What’s in my makeup bag: September


Only few more days before the official first day of autumn, which means that cooler days are almost here. 

I always feel a little sad when summer comes to an end. Then, I think about all the things I love about autumn like the sweater weather, crisp air, salted caramel, rainy, cozy weekends. Who else is looking forward to all of those things?

The contents of my makeup bag don’t look much different from last month, so I won’t bore you with talking about the same products. Instead, I’l just talk about the products that I added this month.


Quite a few products from IT Cosmetics I’m testing this month like their Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer* and the Heavenly CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush.* The concealer is so highly pigmented, it’s amazing how much coverage a small drop can provide. I’m also loving this Skin Perfecting Brush- it works really well with the CC+ Cream and is incredibly soft.


I’ve also been really loving this Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm.* It’s probably one of the best makeup-removing balms I’ve used in a very long time. I also like using it on a makeup-free face as a quick moisturizing treatment. I just leave it on for about a minute after massaging it into my skin and wash it off with a warm washcloth. Love, love, love this balm!

This month I was also introduced to Bioderma- which you might already know if you follow me  on Instagram. I’m testing a few of their products and so far, the Sébium H2O* is my favorite. It seems to be working really well with my combo skin and removes makeup very nicely, without irritating my skin. If you’re in the US, you can get your Bioderma products from beautylish.com.


Last month I raved about Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Kink & Kisses and I had to get my hands on Flesh and Fantasy. I’m so in love with the formula and finish of these and Flesh and Fantasy is just a stunning shade. I’m definitely not one to go crazy for blushes, but these- I totally fell in love with.

I also dug out my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette- the shades included in it are absolutely perfect for fall. I also picked up Dior Minimal nail polish from the Skyline Fall 2016 collection. It’s such a gorgeous peachy nude and while I usually love Dior polishes- I think these are the only high-end polishes worth the splurge- this one chipped on my on the 3rd day. I did use an older top coat so perhaps that was the problem. I pained my nails again yesterday, using a different top coat and so far no chips.


Last, but not least, I’ll be trying this cute FLIRT Flashes Lash Applicator* during the next couple of days. You might have seen this little gadget all over the Instragrams and I’m really excited to put it to the test.

That pretty much sums it up for this month’s What’s in My Makeup Bag. What products are you currently using?

*PR samples/gifted items

  • I really need to try the Bye-Bye Undereye. How is it with creasing!?

    Also – love Dior polishes!


    • It doesn’t crease on me at all, just have to remember to work in very thin layers because the formula is so pigmented and rich. I’m sure a pro like you wouldn’t have problems with applying it though :) ;)

  • t.Thuy

    I really like these posts! I had to do the same. You inspire me a lot.

    xo. tthuy

  • I really want to try IT Cosmetics! It’s hard to get a hold of in Canada but their products sound great!

    xo, Liz

  • Claire Cavanagh

    I love the sound of the Cleansing Balm – I used an Elemis one a while ago that was amazing for removing makeup!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  • I am definitely excited for Autumn and everything that comes with it, even rain :)

    I’m loving all your makeup picks, that MJ blush looks dreamy!

    I’m intrigued by the lash applicator, can’t wait for your thoughts on it!

    PS. I’ve been having some problems with my computer getting frozen when I try to access your blog or letting me open the post but then getting jammed :( So that’s why I haven’t been commenting on your blog regularly :( I’ve no idea why it’s happening but I hope it will solve itself ;) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Thank you so much Dagmara! I can’t wait to try that lash applicator will definitely share my thoughts on it soon! :)

      Oh I hope it’s not anything on my end! :/ What browser do you use? Hope that no one else is having this problem and that it goes away soon! Thanks so much for letting me know! xx

  • I really want to try the It Cosmetics concealer. So far I haven’t found anything that will cover up my panda eyes but I keep hearing good things of the Bye Bye Undereye.
    Also, I’d LOVE to get my hands on the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, it looks so beautiful!

    • I have a review and before/after covering a tattoo with Bye Bye Under eye somewhere on the blog. It has an amazing coverage.

  • That Marc Jacobs blush is absolutely beautiful! I am so, so tempted! xx


  • Lots of lovely products Paula – that Marc Jacobs blush looks incredibly stunning! :)
    – Ambar x

  • The Marc Jacobs blush looks so beautiful! Lovely selection of products… and your photography is stunning!


  • Oh these all look so great, Paula! Glad you’re loving the MJ blushers, they are my faves for sure! I have not tried anything from IT Cosmetics but glad so many are loving them and that they will be in Sephora and easily available to buy!


    • Oh they’re so amazing, those blushes! I really love IT Cosmetics, it’s easily one of my favorite makeup/skincare brands.

  • That MJ blush is beautiful! I really want to try some IT Cosmetics products!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • I so want to try the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and the Marc Jacobs blushes are so beautiful :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I really want to pick up that CC cream, it is pricey but I’m glad to hear it stands up to the price point.

    • It’s so good! A tube will last you for ages. All you need is a little drop (1/3 of a full “pump”) to cover your entire face and it’ll give you a very decent coverage.

  • Biana Perez

    I still haven’t tried any IT cosmetics out…but I really want to! xo, Biana

  • I’ve wanted to try out IT Cosmetics for so long, I wish it was easier to buy here in the UK! I love the look of the Marc Jacob blush too, the colour is gorgeous! x


  • Rebecca Fletcher

    I really want to try IT cosmetics. It sounds like they have some really nice products.


  • That blush is so pretty, seems like it gives quite a natural finish


  • These blushes look so cool! Will have to give them a go.

  • Haha, I can see all the comments agree, these blushes look gorgeous :)

  • The new Marc Jacobs blushes are just sooooo pretty!

  • The Marc Jacobs blush looks gorgeous, I really love that shade! x


  • Oooh the Marc Jacobs blush looks so pretty!! Thanks for sharing gal! x


  • Emma Colbeck

    I think I just fell in love with a blusher! Stunning!
    Emma x


  • Ah I’ve been dying to try out the Laura Mercier setting powder! I’ve heard it’s great for baking! :) Also I’d never heard of the falsie applicator before and am now checking it out!


  • The Gossip Darling

    I love IT Cosmetics and a little def goes a long way! What shade are you wearing? I’m wondering if I should buy medium or tan next time.

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

    • I use Fair in Winter and Light in Summer. I’ll try to add swatches of Medium and Tan to this post tomorrow, if I still have them.

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    IT cosmetics sounds amazing! Have a great week xx

    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • I cannot WAIT for the rainy days!! It stormed here a couple days ago and I was so happy. I love the sun, but a good rainy, lazy day is my absolute favorite. And I am SO curious about that little lash applicator thing! I’m excited to start switching up my makeup for fall.. bring on the dark and crazy lip colors!!

  • Oh I’m glad to hear you’re liking that IT Cosmetics Balm! I’m about to run out of my go-to Boscia Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil, but had a sample of the Estee Lauder Micro Cleansing Balm and wanted to pick that up, but I think the IT one is a bit cheaper. I’ll have to go give it a test at Sephora! For the fall, I cannot put down my ABH Mod. Ren. palette – and I also just added a facial steamer to my weekly routine. My skin is obsessed with it. It’s like I got a facial every time I use it.

    • Love that oil from Boscia, too! I think the balm is a little bit better at removing water-resistant products though.