What’s in My Makeup Bag, Round Two

“I believe it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question Time.” 
― Sali Hughes, Pretty Honest

Over a year ago I spilled the contents of my makeup bag and out of the blue the other day, I remembered that post and wondered if there would be any major differences to what I’m schlepping around with me today. Only one way to find out!

Same bag, same vibe: late medieval melancholy mixed with mirth:

There are also some other sames. Still have blotting papers, period products (duh), a mini sewing kit, and safety pins. These save social lives, people. I also have the same Anne Boleyn hand mirror, because if you aren’t carrying a Tudor icon in your bag, who even are you to me?!

A few recent additions include pain killers, a stain remover cleansing wipes, and a thumb drive because what I’ve needed to be this past month is connected at work, and cleaned up at a moment’s notice!

Some noticeable differences pop up however, especially because it’s currently summer instead of spring as in the last edition. In hot weather I need products or items that are quick and easy to use, and don’t require any kind of precision at all, as sun and sweat inevitably conspire to undo any kind of work I’ve put in to make myself presentable. I’ve replaced a moisturizer with a sunscreen, because I burn incredibly quickly in direct sunlight and in the high days of summer when I’m spending hours outside (especially at the weekend), I need to have my protection on hand. I try to make it a priority to walk home from work in the warm weather when my schedule allows, which could mean up to an hour and a half in the sun. I burned badly once doing that and have been paranoid and over-prepared ever since.

I’ve actually used up most of the products shown from last year’s dump, including all of the lip products except the Glossier gloss which is still going strong. These days I’m only carrying around two lip products, both of them Charlotte Tilbury matte lipsticks (don’t be alarmed by the category, the formula and feel is extremely velvety) in a bright orange-y red and a reliable nude, and both of which have appeared in my previously monthly favorites. My cream blush from last year is also still going strong (I’m convinced I’ll be buried in it), but it’s not in my on-the-go bag at the moment and has been replaced by some sample sized items from MILK which do very well for multipurpose makeup needs.

Basic mints have been replaced by mouthwash tabs from Lush, which I purchased as a midday remedy against coffee or lunch breath. And also because it’s named for the iconic cocktail in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide the the Galaxy series, which is extremely my jam. Yes, I bought it for the name alone and no, I’ve had no regrets about this decision.

Indulge my prurience and tell me what you carry around with you. I’m genuinely curious and interested!

3 thoughts on “What’s in My Makeup Bag, Round Two”

  1. You are very organized!

    I put on sunscreen before leaving the house and (hot tip!!!!) now also make sure to slather it on the backs of my rapidly aging hands. I recently had a dermatologist freeze a spot on my left hand that I think is OK now and told her I was doing this and said — too little, too late? No, she said, it can prevent any sun damage from getting worse…

    I carry almost nothing, sorry to say. A hairbrush is a big deal! Lipstick, for sure, and (if it’s really rainy or humid) extra eyebrow pencil and maybe blush as it will sweat off. I started carrying basic creamy lip emollient when in Santa Fe (very drying place) and LOVE the little blue ball of Eos….It’s one of the best-designed packages I’ve ever seen. Also good stuff.

    https://evolutionofsmooth.com/products/organic-sweet-mint-lip-balm?variant=18732529090618&currency=USD&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlrigvt-e4wIVD4zICh2P_gbFEAQYAiABEgL9a_D_BwE

    But I have so very few moments I actually need to be presentable in a work setting — as you must daily!

    1. My coworker always carries a hairbrush and I wonder if that’s what I’m doing wrong when it comes to hair. She always looks immaculate.

      I do need to be presentable, and I still more uneven with it than I would like. Inherent laziness runs deep…

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