What’s In My Makeup Bag

I love a peep in other people’s makeup bags. That’s how you find out the proper faves. Not the pristine ones that live out on the dressing table, no, the other ones, well used, the writing worn off, covered in fingerprints. 

If you are the same, here, have a peep in mine. 

Makeup Bag Contents: The A Team

This is my actual makeup, the stuff I packed last weekend, for a couple of nights away. Some of it isn’t pretty and I resisted the urge to grab everything with a Chanel logo and throw it in, to improve the pictures, so promise not to judge me, ok?

Makeup Bag Contents: The B Team. The stuff that lurks at the bottom, with broken lids.

It was a low key weekend with family, in the countryside. Though I can’t claim it to be a low maintenance makeup situation – I took four concealers. 

To the contents!

The Bag:

Mine was a gift and I love it. The brand is Mi-Pac, find it here.


Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation in Warm Ivory, £32.50, and No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Warm Beige, £14.50. I mix them together. I didn’t pack a primer as I took a travel size Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £30 full size, instead.


Two minis of Benefit Boi-ing in shades 01 and 02, to correct dark circles, cover blemishes, and prime eyelids. You can find the small versions in their sets, such as the Benefit How to Look the Best at Everything Light, £25.50. They also do a split pan Benefit Boi-ing on the Double Concealer Duo, £17.50.

Concealers #3 and #4 were Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, £5.99, in shades 10 Light and 15 Fair. These are great for the price. I use them under the eyes, to highlight. 


I’m a new convert to powder. It just reminds me of school, when everyone used really light MAC powder, and looked like dusty ghosts. Keen to avoid this look, and being dry of face, I gave it a wide berth until a year ago when I bought the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder, £5.99, on a whim, in shade 120 Classic Ivory as it was the only shade in stock, and have loved it ever since.

I can’t show you a close up of my actual powder, I just can’t. It gross.

Powder stops makeup from creasing, makes it last longer, and just makes everything look a bit more polished. I’m such a fan that I’m planning an upgrade, to Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, 1 Fair, £33.

Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter:

Before powder, Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple, £19, and Benefit Watts Up Highlighter, £24.50. Remember Watts Up? I know! An oldie but a goodie I have rediscovered recently. 

After powder, Benefit Hoola Bronzer Mini, £9.95, and Sleek Makeup Face Form in Light, £9.99. Hoola to contour, Sleek for all over bronzing, though neither are very orange, which I like. The blush in the Sleek palette is rumoured to be a dupe for the popular NARS Blush in Orgasm, £23. I haven’t tried the NARS one, and love the Sleek version so probably never will.


Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow E132 Pearl, £2, for base, Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow E131 Mood, £2, for the crease, Sleek Makeup i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in Diamonds In The Rough, £7.99, for everything else. I used the gold Sleek eyeshadows to amp up the highlight also.


An ancient Estée Lauder eyeshadow, I couldn’t even attempt to tell you the shade name, but it’s a cool toned brown, verging on grey.


I took Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara, £11.99, not because I love it but because I was trying it out. Also took mini Clinique High Impact Mascara, £17.50 full size, as back up. And Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude, £3.99, for the waterline.


One nude option, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lip Liner Couture in 630 Beige à Nu, £3.99, Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim KW, £23, and a little version of Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Praline Paradise, lovely but discontinued. 

One berry option, Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 105 Under My Spell, £3.99, Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm in Gumdrop (from my mini drugstore haul) and another little Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Plum Divine, also discontinued. 

There we have it! It’s not my holy grail list but everything here, I love.

Til next time,



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