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The Next Few Weeks

You might have noticed that I haven't been posting recently - and unfortunately due to personal circumstances I won't be posting for a little while.  Hope to be back soon.  

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What's in my make-up bag?

I always like seeing what other people use on a daily basis, so I thought I'd share what I'm using at the moment.  I tend to stick to what I know day in and out until one day I decide I hate that look and absolutely have to change to a new look which I then stick with until... well, you can guess.  

(It actually took me quite a while to round up these products, as for some reason I can never keep them all together.  Sometimes I don't want to drag it around in my handbag, but I need one or two items for a quick touch up during the day, or even to do quickly at work if I run out of time over breakfast.  Any ideas on how to minimise the make up spread??)  


1.  Clockwise L-R:  Bdellium Tools various, Eco Tools Foundation Brush
The Eco Tools brush I first bought about two years ago - I had been using a sponge and found that it was absorbing a lot of the product.  Plus it got grubby really easily.  And using my fingers was a no-no with the spotty problem.  A friend recommended a brush to apply foundation, and I've been doing it ever since.  

The Bdellium tools - the larger one I bought when I was experimenting with mineral foundation.  I didn't want to buy a traditional Kabuki in case I didn't end up using the minerals.  After a bit of advice from the company, I chose this compact face brush that I use to swirl my foundation on with.  The smaller (and in need of a thorough washing) brushes are a few from the Eye brush set that the company do.  Before using these I would use the little ones that came with some shadows, or my finger.  But as I've progressed to using more than just one colour on my eyelids, it just wasn't practical anymore.  Although the middle brush is a crease brush, I actually prefer the wider one on the right.  When flipped around, this wide but thin brush is perfect for all over, crease and corners.  

2.  Clockwise L-R:  Eyelash curlers, custom pot, Elemental Beauty (Temptation), Dr. Hasuchka 00 Translucent Make up
Eyelash curlers are a staple in my make up bag.  I have this set from the SoukSouk box, and another that I had prior.  I use these every day regardless of whether I'm wearing mascara or not.  I don't know how much of a difference it makes from afar, but I feel like I'm not quite finished with my make up until me lashes are bent into pretty curls.  

The custom pot was an experiment that I was doing at the time.  I was just running out of my foundation and tried out a mineral moisturiser mix while waiting for my new tube to arrive.  I'll be getting rid now.  

EB Temptation - I use this in my crease to give a bit of depth to the all over shade I use. 

Then, my third tube of Dr Hauschka Translucent make up.  I really like that this is pale enough for my skin tone, but it's not my HG foundation.  I'm still looking for that!  On my radar at the moment are Living Nature and REN BB cream.  I hopefully have a small sample of the BB cream winging its way to me from the kind people at REN, so I'll be interested to see how the very orange looking cream fares for me.

3.  Elemental Beauty (Champagne, Smoke and Wink Wink), Barefaced Beauty Bronzer
Champagne I use in the corners to brighten up my eyes, Smoke is a matt pale grey-purple that I use all over and Wink Wink is a golden brown.  Champagne, Smoke and Temptation are my everyday look.  

Barefaced Bronzer is a replacement to the old Sunkissed Rimmel pressed bronzer I used to use.  It looks too dark in the pot, but tapped out it's very flattering on my skin.  There's a slight hint of shimmer that sparkles in the sunlight, so I use it on my chest as well as face.

4.  Bodhi Neroli Luce, Custom Pot, Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Cream, Ilia Tenderly
Phew, getting there!  Neroli Luce I use under moisturiser in the morning alternating with the Desert Rose.  A lovely start to any day.  

The next custom pot is my homemade RMS un-cover up dupe.  I can't remember exactly the formulation but I used bits of coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, mango butter and a touch of jojoba, along with the rest of a few mineral samples I had from Elemental Beauty.  I love this for under my eyes as it does such a good job of brightening (if not covering) my dark cricles.  I'll be really sad to finish this! 

The Antipodes moisturiser I use in the mornings after my Neroli/Rose application.  Ilia Tenderly I rarely use, but have it in my make up bag for occasions when I need a little dash of colour other than tan on my cheeks!

5.  Custom Bodhi workshop perfume, Ilia Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Lancome Pencil (Black Coffee), Benecos Long Lashes Mascara, Boots Bronzing brush
Not to blow my own horn, but I love love love the perfume I created last year at the Samsara party.  So much so that I'm now trying desperately to find anyone from the event that has photos where they might have captured my formulation sheet!  I remember the constituents, but can't quite be sure about the amounts.  Rats!  If you're reading and you attended... please let me know if you have any snaps!

Ilia Polka Dots I keep for days where I need a little glow.  However, I don't know whether it's just that my cheekbones are prone to flare ups, but having used it a bit more I do feel like it clogs me up a little.  
The Lancome pencil I think is the least green product in there.  I've had this for a while, and it's the perfect shade for my eyebrows.  I have a little thinning towards the end of each and a little swipe with this fills them in perfectly.  When I get around to finding a matching shade, I'll be ready to chuck this out.

Since taking this photo, I've actually moved on from Benecos Long Lashes - which I loved - to the Avril Mascara from the same SoukSouk box as the curlers.  The Avril tube is just as good and I'm more than happy with the application.

So... that's my make up bag!  I have a few other bits and pieces - generally balms - hanging around but that little lot is the main show.

Anything in there that you have, or want to try?  Any suggestions for how to keep it all neat and tidy?  Let me know down below!

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