It’s been a good four years since I last shared what’s in my makeup bag. Since then my makeup style has really evolved in sync with changes in my confidence and personal style. My first #WhatsInMyMakeupBag (Sep 2012) totalled about £200, with the follow-up in December 2012 totalling a modest £103.


THEN: December 2012



NOW: January 2017

What's in my makeup bag?


  • Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes mini-palette £12.25 from outlet store  (RRP £17.50)
  • Benefit Rollerlash mascara £19.50
  • Illamasqua Infinity gel liner £12 with pro discount (RRP £20)
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige £5
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach £13.65 with pro discount (RRP £19.50)
  • Smashbox BB Cream in Light/ Medium & Halo Hydrating Powder £27 (in Try-It kit, full size RRP £27 and £34 respectively)
  • NYX Stick Blushes in Pink Poppy & Water Lily £3.60 each (with old pro discount, now discontinued in UK?)
  • MUA Luxe Bronzed Shimmer stick £4
  • Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer in Nude £free (free with magazine, full size RRP £16)
  • Maybelline Color Drama Intense Lip Paint in Stripped Down £5
  • Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus £3.60 sale price (RRP £6)


Total cost of my January 2017 makeup bag…


As I like high-performing products, I was expecting the total to be a lot higher than that, but actually it’s only a little more than my 2012 makeup bag contents, thanks to the pro discounts and the free Clinique lipstick!


Then & Now

Back in 2012 I was all about the medium cover foundation, matte skin and dewy/ satin texture lip in a bold shade. A quick smudge of liner, a coat of mascara and I was done.

Fast forward to 2017, my skin has cleared of acne and so I go lighter in coverage using a BB cream. My lip colours now are either muted nudes or a classic red. Gone are the fuchsia lips I used as a security blanket (if you’re rocking a fuchsia lip, ain’t no-one looking at your acne-affected skin) and I’m now showing off my new-found clear skin as my best feature.

Goodbye 2012 matte skin/ satin lip, Hello 2017 dewy skin, matte lip.