What's in my makeup bag | Review, photos, swatches

Shantih Gidron
One of the favorite posts in the blog appeared exactly a year
ago, under the title “What’s new in my makeup bag?”. I guess it has something to do with our inquisitive
instinct, that makes us somewhat curious about what’s in our
friend's makeup bag. I admit that this is one of the first things I personally want to know once I meet a new person. Recently I
started using several interesting new products, that made my bag much more colorful
and interesting, and I thought this could be a great opportunity to share with
you the products that I use on a daily basis.

I'll start from a few basic products that I have been using for
a long time now. Being a flight attendant and a matte lipstick lover, my lips
tend to dry and pay the price. As a result, I need to use a quality lip balm on
a daily basis. Kiehl Lip Balm Mango
is one of my favourites since it has the immediate ability to calm the lips and
give them rich moisture. When I’m in the mood for a balm with some color, I use Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil by
Josie Maran. MAC Mineralize Concealer (I use NC20) is without a doubt my favourite concealer. It gives light but
durable coverage, with a liquid texture, which enables it to blend with the skin for a
natural finish. Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Shine Free Cake
Powder
(in its mini version), which I purchased in Bangkok, is not
necessarily the best powder out there, but its small and compact packaging
makes it great for travelling. I actually really liked it in its previous
version, but my guess is when they changed the packaging they also changed
the formula, which is now thicker. I don’t mind it
being as such, as I mostly use it during flights, and do plan to use it till
the very end. Argan Enlightenment
Illuminating Veil
by Josie Maran
(in its mini version) is a very subtle golden highlighter, suitable for daily
use that doesn’t look overdone. This product will be great for those who are seeking
a more relaxed and daily option when it comes to highlights. Last but not
least, you could never go wrong with Essence
Silky Touch Blush (No. 80)
, which gives radiance and colour to your cheeks
for the price of solely 13 NIS.

 

When it comes to eye makeup, I am pretty basic on a
day-to-day basis, and every once in a while will add a nude colour palette to my travel bag, such
as the excellent Naked Basics. MAC Painterly Paint Pot is great as an eye-shadow base, but can also be used on the entire eyelid in order to
cover any redness or unevenness. Josie
Maran Black Oil mascara
might be travel size, but has a massive brush that
is no less than any other high-end brands. I love it because it allows a
perfect colour stroke on all eyelashes with minimum effort and gives a great black
impact. I use the Ardell transparent Brow
& Lash Growth Accelerator*
mascara to fixate my eyebrows when I crave a
more natural and easygoing look. L'oreal
Brow Artist Plumper
brown mascara in the Medium/Dark* shade is my go-to when it comes to having neat
eyebrows. The mascara’s shade matches my eyebrows perfectly, it has a tiny
brush that allows a precise use and it keeps everything in place. If you are
looking for a simple and effective solution to fixate your eyebrows – this
mascara is certainly something I would recommend.
As oppose to eyes, when it comes to lips – my makeup bag is completely
full, and I have to clear it out every week. My recent favourites are
divided into several groups: first, a true classic – MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. If you still don’t have it, note that this
is one of the best red lipsticks out there in the market, if not the best one
(in my opinion). Its texture is retro-matte, velvety and dry, so you will
need to moist your lips once removing it. Another surprise this year is
actually a glossy product, although it is a known fact that glossy lip products
and myself are a big no-no. What’s interesting about MAC Versicolour Stain is that it is not a proper gloss nor stain.
It is a perfect winning combination between the two, which includes a shiny
balmy finish, and also has a great colour. The tone I carry is called Creasless
Energy*
, and it gives the face a healthy, fresh and young look.
 
OFRA liquid lipsticks
have also become
very successful around the globe and receive great feedback when it
comes to
performance. Their collaboration with the controversial YouTube persona
Manny MUA introduced 3 new beautiful shades to the range, and while I
may not be crazy about his vivid
persona, you cannot argue when it comes to the quality of these
products. Charmed* is an mid-tone-nude, but
not necessarily nude in that sense that looks like washed skin-tone. It offers
a precise balance between pink and brown, with a little bit of a flattering
gray. However, The Hypno* shade gives
the look a more dramatic edge, with a combination of deep red and brown, which
leaves no room for the imagination. This is one of those lipsticks
that you can’t ignore. The packaging has also changed and now looks more
luxurious, and while it doesn’t state so anywhere – I do believe that the
formula has somewhat changed for the best. The lipsticks price is currently
only 69 NIS, and they are totally worth the purchase. Last but not least, is Flormar durable Waterproof
Lipliner shade number 201
in which its delicate colour and soft texture turns
it into a very useful product, that can be used either as a lipliner or a full lipstick.

 

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