In all of my time blogging, I can’t believe that I’ve never done a “What’s In My Makeup Bag” post. My everyday makeup bag (featured in the photo above) is filled with those products that I consider to be the ‘essentials’, since I use them (pretty much) on a daily basis. The only cosmetics that aren’t included are eyeshadows and lipsticks as I always select whether to apply those and which shades to wear based on my outfit choice.
1 – Om She Aromatherapy Powder Brush
This brush is perfect for all-over blending; it sets my make-up while providing a natural (but flawless) finished look. It’s a very soft, fluffy brush that gives good coverage with minimal effort and no fall out.
2 – Sleek ‘Cheeks’ Blusher Brush
This brush is quite slim and slightly tapered to evenly dispel a good amount of blush over apples of your cheeks. The bristles are soft and they don’t shed while providing a balanced but lightweight application.
3 – Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Effect + Radiant Glow Concealer (010 Ivory)
This is the ideal shade of concealer for my skin tone and the formula is light and creamy, which blends helps the product to blend out smoothly. It provides sufficient coverage for under eye circles or any troublesome areas and it instantly brightens up your face – truly living up to its “Wake Me Up” title.
4 – Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation (4 Light Porcelain)
If you’re pale skinned (like me) and have trouble finding a suitable foundation then this might be worth trying. The shade of the foundation is fair and light and the consistency is light and hydrating, but also creamy and smooth. Once applied, it gives a light to medium coverage, which is easily buildable too (depending on your personal preferences).
5 – L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (Beige Rose)
I use this powder to set my foundation, the super silky formula blends really easily and provides smooth all-over coverage while combatting any unwanted oil and/or shine on the face. For me, one application in the morning is enough but it’s a small compact to carry around in case you need a top up throughout the day.
6 – The Little Mermaid Mirror
I always like to keep a small mirror in my makeup bag so that I can make any necessary touch up’s to my face throughout the day.
7 – Blending Sponge
I received this blending tool as part of a ‘goody bag’ offered by Swarovski after making a purchase in one of their stores and I haven’t stopped using it ever since then. The cone-shaped sponge provides a flawless application for any base product, including primer, foundation and concealer. The overall look is natural and dewy with ample coverage.
8 – Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit (C01 Ultra Fair)
This palette contains a matte bronzer, shimmery highlighter and pearlescent blusher, which allows you to sculpt and contour your face in three quick and easy steps. The powders compliment each other beautifully and blend well together, so you can keep the overall look very sheer or build it up, depending on what type of brush you use to apply the product. It creates the maximum effect with minimum effort!
9 – Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick (Perfect Beige)
I always like to keep this lipstick in my handbag for those occasions that I decide against wearing a bold lip colour and/or forget to pick up a different shade on my way out of the door. This is a pale, sandy fawn colour that lasts well but is also creamy, soft and moisturising to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day.
10 – Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner (Black 1)
Collection’s eyeliner is easy to control and the liquid itself is highly pigmented, which means that it lasts all day without the need of another application. Bonus: It’s amazingly affordable too!
11 – Rimmel Wake Me Up Wonder’Full Mascara (Black 001 – With Vitamins & Cucumber)
This mascara promises a conditioning and hydrating formula, which lengthens and lifts lashes while providing a cooling sensation, as a result of the super special ingredient: cucumber extract. The Wake Me Up precision brush is shaped to fit the lash line, meaning that all of the lashes are covered in just one sweep.
12 – Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (Medium Brown)
This mascara has a round-tipped wand, which makes it easy to apply and distribute the product gently and evenly through the eyebrows to sculpt them into shape.
13 – Beauty Muse Eyeshadow Brush
I discovered that the Beauty Muse brushes are meant to be (as close to) a dupe for the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection but for a more affordable price and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the range. This particular brush is quite small and flat, which helps you to really get into the creases and blend shadows effortlessly.
What are your everyday makeup essentials?