To be honest, I mainly just wanted to show off this gorgeous makeup bag which I found brand new in a local charity shop for just £2.50. It says Elie Saab Le Parfum so I'm guessing it was a free gift with an Elie Saab perfume a while back. But it's just what I have been looking for and it's a nice excuse to do a current 'whats in my makeup bag' post.
I am sort of on a mission at the moment to find one perfect product for each makeup category (mascara, foundation, eyeliner etc.) to keep in my makeup bag at all times so I don't constantly have to choose between 10 blushers and 5 concealers each day.
These are my current makeup bag staples...
Being fair skinned I rely very heavily on sun cream in the warmer months. I am obsessed with wearing SPF and nagging other people to do the same. This is one that I recently purchased. It is quite thick but does melt in as the name suggests and makeup actually sits very well over the top. I apply it first thing in the morning but make sure I carry another SPF in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day (Piz Buin Allergy Face Cream SPF50+).
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation 005 Light Beige
This has been my go-to foundation for a few months now. It is a great daily base as it's not too heavy, has pretty good coverage, lasts well and is affordable. It's an effortless choice in the morning.
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer - 01 Light
This is the only bronzer I have found that works with my pale skintone. I lightly sweep it across the cheekbones for a sunkissed look, or if I am feeling particularly brave I may attempt to contour with it as it is an entirely matte formula.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink
This cream blusher was left forgotten at the back of my drawer for far too long. It is the perfect rosey pink colour with a slightly dewy finish. You need the tiniest amount, I just pat my finger in the pan and then blend it across my cheeks. It can even be used on the lips although I find it can be a bit too pale on mine and prefer it as a blusher.
Maybelline Volum' Express Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara
This is the latest mascara I have been trying out from Maybelline. It has two wands, one for upper lashes and one for lower lashes. I'm not sure I like it as much as The Falsies Waterproof or The Rocket Waterproof though. It is very good at lengthening but not as good at adding volume or holding a curl and my lashes can sometimes look a bit spidery. I do however like the novelty of the smaller wand for the bottom lashes.
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner
I think I have talked about this product enough already. It is perfect for creating a winged liner look, it dries quickly and lasts all day. Can't be without it.
Une Eyebrow Pencil in B05
I have used this eyebrow pencil everyday since last June (so just over a year) and I am still only on my second one. It is very pigmented and quite soft. I apply a few lines to my brows and then use a spoolie to blend it out and make it look more natural. I have to make sure I don't use too much though or my brows can look very heavy and dark.
MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette - Light
I really like the formula of the MAC Studio Finish concealers as they are creamy and easy to apply with your fingers. They have pretty full coverage and the palette gives me a lot of colour choice as well as two corrector options for dark circles and redness. I mainly use shade NC15 for blemishes and the Pale Pink for the under eye area. My only problem with the formula is that it doesn't set and can easily move/disappear if you touch your face. For a detailed review and swatches see this post - link.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Nude Compliment
I have used this cream eyeshadow pretty much every day since I got it in May, either on its own or as a base for other eyeshadows. It is subtle but can be built up and adds a lovely wash of colour that's really easy to apply and lasts a good 8-9 hours. For swatches see this post - link.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Market
This is the eyeliner I use every day to add some definition to my lower lash line. It is a mini version of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils which came in the Black Market gift set for Christmas along with 5 other shades. The shade Black Market is a slightly grey black and the formula is creamy so that it is is easy to blend out for a smokey eye. Once set the eyeliner lasts a very long time, even on the waterline.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your current makeup bag staples?