What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag? – Tenerife

As you may know, I recently got back from Tenerife and I thought it would be quite nice to share with you what was in my travel makeup bag. I really enjoy reading this type of post as I find them really helpful for discovering new products and for travelling too. I also enjoy writing them so I thought it would be worth doing. I thought it would be a good idea to go through each product, tell you about it, why it’s in there etc. just so you know whether you’ll like them or not. I also tried to take a small amount of products as I was taking hand luggage only. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’ve tried any of these makeup products.

The Makeup Bag – I’m taking my Ted Baker Katient Small Bow Makeup Bag which fits everything minus the eyeshadow palette and the cream contour kit. It’s the pale pink one with the grey bow which is such good quality and definitely worth the price.

The Summer Bronzer – So, the first thing is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ This is my favourite bronzer for bronzing the face and obviously on holiday I want to look as bronze as possible. It has a very, very slight shimmer to it which is lovely for Summer and it’s also the perfect shade for my skin.

The Stunning Highlighter – Next I have one of my all time favourite products, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ You’ve probably heard everyone talking about these highlighters and it’s for a good reason (see my full review here). It is the most finely milled highlighter ever and this shade is perfect. It’s great for adding a natural glow to the skin which is what I want on holiday and in Summer.

The Waterproof Liquid Liner – I don’t wear liquid liner a lot but I need to take it in case I want to put some on. My favourites are from L’Oréal as they are easy to apply and don’t smudge or transfer and the one I’m taking is the L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof as it is waterproof perfect for humidity and hot weather.

The Lightweight Concealer – I love lightweight and natural concealers and my favourite is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory.’ It gives a medium coverage and a radiant finish which I personally love and is great in warmer weather.

The Perfect Powder – As I have oily skin and the weather is hotter which will make it even more oily, powder is 100% necessary. My all time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ which sets my makeup into place all day and it is just as great as any high end powder.

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The Best Brow Kit – The brow product which I use all the time and have done for a year is the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which has a powder and a wax. I can do natural brows for when I have no other makeup on and I can do full brows for when I’m wearing a full face. I couldn’t go a day without this.

The Contour Shade – For contour I actually use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It is the perfect shade for my paler skin (however, I am excited for the lighter version in May!, it’s matte and it’s so natural… I just love it! (read my full review here) It has khaki undertones but it’s also great for bronzing up the face too.

The Smudge Proof Mascara – My favourite mascara ever is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’. It is volumising, lengthening and even though it’s not waterproof it’s completely smudge proof. If you are looking for a waterproof mascara, the waterproof version of this is so waterproof you won’t be able to get it off.

The Matte Foundation – I’m currently trying out the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I will do a full review on soon. It is a matte foundation and it keeps my oily skin shine free for a number of hours.  It’s important in hot weather for me to wear a matte foundation or it wouldn’t be on my face after half an hour.

The Perfect Palette – The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is my go to eyeshadow palette as it has some stunning pink shades, an array of brown shades, a matte white and also a black. The quality of these is very good, the packaging is very sturdy so it’s perfect for travelling and there is also a good mirror which is great.

The Matte Eye Primer – I think eyeshadow primer is such a necessary step as it keeps my eyeshadow on for so much longer without fading, smudging or creasing. My favourite is the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it’s completely matte so works with ever look.

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The Contour Kit – I don’t often use my Sleek Cream Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ as it’s too dark for me usually and I find contouring with powder easier. However I thought it would be perfect now as it has darker shades and I’m going to be fake tanning, I can use it to darken my foundation and it also has a large mirror which I’ll use for doing my makeup.

The Nude Lip – My current favourite nude lipstick is MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ as it is a medium nude shade with a bit of pink in it. It has a satin finish so it’s comfortable on the lips yet it is very opaque and long lasting.

The Liquid Lipstick – I wanted to take a liquid lipstick and a true nude shade with no undertone so I’m taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi.’ It is a medium nude with no undertones and it is so comfortable on the lips you can barely feel it.

The Bright Lip – As I already had two nudes I thought I would take a bright lip as they look great with a tan. I decided on the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Avery’ as it’s a stunning coral pink shade and it has the nicest lip balm like formula yet is so opaque and long lasting.

The Versatile Lip Liner – As I’m taking three quite different lip options I wanted to take a lip liner that works well with all of them. I chose the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner as its a ‘your lips but better’ shade and it seems to work with anything.

Love Sarah x

My Current Makeup Picks

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my current makeup picks. I find it really interesting knowing what products people are currently using/loving so I thought some of you might enjoy this. I won’t be showing you everything that’s in my makeup bag because I feel like I’ve spoken about certain things far too much. Let me know what products you’re currently using/loving and I hope you enjoy this post!

The first thing I have that I want to mention is the MUA Hide & Conceal Concealer in ‘Natural’ which I discovered recently when I was going through my makeup. I think it was one of my first concealers and after trying it out again I’ve found that it’s actually quite good. I probably won’t repurchase it but I’m using it until it’s finished as it has a good high coverage which blends well. There seven different shades available which is fairly good for a drugstore brand and I’d recommend this concealer to anyone on a budget. A new addition to my makeup collection is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I only bought it about two months ago but it’s already become one of my favorite products of all time. It is the perfect matte bronzer shade for pale to light olive skin tones and it looks so natural. I use it as a contour shade and it’s just the best thing ever. It is so easy to blend and it is just perfect for my skin tone. I’d highly recommend this as either a bronzer or a contour shade. The next thing is also another new addition and possibly the most exciting thing ever. It’s the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ which is most definitely worth the price. It is a gorgeous pale gold shade and it is so finely milled and buttery so rather than looking like you have shimmer all over your face, it makes you look like your glowing from within. So even though it’s a very ‘wow!’ highlighter, it is still natural looking if you know what I mean. I would highly recommend this if you are willing to spend the money, it’s incredible.

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As most of you know, my favorite and probably most used eyeshadow palette is the Urban Decay Naked 3 and I’m going to talk about my current favorite shades. Recently I’ve been loving the shade ‘Trick‘ which is a shimmery copper/bronze shade. I like to use this on my eyelid as the main colour and I like to but my contour shade which I previously mentioned, in my crease. Another shade which I’ve been using a lot recently is ‘Factory.’ It’s a slightly shimmery medium neutral toned brown which I like to use on an angled liner brush to use on my lash line to make it look darker and thicker. All of the eyeshadows in this palette are so pigmented, easy to blend and last all day without fading or creasing at all. I’d recommend the palette if you like pink eyeshadows and cooler brown shades – I think it would best suit people who have neutral/cool undertones. I’m also currently back to using my favorite mascara of all time, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I think it’s the mascara wand that makes my eyelashes look so good and makes this mascara stand out to me as my favorite. It separates, lengthens and volumises my eyelashes and it does not smudge at all even when my eyes water or when I cry, usually from laughing too much. Next time you need a new mascara, I’d recommend this.

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Recently I have been using and loving my first ever MAC lipstick which is MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup.’ It is a beautiful pale pink shade which is really creamy and comfortable on the lips. It is the perfect everyday shade but it is also amazing for more glam night looks. It needs reapplying throughout the day but it has a decent amount of staying power and it’s got a lovely finish. And the other lipstick is also an old favorite from MAC and it’s MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove.’ I used to use this constantly and it was my favorite lipstick for a long time but I’m starting to rekindle my love for it. It’s a neutral matte nude which would suit anyone and would look amazing with any makeup look. It is very pigmented and it stays on the lips all day but it’s not drying at all – it’s the perfect matte nude lipstick. I’ve also been loving lipgloss recently and the one I’ve been using the most is the No7 BB Lips in ‘Ballerina.’ It is non-sticky, moisturising and comfortable on the lips. The colour is a pale nude with a hint of pink which just looks beautiful on the lips. It’s probably my all time favorite lipstick.

Love Sarah x

Whats In My Makeup Bag? – Majorca

I’m still currently on the island of Majorca and I’m having the best time. Today I thought I’d share whats in my holiday makeup bag for a hot, sunny, Summer holiday. These are some of my favorite types of posts to write and also to read so I hope you enjoy!

My base is always hard to decide on and it is fair to say that I don’t need this many concealers, but I did try my best to narrow it down. For foundation I decided to take my Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in ‘Light Porcelain’ which is one of my favorite and most reliable foundations. Concealers was hard for me… I have my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in ‘Fair’ which can literally cover anything. I decided I had to have my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in ‘Ivory’ for brightening the under eye, and I also chose to take my Maybelline Fit Me concealer in ’10’ which is a bit too dark for my skin so with a tan, it’ll look perfect. I’m also taking my favorite powder, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in ‘transparent’ which sets my makeup perfectly into place all day.

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Next things are cheek prodcuts (what do you even call them?), like bronzer, blusher, etc… you know what I mean. First thing is my newest addition, my Sleek cream contour kit in ‘Medium’ which I’m currently really enjoying. Also for contour, I just have to take my Seventeen Define & Conquer contour kit in ‘Medium’ which is one of my favorite products. For bronzer I’m taking my favorite one, which is L’Oreal Glam Bronze bronzing powder in ‘Caribbean Sun’ which is the perfect colour on me. And lastly I’m taking my Studio blush & highlighter palette, not for the blushers (I probably won’t use them, I’m not a fan of blusher on me), but for the amazing pink toned highlighter which is so pigmented.

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Moving on to eyes, possibly the most exciting for me at the moment. Firstly, eyebrows, and I’ve chosen to take some reliable products, my Maybelline Master Shape brow pencil in ‘Dark Blonde’ and my L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius kit in ‘Light/Medium.’ I need a good eye primer and I’ve decided on the Urban Decay Eden eyeshadow primer which makes my eyeshadows last so much longer. Choosing the eyeshadows was a difficult disission but I went with my current obbsession, the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which has the perfect array of shades for me. I’m taking my favorite pencil eyeliner, the Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl Noir and also my favorite liquid eyeliner, the L’Oreal Super Liner black laquer. You could say I’ve maybe overestimated how many mascaras I’ll need, but the first one I’m taking is my Rimmel Wonder’full mascara in ‘Extreme Black’ which I’ve been loving latley. I also decided on my Max Factor 2000 Calorie dramatic volume mascara in ‘Black’ which is one of my all time favorites. Another all time favorite of mine is the Maybelline Lash Sensational lash multiplying mascara intense black which I love lots.

One of my favorite parts is lips, and lately I’ve been trying out some amazing new products. I tried really hard to narrow it down, but as you’ll soon find out, I’ve not done very well. The first one I chose is an old favorite, my MAC Cremesheen lipstick in ‘Creme Cup,’ a gorgeous light blue toned pink. I also love my newest MAC lipstick which is MAC Satin lipstick in ‘Snob,’ which is a light/medium pink with purple undertones. I also had to take an easy option, my MAC Matte lipstick in ‘Honeylove.’ I also wanted to take a brighter more summery colour so I chose my Stila Color Balm lipstick in ‘Avery’ which feels like a lip balm, but is as pigmented as a lipstick. I wanted to take my two most recent purchases, my NYX Soft Matte lip cream in ‘Tokyo’ which I love loads, and also my NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie.’ And lastly (you’ll be glad to know), I needed a lipliner so I chose one that would go with everything, my MUA Intense Colour lipliner in ‘Caramel Nougat.’

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Using the right tools to apply your makeup is super important so I’m taking my favorite makeup brushes with me. For my face makeup I took my Real Techniques powder brush, my Real Techniques multi task brush, my Real Techniques sculpting brush, my Real Techniques essential foundation brush, and my Bare Minerals foundation brush. For my eye makeup I took my Real Techniques domed shadow brush, my Revlon double ended smokey eye brush, and four Fearne Cotton eye brushes.

Love Sarah x

Whats in my makeup bag? – Northern France

If you didn’t know already, I’m currently enjoying an amazing holiday in the North of France – Honfleur, Bayeux, Beauvoir, Paris, Calais, etc…
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love knowing what people have in their makeup bags, especially the things in their holiday makeup bags, that have made it into the small selection of products they need to have with them. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have writing it, and let me know a few products that you have in your holiday makeup bag!

Selecting the products for my base wasn’t that hard; I usually just stick to the same products for my base anyway. The foundation I chose to take is Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation because it offers a medium buildable coverage, a healthy natural finish, and good staying power. I like to have a few concealers on hand so I took my favorites – Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which has high coverage, that will cover literally anything, Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer which is great for the under eye area, and Avon stick concealer which has a thick texture, sure to cover any blemish, but also works well as an eye base. And lastly, powder, a must have for me, and my favorite one is Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder.

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Next, bronzer, aka my one true love. Most people say they couldn’t live without mascara because it opens there eyes, concealer because it can cover imperfections, but for me bronzer comes first! It gives my face more depth, and it makes my skin look sunkissed and beautiful. My favorite is currently L’Oreal Glam Bronze bronzing powder which gives that stunning sunkissed glow. Another love of mine is contour, and my favorite contour kit is deffinetly Seventeen Define & Conquer contour kit. With these two products, I could do anything!

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Eyes for me was pretty difficult – choosing your favorite of each thing, near impossible. I finally decided that my favorite eyeshadow palette is Stila In The Moment eyeshadow palette which has the perfect colours for any occasion; going to the beach, going shopping, or partying all night. I also just had to throw in my Urban Decay Naked basics palette – how couldn’t I? Eyeliner was a bit easier but not much and I took my Lancôme Le Crayone Khol noir eyeliner pencil because with a black eyeliner pencil, your sorted. Another eyeliner I like alot is my Avon Glimmersticks diamonds eyeliner pencil in ‘Emerald Glow,’ which has a super blendable texture and could add the perfect pop of colour to the eyes. I must always have a liquid eyeliner with me, and one of my favorites is L’Oreal Super Liner black laquer. The mascaras I’ll be taking are Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara which is my favorite mascara, and also Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara which is a new product for me. And how could I forget brows? I’ll be taking my Maybelline Master Shape eyebrow pencil to fill them in with.

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By far the hardest part for me was lips. How can you not take them all? I finally decided on taking six. First being MAC matte lipstick in ‘Honeylove,’ which is the perfect nude colour for me. Another favorite lipstick of mine is MAC cremesheen lipstick in ‘Creme Cup,’ which is a beautiful pink nude. I also love my L’Oreal collection exclusive colour riche lipstick in ‘Juliannes Nude.’ I just had to take Stila Color Balm lipstick in ‘Avery’ which is a beautiful coral pink. I also had to take another nude lipstick, so I chose Clinique Colour Pop lipstick in ‘Nude Pop.’ All of those colours were quite safe, so I had to take Makeup Reveloution lipstick in ‘Lady,’ for a statement lip. I couldn’t miss out lip liner so I took three MUA lipliners in the shades ‘Caramel Nougat,’ ‘Softly Lined,’ and ‘Red Drama.’

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Using the right tools to apply your makeup is super important so I’m taking my favorite makeup brushes with me. For my face makeup I took my Real Techniques powder brush, my Real Techniques multi task brush, my Real Techniques sculpting brush, my Real Techniques essential foundation brush, and my Bare Minerals foundation brush. For my eye makeup I took my Real Techniques domed shadow brush, my Revlon double ended smokey eye brush, and four Fearne Cotton eye brushes.

Love Sarah x

Inside My Sisters Makeup Bag

I thought I would go through some of things that my sister has in her makeup bag. I’ve tried nearly all of these products, because whats the point in taking your makeup bag when you have a sister with more than enough stuff? Anyway, here’s what’s inside…

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder – I have used this a couple of times before, and it has made my makeup stay for at least 6 hours. It is a great product, and my sisters skin always looks flawless.

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation – My sister has used this foundation since she was 14, and she still says it’s her favorite foundation, I will need to try it if it’s really that good.

Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder – I don’t know why she needs two powders but apparently she does. I have also tried this and it is mattefying and is really silky feeling. It makes you look flawless, and I need my own.

Benefit Boi-ing concealer – I think this is the only concealer I have ever seen her use. Her dark circles are always visibly erased and blemishes are completely concealed. Deffinetly looks like a good concealer.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher – I haven’t tried this, because I personally don’t suit blusher. But it gives a gorgeous colour and they are always spoken about on the internet. So if one day, I feel the desire to get a blusher, it will be this.

Benefit Watts Up highlighter – She was just trying this out and I don’t think she is really enjoying it very much. It is a love/hate product.

MUA Matte Palette – Eyeshadows from MUA are honestly incredible for the price. This palette is incredible and has her brow shade in it too. I have been meaning to buy my own for a long time.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eye Shadow – My sister has every shade of this, which really shows that she loves them! I have one, and they are quite incredible. Very good quality eyeshadows.

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal eye pencil – My sister stated that these were the best eyeliners ever. So I bought my own and they truly are. They are comparable to the 24/7 eye pencils from Urban Decay. You have to get one of these.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara – My sister always has about 3 mascaras on the go at once. There is always a Max Factor one in there. I tried this mascara and it is so good. When I’m finished the 6 I have on the go, I’ll deffinely buy this.

MAC Matte Lipstick – I bought her the colour ‘Smoked Purple’ for Christmas as she loves a purple lipstick. They are such good quality lipsticks. I obviously have a couple of my own.

MUA Lipstick – I don’t think there has ever been a time where these haven’t been in her makeup bag. She constantly buys me them and they are good quality for £1.

Blonde Effect Beauty.