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What’s in my Makeup Bag?

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For the last three or four years, I’ve applied my makeup just about the same way every day (bar a few product swaps). I only realised this recently; having worn quite heavy makeup all the way through high school (thanks, low confidence!), I’ve worked through some nightmare looks, and settled on one that I’m quite happy with. Here’s what I use to achieve my “everyday” look!



Primer is something I’ve used on-and-off through the years. Being a student, it spent some time on a list of things that were deemed “not a priority purchase”. However, recently I’ve been using Lancôme’s “La Base Pro”, which I can definitely say has made a big difference in the finished look of my foundation, as well as the length of time before I have to reapply. I might have to rethink that list!



Face products - whathannahwrote

I’m not one of those people who likes to “enhance” their natural face with makeup! I would constantly apply layer-upon-layer of liquid foundation all over my face in an attempt to hide my freckles and blemishes – until I came across L’Oreal’s Infallible Total Cover Foundation last year. This stuff has worked like a dream! While the texture’s really light in the first place, the smallest amount also manages to give a great coverage; I use the shade “Natural Rose”, which I find matches my tone perfectly! Because of this, I only apply a smidge on any red areas or blemishes.

I then use MAC’S Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, in shade NC20. This is a product I’ve used since I was about 15 – it’s one I’ve always had confidence in, as it was what I used all the way through my bad-teenage-acne years. I apply this all over my face to give a matte finish.

I loved the idea of contouring when it hit peak-trend – I hate the shape of my nose, and so the idea of being able to make it look a little thinner really appealed to me. But I always felt that I couldn’t master using the proper pencils, crayons and powders – so I started using bronzer in it’s place, and I find it so much better! I use Benefit’s Hoola bronzer on the sides of my nose and just under my cheekbones, and then lightly blend it.

Tarte Showstopper clay palette - whathannahwrote

Finally, I use the Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette for my highlighter. This is actually an eye and cheek palette, but I’m guilty of ignoring the other features of the product! The highlighter is in the shade “Champagne Pink”, and it’s amazingly pigmented and shimmery. I picked this up from QVC!



If I’m doing any other steps in my makeup routine, it means that my eyebrows NEED to be done too! They’re not the worst naturally, but they just look very odd and small otherwise. My go-to for this is Benefit’s Brow Zings; I’ve used this for around three years, and can’t see myself changing any time soon! I use the brow wax to slightly extend the ends of my brows, as well as outline them and make the shape a little bit thicker, and then lightly fill them in from around two-thirds of the way in to the end. I then use the powder to fill in the whole brow.


What's in my makeup bag whathannahwrote



I like to apply my mascara before anything, just because it always ends up being the messiest and it’s heartbreaking having to wipe away my eyeshadow to fix any smudges! For years I used Lancôme’s Hypnôse or Benefit’s They’re Real!, but recently I’ve come to love L’Oreal’s Miss Baby Roll mascara (which I’ve reviewed here!). I’ve got quite lucky with having long enough eyelashes – though I would like longer! – so my main concern is always volume, which this manages well. I apply to both my upper and lower lashes, and so I try to avoid them ending up looking spider-like!

I then use Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette to give myself a neutral eyelid. To do this, I simply use the shade “Naked”, sometimes with a little bit of “Sidecar”. I also tend to add a little bit of “Buck” in the crease.

Eye products - whathannahwrote

Next is eyeliner! I’ve used Soap and Glory’s Supercat Skinny liner for around two years now, and I still love it just as much as I did then. I could never achieve flicks with any other liners I’d tried – using the pen made it so much easier to control, and the size really helps to make it more precise! It also never flakes, and has great staying power.

Finally, I use my Naked eyeshadow palette once more to blend a little of the “Buck” shade under my lower lash line. I hate not having anything below my lower lashes, but I got so sick of using pencil liner! I much prefer the look eyeshadow gives in it’s place.



My lipstick is probably the only product I switch around all the time. I went through a craze for the “Koko K” shade from Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits for around a year back in 2016, but then I ended up discovering the NYX Lip Lingerie range and went mad for that instead! Currently, I wear the shade “Corset” from that line. I also still wear the MACXMARIE lipstick I previously reviewed from time-to-time, too!



Previous product reviews (mentioned)

L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara

MACXMARIE lipstick





  • sophiedancer13

    I love a good makeup post! Super cute pink theme by the way. I haven’t tried the Mac Powder foundation but I’d heard amazing things about it. And I totally relate to you with contouring the nose, it makes such a difference to my face!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

  • Chloe Hughes

    Love love love this!! I also am a fan of the foundation, bronzer and miss baby roll mascara! That tarte palette looks absolutely stunning! Xx

  • Katie Henry

    What an amazing collection. I have the Urban Decay which I love! I really want some more Mac though.

  • Kaye

    I am quite interested in buying the Loreal Infallible foundation. ☺️I understand the feeling of having to make sure your mascara does not smudge around your eye 🙀 its the most annoying thing ever. Haha

  • Jessica

    I agree, love love love Benefit brow products! Hoola is great too, but a little too dark for my skin tone, I should definitely get the Lite version. Great post hun 🙂

    Jessica ♡

  • everythingevening

    I love the soap and glory’s eyeliner pen, I don’t think I’ll ever change eyeliner now! If I can’t afford primer I tend to use a tacky (slightly sticky) moisturiser, it does just as good a job.

  • Corinne and Kirsty

    that bronzer looks fantastic! I love reading what’s in my makeup bag posts! It is great to find out about new products! xx corinne

  • cloudyems

    You can’t beat benefit brow products. I loved this post x

  • happyroxanne

    So many amazing products! I have to say, the MAC Studio Fix powder is also one of my faves😊🙌🏻

  • Hanna Mai

    Great post! I absolutely love my Urban Decay Naked palette, I also use it daily, one of my fave purchases ever! I might have to try that eye look from that palette though for something new haha

  • The diary of Ellie

    The naked palette and the baby roll mascara have been in my makeup bag for so long, such good products!

  • Rachel Sargent

    I love your makeup bag it’s super cute! I also use the hoola bronzer I love it! x

  • Ceelavie

    I need some new makeup products to try and this has given me some inspiration! I would especially love to try the Naked palette x

  • Michelle

    The Urban Decay Naked palette is a must have! I bought it as soon as it came out — I love how versatile all the colors are!

  • Xoxo.Brandiann

    Oh my gosh I love this list!!! Tarte is my favorite and I’ve never used the highlighter! I will have to check it out now! Great post 🙂

  • staceyspruels

    I haven’t got this Naked Pallete but I have Number 3, Alice In Wonderland, and Smokey and they are fab for blending xx

    Stacey |

  • BeingChloe

    Great post! The hoola bronzer is one of my favourites and the naked original is my favourite out of all of the naked palettes! ❤️

  • molliewesthead

    Loved this post, your photos are gorgeous! That Tarte palette looks so good X

  • Emsi Rose

    Simple yet beautiful, I’m sure!! I haven’t used eyeshadow in so long, I’ll have to dig out my favourite neutral palette xx

  • Katey

    I love the Naked palettes. I haven’t used mine in ages, but I am determined to start using it again!
    Femenish ♥

  • Kinza

    Amazing stuff you have. I also have this tarted showstopper eyeshadow palette and love the blush shade

  • Aleeha

    That tarte palette is gorgeous! The eyeshadows and the blush look gorgeous too, you should definitely use them more!
    Aleeha xXx

  • Sunburnt Aloe

    I love your makeup bag! I still haven’t tried hoola by benefit. But it always looks lovely! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • taliapeace

    Ah what a good selection , i’ve got to get my hands on some of these beauty staples ! Xx Talia

  • adultingwithamy101

    This has given me so much inspiration for new products to buy! I especially want the tarts palette 😍

  • xhighlandbeauty

    I tried the Loreal foundation before, I loved it then it just wouldn’t sit on my face at all which is such a shame as I loved the coverage on it!
    Desperate to try the Miss Baby Roll mascara though, do love a mascara which makes your lashes stand out.
    Same fab products!

    Heather xo ||

    • whathannahwrote

      That’s funny, the first time I tried the foundation it was really weird too! It was like coming off when I was applying it, but I’ve never had anything like it since I bought a new one – maybe there’s been some bad batches? The mascara is amaaazing! 💕

  • Cute postttt!! I love your makeup bag! I’m yet to try benefit’s brow zings but I hear so many good things about it, I really want to!

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five 💗

  • glowsteady

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of these products other than Hoola! That Tarte palette looks amazing though, I was so excited when I found out they were stocked on QVC x


  • BrowZings is my go to for brows too!! It’s fab! Great play!

  • verilesr

    Love this post! 💕 I’ll definitely try some of these products, they look gorgeous! And I love your makeup bag! 😍 xx

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you! The makeup bag is from Next, I love it! xx

  • Liz Brannan

    Love this! We seem to use similar products as I use the l’oreal Foundation, benefit hoola, they’re real and koko k! Great post!
    Liz xx

  • Hello Bexa

    Cute little makeup bag! 💖 Loved this post, brilliantly detailed with so many fantastic beauty ideas! Thank you for sharing 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  • Mary Kate

    Lovely post! I’ll definitely be trying out some of these products and techniques, particularly using shadow on my lower lash line! I find eyeliner looks way too heavy so I haven’t been using anything, but I’ll give it a go for sure!

    Love, Mary 💕

    • whathannahwrote

      That’s exactly why I started with the eyeshadow, it makes such a difference! x

  • Lena Dee

    Tarte is fabulous! So it’s no shocker that this palette is so nice. I love Hoola as well. I never tried Benefit brows so that might be a lovely addition to my bag! Thanks for sharing your routine😘

    xx Lena |

    • whathannahwrote

      Definitely recommend trying out Brow Zings, so many of my friends use it! I’ve tried a few other products and always go back to this one! xx

  • Chloe

    We have a lot of the same staples in our makeup kit!
    Fab pictures lovely

    Chloe ❤

  • bbbryony

    The L’Oréal baby roll mascara is amazing, has to be one of my favs. I love wearing the purple one on my bottom lashes when I have pink eyeshadow x

    • whathannahwrote

      Ahh I keep forgetting they have colour versions! I’ve only ever tried the black, I’ll need to try them out! x

  • hudapervez

    L’Oréal infallible foundation is definitely next on my list, heard some great things about it and I also love the hoola bronzer, using it since years it’s just the perfect way to contour! 💕

  • lovecally

    I love this post Hannah! The Lancôme primer is one of my all time favourites as well👏🏼😌
    Love, Cally x

    • whathannahwrote

      Aww thanks! It was my mum who introduced me to it hahaha, it’s amazing! x

  • Chloe O'Keeffe

    Your makeup looks amazing, I love your lil bag!

    • whathannahwrote

      Aw thank you! It’s from Next!

  • Madiha

    That tarte pallette is gorg!! I’ve also heard so much about the soap and glory eyeliner, really should give it a go!

    • whathannahwrote

      Honestly, it made doing eyeliner so much easier! I’m not great with gels etc so I find it so fab! x

  • The Break of Dawns

    I have been looking for a new routine for my brows and I think I may have found it! Also, the Naked palettes are my fav. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • whathannahwrote

      Ahh yay! I’m glad you found it helpful! 🙂 x

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