Friday, February 14, 2014

Like Mam Used to Bake shows us what's in her makeup bag!

I'm such a nosy bridie when it comes to seeing what other people love and use all the time in the makeup department.  If we ever meet in person and you have your makeup bag with you, then you best be prepared that I'll be having a grand root around inside it.  I did a post last month about what's in my makeup bag and this month I wanted to cast the net further and ask a non beauty blogger what goods they carry around with them.

I called upon one of my favourite people-I've-only-ever-met-twice-in-life-and-one-of-those-times-I-was-wearing-a-scarf-on-my-head-and-she-didn't-slag-me, Rosanne of Like Mam Used To Bake fame.  I say fame because she's a fancy schmancy author don't you know.  After blogging and baking her heart out over on Like Mam Used To Bake, she only went and wrote a cuke buke.  Her first cuke buke.  I know there'll be more because it's brilliant and if you haven't bought it yet, then know that I'm judging you via the inter webs.  It's here on Amazon, so no excuses if you're not in Ireland.  If you are, then Mercer Press is where you'll find it along with all good book shops.  If it's not in there, then it's not a good book shop.

Oh what's this?  Just something I made earlier
So you've seen her bake things, but do you know what she puts on her face when baking those goodies?  No, she's wily like that.  So today we're going beneath the batter to see what the lovely Rosanne puts on her mush to keep her from looking cakey.  I know.  Did you think I was going to let any baking humour go by without saying anything?  Ahem.

This is what I call a collaboration.  Makeup on a cake stand.  Best photo ever.


Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
I stopped applying moisturiser on the days I wear make-up last year after watching a Lisa Eldridge tutorial, she mentioned that layering up moisturiser and primer underneath foundation wasn't really necessary.  Since then I pat Avene Thermal Spring Water on after cleansing followed by my eye cream.  I smooth on Clarins Beauty Flash Balm before my foundation and it works as a great base for my make-up.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation (Ivory)
I have to admit that when I first bought this I hated it, and cursed the lovely smiley girl in Sephora who swore it would be grand on my combo skin.  Not wanting to bin it, I stuck with it and now I love it.  Having been a slave to oily skin for years, I always favoured a mattifying foundation but the "dewy" finish of this has won me over.

Benefit Erase Paste (No 2 Medium)
I love that just a little of this works to hide my dark under eye circles.  I don't like carrying multiple products around with me so this is also great for concealing those pesky spots that pop up a little too often for my liking.

Benefit Watt's Up
Are you seeing a pattern here, I do like me a bit of Benefit.  I bought this recently and love it, possibly a little bit too much.  I reckon I leave the house most days looking more 100W than subtle soft focus 40W.  A quick swipe of this blended with a foundation brush really brightens up my skin and I like to think it shaves five years off me, even if no one else agrees.

Guerlain Meterorites (01 Mythic Parfait)
As an oily skinned girl I have tried my fair share of powders and this is hands down my favourite.  I lightly dust this over my foundation and it takes down any shine without looking cakey.  It also smells amazing.

Essence Bronzing Compact Powder (02 Love to be Matt)
I use this in a vain attempt to sculpt the illusion of cheekbones my love affair with cake buried long ago.  As there are no sparkly particles it is perfect for this, plus is lasts ages and is a super bargain.

MAC Powder Blush (Style Frost)
I have a few blushes that I rotate depending on the weather.  This is my current favourite as it adds a nice wash of colour and and is not too bright against my blue winter skin.


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original)
Until I discovered this my eyeshadow would crease within half an hour of application.  I honestly could not live without this.  No really, I think I love it.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (Medium Brown)
This is my most recent beauty buy and I can't believe I waited so long to try a brow powder.  It fills gaps much more effectively than pencils and gives a nice natural finish.

Bobbi Brown Cabana Coral Lip & Eye Palette
I use this every day and for a neutral palette it is quite versatile.  I especially love the darkest shade, Burnt Sugar, as it's great for creating a smoky look for night time or using as a liner for day time.

Clinique Chubby Stick (Mighty Moss)
I favour a smudgy liner look, mostly because when I try to line my eyes neatly, I accidentally smudge them anyway.  Chubby Sticks are great for makeup in a hurry as I can just swipe it on quickly and smudge with my finger.  Given that I mostly end up applying my makeup in a hurry in the car (in the passenger seat) this is perfect for me.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara
This was part of a gift set and I've given up buying mascaras that claim magical results.  They never work for me and this does a grand job.


La Roche-Posay Ceralip
My lips essentially fall off in cold weather, it doesn't matter how much gunk I slick on them every day.  I picked this up before Christmas and it has worked wonders, I apply it a few times a day and my lips are brand new.

Clinique Chubby Stick (09 Heaping Hazelnut & 13 Mighty Mimosa)
I have a growing Chubby Stick collection which I'm blaming on Marian Keyes and her talk of their wonders on Twitter.  She was right though, they are rather wonderful.  They moisturise lips and add a hint of colour, and you can apply them without a mirror and not end up looking like a drunken clown.  My current favourites are Heaping Hazelnut which is the perfect nude and Mighty Mimosa which brightens up dull winter skin.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Colour Seal Balm (Guava)
I've often applied this for a night out and woken up the next morning to perfectly stained lips, it is just that good.  The colour is fantastic for adding a great pop of colour and its staying power means you don't have to constantly apply.  Word to the wise though, don't apply this in a moving car.


Now I'm regretting asking Rosanne to do this.  I want to try the Ceralip, Chubby Sticks, Anastasia Brow Powder,  Guerlain Meteorites and Benefit's Watts Up.  Feck sake Rosanne, feck sake.  Spending ban happening here.

If you want to look as pretty as Rosanne on the cover of her book, then buy all the things.  Make sure to subscribe to her fantastic blog here.  But word to the wise, I've learned the hard way that the best way to go about reading Rosanne's blog is to do it on a full stomach.  You'll thank me later!

Thanks so much for letting us inside your makeup bag Rosanne!


  1. Great post, really enjoyed it. Maybe I'll have to give my bottle of Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen wow another chance!

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  3. I am so nosy, love looking into peoples makeup bags! Love the post! x

    alex @

  4. Great post! I'm getting lots of ideas here too Karen, so many great make up products :-)


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