What’s In My Make Up Bag?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have far too much make up than I even need for freelancing never mind just for myself but, just like everyone else I like to keep my daily makeup bag simple.  A few products that will change your make up from day to night, from office drab to party glam in a matter of minutes.  These products I have in my make up bag are products that I can use without a bigger mirror, making them great for easy and quick application!

Foundation

I always carry a sample of my current foundation with me as it’s smaller than carrying the full product and more convenient.  The next time you are in a store buying your foundation, ask nicely for a sample alongside your purchase for handiness.  Not all counters sample as is their policy, so pop into Boots or Superdrug and buy a small jar, normally located in the Holiday Travel area and fill it up from your own just in case.  This can come in so handy, drinks after work with the girls?  Surprise date night from a loved one?  More realistically I use it when I spill sauce down my face from eating something.  Either way, makes for quick and easy touch ups!  My go to foundation at the minute is Yves Saint Laurent All Hours £33.50, beautiful foundation and you need very little so will last you ages.

SHOP HERE

https://www.yslbeauty.co.uk/makeup/complexion/foundation/all-hours-liquid-foundation/WW-21201YSL.html

Powder

I am a lover of face powder but have yet to find the perfect one to suit me.  I am currently bouncing around a few powders but in my makeup bag to bring around with me I tend to bring more afforadable powders.  I have a habit of dropping them, so when I drop one that’s more affordable then it doesn’t hurt my soul as much.  I once dropped my Estee Lauder Doublewear Powder £35 down the stairs and I swear, the sound I made only dogs could have heard.  My favourite drug store powder is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder £3.99 and is never far from my makeup bag.  There is no makeup look that can’t be solved by a puff of powder and a lick of lipstick!  Plus, powder you can throw on without even looking so there’s not even any need to run to the loos.

SHOP HERE

http://www.boots.com/rimmel-stay-matte-pressed-powder-10097901

Multi Use Palette

Whether you are more of a blush person or a bronzer person, pick the palette that’s right for you and small enough that you can keep in your make up bag.  My personal favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette, £49.  When I feel in the mood to spend a little on myself and treat myself to make up, Charlotte Tilbury is my first stop, pretty much because of the packaging.  If highlight and bronzer isn’t your thing then try the Filmstar Bronze and Blush, £60 instead.  Both palettes will give you the ability to sharpen any make up look no matter the occasion.

SHOP HERE

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/filmstar-bronze-and-glow.html

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/filmstar-bronze-and-blush.html 

Brow Gel

Normally I would have said just a brow pencil or powder however, as of recent I prefer a bushier brow and I love the way a brow gel through the hairs look.  After work or before I go out somewhere this is always the last thing I do as it lifts a look and brings it to life.  I use the Mac Pro Longwear Brow Gel, £14.50 and so easy and quick to use so a perfect addition to your makeup bag.

SHOP HERE

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123443187599_-1

Eyeliner

Even if I don’t take a make up bag with me I always take an eyeliner.  You just never know when the situation calls for a cat eye or a smoky eye.  For that reason, I carry both a liquid and a kohl, Mac Eye Kohl Ebony, £14.50 and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner £16.  The pencil is best for a quick smoky eye and blend out with your finger, or if you can be bothered then bring a little blending brush in your bag too.  Failing that, whip out that Tattoo Liner and cat eye your eyes for an elegant look.

SHOP HERE

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123443932599_-1

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123016001499_-1

LIPS

Whatever lip combo you feel your most sexy in, you have got to have that in your make up bag.  Not going to lie, I have a ‘natural’ colour and a more out there colour for days where I don’t know what mood i’ll be in.  For me I find it best to have a nude and either a red or a deep brown/plum colour to really amp up a look.  As Elizabeth Hurley once said ‘Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.’

SHOP HERE

https://www.rimmellondon.com/en_gb/products/lips/lasting-finish-by-kate-moss

SERUM

I never leave the house without my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and I always have a little travel size in my make up bag.  Pressing a little of this serum over my make up makes me feel like I can conquer the world.  It rejuvenates and re hydrates my skin leaving me with a beautiful glow from within that no amount of highlighter can give you making it a perfect item to add before you head out somewhere.

SHOP HERE

https://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/681/26959/product-catalog/skincare/advanced-night-repair/synchronized-recovery-complex-ii

FRAGRANCE

I’m a perfume lover, I am always spritzing myself with my favourites scents and love picking up sample sizes to keep in my make up bag.  Currently I have Chloe and a Marc Jacobs fragrance in my bag.  Beautiful sweet, fresh smelling to lift your spirits for a last minute night on the town!

And so concludes what’s in my make up bag, I would love to hear from you what you put in your make up bag, and if there’s anything I am missing out on carrying around!

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Products I Will Not Repurchase

Salut my lovely lil peaches!

So today’s blog post is not intended to be a rant in any way – but I know that’s exactly how it is going to end up.  Before we get stuck in however, let me paint you a picture and make you jealous…

It’s Friday. Friday night.  Friday nights are Amy nights.  Joel is working late, I am nursing that sweet sweet bottle of wine, I have carbs in the oven and a selection of bangin’ movies ready to be watched.  On the other end of the spectrum I lost a nail on each hand and it’s throwing me off typing properly… so in 20 seconds I’ve gone from relaxed typing in my happy place to angrily slamming the delete key because I made a mistake.

Anyway, let’s move on.

This list of products are items that I have used once or twice and effing hate and weren’t worth the money spent.  Some of the products might surprise you as some are classed as ‘Beauty Must Haves’ but they simply just didn’t work for me.  Saying that I don’t like a product doesn’t mean that I don’t like the brand itself, in fact some of the products I absolutely love the brands.

I have taken one item pretty much from every category of make up so read on to see what products I regret buying and will not repurchase!

  1. Benefit Porefessional.  232313690This one is just a serious NOPE for me and my skin which is a shame because I see SO many beauty bloggers and You Tubers rave about this product but for me, it dries me the hell out.  When I put my foundation over it, the primer lifts off and then sits patchy over it.  My skin is dryer so really I shouldn’t use this for my skin type anyway but whatever, it didn’t work for me and I will not be repurchasing!
  2. Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse.  Maybelline-Dream-Satin-Liquid-Foundation-10-Ivory-30ml-555762Okay, I guarantee this foundation will be someone’s number one go to and it is so hard to get the perfect foundation but this one is so far away from perfect I could feel my skin cry.  It gave me pores and lines I didn’t even know I had.  I really tried with this one, I actually used the whole bottle trying to make it work but it just wasn’t happening.  Every time I wore it, it ended up seriously chalky.   Coverage wise it ended up blotchy too, but it was deceiving because it looked great for the first half hour and then turned to shit.
  3. Laura Mercier Powder.  s870618-main-hero  I KNOW.  I only bought this because every beauty blogger I watch uses it.  This powder I don’t mind as much but it doesn’t last long on me at all.  I bought it originally to ‘bake’ with, which was fine but it sucks so much moisture out of my skin that it makes me look even dryer than I already am.  I would repurchase if there weren’t so many other great powders out there that I already have.
  4. Benefit Hoola BronzerBenefit_Hoola_Bronzer_Powder_8g_1495706290.  Sorry to come for Benefit again, this one is just purely personal preference because I prefer a warm toned bronzer and this is probably the most cool toned bronzer I have ever used.  In saying that, I don’t mind it as a contour shade but for the amount of times I actually contour it wouldn’t be worth repurchasing.  I actually don’t like the packaging either, I always find that when I get to the end of my Benefit blushers I dig around the outside and lift too much product and it doesn’t go on nicely, you know?
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks.  charlottetilbury_beachstickgroup001Not specifically this one, but all cream blush sticks ever.  I hate them.  All of them.  I can’t get to grips with these products to be used over foundation, etc.  Also, I myself am pretty familiar with how make up works but to a regular person this is definitely a ‘lie in drawer and never wear’ kind of product.  I have tried blush sticks over and under powder, on their own with and without foundation and I just hate them. Sorry.  Although ‘Beach Stick’… I like the name.
  6. Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  Idipbrow-medium-brown loved this product when it first came out, it was revolutionary and while I was on the thick instagram brow trend this product was brilliant.  Since ABH came out with this, there have been so many dupes released and it just so happens that they are better.  The ABH pomade goes dry after it’s been open awhile and can be hard to spread out so because there are so many other affordable products that are in my opinion better, that’s why it’s on this list.  For those interested, my favourite dupes of this are Make Up Revolution Eye Brow Pomade and the NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade.
  7. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. fdb82e9d00942d6fe20cc0b84b6e4e2a Sooo, I will not be buying the other palettes (1,2 and 3) as well but not because I regret buying them.  They were absolutely amazing at the time, amazing for when I was just starting out doing make up.  As I have progressed in make up and learned more things and tried more brands I have just found that for the money I can get a lot more.  The Smoky Palette however, I just couldn’t do anything with it.  At the time that it came out I think that those who were interested in the Naked palettes could have done a smoky eye with the palettes they already had.  To me, this is a waste of money because you don’t need a whole palette just to do a smoky eye.  Not only that but the actual pigment in this palette wasn’t very strong and the colours were very hard to blend out and looked like a hot mess rather than a smoky eye.
  8. Kylie-New-LipKit-PenelopeKylie Jenner Lip Kits.  Oh my God. Oh my God. I just hate these.  I am not a huge liquid lipstick fan on the best of days but these ones in my opinion really suck.  All liquid lips are drying so aside from that they are always blotchy on my lips, so to get a decent colour I either have to put down a lipstick first in the same colour which – what’s the point? Or I have to put on about 4 layers of the liquid lipstick and that dry AF.  On the other hand – colours are lushhh.

 

That’s pretty much all I want to list as I don’t want this to drag on forever – because it could.  With my job I buy a lot of products to try out and then review them to hopefully help people with what they should and shouldn’t buy.  So don’t buy any of this.

LOVE YOU.  Drop me a message about any products you have tried that have been horrible for you, I weirdly like hearing about products that sucked.

Amy xo

Lipstick Lover

Namaste people,

As any of my whole 12 or so followers might know I am partially (completely) addicted to lipstick.  Yes, makeup is my profession and I am around it constantly however, I am genuinely weirdly in love with lipsticks.  It doesn’t matter what type of lippy – matte, satin, cream, matte liquid, frosted, lip stain, gloss – ANYTHING.  Even a damn balm – LOVE.

Sometimes I will legit zone out of conversations thinking about things like ‘oh God, her lipstick is nice… should I ask her what it is? I can’t be rude and not listen to her.  Oh wait, I’m not listening to her.’

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My friends great me with ‘Hey, how are you? My lipstick, before you ask is Mac Creme d’Nude.’  I actually once sat on Face Time to my friend Jenna and made her count my lipsticks with me… I think she liked me a little less after that conversation.  My collection has grown considerably since that video call as it would take hours to go through them all now.  I blame my clients (jk. i love you and you feed my makeup habit.) everytime I book someone in for a Bridal trial I think I suggest a new lipstick that I don’t have yet just so I can go and buy it.  I know, I have a problem.

I stand in work for example and I mean, I work there are so am fairly familiar with every lipstick on my counter.  I still end up swatching the same 20 lipsticks halfway up my arm that I swatched a few days earlier.  I stand and look at them, shake my hand under a light to see how they glisten.  My hand is always so dirty looking – I can’t help it.  At least it’s dirty with pretty colours.

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I don’t know why I love it so much I mean there’s so many articles of makeup that I absolutely love but lipstick always takes the cake.  Lipstick completes every look!  When I’m doing makeups I know it looks good but there’s always something missing and it’s until the lipsticks goes on that it really looks good.  If you scroll through my camera roll on my phone, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are around 500 screenshots of lipsticks that I have seen on Instagram, Pinterest, etc and am waiting to buy.  My lipstick shopping list is more in depth than my actual grocery shopping list.

I’m now away to sit in my little beauty room and rearrange them all into my new beautiful acrylic containers.

I know right, typical female who loves makeup… it’s groundbreaking.  I’m expecting a call any day now about my book release from a publisher.

I once queued outside Debenhams (before I worked there) for a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick…

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lips Review

Buonjiorno Bellas!

I was recently very lucky to be sent out a lovely package by Rimmel London as shown on my Instagram @cosmeticsjunkiee and wanted to share with you lovely people what was inside it.

As previously stated, I am a Make Up Artist and with that role comes an awful lot of makeup and knowing what products are good and what quite simply, suck.  The benefits are I am used to all kinds of skin types and skin colouring and so will be able to recommend things for everyone!  Which might be nice for a change because as much as I love Nikki Tutorials in all her glory, not everyone wants that blinding ass highlight on skin the colour of snow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love her but c’mon – where are the products for normal people?!

Anyway, moving swiftly onwards.  In my pretty, little black Rimmel box parceled up with black tissue lay 5 glorious Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks from their new line.  I immediately got very excited because visions of Kate Moss came flashing by and I adopted an English accent while saying ‘Get the London look.’

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Upon first swatch, I can see that the pigment is intense along with a really soft applicator.  I let them sit on my arm for a few minutes to see how dry they went and/or if the cracked and after an hour they hadn’t smudged or moved in the slightest – no cracks!  I was so excited to actually get them on my lips.  Naturally, I floated towards the nude as I have a love hate relationship with pinks – I just can’t pull pinks off 😐

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So, first up we have the shade ‘Mocha 720’ which for me, it is the most perfect shade of nude to suit my skin tone.  I do like a slightly darker shade of nude so that’s why I liked this one so much however, they have another shade called ‘Latte To Go 710’ which is just a fraction lighter for those who are paler or prefer lighter lipsticks.  I didn’t feel the need to use a lip liner with the liquid lip as it didn’t bleed or move much at all.  I wore this the first time applying it at around 7am and I didn’t take it off until around 10pm – I not ONCE reapplied.  I don’t have bionic lips, people this is just a damn good nude.  Don’t get me wrong, they were feeling dry around the time of 7pm but that’s a whole 12 hours after I applied it and I had been out for lunch, out for dinner and scoffed my way through a box of popcorn and slugged down several cocktails (That’s not all I do – it was my birthday!) I am in love with this nude, all I can say is Rimmel you have outdone yourself and I haven’t even moved onto the other 4 shades!

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Don’t worry I am not going to drone on about how great each and every lip shade is as every point I have on each colour is much the same as Mocha 720.  This shade is ‘Pink Blink 200’ and is so so pretty.  It is slightly deeper than the average pink lippy which is why I can get on board with it.  Surprisingly pigmented for being a pink!

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‘Mightnight 800.’  Need I say more?  To those familiar with a dark toned liquid lip like this, I know how hard it can be to find a dark shade that doesn’t break up on your lips into little bits.  I’m no scientist but I guess it’s down to the formulas for darker tones.  Anyway, this is beaut and I love it.

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This is ‘Blush 110’ and probably my least favourite from the 5 shades sent out but again, probably only because I am not a pink lover.  The colour pay off was a little harder to get with this shade and I would definitely recommend a lip liner for this one unlike any of the others just to add a little more definition.  If you want to stay within the Rimmel family then the East End Snob is a perfect match.

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Last but not least, this is ‘Fire Starter 500.’  I love a good strong red as much as the next person but I never would have thought to go for a liquid lipstick let alone trust a drug store brand for my go to.  I have been proved a little wrong here… Rimmel you take the cake above my others including Mac Ruby Woo and So Chaud.  There is however, only one red within the range and some may prefer a more orange tone red but this is still a beauty and make my teeth look really white!

On Rimmel’s website, they claim that the lipsticks give a  bold matte colour in one stroke, kiss proof, touch proof and waterproof!  I can agree with all of these points and I am so thankful to have been sent these lipsticks as if I was in Boots, Superdrug, etc I would have completely walked past them!

10/10 would recommend – as drug store liquid lipsticks go these are the best (even better than some premium brands!)

 

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

@cosmetics.junkiee

Ciao xo

PS. I was curious, and showered with Fire Starter on – My mind is blown it didn’t move AT ALL.

PPS.  This is not a paid post, Rimmel kindly sent me products for free allowing me to try out their lipsticks however, all opinions are my own.