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Beauty products in my Handbag – Day 27 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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So um… Yeah… This is what I have in the beauty bag that resides in my handbag today. Can you tell that I like lipsticks? I essentially store my favourite work appropriate lipsticks in my handbag. I apply lipstick before leaving the house by taking my pick from here.

I’ll briefly go through each of the items in my beauty bag according to their numbered sections.

1. Sanitizing hand gels
Gel de manos con alcohol from Deliplus — A very watery consistency but evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.
Care Complete Aloe Vera Refreshing Hand Gel — A thick gel with a nice light scent that also evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.

2. My Summer Remedies
DHC Oil blotting paper (100 pack) — These come in a cute packaging and do the job. I blot my face before applying powder.
Physician’s Formula Mineral Airbrushing pressed powder SPF 30 — I heavily apply this for SPF and top it up every few hours to keep my face protected. It’s translucent and does the job. It comes with a mirror and a tiny brush.
MonuSpa Rosewood Reviving Mist — I got this in a Glossybox and I spray my face after applying the powder to not look powdery. I like that this is a sample size.

3. Blister prevention and Care
Compeed Blister plasters — I discovered these recently and they’ve changed my life. I’ll probably write a full post about them soon because they’re that good. They keep blisters well protected and they heal faster. I recently started carrying these around with me just in case.
Boots Anti-Blister stick — This is a stick that you rub on your skin in places where you think that your shoes might rub. It’s also there just in case haha.

4. A small Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier perfume

5. A compact mirror from Pylones, a shop that I have an obsession with.

6. Some lip products (left to right)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet No. 34 La Raffinée — Sophisticated packaging and a my lips but better colour
Mac Bare Again — A glossy nude
Mac Brave — Another my lips but better colour
NYX Tea Rose — A very wearable pink shade
Infinita Deliplus No. 5 — A long wearing, matte raspberry shade.

7. More lip products (left to right)
❣ Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Peach Tarte, Marvellous Mauve and Pink Souffle. I adore these and I might swatch all my Sephora Cream Lip Stains soon.
Revlon Colorstay Balm Stain in  Honey Douce
Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony — A great everyday colour and applies really nicely. These Too Faced Melted lipsticks are my favourite long-wearing glosses. I’m very impressed with them since when they wear (and after eating) they remain vibrant and glossy but they don’t feel sticky on the lips. I never knew such products existed.

8. Pencil Products
NYX 831 Mauve Lip Pencil 
Essence Lip Pencils in 15 Honey Berry and 14 Femme — I purchase almost the whole range of the Essence lip pencils recently and I’m in love with them. They’re amazing.
❣ Mac Feline eye pencil

If you want to check out what else I carry around with me check out my youtube video below:

So, I might need to purge my beauty bag from lipsticks. But um… I need them all!

Besos!

My daily makeup products — Day 2 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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I change up my look quite a lot but these are products that I have used practically everyday since I bought them. I didn’t include a lipstick because I wear different lipsticks everyday and you already know which one is my favourite 🙂

Here’s the list of products and mini descriptions of my relationship with them 🙂

BB Cream: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 23. I mix this in with my matte foundation and it give me some added moisture, SPF and other benefits that come along with the BB Cream. I mainly use it for the moisture and because mixed with my matte foundation, it gives me a more natural finish while staying matte all day.

Foundation: Boots No. 7 Beautifully Matte in Warm Ivory. This is a very matte and very full coverage foundation. I don’t like wearing this by itself because it’s too much, especially for an everyday look. That said, when mixed in with my BB cream it gives me the perfect finish that lasts all day.

Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear in NW20. I’m hopelessly addicted to this concealer. It gives me an amazing perfect natural yet full coverage and doesn’t crease. I love the product but I hate the packaging. It comes in a glass container that can easily break (as I’ve seen online) and the pump isn’t great either. With foundation pumps, I can generally get half a pump of foundation if I need it. This pump is quite stiff so it’s hard to get less than one full pump of product. The LA Girl pro concealer is a very close runner up but the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer certainly beats the LA Girl concealer for its longevity.

Setting powder: Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. I usually go for this powder or for the Ben Nye Neutral Set powder that’s white and translucent. I’ve been using this Banana powder more frequently lately and it’s because it’s more finely milled and the yellow hue helps with my redness. If I’m being fancy, I use this banana powder on my red areas and the neutral set powder on other areas that don’t need neutralising. Most days I’m lazy and just go in with one powder to set my whole face.

Highlight: The Balm Cosmetics Mary Lou-Manizer. This is certainly my new go to highlight. I used to wear the Sleek highlight from the Face Form palette but I recently bought this and it’s better by a mile. It’s more finely milled, the shimmer is more fine and if used sparingly it can look like a very natural highlight. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you want a very highlighted look, you can certainly achieve it with this product as well.

Contour: LA Girl Pro Concealer in Beautiful Bronze. This is my new favourite contour product. I got this recently and I haven’t turned back to my other contour products since. This took me a couple of goes to figure out how to make it work for me as a contour. I found that if I use too much product it can look very muddy and brushes are not great at blending this. I use this by applying it sparingly and blending with my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. It looks very natural on me and I love it.

Blush: Milani Blush in Coral Cove. I am really impressed with Milani products lately. I love this blush and I also love their Color Statement lipsticks. This is moulded into this gorgeous rose. I’ve used this product a lot since I got it and the rose still has it’s shape. It’s a very pigmented product and a little goes a long way. It’s very matte and it’s easy to blend. If I’m being extra fancy I like putting some of the Milani Baked blush in Luminoso over this to give this a sheen. They work really well together.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown. I bought this product last month and I have since not touched my Sleek Eyebrow Kit. This is certainly my holy grail brow product. Working with this also has a bit of a learning curve. Using too much product with this can make brows look very drawn on. I like using it in areas where I need to fill in and I do so with a very light hand. It matches my brow colour perfectly and I think it looks very natural on me (when I’m not going for a power brow, that is).

Eyeshadow Base: Mac Cosmetics Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. This is a really perfect eyeshadow base for me. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion which used to work well for giving my eyeshadows longevity. This paint pot however, works really well for giving me a blank canvas to work with and it works just as well as the Urban Decay Primer Potion for keeping my eyeshadows in place all day.

Eyeshadows: My everyday eyeshadow look varies a lot from day to day. That said, my skin toned DeliPlus eyeshadow (that I depotted and put in my Z Palette) and the shades Creme Brulee and Latte from Makeup Geek are the start of most of my everyday makeup looks.

Eyeliner: Physician’s Formula 2 in 1 Lash Booster Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black and NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black. I honestly can’t get enough of my Physicians’ formula eyeliner. It’s the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever worked with. It has a brush tip and the product comes out of the brush itself in the perfect amount. It’s very easy to get a very precise line with this. The only downside to the Physician’s Formula eyeliner is that it doesn’t dry matte. I prefer a matte finish for my eyeliner and to achieve that, I go in with my NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black for that perfect matte finish. High maintenance, I know.

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama. I’m currently using this mascara. I have other open mascaras that I sometimes use but this is certainly my favourite for wearing by itself. It gives me length, volume and it doesn’t flake up on me. Its downside is that it can go clumpy. I find that it’s best to use a lash comb with this to get rid of unwanted clumps.

And that’s it! I hope that you enjoyed my little descriptions of my daily makeup products. I use… A lot. I love makeup. If you ever meet me and I’m not wearing much makeup, just know that I’m probably having a very bad day.