I wasn’t too sure what to call this blog post as its not my everyday makeup, not my school makeup and not a favourites or makeup collection post. Its sort of a hybrid of all four of these things!
Essentially, this is my makeup bag which I have on my dressing table. In the morning of any weekday, I will get up at 7am (more like 7.20 if i’m honest) get dressed, have breakfast (I try to anyway, if I have the time…which I usually don’t) do my hair and then settle down to do my makeup. I have to admit, I spend way too much time doing my makeup for school. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sit there and do the most complicated smokey eye imaginable, I just seem to take so much time!
So to keep my makeup to a limit, I recently put together a collection of some of my most used and favourite products in order to create a simple school makeup look everyday without having too many product choices. I just open up this bag and generally stick to everything in there instead of sifting through a load of products deciding which to use.
Obviously I don’t use every product in here! I use what I need but I like to still have option choices so I can change it up depending on my mood or what the day ahead entitles.
So this is my makeup bag, I have a few other ones but this is by far the biggest, I guess its more of a washbag and that’s what I use it for when I go on holiday or on sleepovers etc. I bought this from a cute little boutique shop in town which I randomly discovered by accident with one of my friends and we both loved it! I love the Cath Kidston inspired pattern and it cost £10 which considering the price, size and how much I will use this I think was pretty reasonable.
Firstly I have really got into using this MUA undress your skin primer which I bought quite a while ago and went through stages of liking/disliking this product. It only cost around £3 or £4 and although it Is a small bottle it has lasted a long time as you really don’t need much. I have found that it works really well with my new Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade 52-Vanilla which I absolutely am in love with and have used everyday since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. I apply the primer with my fingers, focusing mainly on my forehead, nose and chin which is where I tend to get oily throughout the day, especially at school. I apply the foundation using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which I am sure has featured in at least one of my favourites posts (possibly on my old blog but i’m not sure) and is probably my most used out of all my brushes as I use it everyday when I wear foundation.
I am not showing you these things in order because normally I powder last, right before I leave the house to ensure a longer matte look. However the powder I use is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder of course which I have hit pan on :( but will definitely repurchase at some point (I will probably try out a few different ones first just to check that it really is the best) I apply this using my newish Real Techniques Powder Brush which is huge and perfect for powdering and also for bronzer.
For concealer I have two. Firstly the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 2-light which I use for big blemishes and under the eyes. As this is £4.19 it is a very reasonable price for such a good concealer however I do find that it runs out quite quickly and the cost can mount up very easily. So I like to have a cheaper backup option and so this is why I also have the Natural Collection Cover up Cream in the shade Fair which isn’t as good but is fine for covering up red patches or just minor blemishes. I also sometimes use this under my eyes, do my eye makeup and then go over it with the collection concealer for a more flawless under eye as I have really bad dark circles which I hate with passion! I either use my fingers or my Real techniques pointed foundation brush to apply this, which I appear to have forgotten to photograph…sorry :/
For cheek products I have a few. Firstly I use the Sleek contour kit in light, everyday as I am a huge fan of cheekbones and own none myself unfortunately so I always have to contour or I feel a bit naked haha. I love both the bronzer and highlighter in this set and after lusting over it for about a year I am so glad I eventually bought it a while back and I literally don’t know what I did before I had this! Another bronzer is a newer one and it is the Bourjois Delice de soleil bronzer which featured in my last haul which you can see here: https://daisychainsintherain.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/a-big-ol-beauty-haul-a-very-chatty-one/ and is a lovely luxurious looking natural bronzer with a hint of shimmer. I tend to use this on my big powder brush to create a more all over sunkissed look.
I don’t always wear blush but when I do it tends to be this new one (which also featured in the haul linked above) from Topshop in the shade Pop which is a really bright coral but when on the cheeks it looks a lot more natural and pretty. It definitely gives more colour to my face and although I used to be a little against blushes as my cheeks are quite rosy anyway, I have actually loved using this one and I think my cheeks have calmed down especially since wearing foundation which covers them a bit :D
I apply all of these products with the Real Techniques contour brush (another one of my favourites!) aside from the bourjois bronzer which I usually use with the powder brush I mentioned earlier.
For eyes I ALWAYS use my Rimmel Exaggerate undercover shadow primer which probably isn’t THE BEST primer out there, but definitely does the job and makes my eyeshadows stay longer and prevents creasing to an extent (they do still crease after a long hard day at school and lots of blinking! but not too badly or obviously).
My favourite base is of course the Maybelline colour tattoo in ‘on and on bronze’ . I talk about this far too much but I adore the shade, the ease of blending, the texture, appearance, how long they last, I even love the little pot it comes in! This has to be one of my favourite makeup items that I own..ever! and I still cant get over the fact they are only £5 :o This looks beautiful on its own but I love wearing a shimmery champagne over the top and a darker matte brown in the crease or something similar for a easy bronze smokey eye.
I have two Barry M Dazzle Dusts which I am sure will be a bit of a blast from the past for many people! I have a white shimmery one and a brown shimmery one (they don’t have shade names sorry!) I rarely use these as I am not a fan of loose eyeshadows however I chucked them in here as a bit of experimentation. I really want to use them more and I have used the white one as a highlight a few times. The brown one was my sisters but she never used it and so gave it to me recently. I have only got round to wearing it once (because like I said I am always in a rush in the morning and so stick with reliable loved products) I wore it on its own and I quite liked it but I don’t think I have tried it enough to give a proper opinion on it just yet. I will definitely give it another go though because I want to love it so much!
Right at the back there you can see my Sleek Au Natural Palette which I absolutely am in love with and have previously reviewed for you so I wont go into too much detail. You can read about it here; https://daisychainsintherain.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/sleek-au-naturel-palette/ Anyway, I don’t usually wear too much eyeshadow to school even though I am obsessed with them as it just takes too much time. However recently I have simply been wearing one champagne/salmon shimmery shade (top far right) which is called ‘taupe’ and is my favourite shade in the palette, I have then been using the matte black shade ‘noir’ (bottom far right) to line my lashes which gives a soft eyeliner look. Also because I wear glasses, you cant really tell that I have done a complicated eye makeup anyway so I try to keep it simple.
These are just some eyelash curlers and brushes which I use for my eye makeup. (Left to right) Eyelash curlers from superdrug, Real Techniques brow brush, base shadow brush and deluxe crease brush and Lydia professional brow brush.
If I do have time to do proper eyeliner I tend to use my seventeen backlash gel eyeliner in black which is a great product and is affordable aswell, I apply this using my Real Techniques pixel point eyeliner brush along my top lash line, usually winging it out a bit. If I cant be bothered with gel liners I usually opt for a kohl pencil instead and my favourite is the Look Beauty Long Last Liner in Jet Black as this is so easy to apply, comes with a little smudger on the end and is literally the blackest of black! Its super pigmented and really creamy :)
I have two brow products in my bag however I only really use the MUA eyeshadow in shade 19-matte on my Real Techniques brow bush as it makes my brows a tiny shade darker and I so much prefer powder to pencil when it comes to brows! It is so easy to flick through my brows and the brush makes it so easy aswell. The other product is the Sleek eyebrow pencil in 191 Brown which I used to use before I discovered this eyeshadow but haven’t used in a long time.
I have to admit I really don’t need 4 mascaras in my makeup bag haha but one of them is the Natural collection Lash care mascara in Clear which as you can probably tell is a clear mascara so I use this for my brows mostly although sometimes on my bottom lashes. I have my current favourite mascara which is the Seventeen Backlash Mascara in Black (which goes with the eyeliner), I also have the MUA mega volume mascara in black which has a plastic wand and it similar to the rocket volume mascara by Maybelline which I recently had to chuck away because it had dried up. I prefer this one to the Maybelline one though and it was only £3! The last mascara is an old cheap one from the brand W7 called Big Lash which you can buy on various websites such as amazon and ebay. This cost less than £2 and I was in love with it when I got it, but its sort of lost its appeal now that I have become more interested in makeup and tried out more mascaras. It is still good though and I do reach for it occasionally if I want something a little different.
For lip products I only have a few as lips aren’t really a main part of my makeup for school because I don’t have the time to re apply and faff around with lip products aside from lip balm when I am at school. However I do sometimes like to wear a little pop of colour on my lips so I have two long lasting products, firstly the Rimmel apocalips in celestial, I don’t use this too often but I like it for a pretty pink lip and it stains them slightly so is a little bit visible by the time I get to school but in a subtle way. I also have the Bourjois Colour boost in Red Sunrise which is a beautiful red shade but when blotted out looks a lot more natural and so I sometimes apply a little bit of this to my lips and smudge it with my fingers for an easy bright-ish lip. I have a shimmery pink lipgloss from No.7 which is really old, I am pretty sure this used to be my mums at some point but I have accumulated it and I’ve put it in here so that I can use it up a bit more because I do like it and feel like its been neglected. If I have done something fancier with my eyes or cheeks I don’t tend to use colour on my lips but use a lip balm instead, my favourite being the traditional Carmex lip balm which actually does moisturise my lips and I love it :)
So that is everything which is in my ‘in a rush’ makeup bag which is what I’ve decided to call it! I hope you liked it :) If you would like a review on any of the products for more details leave me a comment and I will review it for you.
Have a nice day!