My Sister’s Makeup Bag

VDM meet Megan, my little sister. Megan meet VDM. I thought it was about time for some fresh meat round these parts, plus I was getting nosey to have a twitch into others makeup bags, so I thought why not collar Megan into an appearance. She thought she was being roped into a quick chat but soon got hauled into an hour-long conversation on all things beauty with me scribbing down her musings and snapping away on my camera. The things we do for family, eh? My sister falls into the ‘normal’ category when it comes to makeup obsession levels, she’s not a deemed a special case like myself. Her beauty arsenal fits comfortably into one drawer, her daily picks are housed in a reasonably sized bag and she has important things in life like a car and clothes whereas I have a brimming MUJI tower. So here’s her beauty take including her lipbalm collecting tendencies, tips for fellow pale skinned gals and her new candle making mission…

“On a day to day basis I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I always wear mascara – my lashes are see-through without it. I’m currently using No7’s Extravagant Volume, but my all-time favourite is Clinique’s High Impact, I must pick up a new one of that. My daily face starts with the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle, sometimes I leave it at that as I’m ceebs with foundation, but if I do fancy more coverage then I stipple on YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat in BR10 – a good pick for pale ladies. Then for concealer I like Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in 15 and I set it all with MAC’s Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium which adds a bit of colour to my cheeks – I think I’m on my 3rd compact of the stuff! At one point I became a little obsessed with Benefit’s boxed powders – I wanted them all – but now I just use Hoola all over the cheeks and Coralista on the apples. I don’t wear it everyday but if I’m going out I like to apply a little eyeshadow combo from my MAC palette, which took me ages to fill; All That Glitters all over the lid, standard and either a bit of Patina, Woodwinked or Satin Taupe in the crease. Although I’m not the best at cleaning my brushes, so it’s probably a mix of all of them that goes on.

I never do brows or eyeliner, but I do do a bold lip on a night out – MAC Crosswires is good for a red option that isn’t too in your face, or I love Impassioned too. What’s my favourite lipbalm? Anna I can’t believe you asked me this, come on, Cherry Carmex. I’m Carmex obssesed – I even purchased the mint one on eBay before it was released in the UK, I’m a lipbalm hoarder. Brush-wise I stick with MAC brushes, with a few Real Techniques and Eco-Tools one thrown in; I love the No7 Blend & Contour Brush too, I have a few of those hanging around. My big thing at the moment is candles (see it runs in the family!), I love Yankee Candles and have a bit of a love affair with the Lemon & Lavender scent. I’m always burning it. But I just found this site where you can buy all the ingredients to make your own candles which melt into massage oils, so I’m going to give that a go. All you need is some wick, jars, shea butter, sweet almond oil, soy wax and essential oils – I think I’m going to try the sweet orange oil scent first. Anna’s already put her order in for a peppermint one.”

Yes, yes I have – I’m front of the line for when her first batch is ready and I’ll report back with the results. Could I be waving goodbye to Diptyque and hello to Megan’s very own kitchen-made cocotion, we’ll see. Cheers sis.


  • I fall on the normal category, too! Haha high five to your sister! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that she has dozens of lip balms! Hahah!

  • Daria Buonin

    I loved this! Since seeing the picture on Instagram I’ve been so curious (read: nosey) about what’s in your sister’s make up bag! Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Love this! She’s got the benefits of having a beauty loving sister – she know all the great products, I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ That is a very impressive collection of lip balms she’s got there too! xx

  • Bexy

    What is the candle making site?! I’ve been wanting to make my own for ages, because I get through so many!

  • Gillian

    Lovely post. I love finding out what is in other peoples make up bags!

    Gillian from x

  • I love your sister’s MAC eyeshadow collection!ร‚ย  Such a gorgeous range of shades! X

  • OfficialSarah

    Glad to see I am not the only lip balm addict out there and spied some of the things I own as well (EOS, Figs & Rouge and Burt’s Bees). Glad she agreed to do this and I would love to see more of her (if she’s willing to).

  • Chloe Salmons

    This is such a cool post! She looks so cute in the picture. I’d love to have a sister to talk make-up with!! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Lifelooksperfect

    Love this post! Always can’t help being a little nosey into others beauty bags hehe!
    From two blogging sisters!

    Becki & Jess

  • Gita Bonร„ยina

    Great meeting your sister, she seems like a very lovely lady :).


  • Your sister is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always curious about what others have in their makeup bags!

  • Thebeautymist

    I love Woodwinked and Satin Taupe:) x

  • Such a nice post ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your quote about the overflowing MUJI tower… it made me giggle!

  • mollyox

    this post was really interesting! i really like your sisters makeup bag, so pretty! xx

  • Bulina

    I’m really digging those yummy oilsร‚ย  and the shea butter she has there

  • AlittlebitUnique

    You sister is so gorgeous and I use my RT case to carry a selection of my brushes as well :)ร‚ย 

    A little bit Unique – Blog // Facebookx

  • JoySteib

    That was lovely of her to indulge you with her beauty tips! She is a beauty and very interested in hearing about her candle venture.ร‚ย  Keep us informed!!!!

  • I really want to try that fit me concealer! nice collection you have there!ร‚ย

  • I’m super pale too and the YSL foundation in BR10 is a perfect match for me too! I think I’ll definitely have to try the This Works Skin Miracle if your sis likes that too, I really love recommendations from fellow pale girls! xx

  • Danessa Martinez

    I would love to know all the colors in your sis mac palette. They look really lovely!

  • Diane

    Love the post so much. Sisterly love ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really close with my sister you see even though he lives ll the way back in the Philippines. It’s tough but life goes on. I’m currently albeit slowly turning her into another beauty obsessed version as me. I think my love for beauty is rubbing in on her ๐Ÿ™‚ wonder why? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ps Megan’s make-up stash is lovely and has great product choices. THAT Mac palette- WoW. Gimme some of tht pretty pls? Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie Hello

    I share her lip balm obsession… Loved this post, it’s really interesting to see what different people are loving! xx

  • Amberjsmithswk

    Love that you have more than one pic in this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, could we get a run down of what shadows are in her Mac pallet?

  • That MAC palette is a sexy beast, mine is full of randoms and I need to get another one to fill with my neutral pack. Would love to know all of the shades that are in there..? Loving the stack of pictures, they are all great quality. Brilliant post!

  • Pippa Jones

    Love the photos you have done. Its lovely that its from your sisters point of view too! Love the lipstick too :)ร‚ย 


  • Laura Lolaa

    You guys should do a video together!! :)ร‚ย 

  • Cute interview! Nice to see someone so close to you x

  • Your sister is gorgeous! This was a really interesting read. I now need the YSL foundation in my life :)ร‚ย 


  • Maddy Cane

    Awww, she seems lovely, you too look so different but also very similar! xxx รขโ„ขยฅ

  • andulac

    please do a video together if your sis would be willing to do so:) I feel it would be a success!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh my goodness she is so adorable! She’s a redhead version of you! Loved the glimpse into her bag Anna! And she’s such a good writer! Great post!

  • Caitlindoherty

    “Her beauty arsenal fits comfortably into one drawer, her daily picks are housed in a reasonably sized bag and she has important things in life like a car and clothes whereas I have a brimming MUJI tower.”
    Sadly, I can relate so much to this comment! Haha

  • Bella

    You and your sis make a lovely duo, both equally lovely but such different colouring! I love her choices and agree you guys should make a video together. It seems she really knows what suits her and has a small but perfectly edited collection: envy!

  • Such a lovely post! It’s always nice to see sisters that get on ๐Ÿ™‚

    She sounds a lot like me makeup-wise!
    Rhiannon xxx

  • Beautyandtheb

    love the palette!ร‚ย 

    B xxx

  • Princessaurora

    Love this post! It’s awesome to see what others have in their makeup bags!

  • Celine Black
  • Millie

    Aw this is so cute! I want to try candle making too, future post on how she gets on with it would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚


  • sue

    This is a rip off of ‘into the gloss’s style of blogging.

    • Definitely not trying to rip ITG off – just thought I’d try something a little different ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your feedback though.ร‚ย 

      • md

        i think this is a lovely piece and not at all a rip-off of ITG which can be very pretentious at times and favours high-end/celebrity-loved brands. your writing is excellent and very charming here. i would love to see you do more of these – well-done!ร‚ย 

        • md

          also – i share her love for carmex – nothing makes my lips look as pouty and angelina jolie-like while hydrating them to perfection! it’s my neccessary base to any lipstick, and helps me make my own tinted balm out of any of my fav lipsticks by blotting on lipsticks on top. my most recent is blotting on a bit of YSL rough volupte #1 over my lips doused in several layers of carmex. love love love.ร‚ย 

    • instantphoebe

      I completely disagree. Emily Weiss did not invent a new form of blogging. Vivianna interviewed her sister and put her responses in paragraph form. That’s not unique to Into the Gloss at all. If you’re contesting the layout, which is the only other possible similarity, that’s not unique to ITG either.

  • I love that she says ceebs!!! My friend says this all the time, just reminded me of her! Interesting to hear what products others are loving.

  • Amy

    this is such a lovely post, the first thing i do when someone comes over is raid their makeup bags taking note of each product and deciding that i need them too. hahaha
    Amy |ร‚ย

  • Cate

    Great post! ร‚ย I too would love to know which shadows she has in her palette!

  • jaimepopxo

    I’m looking into making my own candles and would love to know about the website your sister mentioned!

  • Jas

    YES to the candle making post!ร‚ย 

    Your sister is adorable! I didn’t wear makeup until a year and a half ago, but my interest was sparked by my older sister’s beauty obsession.ร‚ย I actually just bought her Muji drawers for her birthday lol! Great post, Ana, it’sร‚ย interesting (product-wise)ร‚ย but also really sweet to see the dynamic with other families. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • yanksgurl613

    awww your sis is absolutely adorable! and shes got some goodies in her bag! thanks for sharing it!ร‚ย please stop by my blog and join the awesome giveaway I have going on for a smashbox under eye primer! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Ashley

    Like your sister I am obsessed with Clinique High Impact – it’s awesome!

    Ashley from Everyday Girls Everyday Beauty

  • Heidi :)

    Such a cute post! I love the eyeshadows in the MAC palette.

    click here to check out my blog, i’d appreciate it!

  • Claudia

    aww, your sis seems so lovely! I would love to see more posts or even a video with her ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alice

    You should do these posts more often; go around your friends makeup bags with interviews, Intothegloss-style

  • katherine.parkes

    she has great taste in makeup! really good choices x

  • cute post! i definitely laughed out loud at the bit about her having the important things, LOL

  • Sophie Grisely

    It’s nice to hear what MAC lipsticks she uses as I am pale and redheaded and was looking at buying a brighter lipstick for evening wear but not sure on what shade. Really nice post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • xeries

    please tell us the colors of your sister’s palette.