3 September 2016

Back to School: What's in my Makeup Bag

It's finally September and that dreaded back to school season is here. But I wouldn't let you go at it alone. My 'Back to School' series has returned for its second year for a month of education-themed posts! This week starts us off with, Backpack Beauty more formerly know as What's in My Makeup Bag...


Firstly, I need to address this, I am a strong advocate for doing whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident in yourself, whether that's getting braces, wearing makeup or even plastic surgery. But also knowing when and where to draw the line. When I was in school, makeup was a big "no no" and if you were caught with even the slightest swoop of mascara, you were sent straight to the bathroom to wipe it off. 

Since then, times have changed and I'm pretty over the moon about that! For as much as (some of) the male population can claim "makeup is a lie" it's a positive way for people and young girls to improve their confidence, regardless of the age. 

For the most part, High School sucks. I quite enjoyed my time at High School, but it still stinking sucked! Hormones, boys, friends, fallouts, hormones, bullies, cliques, acne, boys, exam stress etc.


Think lightweight, think natural


I recommend: Collection // Lasting Collection Concealer 

I know how easy it is to save your pocket money (if that's even still a thing?), pop to Boots on the weekend and buy a foundation slightly too dark (not your fault, the lights in these shops are deceiving) and slap it on to cover any imperfection. Got a pimple? Got a few I'm sure. Pretty much everyone I know (all bar this one girl who I'll be forever jealous of her permanently beautiful skin) suffers from acne and spots during high school. And makeup is one of those things that are great short term fixes but in the long run, makes things 10x worse. I've been there. But I know when you've got a spot the size of Vesuvius, that shit needs concealing.

I don't think I touched foundation until I was 17 and all through High School concealer was my best friend! You're young and apart from those darn pimples, your skin is still looking pretty fresh, so pick up a good coverage concealer and lightly pop it on those pesky spots. What's great is if you've had a hard cram session the night before, this is a great brightening concealer for your under eyes too! 

If you absolutely have to use a foundation, stick to something super lightweight and natural. BB creams are perfect, I particularly love the Body Shop '2-in-1 BB Cream'.

Multi-functional products are space and time-saving


I bloody love a product I can use for more than one thing! Saves money and time searching for different products in the morning and even saves valuable space in your backpack! 

I recommend: BECCA // Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector

Just picture this, it's the middle of term, you stayed up too late watching PLL re-runs and had to wake up early to do your homework that's due at 9am. Your face is a dead giveaway that all of that happened! The best remedy is a good concealer (check) and a subtle, dewy highlight to make you look refreshed and well kipped! Plus, it doubles as a great on the go eyeshadow too. No brushes needed, just the index finger from your steadiest hand.

A mattifying powder will be your best bud


I recommend: Rimmel London // Stay Matte Powder

A mattifying powder for any skin type is a must-have in any makeup bag. Whether you're hating on your oily skin, it's hot and sunny or you've just come out of a sticky gym hall, a powder is pretty necessary in every scenario.

Try to go for something translucent, that way there's no chance of looking cakey or orange but you've made a potential makeup malfunction much better. What's more is it's great for setting your makeup too before you leave in the morning making sure it lasts all day with as minimal trips to the bathroom for top-ups as possible.

Lips, Lips, Lips

I recommend: Vaseline // Pocket Tin Lip Balm

Whilst I totally think bold lips are unnecessary for school, I do think a knowing your lips and looping after them is important. I always carried around some sort of lip balm with me. I tend to lick my lips when I'm nervous which makes them chapped and uncomfortable. Not to mention what the Winter wind does to them. 

I recommend: NYX // Matte Lip Cream - Abu Dhabi

A hydrating lip balm is a must, but a good nude lip is acceptable too. Nothing too dark, try and stick to as natural as possible. And something matte is great as typically they will last much longer than other glosses and lipsticks. 

Waterproof Mascara

I recommend: Maybelline // Lash Sensational Msacara

I feel naked if I leave the house without Mascara and have felt that way since I was 14. Now I'm not saying that High School is going to have you doubled over, tears streaming all the time but undoubtedly there's going to be an occasion (or a couple) where this is true. Whether it's exam stress or tears of pure joy and happiness. But a good waterproof mascara will save you from ending up resembling a panda afterwards!

A Compact mirror for compact backpack beauty


I recommend: Pearl // Compact Mirror Universal Power Bank

I never remembered to pack a mirror in my School bag and so many times did I get busted for food in my braces and mascara down my face. This one by pearl is also a portable phone charger too! Not something I needed in the unbreakable Nokia days but a piece of gold-dust now! 

My biggest top tip with makeup at school would be to keep it as simple and natural as possible. The more 'meant to be' it looks the less likely you're going to run into a malfunction on your way to Maths. But mostly, wear it because you want to, not because the other girls are doing it. It's not important to look a certain way. You're made the way you are and that is more beautiful than any makeup can make you. But, if it makes you feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin, then there's nothing wrong with that either.

Love always,
Melissa

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  1. Waterproof mascara and lip balm are what I use for work! Best way to go :)

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    1. Completely agree, you can't go wrong with waterproof mascara and a good lip balm!

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