My Minimised Makeup Collection...

Happy Tuesday!

Wow, so this post has been a long time coming as it's really interesting for me personally and I'm sure for many others to see what I have narrowed my collection down to. It's a real mixture of brands and here is what I'm using at the moment.

I'm going to start off by saying I try to apply the "one in, one out" rule for my makeup too, so I don't buy a new mascara before the one I am using is finished which has helped decrease and minimise my collection greatly.


I can't say I have applied this to ALL areas as I still have quite a few lipsticks but it has still been decreased about 80%. 



  • Mac Face & Body Foundation (Shade C3)- This is the only foundation I own and use as it has a gorgeous light coverage with an extremely natural finish as it's water based. Check my full review HERE! I don't wear foundation everyday so I don't need to own 2352 different versions.
  • Benefit Porefessional - A lovely primer that I sometimes use under the Mac Face & Body or on my lids for a longer lasting finish.
  • Mac Strobe Cream - I love this stuff for a dewy finish on my cheek bones for days I want to look super fresh.
  • Mac NC30 Studio Finish Concealer - This is my number 1, I use it everyday to cover any blemishes with a brush and sometimes even under the eyes warmed up in-between my fingers if I haven't had enough sleep. Review HERE!
  • Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer - This concealer has a lighter and darker shade which I mainly use under my eyes, sometimes I mix the colours or use as is depending on how tanned I am. I did a review on this before, check it HERE!
  • Benefit Hoola - I have the stick and powder version, the powder version being my favourite. This has always been a favourite and I purchased it to replace my Nars Casino but I think I prefer this more as it's cooler. Review HERE!
  • Mac Snowflushed Extra Dimension Skin Finish - I love this beautiful illuminating highlighter, and I'm sure it will last me ages, I don't use blush but this gives me the perfect amount of colour whilst highlighting. 


  • Benefit Bad Gal Bang - I got this in a Xmas see and it's not my favourite, but once it runs out I will be repurchasing L'oreal Voluminous as it has always been my favourite.
  • Makeup Revolution Light Brown Eyebrow Pencil - I have repurchased this about 10x already, it's a lovely waxy pencil that is the best match for my brows and is under £3.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow - A great eyebrow gel that actually keeps them in place, to be honest though a bit of hairspray on a brush also does the trick.
  • Miss Sporty - Khol Kajal Deep brown - A lovely soft chunky eyeliner that is perfect to smudge in for a subtle everyday look.
  • Barry M Eye Define Liquid Liner - This is really nice long lasting true glossy black liquid eyeliner with a bendy but sharp applicator, I also like L'oreals version and buy which ever is on offer when I run out.
  • Rimmel Nude Eye Pencil + Sable Brown - Great on the water line, Rimmel pencils have always been great basics. (I can't believe I have stopped using black pencil on my waterline, I now find it too harsh.)
  • Nars Galapagos Eyeshadow - Yes, if I could only own 1 eyeshadow it would be this. It's a beautiful brown shade with specks of golden finely milled micro glitter that can be applied with a light or dark hand to create a more smoky finish.
  • Mac 'Ready to Party' Eyeshadow - I can't rave about this enough, it's what I use daily on the inner corners of my eyes.
  • Bourjois 01 & 03 - 01 is a lovely classic champagne gold shade suitable for all over the lid for a great everyday look. 03 is like a nude dusting of glitter to amp up the look. I enjoy both of these as they are easy to apply with my fingers.


  • Mac Lipsticks - Pure Zen, Sandy B, Ramblin' Rose, Creme Cup, Velvet Teddy, Freckletone, Ruby Woo & Diva. My all time favourite is 'Creme Cup' which I probably wear most days. I am so terribly disappointed that 'Hue' has been discontinued but I have found that L'oreal does a good dupe, however the shade number has rubbed off so I can't tell you what it is! I now only own 1 red shade (Ruby Woo) and one berry shade (Diva) in the Mac mini versions as I don't wear them that often. 
  • Lipliners - Barry M (Minx) this is a great dupe for Mac 'Dervish' which I team with 'Creme Cup'. Miss Sporty 'Coffee', Collection 'Nude Pink' are both quite similar to Mac 'Spice'. Another favourite is Rimmel 'Addiction' which I have run out of. I sometimes also use Rimmel 'Hazel' brow pencil on my lips as it's similar to Mac 'Oak' when wearing 'Velvet Teddy'. I have Mac 'Cherry' for when I wear a red lip.
  • Lipgloss - Mac 'Oyster Girl' - I realised I'm not really a lipgloss person so reduced it to just the one, I use this over the top of nude lips for when I want glossy lips for more of an evening look


Wow, all done! I don't own a face powder as I never really used it. My skin isn't that oily for me to need it daily. I just pat my T-zone with some tissue if I need to blot and voila. I got rid of my palettes as I don't want too much choice and to stress about what shade to use, I also don't like the bulky packaging that comes with them. I use my bronzer in my crease, and don't really wear eyeshadow daily. However, I am thinking that I need Mac's 'Texture' eyeshadow a warm brown and maybe 'Carbon' for some black when I really want a smokey look, apart from that I don't think I am missing anything!

Are you surprised? What do you think is the perfect amount of makeup?

Comments

alexandra said…
Thanks for sharing !!!!!!So lovely to read your posts again!!!!!Great alternatives meaning you dont have to own a lot of stuff to make different looks!!!!!
Roxane said…
Yay I am so glad you are blogging again! I love reading these types of posts as I too am trying to minimise my makeup collection. Thanks for sharing xx
Yay you are blogging again x

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