Just for fun and to shake things up a bit, I thought I'd give you a peek into my makeup bag. These are the products I'm currently using on a daily basis and have been for a couple of weeks, which usually means I really like them. As you can imagine, I have a million different pieces of makeup so to pick something up and stick with it until it's gone is quite an achievement. A lot of these I've already blogged about so you may recognise them, but there are also some sneaky peeks of reviews to come. Are you ready...?
Let's start with the basics. The new Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint has been three years in the making and it was worth it - this tinted moisturiser is thicker than normal skin tints, giving a dewy and radiant complexion while covering impurities. Benefit's Cha Cha Tint goes perfectly with this as it sits on the cheeks to create a really natural colour and glow that lasts all day. Top this off with a delicate dusting of Revlon's Photoready powder (powder has been a staple of my makeup bag since I was about 15) to set the makeup and get rid of any shiny bits and you're good to go. When it's a bit sunnier or I want to add an extra dimension to my cheekbones, this bronzing block from Famous gives a really delicate colour without being too 'bronzy'. This routine has kept looking flawless, no matter how messy the day gets.
Now onto the eyes. In the week I'm quite boring with my eye makeup and these three palettes have been seeing me through. The MUA Pro palette has been an utter sell out because it's basically the Urban Decay Naked palette for a fraction of the cost. The colours are amazing, they blend beautifully and stay in place all day without caking or smudging. My second favourite and most used eyeshadow is new for autumn from Estee Lauder and features a beautiful gold and khaki; these are great together and the colours go with any outfit so it speeds up my morning routine! Finally, here's a sneaky peek at Avon's winter colours which feature a great gold, deep blue, dark purple and white - this unusual combination actually works really well on the eyes and the blue makes my eye colour pop. That's about as adventurous as I get Mon-Thurs!
Finally, some extra bits and bobs. Everyone needs a YSL Touche Eclat - especially when you're getting up early for a long day at work. Although the formula isn't particularly covering, it does create a great light under the eye to combat dark circles. This powder brush from ELF is actually the one in my profile picture and I use it literally every day. The bristles are so soft and great for sweeping powders across the face and cheekbones; this brush costs around a fiver but you would think it's so much more. (Love. It.) Finally, this mascara from Bare Minerals is my new favourite as it creates uplift, curl and definition all in one - no need to apply 20 layers of mascara as with this you have fab lashes after about three.
So that's the content of my makeup bag as it currently stands. It may not be particularly adventurous, but it keeps me going. What are your makeup essentials?