What’s in my Daily Makeup Bag?

Kipling Make-up Bag

My Make-up Bag

This one has been floating around the beauty world for quite some while now and I figured I should share what I have in my daily make-up bag. I’ve said it before, I don’t generally wear much make-up to work, foundation, blusher, mascara and powder is the norm really. As you can see my make-up bag is bright pink and comes complete with a monkey. These monkeys are a signature of Kipling bags and are apparently named after people that work there. The only thing I don’t like about this bag is that it shows up the dirt easily, but it is washable so that is not too much of an issue. I stuck a little rabbit pin badge on there too, just to make it extra cute.

Kipling make-up bag with bareminerals brushes

Opening the front pocket

In the front pocket I keep my flawless face brush from BareMinerals along with some other bits and bobs. If I am travelling these are the brushes I can’ live without. You can see just how roomy the front pocket is and I like the elasticated holders, which are handy for smaller brushes and eye-liners. I know many people like to keep their brushes on display, but I much prefer keeping them in the bag as there is less chance of dust and dirt getting on them.

Main compartment

Main compartment

The main compartment is really spacious and I use it to store everything that I might reach for on a daily basis. I like how it securely zips up so that nothing falls out when travelling. When I emptied the bag out I was shocked at how much actually fitted in this tiny bag.

Bare Minerals Brushes

Brush collection

Okay, so the brushes with pink bits don’t actually live in this bag, they have their own travel pouch but I use them a lot so thought I should include them anyway. First up I have my Bare Minerals concealer brush. I got this about 4 years ago and it is still going strong. I usually try and wash this at least once a month as I don’t want bacteria spreading on my face. This is a full coverage brush so I need to be careful not to over do the concealer. I then have the Blemish remedy brush for those times (like today) when I have a crater on my face. The next 4 brushes are smaller than normal size and are synthetic, but are all from Bare Minerals. The line diffuser and contour brush I only tend to use when I wear eye make-up, which is usually on nights out or meals out with the bf. The line diffuser is great for smudging out eyeliner or applying thin lines of eye shadow. I then have a blush brush and a flawless face brush which I use everyday to apply my blusher and mineral veil. Finally I have my full size flawless face brush which I used to apply mineral foundation.



I have 2 eyeliners in this bag: a black one from the Bodyshop and a turquoise one from Avon. I don’t wear either of these everyday, but wear them quite often at the weekend. I’ve replaced the body shop eyeliner with my new favourite Urban Decay Zero from the Shattered Face Case, but will keep this one in here ‘just in case’. The final tool in my bag is a little bit disgusting, so sorry. It is a blackhead removal tool from the Bodyshop. I try not to use this, but when you get a horrible spot it can sometimes be too tempting.

Benefit Porefessional, Fake-Up, Boing, Stay don't stray, maybelline dream mousse

Base Products

This is where it gets a little exciting!  Base products, which I mix around a little depending on how my skin is. I like to smooth a little Benefit Porefessional over my nose and cheek area to try and reduce my bucket like pores. Following on from this I sweep fake-up under my eyes in a v shape and blend out to hide my big dark circles. Sometimes I will apply a couple of dots of stay don’t stray; it really just depends on how oily or dry my face is. Next I use Boing shade 2 to conceal and spots I have (at the moment loads). It really is fantastic, but creased under my eyes so be careful. I got this duo of 2 and 3 in the how to look the best at everything kit and come summer shade 3 will be a better match for me, so I like having the 2. If I have stupidly dry skin I will use the maybelline dream matte mouse in the shade sand. This foundation applies really well and I can’t believe it was under a tenner. The wear time for the matte mousse is also pretty good, lasting 6-8 hours on me when set with powder.

More Base Products

More Base Products

If I have a really bad spot, I will skip the Boing and apply the BareMinerals blemish remedy to try and speed up the healing time. This doesn’t offer much coverage, but is very light allowing the skin to breathe and you don’y have to worry about clogging up. If my dark circles are particularly bad I will set them using BareMinerals Summer Bisque concealer which can be pretty drying on its own. Once I am happy everything is covered (even if I do look cakey according to the BF, which I don’t), I buff a little of the BareMinerals Original SPF15 in Medium Beige onto my skin. I like to even out my skin tone and find that this offers light to medium coverage depending on application. I use the BareMinerals Mineral Veil to set my make-up once I have applied my blusher.

Benefit, Mua and Sleek


I’ve bought so many blushers the past few months and these 3 are the ones that have managed to stay in my bag. I really love Fine One One from Benefit as it incorporates a highlighter, but it just doesn’t last on my cheeks. A bargain I found lately was this blusher from MUA in the shade Bon Bon for only £1. Its very soft and a bit messy, but does have great pigmentation so a light hand is needed. Finally I have the blush I am LOVING just now from Sleek in the shade coral. It is almost like a bit or a bronzer and looks very dark in the pan but once blended out looks amazing on my cheeks. Well I think it does anyway. I’ve already managed to make quite a dent in it and maybe, just maybe I will finish it one day.

Eyes and Lips

Eyes and Lips

The Model Co mascara is still in here from the wand experiment I did a few weeks ago. I should probably throw it out before it festers. My current go to mascara is they’re real from Benefit. I prefer Bad Gal, but have a few miniature tubes of this to work through first. I’m on a mission to use up some products so have chucked this mini Smashbox lipgloss in there; unfortunately it is so small I can never seem to find it at the bottom of the bag to use 😦 . I’ve been putting everything I got in the You Beauty Advent Calendar to proper use and think I need to review this Lipgloss from Stila. It isn’t cruelty free, but I figured I should use it up and it is actually pretty good. Finally I have my Baby Lips in Mint Fresh. I wouldn’t buy this again, but really want to use it up and actually quite like the mintyness on my lips. I find this to be quite drying and a little over hyped to be honest. I hope you enjoyed seeing what is in my makeup bag! I would love to see inside yours because I am nosey like that! Link me in the comments if you decide to do this?

Do you have any of these products in your makeup bag?  



16 thoughts on “What’s in my Daily Makeup Bag?

  1. Does the mua blush have shimmer in it? I would love to do a make up bag post but I don’t have a make up bag as such. I just have a bag/clutch that I got given, when I bought my first perfume it was like an offer thing, that I use when im travelling. I just keep my everyday make up and brushes on my dressing table in like clear acrylic storage.


    • It doesn’t have shimmer in it, although I did end up with a shimmery face yesterday because my brush had shimmer. The mua are well worth a try, they have loads of shades and are only a quid!
      You could do your daily makeup kit, and show your storage solutions? Or show your travel bag? Would love to see that


  2. Love your Kipling make-up bag. You certainly manage to get lots in there. I had the stila lip gloss from the advent calendar too and I really liked it, so much so that mine is finished now. Have you ever tried Doll 10 cosmetics? I ordered a concealer yesterday from the range at QVC, excited to try it out!


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