What’s In My Makeup Bag - My 17 Luxury & Drugstore Beauty Essentials

February 29, 2016
What’s In My Makeup Bag -  My 16 Luxury & Drugstore Beauty Essentials
“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”

‘Ain’t that the truth? You only have to look as far as my ‘morning face’ and compare it with my ‘public face’ to fully appreciate the transformative powers of cosmetics. My close friends jokingly call bare-faced me ‘Maria, Jasiminne’s humble and homely maid’ and love to ask ‘Maria’: “Mana boss kau yang cantik tu?” (Where’s that lovely boss of yours?) to which ‘Maria’ would reply: “Puan sedang sibuk, ma’am. Dia datang sebentar lagi, sila tunggu sekejap. Nak minum apa, ma’am?” (Madam Jasiminne is busy but she will be here presently. Would you like a drink while you wait?) Yeah, I have great friends. *furtive glance*
What’s In My Makeup Bag -  My 16 Luxury & Drugstore Beauty Essentials

I don’t know if it’s heartening or depressing that the only things standing between me and ‘Maria’ are 17 beauty products. My makeup is a mix of high-end and drugstore, which I source from the Three Ss: Sephora, Selfridges, Sasa 
For a flawless face, I start with Laneige BB Cushion for a light and even coverage in place of foundation. Cle de Peau’s miracle concealer erases the dark circle under my eyes, which I then set with Bourjois Java Rice powder using a Kabuki brush. I swear by Nars ‘Orgasm’ for a healthy ‘just did it’ glow on my cheeks followed by a dusting of Laura Mercier bronzer to accentuate my cheekbones and contour my diamond-shaped face to balance out my narrow forehead (stupid tiny hairline…). I’ve recently discovered the much-raved about Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade and how it’s basically sweat-proof, rub-proof, water-proof - perfect for wet, humid climates. My eye palette du jour is the limited edition Tortoiseshell by Bobbi Brown. I favour a superfine liquid eyeliner - right now I'm using Super Sharp Spider Line by Kate - for my signature cat-eye flick. The same eyelash curler has been in my makeup bag for years, the iconic Shu Uemura curler in gold. The only mascara that seems to work on my poker-straight Asian eyelashes are these Japanese drugstore wonders from Heroine Make - I start with two layers of Long & Curl followed by a couple coats of Volume & Curl. I have full lips that tend to dehydrate very quickly especially when I’m wearing lipstick, so a generous base of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip is a must. Despite my dozen-strong collection of lip colour I find myself returning to the same two shades - N101 Lacy Mauve by Avon and La Fascinante from Chanel’s Rouge Allure collection. Finally, to illuminate my face I use either Cle de Peau Face Enhancer or Dior Diorific Illuminating Powder under my eyes, on my browbone, and just a subtle dab on my t-zone. 
Now if you’ll excuse me, Maria needs to put on her face - Puan Jasiminne’s friends are asking for her…
What’s in your makeup bag? 
Do you think 17 cosmetics are excessive or practically minimal? 
Have your friends ever mistaken your un-made up self for the help?



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