I realised the other day that considering I love makeup so much, I only ever really share when I get something new, not what I wear daily and swear by, so I decided to write a post about the things I use on a regular basis. First off though, how cute is my actual makeup bag? I’ve had it ages but found it in H&M quite cheaply and I love it.
To make things easier, I’ve split it down by categories – face, eyes and lips so it’s more directed and less of just a mish-mash of products! I also have no shame that everything is totally on brand – my aesthetic is deep-rooted, it seems.
When it comes to my face, I don’t actually wear a lot – I hate the feeling of loads of foundation, like to be able to touch my face without messing it up and take good care of my skin! I’ll throw an honourable mention to my Morphe 35OM palette first which isn’t pictured – not only is it full of orange and red eyeshadow shades that I love, but it’s also got the perfect browns for my eyebrows and contour, so I use that regularly on my face too.
Labelled as a dupe for Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer, W7’s is pretty decent for me. I like to use more gel-based primers like this one and it’s great to mattify and smooth my skin and create a great base for foundation. I’ve also had this tube for a good few months now and still have loads left in it so it’s pretty decent value. I used to use the Gosh Velvet Touch Primer (£12.99) which I preferred a little bit more but there’s not much difference between them and the W7 primer is a fair bit cheaper.
I don’t wear foundation every day but when I do I reach for the Milani 2-in-1 foundation and concealer. This was kindly sent to me by Beauty Base when we worked together on a dupes post last year, and I think this is a pretty good replacement to my favourite Benefit foundation. It has a pretty think consistency as it’s a medium-full coverage, but it’s really comfortable to wear, blends nicely and works really well to cover red patches. I have it in the shade 00 Light Natural which, for my pale skin, is a decent match – I was worried it would be a little too dark but it’s not at all.
Collection Ultimate Fix Foundation Concealer Powder 3-in-1
It’s only upon searching for the price of this that I’ve found it’s not actually on sale any more, which I’m really sad about. I hated this when I first bought it but when I started testing it out with a good primer I’ve found I actually really like it and the shade and coverage are great for me. If anyone happens to know of any similar products or dupes for this I’d love to know as I was gearing up to buy a new one because I’ve hit pan on it!
I have a tendency to get a little shiny towards the end of the day so I like to use a powder to set everything and keep my face nice and matte. I picked this up ages ago when I did my NYX haul and I mean honestly, I don’t know if I’m the only one but I can never see any difference in powders? They’re all pretty much the same to me. While I like this one, I do think £9 for a powder is a little pricey because I’m a cheapskate so will probably look for one a little cheaper next time.
Ok can we talk about how cute this brush is? At LondonEdge this February I received this in my VIP goodie bag and I love it. Firstly it’s totally my aesthetic but it’s a great brush for contour. I think the intention is to use it for foundation but because I apply my foundation with my fingers to get a lighter coverage, I love this brush to create a really cut cheekbone.
The Real Techniques Powder Bleu set is one of my favourite brush sets I own – you can read my full review on them here. I love the Soft Finishing Brush when I want to create a softer contour than what I can create with the Mermaid Salon Chubby Brush.
The Morphe 35OM palette is the one I reach for for neutral looks (which isn’t often) so for all my coloured looks, I love the 35B Colour Burst palette. The colour payoff is fantastic, the shades blend like butter and it’s such good value for how many colours you get. No matter what kind of rainbow look you want to create, this palette has the shades for it.
I CANNOT get enough of these and need more in my collection. The two shades I have are Fantasy and Coconut and they’re fantastic. The texture is kind of cushiony and I find them best applied dabbed on with your fingertip. Also, the lasting power is something else (although I do find with colours as bright as these they stain a bit, so watch out for that). If you want to read more about these, take a look at my Colourpop haul!
I Heart Makeup Eyeshadow Primer – Makeup Revolution
Ok, so I’ve had this so long they don’t actually sell it anymore. I should really get a new one but I don’t see the point til I’ve used this one up and it does the job so that’s all I need really!
I have a full review on the MAC Chromalines that you can read so I’ll keep my mention short and sweet but I use these as both eyeshadow bases and eyeliners and I love them. They have a really intense colour payoff and great lasting power so I’d absolutely recommend them.
This is the eyeliner I’ve been swearing by for a couple of years now. The brush is great for precision, it hardly transfers and one of these eyeliners can last for a good few months so it’s also really good value. I’m an eyeliner junkie so I’ve tried my fair share and this is one of the best on the market right now.
I found this in an outlet store and I think it’s a product that’s been discontinued, but it’s the perfect shade of royal blue eyeliner and I use this for a lot of graphic and more colourful looks that I do. While I think this one in particular has been discontinued, NYX do have a wide range of brightly coloured liners which I need to check out and add to my collection.
I recently got sent the whole Barry M Holographic Content PR package from a competition I won and fell in love with the Holographic Eyeshadow Toppers – my favourite is the shade Asteroid. This product has been living in my makeup bag ever since it arrived and I love putting it in my inner corners for a gorgeous highlight. I haven’t had much of a chance to create some really stunning looks with these yet but next time I’ve got a weekend free, I’m going to have a proper play around with them and test their limits. Check out my post on the full collection here.
I. LIVE. FOR. THIS. Legitimately the best lip balm I’ve ever used, nothing leaves my lips softer and I have tried out a LOT of lip balms. If you don’t own this, why the hell not? It’s only £2.69. Go and buy one. Now.
I actually have four Lush lip scrubs (Popcorn, Chocolate, Bubblegum and Sugar Plum Fairy) although the only one of those not discontinued is Bubblegum. These are lovely sugar scrubs to get rid of dead skin and leave lips nice and soft – I use it when I’m going through a particularly dry-lipped spell, but they double up pretty well as a remover for liquid lipsticks due to the oils in them.
These sorts of products always fascinate me – I have the shade Neptune which is a blue but turns to your perfect shade of purple and is lovely to wear. The colour lasts really well, fades evenly and feels like a lip balm to wear. This is one of my favourite lipsticks and lives in my bag for a softer pop of colour.
I have about 4 of these but the one I wear most often is Rome. It’s such a gorgeous dark nude, a really comfortable matte and the shade is one of my favourites.
My obsession with MAC lipsticks is beginning to get slightly ridiculous but the three I wear most often at the moment are Verve (satin), Ruby Woo (retro matte) and Flat Out Fabulous (matte). Verve lives on me because it might just be my favourite lipstick ever and is great for daily wear, but Ruby Woo and Flat Out Fabulous are the ones I reach for most when I’m after a bright, classic colour.
And there you have everything that lives in my makeup bag that I wear most often! What are your daily essentials? Do you use any of the same products? Let me know!