What’s in my makeup bag?

Hi friends! I’ve recently been trying some new makeup products, ditching some not-so-good ones, and rediscovering old favourites, and I thought it would be a good time to let you know what I keep in my daily make-up bag. There are a few products in here I’ve been using for months, and some I’ve only recently tried out for the first time.

BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival palette – the reasons why I love this palette are in my full review here – basically it’s super pigmented, lasts all day, only cost me £14 and the sheer number of looks you can achieve with it makes it one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow palettes. If I travel, this goes with me. I didn’t like the brand’s Royal Affair palette as much, but this has made me want to try more BH Cosmetic palettes for sure.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation – I used to wear this all the time when I was a student, but soon enough it became apparent that my student loan wouldn’t stretch to £30-a-bottle foundation! Fast forward a few years and I recently decided to try it again, and it’s still really good. It’s not the perfect, miracle product I remember, but my skin has changed a lot since then. I don’t think it’s done enough to knock the Makeup Revolution Fast Base foundation stick off its pedestal for me (and that foundation is nearly 10% of the price of this one..) but it’s nice to change it up and use this old favourite, especially if you want medium to full coverage without it feeling like you’ve caked it on.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick eyeliner – this stuff is great, particularly if you’re like me and completely useless at winged liner. The pen is a bit of a pest to hold, but the liner is really black, lasts a long time and it’s only a fiver! I featured this eyeliner on my recent roundup of Makeup Revolution favourites.

Maybelline Colossal Mascara – I really love this mascara and it doesn’t budge all day! It’s jet black and does an awesome job of giving my eyelashes volume. It doesn’t make them any longer sadly, but for everyday this stuff is great. I would say it’s the closest drug-store mascara to Benefit’s They’re Real (which is my all time favourite). Mine is a bit dried out and gross now, but I’ll be restocking soon!

Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray – I’m always on the look out for new makeup and skincare but there are some products that are repeat purchases – this is one of them. I featured it in my setting spray review a few months ago and it firmly remains one of the best high-end products I’ve ever used. I don’t often use high-end brands because my experience is that most of them aren’t very good, but this is the real deal. Urban Decay have recently released a cherry-scented one too!

BH Cosmetics Floral Blush Duo – anyone else find that decent blushes don’t get enough of a mention on Youtube videos and in blog posts? It makes shopping for them really difficult. I bought this BH Cosmetics blush for £6 in the Beauty Bay sale last year and I really love it (you can tell by the state of it..). It’s not too pink, the bit of peach makes it look super natural and, most importantly, it lasts for ages! A lot of blushes contain tons of glitter which I don’t like at all but this one is totally matte. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t already!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – I tried micellar water a few months ago for the first time ’cause I was using wipes and knew they weren’t good for my skin, and so I needed something that (1) removed make-up just as quickly and (2) didn’t cost a fortune. This stuff removes most of my makeup with ease, doesn’t sting, doesn’t smell like chemicals, doesn’t contain anything harmful and isn’t expensive (a £5 bottle easily lasts me a month). Definitely try this one (or one of the variants) – they’ve got special ones for oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin (though I reckon the original is the best).

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume – alright, it’s not strictly in my makeup bag, but it is my favourite daily perfume and I take it everywhere I go so I thought I’d give it an honourable mention. If I could create a scent, this would be it – vanilla, syrupy, slightly musky, woody – it smells amazing and it lasts all day. If you like sweet perfumes, this will be right up your street.

Here are couple of other products I keep in my makeup bag:

  • Brows – Makeup Revolution brow pomade – this stuff is awesome. Usually it doesn’t budge and is easy to apply. It’s not as good as the duo-gel/cream pan that Revolution used to do (this has a tendency to run if you’re sweating or if it’s reeeeally raining) but for everyday, it’s awesome! Anyone got a recommendation for a decent brow gel though?
  • Contour – I don’t really contour much (there are very few things you can do about a face as round as mine!) but when I do, I use the Benefit Hoola contour powder. I think I got this sample size in a Glossybox and it’s great – it’s not too golden and not too pigmented, so I neither look orange nor dirty. It’s a subtle ash brown and it’s great for everyday. I don’t think much of its staying power though – usually you can’t tell I applied it a few hours after doing so because it’s faded.
  • Lips – I never wear lip products, so you’ll find a simple lip balm in my makeup bag!

And there you have it! If you’ve got any reliable, reasonably priced makeup products that you can recommend I’d love to hear about them – I can’t seem to find a decent moisturiser, primer or concealer, so let me know if you’ve got any holy grail products.

2 thoughts on “What’s in my makeup bag?

  1. ERA en Vouge says:

    Great post! Definitely interested in that blus
    Some definite reccomendations:
    Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – the best Ive tried so far!
    A little pricey but I love the Murad Nutrient charged water gel is a fantastic moisturizer.


    • Emma Harding says:

      The blusher was super impressive, especially for £6!

      I’ve never tried Nars products before, so I might try that concealer out! I tried Tarte shape tape and Revolution fast base and they’re all so thick – it doesn’t do anything for me!

      Might give that a whirl too – I remember really liking LUSH moisturisers but they’re like £15 for a small pot, so I’m happy to spend a bit extra if there are real results!


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