Hi Guys! I’m sure you’re all dying to know what’s in my make up bag right? (well probably not). But either way I’m going to share with you. I think there’s something quite secretive and scarce in sharing whatever is lurking in your handbag or make up bag- it reveals you. But this is also kind of a way to share my make up routine at the same time and the products I use and swear by. I love make up, but like I am with my clothes, I am savvy and opt for the high street and best value for money make up products.
Collection 2000 Primer £3.99
I only recently started using primer, but it has really made a difference to my make up. The coverage of my foundation is more even as a result, and it makes my concealer, foundation and BB cream glide on with ease. I love Collection 2000 products, they are amazing value for money and they always work wonders for me.
Superdrug’s Own BB Cream £6.99
I love Superdrug’s own products, as they are great value for money and do the job. Plus they never test on animals- so its the ultimate winner! I used to wear BB cream all the time, then for some unknown reason just didn’t purchase it, until last year. I forgot how great BB cream is in reducing the appearance of blemishes, and is also my replacement to foundation when it gets to summer.
No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation £14.50
I swear by No7 for a product, its in such a great price range and this foundation is perfect for when I want a matte look. I tend to use this on days when I’m going to be really busy and running around a lot. I also use it when I am going travelling, via train or plane, as I feel that it really lasts all day.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation £9.99
This is relatively new foundation that I have just started to use. I went onto POWDER, which recommends you products based on what you want from a product, and is where I get all of my information from when I am researching a new product to try out. I got recommended 3, but this L’Oreal one really stood out for me. I know that blogger Sarah Ashcroft always goes on about her love for this, and her make up is flawless, so I wanted to see whether it was worth the hype. And so far? Yes it is! I gives my skin such a lovely glowing look, perfect for nights out and as we approach spring.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection £3.49
I use two concealer’s, one to cover the areas to give my face a flawless finish, and the other (below), which I use to cover spots. The areas where you should apply concealer are highlighted on the diagram below.
Revolution Focus and Fix £2.00
I use this one specifically for when I have spots and to cover them with. It’s not as heavy as the other product, so I feel that they are covered as much as possible, without caking them in make up that it makes them worse.
NYX Dark Circle Concelar £6.50
Again, another product recommended to me via POWDER. I really wanted/needed an effective dark eye cover, as adult life took its toll on me, where it was goodbye naps and hello 5:30am alarms! I love NYX products, especially their lipsticks, and as a brand I trust and love and again great value for money, I was more than happy to try this out. This is now part of my daily routine and a product I cannot leave the house without applying it. You don’t need to apply much of this either, as a little goes a long way, so this product lasts quite a while.
NYX Liquid Illuminator £7.00
Okay, last time that I mention POWDER (but it is fab and helps me out a lot), but I was in search of a liquid highlighter as I wasn’t really getting on with the powder highlighter, as it looked to streaky or wasn’t really in the areas that I wanted it to be, so I thought I would give liquid highlighter a go instead. This highlighter is so good and as its liquid, it is easy to apply to the areas you want. Again you don’t need a lot for it be effective and give you that glowing look you’re after. I apply this after I’ve applied foundation, as it goes on easier and blends easier with my bronzers.
Dirty Works Eyelash Curler £4.00
I’ve been using Dirty Works Eyelash Curlers for years, and I originally got it because well its pink! And after years of using this brand, and trying some others out, Dirty Works remains my number one. I hold this on my upper eyelashes for 30 seconds either side.
Revolution Bronzer Kiss £2.00
I’ve always been loyal to Rimmel Sunkissed Bronzer, but felt it was time for a change. Revolution products are fab and great value for money, so I felt confident in purchasing this and knowing that it would give me the desired look I was after. This is great coverage, and is the perfect shade for me. It also comes with a handy mirror on the back and travel application pad- great for on the go and an item I always put in my handbag.
Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer £4.00
With the Rimmel Sunkissed Bronzer it was shimmery but not shimmery enough, and I wanted a bronzer which made me dazzle, and this one does the trick! It immediately makes a difference and gives you a gorgeous healthy glow.
Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Eyeliner £2.99
I’ve been using this for years and I don’t think I will ever steer away from using this product. For clumsy me, this is the easiest way to apply winged liner effortlessly.
Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara £9.99
I use the brown black shade of mascara, as I have hazel eyes and this shade makes my eyes pop. This mascara is my favourite, as it makes me eyelashes look full and long. I do feel like I go through this really quickly, but its the only mascara I have been loyal to.
Don’t worry I’m not going to list them all, (but 23 for a 23 year old seems good)
But the brands that I use are…
Maybelline and Barry M
I only ever where subtle eye-shadow for events or when I am going out in the evening. As a teenager I thought it was a great idea to wear eye-shadow to match the top I was wearing that day. So I rocked, hot pink, deep blue, bright blue, green and even orange back in the day. You know those Barry M creams that were around? Yup them. And since the pictures of me during that phase haunt me, as much as I like eye-shadow I can’t wear it daily, so I keep it for special occasions only and go for warm colours such as bronze colours, which makes my eyes pop a little bit more, but isn’t causing embarrassment. The ones I swear by are…
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Bronze £4.59 (and yes I still use this)
Yes I know Dazzle Dust brings back memories of 16 year old me trying to get glammed up for my first house party. But although I wouldn’t be seen dead in emerald green dazzle dust, I do still love the bronze version. Its more subtle, but gives that bit of extra oompfh to my make up for the evening.
MUA Eyeshadow in Champagne £1.00
Sometimes, when I can be bothered, I wear eye shadow in the daytime too. This subtle shade from MUA is perfect for a daytime look.
Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder £2.99
For day to day I usually set my make up with powder instead of spray. It holds my make up in place throughout the day, only needing a little re application now and again. I also take this with me when I go away, as it leaves room for more liquids.
MUA Fixing Spray £4.00
I use fixing spray normally for a night out. I feel it holds my make up on longer and is more durable for an evening in a bar or a sweaty club. But then when it gets to the end of the night who really cares?
Studio Brush Cleaner £7.00
I try to clean my brushes every month or so and replace them when they are worn. I also purchase new brushes whenever I buy a new make up product. This particular cleaner came with my recent purchase of a make up brush set, and its really great! It made my brushes look brand new!
So that’s what’s in my make up bag!
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂