Sunday, July 7, 2013

What's in My Makeup Bag

Rather than doing an updated What's in My Bag post, I thought I'd feature what's in my makeup bag instead. There's still some overlap in terms of the products, but the main difference is that I have a makeup bag now to house all my various tidbits in one place rather than needing to rummage through the debris at the bottom of my handbag. Every now and then, I'll forget to zip up the makeup bag, and invariably everything will fall out and my bag contents will become a mess again. Some things never change.



I'm using this free makeup bag that came with a Bourjois gift with purchase from Priceline in November last year. It's a flat, zip up bag with a white-lined interior that holds a lot more than expected. I like that it's purely functional and hardy (a must in the rough terrain of my handbag) — there aren't any embellishments (apart from the gold exterior) or superfluous details. The zip opening runs along the whole width of the bag and it's not made of plastic/stiff material, so it's easy to rummage through and stuff things inside. While it's roomy enough to hold both the mini Klorane dry shampoo and Avene Thermal Spring Water (just), I usually leave those two outside the makeup bag so that it's not too bulky and bursting at the seams.



As usual, I have way too many lip products. I normally will have at least two Korres Lip ButtersJasmine for a bit of balmy nourishment, Mango for something with a bit more colour and a potential cheek tint. Maybelline Baby Lips in Relieving Menthol is an absolute must as it's the only thing that works to alleviate dry lips craving a bit of soothing, minty hydration. I've gone through so many tubes, I probably could've bought five pots of By Terry Baume De Rose with the same amount of money. The now discontinued Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Liptint in Pink Rose is deeply underrated. It's kind of in the same family as a Clinique Chubby Stick or tinted lip balm, but with greater pigmentation and more comfortable and moisturising on the lips. I like to have a couple of other lip options that I'll move in and out in my bag depending on my mood or current interests, especially if I'm planning to go out at night after work. Right now, there's Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush (I hate that the lettering on the outside rubs off so easily) and Revlon Matte lipstick in Strawberry Suede, because I'm all about wine and orangey-reds at the moment.


Spritzes, mists, sprays. There's one for every occasion here. I have the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, though I'm really more in love with the smell than what the actual product does. I'm a bit wary of anything where alcohol is the second ingredient, but a careful inspection of the rest of the ingredients list reveals lactic acid and marshmallow root, rose, grapefruit and aloe leaf extracts that seem potentially useful (but really, what would I know). Spraying this also tends to feel more like I'm being attacked with a hose than subjecting my face to a gentle, fine mist. That's where the Avene Thermal Spray comes in — I'm addicted to this stuff. It's a godsend for when I've sat in front of a computer in a dehydrating, air-conditioned office for 8 hours and my face feels like it's about to melt off. I spray this on any skin irritations that might arise, when my face feels weirdly hot, when I need a refreshing, cooling pep up, when my eyes feel tired, when my makeup feels gross nearing the end of the day. I try to convert other people onto it as well. I'm that person pushing them to try it because trust me, it's sooooo nice. It disperses such a light, perfectly distributed mist — kind of like when you're on a sight-seeing tourist boat a few metres from the base of a famous waterfall (Maid of the Mist pleasure-seekers, you'll know what I mean). A small bottle of the Klorane extra-gentle dry shampoo with oat milk is at hand for any emergency touchups to my perpetually greasy roots.


A few more essentials: mirror, blotting paper, a small tub of Nivea Soft to smooth over any dry patches, Listerine PocketPaks (very thin, super minty, small sheets that you put at the roof of your mouth to freshen your breath). There's my favourite hand cream at the moment (only because I've run out of Jurlique rose one): Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy. This was a freebie with Women's Weekly a few months ago and it's lived in my makeup bag ever since. The smell just makes me happy. There's my beloved Kai perfume oil which I dab onto my wrists for an instant pick-me-up or whenever I feel like smelling it/smelling of it. I've decided that I really should get my hands on the EDT as it's the only perfume that's excited me for a very long time. Lastly, I have the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Sand. Said to be similar to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, this is the only makeup item in my bag excluding lip products. I use this to touch up my skin after a long day if I'm going out at night. I usually dab a bit on my hand, then use my fingers to apply this around the sides of my nose, corners of my mouth and any blemishes that I might have. It sinks into the skin decently when it's first applied, but I find that it does wear off and start to cake slightly as time goes on. I'm not head over heels for it, but it'll do for now.

47 comments:

  1. I recently got a Crabtree & Evelyn handcream and I love it! Those Korres lip butters look amazing, I was testing a few out a Sephora but I didn't really know how well they worked and wasn't sure if they were worth the $12 or $13.

    I wonder if the mint Baby Lips you have is the same scent as the mint one in the US? There are now two minty ones here, one in the permanent line and a new Electro one.
    :)

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    1. I'm not sure! I remember when I was in the States last year, I didn't see any Baby Lips in the same packaging as here in Oz. Yours seemed to have a clear cap? And were all tinted?

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  2. I love your makeup bag! <3 I have the Baby Lips in Cherry, and I agree, I love how moisturized my lips feel after slapping some on! Quite cheap, too.

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  3. I have a small can of the Vichy Thermal Water, maybe I should start carrying it with me in the summer... it sounds very appealing!

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  4. I love crabtee & evelyn hand cream especially in rose scent. I don't usually go for rose scented products but that hand cream is just an exceptional. :p

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  5. I love seeing this kind of post!!
    I always carry a lot of lip products too, I think most women carry more than 1 lip products in their make up bags. ^^
    btw, do you find that the Korres lip butters tend to change after awhile? mine used to be very good and moisturizing but now ( after a year ) became weird.. the consistency, smell etc are fine but my lips are always getting dry and peeled and chappy every time I use korres lip butters. T.T

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    1. Hmmmm not that I've experienced! That's too bad your lips don't seem to like them any more :( I guess you'll have to start using something else and hope it's better?

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  6. Avene Thermal Spray is so good for my skin I love it that product too. Wow you have many lip stuff but is nice, I love it the lipbalms because are great for my dry lips!
    Thanks for share with us your makeup bag!
    xx

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  7. You've got some great beauty bits stashed away in your make-up bag. The Korres Lip Butter in Mango sounds and looks lovely. I love me some mangoes. ;) Never tried any of their lip butters before but I've heard good things. I also love the fact that it can double up as a cheek stain too. As for the Avene Thermal Spring Water, I need it especially now that Dublin is beginning to hot up for the summer. Anything to keep me cool? I'm down for it. :)

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  8. I love having a good look inside other people's make up bags! The Avene Thermal Water is one of my favourites too, super refreshing!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  9. I love these kind of posts. I'm like you and carry way to many lip products around. I really need to add a mirror to my make up bag!

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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  10. This definitely resembles my makeup bag! So many lip products... ha ha xx

    http://www.confessionsofabeautyaddict.com

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  11. You have so many products in your makeup bag! :)
    I adore the Korres Lip Butters; they come in great shades and they're so nourishing.
    xx

    Celina | The Celution

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  12. Lots of interesting products, your makeup bag is so cute!

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  13. Love the photography on this one, super cute! I'm a fan of all your lip picks, as well as that hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn....reminds me of the L'occitane ones which I have. :)

    http://jemaroons.blogspot.com

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  14. great products and nice bag! :D

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  15. Wow great products dear! :) You have a nice blog. Would you like to follow each other? Let me know in my blog and I’ll follow right away. : )

    XX, IamJenniya
    New Post! >> Give a girl the right shoes...

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  16. I've heard the Maybelline Fit Me concealer is similar the NARS- I hope so! I really want to try the new NARS concealer but I bought the Fit Me concealer in the Chemist Warehouse sale so I'm using that. It's okay, easier to work with then the Bourjois concealer but nothing to write home about. I wish I'd gotten that Bourjois GWP while it lasted- it was a good one.
    I love how you keep the Kai perfume oil in its little box! Precious stuff.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not really enthused with it but it's passable. I don't really get concealer - I never use it as part of my routine, and even using it as a spot concealer for blemishes never seems to work out, and I can barely distinguish it between a heavy coverage foundation :p

      Haha yes, I need to protect my precious!

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  17. I really want to try Korres lip butter and the Revlon's balm stain! Those Listerine strips sure are handy! After hearing so many good things about the fit me concealer from Maybelline, I think I'm going to have to give it a go! Is that your favorite drugstore concealer?

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    1. To be honest I haven't tried that many drugstore concealers so I probably wouldn't be the best person to comment on that! I guess it depends on what use you want for your concealer? I bought mine more to conceal blemishes and even out skin tone rather than brightening the under eye area. I've heard good things about the Maybelline one - I think it's called the Age Rewind one?

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  18. Oh I so love the Korres lip butters, they're just so lovely on the lips! I don't even have a makeup bag, which is crazy!!! Xxx

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  19. I've been loving the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, not brave enough to pull off the vampy lip! As for the Korres Lip Butters, your rave about them last year had made me finally purchase my own pair! So far so good! :D

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  20. Your mirror is really pretty :)

    I've recently picked up a small can of the Avene Thermal Water, it's so nice. I know that essentially it is a can of water but heck, I wanted to try it. It is scorching here in the UK at the moment so maybe my purchase came at the right time.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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  21. Revlon balm stain in Crush is beautiful--I just wished it leaned more purple on my lips instead of red!

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  22. Lovely post! I really want to try the Korres lip butter!

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com (currently running two giveaways, one is MAC)

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  23. Great post!
    Lots of my favourite products featured! :)

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  24. I too must have two Korres lip butters in my makeup bag! Who knows which colour you might need?!

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  25. Love reading these posts and have a nose :) I currently have two Korres lip butters in mine too haha! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  26. I used to love the Korres Lip Butter but I find that it irritates my lips a bit so now it has been donated to a friend and she seems to love it.

    Love the Revlon balm stain in Crush but I don't use it that often...

    Kah-Feh Yen
    I'm currently running a MAC lipsctick giveaway.

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  27. All right, you finally convinced me. Will try the Evian sprays first thing when I run out of my other mists. The Maid of the Mist was an annual excursion for my family while I was growing up, so that reference really sealed the deal, lol!

    I love seeing what people are schlepping around in their purses. This was fun!

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    1. Hahaha :) I'm glad that obscure reference finally pushed you over the edge. Maid of the Mist was a bunch of fun - blue raincoats, getting absolutely soaked, buying a souvenir magnet that's now stuck on my fridge and all.

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  28. oh my gosh this makes me so jealous! Can I loot your makeup bag? :P

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  29. I have the same lip stain! This was such a great post, wonderful pictures!

    xoxo, Aman | coffee chic twitter

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  30. Six lips products in one bag... that's out Lena! LOL
    What a great idea, one bag for it all, I have three: one for makeup, one for ointments and one for miscellaneous, should merge them all into one I think! ^^

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  31. Totally OT, but I spotted Revlon Whimsical at Priceline today! Just for your info, since I know you like it so much :)

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    1. Haha thank you for the heads up! I have seen that they launched in Australia - along with Girly and some other one that's like a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven - Heavenly it's called! Hoping for a good sale soon ;)

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  32. The Korres lip butters sound lush-especially in mango :) I love what's in my bag and makeup bag posts-I'm so nosey haha :p

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  33. "I've gone through so many tubes, I probably could've bought five pots of By Terry Baume De Rose with the same amount of money."

    Now that's saying something. I never bought into the Baby Lips hype...maybe I should try one. Or will that just start another unnecessary obsession?

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    1. I didn't actually see the one I use when I was in the States! I don't know if it's the same. I have tried other Baby Lips - other flavours and things, and I actually didn't like them. So for me, it's gotta strictly be this plain ol' minty one :p And yeah, I've gone through I would estimate at least 15. Like, I seem to burn through 2 tubes once every 2 months or so?

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  34. Lovely items to carry around at all times! I mainly only keep whatever lipsticks I haven't emptied out, a couple of lip balms & a powder because I'm too lazy to touch up on anything else during the day haha. And of course hand cream! xx

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  35. Wow, you are a heavy hitter...that bag is loaded!
    I can understand your lip product cravings though, I'm always indecisive about what lip things I should put into my bag...I mean of course I need a balm but then there's the lip colour and maybe I'll need a gloss just in case and so I just keep throwing things into my bag. Happy to the the Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream in there, they're my favourite to date!

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  36. I am a professional organizer and have not thought of this one. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. My mother is obsessed with Jurlique, i think i have 2 bottles of the rosewater mist in my stash even though i told her that i think it breaks me out. i really want to love it because i love the smell but i'm 80% certain it breaks me out :c
    I too always carry way too many lip products in case my mood changes throughout the day, clearly my lip color has to reflect that. I really want to try the NARS concealer!

    à la foliee

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  38. I love the fit me concealer :) check out what's in my makup bag :)
    http://letsbebeautiful08-2.blogspot.com/2013/09/whats-in-my-makeup-bag.html

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