What’s In My MakeUp Bag?

Hi Everyone

Today I’m sharing a post that’s always popular with readers. A “What’s In My Makeup Bag?”

I was talking to my daughter about this.You see, I was asked by a new soon to launch magazine for the mature woman. A glossy fashion, health and lifestyle magazine called Silver Life. Due to launch early July, I will let you all know when it’s available, I’m excited about it!

I said to my daughter “Do you really think anyone would be interested in what I’m wearing on my over 50 year old face?” She replied with “Mother these on-line articles are my guilty pleasure and I’m always reading them” “Do it!” was her bossy reply!
 But she reads the younger blogs of course. Do any of you read these types of post? I’m often drawn to the “ten things you didn’t know about me” types of post. I’m just so nosey! 

Before I start to show you what I use, I want you to know that I’m quite a savvy shopper where my beauty routine and makeup is concerned. I have used Estee Lauder for years and I find you get more for your money if you buy when the seasonal promotion is on.
I’m signed up to all major stores for email alerts when this happens, so when I’m in need of anything that I’ve run out of there is usually a special offer on somewhere!

I also sign up email alerts to my favourite brands and when my birthday comes around I will go and get my freebie. It all helps!

So here goes! This is what I use on a day to day basis…

I thought I would start with the tools first. These are just as important. So Left to right

  1. Foundation brush – I use this to blend my foundation. Great for blending under the eyes and any facial creases.
  2. Throw away mascara brushes are handy and come in packs of 10-20 I use these for eyebrows as well, great for blending in eyebrow pencil.
  3. This little-chiseled brush is great for blending in pencilled eyeliner for a softer effect 
  4. The eyeliner brush I use not only for eyeliner but also for concealer to hide blemishes
  5. This soft rounded brush is for creating the smokey eye effect in the socket of my eye.
  6. Blusher/Bronzer brush. I’ve had this Jane Iredale brush for years and it’s been brilliant.Pricey but I totally recommend it! 
  7. Lip brush. A must for precision!

1)Primer – I’m hooked on the Estee Lauder Universal Perfecting primer. Providing the perfect base for foundation and leaves my skin velvety and a little smoother. A big help in a little tube!

2)Foundation – I use Estee Lauder Double wear. The staying power of this foundation is amazing! If my skin is on the dry side I will use double wear light.

3)Concealer – Again it’s Estee Lauder Double wear. I actually use two of these. One for blemishes in my skin shade and one a shade lighter for hiding deep wrinkles.

A tip to take note of – Use an eyeliner brush to apply a slightly lighter shade of concealer along deep wrinkles and then leave to set for around thirty seconds. Then pat gently with your ring finger to blend

1)The items above are my go to everyday items. I just apply the Bourjois eyeshadow from eyelid to socket. this shade is Generose 02 
I find a light eyeshadow with a slight shimmer gives a nice little lift.

2)The Grey eye pencil I use for my eyebrows and then blend with the brush. Have you tried using Grey on your eyebrows? It’s the most natural shade and great for blondes.

3) Eyeliner pencil- Brown. I prefer a natural look in daytime and I think brown is a much softer look. Blended with the chisled brush above. I don’t like harsh lines.

I’ve added this eye palette into the kit here. This was an item I received in a makeup kit. It’s great for adding extra colour for evenings.

I’m using a Revlon powder blush in 003- Mauvelous! one pat of this blush onto my blusher brush and tap on the apple of my cheek.Blend with the blusher brush, this stuff goes a long way. Great healthy colour too!

Some Bronzers are so expensive! Blend and staying power are what’s most important. Plus it needs to be the right shade of course! I don’t like anything too shimmery. The one I have used for ages is this Avon Glow in Light Bronze. I am very fair and this is a great colour for me and not too orange!

Now I always have a problem getting my lipstick to stay on! For a while now I have used the method of lining my lips with a pencil and then gently smooth the lip line with your finger. This just softens the lip line and less likely to look harsh.
Then I fill the middle parts of top and lower lips and blend outwards with the lip brush. Then I apply my lipstick on top.
So far this has worked remarkably well. I don’t do gloopy lip gloss! Not even for evenings!
Rimmel I think do marvellous lip pencils and they are very cheap. I tend to go for the nude colours and only use a deeper colour for evenings.
My favourite lipstick at the moment on top of a nude pencil is Estee Lauder Pink Parfait (left) The middle is Estee Lauder rose gold and on the right is Virgin Vie Ruby Red Sheer.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful. Let me know if you have any other tips to share your everyday makeup in the comments below

I will be posting a sales post tomorrow if you want to stop by. Plus this will include my Ten Under Twenty for the week

XO Laurie

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  1. February 8, 2018 / 1:07 am

    Thanks Laurie it was interesting to see the products you use and a great reminder to clean out my current makeup bag. Thanks for sharing at #overthemoon and have a great week.

  2. December 4, 2017 / 7:06 am

    I love Estee Lauder. I have extremely sensitive skin and this brand is usually a safe bet! #AnythingGoes

  3. December 4, 2017 / 6:59 am

    I’ve never bought or used Estée Lauder before. Sounds like they have some great products.


  4. October 24, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Funny how we’re all curious about what other women are doing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. July 5, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I'm nosey too so I love these types of posts! It has made me realise just how badly I need to clear out my make-up bag though lol!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  6. June 27, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I love natural colours as well. You have so many lovely picks here in your bag! Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

  7. June 26, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Some very useful tips here Laurie. I find a lot of darker eyebrow pencils have too much red in them, a grey/brown is best for my eyebrows but hard to find. I use a powder and wax kit these days. I blend lipliner in too and fill in the middle with lipstick, it really does help lippy stay on longer.

    Emma xxx

  8. June 23, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I love seeing what other people use, I might try the estee laudee I keep hearing so much good about it! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

  9. June 23, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the great list! I'm looking forward to trying some of these products for review on my blog. #fdflinkparty

  10. June 23, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I love seeing what other people have in there make up bags and what they recommend. I have heared so many good things about the double wear foundation I will have to give this ago. I also use the same mascara as you and love it for thickening the eyelashes #PoCoLo

  11. June 22, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Definitely agree re the lip brush, I'd be lost without mine now. I'm hooked on Clinique and I agree I think the big brands really do give you VFM. My mum always wore Estee Lauder's Youth Dew, even now I can smell it as I'm typing! Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo x

  12. June 22, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    During my early years I never left the house without makeup, now at 52 I only wear eyeliner. I get compliments on my skin all the time and others are surprised when they realize I don't have any makeup on. I created an eye and face cream for my maturing skin and works great, now others are using it and loving it.

  13. June 22, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I can't say I'm much of a make-up wearing girl, my "make up bag" consists of mascara, concealer, and lip gloss. I couldn't be doing with messing about with make up for ages in a morning – I have enough to do! However, you always look so great Laurie so maybe I've got it all wrong! 😉
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  14. June 22, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I have never thought of signing up my birth date on mailing lists, I too love nosing at other peoples make up bags, I love the shades in here and the eyeshadow palette! I have not tried this brand but love YSL so do think premium brands have their merits! #pocolo xx

  15. June 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I love reading these sort of posts, it's basically inviting someone in to have a nosey around!

    I keep meaning to try that primer.. I must make a note of it this time!


    @lifeappears on twitter

  16. June 21, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Signing up for the mailing lists to get free items on your birthday is a fantastic idea! You have quite the collection! #brilliantblogposts

  17. June 21, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    You have some great things in here! Personally, I can't live without a good mascara and Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent. A must-have for any mummy #brillblogposts

  18. June 21, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Ace! Love a makeup bag post. Doublewear is fab. Kiko do some amazing eyeliner pencils if you're looking for a change. #bloggerclubuk

    • June 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you for the tip Nia! I will take a look. Thank you for stopping by xx

    • June 21, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you Sahony! I love it! Last all day. I like all the Estee Lauder foundations, but this one is bar far my favourite. Thank you so much for stopping by xx

  19. June 19, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Thanks for an interesting post. Your make-up bag looks very neat and tidy. #AnythingGoes

    • June 21, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you Kate. Thanks for stopping by xx

  20. June 18, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Loved this. Mine is less of a bag and more of a makeup mound, even after many declutterings! Getting there though 🙂 Thank you for sharing

    • June 21, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you Mrs Tubbs. Good to see you here again xx

  21. June 18, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I liked your lip color collection and I love nude colors too 😀

    • June 18, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you Shivi. Thank you for stopping by xx

  22. June 17, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Ooh I bought this blusher just today! It's such a beautiful colour. I've been trying to find one without a shimmer to it for ages. I've also been searching for a foundation with staying power and I finally found it last week in Revlon colourstay and as there was an offer on I bought the powder and concealer too. I finally have a face that lasts all day – it's revolutionary. Glad you did this post, they too are a guilty pleasure! #PoCoLo

    • June 18, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you Jaki! I will certainly be looking at your favourites too. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you return xx

  23. June 17, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Laurie this is so interesting I'm loving your tips for a bargain too! I'm off to sign up for all my fave make up companies now!
    Ash xxx

    • June 18, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Yes! You must do it! You never know what freebie you may get! xx

  24. June 16, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    So interesting Laurie, thanks for sharing this. x Jacqui

  25. June 16, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I really should use more Estee Lauder products, I hear so many good things about them!

    • June 18, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I have loved them for many years Kristina! It's a brand worth trying xx

  26. June 16, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Let's just say I've been an Estee Lauder girl since late 60's. I've used their creams and makeup and I love them. Every now and then I'll switch "just to see" and always go back to Estee Lauder. I've tried more expensive creams and they've irritated my eyes and skin. Estee Lauder is perfect for me. I running out of cream — looks like I'll have to make a store run soon. BTW I'm over 65 and I won't say how much. 😉

    • June 18, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Hi Marisa! I'm the same! Estee Lauder have just discontinued my exfoliator and I just can't find a replacement! I too have switched a few time, but always end up going back! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you return xx

  27. June 16, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    You have some lovely make up Laurie. I was thinking of doing a make up video but all my make up is very cheap! I would love to have some Laura Ashley make up. I do have 1 lipstick that someone brought my mum last year but it is not her colour 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

    • June 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      It doesn't matter what brand it is Claire! I would love to have the courage to post "how toos" Still trying to pluck up the courage! And maybe some elocution lessons for my Essex tone Accent!xx

  28. June 16, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I am nosey too, so like reading these kind of posts! I love what's in your make-up bag, and it does puts mine into shame, with all my cheap and cheerful brands … xxx

    • June 18, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you Ann.I stick mostly to Estee Lauder because it doesn't effect my skin. I'm very sensitive.I have to use the bargain ideas to stop making me feel guilty! xx

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