Now that I'm 19 - almost 20 - I still spend more hours then I like to admit at make-up counters. I tend to go for anything colourful - mainly nail polishes and lipsticks.
I thought I'd show you what I do use and what I carry around in my make-up bag.
(NB: I say 'make-up bag' rather metaphorically because I don't really have one in particular.)
This is the entire shebang. (Well, almost.)
The next lot of images show the primary basics of make-up. Why do I have two shades of foundation you ask? For contouring. That's the beauty of make-up. (side note: have you ever realised that the phrase 'the beauty of make-up' is rather ironic/ tautologous?) At least that's what I bought them for. In reality, the times when I actually use both compacts are limited.
The brow shaper in the second image is one of those products I can say without a doubt I can NOT live without. incidentally, I didn't know that before I actually bought it. I find eyebrows to be an eminent feature of any woman's beauty and femininity. It's a misfortune that many unfortunately neglect shaping them well. I already blogged about the beauty of the brow here. Personally, I'm fond of mine and I do get compliments for my brows, but this Revlon Brow Enhancer just makes them so much better. It fills all the empty gaps. To be honest, I don't really find much use in the illuminator tip of the brow enhancer.
Two Essence products I've found to be staples are the brow gel/ transparent mascara (which I use as a brow gel to keep my brows in place) and the volume & gloss lipgloss (which I wear over lipstick). The lipgloss is one of the only few glosses I've actually found useful.
The Brusher, Bronzer and the gel Eyeliner.
I totally dig cat-eye eyeliner. And Maybelline does gel eyeliner so well - I wear it everyday.
Last but not least - the fairest of them all! The shades I never tire of. Now I need to buy a tangerine matte one.
And my most recently purchased shade of nail lacquer - Catrice's 'Bye, Bye Birdy'.