makeup drawer

Not long after I got my new makeup storage drawers, I realised there was just one downside to my newly-organised collection:  as nice as it was to have a designated drawer for each type of product, it did mean that every morning, when I went to put on my daily “face”, I had to rummage through all of the drawers to find the items I needed, and then replace them all again when I was done. It wasn’t exactly time-saving, and because I have to keep the drawers in our home office (the only available space), but apply my makeup in front of the mirror in the bedroom, I was also having to haul the whole lot from one room to the other every day, which wasn’t ideal either.

Well, I did this for a few days, then came up with a new plan, which involved re-organising things slightly, and decanting all of the products I use on a daily basis into one drawer, which I can then simply remove from the unit when I need it, and which contains the products I use on a daily basis: problem solved.

This “Daily Drawer”, as I think of it, contains all of the elements of my most basic “face”, and because I tend to switch things around in it on a fairly regular basis, I thought it might be fun to take a monthly snapshot of it, to show you what I’ve been using. This photo was actually taken a few weeks ago, and the drawer has completely changed since then, but during November I was mostly wearing (although not necessarily all at the same time, I should add!):

No. 7 Airbrush Away Primer

This was a PR sample which I’m currently using up. It has a nice smoothing effect on the skin, but other than that, I’m not blown away by it, and much prefer the mattifying effects of something like Smashbox Photo Finish or Gosh Velvet Touch [Buy it here]

Lancome Rénergie Lift Makeup in Lifting Porcelain

In winter, I prefer a foundation with a slightly dewy effect to a more matte one, so I’ve been using this for the past few weeks, and actually just used up the last of the bottle this weekend. I really like this, and will probably re-purchase it at some point: I don’t notice any of the “lifting” or anti-ageing effects it claims to deliver, but it’s a nice, pale shade which gives skin a dewy look, and it has SPF20, so I was a bit disappointed to reach the end of the bottle. This is what I’ve been wearing in all of my recent review photos. [Originally reviewed here | Buy here]

Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

My Holy Grail mascara, and a product my makeup collection is never without. This tube is also nearing the end of its life, so will need to be replaced soon – it will be worth every penny, though! [Originally reviewed here | Buy here]

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil in ‘Bourbon’

One of two eyeliners I rotate between: this is a deep brown shade with a bit of shimmer, and it’s another one of those “pricey but worth it products”. I swear by Urban Decay eyeliners, not just because they come in such a great range of colours, but because they do. not .budge. once they’re on. [Buy here]

Barry M Wink Eyeliner pen in black

I’m going to be reviewing this soon, but suffice to say, I love it. [Buy here]

HD Brows eye and brow palette

I got this in a Glossybox ages ago, and have been using it ever since: this stuff lasts FOREVER. [Originally reviewed here | Buy here]

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain

My go-to concealer, and the palest I’ve found. I’m not very impressed with Bobbi Brown right now because they discontinued the palest shade of their foundation during the summer (I still have some left, but not for long), but will continue to buy this as long as it’s available because it’s super-pale, super-creamy, and just a really excellent concealer, basically. [Originally reviewed here | Buy here]

Dainty Doll blusher in shades 01 and 03

(There are actually two blushers in the box: one is hiding under the other!) I was a little dismissive of these colours back when I first reviewed them: I thought the pink (01) was too pale, and the brown (03) too dark to work as anything other than a bronzer. Since then, however, I’ve done a bit of experimenting, and have actually been using them almost every day: I use the 01 shade as a highlighter and 03 to contour, and find they both work really well for those purposes, so I’m glad I persevered with them, and have made a note to try some of the other colours in this line. [Buy here]

Clarins Instant Light Blush in 01 Vitamin Pink

This is another product I’m going to be reviewing in more detail soon, so I won’t say too much right now, other than that it was sent to me as a review product, and was responsible for my newfound love of bright pink blushers. I use this on the apple of the cheeks for a nice, flushed look.

Benefit Benetint

Why do I have four separate blushers in my beauty box, I hear you ask? Well, partly to give myself options – I don’t always like to use exactly the same products every day – but also because I’m currently on a bit of a mission to use up some of the products that are almost done. This is one of them, and while it used to be on daily rotation, it’s not used quite as frequently now: I do still like it, though, especially on the lips, on days when I can’t be bothered with lipstick. [Buy here]

Benefit High Beam

Like my Lancome mascara, this is another product I am never without, and re-purchase as soon as it dies. Just a great highlighter for pale skin. [Buy here]

NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

This was another Glossybox item, and, like many other people who reviewed it, I wasn’t particularly impressed at first, because it just didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Now, however, it has become a daily-use item, particularly in winter, when my skin is even paler than usual, and can start to make me look ill. The fact that this doesn’t really “show up” on the skin is actually the beauty of it, I think, because it basically takes the “edge” off my pallor, without making me look like I’m caked in makeup or bronzer. I now swear by it, and have just purchased its bigger sister, Super Orgasm, so look out for a review of that soon, too! [Buy here]

And there you have it: what I wore in November! As you’ll see, I didn’t include any eyeshadows, because I only really use them if I’m making a particular effort, and these products are the ones I wear for everyday use. I also didn’t include lipstick: I only wear lipstick when I leave the house, and it lives in a special makeup bag in my handbag for this reason, so it doesn’t go into the drawer. I mostly wore Revlon Really Red, though, which I’ve written about a lot recently, so I don’t think I need to say any more there!

As I mentioned, the contents of this drawer have already changed, so I’ll show you December’s drawer soon!

  1. I had an organization problem too! I was so proud of myself for organizing everything properly. Then my morning routine became longer going through everything so I had to reorganize and put my most used/holy grail products in the top drawer, away from the rest.
    I can’t wait to hear your review of Kate Moss for Rimmel. I wish they would release the entire collection here.

  2. Just a note to say welcome back to Dollface! I read all your blogs and had missed this one.

    On the subject of missions, I’ve been on one to use up old stuff too and am down to 3 lipsticks, 4 eyeliners, 1 mascara and 1 tinted moisturiser. Will have to go shopping in the new year! Don’t have any blush left at all and, like you, am pale and getting “are you feeling OK” comments all the time!

  3. Think the bobbi brown alabaster shade is still available in the us,check out the us website.its a glimmer of hope anyway…….

    1. The US website doesn’t ship to the UK unfortunately… They do still stock it on their UK website for some of the products, so I’ll just have to hope they continue to do that!

  4. In terms of foundation for pale people, one that is absolutely *incredible* is Illamasqua – have you ever tried Skin Base? If not, please do! It’s not the cheapest, but a tiny dot goes a long way, it has cracking lasting power and just melts beautifully into my skin – it’s a complete dream. I really recommend it!

    (I do not work for Illamasqua. Really!)

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