I have to admit, I wasn’t planning on wearing too much makeup over Christmas but I brought a few bits and bobs to keep me going – I didn’t want to scare anyone or ruin Christmas.
My makeup bag is from the Laura Mercier Portfolio Collection, which you can buy on sale here. It’s my go-to travel makeup bag as it has a hard outer case so everything is protected and there’s also lots of compartments inside, which makes it easier to sort through and pack makeup as you can see what you have. It’s a little bulky but I make room. Of course, I packed some primers as these always improve my makeup ten-fold and leave me feeling far more happier with the result; Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (£20.80) and the 17 Skin Wow 3-Way Highlighter (£5.99) were chosen to come with me, the Clarins offering is amazing for smoothing over the skin while the highlighter can be used to add some radiance to the skin, it’s a nice dewy, warm finish that helps makeup come winter. Lately I’ve been wearing these on their own as it’s minimal enough but my skin looks miles better.
I also added in my beloved Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation (£33), if you haven’t already got this in your stash, I highly recommend you pick it up before the year is out – you have four days. It’s great coverage and has a lovely radiant, creamy but natural finish that suits my demands perfectly.
As for concealer, the Clarins Instant Concealer (£20) has been my top choice for disguising late nights – I’m still catching up from my birthday last week – it blends beautifully and hides dark circles like magic. I also really love the 17 Phwoarr Paint Concealer (£5.49) for any blemishes, it’s thick but the almost-matte finish means it blends so well and doesn’t look caked on. I’ve got a lot of use out of these lately!
I also threw in my blush of the moment, NARS Orgasm (£21.50) always looks amazing on me and it has just the right amount of shimmer. It’s easy to pat on a bit of concealer, apply Orgasm and I’m set for a lazy day if I need to nip out or whatever. It really does wonders for a pasty complexion!
As for eyes, I went for my usual MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork (£15), at this time of year I’m totally a ‘sweep on and go’ kinda girl and Groundwork defines the eyes without making them look small or harsh. I’ll either work it in to my lids or smudge it in to my lower lashes – sometimes both if I’m feeling a bit crazy.
I also snuck in the REN Lip Balm (£9) which was a good decision, this stuff is amazing and feels so velvety on my lips – I’m a bit picky when it comes to lip products but this is seriously good stuff, I love the subtle sweet taste and the easy applicator too.
Have you tried any of these products?