In an effort (haha) to liven things up, here’s one sort-of tradition (as far as my previous blogs are concerned) that will be resurrected.
For the past three to four years, I’ve always made a post about the contents of my bag–my make-up bag, in particular. However, that’s just one of the many things. I’ve put a stop to it for the meanwhile for security purposes–becoming a target for a potential mugging isn’t ideal, so we can’t have that. So I’m reviving that sort-of tradition, but for security reasons, haha, the focus will be just on the make up bag.
And here’s the contents of the bag, as pictured below.
1. I’m really happy with Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser. It’s true to its word! My friends tell me that I have good skin (awww, shucks), but little do they know, my pores show up too–and not in a nice way, may I add! So, I decided to give this perfection in a tube a try, and it did work wonders. Especially after applying my foundation (see 2). Because of them, I am able to say, “Pores? What pores?”
2. Avon’s Ideal Luminous foundation is another winner. Admittedly, I did get Downton Abbey skin envy. How did Mary get that glow? After extensive (haha) research (thank you, Vogue), I found out their secret: illuminating foundation. Since the producers and the crew made sure that everything was true to the time period. So, women during the early twentieth century didn’t get to wear much make-up–not even eye liner. So they have to do something to make their faces have a certain radiance. And it’s not just for the evening, it works well too, even in the day!
3. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Usually, I’m terrified of using eye-liner, due to the fear that I might not make it straight and I’ll look like a mauled panda. On some occasions, however, I venture, and with a few cheats, I was able to manage! Collection 2000’s Extreme 24 Hour Felt Liner contributed to its success. I really should practice on making it better.
4. Lip brush application may be a bit fussy compared to the straight on slicking of the lipstick, but it’s perfectly worth it, especially if a more natural look is desired. I may not be an expert, but I found that it works for me. This handy little tool is never absent from my make-up bag.
5. Four Bourjois Cream Blush in Little Round Pots came my way early this year via my older sister, and I love them! They are velvety smooth and the shades come in naturally. The downside is, it’s not brush friendly, but who needs brushes when you have your fingers, right? I use Sweet Cherry, Healthy Glow and Rose Tender in great frequency–their Nude Velvet not as much, as it tends to look invisible when applied to my cheeks. (NB: Sweet Cherry and Nude Velvet are not pictured above to avoid product overkill)
6. Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra in Nude Beige was probably my worst purchase–never test a product in poor lighting! It was one shade lighter than my skin. But I can’t afford to waste this power, so I’ve remedied it by using only a very thin layer, and in applying powder on my cheeks, I’ve used my fingers.
7. I usually find it hard to procure the right moisturiser for my skin type (I am combination, by the way). This locally made Facial Moisturizer by Celeteque is a godsend–it’s not too heavy, not too greasy. Plus it absorbs easily.
My Lip Stuff (nos. 8, 9, 10 and 12)- Before I apply lipstick, I put on lip balm–it’s easier to apply lipstick afterwards. For that purpose, I use Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Smoothing Cherry. After that, I just choose one of three shades: Avon’s Vitaluscious in Reviving Red (no.12); Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube in No. 10 (no. 8); and Wet n’Wild’s Megaslicks Balm Stain in Mauve. I usually use one shade after the balm, but if I have plenty of time, I usually play with shades–my base is always the Balm Stain, combined with either the Avon or the Wet n’ Wild lippie.
This blog update will not end without giving the lashes some love! Soap and Glory’s Thick&Fast (no.11) gives my lashes that much-needed volume! My lashes are so thin, and looks rather bereft on an awful day.
So ends the comeback post! Please feel free to share what’s inside your make-up bag!