The Beauty Brief: What's in my make-up bag?

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When it comes to my make-up routine, I'm the kinda girl who tends to stick to the same products daily. My go-to 'look' normally consists of some sort-of winged out cat-eye and whatever nude lipstick I can grab my hands on, before I rush out the door-often looking at the sixties for inspiration.  I'm not going to lie I'm lazy when it comes to applying makeup. I tend to use (and repurchase) the products that I know won't make me look like a "panda eyed monster," with half her foundation 'fallen' down her face.
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The Face
Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50* (link)
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream for Oily Skin in " Ivory" (link)
VICHY Derma Blend Corrective Foundation in "Opal" (link)
Sleek Contour Palette in "Light" (link)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in "Fair" (link)
Rimmel London Stay Matt Pressed Powder in "Translucent" (link)

I start off by applying some sort of protection which happens to be in the form of the Avene SPF 50 cream. A non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic formula which protects my pale skin from the sun. It's also a non-greasy formula which works well especially with having oil/acne prone skin (the bane of my life) as there's no left over residue.

For coverage I recently opted to using a BB cream (late on the bandwagon?) But after watching a Lisa Eldridge video (make-up genius) she suggested that instead of using a heavy coverage foundation all over your face-when in fact some areas of skin need little to no concealing. Try a something lighter, than go back with a fuller coverage product for the those "problematic areas".
That's where the Vichy Derma Blend comes in. For a person who used to suffer from severe acne, this product was "god-send".  Especially when I used to apply this product all over my face, in order to feel confident enough to step out my front door.  Sadly acne does that too you. Now I just use it on the areas that are "clearing-up," as a little goes a long way.  But with having sensitive skin, the Derma Blend doesn't irritate it or make it unbelievably itchy. Unlike a lot of foundations aimed at acne suffers do.

I also like to use the Collection concealer to 'brighten-up' my under-eyes, as again it's quick to use and long-lasting. I then 'set' my make up with a pressed powder and this one from Rimmel does the trick! To add a tad of warmth to my skin, and make me look less like an extra from Twilight, a quick sweep of bronzer (which is matt) along my cheekbones and temples adds "sun-kissed glow". I also love to use this palette as an eye-shadow combination as the highlighter adds a gorgeous 'natural' looking (non-white and frosty) sheen to your skin, as well as the bronzer bringing out the blue in my eyes.

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Rimmel London Waterproof Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in "Black" (link)
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara in "Waterproof Black" (USA link) (UK link)
Medicated Chapstick (link)
Covergirl Lipperfection Lipcolour in "Creme Creme" (USA link) 
Mac Lipstick in "Hue" (link)

As a keen liquid liner advocate-not a day goes without sporting that "feline-flick".  I'm forever on the look out for the ultimate eyeliner that ticks all those important boxes-that is also purse-friendly. For me this one by Rimmel is my current go-to. I don't know about you but for me a lot of liquid eyeliners fail in either the intensity of the line or the longevity a.k.a will it keep me "panda-eye" free throughout the day?  I find this one to be both intensely black but also incredibly long wearing-not a smudge in sight.
On the theme of "long lasting products" a new discovery of mine is this Covergirl "Flamed Out" mascara, which I picked up on my recent trip to the States, and to be honest I kinda regret not buying another. I love the way that it slightly wings out my lashes, due to it's curved wand, as well as adding definition.  One thing I would say is that it's not 'truly' waterproof , however for everyday wear it's perfect and isn't a pain to remove either.

Lips wise I love a good nude lipstick, as for me it's one of those shades which I don't have to worry about it smudging down my face every time I eat (which is a lot!)
My top two picks are Mac "Hue" that, as you can probably tell, has been well loved. A shade that's more on 'pinky side' of the nude spectrum, wears beautifully on the lips and has a slight sheen. That makes it feel natural to wear as well as smelling like vanilla (YUM). What more could a girl ask for in a lipstick? Next up is another Covergirl purchase-a similar shade to Mac 'Hue,' but slightly more beige toned and pigmented. A great "handbag lipstick" in my books, as you don't even need a mirror apply it.

Let me know your make-up bag must-haves below, or links to you blog posts of your everyday make-up products!


  1. That BB cream is my favourite face product as I fine it gives a wonderful glow without making me feel like I have caked my face in makeup.

  2. I've been loving that BB cream over the summer too. Love your photography its beautiful!

  3. That's so true! I love how it feels so light on the skin :) x

  4. Thank you so much Amy! It's such a great lightweight product for summer :) x


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