I used to own alot of make-up, but I decided to cut down my 'collection'. Now I have my make-up split into three:
+ A basic make-up bag
+ A Cath Kidston make-up bag with a few MAC lipglosses, a Barry M dazzledust, and a few other bits inside
+ My wonderful Urban Decay palette, all I'll probably ever need for eyeshadow, ever..
I saw this lovely little bag on Ebay one afternoon years ago, while my mum was peering over my shoulder. I decided to bid on it, and found out she loved it, so when it arrived, I passed it to her. She used it for a little while, then passed it back to me. So this, is a very well loved bag ;)
I think it only cost around £4.00 with postage included, which is a bargain considering Accessorize purses and bags tend to be pricey. You can usually find some lovely Accessorize beaded and sequinned purses/cosmetics bags on Ebay, so it's always worth a look.
Here's what's inside:
+ Maybelline Volume Express Lift-up Mascara (you can see a review I wrote about this here)
+ Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer in Ivory
+ Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer in Ivory
+ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
+ Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Ivory
+ Bourjois Blush in Rose D'or
+ Maybelline Dream Mousse blush in Mauve
+ Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Warm Beige
+ Lip Smacker in Easter Cake
+ Lip Smacker in Vanilla Cola
+ Benefit Benetint miniature
+ Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Grapefruit
+ Vaseline.. of course :D
+ A super sparkly (and super broken) mirror from Accessorize
As you can see, my basic make-up is all generally drugstore brands, although I would love to own more expensive better quality products, those products work fine for me :) and I hate spending alot of money on things that turn out to be rubbish, I'm a little boring like that.
The UD eyeliner came as part of a set with a few other lovely colours (I have them somewhere), I seriously recommend these eyeliners, they are wonderous.
The Clinique gloss was a freebie from a magazine. I heart freebies :D
Easter Cake Lip Smacker
This is one of my most recent purchases, I bought it a couple of days ago from Primark for 50p! I guess it's their easter stock, so they're keen to sell, but cake is cake, and this does smell delicious (boyfriend thinks it smells sickly). I love wearing light lip balms in the summer, I find lip glosses too sticky and I rarely wear lipstick. So easter cake and the vanilla cola will be travelling around with me alot over the next few months.
This is such a cute little thing, and although I rarely use it (as you can tell), I still love having it around. I tend to use a teeny tiny amount on my lips to make them look naturally pinker. It works a treat :)
The miniature comes from the Justine Case set. The Benefit website no longer sell it, so it's worth a google search if you're interested in it, just beware of any potential fakes out there (incase there is any).
Bourjois Blush in Rose D'or
Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Mauve
I can never decide which one of these is my favourite, they're both really lovely. I find the Maybelline mousse easier to apply for precision, but the shimmery effect of Bourjois' Rose D'or is perfect for adding some sparkle to my cheeks. I originally saw the Bourjois one on a blog entry from Sailboat, where Jennie shows other shades, too. I'm also keen on Rose Ambré ;)
Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Palette
Adrian (wonderful boyfriend) bought me this beautiful palette for Christmas, and it's taken me on an eyeshadow journey like I could never believe. I've always loved eyeshadow, and loved looking at eyeshadow looks online. But whenever I tried these looks, it would all go wrong, I'd look like someone had punched me in the eye or I'd let a child loose on my eyelids. But this palette encouraged me to learn, and now I've mastered a few looks that encompass all the colours, and suit work also ;)
My favourites are Drink Me Eat Me, Oraculum, Muchness and Queen. These are the colours I use most frequently :)
If I've mentioned something you're keen to try, but would love more information about it, or perhaps you'd like a proper review, please feel free to send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
I'm no expert (believe me) but I have been using these products for a long time.
**Before I go, if you're a fan of The Body Shop and love their famous body butters, them go grab yourself a copy of Marie Claire (June 2011). You get a free lovely body butter, 50ml travel size, in either mango, shea or one called Dreams Unlimited, which is based on their new perfume.**
I picked up mango, yumyum :)