Friday, 27 July 2012

What's in my make up bag?

Another round of  "What's in my....." series. This time under the spotlight is my make up bag! 

I don't keep my everyday make up in a cupboard or boxes as I like to be mobile  in the morning when I am in a rush ( Read manic mother, tearing about house trying to dress three children, getting breakfast, making packed lunches, putting  a load of washing on,  helping with last minute homework, finding last minute homework etc etc) . I try and keep in my make up bags just the products that I am using regularly in case I need to grab my bag and put my make up on whilst multi tasking.  I have also been known to throw them in the car and finish my make up at my destination having dropped the kids off at school wearing only rather large sunglasses as a disguise - you know those kind of mornings. Or is that just me?

I should imagine I am no different from the next person in that the contents of my make up bag change on a fairly regular basis. I keep a selection of unused, part used or unwanted at the moment make up items in a large chest of drawers on our landing which I periodically rummage through if I want something. Ikea dividers are great for keeping things organised in drawer. If I need easy access to anything then I do prefer to have things on show that I enjoy looking at, so I also have a few pretty pots to keep make up brushes, lip glosses etc in . I picked these up from a local garden shop - they fit in with the grey theme of our bedroom! 

So What's in my make up bag ( s) ? These are the two bags I have on the go at the moment:

As you can see I keep them together in a small wicker basket. This is on a painted wooden chest at the end of our bed. The chest is an old blanket box that my Grandmother had seen in a shop window and saved up to buy for £15 many years ago when she was a newly wed. She died a couple of years ago at the grand old age of 102. I love this chest . It was mahoghany , but is white now and is shabby chic at it's best!

The larger of the two bags is a floral oil cloth bag .

This smaller bag was part of a 3 for the price of 2 offer from Boots . I love the square shape of it and it is really convenient for carrying the smaller items of make up.

 I am not big on practicality over style! I like things to look beautiful  ( think-  this is what I aim for, not the reality) . I don't like clutter and a load of boxes containing items piled up in corners of bathrooms for storage does not appeal .It would descend into a complete battle zone with me flinging things randomly out across the room as I searched for something! I like the size of the beauty boxes for storage as these fit nicely into drawers. I do tend to pass things on , use things up and generally de clutter as often as possible to avoid a back log of items. Being ruthless is the only answer. What I do have I like to display attractively or store where it can be got at easily, but it is not seen. 

So in my larger bag I have primers, lipsticks, foundations, tinted moisturisers, concealers, eye liners pencils,mascarsa,brow pencils,  eye drops, lip stains and gloss.

In the smaller bag I have my eye shadows and blushers and a couple of eye creams.

Rather than boring you with a list of everything I have picked out a few products I am loving and I think are real winners at the moment. The Revelon Colorstay range is really lovely. Does what it says - stays put! I have a Soap and Glory eye shadow primer as well to maximise colour and help it last. The Soap and Glory range under eye dark shadow concealer is great too. Apparently it has yellow tones that help neutralise the purple tones in those dark shadows - works well and is creamy and moisturising.



If you had to pick only one item from your make up bag to wear today what would it be?

Mine would have to be mascara. My favourite Makeup product of all at the moment is Benefits Bad Gal lash mascara - love this chunky brush lash building mascara - best I've had......And I won't leave the house with a dash of mascara!


  1. Oh dear Claire - if ever you visit me I'll need a month to de-clutter, I'm such a hoarder - wish I could be like you!How lovely to have something of your grandmother's to keep! I've used Revlon Colourstay + I agree it's great! Must try the Soap and Glory concealer for my dark shadows. I spy a Mac blusher which looks a lovely colour! I could waffle on forever - should have just emailed you!! xx

    1. Hee hee - I just get in such a strop if I can't find anything and it all gets chucked about the room whilst I rant and rave!! We seem to constantly collect stuff being 5 of us and I don't have enough room to put it. My husband is a hoarder though.....I took four bags of his clothes to the charity a few weeks back and still could do more! He still won't let his Madness T shirt go though - even though it is 2 sizes too small now!! I love the Mac stuff - not got much , but occasionally treat myself! Now I'm waffling........ X

  2. I love seeing what's in your make up bag!! I'm combing over your products and wondering what I should try next. ;)

  3. I was wondering if Revlon quad is any I know I will buy one:). I like your blog!