What's In My On-The-Go Makeup Bag?

I started my new job last Tuesday, and I spent a couple of days leading up to it trying to decide how I would do my makeup. See, I had to wake up at 5:30 am in the morning, and leave the house a little less than an hour later to make it to the train station in time. I didn't particularly want to wake up any earlier to do my makeup, because I was going to sleep at 9:30 on Monday night.

I decided that I would prepare two makeup bags, one for if I had time in the mornings to put my face on, and the other containing essentials to shove into my bag if I ran out of time.

This is that bag.

I have a handful of makeup bags and pencil cases in my possession, as they were all gifts. I went with this two-compartment pencil case from Kikki K. My cousin gave me this one for my 21st birthday along with a set of pencils and notebooks. I went with this one because it was slim enough to slide into my bag comfortably, yet boasted enough space to hold the basics. I wanted the brushes to go into the front compartment so they would stay clean if anything were to break in the main pouch.

I decided to keep my EcoTools brushes in this set, because the eye brushes are double-ended, giving me 4 brushes to use on my eyes alone. I also included a small face puff that came with a Milani face powder so I could press my powder into my T-Zone and under my eyes.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in Natural was the base I went with, as it was quick and easy to apply. It provides light to medium coverage, and it was basically my skin but better. It needs little work to blend it out and covered most imperfections. Along with it, I also had Face of Australia Long Lasting Concealer in Neutral to conceal other blemishes and the LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in Natural to colour correct my under eyes.

I added the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, which was both a blush and a highlighter, eliminating the need for a highlighter in my bag. I also decanted a small amount of the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder into a tiny container, because I didn't want to have to deal with a large pot of very fine, loose powder that erupts into a white cloud every time I open it. Not exactly fun to deal with while on the train.

As for eyes, I kept it pretty simple. I went with the Barry M Showgirl Lengthening Mascara because it looked natural yet lengthened my lashes. I also packed my Wet n Wild eyeshadow primer, because if I decided to slap on some eyeshadow, it needed to last. Finally, I included a Pacifica eyeshadow trio that Cat sent me in one of her care packages. I've never tried it out properly, but it was a good trio to have as it had three very different shades that were perfect for every day. I included I Heart Makeup Lip Lava in Forgiven as well.

On Tuesday, as I predicted, I had no time to put makeup on in the morning, so I just threw the go-to case into my bag. I was a bit uncomfortable about doing my makeup on the train because of all the people staring, as it was one of those old school trains where the seats in front faced you. I ducked into the bathroom (good old V-Line) to chuck on my tinted moisturiser, blush and powder, and then did the mascara at Flinders Street Station. I finished off with Colourpop's Lippie Stix in Hype Girl once I was on the tram.

Thursday, I was experimenting with catching a train that departed 10 minutes later than the one on Tuesday. So, I had several minutes to take out my new Too Faced Chocolate Bar and do up my eyes, as I never got around to using it before then. After I was done, I was out of the house and did the rest of my makeup on the train, and did not duck into the bathroom this time. I stuck to my guns and applied my entire face, ignoring the loud high-schoolers looking my way across the aisle.

I really enjoy my new job so far, it's such a nice change from staying at home all the time, and also from working in cake factories. The people I work with are so lovely, helpful and compassionate, and I love chatting with them. I'm right in my comfort zone in that little café among the other deaf people, and not being judged for my deafness. I look forward to Tuesday when we open to the public because I can't wait to get a lot of practice with coffee making and also preparing food. Amanda, the boss, says I show a keen interest in coffee so she loaned me a book on it in case I wanted to learn more.

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have gotten this job, because I've been unemployed for over two years, and it sucked. It sucked so much. It's a part-time position, only two days a week, so I'll have plenty of time to work on this blog as well.

What's in your makeup bag? Do you have any holy grails?



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