The Beauty Bag: March

I was scratching my head over this month’s ‘Beauty Bag‘. So far we’ve had sparkles, sheers, and a stonking amount of lip lacquer, but my recent downsizing attitude towards my product stash and love for alliteration landed me at the theme of ‘Multitasking March’. Beauty bits that serve a multitude of functions – I’m all over that. Time and space savers, I’m no stranger to a dab of blush on the lips or brow product through the lashes. Heck this is coming from the girl who used to cake concealer on her lips back in the day. Massive error, I promise to never, ever repeat that process. It’s time to get a little creative and welcome the multifunctional March makeup additions.

I reported yesterday on the seemingly never-ending list of uses for Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX05. Foundation, concealer, tinted moisturiser mixing element, corrector, contour – I’ll stop there before your mouse wanders. Paired with my other complexion perfection ingredient, Clinique’s Airbrush Concealer in 4*, they’ll be no stopping me face-base-wise. As with any illuminating pen product, these help to highlight any area of the face, not just under eyes, and it combos up well with the Kevyn Aucoin to create something a little more heavy duty. A newer addition to the plentiful purpose lineup, comes highly recommended by my good mate LilyClarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in Rose Shimmer*. A light textured luminous cream, it can be added to matte bases to dew up the formula or swiped alone across the cheekbones post-foundation for a subtle radiance, all without a speck of sparkle in sight. Expect an update soon.

I’ve mentioned the whole ‘cheek product on lip’ and vice versa thang already; it’s a cliché but it works. I like the cream to powder finish of Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil patted onto my pout. No-smudging, no-shine. Flipping the idea on its head, NARS Barbarella Lipstick, makes a great peachy blush companion. To make the application process a little less stripe-on-and-go, I swatch on the back of my hand and stipple in with a brush. Finally, the least sexy, but rather handy addition to any makeup bag is a clear brow gel. I’m rather fond of Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel*, and while keeping runaway brows in place, I sometimes swatch over my bottom lashes for definition and have even been known to tame flyaway hairs when trying to perfect my sleek ponytail look.

So into the streamlined stash they go. Multitasking makeup for March, my favourite. After my five product face I reckon I can lower the bar even more – four, three? Heck, it’ll be Vivianna Doesn’t Do Makeup at this rate…

*PR Sample


  • Anna Blush

    I love multitasking products! I really want to try some stuff from Kevin Aucoin sfter reading all your great reviews! What product would be your top recommendation?

  • Putri

    Anna, did you know that the first ingredient that is listed in that Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is MINERAL OIL? 🙁 I was going to purchase that, until I found out that it has mineral oil in it and I can’t imagine putting it anywhere on my face!

    • Mineral oil is not necessarily bad for your skin. While it has absolutely no benefit to it, it is more of a neutral thing. But, when spending so much money on products you’d hope they offer some sort of skin beneficial ingredients, in particular the very first ingredient. Alas, most do not. 🙁

  • The lipstick looks great!

  • Jeanette Havmand Andersen

    How is the Clinique Airbrush Concealer compared to other concealers you use?

  • Denise F.

    Nice lippie!<3

  • All of that looks so gorgeous!

  • Katie Clarke

    these sound like great multi-taskers! really wan’t to try the clinique concealer 🙂 xx

  • Procrast1nato2

    Multitasking is my jam, yo.  Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage makes for the perfect foundation in a pinch!

  • Millie

    I love the Clinique airbush concealer, it’s amazing! Great post, love the makeup bag too! 🙂 ♥

  • Pippa Jones

    Aww the Nars Lips stick is such a pretty colour. You always have the most prettiest reds, Loved the post. 

    Pipp xx

  • Olgaolis

    Everything looks really pretty!!!

  • Anna OffTheBandwagon

    Love the post!  I’m a fellow lover of alliteration as well haha.  I definitely need more Kevin Aucoin products in my life!

  • sue

    I’ll have to look into that Clarins Complexion Perfector… sounds like such an interesting product!

  • Bag full og goodies, thanks for sharing

  • I looove multi-tasking products! I really like the stila convertible colours because they have some really pretty shades, and the body shop lip and cheek stain is good too 🙂
    Eleanor x

  • Anu

    i never swapped my lip and cheek products. maybe i should try it. thanks for the idea. 

  • Samantha Neville

    I really wish you put links in your posts because I want to buy everything you write about haha!

  • This post was seriously drool-worthy for a multi-tasker maniac like me!  I can’t even begin to explain how long my wish list has gotten… xx

  • The colour of that Kevin Aucoin Creamy Glow is gorgeous!!! I can imagine it looking so healthy and pretty on the cheeks and lips!!

    Gem x

  • Keltyn K

    so many products here I would love to try!
    great post!

  • Suzanne

    Your writing is extra-awesome in this post!!

  • edith c.

    Another great blog entry, V! keep ’em coming. Did you try the telescopic extensions yet??

  • Face Value Beauty Blog

    I love a multi tasker, especially when taking makeup from day to night – saves lots of space in my handbag!

    Love Zoe x

  • jessica

    Love these posts! I saw that you used the origins charcoal mask on blemishes, is it worth buying the £20 tube if you have never tried it before because I can’t find any mini ones that you have!:( x

  • Love this post 🙂 The multi-tasking concept is one I deff need to grasp hold of, always end up with dozens of different things in my makeup bag that I probably don’t need!


  • Hearts&Crosses

    Such a clever idea about the nars lipstick as a blush, I love how you apply it!
    A little bit Uniquex

  • My Grandma uses lipstick as blusher because it shows up better when you’re on the stage (she still thinks she’s 25 and working in the West End) and it really put me off because she looks bananas most of the time but maybe I should give it a try!

  • andkate

    I love this!
    Especially loving the NARS lipstick <3
    Have a great weekend
    Much Love,
    Kate xo 

  • Lauren

    I love using lip products on my cheeks and vice versa.  Its great for travelling, especially to the beach where you can get away with more cream products.  Multitasking products make packing so much easier!

  • Jasmineljames

    Loving March’s vibrant reds makeup bag! Also adore the makeup bag too! I’ve done a post on kurt geiger accessories just like this on my blog 🙂