I’ve seen several bloggers do these over the past week and figured it would be interesting to see what mine totals up to. My makeup bag has slowly become more minimalist and much, much, more conservative. If I had done this calculation a few years ago there would have been brands such as Dior, Chanel and By Terry pushing the price right up. But hey, I’m a student and have been for three years, I’ve prioritised my money and makeup has had to take a back seat for a while.
My go to foundation is Rimmel Match Perfection and I wear shade 103 True Ivory. For the price I don’t think you can beat it, it’s a buildable coverage and does a good job at covering any redness on my face. I don’t use a primer and it stays pretty well put most of the day, you’re soon going to work our from this that I’m pretty lazy when it comes to makeup. Price – £7.99
Coincidently also use Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer in shade 010 Ivory, that’s a mouth full. I’ve tried a lot of high-end concealers in my time and haven’t found anything that I like as much as this. Again, it’s a buildable coverage, a gentle swipe easily covers my under-eye circles and a more generous splodge any blemishes. Price – £5.99
The powder that I’ve been using for as long as I can remember is the Rimmel Stay Matte in 001 Transparent. (I promise this isn’t a sponsored Rimmel post) This powder can do no wrong. For starters, it’s dirt cheap, if I drop it and it shatters I don’t have to cry, but it also just works. I dust it over my face to set my concealer and I’m done. Price – £3.99
For brows, I’ve been loving the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit. Throughout my teenage years, I plucked and waxed my poor eyebrows to within an inch of their life. It’s a miracle they recovered really. Sometime in college, I embraced the bushiness and learnt to love my fuller brows. I’m fortunate enough that they don’t need a lot of styling and 99% of the time I leave the Au-natural. But if I’m wearing a fuller face of makeup I bring them out from beneath the foundation with this kit. I love how cute the miniature spooley is. Price £9.99
The other brow product in my makeup bag is the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in transparent. Now I actually stole this from my mum last time I was home (sorry mum) because I thought it was cool. I wouldn’t actually say it does much to my brows but I like to run it through them some days to remove the powder that’s sat in them and make all the hairs go the right way. Price £5.99
Moving on, for blusher, bronzer and contour I use one palette, Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Golden sugar 2 – Rose Gold. For a long time I used a Clarins Bronzer and an old body shop blush, but when they demised I started looking for a drugstore alternative. What drew me to this palette was the gorgeous bronze and gold shade and I actually use these as eyeshadows sometimes. There’s a degree of shimmer in all the shades but as a general rule I smudge my brush into both of the brown shades and use them for contour, take a bit of the pink for blush and then occasionally some of the gold as a highlighter, oh and I normally use the same brush. I bet makeup gurus are freaking out about now. Price – £6.00
For eyes I generally just use my L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes Technology mascara, my secondary school years of heavy eyeliner and smokey eyes have left me craving simplicity. I could rave about this mascara all day! If you have hooded lids like me, then you know the struggle of mascara transferring onto your eyelids and it sucks. Waterpromasacra didn’t work, setting spray didn’t work but this, this works. I did a lot of research to find this mascara and it’s a favourite amongst hooded lid gals like myself. It doesn’t budge at all and it still makes your lashes look fabulous, the white base coat really plumps the lashes so that when you apply the black top coat they look like falsies. Price – £11.29
And that’s it for my makeup bag. I sometimes keep a lip balm in my handbag but otherwise, my makeup is very natural and barely there. I honestly think that over the years I’ve valued the extra sleep over the application of makeup and have stripped back to the bare essentials. The total cost of my makeup bag is £51.24!
Have you totalled up the cost of your makeup bag? I think it’s surprising how quickly it adds up, and this isn’t taking into account moisturiser, night creams and brushes!
Bye for now,