I know, I know, it seems like every blogger has done the What's In My Makeup Bag post recently. So, I decided to put a spin on it and do... What's In My Makeup BOX. Totally different.
Although I'm a fan of fairly natural makeup, I do wear it pretty much every day, and really don't feel comfortable going up the shops without at least a slick of eyeliner. Which is awful, really, but on the rare occasions I don't wear makeup (especially eye makeup) I get people asking if I'm feeling okay. You will have to prise my kohl pencil out of my cold dead fingers before I give it up, for realz.
Anyway, I don't really use a makeup bag, preferring to just chuck my essentials in my handbag every day (concealer, eyeliner, powder). I do, however, have this super awesome makeup chest:
Scuse the mess of my shelves. I got this at a craft store a couple of years ago. I love it. It's pretty, a great size, and has loads of compartments. I love that I have an ENTIRE DRAWER for my eyeliners.
I know, I know, you want one now. Well, I googled for you.
Considering all the makeup pictured above, my makeup tends to stay the same most days. In the evening, I don't vary much - bit more eyeliner, maybe add some falsies. I have loads of coloured eyeliners and shadows and I've totally got out the habit of using them. Must get better!
I always start with eyeliner and mascara. Doing it last makes more sense to me, but then my fringe sticks to my eyelashes! It is the weirdest thing. The eyeliner I'm using at the moment is Natural Collection. I like the application because the brush is so skinny, but the staying power isn't ace. Gosh Extreme Art is fantastic (crazy waterproof) but I can't find it any more - I think it's been discontinued.
I was sent a new mascara to try a couple of weeks back, which is No. 7 Exquisite Curl. It's great for non-clumpy lashes, and has done a great job of making them curlier, but ultimately it has made me realise that what I really want from my lashes is to look fuller - I'm not that fussed about them curling. Before, I was using Collection 2000 Magi-Length. It is ace. And cheap.
I always prep with this mattifying balm from Boots, because I have an oily face. It means I'll age well though! I'm switching between two foundations at the moment - Stila, which is very heavy, so great for long days out and nights on the town - and is also running out, sadly - and Bourjois Healthy Mix, which is a lighter coverage. To be truthful, I am still on the hunt for the perfect foundation since Bourjois discontinued the Brush Foundation. I don't like the completely natural look - I need coverage!
Next up, two incredibly battered looking pencils. I use my makeup until it runs out! The concealer is, hands down, the best I've tried. It's by Urban Decay. Buy it - and it lasts AGES.
The kohl is Bourjois - I've been using it for over ten years and have never found anything I like as much. It's waxy, dark and stays on well. It smudges a tad though, because it is SO dense, so I always set it with a little mascara. I used to always think mascara on your lower lashes looked crazy chavvy (think Rose in Doctor Who) but I have mastered the art of doing it subtly.
I am a kohl addict, and always apply it to the inside rim of my eye. I remember hearing you're not meant to, but I do it anyway. This is an attractive photo, isn't it. EYEBALLS.
More Stila! I love their standard powder. I've started stocking up whenever it's on BrandAlley. You can also apply it with a wet sponge and it doubles as a foundation. Awesome.
I don't do much to my lips - if I'm looking especially pale I'll put a bit of Posietint on - the label has well and truly come off and now it looks like nail polish. I also never go anywhere without Carmex - I love the clicktubes but you can't buy them over here! I get my American friends to post them to me. :)
And I figure a couple of people will ask... my nail polish is Barry M!
And there you have it. My face. I hope this wasn't too dull - I'm not a beauty blogger by any means and as soon as I start talking about makeup I realise I don't know much about it!