My Overnight Makeup Bag

13 August 2012

Ever since I invested in Asos premier I've have enjoyed treating myself to little bits and this makeup bag was no exception. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with makeup bags...until about 3 months ago my makeup collection was so big that I stored it in carrier bags because I couldn't find a makeup bag big enough, but thankfully I've seen the light and picked up some muji drawers. I also am not exactly Cath Kidston's number one fan as I find her products to be on the whole overpriced and overrated, but what can I say, I liked the pretty flowers! I have a purse by her which a friend bought me that I love and now this makeup bag too, which is making me consider investing in the matching wash bag.

It was pretty lucky that I was tempted by this bag, as I ended up going up to Yorkshire for the weekend with my dad to visit family, and I'm a bit tired of carrying my makeup round in plastic bags. As predicted, we all ended up having a bit too much vino and the next day I did not feel like applying a full face of slap, so I was pretty pleased with my selection. The NARS lipstick and Laura Mercier eyebrow pencil were just a step too much in my foggy state so they stayed at the bottom of the bag, but a combination of everything else made me look fresh faced enough to just about convince myself that I was feeling fine enough to face the two hour journey home.

The Kiehls lip balm is the absolute stand out product for me - the smell is absolutely divine and I shall be ordering multiples to leave in my bag/desk drawer/bedside table etc. I can't rave about the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser enough, its the most beautiful natural finish ever, although if I use it too many days in a row I start to break out (not majorly) on my chin. This is not usual for me as I have incredibly sensitive skin, and going a day or two without wearing it gets my skin back in to shape.

Brush wise, all I took with me were the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (which I love with every base but Nars Sheer Glow - I think I could apply tar with this stuff and it would still look great), the Pointed Foundation Brush also from the core collection because it is excellent at applying concealer under the eyes and around the nose, and my trusty MAC 168, which I've had for years and is just angled enough to not overload my rather small face with blush. For skin care, I had my Origins super spot remover which I am very nearly out of, talika eye cleanser, and REN clay cleanser  - three of my favourite products at the moment. I really need to get some little pump bottles to transfer some of the latter two products in to, as they'd fit pretty snugly in this bag too.

So that completes my roundup of the products that I took away with me last weekend to keep me looking fresh faced - what are your travel essentials?


  1. Good post! All I need is some foundation, powder and lip balm and I'm good to go :)

  2. Oh god... When I travel I bring SO much unnecessary foundation products it's unreal. I won't leave without my Naked palette though... It's got everything you need in one handy box :D

    I love that makeup bag, it's nice to see a somewhat cheap one at that size... I still haven't been able to find a nice big cute bag to fit all my stuff in... First world problems eh? ;D

  3. Looks like that make up bag can fit loads!

    I can't be without my Bobbi Brown corrector, Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer and powder...oh and of course, lip balm!


  4. I've been looking for a new tinted moisturiser, really interested to hear that you had problems with it, I have such sensitive skin it's always so useful to hear that feedback from other people. Lovely post - 100th follower! YAY!

  5. I really want that Origins spot killer thing! But i love how much stuff you can fit in your Mary Poppins bag :)


  6. I agree, Kath Kidston stuff is pretty overpriced, but I love her prints. This makeup bag is gorgeous! Something I hate about makeup bags is that they get so dirty so quickly, and there's not really any way to get them looking back to their best - I get through so many of them! Whenever I think I've finally got myself all organised, my makeup bag starts to look all grubby and I have to start again :(
    Mel xx

  7. Gorgeous collection of products! :) I love the Buffing Brush - but who doesn't? I really want to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, I've heard wonderful things about it.

  8. I love the buffing brush and the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser! I really want to try the Origins super spot remover. I am a new follower :)

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  10. I love Cath Kidston, but I do wish it wasn't as expensive! Your selection of makeup here is great!

  11. I have such sensitive skin it's always so useful to hear that feedback from other people. Lovely post, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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