What’s in my Makeup Bag? 

As a self labeled connoisseur of all things make-up related and a great big fat nosy Parker I am very interested in checking out the contents of other people’s makeup bags. You never know were you are going to come across the next holy grail product right? So when I saw Joanne Mallon author of Opposable Thumbs  looking to set up a blogger challenge doing just that I jumped at it.

My day-to-day make-up isn’t actually stored in a make-up bag. It sits in a set of acrylic organizers on my dressing table. Yes blogger cliché I know, but it works for me. I’m the type of person that likes to see everything sitting neatly in its place. There’s a reason why visual merchandising is one of my favourite tasks at work.

So enough waffle, what are my much loved day-to-day makeup items?

The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation rrp £5.95. 

Cult Beauty seems to have the best availability across all shades at the moment.

This has been quite a hyped up product so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest I had read some very mixed reviews. I wanted to try it out for myself though as it has such a budget price tag.

The negative reviews from other users complained about having problems with oxidising and caking, fortunately I have experienced neither.

I have the shade 1.1 Fair Neutral which is the perfect match for my skin tone during the current winter months. Crucially it doesn’t oxidize on me and stays the correct shade throughout the day.

It might be worth noting that I use a primer, topped with a light dusting of powder followed my a spritz of setting spray.

To apply I use my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge £4.49 currently on offer at Boots. I do have to go back in with my Real Techniques Expert face brush to buff around my nose otherwise it will shift. Using this method though It’s lasts well enough through an 8 hour shift at work so at this budget price this is my daily go to foundation.

Maybelline Age rewind Eye Concealer £8.99 (or 2 for £12) at Superdrug.

I have lost count of how many tubes of this concealer I have used. I love the application method, however I do admit the sponge can get messy. I love that the formula covers well, yet feels light and most importantly doesn’t settle into any of those tell-tale eye creases. Fellow 30 plus ladies will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Maybelline Brow define + fill duo rrp £6.99 best price £4.85 Feel Unique. 

This is such a handy product for those mornings when you are in a hurry. I’m that girl who will happily leave the house without foundation but just can’t be seen without groomed brows. It has a fine gel pencil for defining the brows at one end then a powder with a sponge applicator to fill the sparse areas.

This is actually a bit too dark for me so I won’t be repurchasing. Maybelline could do with bringing out a wider shade range as there are only four available.

E.L.F Expert liquid eyeliner £3 Superdrug. 

I have been using this product for years. It is really easy to use, stays in place all day and is ridiculously cheap. I’d be mad to buy another eyeliner.

NYX Proof it! waterproof mascara top coat £6.00

I get terrible hay fever during the summer months, during the winter the wind gives me watery eyes. You can imagine the mess my face can get in then. This top coat works with any mascara to make it waterproof meaning I can still experiment with different mascaras. It’s a must have for anyone who has similar issues.
Maybelline Color Tatoo’s £5.99 

I have an entire drawer in my set up dedicated to these. I use them either on their own for a super quick eye look or as a priming base.  I love them and will more than likely purchase again in the future.


MAC mineralize Skin finish in Stereo Rose

I went to great lengths to get my hands on this when it was released as a limited edition back in 2014. I had to take a trip to Selfridges in London to purchase it as this was the only place that had it left in stock. I have’nt linked it for that reason but felt it deserved a mention as it sits pride of place on my dressing table.

Originally I only used this when I was going out because I was worried about it running out. Daft I know! Common sense has since prevailed as I do not want it to expire before I have used it up. I am actually reaching for it most days now. I consider this to be a bit of a bronzing blush hybrid and is perfect for days I want some colour but am in a hurry.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Palm Beach £26.50  John Lewis 

I treated myself to this when I got my promotion at work last year. (that and a BMW 5 series). It is has a gorgeous moisturising formula so I have been opting to wear this most days as it has been such a cold winter.

I have just been promoted again at work so I definitely deserve to purchase this in a different shade don’t I? 

I’m passing the baton on these these ladies. I’m sure they will be up for the challenge of sharing ‘What’s in their Makeup Bags’

Don’t forget to check out Joanne’s blog Opposable Thumbs

let’s talk eyebrows!

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Today I want to talk to you about eyebrows. It’s probably only in the last couple of years that I have realised the benefits of a well groomed brow. I feel they frame the face and actually lift the eye helping to make you look younger, or at the very least put together. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always tamed those strays, but other than grabbing a pair of tweezers every now and then that’s as far as my own personal brow grooming went. Now though I feel quite naked without properly groomed brows.

I put the rise in prominence of girls such as Cara Delvine and Lily Collins, whom are two girls famous for their brows, as a factor in switching me on to the difference a good full-brow can make. The right look can be very striking, when done the right way. Fortunately in my younger years I didn’t fall fowl of an over zealous need to pluck, so I have a good base to work from. It doesn’t take too much effort for me to achieve the look I’m after. Having said that it has taken a fair bit of trial an error with different products to achieve a look I’m after. I do feel I now manage to avoid looking like I have a couple of caterpillars creeping across my face.

This is why I thought I would share with you what I am currently using to achieve my desired look. Sorry I haven’t got great product pics, these have been shown some real love so are rather battered.

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First up is W7’s deluxe eyebrow pencil in medium brown. This is lighter than my hair colour so doesn’t look to dark or artificial. I picked this up for £1.25 from fragrance direct. Unfortunately they only have it left in the black shade but a quick look on eBay showed there plenty of sellers offering it from between £2-£3. The pencil itself is soft, but firm enough that I can fill in any gaps in my brows without any dragging. It also has a handy stiff brow brush which I use to push my brows upwards then smooth them out into my desired arch shape.

Next up I use Maybelline’s brow drama gel in the shade medium, priced £4.99. This is currently on offer for 3 for2 at Very, so I grabbed some as a back up whilst it’s on offer. This has a fat round tipped brush. I wiggle this backwards and forwards a couple of times in the thicker inner part of my brow. I then move the bush out wards towards the outer part of my brow in an upwards motion. This works well to set my brows in place for the day. I have not had any problems with rain and finding my carefully done brows running down my face, which is always a plus. You do need to make sure that you have wipe any excess gel of the brush before you introduce it to your brows or it will make a mess.

Finally I use a little highlighter in the under side of my arch. I am currently using the highlighter end of MUA’s power brow. Priced a very reasonable £3 from Superdrug. This is a great subtle highlighter, the pencil end is pretty darn good as well. I use the shade mid-brown.

Check out my before and after pics, the difference these inexpensive products make is massive. I feel a groomed brow lifts my face completely.

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I am very happy with the effectiveness of the current products I am using. I consider them to be good value for money. I’m not gonna lie though there are plenty of other brow products I’m tempted to try in the near future. So watch this space.

I’d love to here from you guys, what brow products you recommend.