Friday 25 May 2018


Spring makeup bag

Spring has seen me not only shed clothes (not like that you dirty mins you.... ok maybe a little like that lol) but also replacing my massive winter bag with a cross body. Smaller bag means my makeup bag needed some serious update, but I’m super happy with the end result as it covers all the bases. Fancy knowing what beauty items I don’t leave the house without? Then please read on.

My day to day is super busy. I have a stressful job that sometimes sees me running around from one meeting to another, so there’s a couple of things I simply can’t forget. To refresh my scent, I’ve been using Scent & Co new subscription service* which offers a 10ml of the fragrance of your choice for £14.95 per month. If you’re like me and hoard your perfumes, it’s a great opportunity to try new luxury scents without commitment. I’m currently trailing the new Tom Ford Orchid Solei & I’m in love. True adult yet fun fragrance takes me from 8am till 6pm easily then a quick top up before the cocktails after work is all I need! It's quite an affordable option too as 30ml of TF usually costs around £57.00. £14.95 instead of £19.00 seems like a great deal to me. And I’ve got a little promo code for you if you’d like to try Scent & Co. Just enter INSTA15 on checkout for -15% off your first order - simples :) 

Nothing calls out to me like a statement lip so I always carry at least couple of red or orange/red lippies with me. Lately, I’m super into Rosie for Autograph in Super Model Kiss* formula and shade, just look how juicy!!! The lipstick is easy to wear and top up during a day and doesn’t dry out my lips at all. Another recent fave is a bit of surprise even for me. Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo Lip Lights Gloss in Tango* is a total stunner of course but it's a gloss which is a rare love for me. The formula glides on glossier, fuller and shiny. Totally digging the finish and shade here too! A girl can't survive on all reds alone, or can she? Nah, even this girl sometimes needs something a bit more nude and on those days I go for a combo of Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Bond Girl* and Stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in Patina*. Perfect rosy nude is my fave & suits any smokey eye I may be sporting on a day! I don’t know about you but having that perfect pout makes me feel more put together and confident!

New fragrance subscription service 

From left: Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl, Stila Stay All Day Sheer in Patina, Rosie for Autograph in Super Model Kiss, Karl + ModelCo in Tango

I honestly don’t remember what I’ve done without Weleda Skin Food formula in my day to day routine. A/C, generally warmer temperatures and all day typing equal dry hands. Weleda not only provides instant results, but it’s also so rich, nothing works just quite as well! I love it for my hands so I have one in my bag but also for my feet (open feet season people!!!) and other dry bits around knees and elbows! 

Another makeup staple in my day to day routine the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow always travels with me as nothing quite works as well to add a little colour to my complexion after a long day at the office and before the after-work drinks start flowing. I adore the bronzer but only use the highlighter when out and about as a top up applied with my fingers. Flexible and not too dense Karl Lagerfeld x ModelCo Karl Buki brush* features unique and fun design making a perfect conversation starter in a public restroom... Not sure I’m selling it here really but you have no idea how many times I’ve been asked about it at work and out and about with everyone just loving this novelty brush! It’s definitely a collector's item but I’m pleased to report it’s also lovely to use with soft bristles! 

On a subject of novelty items, I’ve got to give DHC Cotton Swabs* a quick shout out. I’ve been using them for a while as my mascara tends to smudge AF so it’s a perfect morning and evening tool for any mascara accidents! If you need to quickly refresh your under eyes,2 these swabs are soaked with Olive Oil and get rid of all the mess quickly. I know it’s a total novelty, but I find it super useful and 80 pack will cost you around £4-£5 so not too expensive for the ease of use when travelling! 

My last and certainly the best trick to refresh any eye makeup after too many hours in front of a screen is to add a little light beige eye pencil and lately, I’m all about Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner*. It’s what keeps me looking fresh and awake at any hour of the day and night. Its waterproof formula makes it quite long lasting and I usually top it up every 4 hours or when I remember! 

What's in my spring makeup bag

The magic of packing lightly hasn’t totally left me and I’m happy to only carry ‘bare minimum’ with me. My bag is heavy enough with my MacBook, work iPad, diary, notebook, meal prepped breakfast & lunch and huge water bottle, I really can’t afford to break my back further, so minimalism is what I have to go for. I think I succeed in making sure, I have everything I need even if I stay overnight unexpectedly and my whole makeup routine next morning is utilising what’s there for the most minimal yet healthy & glowing look. What’s in your makeup bags ladies & gents? 

Thank You For Reading,


Products marked with * have been gifted for a review consideration, others have been purchased by me, links used in this posts are affiliate. What it means is that I receive a teeny tiny commission for any sale made through the link. I do not receive a commission for clicks alone. This does not influence my opinion in any way. I’ll always relay my unbiased thoughts to my readers.


  1. I love the Rosie lipstick in supermodels kiss too - it is such a beautiful shade!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. It’s so beautiful! Love the formula of these! They remind me of Charlotte Tilbury

  2. Great post! Those products all look really great; perfect essentials :) I love the Stila Patina shade!
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

    1. It’s a gorgeous shade for sure! I adore it over Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl liner! Perfect nude x

  3. I wish I had Film Star Bronze and Glow! It just looks amazing on the skin! Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

    1. It’s that one beauty item you don’t need until you’ve got it and then can’t imagine life without it!

  4. I love these types of posts, it's because I'm so nosey!


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