Sunday, 12 April 2015

What's In My Makeup Bag

I haven't done a 'What's in my makeup bag' post in ages, so here is an updated one. I wanted to show you exactly what was in the bag, so I photographed all the contents after a day out, without planning anything or adding/removing products. It's the real deal :) 

The makeup bag I am currently using is the gorgeous You're Magic Makeup Bag* (£14.99) from Flamingo Gifts and I adore it. The print, the colour - EVERYTHING! It's perfect and a really good size. 

From base products, I have the Clarins Radiance Boosting Complexion Base*, Clarins Instant Concealer* and Bourjois Happy Light Concealer. I carry these with me in case I need a proper touch up - like after an ultrasound when you see your baby on the screen and you simply can't stop crying :') I am sooo emotional, haha.

I also don't leave the house without the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light. I like using it with the Real Techniques Rectractable Bronzer Brush* to add a natural glow to my face. I also have the little Sigma Luminescence Highlighter from the Resort Palette which I use with the Real Techniques Setting Brush* or my fingers. 

If you are wondering why I don't carry a bronzer or blusher in my makeup bag - it's because I have the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Compact in Strip* in a side pocket of my actual handbag :)

For the eyes, I have the Art Deco Eye Designer with two little refills  attached on each side- a medium brown and light beige - perfect for a a neutral smokey eye or a bit of definition.To blend it all out, I use the Crownbrush C433 Brush*. 

A liquid liner is a must have and my number 1 choice is always the incredible Bourjois Liner Pinceau*. Nope, I will never shut up about it :) Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers are also an essential, followed by the amazing Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara*. Seriously, you have to try it! I have two eye pencil choices - the Light Beige UNE Pencil when I want to brighten my waterline or the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Pencil in Black Velvet* when I need something ultra black. 

I am not sure why I have the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush* in the bag an no brow powder, but it is my favourite brow brush. Speaking of brows - I am currently using the L'Oreal Brow Artist* and Benefit Gimme Brow*. Great combo, although... nothing beats the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette.

I expected to have at least 10 lip products in here, but some of them were on the bottom of my handbag so they don't count :) A good lip balm is something all of us need and it doesn't get better than the beautiful Dior Lip Glow*. It's stunning and an absolute pleasure to use!

My most used lip products at the moment are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets* in So Hap'pink and Happy Nude Year. They are both lovely and stay put for ages. When I am a bit fed up with matte lips, I opt for MAC Hug Me or Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer*. 

For extra precision, especially with darker colours, I swear by the Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush*. Carrying normal lip brushes in your beautiful makeup bag isn't the best idea, so something retractable is the only sensible option.

I think that I could possibly have less stuff in my makeup bag, but I like to have everything I need to totally re-do my makeup if needed :)

What are your makeup bag essentials?

*PR samples



  1. The Bourjois products sound amazing! I also have the Naked Flushed palette and find its perfect to keep in your bag x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  2. Oooh this is a lovely little post, I've got some nice ideas for little additions to my own makeup bag here. I think I'm going to try the Better than Sex mascara at some point!

    Hollie -

  3. Your makeup bag is super adorable! Also lovely products!

  4. you have so many lovely items in your makeup bag, very jealous! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  5. Wow that's so much stuff! I can't be bothered to take so much make up with me... I only cary some blotting papers, a few lip products and sometimes when I'm out for a whole day I take also a concealer :)

    Sue |

  6. Such a fab post and what an amazing selection of products! I love the Clarins concealer but I am interested in trying out the Bourjois happy light! I love your lip product selection, I always carry around about 5 lip products with me, I never know which one I'll want to use!

    Jasmine |

  7. I always have a minimum of about five different lip products in my bag...
    Charli Blogs Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Animals

  8. I keep seeing the Clarins concealer everywhere, I definitely need to try it out :) x


  9. Nice selection and great nude colour palette

  10. Great collection of products. I love gimme brow and the Clarins concealer. They're my HG now. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  11. I always carry a ton of lip products with me too, ha! I love the bag too, it's really cute :)

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  12. Great products!!!! I recognise a lot of them in my own bag :D

  13. This reminds me to dig back out my Gimme Brow, not sure why I stopped using it!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  14. I love your make up bag :) the actual bag is super cute! I'm posting my version of this tomorrow, love your selection!


  15. I generally carry around a touch up powder, cream blush and about 6 million lipsticks x

  16. The makeup bag itself is just too cute. I suppose my bag is rather boring- I need to get one that's like this! I have about this many lipsticks in mine, and all near the same shades as these. They're too perfect for spring. :)
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  17. that makeup bag is so cute! I love the clarins lip perfectors too always got one at the bottom of my handbag. I love a powder that has a little coverage for touch ups as I have oily skin, MAC's studio finish is my favourite xxx

  18. Your makeup bag is filled with so many lovely things! I usually bring a mascara, lipsticks in every shade I could possibly need, a brow gel and a compact with a mirror around with me.

    Lucy | Ooh La Luce

  19. Can I first start off by saying that the photography for this post is gorgeous!

    Your makeup bag is so pretty and SO packed - how is it not smudged?! I would do mine, but there are just so many smudges and makeup stains on it - Very embarrassing LMAO.

  20. I love the Clarins Radiance Boosting Complexion Base! They are bringing out new shades for Spring/Summer so I am super excited about that. You have a great range of products, all of which look lovely xx

    Amanda -

  21. I have to use two makeup bags I have that much, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who carries a lot, I love your makeup bag btw :)

    Gemma Louise | Just Little Things

  22. I so want to try the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, heard so many great things! Very tempted!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  23. I really love your makeup bag and these photos are just dreamy :)
    MAC Hug Me isn't one I've come across before but it looks right up my street....xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  24. Pictures look lovely! Too faced Better than sex mascara is my all time favorite and mini packaging is so handy for makeup bag. I would like to try out that lip balm from Dior

  25. I really LOVE your makeup bag - and most of your picks of course ;)


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