Sunday, 20 May 2012

What's in my make up bag?


So I thought I'd write about my current make up routine and what is in my make up bag at the moment!

I will admit my make up routine differs slightly on a weekend to a weekday simply because of time restrictions of a morning, and I'm not the fastest when it comes to application of make up, but the staples of my make up routine at the moment are:

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer & Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
This is probably going to sound silly, but I usually have two concealers on the go at once - one liquid and one stick. The liquid one I use under my eyes and the stick for any blemishes or spots I have on the rest of my face.

Maxfactor Creme Puff powder 
I'm more of a powder person than a foundation person, so powder is a staple in my make up routine, it gets rid of any shine I may have, and by the end of the day I sometimes have a lot of shine.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
This is one of my alternatives to foundation, it is very easy to reply, but if I put too much on, I feel a bit greasy for the rest of the day. However it does have SPF 15 and is quite moisturising so I don't need to worry if I'm having a dry skin day, that it will highlight it.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser
This is another one of my alternatives to foundation at the moment, it has the consistency of foundation, but feels a bit lighter and also has an SPF15. It has really good coverage and I tend to use this either at the weekend or on special occasions.

Urban Decay Brow Box
I always used to use eyebrow pencil, but I decided to give powder a go, and this really is a lovely product. There are two shades of powder, I usually go for the darker of the two shades, but as I've recently had my hair coloured (lighter) I'll probably start using the lighter powder more. As well as two powders, there's a little drawer with wax to tame any stray hairs, an applicator brush and a pair of mini tweezers. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Often when I use eyeshadow it does crease quite easily, however when I purchased the Naked Palette, it came with a tube of this primer, which I had heard good things about previously, but hadn't purchased. I can't go without it now if I wear eyeshadow, it lasts so much longer now.

Urban Decay Naked Palette  
I don't always wear eyeshadow on a daily basis, but I love this palette to pieces. I tend to use the lighter colours, as opposed to the darker ones, they're reserved for nights out.

Clinique Lash Building Primer
This is one of the products I'm more likely to use at the weekend than during the week, despite loving the results, I haven't got the time to wait for it to dry before applying my mascara. I feel this helps add length to my lashes, as well as defining my lashes. I used to have an obsession with making my lashes look as long as possible, and this was the solution I found. It also helps my mascara last longer. 

Eyelash Curlers
My eyelashes are fairly long, but don't have much curl, so these are a must when I'm applying mascara, they help open up my eyes.

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
Mascara is another staple in my mascara routine, and as far as I'm concerned this is the holy grail of all mascaras. It is the first mascara I have found that doesn't run or flake. I also love the curved brush, I'm so used to it now that I struggle using normal mascara brushes.   

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
I use a variety of eyeliners (usually pencils) but at the moment I'm using my gel liner. I really like this as it is a brilliant black. I've had this since last June so it's been well and truly tried and tested. My only irk from this is that this stuff really dries hard onto the brush. It's getting harder to wash the brush, but that being said, I should do it straight after using, not the next morning once it's dried.

Benefit Dandelion/Benefit Dallas
Over the past couple of years I've been a bronzer person no matter the season, but as of late I've started going back to pinks and corals, and this is my blush at the moment. Dalles is my go to bronzer/blusher and I absolutely love it.

So these are pretty much my current make up products! Sorry it's so long, I didn't realise quite how much make up I do actually use!

What's in your make up bag? Do you use any of these in your daily make up routine?

Kate x


  1. It's nice to see what's in another girls bag. Just have a question, since you don't use eyeshadow that much, do you think the colors in the UD palettes that you have are enough? I'm planning to get them too this year but I was thinking why splurge when I can get the BH Cosmetics palette.

    Btw, I'll start following you, would you mind dropping by mine too? :)

    ChicBeauty on a Budget

    1. For the most part the UD palettes do cater to my eyeshadow needs, so I very rarely go out to buy other eyeshadows from other brands (like MAC for example) but I will admit the new UD palette is getting my interest.

      Kate x

  2. Your review of the UD palettes is probably the most useful I've come across when looking at which one to buy as part of my portable makeup set. Loved reading this! Like the lady above, love to see what's in other girls' make-up bags - my routine normally sticks to just eyes but I've not really thought about eyelash curlers - think that may open up my eyes more as I make the most of that feature. Would you recommend one in particular?


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