What's In My Makeup Bag?

Since this is my first beauty post, I thought I would show you my everyday make up. I got this Clinique make up bag as a 'Beauty Bonus' recently - more than enough room to fit everything in, and it's on trend in pastel lilac and green!


I've been using Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Moisturiser as a make up base for about two years now (I don't actually own a primer, I'm not sure if that's still acceptable or not?), it is expensive at £18.50 but it is definitely worth it. I have quite oily skin but as long as I am wearing this, shine is kept at bay.. which in turn means I don't get too many breakouts.

I have also recently discovered Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel at £14, again it is on the pricier side, but as I use a few of the range and tend to run out and buy them all at the same time - the free gifts make up for it. If I think I have a spot coming I'll put it on before my make up, and 9 times out of 10 the blemish is completely gone by the time I take off my make up later that day. Amazing!

In case there is any redness still visible, I use Boots Natural Collection Corrector Stick (far right), a complete bargain at £1.99 and it does the job perfectly.

My new foundation love is Mac Studio Fix in NW20 - I can't believe I have only just discovered this! But I don't think I'll be going back to any other foundation, and I don't think £21.50 for a 'higher end' foundation is too bad. Plus it's SPF 15 at the same time, what more can you want?

The rest of the bag

I got brought the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker as part of a Soap and Glory gift set. The colour I have goes on nude which I like - and it tastes chocolatey/orangey. I am not sure if it does plump my lips up, but they definitely seem to feel different after I put it on. Maybe it's just wishful thinking! It's quite a sticky gloss though so I mainly use it on nights out.

The L'Oreal Brow Artist Super Liner (around £5) is the best eyebrow pencil I have found from a 'drugstore' brand. My eyebrows are quite dark naturally, and I have never found anything which matched exactly before. However this colour allows me to fill in any gaps without looking too dark, and the brush/white pencil on the end help to blend for an even more natural look.

Rimmel Soft Kohl in Jet Black has been a staple in my make up bag forever, only £2.99 and does not seem to smudge around the eyes at all - the only downside is you have to reapply the waterline after a few hours.

The concealer in the middle is so everyday the label has worn off! It's Boots Natural Collection Cover Up Cream (£1.99). I do also use the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer - but only every now and again as I find using all of the range together can be quite drying on my skin.

When my eyebrows are looking particularly wild (most days) I use Mac Brow Set in clear at £13, however it is no longer clear here due to brushing it over eyebrow pencil. If anyone knows how to avoid this happening please let me know! 

Clinique High Impact Mascara is amazing, curls and lengthens my lashes - and although it doesn't say on the tube it appears to be waterproof. This is another of Cliniques 'Beauty Bonuses' which has been in all of the the last four gifts I've received, so I haven't needed to buy full size yet. But I definitely would say it is worth the money.

My everyday blusher is either Rimmel Mono Blush in Pink Rose (£3.99) or Paul and Joe Face Colour in Sun Set (bargain at £5 from a local outlet store at home). The Paul and Joe has such pretty packaging, and is a creamier texture used when I want a peachier colour.

Alongside Vaseline, I use Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink almost religiously on my lips. I brought it for £11 but it is quite a big pot. Like the foundation it is SPF 15, and it moisturises as well as giving a nude sheen that is brilliant for everyday.

Rimmel Scandaleyes (£6.99)is my go to mascara when I want fuller lashes, but don't want to use falsies. It seperates and lengthens the lashes brilliantly, I just like to create an extra curl at the end so I usually use it before finishing off with the Clinique High Impact.

The Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer is perfect when I have caught the sun, not only on my face but shoulders and neck too. For £5.99 you get 6 different shades, so you can use it at any stage of a tan - just mix it up to create the right colour.

Sorry for the long post, I didn't realise how many 'everyday' items I had tucked away in my make up bag until I started pulling it all out! I'm looking to make a few additions soon, so will hopefully post some reviews. Let me know if you have any suggestions you think I should try :)

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