Wednesday, 1 June 2016

My On-The-Go Beauty Essentials!

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Today I wanted to share a few products with you all that have become handbag essentials over the past few months. It feels like I’ve been living out of a suitcase (and often my handbag in the daytime) more so than ever recently. Quite often I’ll need to do a day-to-night turnaround in a restaurant bathroom or be out for a sixteen hour day with only my handbag. These products have not only been rocking my world, but often saving the day when I’m on the go!
First up is the Max Factor Facefinity compact. This is a powder foundation. It has a great medium coverage but isn’t too heavy, so it’s great for on the go touch-ups of your foundation, but also works really well as a mattifying powder too. It comes in a super sleek compact with a massive mirror, so I don’t have to carry another mirror if I’ve got this as I can easily top-up the rest of my makeup with it too. It also has a little sponge which often comes in useful on the go (although sometimes I also carry a little retractable brush which helps for a lighter application). It’s been in the Max Factor lineup for ages, but I hadn’t tried it till recently and I’m so glad it’s made it’s way into my collection as it’s a great handbag staple for me. It comes in 7 shades and is £10.99 for 10g - available from Boots & Superdrug now, and online here.
Another little product that works alongside this powder are the MAC blotting sheets. MAC sell these as part of their permanent collection, but my pack are from the limited edition Charlotte Olympia range (hence the super cute case!) I had never been crazy about blotting sheets in the past, but recently I’ve found my skin has been getting a little oilier, especially if I’m in London all day and rushing between meetings. I’ve found these to be amazing when I’m on the go. They not only stop you from simply applying more and more powder when it’s not needed, but they also stop you from depositing oil from your face back into your powder if you’re using a sponge or brush (gross but true!). Over time this actually clogs up your powder and makes it’s much harder to use, less effective and is pretty unsanitary to boot! All in all, if you have oily skin and want to keep your makeup in place and looking fresh for longer, I would thoroughly recommend getting a pack of these beauties into your handbag! They are £12 for a pack of 30 and available from MAC counters, or online here. There are lots of cheaper versions available from different brands too, so if you don’t want to splash your cash on the MAC ones, check out Boots for a budget alternative, here.
Another makeup staple when I’m on the go are the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors. I’ve yet to find a person who doesn’t love these little glossy tubes, and I’ve seen pretty much every blogger on the block talk about them over the past few years. They are without a doubt one of the best tinted lips balms I’ve ever tried. They smell absolutely divine (like vanilla) are super smooth and nourishing on the lips and also impart the perfect amount of pigment, subtly perfecting your lips and adding a pretty wash of colour at the same time. The colour shown here is 07 Toffee Pink Shimmer, one of the newest additions (a great dusky rose, one of my favourites) but these come in loads of colours. I have to say I own a shameful amount  (I think almost all of the colours!) but they are just brilliant little products, perfect for throwing on in the back of a cab or on the tube. Because they are quite sheer you can even apply them without a mirror if need be and know you’re going to look a little more polished if you don’t have the time for a full touch-up. These are out now, priced at £18 and available from Clarins counters and online here
Lastly, a little departure from the makeup side of things… Chanel have launched an unusual little fragrance product called the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Touche de Parfum . I was really sceptical when I first tried this as every solid perfume-type product I’ve tried in the past has been greasy and given off quite minimal scent. This was a pleasant surprise though! A non-greasy gel formula that is housed in a white version of the rouge allure gloss packaging. You press the top to open it (super slick!) Inside there is a little plastic applicator. Touch a little to your wrists and pulse points and rub into the skin and it gives you the full effect of a proper spray perfume. The scent is super strong and much more convenient when you’re travelling or on the go! It’s eye-waveringly expensive at £65 but I’m totally smitten with mine. It’s limited edition so may be tricky to get your hands on now, but worth asking about on counter if you like the sound of it! Available here.
What are your must-have handbag essentials? Have you tried any of my recommendations above?! 

* This post is sponsored by P&G for Max Factor as part of my ongoing work with 'Beauty Recommended'. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and products I genuinely use and would recommend.
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  1. Those lip perfectors by Clarins are amazing! Such a great product to have in our bag!
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  2. Love the blotting tissues and what pretty packaging! x

    Wonky Lauren

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  3. I love the lip perfectors as well Fleur - so great for on the go!
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

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  4. Oh yes, the Instant Lip Perfector is a great on-the-go lip gloss!

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  5. I have never tried anything from Max Factor, this foundation sounds like a good place to start! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  6. Those blotting sheets are in such a cute packet! The Clarins lip perfectors sound amazing, I'll have to give them a try x

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  7. I have an emergency makeup bag in my handbag as well, for these day to night situations.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. I love the clarins lip perfectors, that shade looks beautiful!
    Philippa x

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  9. a small tube of aquaphor. for my lips, my cuticles, a little glow on the cheeks as well.

    i wish chanel would release some additional scents in the touche de parfum. the travel eau can get so tedious to fill.

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  10. Blotting sheets are a must-have for me when I'm on the go too!

    xo, Liz
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  11. Hand lotion and lipstick..the list is long, but I need to add blotting sheets for sure.
    A New Old Fashioned Girl

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  12. I must try that Clarins lip perfector, I've heard so many good things about it that I just have to pick it up at some point x

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  13. I always carry concealer and lipstick as a bare minimum - and a hairbrush! I really must try one of the Clarins lip perfectors. Everyone seems to love them! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  14. I have been loving your blog recently, blotting sheets have to be an essential, other than that I absolutely hate topping up my makeup but its good to be there in case of emergency!

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  15. Definitely a good hand cream, an SPF lip balm and a clear mascara so I can reapply to lashes/eyebrows if I've got a long day on the go. I also love the new 3CE ombré blush which is a blush and bronzer in one- just a pain carrying a brush around!

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  16. Great post! Everything sounds amazing
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  17. Love this post! I'm really excited to try the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector---they look lovely! I like to keep a mini Nars concealer, lip balm, an extra hair tie, and hand lotion. They seem to be the things I'm always needing on the go.

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  18. The packaging of MAC is just brilliant!!
    Erin | http://www.erinelizabethmiller.com

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  19. Mine are lip balm, concealer and a hairbrush!

    www.whynotblog.co.uk

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  20. You have so many busy days!
    I always carry a tinted lipbalm with me! ;)

    Laura
    http://furiouslychic.blogspot.ch/

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  21. Amazing, I have to try the Lip Perfector! I always have my favourite shade of red lippy on me, MAC D for Danger, in case I need a quick day to night transformation! You can never go wrong with a red lip!

    Xxx
    www.lemonadedaisies.blogspot.com

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  22. I always used to use Max Factor foundations when I was younger! I haven't used one for ages. Those MAC blotting papers have some seriously cute packaging btw. X

    ♥ Carly Susanne - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  23. I used to like Max Factor but now I find it to be quite heavy x

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  24. I love the packaging for the Mac blotting paper! I have a Clarins lip balm and they are so nice - it is perfect for every day!

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  25. I really need to try out some blotting sheets - they sound so good! Also I'm desperate for a Chanel perfume, that is the dream! xxx
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  26. I think I'm gonna try the Instant Light by Clarins. Thanks for the tip.

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  28. I share one essential with you : the Clarins lip perfector ! It's always in my handbag, often in multiple colours, and I can't go a day without applying them 5 to 10 times !! Totally obsessed :)

    Lots of love, Anais
    xxx

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  29. I need a clarins lip perfect or in my life. I always have a Rimmel colour rush balm in my bag they are amazing! X

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  30. Omg that Chanel perfume thing sounds amazing! And yes, I'm also a huge fan of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors, the scent is amazing, they're not sticky... Pure perfection!

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  31. That's the cutest blot paper packaging ever!!

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  32. Having a mini bottle a perfume is a great thing to keep in your handbag! When you are rushing around all day it is a great way to feel refreshed. It is also something that people rarely think abut!


    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  33. The Touche de Parfum sounds gorgeous! It's a little pricey though...
    Thanks for sharing this, I always find it interesting what other people carry around in their handbags. I keep the smashbox photo op under eye brightener in my bag all the time to make my eyes look awake whenever necessary ;)
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  34. Awesome travel set! check out my organic tinted lip balm by Ballerina Botanicals Organic Skincare! www.etsy.com/shop/ballerinabotanicals

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  35. I too really love the powder foundations for their ease and flexibility. The one thing that really gets me though is how the sponge can transfer facial oil to the surface of the product. Washing the sponge regularly seemed the logical solution, but that wasn't enough. Tip: Remove the oily surface gently with an old (cleaned!) toothbrush, and make sure the sponge is washed with ro water and dishwashing detergent - not shampoo.

    Cheers!

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  36. I need to pick up a pack of blotting sheets, my skin has been a lot oilier recently for some reason.
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