What’s in my makeup bag?

I’ve seen this type of video all over YouTube for years and always loved watching them. It’s a fabulous way of learning about new products and finding out why certain products are someones go-to. Or maybe you’re just nosey like me and love looking through people’s makeup bags.

In this post I’m going to share with you all the makeup that’s earned a spot in my everyday makeup bag. These products are the ones I use on a daily basis and the ones I love the most. I have a decent sized makeup collection that’s stored between two acrylic makeup organisers but I like to keep my favourites in a bag for ease of access, and should I need to travel, my bag is already packed. If something is in my makeup bag, it means I really love it and really recommend the product. I have a healthy mixture of high-street and high-end so whatever your budget, hopefully you’ll be able to take something away from this. However, I’ll be sure to give some high-street alternatives for some of my high-end products because who doesn’t love saving a bit of money?!

I’m not going to speak about each product in great depth otherwise this post will become a novel.

I’ll break it down by facial areas starting off with the base –

As much as I dislike primers, there is one that I do love and swear by, and that’s Garnier’s Perfect Blur. This is a primer that in my opinion, is almost an exact dupe of Benefit’s Porefessional. It has the same velvety texture and blurs large pores wonderfully. I apply a small dot around my nose, where my pores are the largest and my texture is instantly smoothed. For this reason, this product has a firm spot in my makeup bag.

My absolute favourite foundation is my Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Wear and it’s been in my makeup bag since I purchased it a few months ago. This is a natural to matte finish foundation with medium coverage that looks like skin. Although my skin is on the drier side, it still looks beautiful and doesn’t cling to dry patches or go cakey. I love the foundation. I really recommend this regardless of skin type, but this is pricey so please ask for a sample before paying full price! Click here for an indepth review of Lancome’s Tenit Idole Ultra. A product I use in conjunction with my foundation is Jojoba oil. Because my skin is dry, mixing in two drops of oil with my foundation gives me more of luminous finish, which I prefer and it also makes my foundation more comfortable to wear. I love the Green Keratin Certified Organic Jojoba Oil. It’s only £10 on Amazon and it truly is a fantastic product.

To conceal I use two different products, one for the under eyes and one for blemishes around the face. For the under eyes, I love the Clinique Air Brush Concealer due to its light reflective properties. This does a lovely job of brightening a dull under eye. For blemishes my favourite is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin because it’s very heavy-duty, very matte and doesn’t move once it’s been applied. I have in-depth reviews on both of these products, click here if you want to know more about both these concealers. A nice high-street alternative for Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer is L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Concealer and Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer will work beautifully as a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked Skin concealer.


The powder that’s earned a spot in my makeup bag is Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This has been a favourite of mine for years and has even surpassed my Chanel Les Beiges Powder which is £35 more expensive! I love the Rimmel Powder because it does such a beautiful job of mattifying and setting makeup. I only powder my T-Zone to take down the shine left from my foundation but the area will stay matte all day. I can’t recommend this enough, especially if you’re looking for an affordable powder.

I actually keep two highlighters in my makeup bag, is it unnecessary? Yes, but I promise there is a method to the madness. The first highlighter I use is for mixing purposes, it’s a liquid illuminator by Chanel called Le Blanc De Chanel. This is a light reflective product that works wonders on my dull skin. I’ll mix one or two drops into my foundation and concealer and I look instantly awake. A cheaper alternative to Le Blanc De Chanel is Sleek’s Bare Kissed Illuminator in Monaco. This isn’t an exact dupe because Sleek’s illuminator is more metallic than light reflective, however it’ll still look beautiful mixed into foundation. The second highlighter is a powder and this what I’ll use on the high points of the face. I love MAC’s Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Double Gleam, it’s the perfect light gold and doesn’t look glittery! I highly recommend this one! Click here for a review on both these highlighters.

To warm up my pale complexion I love to keep No7’s Bronzer in Golden Sand in my makeup bag. I love this bronzer so much it’s actually replaced my Benefit Hoola. This is lighter than Hoola which I like because it looks a lot more natural and gives just the right amount of warmth. If you’re any deeper than me, and I have light skin with a neutral undertone, this will be too light. However this bronzer is available in three shades, I have the lightest so it’s definitely worth checking out. Especially for the price of £13! While we’re on the topic of No7, my favourite blush comes from the brand. I use the shade Apricot Blossom on a daily basis because I love the peachy undertones which work beautifully with my own skin undertones. I can’t recommend No7’s blushes enough. They’re fantastic and only £9 each!


Onto the eyes –

I like to keep my eyes simple on a daily basis so my makeup bag isn’t overflowing with eye products. But with that said, I do like to apply a little eyeshadow on those rare occasions where I have the time. My absolute favourite eyeshadow palette that will always have a spot in my makeup bag is Zoeva’s Blanc Fusion. This is the perfect warm-neutral palette with a beautiful combinations of mattes and shimmers. For a day time look, I prefer to keep my eyes matte so I’ll usually just use a mid-toned brown all over the lid. But if I want a little shimmer, I have the option which is why this palette is in my makeup bag. I can’t recommend this enough, and it’s only £18! Click here for an indepth review. To prime the eye I’ll always keep an Urban Decay Primer Potion. It’s the best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used and I love it, however NYX’s Proof it is a wonderful dupe if you want to save a bit of money.

My favourite mascara right now is No7’s Intense Volume in Black Brown. This is a beautiful natural looking mascara that give me the right amount of lift, length and volume. This is an excellent quality mascara at only £10 and has now replaced my Benefit They’re Real and my Mad Lash by The Balm, give it a try, you’ll love it. For the brows I’ve had the same pencil in my bag for the last 4 years, that’s how much I love it. It’s MAC’s twist up brow pencil in Spiked. It’s really thin which allows me to create a precise, defined brow. The colour is also perfect for me, it’s a beautiful ashy brown that matches my natural brow colour perfectly. These pencils are only £13 and will last you over a year. I promise. I’ve re-purchased this three times in four years. They really are an investment. To set my brows I’ve been loving Benefit’s Gimmie Brow, this is expensive but it’s worth it. It has fibres in the product which lengthen and volumise the brows, which my sparse brows definitely need!


And finally onto lips and finishing –

I’m not much of lipstick wearer during the day but I like to keep at least one option in my makeup bag, just in case. My current favourite is NYX’s Matte Lip Creme in Abu Dhabi. I love the colour, it’s the perfect browny peach nude and looks beautiful with a variety of looks. It’s not the most comfortable to wear but it’s bearable, especially if I prep my lips properly. But for the low price of just £6, these are definitely worth a try. And too set my entire face, I love a spritz of Urban Decay’s Chill Setting Spray. I love this stuff, it locks my makeup in place, gives me a hydration boost and brings normality back to my skin if I’ve over powdered. Urban Decay’s line of setting sprays aren’t cheap but they’re worth it. They do what they claim to do and they’ll last you ages! They’re well worth the money.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read today’s post about the contents of my makeup bag. I hope you’ve discovered some new products here today or if you just wanted to see what’s in my makeup bag, I hope you liked some of the products. I hope to see you back for my next post!

Sofia x


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