Inside my Mum’s make up bag









I’ve been meaning to write this post for weeks now but I recently sat down with my Mum for the best part of 20 minutes discussing the contents of her make up bag.

A lot of the products are my influence but for an older bird *cough* she’s got a great mix of ‘hip’ products in there.

So without further ado I’ll let Carrie take over from here:

‘Hello to all Katie’s readers. Let me first say I did get a little concerned at first that Katie wanted to photograph me for her blog or even worse film me. Thankfully that wasn’t the case and she just wanted a chat about what make up I have in my make up bag. Maybe another time.

Face – I can safely say it’s taken me 40 long years to find the perfect foundation for me, one that doesn’t dry out my skin or go on too cakey. I found my favourite foundation a few years go and have been using it ever since. Sadly, the MAC Mineralise Foundation looks to have been discontinued which I’m really annoyed about. I wear the shade NW20 which I don’t really understand but I think it’s a good match for my skin tone. I find it sinks into my skin nicely and is a good coverage in that it covers any blemishes or redness but still looks quite sheer. I like to apply this with my fingers for a more natural look.

I’ve only really just got into bronzer, I never really knew where to put it to be honest until Katie was doing my make up and used some. I felt it gave a nice warmth to my face so it’s perfect for when I’m feeling a little run down. So when Katie had a spare one going, I believe from one of those beauty boxes, I started using a Miners Bronzer – it’s cheap but it seems to do the job and it’s not too dark either. I’ve had lots of compliments about how glowy my skin is.

For blush I stole Katie’s MAC Mineralise Blush in Warm Soul which has shimmer but isn’t sparkly and I can add warmth and, I believe the word is ‘contour’ to my face. I find this really versatile as I can use it subtly or build it up.

Until a few weeks ago, I never used powder – I always feared it would end up cakey but I was encouraged to try the Rimmel Stay Matte one and so far I am liking it to set my face as it is quite light plus it’s a saviour for when I’m having a hot flush.

Brushes – I tend to use a mix of Real Techniques and MAC brushes, the latter of which were gifts as I don’t think I’d pay their prices myself. I like the Real Techniques ones the most as they’re well priced. I’m getting more confident with using brushes and even blending. Katie tends to wash my brushes as I’m a little too busy for that.

Eyes – As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my eyelids have become much oiler and I’ve had to start using a primer. The one I have used the most is the Urban Decay Primer Potion and I find it holds my eyeshadow into place nicely. My favourite eyeshadows are MAC Woodwinked, which I use more so on an evening, it’s a lovely golden shade that really compliments my green/grey eyes. For everyday I use a Benefit one called Leggy which is a pinky/beige shade that’s really subtle. For colour, I have a MAC Quad with lovely purple shades, although I can’t remember what it is called.

Brows – Katie relented to give me her HD Brows kit a while back but eventually she gave in and I like to mix the shades to create a good colour for my brows. I get my brows HD’d each month and enjoy filling them in. I do like to use my Benefit Brow Zings which I’ve had for years and is still going strong. I like to mix the colour and the wax like the girls at Benefit do.

Mascara/Eyeliner – For the longest time I used Dior Show which I received in a goodie bag after I attended a make up course for Cancer patients. I received so many wonderful high end products and they taught me how to draw on my eyebrows to look natural before they grew back. Since then, I moved onto Lancôme Hypnose as I felt the Dior one was a tad drying. I have found it a struggle to find the perfect mascara, they’re either clumpy or don’t volumise or lengthen enough. Luckily. I do have quite long lashes. I curl my lashes with a pair I got from Benefit which are Tweezerman and as much as I’d like the Shu Uemura ones I don’t think I’ll be paying full whack for them. I did come across Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless after reading Katie’s review and at £5 I gave it a go. It’s one of the best I’ve used in a long time – it defines, thickens but separates and volumises. Thankfully, it stops me getting panda eyes as my bottom lashes are very long.

Lips – I’ve gone for the same types of colours for the longest time – a purpley tinged pink. I’ve tried every brand and always gone for the same variation of pink. I like to call it 50 Shades of Pink. I’ve ended up sticking with NO7 and Revlon as they’re the best value for money. I had a higher brand one but it broke and other melted in the car. I hate lipgloss as it’s too sticky.”

So there you have it, an in depth delve into my Mum’s make up bag – I hope you enjoyed this different type of post.


Love, Katie xo

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