Despite the brands in my make up bag, I’m not “into” doing my make up. I use it only for nights out, or if I have time before meeting friends. I definitely don’t waste it on work as the kids tell me I look 91 whether I have make up on or not!
But alas here are the key items in my make up bag:
…brushes: these are Ecotools Fresh & Flawless which I found in Boots (I can’t see this specific set on the boots website but I paid under £20.00). Out of this set I generally use the middle brush which is a ‘precision foundation brush’ and I sometimes use the next one along the ‘complexion blending brush’. They’re easy to use and to clean them I use hair conditioner to remove the grease build up.
concealer: I use Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclait in ‘2’ under my eyes to stop any dark bags, I’m fortunate that I don’t suffer terribly from bags under my eyes but now and then they creep out and I find the Touche Eclait just brightens my face up a bit. It was £25.00 from Debenhams.
foundation: I’m currently using Chanel Vitalumiére in beige but I think I might try the next shade down as I find I look like I have make up on rather than just looking natural. This was bloody expensive but I really like the liquid texture and I felt it went on to what is a dry face quite well. It was £33.00 from Debenhams.
eyeshadow: I flit between my brand new Urban Decay Naked 2 boxset and my Soap & Glory Eyes Box. I really love the blend of colours in the Naked 2 set, they’re natural and include a hint of sparkle for nights out. I use the S&G Eyes Box for day meets, as I find the pale pinky colour perfect for staying natural.
eyeliner: Absolutely in love with the Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl which came in the Eyes Box. It goes on so well and I’m horrendous for having shakey hands and drawing all over my face but I find this needs the lightest touch to give a good line. The annoying thing is bought separately this comes with it’s own sharpening but my version does not and I can’t work out how to sharpen it…
mascara: I got conned into buying this by the women on the Dior Counter, get a beauty card they said, you’ll get £5.00! I use Dior Diorshow Mascara Extase in black and it’s lovely, goes on well, doesn’t clump but it’s just mascara, something from Avon would do the same thing for a fraction of the price! It was £17.50 from Debenhams (no longer on website).
blusher: probably the cheapest item in my box but most used, I use the Avon ColourTrend Shimmering Lip and Cheek balm in ‘powder pink’. I use it on top of my foundation just to make me look a bit rosier in the cheeks. But it’s so old that it’s no longer sold by Avon and I’m not sure of the price, but definitely cheaper than £5.00!
lips: I’m a total lip gloss girl, and usually I’d go for a clear plumper but in my bag at the minute is the Dior Addict Gloss in Iconic Red. It really makes my lips pop especially if I wear red accessories like a cardigan or shoes. It was £22.00
scent: forgot to take a picture of this one, but my scent of choice has to be Miss Dior, it’s such a nice smell, and whilst it’s strong you don’t have to use as much so I find it lasts well compared to cheaper perfumes which you might have to douse yourself in. It’s £55.00 for the eau de toilette.