Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Make Up Bag Love, and it's Contents

It's snowing the weekend before Christmas, doesn't that sound romantic?
I'm choosing to think of cocoa and a warm blanket instead of snow shoveling and iced sidewalks as I look at my Christmas tree.

Do you know what I have wished for the last few years to be under the tree for me?
A product I want, but would not buy myself. Something in my opinion regardless of countless amazing reviews, is quite frankly over priced. Not a little, a LOT. 
A Prada Nylon Make Up bag. 
Don't roll your eyes please, it's quite a classic cult item!

I always assumED it's something I would use daily for years - they're apparently quite long lasting to the verge of indestructible, despite being made from nylon, but the price has always been more like, "No, thanks...just looking."

It's not the fancy label I was looking at, it was the construction. 
Nylon is plushy, movable, squishable, you can jam pack nylon and it will just make room in itself by contorting itself into a suitable and movable shape. The sides also are important, make up bags need a bit of material there to stretch out so you can open it's mouth wide and see what's going on inside.
Nothing worse than being late, looking for something at the bottom of your make up bag that will not open, and being deemed high maintenance by others, terrible.

Well guess what, until the day I hit the mega,  I have found an alternative to use until that glorious big win day! ( Never in my life...)

Presenting the Muji make up bag.

Oh, it looks non-descript alright, especially since I purchased the very daring color of black- yeah right. But it fits all my knit picky requirements, so let's take a tour.

It comes with two zippers so it opens a few ways, it's made of nylon so it's squishy enough to hold more crap than it was probably was made for, and I can toss it in my bag along with throwing it in a  washing machine with little guilt.

It also has this very well designed and must needed item in it's construct:


See that little bit of polka dot there as I open the bag? Why is that important? Well, because that small bit of ingenious design let's me do this!


Guess who can now see everything in the bag because the mouth opens so wide. 
That wide mouth is just a requirement for me, and thank you Muji for building a make up bag right.

Now after all that blabber about my case, let's move on to the contents, shall we?

Honestly, I'm telling the truth now here... I don't carry all this stuff with daily. I bring oil blotting papers and chap stick (sometimes) but if I am ever having a long day, or just one full of events, then these are my trusted hand bag essentials.

Laura Mercier Hand Cream, Benetint, NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil, YSL Glossy Stain in 11, Korres Lip Butter in Plum,  Fresh Roller ball Perfume, Chanel pressed powder, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01, F21 Mirror, Burts Bees Cuticle Butter, Benefit's Watts Up!, Blistex, Tweezerman Nail File, Walgreens Oil Blotting Papers, Trish McEvoy Sheer Blush Brush in 2B

I use the Benetint, Satin Lip Pencil and Clarins Lip Perfector for my day lip product choices and rotate them around. For night either the YSL or the Korres Lip butter - sometimes I mix them and love the deep fuscia berry hybrid they create.
I apply the cuticle butter (a new purchase) whenever I'm just waiting around and have a few moments to apply the product. Carrying it around really makes you use it more! The Watts Up for just touch ups if I go out at night, along with the pressed powder. The brush I use to apply the powder is meant for blush but I hate being powdery looking so I just pin point with this baby. The oil blotting papers are necessary but I would not recommend this brand, I just mis placed my Boscia ones and purchased this as an SOS substitute. Hand cream is always an essential, this scent is a bit more festive for the holidays along with a bit of lux feeling, and a roller ball for freshening up!

Hope you enjoyed the mini tour and review.
Would love to know everyone else's hand bag essentials along with favorite make up bag!


  1. That make-up bag really is pretty amazing, it must be so easy to find stuff in it!

  2. OH i may have to get that makeup bag :)

  3. Love the MUJI makeup bags! I have two of the bigger travel ones (that you also have) and I've brought them around the world and back and they still look brand new :D

  4. I am blown away by that bag. So need to get one!

  5. Now THAT'S how you do a makeup bag! Love it! I'm going to have to look for something similar here!

  6. awesome makeup bag, and even better contents - loving this post so much right now!

  7. Hey Beautiful :)

    Lovely blog! Following you now. Follow back and return the Love! Will Appreciate it!


    Red Alice

  8. Handy and pretty! I just love your make up bag!


  9. Love the bag! Such a genius design. You must favor lip products because it makes up most of your bag!

  10. This is the cutest bag! I wish there were a MUJI store near me. I think I'd spend way too much money. :)

  11. I love that the bag opens up so wide, so you can easily find everything. Wish I knew about this when I visited Muji last week


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