“What’s in your makeup bag?” for me, is the eternal question. Because you see pal, one day I’m gonna be all nude lip and smokey eyes, the next I may be feeling a bold pink and subtle cut crease and Sundays are reserved for no makeup or no makeup makeup so it is forever changing.

And then you regret ever asking me what’s in my makeup/christen me a raving lunatic.

However, despite my extreme ability at being the most fickle person on the planet, there are some essentials that never ever leave my makeup bag. The ones that I need on a daily basis, the ones that I need all year round no matter what season we’re in, no matter what occasion I have coming up, and those dreamboats are the ones I’m going to be talking about today.

Starting with my hair saviour, the Tangle teezer. This isn’t new, it isn’t fancy shmancy but man, does it do the job. Nothing gets through my dragged through a hedge backwards/Hagrid-esque hair like this bad boy so it just has to come everywhere with me. It’s also amazing for brushing through your freshly curled hair to create those stunning movie star loose waves as well as brushing half a can of dry shampoo through your hair when you’re feeling lazy (i.e all day ehrr day).
I am a self confessed lazy lady when it comes to looking after my body. Unless I know that I’m going out and yeah, probs best not to leave my legs hairier than a gorilla’s, then I kinda just don’t shave that much [insert embarrassed/monkey covering eyes emojis here]. I like to call it insulation, but you see, laughing and joking is all well and good until you get that last minute call for an amazing event, or a night out with the girls, a surprise date (or the realisation that you haven’t been to the gym in 3498439384 years and should probably go) and realise that you haven’t shaved your legs and there is just no way the world needs to see that sight. Keeping a razor in my makeup bag is an absolute essential for never getting caught out and my ultimate game changer is the Gillette Venus and Olay razor. Oh sweet lord this little piece of magic is my hero. Not only does it have 5 curve hugging razor blades which means you get an extremely close shave – and therefore the silkiest, smoothest pins – but it also has built in Olay Moisture bars which release skin conditioners meaning that there’s no need for shaving foam – a saviour for when you’re in a rush and notice that little patch behind your knees that you’ve missed – and they also keep your legs so beautifully moisturised. The moisture bars combine key moisturising ingredients including petrolatum, a skin protectant which softens the skin helping to lock in moisture for less dryness, and they’re also 30% larger so they last for longer. Oh, and did I mention that they smell amazing too? Yep, yep they do. I honestly just cannot say enough good things about this razor, it provides a closer than close shave whilst simultaneously nourishing your legs so beautifully at the same time. It’s completely fuss free, an absolute essential all year round… it’s basically the one thing that I absolutely can’t not have in my makeup bag at all times to make sure that I never miss out on an occasion.

Now, you don’t need shaving foam with the Venus and Olay razor, however if you have a little more time and really want to indulge in a luxurious pamper day, I cannot recommend the Gillette Venus Satin Care with a Touch of Olay Vanilla Cashmere enough because oh my god it smells like heaven in a can. Honestly, this smells so incredible and it also lingers on the skin meaning that not only do you get another boost of hydration (it really is so nourishing), but you also smell amazing for the rest of the day/night. 
Once I’ve ensured that my hair is tamed and my legs have taken the transformation from gorilla to silky smooth, it’s time for the absolute makeup essentials. My makeup bag does change up a lot but the Max Factor Miracle touch skin smoothing foundation is a staple that hasn’t left my bag since I got it. Firstly, it’s incredibly portable, it’s amazing for on the go and the little sponge – or a sassy little thang coming up soon – makes it so easy to keep yourself looking fresh on the go even when you feel anything but. It’s a beautiful solid to liquid formulation which provides a medium but buildable coverage (if I’m totally honest, I am awful at deciphering coverage but it covers my zits without making me look like a drag queen so shall we go for medium?). Max Factor claims that you don’t need to use concealer or powder alongside this – I personally do because I’m a more is more kinda girl – but this makes it an incredible all rounder. You go Glen Coco Max Factor!
As my dark circles are darker than Voldermort’s soul and I’m prone to the occasional spot – yay hormones – concealer is a must at all times for me. I’ve mentioned this one before but honestly, the IT cosmetics bye bye undereye is the best concealer I’ve used in, well, kinda ever. It has such high coverage but also rarely creases. It lasts all day long and generally makes me look 10x better than I usually do [insert praise the lord emojis here].
I have the kinda eyes that pretty much sink back into my head and become non-existent without mascara on and my current favourite is Max Factor’s False Lash epic. It’s their latest launch and is designed to catch every single lash and that’s exactly what it does. It gives a hefty dose of volume and really does coat every lash so you look as wide awake as possible.

Which is something I need. Big Time. With a grande latte on top!

Said sassy little thang that makes foundation application the biggest dreamboat of all time? The beauty blender. Of course. I was so sceptical about this little sponge that surely isn’t as miraculous as the whole entire Youtube and Blogosphere leads us to believe it is but actually, it really, really is. There’s something about the texture of the beauty blender that blends foundation so seamlessly into the skin for the most flawless finish. I honestly couldn’t be without it and it’s safe to say that it never leaves my makeup bag.

These little tubes of wonder were the biggest “the bloggers made me buy it” purchase. They first hit the big time – lol, such a sassy little popstar clarins instant lip perfectors – years ago when every blogger and their dachshunds were raving about them but they are the ultimate lip products and a classic that will continue to be raved about for years to come. In short, their a lipgloss/balm hybrid which add a super glossy shine to your lips, a little pigmentation and a hella lot of nourishment. I genuinely have one in all of my everyday handbags as they’re just the easiest thing to use, need no mirrors and make your lips look beautiful. My favourite is 01 but they are all equally beautiful.
Last but not least, the infamous Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream. I’m going to be completely honest with you, I kinda wanted to hate this because it was so heavily raved about and basically cured dryness, spots, credit card ratings, bad boyfriends etc. – lols, can you imagine having such a wonder product – but the thing is, it really is just incredible. It’s a gel type formula which is so ridiculously nourishing that it manages to sooth any dry/sore patches, burns, rashes in absolutely no time. I have a very strange and oh so annoying dry patch on my face which makeup clings to like a needy boyfriend but putting the tiniest pinch of this on every night has almost completely gotten rid of it. It’s just the item that you need because dry elbows, lips, feets, knuckles happen, and this little beaut is your best friend for when they do.

So that’s it for my makeup bag essentials, I would absolutely love to know what you always keep in your makeup bag? Have you tried the Venus and Olay razor yet? I always love hearing your thoughts.

As always, thanks so much for reading!


This post was sponsored by Proctor and Gamble but all thoughts, photo’s and love of products that keep my pins looking silky smooth, my own.

46 responses to “WHAT’S ALWAYS IN MY MAKEUP BAG?”

  1. I always love snooping through someone else's makeup bag (not creepy at all!). Yours seems to be organized enough, mine on the other hand is overflowing with loads of lipsticks that I haven't worn in months and other shiz that I really don't need, haha! I'm so curious about that Clarins lip perfector, might have to get one of my own as I've heard loads of bloggers say it's good!

  2. Yvonne says:

    I've never heard of bye bye under eye. Think I will check it out. I usually have Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream in my cosmetic bag when I travel! thank you for sharing!
    xo Yvonne

  3. Rosy Ferry says:

    Yes, I'm definitely off to but that shaving gel, you had me at vanilla 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  4. I LOVE razors with the built in foam as they are so good for travelling and on the go! Your pictures are stunning as always Els – love this post!

    Hayley xo

  5. Looking gorgeous Ellie, make-up on point! I need to try this Venus razor, although now it's autumn I probably won't be shaving my legs for the next 6 months LOL!

  6. Rachel-Beth says:

    Girl you never fail to make me laugh- circles darker than Voldemorts soul hahaah!! Nonetheless, this under eye product looks amazing, as does that compact foundation

    Rachel xx

  7. Ellie, you look gorgeous! I know this is a post about the products but we all know this is more about the make up bag. I want that so badly haha!! xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  8. Vida Zenitha says:

    Beauty blender like a safer. But the price is still too pricey for me 🙁

  9. Laura M says:

    The IT Cosmetics concealer is soooo good! It's definitely one of my faves!

    She Likes to Shop

  10. Jessica says:

    Tangle Teaser is life. I need to try that IT Cosmetic concealer too!

    The Crown Wings

  11. Call Me Amy says:

    You look such a babe in all these pictures! I always apply my makeup with a beauty blender these days, actually can't remember the last time I used a brush for foundation so yes to that! I really want to try that mascara too it sounds amaaazing.
    Amy xx

  12. Youre such a beauty! I have been wanting to try that bye bye concealer! I heard its amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  13. Honest mum says:

    Elle this is mental, I have just edited a video on what's in my make up bag and there was so much, I have completely reorganised it and re-evaluated my life. It's going up soon! No one needs 4 lipsticks in the same shade in their everyday bag! I love your pics and my kids are obsessed with the tangle teazer, as am I (looking gorgeous as ever girl) x

  14. Yes to the beauty blender! Love that little pink sponge so much, and the tangle teezer as well- my hair is a bird's nest without it.

  15. You look so stunning in all the photos! I love your picks! I can't leave without my sleek highlighting palette!
    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
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  16. Gabrielle says:

    I love the way you write Elle! Ahh thanks so much for the reminder about the Clarins Instant Lip Perfectors; I knew I wanted one but forgot the exact name – if that makes sense, haha 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  17. Beautylymin says:

    I love Venus razors too & usually grab my Hubby's shaving foam but i love the sound of the vanilla scented one!! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

  18. Okay I now want to try everything haha! I should really put my make up essentials in a bag, whenever I go home to visit my parents I just shove whatever in a travel bag and I always forget something.. usually a razor because I'm so lazy with it haha, and then suddenly I have to seem presentable.. luckily mum always has spare ones.. she's the best XD xx

  19. Liz Hammond says:

    I love your makeup bag!!!! Aaaahhh so true! 🙂 And I also love the Bye Bye Undereye by It. I like their CC cream as well. Also, I'm currently having an Urban Decay Giveaway – I will be having a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more – you should come check it out! 🙂

  20. I am never far away from my Eight Hour Cream or my Tangle Teaser – there is literally no issue that Eight Hour Cream cannot cure and always stock up whenever I'm away!

    Emma |

  21. Think it's about time that I tried the Tangle Teezer! Thanks for all the recommendations, Elle

  22. I'm honestly the bloody worst at remembering to shave – comes to wearing an outfit and OOPS keep the arms down and ankles hidden 😉

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  23. Raquel says:

    Your photos are always so spot on babe. Oh, and I am beyond obsessed with your makeup bag. Like I need that ASAP!

  24. Alina Bostan says:

    I can spot so many of my beauty faves in here… I honestly don't know how I would apply concealer or foundation without my beautyblender, it just leaves your skin with the most natural finish ever. I'm also a fan of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, it's great for any dryness x

    Beauty with charm

  25. I have the IT cosmetics bye bye undereye concealer as well and I love it! It definitely covers my horrendous dark circles! 🙂


  26. I need to try that concealer! My dark circles are horrendous! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  27. I have been wanting to try It Cosmetics for so long, but to be honest, I have never actually checked to find where I could purchase them!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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