What’s In My Makeup Bag #1


Obviously this isn’t all of the makeup that I own, it’s just the stuff that I’m currently using on a daily basis. Recently I’ve decided that I really DO NOT need any more makeup, well at least not for a while anyway and so I’ve been switching up the contents of my makeup bag relatively often in an attempt to use up what I already own.

It’s actually going quite well and I haven’t bought anything new (except a mascara but I’d run out and had no backups, so I allowed myself that) in around a month or so, which if you knew what my habits were like before, you’d think that it was pretty good going.

I picked up this Liberty print makeup bag a few years ago in the sale at Jack Wills and it has served me well since then. They no longer stock this particular print, but they have similar ones all the time.

First off are the eyeshadow brushes—all of the brushes with black handles are from Crown Brushes Syntho Range. These brushes are extremely well priced and I haven’t used anything else since buying them. They’re beautifully soft and wash brilliantly. Brushes pictured are SS011, SS027, SS012 & SS020.
Also pictured is the domed shadow brush from the Real Techniques Travel Essentials collection, however I actually use this for blending in concealer.

To apply my blusher, I like to use the Large Angled Contour brush (F40) from the Mr Bunny Travel Kit by Sigma. I actually made a video reviewing the whole kit which you can watch here.

The next two are both Real Techniques brushes—the Multi-Task brush and the Buffing brush. I use the Multi-Task brush for bronzer and the Buffing brush for foundation. I love both of these brushes and would highly recommend them.

The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is something that everyone seems to rave about and quite rightly so. Shade Light 2 is perfect for covering any blemishes, although I find it a little heavy for under the eyes.

Supercat eyeliner by Soap & Glory has been another staple in my makeup bag for quite some time now—it ticks all the boxes for me. It’s one of the blackest liners that I’ve found and it has the perfect nib whether you want a fine or thick line.

Brow Wiz has been a bit of a game changer when it comes to my brows. I’ve never been 100% happy with other products that I’ve used before and so I decided to add this to my Cult Beauty basket a while ago and haven’t looked back since. The shade medium ash is perfect for me and I find that it lasts all day without needing to reapply.

Bourjois Liner Feutre—because one eyeliner obviously isn’t enough. This is another good choice and might be a little easier to find than the S&G one. Nice and black and creates a perfect flick.

I thought that the quest to find the perfect vegan friendly mascara might never end until I found Barry M’s Lash Vegas mascara. It’s not 100% perfect but I really do like it. Like most mascaras, it seems to be better after a few weeks when it’s dried out a little. You might want to pass if you like a lot of volume but it gives great length and definition.

Another mascara that I love is Liz Earle’s Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara. I tend to use this one on my lower lashes as I have quite watery eyes and although this isn’t marketed as being waterproof, it definitely stays put.

The lip product that I’ve been reaching for daily has been Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuchsia Ristic. The colour is quite buildable, so is perfect for transitioning from day to night. It seems to last ages without the need for reapplication and it smells great too.

Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are as good as everyone says they are. Yes, they are expensive, but I’ve had this pair for around 5 years and they are showing no signs of needing replacement.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation has been my foundation of choice for over a year now. I use the shade 2.0 which is a great match for me. You can see me applying it in this (old) every day makeup routine video.

Liz Earle’s Healthy Glow Powder Blush in Nectar is just about the only blusher that I’ve used this year and I have a lot of blushers, so I must love it. Nectar is the perfect pinky coral sort of colour and has great lasting power too.

Stila Sun Bronzer is my all-time favourite bronzer. I use the shade 02. I’m naturally quite pale and I find that 02 gives me just the right amount of colour without making me look orange. I’ve just repurchased this after around 18 months of solid every day use of the first one that I bought.

Chantecaille’s Iridescent Eye Shade in Sel was purchased in a bit of a moment of madness after having seen this post from Kate. It’s a bit of a beaut and a shade that I imagine would be pretty universally flattering.

Lastly we have the MUA Undressed Palette. I think that this is the original ‘dupe’ for the Urban Decay Naked Palette; it’s pretty darn good and not just for the price. Each shade is amazingly pigmented and applies beautifully to the lid without too much fallout. The palette has a great range of shades meaning that it’s perfect whether you like something relatively natural or a little heavier.

So there we have it, everything that’s in my makeup bag (for the moment at least).

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Now that we’re into Autumn, one of my favourite things to make is soup. There’s nothing better on a drizzly day than snuggling up on the sofa with a big bowl to warm you up. It’s generally quite quick and easy to make, plus it’s really healthy and a great way of getting that extra bit of veg into your diet too. One of my favourite soup ingredients is pumpkin, but if you can’t find any, butternut squash will do just fine.

This soup doesn’t take much time to come together and has a little bit of a kick to it, so if you’re not a chilli fan you might want to reduce the amount. I like to serve this with a nice thick slice of granary bread.


  • 750g pumpkin
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 chillies (deseeded if you don’t like too much heat)
  • 2 litres vegetable stock


  1. Peel and deseed the pumpkin and then roughly chop all of the ingredients into smallish bitesized chunks. This doesn’t need to be too precise as the soup will be blended, but the chunks should be roughly the same size to ensure they cook evenly
  2. In a large pot, add a splash of olive oil, the onion and the garlic. Cook for around 5 minutes or so until the onion has softened
  3. Add the pumpkin and cook for around 10 minutes or so until the pumpkin starts to take on some colour
  4. Add the carrots, the cumin and the chilli and cook for a few minutes
  5. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Once the stock has started to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer
  6. Simmer until the pumpkin and carrots have cooked through and can be pierced with a knife
  7. Blend until smooth and then check for seasoning. Add a pinch of salt and pepper if required
  8. Serve with some crusty bread

Wishlist: Oh My Clumsy Heart

Jewellery. It isn’t something that I actually wear all that often, but a really nice piece just adds a bit of something something to an outfit. It’s the easiest way to give a simple outfit a little lift and that finishing touch.

On the odd occasion that I do decide to treat myself, I tend to prefer to give my custom to independent jewellery designers, rather than buying on the high street and so I often pick something up via Etsy. That way, I know that the item is going to be a little more unique and not something that every other person walking down the street is going to be wearing.

Recently, I discovered Oh My Clumsy Heart a lovely little online shop run by Sophie of the wonderful blog The Private Life of a Girl (which you must check out if you haven’t already). All of the items that are sold in the shop are designed and made in the UK and I have already formed quite a wishlist.

Oh My Clumsy Heart has a wide range of pieces, ranging from the delicate, to something a little chunkier and heavier—there are even fox and dachshund brooches—so there is sure to be something to suit everyone.

The items below are just a few of my favourite pieces. Now I just need to try and stop myself from buying them all.

  1. Silver Cube Necklace
  2. Confetti Dot Necklace
  3. Lenore Disk Necklace
  4. Wendy Origami Necklace
  5. Medb Antique Brass Necklace
  6. Penelope Horse Charm Necklace

All images via Oh My Clumsy Heart.

St Eval Candle Company


A few weeks ago, Samuel and I popped up to Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby for the night to catch up with my family who were also in the area. Whilst walking around the the village, I spotted some candles through the window of a gift shop and obviously couldn’t walk passed without going in.

On display were a number of candles from the St Eval Candle Company. The candles looked lovely in their little tins but I wasn’t expecting much scent wise until I gave them a little sniff. The company has quite a range of unique scents and all of the candles smell absolutely beautiful. Despite my home already being full of candles, I did not walk away empty handed.

The candle that I purchased (Bay & Rosemary) smells wonderful and fills the room, without being overpowering, with it’s invigorating scent. The candles burn very cleanly and seem to soothe the mind, rather than giving me a headache like some other scented candles have in the past.

The St Eval Candle Company craft their candles, which are made from a blend of plant and mineral waxes and have a burn time of around 45 hours, by hand in their Cornish workshop. Since picking up the Bay & Rosemary candle, I have also ordered a couple of their other candles (Sea Salt & Fig Tree) from their website. The Sea Salt candle has a lovely fresh, slightly citrusy scent, evoking memories of walks along the coast, whilst the Fig Tree candle smells clean and fresh and a little bit fruity too.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the entire range that St Eval has to offer. The candles are of superb quality and certainly rival those that are 4 or 5 times the price. St Eval candles can be purchased from boutiques around the country and directly from the St Eval website.

Current Favourite: Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream

The Superfacialist range by Úna Brennan has been on my radar for quite a while now; I usually prefer to use higher end brands rather than an off the shelf product, but as I’d heard such great things about the range from people that I trust (i.e. Caroline Hirons), I decided to pick up the Rose Hydrate Day Cream whilst shopping in Boots. As the cream (and indeed the whole range) is so reasonably priced, I felt that should the cream not work for me, then at least I wouldn’t have wasted too much money.

I have rather sensitive skin which often reacts when using products that are quite perfumed and so I was a little wary of this at first as is quite heavily scented with rose, however this seems to be suitable for even the most sensitive of skins and I haven’t suffered any breaking out at all. The day cream is packed with nourishing ingredients including cucumber oil and marshmallow extract, which helps to leave skin feel calm and renewed.

For me, this is a perfect day cream for those with dry or dehydrated skin. Anyone with skin that is on the more oily side may want to give this particular cream a miss as there are other products within the range that will be more suited.

My skin had been feeling a little dull and dehydrated prior to using this, however after around a month of use my skin looks better than it has done in a long time. The cream also has the added benefit of having SPF15, meaning that I don’t need to worry about using a separate SPF. The consistency of this is lovely—a sort of medium thick cream which comes in a squeezy tube, so there’s no worrying about dipping fingers into the pot. The cream also provides a perfect base for makeup and keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day. I feel that the price point of the range is fantastic and will definitely be repurchasing another Radiance Day Cream when my current tube runs out.

The Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream retails at £12.99 for 75ml and can be purchased directly from the Úna Brennan site or in-store and online from Boots.

Recipe: Granary Loaf

There’s nothing more homely than the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven and it tastes far better than anything shop bought. This bread is a fantastic accompaniment to soup, but also tastes great on it’s own with a nice slathering of butter (my favourite vegan alternative is vitalite). Although the bread takes a while to rise, you don’t need to keep an eye on it, meaning that you can get on with other things whilst waiting.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 250g granary flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar or honey if you’re not vegan
  • 300ml lukewarm water


  1. Sift the flours into a large bowl, add the yeast and salt and stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl or measuring jug, add the water, oil and agave nectar and mix well.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a soft dough forms.
  4. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for around 5 minutes or so until the dough is no longer sticky.
  5. Add dough to an oiled bowl, cover with a clean, damp tea-towel and leave to rise in a warm place for around an hour.
  6. After an hour, tip the dough back onto the work surface and knead for a few more minutes.
  7. Oil a loaf tin and press the dough into the tin evenly, cover again and leave to rise for another hour or so, until the dough has filled the tin.
  8. Heat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/ 400°F/ Gas 6 and bake the loaf for 30–35 minutes. Remove from the oven and tip the bread out of the tin onto a cooling rack. When cooked, the loaf should sound hollow if tapped on the base.

The loaf is best eaten on the day it’s made, but will keep for a second day if kept in an airtight container.