Sunday, 3 August 2014

What's in my makeup bag?

Makeup bag - Vera Bradley
So I thought this would be a perfect post to enter my blog into the beauty world. First thing first my makeup bag is a medium cosmetic bag from Vera Bradley. I have had this makeup bag since I visited the United States in 2010. They don't have this colour/pattern available any longer (I linked to a similar colour above) but I did just visit the website and they now ship to Australia. Hooray for pretty things but not for my wallet (haha)! So onto the contents (all links to Australian website, where possible). 


MAC 266
Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Powder Brush
I have just recently fallen in love with the Real Techniques Brushes by Sam Chapman. I was lusting after them for a long time then finally got my hands on them for my birthday. I own the Core collection, which the Buffing brush comes in. The Enhanced Eyes Starter Kit, which the base shadow brush comes in and then the two single brushes shown above. I use the blush brush for both blush and bronzer and yes I know, they REALLY need a clean. The MAC 266 brush I use for filling in my eyebrows and the occasional liner. I definitely love these brushes! 
PSA - If your in Australia Priceline currently have a 3 for 2 sale on all Real Techniques Brushes! 


I absolutely love this product. It is so versatile and works wonderfully for my skin colour. You can use the two colours together for an all over bronze or use the matte side for contour and the shimmery lighter side as a highlighter. It also works well as an eyeshadow (the shimmery side) using in the inner corners and over the brow bone. I first found this in the UK but in Australia you can find it in the Kit/Mecca stores in Myer and their websites. 

This is my current foundation of choice. My skin is quite dry and tired and this just gives it the perfect coverage and sheen to make it look more alive. The concealer covers up my dark circles under my eyes, which every working uni student must have. I don't really use this concealer to cover blemishes but luckily at the moment my skin is being kind to me! 

I have been using this product for years now and still wouldn't use anything else (definitely open to suggestions though!) It sets everything perfectly and makes my makeup last for the day and also covers well if I can't be bothered with foundation and just use a tinted moisturiser. 

This was one of my splurges in my spending (I am a university student) and I have fallen in love with it. I love the colour payoff of this blush and this pigmentation is amazing. Definitely want more of the NARS blushes. 


MAC Custom Palette
I created this palette when I was on holiday in the UK last year. The colours included are (L-R): 
Top - Gleam and Tempting (both shimmer/glitter)
Bottom - Swiss Chocolate and Charcoal Brown (both matte)
The top two I just use for shadows. Swiss chocolate I use for both a basic shadow and a liner when I'm doing a natural eye. Charcoal brown I use (with my MAC 266 brush) to fill in my brows. Hopefully someday soon I will be able to create a larger MAC palette! 

I really enjoy using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows. They are a cream shadow with fantastic pigmentation. I love using these as they are easy to apply and I can use it on its own when I am in a hurry. 

This is my other splurge item in my makeup bag (and its almost all gone, boo). I love this mascara, it creates wonderful volume and thick eyelashes. I'm super sad that it's almost gone because I cannot afford another one at the moment.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner - Blackest Black
This liner is perfect for creating both a thin line along the top lashes or a strong cat eye line. Its like a felt tip pen thats not too thick or too thin. Really it makes eyeliner easy for people like me who are rubbish at it.

Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner - Black
I use this liner to line my waterline on both my top and bottom lashes. Its perfect and thick and glides on easily. I wouldn't say that it is amazingly waterproof as it does slip off my eyes quite easily (but my eyes also have a tendency to water). This liner is also great to use with a brush to create a dulled effect on the upper lash line. Love it!

So there you go, that is what is in my makeup bag. As you can see I haven't included lip products as they are constantly changing depending on my mood. I will be doing a post on my favourite lip products to round off what's in my makeup bag.
Feel free to leave me any suggestions in the comments of what you think I might like!

Love always,
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  1. Love the products, YSL mascara's are always a good shout <3

    1. Yeah I love it. Hopefully soon I can afford a new one!

  2. i love your makeup bag and your mac quad!

    from helen at

    ps. win some Raybans of your choice + a beauty goodie bag worth nearly £300 on my blog! click here.

    1. Thanks lovely, so do I! I went over and checked out your blog (and entered the comp!) It is amazing, I love it! I want to make those biscuits you posted recently, they look delicious.

      Alice xo