The 10 Piece Beauty Capsule

10 piece beauty capsule makeup bag

  10 piece beauty capsule

Recently I had to go away for the weekend and in the interest of packing light, I tried to streamline my makeup bag into the items I actually use every day, rather than cramming it full of things I might need. I ended up getting on perfectly well with the most minimal amount of makeup and it got me to thinking about the benefits of a capsule makeup bag. This covers only cosmetic items but it would definitely be all I would need to make up my face day to day.

It ended up being just 10 pieces so I thought I would list them here; I have been using this set almost exclusively since I got back from being away and haven't needed to add anything else, even on a night out the only thing I was lacking was a bright lipstick, so you could always swap that in for another item if you wore it more often. Since starting the Capsule Wardrobe project, I have to admit that thinking about products in a different way (as in buying from need, rather than want) has infiltrated my mindset in some ways. I would always browse the makeup counters whenever I got the chance, and would pick up new bits and pieces all the time, whether I needed them or not. More often than not I would rarely use them, and with a lot of makeup having a shelf life, it seemed wasteful to keep buying over and over again. With that in mind, I've changed the way I shop for makeup, buying only to replace things that I actually use. Listed below are my favourite and most-used items.

My 10 items:
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (here) a classic, I use this as a lipbalm each morning before starting my skincare routine.
  • Lush Karma; this is the solid pot version of my favourite fragrance, read more here.
  • GOSH Rebel Eyes mascara (here) one of my new favourites, you can check out a full post on it here.
  • Seventeen Make Your Mark eyeliner pen: I swapped out my favourite Collection liner pen for this one as at the time I had to re-buy it, the Collection one was sold out. This is ok, but I'll always go back to buying the Collection version (which is always sold out so I think a lot of people must like it as much as I do!)
  • Rimmel Stay Blushed cream blush (here) I love this, and have really been enjoying using a cream blusher as opposed to a powder one. I feel it's less drying on the skin and this one is easy to apply and a beautiful, natural colour.
  • Korres CC cream (here) You can read a full review on what I thought of this product here, I have been using it since and it's such a lovely, sheer coverage foundation that I use every day.
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer (here) after loving the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, I thought I'd try out the concealer and I really like it, too. I use it for concealing dark circles and it seems to work well and last all day, too.
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (here) Another cream product, this cream eyeshadow is super simple to apply and really does last all day without creasing. I'm a big fan of easy to use products that don't require a lot of faffing about with tools, and this is why I veer towards cream based products that can be applied and blended out with fingers. 
  • Cailyn Eyebrow Pencil: I got this product in my latest Love Me Beauty subscription box (post on that here) and I absolutely love it. It's a creamy, waxy pencil that applies easily and is of the twist-up formula so I don't have to worry about sharpening it-perfect!
  • L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper:  The final step to perfecting my brows is to apply a swipe of this brow gel-it contains fibres for a fuller looking brow.
These are my 10 perfect makeup pieces and if I could only have access to this makeup bag, I would still be able to put together a simple, natural look. What would be in your top 10?

XO Amie
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