What My Makeup Bag Looks Like Right Now


With another edition of ‘The Beauty Bag’ just round the corner (yes it’s basically August already), before I have a riffle through another’s makeup stash I thought you may fancy a riffle around mine. It’s no secret that I don’t often bag mine up unless I’m travelling, so I’ve grabbed all my oft-used bits and bobs and stuffed them in the cutest pouch I own that is so darn adorable it may turn me (from Whistles unsurprisingly). So here’s what my ‘makeup bag’ looks like right now. Whether it’s a lazy day, a full-on day or a filming day, this is the edit that sees me through… 


On a daily basis, my current most-reached for base has to be the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser in Nude. I used this loads when I first picked up a tube two summers ago, but that was in my fake tan-heavy days, so now I’ve repurchased it in a parred back shade and it’s back in the rotation. Glowy with more coverage than your average T.M, I can see why it’s a cult favourite. For concealer I’ve been finding myself dipping into the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in No.2 which caters for me whether I’ve been on the faux glow or not. It just melts in nicely with whatever base I’m donning and keeps things quick and brush-free as it’s a dream to apply with fingers. A brush does come into play though with the CHANEL Les Bieges Healthy Glow Powder in No.20, a.k.a) the most lightest, undetectable powder of them all. Bronzer-wise I’m all about the Soap & Glory Solar Powder, a two sided compact housing a deep bronze and a lighter taupe that can be dialled up or down depending on the level of tannage I’m feeling. One swirl, two sweeps and I’m done. Finally for cheeks I’m having a bit of a moment with cream formulas (expect an edit coming soon). Clinique’s Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Robust Rhubarb is all kinds of awesome. The colour could well lead me down a path of wearing blusher everyday and the formula distributes nicely with fingertips and stays put.


It goes without saying that my brows are being beefed up with help from the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and I won’t mention my love for the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in 01 for the 10 millionth time on VDM, so I’ll just say they’re fab and leave it at that. It seems a bit bizarre to be playing with AW14 launches, but I’ve been giving a few bits from the to-be-dropped-soon collection from Clarins and it’s the Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Matte Shadow in Earth that’s wet my whistle. It reminds me of a shade that Victoria Beckham would rock, you know that whole ‘smokey eye in one colour’ thing. It’s one to grab fo’ sure. The Clinique Chubby Stick Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge is another one I’ve been getting a lot of wear from recently too. A little more iridescent than the latter, it’s a sweep on and go jobbie. I’ve been finishing that off with a layer of the L’Oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara which lengthens, curls and does all those other good things that mascaras do.


Right now I’m currently switching it up between two, which in true Anna style are very similar. Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Peach Sorbet is the first and probably the more colour packed of the two. There’s a slight shimmer, dare I say glitter, running through it, but don’t be put off as on the lips it just transfers into a plumping/juicy effect that’s really rather nice. The NARS Lipstick in Barbarella is like the shimmer-free, slightly more sheeny, less opaque version of the previous peach and is one that I go back to every darn summer. ‘My lips but better’ goodness right there.

Don’t worry fellow nosy parkers, they’ll be a new beauty bag to riffle round the morning after tomorrow and it’s owned by one of my nearest and dearest…


  • Caitlin Parker

    A post from the well loved balcony chairs I see 🙂 Great post, love the pouch! x

  • I love seeing what people are currently using! I can’t wait for the Miss Manga mascara to be released here, it sounds amazing.

  • Your makeup bag is the most exciting thing in recent times! Great picks Anna! 🙂


  • I can’t wait to try the Clinique chubby sticks for cheeks…look incredible. Your whistles bag looks incredible too.

  • Lauren

    Reeeally want a Clinique chubby sticks for cheeks! Great post 🙂

  • I can’t wait to try the chubby sticks for cheeks – I love the eyes & lips ones xx

  • So many great products! I always just switch between different minis in my makeup bag – need to sort it out!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • The color of this makeup bag .. Stunning ! And I want all the products you mentioned too .. 🙂 In particular the Nars lipstick 😮 !
    Love from France !

  • Francisca Ferreira

    love the pics! i love miss manga mascara

  • Avanti

    I recently purchased the Miss Manga mascara but I haven’t tried it yet. Hopefully it does all the right things for me!


  • The pouch is so pretty, I love the colour. I’ve been thinking of picking up the LM tinted moisturiser for a light base – seems to have good recommendations 😉 the Clinique options have been intriguing me for a while so will have to have a mooch to my local Debenhams
    Lauren x
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  • philippa

    I really love the Miss Manga mascara too!

    Philippa // Time For Teal

  • Emily Knott

    I’m not a fan of the miss manga mascara! But that pouch!!

  • MaquillageMagic

    I still haven’t tried the Miss Manga mascara and I have no idea why, everything about it seems great!

    Laura xx

  • Nik

    What camera and Lens do you use anna? Your pictures always have a great depth of field.



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  • Beki Blank

    I love being nosey in other peoples collections/make-up bags haha!

    TODAYS POST: ‘What’s in my Bag?’

    Beki xx

  • WOW – that Whistles bag – the colour is beautiful!

    Style Affinity

  • I love the Whistles bags so much!

    Kate xo //

  • Pippi Bartlett

    really want to try the make up forever concealer palette thing, all the different shades must be so useful! I love your make up bag too, Whistles can do no wrong x xx

  • When I saw this post I was like yyyyyyyessss! Perfect desk breakfast reading. I am so tempted to try the LM tinted moisturiser. I have the illuminating one and it is glorious but better for dry winter skin. xx

  • Hope

    That make up bag is such a gorgeous colour. I have heard such good things about Soap and Glory’s Solar Powder, and now I have seen it in your Beauty Bag, its official, I need to buy it!! H xx

  • Natalie B

    What a stunning makeup bag and some lovely products in there too! xx

  • Gaby Zickar

    Super jealous of the products in your bag! <3
    It all looks amazing 🙂

  • I am also loving the Make Up Forever camouflage palette at the moment, think I will definitely have to try the Soap and Glory Solar Powder now it’s summer.

  • Millie Robinson

    Love your makeup bag, the colour is gorgeous! Loving all the lip products too! 🙂 x

  • rachelh97

    I’ve been a big fan of the solar powder for ages now, everyone seems to be loving it recently! xx

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  • Geena

    At first I thought the make up forever palette was an eyeshadow and was in shock at the purple! The Bobbi Brown peach sorbet lipstick looks like a dream!

  • This is looking very similar to mine, there are some great products here.

    Jess x

  • Adore that clutch, such a stunning colour! The NARS lipstick looks like it would be right up my street!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  • I’ve been wanting to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for aggeeeesssss

    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • alittlebitofjenn

    I’d really like to try the MakeUp Forever concealer palette, it looks very handy.

  • Dagny Stefansdottir

    That bag is amazing.

  • emily couture

    love the soap and gloary solar powder 🙂

    emily xx

  • I love the look of the Chubby Stick for Cheeks, such a beautiful colour too! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • i love you sharing these posts with us, keep em coming!

  • Renata

    Loving the nude lipsticks. I’m really looking forward to the Clarins matte cream eyeshadows to be released. X

  • The cream eyeshadow looks absolutely gorgeous – I am way behind on jumping on the crayon eyeshadows and cream eyeshadows, so I’ll be eagerly awaiting this release!

  • All the products sound amazing x

  • PeonyandPeach

    I love the chubby stick in fuller fudge, I wear it so often.

  • Laura

    Love the photo! I just got a baby blue Whistles clutch – they’re so nice. WIll have to investigate the clinique blushers

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • I really want to try the chubby sticks for cheeks, they sound so good, I love posts like this I’m just nosy like that haha, intrigued to see who’s bag it is the day after tomorrow now! x


  • I’m sorry but the Clinique Cheek Colours should be called Chubby Cheeks, then I would be guaranteed to buy them!!xx

  • missmackanne

    The cream shadow look so gorgeous!

  • The clinique chubby is everywhere now! Is it really good? Also, your pink pouch is soo cute! 🙂

  • Glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t have a true daily “makeup bag”! I have a Ted Baker makeup bag that lives on my makeup desk, but it’s more because I think it’s pretty than for functionality. I’ve been eyeing up the LM Tinted Moisturizer but unfortunately my skin is have a bit of a freak out and I need more coverage than it can offer.

    BellaRose Makeup //

  • Such a nice post! Loved it!

  • Maddy Martin

    Love your style!

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  • Those whistles makeup bags are so damn pretty, i wish they sold a cornflour or cobalt blue shade:)

  • Love the Make Up Forever products: they’re my secret weapons to create a perfect base. Primer, concealer and pressed powder are a must have combination. 😉

  • That Clinque chubby cheek balm looks b-e-a-utiful.

  • Manouk

    I’m still not convinced of the Miss Manga mascara.. I don’t get the flexible brush.

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  • The bag is so cute, and I really want to try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser!


  • That fist picture is so perfectly taken 🙂 lovely post!

    Celine //


  • The Clinique chubby sticks are phenomenal. Thanks for sharing your bag and it’s contents. The bag is beautiful too!
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  • Hollyzee

    I love the Sheer Lip Colours from Bobbi Brown!

  • Charlotte

    ive been wanting to try that mascara for ages, im defianatly going to now x

  • I love your make up bag! and everything in it!


  • Gorgeous Post, I want everything!
    Beautiful blog. Katie 🙂

  • Am I ever glad we don’t have a Whistles in Canada; I’d be broke! Those Clinique cream blush sticks look good in concept but the colours seem a bit dull on screen; looking forward to testing them out in person. As for NARS Babarella, it’s going in the basket 😉 Great post! X

  • Really want to try the new Clinique chubby sticks for cheeks! They look amazing.

  • Claudia

    I agree for every product, but not so much with the chosen mascara, not the best from that brand 😉 🙂 xx

  • Abby Evans

    Barbarella sounds amazing! I love Nars Lipsticks, but only have two shades. Great post!

  • The Beauty Bag is one of my favourite features! This reminds me to dig out my Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser again x

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  • The Whistles link (for the pink bag) doesn’t work for me… am I the only one?

  • Simple and chic, as always I love your makeup bag, it’s full of great goodies!

  • Elif Karamehmetoglu

    I still havent tried out the chubby stick for eyes and i’m dying to give it a whirl. I also regret not getting the Solar Powder whilst i was in london. All these products look just so lovely on you.

  • I’m looking for a new makeup bag for ages now (mine’s a bit run down) and I love this one from Whistles! But waiting for my next visit to the UK is probably too long. Shame. 🙁

    Also I’m really tempted to try the Hourglass Arch Brow one day. Jeez I think I have to go to London soon 😀

    Loved you post – as always 😉

    xx Carolin

  • I am loving the Miss Manga mascara too! I did a video of my everyday makeup bag and that was in it 🙂

  • Ropar Rhodes

    I’m loving soap and glory makeup at the moment, solar powder is definitely next on my list to buy x

  • Daniella

    love it!



  • I just bought a Clinique Chubby Stick Tint for Eyes…loving it so far!

  • Stephanie

    Off topic: have you ever dropped makeup off the balcony? 😉



  • Love the contents of your make up bag! I usually take with me only a few emergency things like powder and lipstick, with a couple of eyeliners and my mascara of choice just in case 🙂

  • dannii ofe
  • Beautiful picks, Anna! I must try Les Beige and you keep tempting me with Peach Sorbet! xo

  • Zahra Mushtaq

    I’m loving soap and glory at the moment and I have to say that solar powder is definitely next on my buying list (same with the makeup bag- I need to get my hands on it) xx

  • Hannah

    I love the colour of theose lipsticks!!! I’ve decided that when I get my braces off I will treat myself to some new lipsticks!

    Brilliance With Me

  • Oh how i want to try all of these product! The lipstick is a lovely shade! x

  • Tanya Werger

    This is such a good mix of products!
    Great inspiration, as always 🙂