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Monday, 13 February 2017

My Makeup Bag Essentials

I'll admit it, I can be very fickle when it comes to my makeup bag. Like most beauty bloggers (and most women in general), I probably spend far too much of my money on makeup, whether it be a new lipstick shade, a gorgeous new palette (after all, who can resist a palette?) or just the latest cult product that keeps popping up on Instagram. Despite that, there are certain products that seem to have a permanent residence in my makeup bag, and today's post is all about these, and why I love them so much. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation- £31
For many years the original Double Wear foundation was my all time favourite product, however late last year I made the switch to the light formulation, and haven't looked back. Don't get me wrong, I will still love the original formulation for nights out, and on those bad skin days when I need the extra coverage, but I finally feel that I've found the perfect every day foundation with Double Wear light. Its medium coverage makes my skin pretty flawless, but still allows my natural skin to glow through. A little product really does go a long way, and I apply with a damp beauty blender (read more about my love for my BB below) and once set with powder, it does live up to it's claims of lasting 15 hours. Unlike the original Double Wear which comes in a glass bottle, DW light's packaging means that you can get every last drop out so no product is wasted.

The Original Beauty Blender- £16

When it comes to applying and blending foundation, this sponge really is the best around. I’ve used cheaper ones in the past, and although they are good, they do not give the same flawless finish as the beauty blender, and although the £16 price tag may seem expensive for a sponge, it really is worth it. I run it under the tap which makes it swell and double in size, squeeze out any excess water, and then apply product to the face in dabbing motions. The sponge itself is really lightweight, and it almost bounces off the face as you are using it. It feels soft, is easy to maneuver and using it when damp prevents product being absorbed into the sponge, which happens with a lot of cheaper alternatives. As well as foundation, it can also be used with concealer, primer, powder, and pretty much any other complexion products. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer- £19

I've featured this concealer on a couple of previous posts, but as it's my every day go to concealer and is so amazing I had to mention it again! It has buildable coverage which gives a dewy finish, so is perfect for covering my dark circles and blemishes, and even though you have to work fairly quickly with it and blend it before it starts to dry (I do this with thanks to my beauty blender), it gives a natural second skin finish which I love. I like medium coverage, however it's buildable nature means that 2-3 thin layers will give a full coverage finish which really is flawless. To finish, I dust a little loose powder on top to set it, and it doesn't budge at all.

Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder- £21
Another product I've been using for years and absolutely swear by is Select Sheer Pressed Powder by Mac. The compact, complete with mirror and sponge, is the one product that I will carry with me everywhere, and I don't dare think of how many of these I've got through over the years! I apply it with a brush, and it's lightweight formula gives a natural matte finish, without being at all cakey. It provides the perfect base for blusher, bronzer and any other powder products, and helps to keep my makeup in place all day.

SEVENTEEN Wet Look Lacquer Eyeliner- £3.99
I've been a fan of the eyeliner flick for years now- I don't feel that my makeup is finished until I've lined my lid- and over the years have dabbled in many brands, with most disappointing me by smudging, cracking or just coming off throughout the day. I've been really impressed with SEVENTEEN'S products over the past few months, and after picking this up in my local Boots and using it daily, I can honestly say and it's better than some of the more expensive liquid liners I've used. The tiny brush makes it really easy to apply, and once it's dry it doesn't budge. At all. I really wouldn't have expected the staying power from the £3.99 price tag, so it just goes to show that sometimes high street products can be as good (and even better) than more expensive ones!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit- £40
This cult product caught my eye when I was in New York last year, and despite having dabbled in quite a few other powder contour products since, I keep coming back to this one. Available in 3 different shades, I have 'light- medium' which contains six blendable powders to them contour and highlight the face. My favourites are the banana yellow which is amazing at brightening the under eye area and a the mid brown shade which is perfect at contouring my pale complexion without making me look dirty. None of the contouring shades are orange toned, which I have found with other contour kits, and this palette is re-fillable which is a real bonus. The kit retails for £40, and each re-fillable powder is £12.

Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette- £18
Another palette I can't live without at the moment is this gorgeous eyeshadow palette by Tarte. I picked it up in Sephora last January and it has been a favourite of mine ever since- the brown tones are perfect for that everyday natural smokey eye, plus there is also a deep plum which really adds drama for a more intense look. The powders them self are extremely pigmented and soft, so much so that they are almost slightly crumbly, so I try to place my brush in them to pick up colour, rather than rub it back and forth. All 6 colours blend really well together, and this mirrored compact is almost pocket sized so unlike many other eyeshadow palettes I own, it takes up hardly any space in my makeup bag. Apparently this palette is limited edition, however I already have my eyes on Tarte's Amazonian Clay Palette for when this one runs out!  

I'm a bit fan of NYX's soft matte lip creams, and Abu Dhani is without a doubt my go to colour of choice for every day wear. I love a matte lip, and this gives the perfect finish without drying or dragging the lips. It has a sponge applicator which allows you to outline the lips before filling them in, and the colour is buildable and doesn't crack on the lips. Abu Dhabi is a gorgeous yellow based nude which works really well on my fair skin tone, but I can imagine that it would also look great on girls with darker skin as well. Plus at just £5.50 you can afford to have one in each handbag! Another everyday fave of mine from the same range is 'Stockholm' which is a pink based nude.

Nars Limited Edition Orgasm Blush- £28

Another product which has made a recent appearance in another post is the iconic Orgasm blush by Nars. Since last writing about it, I got my hands on the limited edition version which contains the same gorgeous blusher, but in a larger (3.04 oz vs 1.92 oz), limited edition compact. It's dusky pink hues are the perfect day to night shade, plus I adore its slight golden shimmer which adds just the right amount of highlight along the cheekbones.

What are your makeup bag essentials? 

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  1. I love the NYX lip creams they're some of my favourites, I need to get more colours!


    1. Hi Shellie, I love them as well, they're so easy to use and so cheap!! x


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