I've been asked to do a "what's in my bag" post or to show my shoe collection SO many times... The reason why I've never done anything similar or related to those is because I really don't find any of my stuff interesting enough. After browsing through a couple of entries and photos on the What's In My Purse site on Tumblr, I've noticed some simple ones and I'm convinced that some entries are more interesting when they're not contrived or filled with pretty things.
My aunt sent us a package of things from their trip America a couple of hours ago. Yeah it's what us Filipinos call pasalubong- a concept that I really can't fully embrace. It's not that I hate giving or that I'm so ungrateful. Can someone tell me if other cultures do this? I just don't like the thought of people thinking about what to get for ME on their trip instead of enjoying their vacation-- I just wanna see photos! Haha. Plus on our recent trip to Singapore I can't count how many times my mum kept asking me if this or that was enough for friend1 or friend2, etc. My mindset is that I think we (almost) have everything here, and if I really want something that I know is more expensive to get online OR can't purchase here, then I'll send you a note to buy it for me.
Anyways, aside from the mountain of chocolates we get each year, I'm still happy that my aunt gave me this...
The Mini Emergency Kit for her by Mr. & Mrs. It has hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon (with a toxic shock syndrome warning LOL), breath freshener, dental floss, and adhesive bandages.
And that led me to taking photos of the entire mess that contributed to the weight of my bag...
I'm not into bags. I buy what I think is nice, roomy and functional enough for school and going out. I just change it when the strap falls off or a part of it gets peeled off (what a lady). I like compartments, a flat bottom and solid colors.
Mum gave me that black Kipling bag before we flew to Singapore and I was happy that it was the perfect thing for traveling. I just don't like that it's so shapeless but it'll do as an everyday bag.
Inside I have my Topman wallet (Riz bought this for me more than a year ago), black Ray Ban aviators, Muji calling card case, small Beabi container for vitamins, glass spray container thing with alcohol (I don't like alcogel), PSID and Benilde IDs, Marshall earphones, Jordi Labanda fountain pen, MontBlanc ball pen + refill, highlighter, a small eraser (sometimes I accidentally bring drafting materials haha), house keys with this pirate Lego keychain, sequined butterfly coin purse from Accessorize, Braun Buffel card case, Lumix lens cap (to represent the GF1 that I used for this shot) and my iPhone 4.
And I'm sure most of the weight is being contributed by my camera AND the amount of makeup I have in a huge pouch...
I carry all of these in my bag since I do my makeup in the car and on some days I end up leaving the house without other "tools", so I work with those during events...
Chanel purete mat shine-control face powder (with SPF 15), oil control film, 2 retractable brushes (I still love the one from the Body Shop more than that pink kabuki brush I recently purchased), MAC lipstick in Blankety that I NEVER use (IDK why I never took it out of my makeup case--I end up wiping my lipstick off after 15 minutes during special occasions), La Cross tweezers, Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, Make Up For Ever's smoky lash mascara, MAC brow set in Show-off, Carmex lip balm, MAC studio finish NW20 concealer (the only thing I always go back to & one pot lasts a year or more), MAC eyeshadow in Espresso for my brows, OPI cuticle oil to go, Opti-Free express rewetting drops, eyeliners from Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay (blue, brown & black), Sigma and NYX brushes for my brows, NARS blush in Orgasm and Guerlain Terracotta bronzer.
I can do my makeup for a huge event with all of those and I usually do that by smudging on eyeliner as my eyeshadow and layering tons of mascara. I also apply more blush and bronzer so I don't look as washed out on photos. I only use foundation when I get my makeup done or when I have shoots, so it's useless to ask me about my favorite brand and shade (but I do know a lot about primers and different kinds of foundations). I've made my makeup routine really simple as compared to before. I've stopped stocking up on a whole spectrum of eyeshadows since I don't need them for school anymore (Issa and I used to do the makeup for all of our school productions). I'll admit that I do know a lot about makeup products since I research well, know the ingredients and read tons of reviews before buying them. I also switch up from drugstore to high-end. I watch makeup tutorials all the time, just so I know I'm prepared anytime I have to do the makeup for a shoot... (btw, my faves are Pixiwoo, Petrilude and Kandee Johnson!)
It's my first time to use that Chanel powder. Saved about 20 SGD since I stopped myself from buying it at the mall and then found it again in Duty Free. Love ittt. I don't spend on foundations so I decided to spend a bit more for powder this time. I am on a lifelong quest to find the most long-lasting, lightweight and mattifying powder because I feel like my skin produces more oil as I layer on more products. It's so sad that I have super oily skin and I have to put up with the weather in this country, but whatever, I still love it here.
So there you have it-- a really lengthy list of what I have in my bag everyday.