What’s In My Makeup Bag!

This is going to be my first attempt at creating a beauty post about my makeup. We’ll see how it goes, I have high hopes! This is my makeup on those days where I’m not feeling heavy eye makeup and winged eyeliner. More of a natural look and attempt to ctreate a look that’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I naturally wake up like this!’ (insert Beyonce lyrics here).

Now, my makeup bag is going to be drastically different to other bloggers and youtubers who show their make up bag, as mine is not full of MAC products and Urban Decay. One reason is because I simply can’t afford it, two I like these brands and find most of their products amazing for their price and three, I use brands that I know don’t test on animals. Therefore, I am pretty sure that my make-up bag is cruelty free (if you know of brands throughout that do test on animals, please let me know!). Also, I set this blog up as a way for people to realise you don’t have to pay high prices to get good quality clothes, makeup, whatever. So that is what I am doing here! So lets get straight into it!

Base makeup

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Products used:

  • MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Foundation in Ivory
  • Essence All About Matte High Covering Concealer in 05 Ivory
  • Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in Pastel Beige

As you can see I have to use all the lightest shades, thanks pale skin! To start with, I put one-two pumps of the MUA Skin Define foundation on the back of my hand and mix with moisturiser, usually Soap and Glory body butter. The issue is with this foundation is that it is super thick and noticeably darker than my skin tone; therefore I found mixing it with moisturiser allowed it to apply with ease and more evenly! It still gives a great coverage as well so its smiles all around! I apply this with my foundation brush that I got from Superdrug for £4, I think that’s what I paid for it anyway! I then apply my Essence All About Matte concealer underneath my eyes, the edges of my nose and any other problem areas that I have, usually my chin! I use my ring finger to blend this in as I just find it to create a better coverage and put the product exactly where I want it! Finally I finish my base off with  my Mattifying powder from Essence again and this allows all the shiny areas on my face to be hidden and give a great base for my blusher and highlight!

Blusher and highlight

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Products used:

  • Sleek Contour Palette in Light
  • Essence Silky Touch Blush 

Its no lie that I obsess over Sleek’s makeup! All of their products are brilliantly made and of such good quality, all for good prices! One of my all time favorite products is their contour palette. The bronzer and blush are perfect for my skin tone, as well as the highlight being subtle yet make me feel like a glowing fairy! I apply the bronzer just above my cheekbones to define them that bit more. As I have a round head shape, I find applying the bronzer above my cheekbones makes my face look thinner. I then apply my new Essence Silky Touch blush on the apples of my cheeks to give a fresh-faced glow. Finally, I apply the highlight above my cheekbones just above my bronzer, and bring it down just above the apple of my cheeks. I also apply it on the bridge of my nose, by my septum and cupids bow to define them just a little more!

DSCF0075     If I’m feeling bold and want a tad more definition in my highlight, I use my other Sleek palette which is the Precious Metals to get the ultimate ‘I want to be in Neverland and chill with Tinkerbell’ feel.

Eyes

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Products Used:

  • Sleek Volumising Mascara in Black 
  • Essence I Love Nude eyeshadow 
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer in Dark Brown 

This is my favorite part of my makeup bag- eyes! This is what I use for my natural simple days where winged eyeliner doesn’t do it for me. As a base, I apply my Essence eyeshadow which is the prettiest shade I have ever seen! With a subtle shimmer and a pale finish, this eyeshadow makes a perfect standalone colour for if you want to just glide a colour over your eyelids to give yourself a fresh faced looks! With this eyeshadow, you could also use it as a highlight! Alongside this I apply some of the highlight previously mentioned from the Sleek contour palette in the inner corners of my eyes to make them pop and appear more awake (quite frankly I could sleep at all times of the day!). Filling my eyebrows is something I have only recently started doing, but I am so glad I have. Through having dark hair and light eyebrows, it was only time that I should start filling them in. I bought a cheap eyebrow pencil as I didn’t want to spend too much just in-case I wasn’t going to use it! But since purchasing it I have used it everyday and I’ve noticed such a difference! I complete my eyes with my Sleek Volumising mascara which makes your lashes 10 times longer which is what I need!


That is what is in my makeup bag for those natural days, and I hope I did okay on my first beauty post! I will keep reading up on others’ and get more experienced with writing these type of posts, but I hope I did okay on my first attempt!

I hope I did okay and thanks for reading! xxx

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Mini Body Shop Haul!

The Body Shop have been a favorite of mine for a number of years due to their amazing fragrances and the fact that they are against Animal Cruelty! I have always swore by their products from their lipstick’s to the shower gels, and always get them for events such as somebody’s birthday or Christmas presents! As it has been a while since I have purchased myself any products from one of my favorite stores, I decided to get some as I have 40% off and thought, why not!

The first product I bought was the Pink Grapefruit perfume and oh my DAMN I am truly in love with this product! Not only does it smell like Spring in a bottle, it stays on for hours and can last a whole day with a simple two squirts on your neck. My favorite kind of perfumes are the one’s where it smells like you’ve been living in a flower patch for months and it is still evident from the way you smell, and this certainly makes me feel like that!

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Pink Grapefruit Perfume- £8.50

The next product I bought was a first for me and after seeing so many people use them on Youtube and Instagram, I decided to start relatively cheap and try one out! Going for almost the darkest one, the Deep Berry Lip and Cheek Stain is surpassing many of my expectations and I’m actually quite liking it! Although, my issues with it is, when using it on my lips, it takes quite a while to dry and has an AWFUL taste. It is also quite blotchy and there are darker places than others once it has dried, so I have to go over it with a lipstick, making it more of an undercoat? Whether this is normal of all lip stains I’m not too sure, but either way, I will continue to use it for both my cheeks and lips!

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Deep Berry  Lip and Cheek stain- £12.00

Lip-gloss’s are never usually my thing. I am typically a lipstick person and a bit of sheen from a lipstick is as far as I will really go. But they do usually dry my lips out and so for a change, I decided to purchase the watermelon lip gloss just to put in my bag for school or everyday bag just to apply if I’m not particularly feeling precision and applying a lipstick perfectly (we all have them!). It is very thick and I have been wearing it over my lip stain and it is a great combination and gives a different colour! I’m currently really liking it and may purchase some of the other flavors!

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Watermelon Lip Gloss- £7.00

After running out of my favorite eyeliner (Barry M’s Liquid Eyeliner), I decided to purchase a new one from another brand. Having 40%, I thought why not, and purchased the Skinny Thin Felt Eyeliner and having the option of the thick or thin tip really troubled me. I’m somebody who likes thick eyeliner when they wear it, and I know you’re thinking ‘then why did you get the thin tip?’. I basically wanted to see if I was able to do thinner lines and how it would look, also I have never used a pen eyeliner. I have used the gel, but I usually prefer the bottles with the screw lid. I still do. I don’t think the pen eyeliner is for me at all and I really struggle to apply it compared. If you enjoy using pen eyeliners, this one is definitely for you and with the option of thin and thick tip’s makes it a good option for your preference! Maybe it is just practice, but once this runs out, I think I will be going back to my Barry M fave!

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Skinny Thin Felt Eyeliner in Black- £10.00