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This is the first in my 'What's In My Make-Up Bag?' series. I am always fascinated what is in people's make-up bags/handbags etc., so I thought it would be a good idea to do a mini series, asking friends and family to contribute.

First up my Mum shares with us what is in her's.

Mum has a very natural approach to makeup. She will mostly wear neutral eyeshadow or just a brown kohl pencil lightly applied to her upper lash line. She has similar taste to me when it comes to doing my own make-up. So I was prepared to want everything, and I sure did.

To start off with her essential items which includes, nail scissors, 'They aren't as good as they use to be, I've had them for about 30 years but I have never found any better.' A nail file, pencil sharpener, hair tie, tweezers, floss tape and her trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curlers 'I love them'. Mum does a lot of traveling for work so it's important that essentials are included. She has a separate bag for skincare, (yes, another gorgeous bag) which if you are interested, I will dedicate another post to, just say the word! 'Because this is an essential bag I tend to use samples for when I'm away, so I don't have to carry a lot.' I thought this was such a handy tip that not many people think about, as whenever I pack, my makeup bag is always the heaviest item.

I went straight for her foundation. Knowing it was Sisley, I knew it would be good, and oh my gee it certainly was. I would say it has a medium coverage, but what got me was the the texture. 'This foundation is so velvety, it blends so well and does a little colour adapting to.' I tried it out on the back of my hand, even though we both have olive skin, her's is a lot darker than mine, so I knew the colour wouldn't match, but it blended into my hand like no other.

The mascara she wears is very interesting. Japan is very famous for producing some of the best mascaras, and Kanebo is no exception. It only comes off in 38 degree water or higher, nothing lower. So if it rains it won't run, if you cry it won't run. It has the characteristics of a waterproof mascara but will come off easily. 'I like the idea of mascara, but I don't like my eyelashes feeling dry and heavy. I've been using this mascara for about 20 years, and it will only be removed at 38 degree water.' If it's sounding a little fiddly for you, don't worry; you won't be standing there with a thermometer in hand, use warm water and you'll be fine. This is such a clever product. If your make-up is immaculate and your mascara is flaking or running it really is one of the most annoying things, and for someone to recommend it after 20 years of use, I'm certainly interested!

What I like about delving into Mum's makeup bag is the fact she is very selective with what she has. She is quite sensitive to different textures or the smells of products. So what she is left with is the best of the best for her (and that's what she deserves!).

What are your thoughts on this little series? Do you like it so far?

List of products:
Stage Performer by Shu Uemura
Phyto Teint Eclat foundation by Sisley in Natural 3
Sea Buckthorn hand cream by Weleda
Phyto Effect eyeliner by Sisley in Ebony
Eye and Lip contour cream by Sisley
Sensai mascara by Kanebo
Dolce and Gabanna pour femme roll on perfume
Nail scissors
Lipstick by Sisley in L21
Nail file
Aveda mirror compact
Make up liner pencil by Kanebo in 01
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
Sisley sharpener
Shu Uemura eye primer/base in P Beige
Phyto lip gloss by Sisley in 5
Botonical Detoxifying Night Treatment by Sisley sample
Revlon comb
Oral B Floss

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  1. I'm a Canadian but I practically exclusively use Japanese cosmetics, both for skincare and makeup, that's how good it is. ;)
    Your mum has great taste!
    Can't wait for the next installment of the series :D

    1. I really respect that, Japan is fantastic for cosmetics. when reading this comment i realised most of my favourite brands are Japanese! thank you for your comment x

  2. Seems like your mom has good taste! I've been wanting to try the Weleda hand cream for a while :)

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

    1. you must! i tried a little when i was doing this post and its super soft and non greasy! x