These are a few of my favourite things... in my make-up bag

Let’s face it, we all have cosmetics we simply can't live without.  I'm talking about those beauty items you must put on your face before you leave the house each day, even if only to pick up a few things from the grocery store!

From a perfect kohl eyeliner that literally does "stay all day" to a complexion enhancing highlighter pen, I share with you the top 5 items currently residing in my cosmetic bag:

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1. Stila Stay All Day Stay Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black ($22 ASOS).  Smudge-proof (and I would say practically bullet-proof!), this eyeliner glides on to create thin or thick lines (whatever your preference) and stays where you want it to all day long, even if you do shed a few tears or get caught out in the rain. 

2. Rimmel London Hide The Blemish in Soft Honey ($7 ASOS).  I'm a firm believer that the right cheap cosmetics can be just as good as, if not better than, expensive department store brands.  Rimmel's Hide the Blemish is proof of this.  It minimises the dark rings under my eyes, conceals blemishes and reduces the red pigmentation and sun spots that sometimes affects my skin.  What else do you need from a concealer?

3. Natio Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer Sunswept ($17 Your Discount Chemist).  I love mineral makeup for the reason it allows your skin to breathe, but it can be a bit on the expensive side.  Natio's Mineral Pressed Powder won't eat into your budget and leaves skin with the perfect sun-kissed glow.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch/ Touche Eclat Highlighter ($48 Strawberry Net). It's unlikely this product requires any introduction as it is so incredible, but if by chance you haven't heard of it before then you need it now.  Once you use YSL's Radiant Touch, you will ask yourself, "where has this product been all my life?".  Radiant Touch is used to highlight the high points of your bone structure, giving your face a more defined look and a vibrant glow.  It reduces dullness in your complexion, making you appear more "awake" no matter how little sleep you may have had!

5. Rimmel London The Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara ($11 ASOS).  Another winner from Rimmel, this mascara leaves your lashes looking thicker and longer, without the clumping!  It is also quick to set on application.

- Michelle x