This month’s beauty bag candidate has more creative juices flowing inside of her than I could ever dream of (well that sounded different on screen to how it sounded in my head). Charly Cox is the Production Extraordinaire at JacksGap, Stylist/Creative Media Production Assistant for Burberry, the writer behind Style the Natives, barer of one of the best ‘I woke up like ‘dis’ eyeliner flicks I’ve ever seen and my new girl crush. We met a month ago at a party with an ‘I follow you on twitter’ mutual opening line. In fact you must check out her account for gems like ‘Just lost my mum in tescos. I’m too old for this shit and ‘Can we reclaim the meaning of ‘bikini ready’ to simply mean that you do in fact have a bikini in your possession at that particular moment?. But today we’re unloading the contents of her makeup and the secret of her smokey eye…

“I start by using Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer in Radiance. I was really scared about this initially because I have quite oily skin, but at this time of year when it’s turning into autumn my skin gets combination and a bit ‘crispy’. That’s a disgusting word to use, but this stuff is amazing and it makes any foundation stay on your face all day and look expensive. I used to be mad for the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and would spend a fortune on it but it ran out one day and I panic purchased the Max Factor Facefinity Foundation and I’ve never gone back. I love this so much. I do have to blot my face a bit after using these two, so I use the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Translucent Powder which looks terrifying when I first put it on. You think ‘Oh my god, what have I done?’, but you just need to buff it in well. Together it all looks very professional and nice.

I don’t use concealer everyday, though I used to paint my face with the stuff. I just found that through doing that I was making my skin worse. It depends. If I’m going out I will use the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer which is good because a) It’s cheap and I don’t wear it that often and b) I really like the brush. It means I don’t have to scramble around my makeup bag trying to find a brush to use to put it on.

I’ve had this tube of the YSL Touche Eclat for years! I use the tiniest bit and I just apply a line across the tops of my cheekbones and blend it out. I get very scared about pinks. All the rest of my makeup is very bronzy and brown, but I do like a bit of pink on the cheeks now and use the Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic with the Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop applied with the Models Own Powder Brush.

I’m very guilty of just sitting down and colouring in my eyebrows for hours. The Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown is great because I’m obsessed with the Cara Delevingne brow, so I pencil them on and then brush up my brows with the gel to make them look like boy eyebrows. Once I’ve done that I use the Topshop Glow in Gleam and apply it all the way up to my brow bone. I used to wear this on its own, but now I brush these two eyehshadows over the top (Charly points to her two most used shades of her Smashbox Full Exposure Palette). It looks nice and natural and look at all these mattes shades which are untouched! I just love a bit of shimmer.

I just apply a tiny bit of the Liz Earle Eye Pencil in Golden Bronze on the outer corners of my bottom lash line and it’s just the perfect golden brown. And then this is the stuff. I cannot tell you how long I’ve been in love with Alexa Chung for. I’ve wanted to be her since I was 13. It’s such a cliché and it makes me feel a bit disgusted with myself, but she’s just so cool. When she did the range for Eyeko I picked up this beautiful tube that had a mascara and some other bits in. The mascara was horrible, but the eyeliner… I’ve been through so many high-end and high-street liner pens and this is the best one. I’ve had the Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner since December and it’s still going strong. It does this thing, I always seem to want to sneeze whenever I’ve done my eye makeup and with all the others I’d sneeze and get this black line in the crease, but this just stays put. Then I use the L’Oreal Mega Volume Mascara. Look at the brush on that – it’s huge! I have really long eyelashes and I find anything that’s a bit small brush-wise makes my lashes look so short and stumpy. But this stuff stays on all day and it’s pretty much waterproof. I love a good cry and I never get this down my face.

For lips I either wear the NARS Lipgloss in Salamanca which my Mum picked up for me or the Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Pink Rose which is such a nice shade and it’s moisturising as well so you don’t have to faff around with a lipbalm.

Two new purchases are the Mermaid Body Oil and Perfume that I found in Libertys. They were pricey, which made me feel a bit ill but they just smell so good. I’m so rubbish at moisturising, I never have time to sit and wait, but I just apply this to my arms which can get particularly dry or I wear it like a perfume. As soon as I bought it I thought I can’t be carrying this around with me all the time so I picked up the actual perfume. It’s a tiny bottle that I didn’t think would last me that long, but it’s got a pretty heavy spritz to it so you only need one pump. Six hours later and I can still smell it.”

  • Emma and Emily

    I actually squealed when I saw this post. Two of my fave bloggers together! Beautiful post Anna on a beautiful girl!

  • nueyork

    I really love this segment you’re doing! The Smashbox palette is super pretty.

  • Mandy Bajwa

    Love Charly’s blog, great post :) x

  • Avanti

    Sounds like such a gorgeous makeup look! I should try it sometime.


  • Anam Kapasi

    Love watching these posts you do on other people’s makeup bags, it’s nice to see what other people use! I’m tempted to pick up a few things which was mentioned above! :)

  • Kate Wilson

    I’m obsessed with Charly! Definitely one of my girl crushes. She clearly has great taste! x


  • Kiara King

    Laura Mercier foundation – my absolute favourite! Though, I’m still yet to try the Primer, so adding that one to the list (thank you!). The Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mozaic looks like a winner palette too.

    Well, there goes my money. 😉

  • alice bea

    Loved reading this post!

  • Carly Jade

    I have always wanted to try the Mermaid range! I had no idea it was stocked in Liberty! I will have to go and have a peek! I’d love to try the shampoo and conditioner from them, but £26 a bottle is definitely too much for me!

  • Meg Kernaghan

    Charly is such a beautiful human being, I love this Anna!

  • Maddy

    Loved this post, Charly seems so nice!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Clementine Buttercup

    I love your Beauty Bag blog posts. It’s great to see that such a pretty makeup look is achievable with a mix of high-end and drugstore products!

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    I love Charly’s blog, she is one creative bean!

    Sophie x

  • Taslima Rahman
  • Claudia Champagne

    I love Charly! so happy to see her on your blog!

  • Charlotte // BeautySoup

    The Rimmel concealer sounds great, especially if it has a brush in it! x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • Rachel Polansky

    i love the laura mercier shimmer bloc :)

  • Grace

    I love these types of posts :) It’s so interesting to see what others are loving :)

  • Lauren Parker

    love seeing what others are using!


  • Ella Min

    Such good taste! Envious of this make up bag!


  • Jessica Feng

    Love this post!! Charly is such a laid back and cool babe AND not to mention her blog is absolute perfection (yours always well Anna)!! xx

  • TanjaWhatsername

    I love the MaxFactor foundation as well, it’s really great actually! :) Great post as per usual, Anna! x


  • Alice Young

    Reading this has made me jealous aha! Happy to see charly on your blog, I love her!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • rebekah maryx

    I got so zoned into reading this Charly seems amazing love her already!

  • Bella

    I love the makeup bag feature and Charly seems lovely! Laura Mercier base fan here too.

  • Chantal

    I love the YSL Touche Eclat, it’s a great classic beauty product! :) x

  • Sophia Charles

    Topshop glow seems amazing!

    Sophia |

  • Hope Richardson

    Love this make up bag feature! It’s always great looking round other people’s make up bags and seeing the things they love

  • byClara

    I love these posts! I am now following Charly Cox on Twitter the two tweets you posted were too funny.
    I also use the Laura Mercier Primer in Radiance and used to combine it with their translucent powder but now have found a drugstore alternative!

  • Lauren S

    I used to use that concealer all the time, blast from the past! Some great picks here and another new blog to follow :)
    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Savannah Giersthove

    I think these posts are so interesting, I love seeing what other people carry in their beauty bags! x

  • Allison

    never before have I wanted to smell like a mermaid but if it means you get to work with the impossibly gorgeous JacksGap then I’ll just have to get started with the perfume and work on that whole tail situation…
    Allison from

  • Jess French

    I love this post, its so interesting to see what other people use.

    Jess x

  • Lauren Burkitt

    I always love these posts Anna! Hahah I loved her twitter quotes, too funny.

  • Emma Be Beauty

    That shimmer bloc looks amazing. Always interesting to see whats in someones bag.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • PeonyandPeach

    Quite possibly one of my favourite ‘beauty bag’ posts you’ve ever done. Gotta love a girl who loves a bit of shimmer!

  • Angeline Lee

    That Laura Mercier Primer looks amazing!!

  • Alk A

    Thanks for your sharing! :) Your post is very interesting!

  • Ella

    Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is one of my holy grail products! I would love to try out MaxFactor, but I haven’t seen that brand in the U.S. at all. These types of posts are a really cool idea!

    • Irina

      I think its the same as covergirl in the us

  • staygold

    This series of yours is so very Into The Gloss and I LOVE it! Something about reading others’ beauty/makeup routines…

  • Margery Ho
  • es-jay

    Have to agree with the general consensus that this serious of posts rocks! Such an awesome way of discovering new products too…

  • Meghasaundaryasansar

    Congrats for the award first. Secondly, loved your blog and writing style.

  • CassandraMyee

    Charly is gorgeous (I understand the girl crush!), also what a winning makeup bag, love the products she’s got!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog