What’s In My Makeup Bag? The Time Capsule

After writing off my “daily essentials” makeup bag, thinking I had lost it at a hotel, I was excited to find that it was, in fact, stowed away right at the back of the glovebox in my car. Behind the owner’s manual and the pile of old MOT certificates and the broken umbrella and – joy! – a sweet bag with a singular Percy Pig from M&S in it. I ate the pig, despite the fact that it must have been at least six months old and had probably been heated and then frozen, heated then frozen, about sixty times.

Anyway I’m still here to tell the tale, so God only knows what they put into those pigs – I think they’d survive the apocalypse! Unlike Clinique’s excellent Pep-Start Lip Balm, which had the dead and dessicated body of a woodlouse stuck into the top of it. Not Clinique’s fault, of course – mine for losing the lid many eons ago – but still, gross.

You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve cut the contaminated top off the balm with my extra-sharp Global kitchen knife (how I’ve longed to slip a mention of my knife into this blog, I can die happy) and I’m contemplating using it again. The thing is, before you go all hysterical, I’m pretty sure that the louse was dead before it stuck to the balm. It’s not as though it crawled on, got its little legs stuck and then slowly expired from thirst and hunger.

How do I know this? It’s an educated guess. The louse corpse has no legs, so the chances of it crawling on and getting its legs stuck are virtually nil; I looked closely with my magnifying glass and there’s no evidence of leg material whatsoever.

So I don’t think it’s as though the woodlouse died of some terrible disease and leached all of its germs and whatnot into the balm and I’m sure now that I’ve cut off 5mm of product all will be fine. Vote now.

Good grief, that went off on a tangent. If Clinique haven’t already discontinued that balm then they probably will now. It’s tainted. Tainted I tell you!

Click to watch the video and find out what was in my Time Capsule makeup bag. I could equally have called this my “Lost and Found” edition, or “Daily Essentials I Didn’t Appreciate Until They’d Gone”, because it’s a bit farfetched to call something from only a few months ago a “Time Capsule”, but seeing as though I didn’t have the foresight to keep a bag filled with makeup favourites from 1995 and bury it in my parents’ garden, this will have to do.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49 here*: http://bit.ly/2zWfFZK

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Brush Set, here*: http://bit.ly/2SfAAke This is actually really good, usually mini brush sets are a bit hit and miss! If she does them again next Christmas and they are the same, I’d get them! 

Chanel Powder Brush No3 – discontinued? 

Karen Walker Necklace*: http://bit.ly/2OX1wn1

Zoeva Buffer Brush, £17 here*: http://bit.ly/2vkEGif

Rodial Banana Lowlighter, £38 here*: http://bit.ly/2Hd3Ce5

Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde, £14 here*: http://bit.ly/2vkEGif

L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara, currently £5.99 here*: https://amzn.to/37jyzrJ

Clinique Pep Start Lip Balm – can’t find this at all! Where has it gone? It’s REALLY GOOD! Apart from the dead woodlouse body. 

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner in Hot Gossip, £17 here*: http://bit.ly/38u3Jy5

NARS Voyageur Palette in Suede, £28 here*: https://bit.ly/2w8Z7Pv

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  1. Kate
    September 3, 2020 / 8:15 pm

    Hi there, what is the name of the black and white eyeshadow brush you use in this video? It looks very good. Thank you x

  2. Sandie
    February 20, 2020 / 7:04 pm

    Hi Ruth! The Clinique Pep Start Lip Balm is currently available online at that big department store in Knightsbridge with the green carrier bags ;) ;)
    PS Lid included!

    • February 20, 2020 / 7:28 pm

      OOooooooohhhhh! Thank you x

  3. Helene
    February 18, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    I also love the Pep-Start balm. In clear or Cherry (red). The Guava shade (pink) is not as good. I found some at Winners (Canadian TKMax). Unfortunately discontinued along with everything else I’ve ever loved…..

    Come to think of it, best discontinued products would be a good column! I vote for Clinique Almost Makeup in Fair.

  4. Antonia Dailly
    February 17, 2020 / 8:06 pm

    To be honest, I’m not sure I would have taken 5mm off the lip balm- if its that good, I think I would have settled for 1mm all round, and retained more of the balm.

  5. February 17, 2020 / 4:08 pm

    Your sense of humor is great and makes the reading experience much enjoyable! I’m glad that you have recovered your makeup bag, as it contains a lot of solid products.

  6. Miggs
    February 17, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    The best thing about those Percy Pig gummies is that even when they get kinda hard they still taste good. I miss them.

  7. February 17, 2020 / 10:49 am

    I don’t even want to think about what a makeup bag buried in your parents garden since 1995 would look like – that makes the current parasite situation feel pretty easy to brush off.

    Anne from Doctor Anne

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