Monday 20 August 2018

Products I Can't Leave The House Without

My handbag, like many handbags, is a deep cave full of mystery. I try to clear it out on a regular basis, because between M&S sandwich receipts, biscuit wrappers, old cinema tickets, and scrunched up tissues, I can never find what I actually need.

I am pretty sure I counted at least 18 nude lipsticks in there once, no wonder I get a sore shoulder. Anyway, I thought I'd share with you all the absolute essential products that I cannot leave the house without. I don't necessarily use them everyday, but I like knowing I have them with me just in case.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipgloss in Forbidden
This is my all time favourite lipgloss. I have used about four tubes since I discovered its existence and it is safe to say I am obsessed. It's the most amazing pinky nude colour that goes with every eye look, whether dramatic or understated. I love it.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Shade 3
This is the old packaging of Boi-ing, which just shows you how little you need. This is a great tan shade, and I really only carry it because my nose tends to run at the most inconvenient of times, and this is so easy to tap on when my make up has been rubbed off with a tissue.

Bourjois Smokey Eye Pencil in Brown
It is a bit pointless sharing this one as it was discontinued some time ago, but this is the best kohl pencil for fixing my watery eyes. I only have a small stump of this left, and it's so soft and great at covering the annoying circle of doom that appears when your eye waters and ruins your eyeshadow on your outer corner. It also has a brush on the end that makes it so easy to blend out. I am heartbroken that they decided to get rid of it, and frankly I haven't found anything like it. Sad. Very, very sad.

The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder
I am an oily skinned being, so a pressed powder is a must. I tried so many and a lot of them left me looking too matte, or quite cakey. However, this one is fantastic, blots away excess shine, and doesn't sit on the skin looking chalky. It isn't a miracle worker, as I become oily again later in the day, but it really does help take down shine and the cardboard packaging makes it sturdy, but light enough to carry around.

Model Co Illusion Lip Enhancing & Priming Liner
A lip liner makes it so easy to fake fuller lips, and this Model Co pencil is the perfect shade to pair with any lipstick or gloss. It's slightly deeper than my natural lip colour, and blends in with most of the shades I wear... Which is 98% of the time just a variation of the nude colour I wore the day before.

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush
There's not much to say about this brush only that it's the perfect density for topping up powder during the day. Also, the fact it's retractable means it's easily flung into your bag without worrying about damaging the bristles, and it looks pretty too.

CYO Blotting Papers
Being from the oily side of the skin community, I like to be prepared for the inevitable. These blotting papers come in a small plastic box complete with mirror and sponge, so you can stick a paper to the sponge and blot away until your greasy heart is content. I usually use the NYX blotting papers, but I thought I'd give these a try, and they are pretty much the same. You could probably make your own blotting papers by cutting up small squares from your grandmother's greaseproof paper she uses to bake, but having them cut and ready for use is much more convenient.

Travalo Perfume Atomiser
If you don't fancy carting about your full sized bottle, this little gadget is the answer to your perfume prayers. It's a small tube, about the size of a lipstick, that you can fill with your favourite scent. So handy for on the go, and they come in so many different colours. Really handy for taking on holiday too!

So there we go! As I mentioned earlier, I do also carry around quite a few nude toned lipsticks just in case I fancy changing my lip colour... However, the products listed above are those that I feel lost without if they get left behind, and I feel like they're a cosmetic security blanket that help me through the day no matter what I come up against. Do you have any trusted make up products? Feel free to share in the comments below!


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