My Spring Makeup Bag

17 April 2014

Spring Makeup SS14

I've decided to make more of an effort to write up make-up & skin-care posts.. so here we are! My first Spring Makeup Bag post. It's a little peek into my make-up bag over the spring months. I'm sure it'll change enormously once the height of summer rolls around (oh, if it actually does in Scotland..?!), but for now, this is what I'm wearing day to day..

Spring Makeup Bag SS14
From blah to glowy!


After moisturising, I apply a pump or two of Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer all over my face to really get the glow started. I've also noticed that, since I've been using this very sheer primer, my foundation hasn't been clogging up my pores as much, resulting in little to no spots! Result. I'd put it down to the fact that this serum primer isn't silicone based (my primer nemesis), yet it's still protecting your pores from your base. I then, using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, apply the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation in 0.5, being careful to buff it down into my jawline & neck for a more even look. I used to use this foundation a few years ago, but never quite got along with it (likely because I had the wrong shade!), but Kirsty & Gillian encouraged me to try it again and I haven't looked back since. I do rotate between 3 foundations but this one is best for daily wear. It is the palest base Estee Lauder do, and is brand new to this product, meaning it has made me look far too pale in the evenings. One for the daytime!


My concealer of choice is hardly new to you guys! Of course, it's the ol' faithful Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1. I could never fault this little chap, and it's the one product I use no matter what. I don't have a particular issue with active spots, but for mild acne scarring, uneven skin-tone and the under-eyes - this is my failsafe.


At the moment, I'm loving the Bourjois Java Rice Powder to dust a subtle highlighting glow along the top of my cheekbones and brow-bone, using the Real Techniques Contour Brush. Maybe don't attempt to dust this all over, as you'll probably end up rocking the disco ball look (.. unless this is an '80s affair, where I say go for it!). It's not particularly visible in the evenings (after I attempted to ask Gillian if she could see it on me & she peered at my face looking confused), but day-time - YES.


My blusher of choice is more of a spur-of-the-moment purchase, after getting irritated by the Bourjois Little Pot powder blushes (basically invisible to the naked eye, despite 20 minutes of desperate application). Topshop's 'Head Over Heels' cream blush; a coral blush, sweeped on using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I would say there are better shades on the market, and I have my eye on a few so, stay tuned! NARS' Gina is on my list but it's never in stock in Space NK.. I feel it's fate we aren't together yet.


The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette has been in my make-up bag for more than a year & I use it every day! You can tell by the almost-hitting-pan (!!) that my personal favourite is the Naked 2 sweeped all over the lid, followed by Faint in the crease and Venus in the inner eye to brighten. I wrote a review of the palette here. I then curl my lashes using an Eyeko Lash Curler (not seen), and use the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara (my long-time favourite, and the one I always go back to). Eyeliner isn't on my agenda for spring, as you can tell!


My brow product of choice is the HD Brows powder palette in Foxy (for Brunettes). I use Dark Brown to fill in my brows, which is a good match, and gives them enough definition without looking a bit cray-cray. My friends are brow pros & often go a bit mental for Anastasia Brow Wiz, so I'd recommend that if you're more into brows than me! I may just leap over to that one day..


I'm a bit obsessed with the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms, and am mostly seen wearing 'Unapologetic' this spring (as pictured). I recommend that if you're into mattes which don't dry out your lips! So soft and lasts for ages!

To Finish

I dust over the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent with the Real Techniques Powder Brush to set my make-up in place, and spritz on some Jo Malone in 'Peony & Blush Suede'. Ta-da!

Hope you enjoyed my first make-up post in a while! Let me know what you're whipping out of your spring makeup bag this season!



  1. I love the bourjois Happy Light primer as well, have definitely found the same with my pores, I don't see foundation settling as much in them! xx

    1. Glad you agree! Such a useful wee primer :) xx

  2. I hate those Boujouris little round pot pieces of nonsense - such a let down! Do not understand why they're still on the market! Looking gorgeous as usual lovely, need to get my hands on some of those matte lip crayons ;) xx

    1. Urgh Roisin, I know! They're so pointless. Regret buying them completely! And you most certainly do ;D xx


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