What’s in my Make-up Bag & Monthly Must Reads

Question of the month: What make-up do you carry around in your handbag?

I try to keep make-up bag streamlined and light, so that it’s easy to carry around – most of my products are either minis or decanted into sample pots. My current make-up bag is this postal-themed one from CARGO.

Inside my Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Monogram


  • Maybelline lipgloss – a clear gloss with golden shimmer – I layer this over the lip stain & lip pencil because they are quite drying on their own.
  • FRESH Sugar Lip Balm SPF 15 – mini from the Sephora Birthday set. Such a perfect balm – feels luxurious, moisturizes lips instantly and lasts a LONG time.
  • CHANEL Precision Lip Definier in Vamp – I prefer filling my lips in with a lip liner and topping it with gloss – it lasts much longer than lipstick.
  • MAC 318 retractable lip brush – I use this to make sure that my lip products are applied evenly.
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain in  05 (Infinite Rose) – A beautiful golden peach stain – looks so pretty worn on top of a strong lipliner – seals in the color and transforms it into a lighter but flattering shade – a long-lasting (but drying combination)… additional lipgloss is essential!


  • Life brand antibacterial gel – the smallest bottle I could find!
  • LUSH Lemony Flutter – you only need the tiniest amount of this super moisturizing cuticle cream, so I transferred it into a sample pot.
  • Cuticle pusher and nailcutter – my cuticles have a tendency to peel, so I moisturize them often and cut off any hangnails as soon as I spot them (there’s nothing more annoying than a hangnail that snags on everything – ow!)


  • Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin in a Sephora Atomizer – my atomizer is longer & thinner than the one from the current collection – the citrus scent is so refreshing!
  • Altoids – I love this tiny tin – I keep refilling it with tiny mints & chewing gum.
  • Kiehls Avocado Eye Treatment in a sample pot – there’s no need to reapply this eye cream as it keeps the eye area noticeably moisturized for a LONG time – but I like keeping this tiny container on hand.
  • Pillbox – was given this container free from my grocery store – I keep it stocked up with Tylenol ULTRA
  • Compact Mirror, Boscia Blotting Linens & Cloth Handkerchief – The mirror is essential for applying lip products & checking my teeth after meals. The blotting linens are my most used make-up bag item – they keep my foundation looking fresh. And although I always have a pack of tissues in my handbag, it’s good to have this cloth handkerchief in case of emergencies.

Hope you liked this peek into my make-up bag – what are your make-up bag essentials?


  1. Tali
    January 10, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Now that I also live in Toronto.. I am making full use of Sephora (we dont have it in London UK) and am also loving the fresh lip treatment!! Also loving being able to buy the full range of products!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 10, 2013 / 8:47 pm

      OMG – you live in Toronto now??? So exciting! How do you like it? I hope I get the chance to meet you someday :-)When I moved from London to Toronto – I loved getting so many of the US brands here – and there are even more now with Target, Victoria Secret, Express etc 🙂

  2. Mehreen
    January 10, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Love the Cargo case! so cute:) I also cary the Lip treatment 🙂 DOing my post now:)

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 10, 2013 / 8:48 pm

      I'm a sucker for postage-themed bags – don't know why but they're so cute LOL! Can't wait to see what you carry around!

  3. Beautygirl24
    January 10, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    Love this! I want everything in your beautiful bag. Yes please 🙂 I must say, I feel odd not participating in this month's (or I guess last month's) post! This was a good one too!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 11, 2013 / 2:01 am

      It was a fun post to do – we'll have to do an equally fun one WITH you next month to make up for missing out on this one 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 13, 2013 / 4:56 am

      Thanks Kristal – the balm is SOOO good 🙂

  4. Four Seasons Style
    January 12, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Love the FRESH sugar lip balm! Definitely want to try the Chanel lip definer. Great idea for a post. I love to hear what other women like and what works for them. Thanks for the great tips!XOJessy http://www.FourSeasonsStyle.blogspot.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 13, 2013 / 4:57 am

      Thanks Jessy – I love reading what other people use – it's so interesting AND useful 🙂

  5. ♥ Sadie ♥
    January 12, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Ooh I am loving your Handbag and Make-Up Bag <3.Sadie xhttp://www.brandnewbutterflywings.com/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 13, 2013 / 4:58 am

      Thanks Sadie – my speedy is SUCH a favorite of mine – it holds so much and goes with everything.

  6. Kristen
    January 14, 2013 / 4:21 am

    you fit a ton in that little bag! that sugar balm is the best!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 16, 2013 / 10:38 pm

      Thanks Kristen – yes, I definitely try to cram as many mini products as I can in there 🙂

  7. Leesh
    January 16, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    I love the Kiehls Avocado Eye Treatment. I haven't used it in a while but it worked wonders for my eyes.I love when people share what's in their bag and makeup bag.I really like the Sugar lip balms. The rose one came in handy when I was on vacation. Did you see what the birthday gift is this year? I can't wait, it's just too bad my birthday isn't until December.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 16, 2013 / 10:40 pm

      I am SO excited about the Sephora Benefit birthday gift – I'm going to have to wait until July…The Kiehls is amazing – hubby is hooked on it too – and they've made a visible improvement in his under eye area!

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