Oh hello there! Bet you weren’t expecting to see me here, but given that we’ve reached the half way marker in the year I thought it was time I checked in and sprawled out the contents of my daily makeup bag for you to have a rummage through. There are some golden oldies in there, but some new additions too including a brow gel that I won’t stop waxing lyrical about to anyone who will listen for long enough and a lip product that I really should have picked up a long, long time ago…

I’d say out of seven days of the week, for five I reach for CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. I use B10 and B20 and have my own little mixing station going on every morning depending on what my tanning situation the previous night was. Sometimes the Perfection Lumiére Velvet formula comes in to play too depending on how greasy proceedings are, incase I need to matte it up a bit. Concealer-wise I’ve fallen in love with the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in No.02. Bags, blemishes, the lot, this gets it done and I find that the far left shade has dark circle cover-up down and the second one in blurs away breakouts. On a day to day basis powder isn’t always necessary, but if I’m filming a video then I loose count of how many times I brush it on; MAC’s Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium sorts me out for that and stops my greasy cheek crease situation. Seeing as the sunny days are now making an albeit occasional appearance I’ve fallen back in love with bronzer and for me NARS Laguna will forever be my go-to and actually for blush I’ve been revisiting an old favourite too. Laura Mercier’s Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarinewho remembers that one? 

The aforementioned brow gel comes from Benefit and is their new-ish Gimme Brow formula, which when I asked around on Twitter what was the deal with it the general census came back with rave after rave. And I can see why. It adds subtle definition whilst calming my big brow ways negating the need for a pencil/setter combo. In terms of shadow I’ve recently formed a very close relationship with MAC Eyeshadow in Sable. There’s just something about it that gives off that moody, ‘I woke up and my makeup looked like this vibe’ and looking like you made a bit of effort at the same time. A brown with a nod of purple running through it I sweep it all over and leave it at that. Aside from my usual tiny smudge of brown kohl in the outer corners (Laura Mercier Long Wear Creme Eye Pencil in Espresso is my current fave), I have been rocking a bit of a cat flick from time to time thanks to another newbie from BenefitThey’re Real Push-Up Liner. It’s a tough one to describe, but the way that the applicator disposes of the cream to powder formula is all kinds of special and means that even a liner noob like myself can conjure up some kind of flick. Expect a full post with the deats soon. Then for mascara it’s been a toss up between the L’Oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara when I want more of a natural flutter and their Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara when I want some serious oomph.

Lips is where things start to get exciting. Tanya Burr’s Lipgloss in Picnic in the Park has got its fair share of lip time in recent weeks or if I want something pinker I’ve been reaching for the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick which hangs around for hours. Seriously. But my favourite discovery of all is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 which I first saw on Zara, then Amelia, then Lily and just had to pick up for myself. A ridiculously hardy red that feels like you’ve got nothing on the lips. I’m seriously impressed. It was part of a recent Sephora haul which I plan on doing a bit of a show and tell video with soon, so keep your peepers out for that.

But that’s it until next month and trust me, July’s Beauty Bag gal is a cracker…

  • Anna Blush

    That little trio of blushers looks gorgeous! I absolutely love this little feature you’re doing, deffs a fav! x

  • Nancy Trevino

    The vitalumiere aqua foundation has now become my favorite, thanks for the recommendation. I can’t wait to get my hands on that benefit liner!

  • Abi Thrasher

    I need to try the Chanel foundations! x

  • Sophie ♥

    There’s lots of my favourite things in this post-which I like! How awesome is Sable?? It’s my favourite fall/winter shade because I’m not quite brave enough for Cranberry.

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  • Savannah Giersthove

    I have to try the Sephora cream lip stain! Too bad we can’t buy it here anymore :( x

  • Jennifer

    You really can’t beat Vitalumiere Aqua. Definitely my favourite foundation. I top it up with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Fluid if I have a tan, which is very rare. Also dying to try out the Tanya Burr range, but it’s not available in Ireland yet. Must hit the online shops! x

  • Divya

    I have Lush Nectarine and its so good! I got it because of you!

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  • Lauren S

    Great picks Anna there’s definitely a few products here I want to try ! The Sephora lip cream looks so good too

    Lauren x

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  • Sophie

    I’ve rediscovered my Revlon Lovesick ever since I saw you wearing it in a vlog! Its such a pretty colour! x


  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Love these posts, having a nosey is always great. Lovesick looks like such a pretty colour, I will have to pick one up for myself! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Charlotte // BeautySoup

    I can’t wait to get my paws on the they’re Real! liner! It looks fab, a really good idea! x

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  • Yasmeen MirrorAffects

    The lip products look great! They’re all so tempting to try!

    Yasmeen x

  • Manouk

    We share a big love for Sable eyeshadow 😀

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  • Beth

    I really need to get the Revlon balm stains. I tried the matte balm, which was a bit meh, but I think the original will be better.

    Also that Sephora lip stain… Gorgeous!

    Beth. x

  • Kimberley Ann

    Ah the Nars Laguna is my favourite too, even the name sounds cool!
    Kimmiberry xo

  • Emily Knott

    MAC sable eyeshadow is a favourite of mine too. I love to wear it in my outer v with naked lunch all over the lid – pretty!

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  • thedarlingdee .

    I need that Sephora Cream Lip Stain!

  • Sybil Mae

    I have wanted to try the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Naturals for so long! I especially want to give them a go now because the new packaging looks so much better in my opinion!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Amazing picks this week, Anna! I’ve been mixing the Vitalumiere Aqua and Perfection Lumiere Velvet, as you suggested, and really like the finish!

  • emiller1233

    The eyeliner sounds kind of amazing, can’t wait for the review!

  • Parisian To Be

    I love it when you mention old favorites. I guess it shows which products are really good. I bought the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine for my mom for her birthday and she loves it. I have Peach Whisper and adore it, too. x

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Cassie

    I can’t wait to try the new Benefit liner, it sounds incredible!

  • Idoia Aranburu

    I just can’t tell you how much I like reading your blog, It’s amazing! Really want to try the Sephora Cream lip stain. x

  • Daniella

    lovely! love the lippie!



  • Roshni Mistry

    I love Aurora from Tanya Burr, and they are so pigmented it’s crazy

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  • Joycelyn Steib

    Another great vlog Anna. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  • nueyork

    I keep seeing the Sephora lip cream around and it’s making me so jealous that we don’t have a Sephora in my country yet! Their own name products look amazing.

  • Grace And Clair

    I’m always worried about the smell of the Sephora lip products. Does it smell like the lipstick, because usually I cannot stand that smell. Love this post!

  • Isobel’s Basket

    I love a sneaky peek into daily make-up bags. I think the whole routine of daily make-up excites me. Getting your routine to be as quick and simple as possible is a challenge and a half sometimes. But when you get it right it’s the best feeling haha. I am so interested to try the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. You should try Tanya Burr’s lip gloss in Champaign Toast its such a beautiful sheer and flattering colour.
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  • lisa sherin

    Can’t wait to read your post on They’re Real Push-Up Liner. I’ve only just heard about it and so far there’s fairly mixed reviews.

  • Kathleen

    I really love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua too! It’s the perfect everyday foundation.

  • Desiree Law

    awesome products! definitely going to try some of them.