5 Inexpensive Products in my Makeup bag I can’t live without!

 Makeup Bag

5 Inexpensive products in my makeup bag I can't live without

what's in my makeup bag?

What’s in my makeup bag? I so enjoy reading about the contents of other people’s makeup bags, so today I am writing one of my own…would you care to take a nose?

I use very little makeup, the older I get the less I use.

When I was younger I wore heaps of it. Can you believe as a Air stewardess in the eighties, we were reprimanded if we did not have our lipstick on during a flight!

Lately I have become fascinated with new cosmetic products. Technology has come so far and I always hope for a product that will work a miracle and make me look 10 years younger. My wonderful Nan used to say a smile will always do that and I agree, dont you?

Smiling aside, would you like to see what’s in my bag?


1. Revlon Insta Blush:

what's in my makeup bag? Revlon Insta blush

I found this via a recommendation from Sali Hughes, the renowned makeup artist and beauty journalist.

As I have aged, my skin has become dryer and powder blush does not give the ‘blooming  look I strive for. This cream blush on a pop up stick is so sheer and soft it feels like velvet and I sometimes wear it on my lips too, for a quick pick me up! I purchased it in my local boots, this colour is theSali recommends, its called ‘Berry Kiss’ and costs £9.99


2. Bobbi Brown Art Stick:

what's in my makeup bag? Bobbi Brown

I love a chunky pencil (especially when it comes with a free pencil sharpener!) I use this as a lipliner and lipstick all in one, it’s soft, very natural looking and quick to apply. I have even used it for a slick of eyeshadow too as it is a brown-rosie colour. I have the colour in ‘Bare’ or no. C56.  this costs £21.50 ok, not cheap but definitely inexpensive as it is a lipliner and lipstick all in one? I use this all the time, plus it comes with a very handy pencil sharpener! I bought mine online from the Bobbi Brown website.


3.4. & 5. For your eyes only!

what's in my makeup bag?

3. Do you want a Mascara for thin lashes that is not too gunky? this one from 17 one does it for me. £6.29 from Boots.

4. EyeKo fat eyeliner/shadow pen. I use this as an eyeliner or shadow the colour is a very dark grey so it works for everyday wear too. For going out I just apply more. £16 for a set of three, in brown black and smoke or grey.

5. More Brows from Model Co (this used to be sold in Superdrug?) I comb it through my brows even if I’m not wearing makeup that day. For a ‘tidy’ look. £13.00 from the model Co website.


Plus two bonus products that are also in my bag, not cheap but worth every penny and I love them…

what's in my makeup bag?

Chanel lipstick in a natural lip colour called Rouge Coco no 402 ‘Adrienne’ £28.00 and my newest most amazing foundation called ‘Light wonder’ by Charlotte Tilbury. Spf 15 it’s as light as air! I bought this in Fenwicks dept store london for £32.00

So this is what is in my makeup bag…

what's in my makeup bag?

I would love to know if you have any cheaper products that you love, any recommendations for me? I recently wrote about my favourite bath and beauty products too


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  1. 27/04/2017 / 07:23

    The Rimmel Gel polishes have been my favourite find this year. It recommends that you use their three step process, but I’m just using my Seche Vite top coat and it lasts without any chipping for a good week.
    The no.17 mascara sounds interesting, I will be looking at that. xx

    • 27/04/2017 / 16:53

      I used to use them they are fab, now I have a gel mani twicw a month its my treat to myself ! (why not I say?)
      thanks for popping by
      best Ashley xxx

  2. 24/04/2017 / 12:03

    SO there you are! You are not coming up in my reader any more…any ideas why? I was seduced by an article in a magazine about a new L’Oreal mascara recently and bought it yesterday…it certainly delivers big lashes.
    And yes I can believe it! Lippy and painted nails were de rigueur back in the day….not a bad thing I’d say, these days some of them look like they’ve been dragged out of bed. x

    • 24/04/2017 / 12:22

      Fiona my darl so nice to ‘see’ you!
      .. and no idea, ? I am on wordpress now but i have been since xmas so perhaps not!
      will investigate for you.
      ha yeah i was only thinking that the other day on a flight to Milan..those were the days eh?
      Ashley xxxx

      • 24/04/2017 / 21:03

        Ten of your posts have now suddenly appeared in my reader! Weird!

        • 24/04/2017 / 22:37

          I think there was something disconnected that i plugged back in (so to speak) thank you so much for letting me know! xxx

  3. Old Fashioned Susie
    22/04/2017 / 19:38

    I love M&S Autograph range. Their blushers and lipsticks are fab and I’ve just bought another lippy from them- Poppy. Also their mascaras!! I used to be a Chanel girl but M&S are just as good.
    I was thinking the other day what great skin you have, do a post on your skincare soon?? x

    • 24/04/2017 / 12:24

      Sue me too, I have only just discovered it! Will investigate the Mascara ta!
      And thank you for that lovely compliment too, it’s probably genes, my mum has lovely skin.
      However that is a fab idea for another post.
      speak soon
      Ashley xxxx

  4. Sue
    21/04/2017 / 19:03

    Great post thanks! I used to use Estee lauder primer but when I ran out I bought Rimmel Instaflawless primer and have stayed with it ever since, even looks good on its own and smells gorgeous – give it a try, it’s approx £6……. You’ll thank me!
    Sue – (wool. I. am)

    • 24/04/2017 / 12:25

      Will do thanks Sue I’m on it!!
      Ashley xxx

  5. 21/04/2017 / 19:00

    Great essentials and I love your make-up bag! Have a lovely weekend. x

    • 24/04/2017 / 12:26

      Thanks Natasha and yes that bag is a good size too!
      bestest xxx

  6. 21/04/2017 / 16:06

    I might give that miscara a try. Exactly what I need. Is the foundation easy to apply? I’ve never work any before but think it’s a good idea to. Love your make up bag X

    • 21/04/2017 / 17:48

      Hi Lucy ,
      The foundation is sheer almost like a tinted moisturiser so I use my hands and lightly apply it only where I need it .
      It really is superb and covers my red patches too!
      Best Ashley xx