So I write this having returned from holiday, back in rainy London, but that doesn’t make it any easier, or less incriminating. On the contrary, in fact, as I now have to fess up to how much I took AND how little I actually used. And if we’re really telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, I’ll even admit to how much make-up I bought while I was out there.
OK, I know, I’m ill, deranged and slightly in love with all things cosmetic (surgery excluded!). But it’s a damn sight cheaper than all the shoes I buy (I’ve told my daughter my shoe collection is her inheritance!).
But I digress… thought I’d be able to escape the confession, but no more waffling.
Deep breath, here goes:
First off, Foundation and Concealer etc
Why do I think I’ll a) need foundation and b) be bothered to wear it in the heat of Southern spain? Foundation by Bare Escentuals, concealers by Bobby Brown and Chantecaille. And I KNEW the body shimmer, by Smashbox, was the wrong shade for me, but I still packed it.
Please imagine me hanging my head in shame. I mean, 8 eyeshadows??? Really? All by Bare Escentuals, except the blingtone which is of course by myface.
OK not feeling so gulity here, a couple of the Longwear Gel eyeliners by Bobby Brown and a waterproof one by Smashbox, although I do use some of the shadows as liners too. (But you’ll allow me not to count those, right?)
Didn’t want to be left without mascara, that’s the only way to explain three mascaras in the make-up bag, and another bought at duty-free at Heathrow! I took Phenomenal by Givenchy, Flawless Definition by Bare Minerals and Waterproof Telescopic by L’Oreal. Just had to by the waterproof one by Chanel, but it smudged too much.
Not too bad, eh? One cream by Smashbox, one powder by Bare Escentuals.
I was sooo proud of myself, only brought three lispticks with me. Whoop whoop! Not so proud of the red lipliner though. What was I thinking? Lipsticks by Mally and Colorsport, lipliner by Guerlain.
Moment of weakness again here – but you know what it’s like – a gloss on on the table in the hall catches your eye and it’s so easy to throw it into your bag as you rush (late!) to the airport. No? Just me then, I guess. Shame there’s no real variation in the shades I packed! Three Buxoms, one by Mally and one by Jemma Kidd.
I didn’t get a chance to photograph these, but let’s just say the whole lot needed a separate, considerably sized cosmetic bag to house it all! Various brands inlcuding Nails Inc, Leighton Denny, Essie and OPI.
Well I had to have something to slap it all on with, didn’t I? Various ones by Bare Escentuals, Bobbi Brown and Chanel.
And then there had to be all the lotions, potions and magical creams and sprays that I couldn’t do without! A selection (but not exhaustive!) for your delectation:
And what did I actually use? About 7%of it… I’m far too embarrassed to list the very few items that DID actually make it out of the make-up bags.
What I bought while I was out there:
Let me qualify this. In my defence, I was researching and writing an article about the new season’s colours for another website, (I’ll post the link here when that article goes live), so I was totally immersed in all the new goodies out there. So you see, when you look at it from that point of view, I was actually a very good girl, wasn’t I? I will post photos and reviews later, but managed to get my mitts on TWO bottles of Paradoxal by Chanel, plus the eyeshadow quartet, the single eyeshadows, a lipliner from the new collection by Mac, the nude eyeliner from Chanel, a palette by Two Faced…..
And if you think all this is horrific (and OK, yes I agree with you, it IS the stuff of nightmares), you should what I what else I was going to bring and then didn’t…!
PS Dear Hubby, if you’re reading this, I hope it’s making you laugh. It’s the least I could do for all the headache I gave you while trying to pack three big make-up bags into our suitcase!