The one thing I make sure to never leave home without is the Paul & Joe Blotting Paper (£11). Everyone needs to carry around some great mattifying sheets and these come in the cutest case, which is also extremely neat thanks to the decent mirror, really handy for quick touch-ups on the go. The blotting sheets easily absorb the excess oil and get rid of any unwanted shine in nothing flat. Also, they aren't powdered and allow me to add any extra product myself. If the case, I grab the Clarins Ever Matte Shine Control Powder (£27) and dust a little bit of it on my T-zone with a Sephora travel brush. You need the tiniest amount to achieve a fresh, demi-matte finish and the best thing is no matter how many layers of this powder you apply, it never looks cakey.
The Laura Mercier Undercover Pot (£29) is another makeup bag staple; I'd be lost without it. With the Secret Camouflage to easily cover even the worst blemishes and the Secret Concealer to correct any darkness that may pop up around the eyes, I can face pretty much any skin emergency and with a pinch of loose powder I know everything will stay in place till cleansing time. If I'm just in need of a little pick-me-up, the Clinique Airbrush Concealer (£18) is simply brilliant to brighten the under-eyes and instantly refresh a look. It's light, blends seamlessly and it's not overly shimmery or too light reflective and it'll hardly flash back in pictures.
Also from Clinique, a mini size of the ultra black High Impact Mascara (£16.50) is great to add volume to my lashes whilst keeping them defined as well. It's excellent for layering over my everyday mascara for extra, clump-free drama.
The ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (£3.95) is something I make sure to pop into my makeup bag every time I know I'll be out all day and going out at night as well. This uber cheap take on the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo comes really in handy when I need to refresh my blush or give a little oomph to my base with a bit of bronzer for some extra definition. My lipstick of the day - lately I've been loving the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth (£20) in Fresh Raspberry - and a wee bottle of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray (£7.50) to tame unruly locks and add texture and fullness to the hair, close the product line-up.
Of course I'd feel completely naked without a couple of good brushes on me: along with the Sephora travel brush for powder products, I pack a mini Sigma E25 (£9.95) - similar to the 217 brush by MAC - which is a great all-arounder and works for precise powder placement, to blend concealer in and to add a little bit of bronzer in the crease for a quick contoured eye look, and finally a Sigma L05 (£8.95) for lippies and such.
For quick fixes and damage control I've put together a small plastic pouch that contains a few pointy q-tips, some Eye Makeup Remover Filled Cotton Buds (£3.99), a couple of cotton pad and a mini lash glue; these little guys come with me everywhere I go, along with a pair of tweezers, a moisturizer sample and a teeny-weeny bottle of micellar water which is super handy when I need to take my makeup off if I'm having a counter makeover or simply a bad lipstick day. Finally the Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist (£9.50) comes out whenever a tester doesn't look particularly well-kept in store and I really need to dip my paws in it. A must have for hygiene-freak beauty bloggers on duty.
Everything fits nicely inside my Whistles Small Clutch (£35) in Pale Green - it's surprising how much you can squeeze inside these beauties - and stays nice and tidy and organized in my purse.
I bring the 'better safe than sorry' business to a whole new level, don't I now?
What's in your on-the-go makeup bag?
Are you part of the Mary Poppins tribe like me or do you manage to slim it down for real?