What’s in my makeup bag?

 What's In My Makeup Bag?

I thought it would be fun to start adding a few more ‘personalized’ posts here. Just to share the things I’m loving at the moment. My little daily makeup bag is the one I carry around the most. The little bag itself is Louis Vuitton, and I’ve been using it constantly since I was 16, so it’s definitely seen better days! It came as part of a limited edition bucket bag which was decorated with cherries, and on the other side there are two smiling cherries. Unfortunately, since I’ve battered it about so much, they’re looking a little worn, but I’m still in love with it. You can just see the red stitching which was also limited edition.

Inside is where is gets interesting though! Recently I’ve tried to pare down what I carry around with me – I usually have a few other lip glosses secreted in my bag, car, and wherever else, but I’ve been trying to keep everything neat and tidy!

First up is my Laura Mercier colour-to-go compact* in the brown colour-way. I’ve featured it before here, and it’s a work of genius. The top layer has a great size mirror, three shadows, an eye liner, and lipgloss and underneath there is a blush and bronzer. There isn’t a thing in the palette I don’t use daily, and I love how tidy it is.

Then I have my MAC Proenza Schouler 129 SE Brush. Again, this is a little gem, and I’m more than obsessed with the kind of petrol-look handle. The bristles are so soft, and it fits perfectly in the blush and bronzer pans of the compact.

Next up is my NARS concealer, which is just the creamiest, densest concealer I own. It’s one of the rare ones which covers up blemishes completely but doesn’t look cakey or chalky.

My lipgloss is by Laura Mercier and is called ‘Pout.’ I got this as a little extra as a Net-a-Porter order, and I love it. It’s a creamy pink and it’s a great choice for days I want to look natural, or if I’m wearing a smokey eye it doesn’t compete. Like all Mercier glosses, it has a gorgeous vanilla scent and flavor, and there isn’t a hint of stickiness.

Last up is NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. This is one of my holy grail products. I use this under my eyes, over blemishes and to even skintone. It’s packaged like a lipgloss, and the wand makes application super easy. I had previously been scraping out my tubes I bought in New York as nowhere in the UK seemed to have it in stock. Thankfully a SpaceNK now have it online, so I’ve stocked up again! A tube lasts me a good few months, and I’m so glad I have replenished my stock!

So that’s what’s in my makeup bag this week! What do you always keep in yours?

Christian Louboutin Balindono flats

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Considering 99% of my wardrobe is pretty classic and plain, I’m always looking for fun new ways to add a pop of colour and interest, I also basically live in flats (despite a shoe wardrobe which would convince you otherwise) so when I saw these last year, I just had to have them!

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The print is a kind of abstract leopard coloured an almost neon blue, tan and black, and since the shoes are kind of busy, they look great with the simple clothes I normally go for.

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I’m also beyond obsessed with the grosgrain bow on the front – they just look so pretty and dainty!

I bought mine last year (at full price grrr…) but you can get them for £250.25 from Outnet

Anthropologie Hair Ribbons

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Anthropologie is one of those stores I can just spend hours in, I love the mix of clothes, accessories and home wear, and although it felt like I was only pottering around in there for ten minutes, it turned out I’d been in there for over an hour!

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One of the (many) goodies I ending up leaving with were these gorgeous hair ribbons. It’s probably not news that I’m more than a little obsessed with this style of hair tie, but I don’t have anything like these.

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They came in a pack of three, and they are just so pretty and sparkly – seriously, I don’t think I’ve purchased anything remotely similar since I was about eight!

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Since I’m usually pretty conservative in my clothes and jewelry, I think these will be gorgeous in the summer!

The hair ties were priced at £22 but don’t seem to be available online.

Debenhams Spring/Summer 14 Press Show Continued …

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So, continuing on from yesterday’s post, I thought I would share all the goodies which were part of the Debenhams Spring Summer Press Show. After oohing and aahhing over all the lovely things downstairs (as well as making a mental shopping list) I headed upstairs, where all the gorgeous new beauty goodies were displayed.

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I have to say, the number of brands which were exhibited was great – it was a good mix of old faithfuls and newbie brands, and it was lovely to see all the new colors and products. One of my favourite stands was Cargo Cosmetics.

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I’m pretty obsessed with their Jet Lag concealer (see here), so I couldn’t wait to have a nosey around their new stuff. It’s probably not surprising that I’m heavily lusting after the pink and nude glosses.

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The ‘Suited to a Tea’ palette was also adorable – the names all had tea connotations, and the colours were beautiful – the fact the shades could be used on eyes and cheeks is a major plus!

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Another palette that caught my eye was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I’m a brown shadow aficionado, so this was right up my street! There was a great mix of warm and cool toned shades, and they even had a slight chocolate-y scent.

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These Sweetheart blushes (again, by Too Faced) were swoon worthy. I love the Laduree-esque packaging, and I don’t think these would look out of place on Marie Antoinette’s dressing table. The powders gave a beautifully sheer wash of pink shimmer, and are perfect for wearing with a little tan.

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It was at this point that the nail polishes caught my eye – particularly this quad of perfect pastels from Nails Inc. The pink and blue are just dreamy, and I love the grey for a little unexpected mani!

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If you’re still feeling the nail art trend, Nails Inc have also made it ridiculously easy with their 2 in 1 polishes. One end has a gorgeous colour, whilst the other has a fun topcoat. I love the way you can decide how crazy you want your nails to be (plus those topcoats are perfect for hiding chips!)

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I spent quite a while at the Clarins section – the brand are finally coming out with a Chubby Stick contender – as usual, the nudes and pinks caught my eye, but those bright corals are a beach staple!

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The collection is inspired by Brazil, and look at those colours! I’m obsessed with that blue eyeliner – can you imagine that with a tan?!

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The bronzer is something special too! It’s completely matte, apart from that teeny apricot diamond at the top. I can’t wait to get my hands on this for a believable glow.

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Urban Decay’s Electric Light Palette was something special too! Those colors are actually insane in person – they’re neon, and I think that this would really be incredible in the right hands – probably not one I would actually buy, but definitely one of my favorites!

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As well as these familiar brands, Tromborg was right in the centre of the room. It’s a Scandinavian beauty brand, and I’m pretty sure it’s exclusive to Debenhams. I think the packaging is so chic and minimalist, and the colours were divine – just look at those blushes! I can’t see the brand on the Debenhams website yet, but it shouldn’t be too soon. This is definitely a brand I want to learn more about!

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I was also super happy to see Ole Henriksen, as it’s one of those brands I stock up whenever I hit a Sephora. I’ve been using the brightening wipes (pictured) and they’re pretty great. They smell of orange sherbet, and they leave skin cleansed and toned, but not stripped or dry.

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Right in the corner was also this display of fun little cosmetic bags – so perfect for stashing all the goodies I’d obsessed over all evening!

Debenhams Spring Summer Press Show

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Apologies for the spotty posting this week – it’s been kind of stressful and busy, and I’ve not had the time to sit and think, let alone blog. Thankfully it’s now Sunday evening, and I can catch up on everything I’ve been meaning to do. First up, I thought I would show you some pictures of the gorgeous Debenhams event I went to last week. Held at the gorgeous Blytheswood Hotel in Glasgow, the evening let us see whats new for both fashion and beauty. It was so well presented – downstairs was fashion and accessories, with the bar decked out in lustworthy bags and shoes. As if the sparkly goodies weren’t beautiful enough, I was cooing over the hydrangea – they’re one of my favourite flowers, and I love big bunches like this displayed simply.

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Brights were a big deal – I love the cobalt clutch. How cute would it look with jeans and a navy sweater?

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There were racks of bikinis – a welcome reminder that summer is right around the corner!

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I loved seeing the clothes displayed on mannequins – at so many press shows you’re confronted with just racks and racks of clothes. I much prefer seeing how everything hangs. I just love the fun texture of the dress though.

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I loved the print of this top – a little Toucan Sam to brighten up a day. Since I normally dress pretty conservatively I can’t wait until this is in stores.

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I’m kind of obsessed with Peter Pan collars. I know they were everywhere a few seasons ago, but they always feel like you’re making a little more of an effort, and I’m obsessed with the dusky pink colour of the top.

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So, that’s my little round up of the fashion. Stay tuned for beauty …

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