Sister, sister! For this month’s drop of The Beauty Bag, I’ve managed to rope in my sister, Megan, to unload the the contents of her bathroom shelves and share. We’re different in many ways: she’s brave, I’m a wimp, she’s calm, I’m a hothead, she got the long lash gene, I did not and we couldn’t be more different when it comes to cosmetics. I write about the stuff everyday, but Megan is more of a special occasion wearer, however she does love a good ol’ bath and body product. I’ve never known one single person to own so many sugar scrubs. So be prepared to raid her bodycare bumf and hear about the products that keep her skin silky soft, with a few current beauty favourites thrown in…

My MAC 15 Pan Pro Eyeshadow Palette is more of a special occasion thing as on a daily basis I don’t wear any makeup as being outside all day for work means it just melts off my face. Maybe mascara, if I can be bothered/have time. When it comes to my favourites, obviously All That Glitters because it’s the only one that I’ve ‘hit pan’ on. I use Satin Taupe quite a bit – that was one of the first ones I got actually. Erm and Patina, there’s a bit of a dent in there. So for mascara I use Seventeen’s Black Lash, this is one that you gave me and it’s actually quite good. I like this one because it’s a thin formula that doesn’t clump. I don’t need anything that bulks up my lashes, I just need some colour and the brush is nice and bushy. But I always have to use cotton buds to clear it up because I get in such a mess. It goes on my nose, my eyelids, everywhere (I point out that this is because she has the world’s naturally longest and curliest lashes – she could do mascara adverts, seriously).

Another special occasion thing is Benefit’s Coralista Blush. I went through a Benefit box blush stage – do you remember? I think I’ve got most of them. We used to watch people’s Benefit box blush collection videos on YouTube and then I’d head to Boots. I remember it was my first pay cheque and it was about the time that you were getting really into makeup and I was like ‘I’m going to do that too’! I went a bit mad at the Benefit counter and picked up like four things and this was one of them. Still love it years later.

Oh my god I can’t live without the Carmex Cherry Lip Balm. I’m in the double digits for how many I’ve used of them. I love Carmex so much that I have been known to import in scents that we can’t get over here from eBay – I once purchased a mint one and it was lovely, but I always come back to Cherry. Something else that’s handy are Twistbands. You can never have too many hairbands, plus these ones look nice on your wrist too.

*Takes in a deep sniff from the top of a tube of Laura Mercier’s Hand Crème in Crème de Pistache* – doesn’t this stuff smell nice? It’s in my bag that I don’t use that often, but when I remember it, well I’m happy. Another moisturiser I use is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream. I bought it when I was out meeting a friend and I’d been to the gym, had a shower there and my face was so dry but I didn’t have any moisturiser with me. So I went into Boots, picked this up and it’s sooooo good. I use it everywhere, but I mostly use it on my face. It smells amazing, it’s really thick and it’s also supposed to be good for marks and scars. Can you see here? I had two, not really spots, like scabs almost on my face and they were really bad. I don’t think they’re looking too bad at this minute, but earlier in the week they weren’t great and whatever I was using on them wasn’t doing much. But when you asked me to put this little pack together I remembered this, tried it on them and within a couple of days it was so much better. It’s my do-everything moisturiser.

I like stuff that smells good if you can’t tell already and the Original Source Shower Gel in Vanilla and Raspberry is the best. It smells like Mum’s Bakewell Tart. And they do a Mint Chocolate one as well and that smells great, but it does look a bit like poo.”

Nice, thanks Megan.

  • nueyork

    I’m obsessed with Original Source body washes! My favourite is the pure mint one, though the chocolate one is amazing and smells just like an Aero bar! I love the colours in the MAC 15 pan, neutrals are my weakness!

  • Victoria Macgregor

    Haha that was an interesting one ! I love your makeup bag posts ! :)

    The original sources shower gels are amazing, I used to love the mint version when I was in England….Unfortunately in France , they do not exist :( So when I have the opportunity to go back to the UK, I always buy some of these 😀

    Love from France, Victoria

  • Hollyzee

    Haha your sister is funny! I have to say, I still harbor a great love for my Coralista so I’m joining her on that one!

  • Jas

    Coralista is gorgeousssss!!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  • Bella

    Aw where’s the picture of Megan? She sounds like a lovely person. I’d love her to give us a Mac Palette tour…

  • philippa

    Loved reading this!

    Philippa // Time For Teal

  • Renata

    That mac neutral palette is dreamy.

  • Jess French

    I literally cannot live without carmex, its incredible. A lovely post.

    Jess x

  • PeonyandPeach

    Haha! Great way to end the post! Love the look of her MAC palette!

  • exploringwardrobes

    Twistbands are the only hair ties that don’t bring out painful primary school memories of having to cut tangled bobbles from your hair!

    – Grace and Charlotte

  • Ana Sofia

    Great post love :)

    Ana X

  • Emily
  • Ella

    These are my favourite kinds of posts!

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • emily couture

    really cute and lovely post :)

    emily xx

  • Carina

    Awesome post :) I do something similar and it’s nice to see what other people use in their routines!

  • Geena

    The vanilla and raspberry shower gel is amazing! I think it smells like those long red strawberry sweets filled with white fondant, so good!

  • Michael(blog designer)

    I love your beauty bag, keep it up! 😉


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  • Savannah Giersthove

    I just love seeing what other people carry in their beauty bags! x

  • charlotte emma

    Totally get the whole sister contrast thing – my two younger sisters are very much in the no makeup camp…

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  • Lavinka

    I just love these. More of them, please!!!

  • Josie

    I just love Original Source shower gel – smells so lovely!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Cassie

    I love all that glitters, it’s my favorite shade from mac. I’m the same way with my sister, her lashes are long and beautiful, and mine are short and barely there!

  • Alice Young

    Carmex is the best! I’m definitely going to ordering some different flavours on ebay now, the mint on sounds amazing!

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

  • Grace

    Does your sister have the same hair colour as you? I can’t really tell from the photo but it looks like she doesn’t so I’m curious 😉 I want to try the carmex cherry flavour, looks great! :)

  • Ella Min

    That palette is so beautiful!!


  • Sonia Hussain

    love this post x

  • lily deal

    That palette is so gorgeous!!

  • Ann Baghdasaryan

    That palette is AWESOME!

  • Laurel Loves

    Palette looks gorgeous as does the shower gel! great idea to ask your sister :)

  • Carolin

    I’m so thrilled that the Original Source Shower Gel is now available in Germany! Finally I don’t have to do hamster purchases every time I’m in the UK. Yay!


  • Rubiiee

    Great to hear from your sister. I enjoyed the post.
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  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    I love the look of all her picks, her palette is gorgeous,

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • sophiedibble

    Love that youve done an interview style post, really makes the post interesting :) I love cherry lipbalm!!! :) xx

  • Sylvia

    What a cute little post. Lovely to hear from your sister.


  • thelittleblackblog

    Creme de Pistache smells incredible. Nice picks and great read :)

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Ah, she’s got lovely taste! I’m drooling over her MAC eye shadow palette and I’m a huge fan of Coralista as well :)

  • Angeblahdotcom

    Hi Anna! I’ve discovered you quite recently and I have to say that I’m obsessed with both yours and lilly’s blog! You can see that you really love what you do. Thank you!

  • notarichgirl

    I think MAC All That Glitters and Benefit’s Coralista are such univerally flattering items, they are two of my favorites.

  • Sophia Charles

    Oooh, such great picks! Love benefit coralista!


  • Madeleine S-B

    One of my all time favourite shower gels – I think it smells like ice cream! x

  • Ropar Rhodes

    Love these picks! cant live without my Carmex x

  • alionablog

    But most of all I love the pic idea 😉 xo

    Aliona |

  • Hannah Burrows

    Loved reading this post :) I adore the smell of Palmers Cocoa Butter, it’s glorious and super moisturising! Same with the Vanilla and Raspberry shower gel, I don’t own it but every time I go into Boots I smell it, it’s so nice! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  • Lucy Alex

    I love all these favourites! Benefit Coralista is always a winner xx

  • Kate Wilson

    haha, the last bit made me laugh!


  • Ellenor Marie

    Lols, so funny, just like me and my sister :)

  • Heidi :)

    Lovely post to read! Made me giggle. Great product recommendations, though!

    ♡ Heidi || The British Teen ♡

  • Kirsty

    Really enjoyed this post, your sister’s MAC palette looks lovely xx

  • GreenEyedGirl

    Absolutely loved this post! So down to earth but full of new things to add to my shopping list :)

    Celine //


  • Kate

    Such a well written post! Very interesting :)

    Kate xo //

  • Emily Knott

    Love all that glitters! Naked lunch is another favourite of mine! I have a couple of MAC eyeshadow palettes and have reviewed them on my blog.

  • gracie

    She sounds fun :)

  • Erin

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