What’s in my makeup bag?

What’s in my makeup bag?

Hi There!

How’s the beginning of the year been treating you so far? Good I hope!

In my case, the start of the year has been somewhat busy and I have just returned back to the city from a week long stay at the beach.

So today I dumped out the contents of my makeup bag so I can share with you a couple of things that have been proving quite useful while I was away!

Here’s a little peek.

makeup bag guerlain tom ford ettusais


As you can see i’ve changed my makeup bag, yet again. This time I swapped it for a very light weight, black Ferragamo version which basically was free. It’s the Qatar airways travel pouch from my last trip. The case can be wiped clean and is pretty sturdy and most of all it’s the lightest makeup bag I have ever owned! Which means… I get to stuff it with even more product without it weighing a tonne!

What’s inside?

Hakuhodo Tarte cosmetics Tom ford Crabtree and evelyn

As always i’ve got my Chanel mirror and Hakuhodo lip brush in there, staples. In addition, this time I also have a brow brush, also by Hakuhodo which I use with my Tri Brow palette by Make Up Store. The Make Up Store brow powder is a new addition to my stash. And is great for speedy brows. In the event I don’t have time to whip out my Anastasia Brow Wiz, this is my next best option. On it’s own it doesn’t give me a perfectly defined brow as I do have rather patchy brow hair which also is very fine! But when i’m running late, i’d rather have presentable brows than no brows at all!

In the event you do have rather neat groomed brows without too many bald spots and you want some extra definition, a brow powder will be your friend. It’s easy to use and gives your brows a very natural finish.

On regular days I use my Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in bald spots and give the ends of my brows a bit more definition by using the darkest shade in my Make Up Store Tri Brow. It really defines them well and gives the illusion on a fuller, more youthful brow.

Next up, lips. I haven’t got any lipsticks in there. Mainly cos I don’t wear lipstick while i’m chilling at the beach, unless it’s dinner of course and I whip out a bright orange.

The three products I relied on were the Tom Ford Rose Crush Gloss, my very first Tom Ford gloss, Tarte Blissful Lip Surgence lip gloss that came in a Sephora lip kit set, (I never really went out and purchased this) and my holy grail lip balm, the Ettusais Lip Essence. In fact I’m just reapplying it right now.

The Tom Ford lip glosses truly are hard to beat. They are non sticky, highly pigmented (as far as lip glosses are concerned) and long lasting. Rose Crush is my most used colour and it goes really well with medium tanned complexions. I highly recommend this.

The Tarte Blissful gloss is a sheer peach coral shade. Smells like sugary vanilla and does a good job of keeping the lips hydrated. I enjoyed this gloss, although for some, the smell could end up a bit overpowering.

Kiehls Sunscreen

For skincare, I relied on my Crabtree & Evelyn handcream in Caribbean Island Wild Flowers & the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++.

Truth be told, I packed this C&E handcream for it’s very beach appropriate, fresh smell and pretty packaging with the coral motif. There I said it. However C&E is in fact one of my current favourite hand cream formulations as it’s hydrating, yet non greasy. It’s a good medium between my heavy La Mer handcream and other lighter options like the L’Occitane ones.

The Kiehls sunscreen on the other hand was as essential. I use this for my arms and chest, hence why I have it in this lager size. For the face I strictly rely on my Avene one which has SPF 30. I don’t take that around in my makeup bag as I never reapply my sunscreen on my face. Bad I know. But I do liberally apply the Kiehl’s one on my arms every 2-3 hours or so. It’s a nice light texture and doesn’t have that god awful, typical, old-school sunscreen smell.

Next up two perfume samples I carry for touching up. My favourite between the two, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria in Manderine Basilic. I love the fresh zesty fragrance of this and pairs well with humid, sweaty weather. I plan on purchasing the full size when I go back to Singapore next week.

The other newer addition was the Giorgio Armani Si Perfume. Something a little too sweet for my liking, but it came in my travel pouch so I let it be there.

Last but not least, two essentials. Oil blotters by The Body Shop (a must in this crazy humidity) and a mini deodorant spray by Sephora. Normally I would stock up on the Sephora Deodorant Wipes. They are easy to carry in your bag and great for a quick freshening up midday. I picked up the spray this time around as I believe it was something new at Sephora SG. Since i’m yet to use this, can’t tell you anything except that it will fit into your tiniest of clutches, no problem 🙂


So that concludes my ‘What’s in my bag’ mini post! I hope you found it a useful read and discovered something new.

Wishing you a great start to the week AND new year, Michelle.

Christmas gifting with Crabtree & Evelyn

Christmas gifting with Crabtree & Evelyn

Nothing takes up more time during Christmas than gift shopping. And each year i’ve noticed the list keeps growing and growing & GROWING to the point where it becomes less fun seeking out that perfect gift for your loved one.

So early November when I was invited to preview Crabtree & Evelyns extensive seasonal gifting selection, I was thrilled at the opportunity to make my lists leisurely and get to the store before the best stuff sold out!

Since it’s the first weekend of December and many of you are starting to shop for those all important gifts, I hope my little gift guide comes handy to plan your purchases before heading to the store where you are bound to be overwhelmed.

So here’s a bunch of stuff that I thought would fit various budgets and came packaged so beautifully, half of the work is already done.

Welcome to Crabtree & Evelyns Christmas 2014 collection!

Crabtree & Evelyn holiday gift guide

As always my eyes go right to the prettiest packaging >.<

Like this gorgeous diffuser, first thing on my list! And it even makes a gorgeous yet functional table centerpiece!

The clay dove is just the perfect design detail that makes this gift extra special don’t you think? ❤

This one’s priced at S$98.

Crabtree & Evelyn Dove Diffuser

Next up, candles! To fill your homes with the warming scent of winter berries or a mix of balsams and citrus infused with star anise.

These come in several sizes and make for lovely gifts. Prices start at S$38 for the small one, S$50 for the large and S$75 for the extra large three wick candle (seen above).

Crabtree and Evelyn holiday gift guide

There’s also corresponding room sprays S$30 and fragrance oil S$18.


No Crabtree & Evelyn gift guide is complete without some of their most popular items. The hand cream sets! A complete sell out each year, these come in boxes of 12, 6 and 3. Priced at $78, $55, $30 respectively.

I also think they make excellent stocking stuffers as each work out to just over S$6! With one set you have 12 stocking stuffers sorted! Easy peasy!

Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream

Another C&E speciality are their delicious english cookies, preserves and fudge!

They all come packaged soo beautifully. I personally like those in the tins. They feel more substantial.

Here’s half a kilo of biscuits in a barrel! Flavours include, Lemon and white chocolate, Triple chocolate chunk and Strawberries and cream. This set retails at S$68.

P.S- There are also biscuit tins in musical box versions! How fun!


If you are looking for hamper style assortments. You are covered! Here’s a drool worthy set of preserves, biscuits and tea in a collectible tin. Retails at S$68.


And how adorable is the packaging!!!!


Last but not least, decadent holiday hampers that come beautiful red boxes and also in picnic basket style wicker boxes for the generous gift giver. Prices start from S$80 for this small box, seen below; ranging up to S$300 for boxes filled with an assortment of biscuits, fudge, preserves, sparkling wine and much more!


So there you have it! My mini tour of Crabtree & Evelyns holiday offerings. There’s of course 100+ gifts in store to brows through! And I promise you, you are bound to find the perfect gift, if not several with just one trip!


Happy shopping my dears 🙂