbones, but my main method is dusting it in a 'C' shape around the outside of my eyes. I also got a NARS powder blush/highlight duo [in Hungry Heart] for Christmas and was excited as I usually love NARS products, but to be honest I'm disappointed with it as both shades are too shimmery and the pink blush is almost as light as the champagne highlighter. I mainly use them over blusher to make it last longer.
I also have Benfit's Ms Popularity loose powder highlighter and High Beam liquid highlighter. I mainly use Ms Popularity in my tearduct to look more awake and High Beam is great mixed with a cheek stain - it gives the product a nice gleam.
I'm always looking for the best of something, sometimes mascara, a red lipstick or an eyeliner. Currently it's blush and I prefer powders, even though my skin is dry - they are easier to apply and last longer. At the minute my favourite blush is NARS Orgasm, a peach tinged pink that has a golden gleam. I also have the above mentioned NARS hungry Heart and Too Faced Candy Leopard. In addition I have Benefit Sugarbomb, Victoria's Secret in Runway [pale pink] and MAC My Highland Honey [peach].
I have a couple of cream ones too, although I find that powder wears longer; NARS Multiple in Orgasm and Benefit Rushhour [it's meant to be for eyes and lips too, but I'm not keen on the colour].
My sole cheek stain is Benefit Posie Tint and it is also good for lips.
Also highly Recommended: Benefit Dandelion and Thrrrob [Benefit will soon be releasing Bella Bamba; Watermelon pink, with a golden shimmer. Its on my mental shopping list] NARS powder blush in Deep Throat and ELF blush in Coy.
I have a few lipliners as I've been wearing strong pink and red lips lately; I have two Fearne Cotton ones [pink and red] and my old Pout [the company went bankrupt a few years ago] clear liner - you line just outside your lipline with it.
Lipglosses... [Deep breath] I have nine MAC lipglasses, one MAC Dazzleglass [like lipglass but sparkier], one Benefit, three Fearne Cotton, four NARS, three CK, two Victoria Secret and one by Urban Decay. I've only had my Dazzleglass for a month or so, but it's already half empty because I love it and always wear it. MAC Viva Glam GaGa lipglass is another favourite of mine; It's a slightly milky bubblegum pink and 100% of the profits go to MAC's aids foundation.
I have been using lipsticks more often lately too, as they wear for longer; I again have MAC ones as I think they are the best quality. I have five MAC ones (and I ordered a Pink 4 Friday one before Christmas and it is finally meant to be on it's way), two by Fearne Cotton, one NARS, one Urban Decay, one Victoria's Secret, and one Benefit one. The ones I use most often are MACS Viva Glam GaGa [bright blue based bubblegum pink] and Viva Glam Cyndi [coral/red]. Again 100% of the profits go to MAC's aids foundation. NARS matt finish lipstick in Catfight is another favourite - it's a soft mauve that lasts for hours.
Also highly recommended; Revlon Colourburst lipsticks; The formula is very light and non-drying, yet the colour is rich [I had fuschia, but lost it].
Lip stains are also something that I've dabbled in and in addition to Benefit Posie Tint I have two Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Inks. I love them as they're in pens, so it's really easy to apply, but I don't think we can buy them in the UK. Max Factor have just released lip stain pens, so I'll have to try them out.
Finally; I use a setting spray after applying my makeup to make it last for the whole day; By using a setting spray I only need to carry a small powder compact and lip colour in my bag for touchups, everything else will last until I take it off.
I'm currently using Urban Decay All Nighter, which is great but pricey. I got mine free in a 3 for 2 offer, but can not justify the £18 price tag on it normally.
FYI: ELF does a setting mist in their studio line for £3.50, so I'm going to try that next.
Yes - I do know everything that I own. No - I didn't set out to memorise it all or anything like that, useless information just saps all of my memory...
I had seen some body else write what they were currently using and thought id do the same!
I will also rate write a little something with each!
Maxfactor color adapt (70 natural) I use this as my day time foundation, although not as keen on it anymore since i started using more expensive brands!
Barbara daly- (TESCOS) concealer- This is so good, im not sure where you can buy this now, they use to sell it in my local tescos but stopped- its about £3 and is as good as some of the top ones i have used.
Mac studio finish concealer-(NW20)- Every makeup artist must use this, covers up anything, is rather thick, i use it to cover my dark circles, works wonders!
Rimmel stay matte powder- 001 transparent)Bought this as ran out of powder last min- Its actually really good,not cakey,only downside is its not really transparent u could over do it and look pretty white!
Maybelline Expert wear blusher- Rose) This is a daytime blusher as its very subtle, wouldnt buy it again though!
Collection 2000- Extreme felt tip Liner-Bought this to re create a cheryl cole look, its pretty cheap but smells really weird sort of smokey!!!!!Its really good though,doesnt budge like some liners but is very much like using a felt tip pen!
Revlon Double twist mascara- This is doing the job so far for me, thickens, seperates. Will try something new when its run out though.
Loreal Paris color riche star secrets- Shade 712)This more of an evening lipstick but the colour is goregous a really glam colour and smells nice too!
No7 Lip liner in nude- Widely used by most make up artists, not used by me!haha! I have used a few times but just never seem to get it right with this!!! If you cover all your lips with it though its a good primer.
( I have a few other bits and bobs but not worth mentioning!!)
Lastly i have cleanser,toner,moisturiser- BOTANICS- Great stuff,lasts a lifetime!!!
Hope you have enjoyed my low down on my current make up bits!
What's in my make up bag? Well, I have it open and ready to tell you everything.
So, a lot of my make up at the moment is actually from e.l.f, a company I absolutely love. It's so cheap so I feel like I can experiment a bit, and try out different products.
Anyway, I have e.l.f tinted moisturiser... It's a tiny little tube, but it works for me, especially when I want to have a quick touch up during the day.
I also use an e.l.f cover stick. This is probably my favourite e.l.f product because it works amazingly. It's a small stick but it lasts AGES. It's creamy and blends in really well. I usually apply this after tinted moisturiser and it gives me a nice natural look, and covers most of my blemishes.
I also have a pressed powder compact by Miss Sporty. It's translucent and anti-bacterial so hopefully it won't make my skin get bad. I've only been using it a week, so I'll have to wait.
My mascara is Rimmel Glam Eyes lash flirt in the colour black. It gives a nice natural look and keeps all my lashes separate.
I have an Avon ColorTrend eye liner pencil in black colour in my make up bag. I also have an M.U.A (Make Up Academy) liquid eye liner, also in black, though I don't use this very much.
I have a Boots Natural Collection lip gloss in turkish delight - not too keen on this though. I think I need to find a replacement.
So that's my make up bag. Well, my bag that I carry around with me in my handbag, and the make up that I use on a daily basis.
Firstly, my make up bag is a cute little red clutch bag which was freebie no7 gift. Mega cute but it needs a wash (tmi??) So anyway, whats in my make-up bag?
Well, currently I have:
MAC studio sculpt foundation in NW15 - this foundation is amazing for my dry/combination skin. It has great staying power and it doesn't irritate my skin which is a bonus.
MAC select moisturecover concealer in NW15 - this concealer rivals YSL's touché eclat but without the chalkiness. I find that MAC's versions covers up blemishes and undereye bags so effortlessy and it looks natural.
MAC eyeshadows in: woodwinked, brulé, handwritten and mulch. These eyeshadows are very pigmented and highly blendable. They look amazing and last ages.
L'oreal eyeshadows, one is a dirty taupe colour (beige shimmer) and the other is a smokey silver (stellar blue). These eyeshadows are good but MAC's ones outshine them.
MAC lipstick in pattiserrie - This lipstick is a pinky natural colour. Good lasting colour but I find that its a little bit drying so I need to apply lipbalm before application.
MAC lipglass (yes glass) in a pinky colour - it matches the lipstick well and its also a lip plumper. I find that using the lipstick and gloss make my lips look natural but pretty =).
Benefit lipgloss in ' life on the A list' - this is basically a pink ligloss which smells divine (so yummy) They brush is also shaped so that it caresses the lips. The colour is very subtle and great for the day time.
MAC blusher in cubic - this is a lovely natural colour which gives a little 'flush' to my cheeks. Quite pricey for a blusher though.
Blinc mascara in black - this mascara is great for its staying power as it puts tubes around the eyelashes rather than coating them with liquid. It doesn't really lengthen or thicken lashes though. I have been told that if I purchase the lash primer that I would see a difference ... £20 for a primer ... erm, nope!
Define-a-lash mascara in black - this defines my lashes but again there is not a lot of lengthening or thickening going on.
Colour trend eye pencil in white - this is quite a horrible pencil. I bought it to give me a more 'awake' look but its more of a matte pencil than a shimmery one which isn't good.
Maybelline line definer in black - this is a liquid eyeliner, its ok, not brilliant but it will do until I buy a Bobbi Brown or MAC gel pot eyeliner.
As you can probably tell, I really like MAC products. I'm gradually building up my collection but I still like other brands. I'm still looking for my 'holy grail' mascara (insert sad face) and make up brushes (even sadder face as all the ones I want are American and they don't ship to the UK)
So anyway, whats in your make-up bag????
Ok, if you have read my review about what's inside my handbag (if you haven't read it cause it's pretty cool!) and now I will tell you what can be found in my make-up bag.
Just like most bags I love make-up, in fact I rarely leave the house without make-up, I would give up food than my make-up I'm that addicted to it.
1. You can some nail varnish - once, you paint your nails, you can never stop - and I change it every three or four days.
2. Some eyeliners - from previous days and sometimes don't bother taking them out and putting them with all my make-up.
3. a sharpner - for my eyeliners
4. the sharpnings from eye liners - don't know sometimes why there in there.
5. mess from make-up, until it covers your hands in the stuff.
6. mascara - cannot get enough mascara need it! need it badly
7. foundation - always, always need this never leave the house without it
8. some eye shadow
9. lip gloss
10. vaseline or lip balm
11. somewhere where i can hide little things when I don't want someone too see them but usually they end up getting covered in some sort of make-up.
12. paper and more paper
some very interesting little things eh?