Handbag Essentials

handbag essentials

I used to be one of those people who carried their whole life in their handbag. I would lug that thing around on a daily basis, and it was so heavy and I never used half of the things in there.  Lately I’ve switched to a smaller bag, which is the Michael Kors Sloan Small Quilted-Leather Shoulder Bag. I absolutely love the look of this bag! Its such a gorgeous design and the colour is perfect for the Autumn season. Inside the bag there are a few different compartments, two being open with a zipped pocket in-between these. As well as another small zipped pocket.

So what do I carry around with me on a daily basis?

My purse or cardholder– I tend to switch between the two, depending on if I have cash or not. At the moment i’m opting for my purse which is from Michael kore (Not available anymore).

My Phone- I have the IPhone 6, and I don’t go anywhere without it. I’m constantly on Instagram, Twitter and keeping up to date on my blog when on the go.

Sunglasses- My current favourite pair as these gorgeous Metal Square ones from Carvella.

Headphones- When I’m out and about listening to music is always a must!

Lipstick- I always make sure to have the lipstick I’m wearing that day in my bag for touchups.

Powder Brush- I don’t carry any powder with me, but i find a brush so handy to help takeaway the shine on my face when needed. My brush tends to have some excess product on anyway.

Hand Cream- There is nothing I hate more than dry hands, and the Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams are my absolute fave!

Perfume- These little tester perfumes are so handy for carrying around with you. They take up so little space, and its a great way of trying out new scents.

A mirror- Always handy to carry around, as I find the iPhone front camera is pretty rubbish.

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My Holy Grail Products

holygrailproducts

Throughout my years of experimenting with makeup and skincare, I’ve come across some products that I love, some I hate and some that are somewhere in between. Being a makeup artist I’m constantly changing the products I’m using on a daily basis, and with so many new products coming out all the time I constantly switching up what I’m using, but over the years there have been a few products that I can never part with, that I just keep going back to and I absolutely adore. So lets delve into said products…

So lets start with skin care. I absolutely adore skin care, and I’m one of those people who believe that spending more on skincare will help to achieve a clearer complexion. The Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is AMAZING. Before using this I suffered from fairly dry skin and this has transformed my skin from dry and dull looking, to moisturised and healthy looking. All you need is one pump per use, which is around a pea sized amount and pat it into your skin. It instantly makes your skin appear plumper and healthier, and I love it.

When it comes to face masks I feel like LUSH always pull through. Their masks are amazing! In particular the Cup O’Coffee one. Not only does it smell like coffee (DUHHH) but it literally makes my skin feel like silk! It’s full of exfoliating beads which I rub into my skin when i remove the mask, and it buffs away all of the dry skin, and leaves my face feeling soft and silky. I LOVE it.

So not quite skin care, but the Crabtree and Everlyn hand creams are my absolute fave! They are sooooo moisturising and don’t leave an oily, greasy film on the hands. They sink into the skin so quickly and the range of scents are insane! I’ve not tried one that I don’t like yet!

So moving onto makeup! My Holy Grail foundation is without a doubt the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. This foundation goes onto my skin flawlessly. No other foundation I’ve tried has come close to this. It gives me the perfect amount of coverage; not to light, yet not too heavy. It feels so lightweight on my skin, doesn’t crease and it stays put pretty much all day, which is something no other foundation seems to do. No matter how many foundations I try, I always go back to this. Keeping with the Chanel theme another Holy Grail product of mine is the Soleil Tan De Chanel. This is a cream bronzer that is so beautiful. The colour is the perfect bronze shade for summer and the formula of this goes onto the skin beautifully. This is a product I bring out of hiding every summer without fail. I’m probably due another tub of this now, seeing as I’ve had it a good few years now, but I can’t bring myself to part with it.

Lastly is a fairly new product to my collection, but one I’m already sure is going to stick around for a long time. The Too Faced Hangover Primer is the perfect primer for my skin. Its super moisturising and really plumps up my skin. It helps my foundation go on so smoothly and keeps it looking great all day. I even love wearing this without foundation as it really does brighten up my complexion and really helps my skin look more healthy.

So there’s a round up of my Holy Grail products, the products I couldn’t live without!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of them before and what your thoughts are on them!

 

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