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What’s In My Mystery Makeup Bag?

What’s In My Mystery Makeup Bag?

I took slightly make-up bag with me on an in a single day journey a few months in the past after which once I received dwelling once more from my travels I forgot to unpack it. I solely occurred upon it by whole fluke, the opposite week, once I went looking for a kind of sticky garments rollers within the prime a part of the wardrobe. And there it was, the make-up bag, like a relic from one other time.

Resisting the urge to right away open it as much as see what treasures lay inside, I assumed I’d undergo it on movie as an alternative and kill two birds with one stone by doing a make-up video. Kind of like a make-up model of Prepared Regular Cook dinner! Could have been dangerous, seeing as if I had no thought what supplies I’d be working with, however on the identical time not as a result of I do are typically a creature of behavior with my magnificence appears to be like. It wasn’t as if I used to be going to unzip the bag to discover a vivid blue glitter eyeshadow and sticky fuchsia lipgloss…

Lo and behold, it turned out to be the entire regular suspects required to create my signature “barely there” look – a glance that’s only a marginally extra polished, enhanced and groomed face than my regular one. No dramatic transformation.

Think about my pleasure, although, once I noticed that the contents of the bag included a tube of what would possibly effectively be one in every of my favorite make-up bases of all time. These items is solely supreme. Watch the video to see it in motion – for those who’re studying on e-mail you’ll have to click on right here to open it in your browser.

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It’s the Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Pores and skin Tint. How that is so gentle in texture but additionally so completely creamy I don’t know; it additionally offers probably the most refined blur-and-glow mixture I’ve seen in a product so fresh-feeling. It glides on easily, offers simply sufficient protection to even out skintone and is the proper product for individuals who need the dewy results of a tinted moisturiser however not the surplus slitheriness.

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Pores and skin Tint presently has a couple of shades within the sale at House NK* (they did have the entire shades on sale however I used to be too gradual off the mark to nab mine, ST04) however you’ll be able to see the total line-up at Sephora*.

I’ll be again with a correct assessment of the Pores and skin Tint, together with earlier than and after photographs as a result of I understand how a lot you want these. Particularly once I zoom in and I haven’t remembered to verify for rogue hairs on my face! I used the Bobbi Brown Full Protection Brush (right here*) to use within the video however it does equally as effectively with fingertips and also you most likely waste much less product…

My newest basis assessment: Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow

Different base merchandise: the Uncommon Magnificence Bronzing Stick (shade Comfortable Sol) is now customary situation in my make-up routine. I’ve three of them, so I didn’t truly miss the one which had been languishing at nighttime for months. I used to be one of many first to mock the pattern for drawing brown traces throughout your face with contour sticks however – I give up! – I’ll admit I’ve come round to the approach. Primarily as a result of a lot of my favorite bronzing issues now are available  stick type and that’s probably the most wise approach to apply them – simply draw them on like a toddler with a chunky crayon.

The upside of that is that you just get the color exactly the place you need and wish it and it’s simpler to comply with the road of your cheekbone or wherever it’s you’re making an attempt to bronze/contour. (Draw onto the locations the solar hits to bronze, draw into the shadow to contour.) Then you definitely simply take a brush and gently buff in, making an attempt to not upset the muse product beneath in any other case it goes all patchy.

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By the way in which – and I point out this within the video – all of those lotions and sticks and balms are all very effectively and good till you utilize them over a really moisturising base that slides a bit, after which as quickly as you attempt to buff all of it collectively all of it goes fully down the pan. You flip to the sunshine to look at your completely blended contour to seek out that half of your basis has disappeared.

There’s something extremely constructive to say about old-skool powder bronzers and blushers and that’s that not solely are you able to simply whisk them calmly throughout the pores and skin with out upsetting the peerlessly utilized layers beneath, they go some approach to truly setting these beneath layers into place. Simply as you’d use a translucent powder to set your nostril, chin and brow, the colorful bronzes and blushes assist with longevity on the remainder of the face. If that’s your bag and also you even require longevity…

I additionally discovered my treasured Vieve Eye Wand on this bag – once more we’re again onto cream merchandise that you just scribble on like an overgrown little one, however bear with me. As a result of I can’t do with out these Eye Wands – there are loads on the market from totally different manufacturers however in some way the Espresso shade from Vieve is simply spot on. Not too metallic, simply the precise depth of brown to create a horny smoke, however not so deep that it’s scary to the neighbours for those who fail to mix it in correctly.

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It’s gentle sufficient to mix out simply and fantastically so it’s unlikely you’d fail however you must be comparatively fast –  give it a minute and it’ll have caught in place so solidly that you just’ll want a correct eye make-up remover to get it off earlier than mattress. I like to make use of it to attract a shortish, stubby line from the outer nook of my eye in the direction of the tip of my eyebrow (see the video for a demo, it’s about eleven minutes in) after which smudge it out. It cheats slightly little bit of an eye fixed carry. I used to do that with an eyeliner and do a extra exact little wedge form, however in all honesty this fashion with the chunkier crayon takes half the time and achieves nearly the identical factor. The intention of the sport is to bypass the place your eye droops down on the corners (for those who too have this downside) and make slightly optical phantasm that sees the eyes upturn themselves and look massively extra optimistic and jolly.


Mascara is nice outdated Telescopic from L’Oreal. By no means has a make-up product been repurchased so many occasions – by me, not less than. It lengthens and separates and simply makes lashes look very significantly better when you have honest and high-quality ones. This isn’t a “stripper lash” mascara neither is it actually “faux lash impact”, except you are inclined to go for the very delicate ones (I haven’t worn them for years) however it makes an enormous distinction on me. And the most effective factor is {that a}) it sticks round fairly effectively but b) removes simply along with your regular cleaning balm or cream. No particular remover required.

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I completed off my look, for those who may even name it that (I ought to rename it… Sprucing-Up Routine) with a little bit of lipliner (Uncommon Magnificence*) and a lip oil balm from Ipsum.

Random muss of the hair, which is likely one of the delights of it being shorter (the extra mussing the higher) after which the low-key dolling-up was full. Little bit of an eye fixed carry, lip definition sketched again in and a sheeny, sheer pores and skin base that simply appears to be like like actually wonderful pores and skin. A glance that’s completely my bag.

(I used the Magnificence Pie angled cheek brush* to buff within the cheek merchandise and the Charlotte Tilbury smudger brush on the eyes. In case you watch the video and see my cheek mishap with the blusher and love the color – and power – then that’s the Charlotte Tilbury matte blush in Peach Pop*. My cardigan is outdated Me + Em.)


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