So if you're in the UK, you're probably dreading going back to school soon, so I thought it would be appropriate to show you what I keep in my school make up bag, especially if you're starting out in make up and would like to see what I think are the bear essentials. I have also done a tutorial of my daily make up routine to go with this post so you can click here to go and watch that, I would really appreciate it too if you liked and subscribed! :)
So the first thing I should mention is the bag itself, which is from Superdrug or Boots, I can't remeber. I really like it as it is the absolutely perfect size for the makeup I take with me. Plus it has a little pocket on the front, which is handy for little bits, like cotton buds, spare hair bands/grips or a few tissues. Sadly they don't sell it anymore though :(
One thing that I feel like I should mention is my foundation. Although I don't feel the need to take it with me to school, it is part of my school makeup so I ought to talk about it really. I'm currently using the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation, about which I have some explaining to do... so, I am aware that I raved about this a few months back when I first bought it. It was (and still is, you'll see why) my first ever foundation, so I thought it was amazing. However, over time I began to realise how much I didn't get on with it. I mean, sure, it has SPF 20, which is quite high for a makeup product, but that's as far as the good points go. It claims to last for 16 hours, where as it has basically gone after 6, its also quite cakey and drying on my skin, I definitely wouldn't recommend it for dry skin, and it's supposed to minimize imperfections, which it really doesn't do at all. So why don't I just buy another one and stop using it? Because that would be a waste of money, and I don't like waste! So until it runs out, I'm afraid it's all I can offer in tutorials, sorry!
Now onto the stuff I do like, and I'm starting (ironically) with the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer, which is so SO much better then the foundation. It has OK coverage, it lasts quite well and it doesn't crease too much on me. Its not perfect, but for under £5, that's not bad at all.
Next I have my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This, like the Collection concealer, is a cult product amongst British beauty bloggers and I can see why. It keeps my skin matte all day, which is great as that looks far more flawless than oily skin, which I have a bit of around my t-zone (my forehead, nose and chin). Love it!
Bronzer is next and I use the L'oreal Glam Bronze in 00 Blonde Sun. I don't use it everyday, but I like it, especially in winter when I'm less tanned, as it's quite light and my skin's quite pale so it works much better than a lot of other bronzers, which are quite dark and look unnatural on me. Yes, it is a little more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.
Next I do my eyebrows with the 2true Eyebrow Pencil in Shade 2. I only do a little but on the outer edges of my brows as I don't want it to look too dark and defined just for school. Plus I don't have the time before school to perfect them too much. I reviewed this pencil here.
I don't do any eyeshadow or liner for school-it's too much hassle, so now I go onto mascara. I use the Avon Superextended Mascara. I like this for school as it gives length and definition without looking too full on. Its also waterproof which is handy, just in case!
The last thing I do is lips. I use the Nivea Pearl Shine lip balm. I like it for school as it moisturises my lips and looks really natural and pretty. You could also use the Vaseline Rosy Lips as it does the same thing but without the shimmer that the Nivea one has. If you want something a little more glossy, I would suggest the Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea. It doesn't moisturise like the other two, but it's far more glossy and pigmented. I guess it depends how much makeup your school allows you to wear.
I hope you liked this little insight into my makeup bag and I will see you soon with another post :)