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MY 10 MAKE UP BAG ESSENTIALS - My Beauty Insider
Once A Make Up Addict, Always A Make Up Addict

As long as I can remember I’ve always loved to wear make up. Whilst a good skincare routine can help us maintain healthy skin, make up enhances and transforms the way we look and feel. And it never gets old to play a new character – bombshell, sophisticated lady, uptown girl, rebel, vampire queen…You name it, Charlotte Tilbury has nailed them all!

So when it comes to shopping, nothing excites me more than the sight of a new eyeshadow palette. That feeling of being a little girl trying out mum’s lipstick for the first time is still there.

Yes, I’m a self-professed beauty addict and I do own tons of make up. But I’ve also come a long way from combining smoky eyes together with bright lipstick. Now that I’m in my 30’s, it’s all about a more natural and sophisticated look. Plus, I have some imperfections that need to be concealed on a daily basis.

So in this post, I would like to share with you my essential make up products that I cannot live without. Even the thought I might run out of them makes me panic!


This product has been one of my favourites since 2011. In fact, It was one of the first products that I reviewed on the blog.
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This silky primer quickly minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and evens out your complexion for a flawless skin finish. It can be used alone or as a primer, under and/or on top of foundation. The big bonus is if you have combination skin like me, it’s oil free and doesn’t clog pores. Despite having a slightly thicker texture, it has less tendency to clump compared with other primers when used excessively.




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This is one of best primers on the market hence the price. It’s a mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that creates a smooth and seamless look.

In addition, it fills fine lines and wrinkles, blurs the appearance of imperfections, and boosts makeup’s ability to repel water. With this product, my make up lasts for ages without going patchy, even in the hottest climates. However, I use it only when I apply my BB cream or foundation, on top of the Porefessional.




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If you haven’t heard of beauty blender, you probably don’t have an Instagram account. This little spongy miracle has taken over the make up world these past few years. Its surface creates an air-brushed finish ensuring very even application of your foundation. And it can be used all over the face with all types of make up. Just don’t forget to run it under warm water and squeeze out prior to using.

I’m not a big fan of foundations therefore, I opt for the BB creams. I love this  5-in-1 BB CREME AU GINSENG. This light formula has enough coverage to conceal any imperfections, whilst leaving my skin visibly softer, smooth and beautiful, with a silky feel, just like “baby skin”. Korean make up is normally lighter, so go for the ‘dore’ shade if you want to avoid looking too pale.




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Illamasqua Gel Sculpt is a perfect non-messy option for subtle contouring. If you like a more natural look you’ll love this product. It has a very light yet water resistant gel formula which is extremely easy and quick to apply. I don’t use it everyday but when I have more time or am willing to make more effort, this is my choice product.

The bronzing powder, on the other hand, is essential. There’s nothing quite like a sun-kissed glow to lift our complexions and mood! And this one is the best I’ve ever tried so far. Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Bronzing Veil fakes that post-holiday glow without any glitter or horrid sheen, for a natural radiance whatever your skin tone. This pro make up artist staple can be used all over your face for a beautiful bronze, or to contour, highlight and add warmth.




This is one product that cannot be overused. It uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. This blush brightens up my complexion and creates luminosity for a healthier glow.




Containing NARS’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, this translucent powder optimizes light reflection on your skin. It basically makes fine lines, enlarged pores and wrinkles disappear, leaving your skin looking smooth and imperfection free. This hero product is particularly good for ageing complexions. Vitamin E and glycerin help guard against dryness and provide a luminous soft matte finish. It’s perfect for touch-ups, regulating shine, and setting foundation or BB cream.



la mer, lipm balm review, my beauty insider

To enhance my lips and for a natural look, I line my lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencil in Nude Kate.

Then I follow with my favourite La Mer Lip Balm. It’s pricey. But once you try it, you’ll understand why you’re paying £48 for it. It really is a miracle in a jar and it lasts for ages. Even the driest lips look and feel smoother, softer and plumper in seconds. It’s the perfect primer for lipstick as well.

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I'm a London based beauty researcher who is continuously on the hunt for the preventative and corrective skincare products and treatments and award-winning spas around the globe.

  • Paula says:

    Your makeup always looks perfect!

  • Alexa says:

    I love Nars cosmetics, great concealers.

  • Anastasia says:

    OMG! I bought Hourglass Primer after reading your article and it’s amazing. I am addicted now, my foundation just glides on.

  • Mikaella Clair says:

    I am a makeup addict! I can’t leave the house without concealer due to my imperfections. But I love to mix and match, too! From natural to fierce.

  • Charlene G says:

    Makeup is life! Thanks for this review, I might want to try it one of these days. I’m really into highlighting and contouring, looking forward to your reviews! I’d need some more tips.

  • Rebi says:

    I want to learn more about makeup. thanks for showing your essentials. Im learning what kind to use.

  • Patricia says:

    All of this products will surely make the day of any woman. Every single product wil make a perfect fit in a woman´s handbag

  • Rain says:

    I’ve been hearing about Kevin Aucoin’s makeup but haven’t got around to purchasing one. Incidentally, I am looking for a bronzer for contouring so this might just be a reason for me to try it.

  • moondebi says:

    I’m not a makeup addict, but do it on special occasions. After all, make up is a smart way to hide facial flaws.
    I mainly use foundation, mascara and lip gel for this purpose.

  • Hari Priya says:

    Wow. Your makeup kit is just complete and looks ace with good quality products. I am totally new to the makeup because I never wear makeup on a regular basis and I needed some help to make it a routine and your article is really helpful. Wonderful article. Thanks for the help.

  • Mau says:

    I’ve been hearing good things about Benefit products so having one of them in your list makes me want to buy one. BTW, I think the header is wrong for the last product since it says “cheap pencil” instead of “cheat pencil”.

  • Rosemary says:

    Great article. I have just started to use the Hourglass primer and I have to admit that this is one of the best primers I have ever used. I read so many good reviews about it. My favorite part of the makeup is the blush because they are always so cute. I love blush. I will definitely try the other brands that you have listed here. It’s an amazing article and has helped me a lot. Looking forward to more articles like this in the future. Thanks.

  • Jhoanna says:

    Thank you for sharing these nice product! Sometimes because there are so many options you do not know which ones are good and best. And sometimes you wonder if it’s really good to use unless you see someone really using it. I would love to try La Mer!

  • Charah says:

    I’m always curious of what other girls have for their make up. I think I wanna try the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt. Thanks for recommending it.

  • Lovely Quezon says:

    I have heard and saw beauty blenders but I have not bought one. I think it’s really a must-have in my makeup kit. Thanks for this review!

  • Trixie Torres says:

    I love the bronze effect, so I know I have to grab the Kevyn Aucoin’s celestial bronzing veil. I can use it to have sophisticated effect on my face especially on date or party nights.

  • Cary says:

    I’m a make up addict too! What I like most of all these products are the lip balm and the lighting blush. I’m a blushie person, so will definitely try this one, suits the color that I like.

  • Amber says:

    I have open pores, that’s always been my problem. I think I might try Porefessional, as you mentioneed you have been using it for a lonng time now. That means it’s a trusted brand. Thank you for always sharing your good finds with us! Love it always.

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