In My Makeup Bag This Month

Im not a particularly loyal customer when it comes to makeup. 
I’m constantly clearing

out the contents of my makeup bag, and I quite happily replace a favorite if something better comes along. 
Fickle creature that I am.
I also find it quite boring constantly replacing the same products. Running out of something is always a excuse to try something new and spend money that I definitely shouldn’t be spending.
So with that being said, here’s the contents of my makeup bag right now, right now being the optimal phrase as I’m sure next month it will be completely different.


Instant top marks for packaging here. Its sleek, sexy and closes properly, not a magnetic strip in sight. Every single one of these shadows is designed to be flattering and wearable, completely timeless. 
The shadows are extremely buttery soft, and blend to perfection. A great palette for any skill set.


If there’s one concealer I know I can rely on its Macs Studio Finish. It has super high coverage, covering the most prominent under eye circles. And the added SPF just makes for a bonus, 
Bobbi knows her skin and her highlighters are no exception. This is simply stunning across the hightops of your face and body. You’re not going to get a full on mega glow with it, but if you’re into more subtle natural looking highlighters then the warmth that the pink gives to this highlight, is flattering and looks slightly more realistic than straight-forward in-your-face pearlised china doll skin .


Can you get any more luxury then Chanel makeup? For me personally its no. I’ve had this powder for years and even though I try not to use it that often, when I do I feel a million pounds. The powder not only beautifully sets makeup, but it also gives a touch of extra coverage. It works perfectly fine on my drier areas and looks amazing on any dressing table.


Im literally on the last drugs of this, which is one of the worst feelings when you know its been discontinued. Why do brands do this!!!
Gel liners are all pretty much the same I find. So no wow factor here I’m afraid. It works lovely though, and does its job well. Plus the packaging is rather pretty. 
The best eyebrow/lash gel ever. This will set your brows in place until the end of time. It leaves no flakey residue that some others do throughout the day, and is a complete must, if like myself, you’re a eyebrow obsessive.  May it never leave my life.
Laura does some of the best lip pencils I have ever tried. If you have never checked out the range that she does, I urge you to. The staying power is fab, and they have just the right amount of firmness the give you that sharp edge but without the harshness. Natural lips and plumberry are my all time favorites.
I go in and out of phrases with this primer. Its nice to use, and it does keep my makeup in place. However once you’ve used Laura Merciers radiance primer you never really go back. This is in my makeup bag purely because ive run out of LMs and I knew this was kicking around. Its you just want more of a subtle sheen compared to the Laura Mercier one, then possibly give this one a try. 
I jadore this foundation. The smell, the packaging, the coverage. the glow. I have to different shades of this, so I can mix my foundation for a all year round  finish. If your not after massive coverage, and love a glowy skin, then this is your girl. I doubt there will ever be a time I will not love this. 
What can I say. I like eyeliner variety.! I find a liquid liner can give a much sharper wing then  a gel. But a gel is a lot easier to handle. So really depending on how much time I have to do a eyeliner, i will go between the Estee Lauder gel and this liquid. This is quite simply the blackest liquid eyeliner I have ever used, and the easiest to hold , thanks to its longer handle. 
One of the most iconic makeup products. If I feel like I need a little extra help in the skin department I will always reach for this. Used in the inner eye ducts it makes you look more awake, used around the mouth area it can help to makes your lips look more plumped. 
Its is definitely not a concealer! Use it as it was meant, a highlight. 
Its so hard to find eyebrow products when your blonde that aren’t orange. I find the ABH dipbrow in taupe is the perfect flat colour with no warmth to it. The Instagram product of the year. I feel so clique having this in my makeup bag. I say no more… 
This is a great eye primer which I often use just as a shadow if my eyes are looking a little tired. Its slightly drying, so is perfect for a oilier lid.
My favorite matte lipsticks. These are super long lasting but without the horrible drying effect. Im currently going between the shades Sensual and Embrace. 


I always use a puff to set my powder. I find pressing my finishing powder into my skin rather then dusting it, helps to really push the foundation into the skin, giving it a long lasting power.
A fan brush is a great way of applying a finishing powder if you want just a  really light dusting, but is also perfect for applying highlighter. 
So thats it. 
As you can see Im currently missing a mascara. Which is fine as sometimes I do like the no mascara look, but I also just havent found one recently thats been any good! So if you have any recommendations for a mascara that would be aces.
I also need to replace my little angle brush that I use for my gel liner and dip brow. I usually just stick to a little MAC angle brush, but if anyone knows of any better ones, hook me up in the comments below! 
*Please note: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own as always. The Links are affiliate links. 

All images are my own, and prices/offers may vary from those stated online compared to in stores. 



  1. May 12, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Looks like you are a big fan of Laura Mercier and YSL, that's good. I don't think I've ever tried anything from your list, but thank you for sharing with us.

    Michelle Morchella

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I am! How can you tell… haha x

  2. May 12, 2017 / 8:12 am

    You are probably the opposite to me, I often stick to the same products because I know they work.
    All those luxury products are dreamy though… if only I had the money!

    Rachel |

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I should do that and then i wouldn't end up with crap… x

  3. May 12, 2017 / 10:38 am

    I found a mascara that was amazing years ago – it had a primer wand and then another wand with the mascara and it made my lashes look so long. It got discontinued and I've never found such a good one since x


    • May 17, 2017 / 11:37 am

      I hate when as brand does that! x

  4. May 12, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    You have so many awesome products! I love everything from bobbi brown… their stuff is amazing!


    Novelstyle Blog

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:40 am

      I need some more of Bobbi's stuff! x

  5. May 13, 2017 / 2:48 am

    Oh wow, I have not tried any of the products listed here! LOL! I love that there are so many YSL products, it's a brand that is next on my list to try. I have tried Tom Ford, Burberry, Chanel and Marc Jacobs but only one YSL lipstick so far.

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Shall check that out then!x

  6. May 26, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Oooo some lovely picks here Kate! I haven't tried the majority of these but you've mentioned some of my favourite brands so ones to add to the list of things to try 🙂

    Laura xo

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