What’s in my Makeup Bag - High Street Edition

There’s something about a person’s makeup bag that can tell you a lot about a person. I’d love nothing more than a VIP pass to snoop into my friends and know their do or die items. A lot of my cosmetic purchases over the years have come from word of mouth as I find there’s nothing more trustworthy than someone you know raving about their latest discovery. So here I’m pouring out the contents of my makeup bag for you to have a good old rummage through. And don’t worry, your credit card needn’t panic as the majority of these items will boost your Boots advantage points more than they’ll bankrupt you.

Lasting Perfection Foundation by Collection 2000, £5.99
I’ve long been a long-time fan of their Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19; both the price, the colour and the concealing it does. I was in the market for a new foundation, one that helped me bridge the gap between the Marrakech afterglow before the deathly pale shades for the wintry months come out. My instinct was to look at the higher end of the market having just finished a pot of Chantecaille Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation, and I’ve had my eye on Giorgio Armani's Luminous Glow or Chanel’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear for some time. So, for £5.99 I had low expectations but a curiosity of how this would fair against the much-loved concealer. Turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. The coverage is great, particularly for covering that post-summer uneven complexion and my regularly hormonal skin. I apply with a damp beauty blender and am really pleased with the glowy dewiness the name promises. The one downside I’ve noticed is that I need to powder in the afternoon when the glow evolves into what could be perceived as a light sweat, ha! Considering I’m as unfaithful to foundations as I am to a healthy diet, I probably won’t be repurchasing but I’ll definitely see this bottle out.

For years I couldn’t be bothered with eyeshadow at all, somehow convincing myself my natural eyelid plus a slick of black mascara would suffice. Oh the confidence of youth. Nowadays, Monday to Friday I opt for a one-shade suits all application to my lower eyelids to help warm up and draw some middle ground between brunette hair and colourful lips. For weddings or evenings, I step it up a notch with this incredible purse-friendly palette with the full spectrum of nudes and browns from matte to shimmers. It is so blendable and not the worst in terms of transferring during application. 

Fleur De Force Brow Define in Medium by Eylure, £13.20
Brows is an area I’ve stepped up my attention to detail. My teenage indifference to brows meant I avoided the over plucking pitfall, yet today's bigger and bushier brow trend leaves me looking rather lacking. To help add some definition and fill in patchiness, I’ve been using this double-ended brow pencil by Fleur De Force for the past couple of years. I apply it similar to lip liner just to help enhance (not overstate) my natural shape. The lighter tone of the brunette pencil is shade perfect more me!

Suede Lips in Into You by Rodial, £22
I fell in love with this Rodial lip pencil at Stylist Live last year and it’s my go-to autumn, matte shade when I’m wearing burgundy, orange, forest greens etc. I lighten up with a slick of L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Satin lipstick, £7.99, when I’m wearing brighter tones such as blue denim or to lighten up an all black outfit. 

Better than Sex Mascara by Too Faced, £22
This is a multiple-time repurchased item and probably one of the most expensive items in my makeup bag at the moment. And whilst I can applaud at the name choice (it's certainly a statement), it's not better than sex but it is a bloody good mascara. Just the right about of clumpiness to give my stumpy lashes some impact.

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What high street makeup have you got in your makeup bag? Drop me a comment below!

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