Recently I had a handbag downsize episode. I’ve always been a big bag kinda gal; from my gigantic Nike rucksack back in Junior school that made me look like a tortoise, to my Kookai over-the-shoulder bag in Seniors (anyone else’s school have that phase too?) to my Aldo tote in Sixth Form – I like to have the option to pack in the kitchen sink. You know, just incase. But with back pain occurences becoming all the more frequent I thought it was time to put down the Zara City Bag for a while and lug around something a little lighter. I went for this cream leather option in the end. Cream leather – what was I thinking? And though it may be dinkier than the rest of my collection I still stuff it to the brim with makeup. I pack from a ‘worst case scenario’ perspective. Maybe I’ll have to stay round a mates for the night and have to start from scratch in the morning, or perhaps I’ll sweat all my makeup off on the tube and need to do a reapplication upon my arrival at my destination (the latter is a much more frequent event). So here are the 10 products that I bring along for the ride:

  1. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl – a minuscule tube of the glow giving tint. The high-shine finish means it comes in handy for highlighting duties too.
  2. YSL Touche Eclat in 2.5 – I never use this when I get ready in the mornings, but when I’m out and about I go click crazy with this. Under my eyes, over my cheekbones, to cover up redness. Everything.
  3. MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink – my complexion perker-upper for on-the-go that can be dabbed and blended on with fingers in a matter of seconds. And it look rather fabulous on the lips.
  4. CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No.20 – added to the bag mainly for its mirror that it houses; it also comes in handy to matte things out a little if things start to get too sheeny. But it does so without the cake.
  5. A Teeny Tiny Spoolie – a girl got to have something to keep their werewolf brows in check and this is my weapon of choice.
  6. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Stone Slate – the day-to-night makeup clincher. I use this bronzed shimmer shade on my lashlines for a bit of definition or blended over my lids for some full on smoke in the evenings.
  7. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara – I carry this tube of mascara around with me for the simple fact that it layers over pre-lacquered lashes perfectly without ever looking clumpy or OTT.
  8. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – added into the bag for miniature size. Plus, I like the fact I can dispense this directly onto my lips without having to scoop my finger into the product.
  9. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – what is cuter than a makeup mini? Nothing. A lipgloss and balm in one, it’s an essential to carry around at least more than one lip product.
  10. Stella EDP Rollerball – one of my favourite perfumes is now in my possession in rollerball form, hell yes. Fresh, feminine and floral without being too prissy.

A handful of products that don’t weigh my bag down too much and are good to have around. You know, just incase.

  • NeroBeauty

    ¡Hello from Spain!
    Had the same problema with my handbags…Love huge sizes, but tren I have problems with my back.
    I am a crazy fan of the beauty small sizes (aka sample sizes), perfect for carrying everywhere.
    Love all your products, but the best of all are…¡Compeeds!
    Can’t live without them.
    Beautiful pictures as well as the blog.

  • WhatKatieRates

    Yes! Our school went through the Kookai bag phase, I thought I looked so cool! How wrong was I x

  • Mira Devils

    The only cosmetics I carry around are a handcream and a lip balm :D

    xx glamdevils

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I also lug around a lot of stuff, but I am trying to narrow it down so now it’s mostly lipstick, hairbrush, perfume, pocket gel and the practical stuff like wallet etc. Xx

  • Niamh

    I never use my touché éclat in the mornings either. It’s one of them things that’s great to have in your bag though.
    Oh wow, Stella in rollerball! I wish they sold rollerballs in Ireland and the uk.

  • Anya Cross

    That’s twice today that i’ve seen someone mention the Clarins lip perfecter – I think it shows that i need it in my life! Your blog is so dangerous for my bank balance :P x

  • roshkud

    You manage to keep a lot in that bag! I love the idea of keeping a little spoolie with you :)

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Alice Porter

    All those products are so nice! I want to get my hands on rollerball perfumes so badly!


  • alice english

    I am exactly like you, I have to pack for every “What if..” scenario, and end up taking half the house with me! I have had a downsize recently too, but I seem to have just managed to pack the same amount of stuff into a smaller bag! I’ll probably never change.

    I had no idea Stella came in rollerball form, will definitely be one for the christmas list.

    alice x

  • Patricia Gomes

    Oh I’ve been hunting for Les Beiges in No. 20! Believe it or not, in my country they only released five of the seven colors, and No. 20 is one of the two left out. Just my luck, I’m 90% sure it’s my perfect match!

  • Parisian To Be

    Lovely post! Contrary to stereotype, I carry around barely anything in my bag…but I always wish I had more! I’ll attempt to add some loot this weekend.

    xo Lillian from

  • simplynaturale

    I have always been the same with handbags, the bigger they are the better. As you never know what you might need to take with you as extra just incase you’re stuck in the worst case scenerio! I never had a nike backpack , but I did have an animal backpack when they were seen as the ‘cool’ bag at highschool! I love all the products you have chosen and I’ve always have wanted to try out some Jouer products.Also will have to test out the Max Factor blush as you keep raving about it. Your combined videos with Lily have made my makeup wishlist extremely large and this post is no exception!

    Lovely post as always!

    Eloise | simplynaturale

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    The rollerball is such a great idea, I hate lugging a huge glass bottle of perfume around with me!

  • Rachael

    Yess! The Kookai bag thing was big at my school too. Can’t believe I had forgotten about that.

    Rachael x

  • rachel

    Where can i buy jouer makeup in the US?

  • Caitlin Sear
  • PeonyandPeach

    I really want a stella rollerball, I love that fragrance!

  • jadiee bevan

    This is amazing

    I am new to blogging and have just started a new blog would be great if you could check it out :)

  • need a gap

    The Max Factor blush looks adorable!!

  • Alexa P

    I’ve been a huge fan of small crossbody bags too and makeup minis are definitely a lifesaver!

  • Icaria

    Oh I have a few of these already but now I want that Chanel compact and your sunglasses!!!

  • Adrienne Angelos

    Do you know if that Laura Mercier kohl pencil goes by a different name in the US? They’ve got one called bronzed copper on the brand site but it could just be a limited edition.

  • Tarte Tanya

    I love the Clarins Insta Light Lip Perfector’s.
    Lovely products.


  • jodie moores

    Im after those raybans!

  • Zoë Baldwin

    I love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 also. It’s such a good all-rounder. x x

  • AbiGailForce

    Totally did the kookai bag. How does a fad like that even start?!?