Monday, 9 January 2017

The make-up bag tag: What I take for an over-night stay

I've just got back from the most amazing hotel stay at the Mondrian in London. It's just a dreamy mix of white sheets, steam rooms and delicious food - so it's safe to say I barely managed to drag myself out of the glorious king-sized bed and in to work this morning.
But I did:(

The good news is, I thought it was about time I did a post on my current make-up favourites. The ones that I take away with me when I'm short on luggage space. Some of them are new, some are old-timers - but they all do exactly what I need them to do very quickly (so I have more time to sit in the giant hotel tub!)
The actual depiction of my being lazy AF this morning

1. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder // £34

The most devastating thing happened this morning, I DROPPED my favourite highlighter (yep, that closed hourglass silver container in the top left of this snap). So I kept it shut to stop all the shattered pieces from falling onto the sheets. You'll just have to trust me on this one - it's pricey but it literally gives the greatest glow ever. It's a powder formula but it doesn't turn cakey on the skin, even if you really build it up (and I do).
I have a larger palette of theirs that I use when I'm at home, but this single is so easy to fit into a make-up bag, so I use it as my travel one. Or I did, before this morning.

Rodial Instaglam Banana Powder // £52

So, I've been using this powder for a few months now, and I really didn't realise how expensive it was until I looked it up right now. It's one of the best under-eye powders I've found, so I know why bloggers all rave about it. But FIFTY TWO? I don't think it's amazing enough to justify paying out that much for it - that's just me thinking honestly from a consumer point of view. 
But if you're a true make-up junkie and you're keen to splash out, then this yellow-tinged powder is really good at brightening under the eyes, and correcting any dark patches. You've probably heard of a technique called baking, where you apply a sh*t ton of powder underneath your eyes and then sit there hoping to magically transform into a Kardashian. Yes? Okay, well this does a lovely job at that. I like it, I really do, but is there gold dust in it or something? Let's all pray for a sale. Amen.

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation, £25

This is my new base obsession. I like it so much, I've started using it daily in place of my usual YSL Touche Eclat Foundation. It's a lot lighter than a lot of foundations, because of the cushion-style design. In fact, it feels so light, and almost a little bit watery, that at first I was worried it wouldn't have any kind of coverage. But it's really buildable and actually gives a very even base - without making you feel like you've got a load of foundation on.
Another thing I really like is the puff or cushion applicator. I usually ignore any applicators that come with make-up, but I've found the little puff works really well if you dip and then apply in small, patting movements.
I was talking about it over on my Insta the other week, so if you want to see more snaps of the inside, have a look on my account @zoes.101. Oh, also, as a shade reference, I'm quite pale so I use the second lightest shade B20.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette // £38.50

If you keep up with my blog then you'll have definitely heard me banging on about this palette a few times. It's still my number one love at the moment, and I can't see that changing for a while. See my Autumn Favourites review on it here if you fancy knowing a little more.

Urban Decay Brow Tamer gel // £15
Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage concealer //  £15.75

Another thing I learnt from writing this post is that I have a minor crush on Urban Decay. This isn't sponsored or anything, I actually just really like their stuff. The brow gel is one of my favourites because it really does keep eyebrows in place - it's almost like a tinted glue. But it washes out, so don't worry. I still use it with an eyebrow pencil because it doesn't give any definition to the shape of your brows, but it does give them a little tint. My shade is the mid-brown, but there are lighter and darker options too.

The concealer has actually grown on me. I had it for a few months before I started to use it, because in the past I've preferred pot concealers that I can dab with my finger and then apply. I found that their coverage was a lot thicker. But this is all I use now. It definitely is full coverage so I contain it to blemishes - and if I'm having a really ugly day - I use it underneath my eyes. It's also pretty killer for contouring your nose and cheekbones. The little wand applicator is small and precise enough to get the product right on the area you want, and despite being thick, the concealer is surprisingly blendable.

Ciaté London Wonderwand mascara // £15.60

I should have got a shot of this so you could see the actual applicator. That would have been a GREAT idea. Well done Zoe, blogging fail. Another one you'll have to trust me on - it's great. Have you ever used the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara? It's very similar to that, but the reason I think this one pips it is because it doesn't clump as easily. It just gives some really amazing, thick, lashes. Isn't that what we all want? Here's a little drop-in of it, so you can see what I'm talking about... ---->

Marc Jacobs Air Blush (in Kink & Kisses) // £28

Lastly, this little MJ beauty. I never go out without blush, and this is my current love. I did a whole post on this Air Blush range a few months ago, so you can check that out here.

And here is the finished look from using all of these...

My lashes are terrible, so the fact you can see them is a true testament to the Wonderwand mascara.
What's been in your make-up bag for a while? I'd love to know, so drop me a line below!


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