Sunday, 7 April 2013

Make up bag overhaul

My make up bag has been an embarrassment for some time. Dirty, battered and filled with products I rarely use, I have been hunting for a replacement for more than a year!

I have had my old make up bag for many years, the cheeky monkey print is cute, but it was the boxy shape that originally drew me to it. I've found the style perfect for holding all my daily kit, and the wide opening also makes it easy to rummage through. I have struggled to replace it because I have been looking for one the same...but, you know, with a functioning zip.

When I popped in Primark the other day I spotted this beauty, which is not only the same shape as my original trusty bag o' tricks, but it is even bigger and has a mirror, which is a bonus. Oh, and it was only £5! I saw this as the perfect opportunity to clear out my make up collection and make sure my bag was filled with just my daily products.

I am rather fickle when it comes to make up products, but this is what I am currently using (as pictured);
  • Eye liner: Bourjoius Liner Pinceau, £6.99. I have been using this eyeliner for a while and have been impressed by its neat application and staying power. With a thin brush it is easier to apply than many liquid eyeliners I have used before, and this one tube has lasted me months, with daily application.
  • Foundations: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £10.99. I bought this foundation after being impressed by the concealer of the same range. When my skin is fairly clear this is what I am currently using for day-wear, it has medium coverage and a nice light feel to it. However, when my skin has a major breakout, I want more coverage or I have a night out, I tend to use Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, £27.50. With heavier coverage, it certainly conceals well, but it sometimes makes my face feel a little clogged and the counter didn't do a great job of colour matching me, so I have to make sure I bend well to avoid mask-face.
  • Concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, £7.49. I have been using this for a couple of years, and I am yet to find a price-matched alternative that does the job as well. It is by no-means perfect, but it conceals both blemishes and under-eye circles, better than most.
  • Highlighter: Mac Strobe Liquid, £22.50. A small brush and the tiniest amount of this highlighter have served me well for years, needless to say, it is well worth the money.
  • Mascara: Benefit They're Real Mascara, (I can't remember the price of this trial size but I think it was about £10). I had wanted to try this for a little while, so when I saw a trial size on offer in Boots I had to give it a whirl. I really like the brush, which gives minimum clumps and maximum separation. I wouldn't say I am fooling anyone into thinking my lashes are fake, but they do look pretty damn good.
  • Eye Shadow: Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Shimmer Almost Peach and Velvet Bewitched, (price unknown). I was bought this as a present years and years ago. I never used it as I never liked brown eye shadow....until I had my Alter Ego shoot. It opened my eyes, literally, to these shades. On clearing out some make up I found this unused, and since then I use it practically everyday. Almost Peach is a soft shimmery nude colour which serves as an excellent base eye colour, while the brown Bewitched colour blends in really nicely to give shape and depth. I don't think Clinique make this duo any more so I will be gutted when it runs out.
  • Blush: Benefit Coralista Box of Powder, £23.50. A pretty coral and shimmering gold blush, this colour seems to suit any skin tone, even my pasty one, and it smells lush too.
  • Pressed powder: Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder, £8.49. I bought this after the success of using the liquid foundation and concealer from the same collection. It isn't bad, but doesn't live up to its 10hr shine protection promise - so I am looking for a replacement - any suggestions?
  • Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre Broning Powder, £6.99. I won this in a Bourjois Twitter competition, and although I don't usually go in for bronzer, I have been using this to give a bit of subtle colour to my neck and collarbone-area...and it smells like chocolate too!
  • Eyebrow shaper: FashionistA Brow Kit, £7. I love this kit, and reviewed it in detail back in July last year, read the full review and see before and after pictures HERE.
  • Kit: Bobbi Brown Raspberry Face Palette, (price unknown - around the £40-mark). I was lucky enough to be given this as a press sample back when it was launched in 2008, it remains in my daily make up kit as I often mix the raspberry blush with Coralista for a different look. I sometimes use the grey eyeshadow, 'Fog', as an alternative to the Clinique duo. I do love Bobbi Brown make up, by my budget rarely allows such fun!

So that is it - my daily make up kit. Currently a lot of Bourjois and a couple of Benefit, plus a few other brands, from the bargainous to the luxury. Anything here that you use? How is your make up bag organised? Any product recommendations?

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