Sunday, 9 February 2014

What's in my make-up bag? Revisited!

Not long after I started this little corner of the internet I wrote a 'What is in my make-up' post. Almost two years later everything inside my make-up bag excluding my beloved Cath Kidston make-up bag itself is different so I thought it time to write another post. My make-up bag definitely seems to be a bit of a tardis as all of these manage to fit in there!

The Face:
 Left to right: Sleek Face Contour Kit in 'Light', Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 'Ecru' and Nars Blusher in 'Orgasm'

I like a simple make-up routine especially Monday -Friday and these products teamed together work really well. Starting off with my Estee Lauder foundation which I apply all over my face I then brush on the darker powder in the Sleek contouring kit to define my cheekbones a little (using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush). The bronzer is followed by the highlighter and a dusting of the newest addition to my make-up bag - my Nars Blusher. What I like about these products is that they are long lasting and subtle enough to wear for work but you can also layer up the intensity of the colours by simply applying a little more.

The Eyes:
 Left to right: Benefit's 'They're Real!' Mascara, Soap and Glory's 'Supercat' Liquid Eyeliner and Stila's 'Into the Light' Eye-shadow Palette.

Having tried all three of these eye products in the past and then trying newer additions to the make-up world there is something about these three that keeps me coming back to the high quality results they deliver time and time again. With recent mascara purchases leading to panda eyes and smudging (never a good look) I welcomed the return of 'They're Real' to my make-up bag. Even if I'm in a rush and mascara application time is pretty tight just a quick swoosh of the mascara wand and instantly my eyelashes look better. My favourite shadows in Stila's palette are 'kitten' (top row, second from the left) and 'champagne' (bottom row, far left). Once I've put on my eye-shadow and mascara I finish my eyes with my 'supercat' eyeliner on my top lid and I'm ready to go!

The rest:
From left to right: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Real Techniques Power Brush, Rimmel London 'Stay Matte Powder' in 'Silky Beige' and Maybelline New York's 'Baby Lips' in 'Pink Punch'

As you can probably tell by this stage I don't use a million and one different products, I've tried so many different foundations, powders, brushes etc over the past couple of years that I've got to the stage now where I've reverted back to old favourites and find that simpler make-up routines actually work better (and save me time in the morning when I'm rushing off to work). 

The powder and lip balm are what I call the finishing touches as I use a dusting of my 'Stay Matte' powder when I've finished my foundation and a dab of 'Baby Lips' to my lips which are both really quick to apply.

So there you have it! An insight into my make-up bag - I'd love to know if you've done a similar post recently.