The title of this video should really be What’s In My Makeup Bags, plural, not Bag, singular, because – at last count – I have four different versions on the go. The first one (my special edition Swag Bag with Scamp & Dude – all profits go to my chosen charity, the Genesis Research Trust) is in the bathroom and contains four newish foundation launches, eight mascaras that haven’t made the grade and about ten or eleven bronzers. (The Swag Bags are HUGE – you can find them here.)

Another of my toiletries bags has been jammed full of brushes that need cleaning, cream eyeshadows that need testing (I like to give them a few days to see if they crease in different conditions!) and a load of liquid lipsticks that all seem to be so long-lasting and pigmented I’m almost scared to use them.

Then there’s the slightly smaller bag, the bag I took away with me last week, the one that has been at least a little bit curated – that contains just one foundation (Dior Forever Mousse), one mascara (KIKO Buildable) and one lipstick (Clinique’s Beige Pop) in amongst the jumble of blushers, highlighting pens and brow gels that were inexplicably present.

summer makeup bag 2018

But it’s the last bag that I want to talk about here; the one that gets chucked into my suitcase and taken back out again at the end of a trip, the one I’d grab if I was running to catch a flight and didn’t have time to pack. The one with the essentials du jour. There’s an amazing powderless blotting powder, a mega-glow foundation and the summer’s sexiest lipstick as well as a completely sold-out rose gold eyeshadow, brilliant brow builder (full post here) and fine, buildable powder blush.

charlotte tilbury sunset lover

You can find a list of all of the products below the video pane – any questions, drop me a comment below. I feel quite divided about the lipstick – Sunset Lover – it’s an absolutely gorgeous shade, but I always seem to love the idea of peachy colours more than the reality! I feel as though they sort of sap the colour from my skin and make my eyes look small. Does anyone else have this problem with brighter lipsticks? It’s probably all in my head, but I have to put it out there…

Isle of Paradise Tan Drops, Light*

CeraVe Facial Lotion SPF25*

YSL foundation All-In-One Glow Touche Eclat Foundation, shade 30* 

(this is SO glowy but I actually still prefer their fusion ink cushion, FYI!) 

Murad Cushion Blotting Perfector*

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer*

Marc Jacobs Bronzing Brush “The Bronze” – I think my white one was special edition*

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Bellini Brunch*

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in Rose Gold*

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette*

Marc Jacobs Rococoa Highliner Eyeliner*

KIKO Buildable Volume Mascara

Benefit Gimme Brow Shade 2

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Sunset Lover*


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