We were tagged by the lovely Jaq at Lazy Days Beauty (you can read her answers here) and we have to say we’re feeling quite guilty at admitting to quite how much make-up we have accumulated and just how deep the cosmetic addiction goes. Not guilty enough to stop us buying more though!
What product do you still keep buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
Gem: Er. Everything? Lipsticks and palettes are probably the products I find hardest to resist.
Pants: Yeah again – everything, but mostly red lipsticks :oS.
What’s the one product you can’t live without?
Gem: Eyebrow pencil/powder. I think it’s the one thing that makes me look well put together even if I’m having a bad skin day or have bags under my eyes. If I could stretch it to two though I’d definitely throw a good concealer in there!
Pants: I’d have to say eyebrow powder/pencil and gel. Gem and I were discussing this on the way back from the gym yesterday actually. If we had to go without all our makeup, we could definitely survive providing we had good eyebrows.
Favourite makeup brand?
Gem: Benefit, I’m well aware that I can only wear one blusher at a time but that doesn’t mean I don’t need them all!
Pants: Hmm I’m also a massive fan of Benefit, but theBalm is also definitely on par for me.
How big is your makeup collection?
Gem: Far too big.
And how do you like to store it?
Gem: I have a four drawer dressing table with a three drawer unit next to it that houses things that I don’t reach for very often with acrylic storage on top for my lipsticks and everyday essentials. Then I have a work make-up bag and a gigging day make-up bag and two zebra print hard cosmetics cases. Plus the piles that accumulate all over my office. God it’s just everywhere…
Pants: Well, I have a dressing table next to my bed with one drawer and plenty of items on top, but I also have a Malm unit with the mirror on the top, three little drawers and three big ones. Unfortunately I tend to hoard a lot of my makeup in my craft room where it’s out of sight when I’m yet to review it, so I’d say it pretty much takes over everywhere!
How many items of makeup have you got in your handbag at the moment?
Gem: Six lipsticks, three lip-balms, a concealer and an eyebrow pencil. That wouldn’t be too bad if I didn’t tote a separate make-up bag around with me usually too!
Pants: Hmm not too many actually. My current hand bag has a lipstick, a lipbalm, some headache balm, three hand creams (why!!!!) and a blusher. Although usually I take a little makeup bag with me too so these are just bottom of the bag products.
If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
Gem: Lets go right for the big dogs and say Pixiwoo as I’m pretty sure they have everything I’ve ever wanted ever plus an unending stash of Real Technique brushes!
Pants: Hmm this is hard. I might go for Miss Makeup Magpie – her collection seems to range from budget to the more expensive end of the market which gives a nice variety.
How long does your usual makeup routine take and how many products do you use?
Gem: I can do my daytime make-up in about fifteen minutes, but I do like to take a bit longer if I have the time! I use primer, PoreFessional, foundation, concealer, power, blusher, highlighter, brow powder, eye primer, some combination of shades from Naked 3, eye-liner, mascara, lipstick and lipcote so that’s fourteen. Gosh that’s quite a lot isn’t it. Stage make-up can take a lot longer with a much bigger list!
Pants: I guess it depends where I’m going. If I’m just popping out for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes of mascara and eyebrow application will do me. If we are going on stage, I like to spend longer perfecting my base and even longer playing around with my face at the venue. If I’m having a can’t be bothered kind of day, then I generally just moisturise and if I want to make a bit more effort I’ll add in some eyebrow powder and gel, primer, face powder and mascara. Anything over this usually involves concealer, eye primer, highlighter, bronzer (for a little contour), eyeshadow, eyeliner, blusher, lipstick and lipcote if I’m not using a stain oh and makeup setting spray.
Have you ever bought makeup knowing you wouldn’t use it?
Gem: I can’t resist any sort of bargain, so I’ve definitely picked up things I knew I probably wouldn’t use just because it was on offer. This is why I am both poor and drowning in make-up!
Pants: Probably 60% of the time, of which I blame Gemma entirely.
Tag a few other makeup addicts to do the tag!
Simone of 30 Something OAP
Aimee of Aimee Belle Blogs
& Mish of MishMreow
Totally hellbent for waaaay too much make-up!
– Gem & Pants