Way too big and heavy, my makeup bag is my holy grail! I have collected odds and ends over the past couple years and now it’s just a big collection of my most used products, and favourites for transforming a work look into an evening look 🙂
A lot of these products come from my monthly Birchbox boxes. I love getting testers every month, and Birchbox sends a good mix of well known brands/products and new things that I’ve never heard of before. The Balance Me blemish control, Benefit Dream Screen (always good to have some safety sun cream!) and Benefit Blotter come from there. The bag that I carry my makeup in was from a summer ‘Birchbag’, and it’s getting a little small but I’m trying to hold onto it for as long as possible because it’s so cute!
Eyes: A few of the products in here are also samples that I have received from buying other products.
I use the Mac False Lashes mascara in extreme black sometimes to top up my makeup, but it is very strong so I only use it if I’m going out.
I also use an old Benefit eye liner which I love, and the fact that it’s a sample size makes it perfect for travelling. This one actually came from an eye shadow palette that I bought ages ago.
I also have the Benefit Roller Lash sample size in my bag (crazy I know, three mascaras!) and this one is a lot softer than the Mac one so nice to use every day. I don’t think I would buy the full size though, only because my go-to mascara for the past five years has been the Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara. It lengthens, volumizes and doesn’t clump at all. I have repurchased this so many times and have never found a mascara that beats it, even comparing it to the higher end products I sometimes use.
A daily favourite of mine is using a white/beige eye liner on my bottom water line to open up my eyes a bit. The one I have here is a random Belgian one my mom gave me, but you can pick these up at any drugstore. This is always in my makeup bag because it’s a nice way to wake up my eyes a little if I’m going out after work.
Another way I brighten up my eyes is by using Benefit’s Mr. Frosty. This is a great product that, again, I’ve been wearing for years. It works as a brow bone highlighter, right under your eyebrow, but I also often use it as an eyeshadow too. When I use it as an eyeshadow, I sometimes mix it with the Barry M Eyeshadow Pencil. This one is also a great one to apply if I’m trying to transform a work look into an evening look. I apply it as eyeliner and then smudge it.
Cheeks: I have two options of blush in my makeup bag, the first is a rosy pink Shu Uemura cream blush in soft pink. I love the shade of this, but have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of cream blushes.
A more fun, evening blush that I carry around is the Nars Orgasm blush (horrible name, I know!). It looks super shiny and bright at first, but gives a great pop of colour to your cheeks as well as a very subtle highlighting shimmer. This is by far one of my favourite blushes.
Lips: I go very up and down with lip products, I tend to get obsessed with lipsticks for a few months and then just never get around to wearing anything for a while after. When I’m not using lip products, I still always fall to Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. Their chapstick is something I have been using since I was a kid, and it’s the only chapstick that gives me a really smooth lip. I often use this as a lipstick primer, if I’m worried about it splitting.
An option that I use on a more everyday basis is the Clinique Chubby Baby Time in Coming Up Rosy. Its colour is not too strong, but still fun and brightens your lips.
A new favourite of mine is the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker. Oddly, I use their darkest shade, because I think it makes my makeup look very finished and completes any look.
When I want to completely transform a look, my go-to lip product is the Nars Lip Pencil in Cruella. This is one of my favourite products ever, applies so easily, you don’t need a lip liner, and it lasts forever! It also doesn’t make my lips dry or sticky. I actually only splurged on this because I had a Space N.K. voucher, but I’m so glad I did!
Finally, my makeup bag always has a mini Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer. The one I am currently using is in Japanese Cherry Blossom, but I stock up on as many scents as possible every time I go to the states, it’s an all time favourite!! If you can’t get it delivered to the UK, keep an eye out on Amazon because they sometimes pop up!
Hope you’ve enjoyed, and let me know what you think!