BEAUTY // What's in my everyday make-up bag?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

I wear make-up most days, and definitely every time I go out of the house. I don't think of myself as being insecure for that, because (like most people I know) I just really enjoy it. I didn't really care about make-up until I went to university and lived in an all-girls house. It's taken me a couple of years of experimenting to find which brands and products I think are great (or at least what seems to work for me) Here's what's inside my Bambi make-up bag...

I'm quite a pale girl so I've always had to protect my skin from the sun. It's important to me. I wear Clinique city block SPF 25 on my face every day - It's also good to use on days where I don't feel like wearing foundation, since it's slightly tinted. I've got the Urban Decay brightening & tightening complexion primer potion which helps to keep everything in place. Being so pale has also made it difficult to find a foundation that matches my skin nicely. Cheaper drug store brands rarely have a great range of colours available, which is why I've switched to Illamasqua skin base foundation which actually matches my face as well as giving great coverage. I don't really use blusher and prefer to just contour my face, for that I use the Maybelline Master Sculpt in Light/Medium. I absolutely love to have a bit of a glow on my cheekbones too. I'm currently trying out the Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter which came with the July Birchbox. This great little product is a gel highlighter with a nice pearly colour. The finishing touch (when I've finished all of my make-up) is Urban Decay all nighter make-up setting spray which keeps everything where it should be longer.

My lips can get dry sometimes, especially in the winter, so I use Lush popcorn lip scrub to keep them looking smooth and healthy. I then use the Lush key lime pie lip balm which tastes absolutely amazing (big fan of key lime pie over here!). Whenever I'm wearing lipstick, I always like to use a lip liner first. Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lip liner in Tiramisu is a great versatile shade, and perfect for my current favourite lipstick: Rimmel London Kate Moss lasting finish lipstick in 008, which is a nice pinky brown colour.

As someone who is dedicated to the cat eye, I go through quite a lot of liners and will always try to find a better product. I was recommended the Topshop magic liner in engraved, released as part of Topshop beauty's 5th Birthday this year. I really love the thin nib of this felt-tip pen liner, but unfortunately it's starting to run out a little. Thankfully I've still got my old trusty Soap & Glory Supercat, one of the most reliable pen-liners I've ever had. I have insanely long eyelashes (people always ask me if they're fake; they're not) so it doesn't really make a huge difference what mascara I use. I've got Urban Decay perversion mascara on the go at the minute, and I really like this one. Since eyes are the windows to the soul, brows should be the strong archway... Urban Decay Brow Box is the best, most compact brow kit I've ever had. It has two shades of powder, wax, two brushes, two little mirrors and even a dinky little pair of tweezers!

When it comes to nails, I stick to what suits me. My fingernails are almost exclusively painted with a red or orange shade (or anything that falls between those two). I really like Revlon parfumerie nail polish in China Flower because it's a good solid red with a lovely smell to it. As for my toes, they will always have a nice coat of metallic polish. My favourite ever is Topshop Nails in Crystal Clouds - A great, neutral metallic. Sadly, I don't know if they even make this colour anymore, but they do have a couple of similar shades.


  1. I love these everyday makeup posts, it's so interesting to see other people's go-to items! They have some soap and glory stuff over in the states but I'm not sure if I've ever seen the liners. Hopefully one day I'll track them down because everyone raves about them!

  2. Lovely post, it's always interesting to see what other people's must have daily products are.

  3. The makeup bag is adorable oh my gosh! I'd love to try out the Perversion mascara, heard so many good reviews about it!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

  4. Your make up bag is filled with lots of my favourite make up items! I especially love Lush's popcorn lip scrub, its a must have! Just stumbled across your blog, you have great content Emily!