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).