Contest: What’s in your makeup bag?

I haven’t written about cosmetics or skin care in a while but I’ve been recently testing some new products – check back on Saturday for my review – and it got me thinking. You see, one of my favourite girlie articles to read is the ones when you see what’s in someone’s purse or makeup bag. Now I’m sure no one wants to see what’s in my purse but perhaps you’d like to know what’s in my makeup bag.

Cindy’s Makeup Bag

Most – but not all – of the products that I use every day are Korean cosmetics. I became addicted to them while living in Korea and haven’t stopped using them. To have an all-Korean cosmetics bag I really only need two things. I’m still looking for the perfect eye pencil as my current every day one is from an American cosmetics company. Oh, I have a couple of great eye pencils from Korea for going out and a liquid eyeliner but not the perfect every day one (I like a more natural look for every day).

The other thing I don’t have is the perfect BB cream. I have a Korean BB cream of course, but the colour is just a little too white – funny but true. My skin tone is olive so most Korean cosmetics work great for me but the obsession with whitening products does make finding just the right shade difficult because I don’t want to whiten my skin. I like my skin tone and *gasp* I like to tan a little in the summer.

Most of the contents of my makeup bag
Most of the contents of my makeup bag

But enough about what’s not in my makeup bag… let’s talk about what is in it.

Most of the items are old favourites, except the mascara. It’s new (more on it on Saturday… check back for a full review) and I love it. 

My makeup bag always has a couple of lipsticks – the colours change with the season and for spring/summer I love the sheer, light colour of The Face Shop’s Soda Jelly Stick (#1) – I love it so much, I own 2. If I want a little more colour, their Sparkling Lip (#3) is lovely too. And to keep my lips in their tip-top shape, Skin Food’s Honey Lip Treatment is perfect.

I tend to play up my eyes more than any other feature so there’s always some choice of different eye shadows and colours. And there’s always some purple – my signature colour. ^^ For spring/summer I have Missha’s Shine Stick Shadow (in violet), The Face Shop’s Cream to Eyeshadow (PK101), The Face Shop’s Jewel Effect Eyeshadow (05), and my always trusty Banila Co. Color Stick Duo (in a shiny taupe/bronze duo). And of course, mascara – The Face Shop’s Extreme Transforming Mascara.

To finish off the collection in my little makeup bag, I have Skin Food’s blush (#2 – don’t let the intense colour fool you, it’s lovely on your cheeks) and Banila Co.’s The Mineral Surprise compact (I love this pressed powder – so light and natural looking). Missing from the picture is a couple of hair elastics and The Face Shop’s Herb Day Cleansing Tissues (the small pack which is perfect for a quick touch up or to remove your makeup – it will even take off waterproof mascara).

So now that you know what’s in my makeup bag… but that’s not all. Remember the title of the article had the word “contest” in it?

It’s Contest Time ^^

We want to know what’s in YOUR makeup bag! And we want to help you get some new goodies for it. ^^ Because we all know that it doesn’t last forever and spring is the perfect time to replace old cosmetics. Momomango – our favourite online shop for Korean cosmetics & skincare in North America – has graciously provided us with a $30 gift certificate for you to win! It’s easy!

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The Fine Print

  • Contest is open from Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:00 am to Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm.
  • The contest is only for residents of Canada or the United States.
  • Winner must reply to our email within 48 hours to claim prize and answer the following skill-testing question: 4×5-2+12=?

What are you waiting for? Enter now!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

21 thoughts on “Contest: What’s in your makeup bag?

  • May 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Burt’s Bees chapstick, Revlon lipstick, gray Bonne Bell eyeliner, mascara and concealer.

  • May 25, 2013 at 12:30 am

    eyeliner, sugar chapstick, perfume, concealer, spot treatment.

  • May 25, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Face and eye lid Primer, foundation, BB Cream, concealer, highlighter, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, finishing powder, lipstick, lip stain, lip gloss, eye brow pencil, blush and a few brushes.

  • May 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    BB cream from Hoika Holika, some random drugstore brand eye liner & mascara, lip gloss, blusher and eyeshadow from Pink Quartz Minerals on Etsy.

  • May 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    chapstick, lipstick, mascara and perfume

  • May 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    In my purse make-up bag I have: Rose Balm Salve, an Etude House powder compact, ET Styling eye Liner in white, Innisfree lip gloss, and sample packages of ET Cleasing Dream (foam cleanser), and ET Collagen Moistfull.

    In my make-up bag at home (these are the items I use most often): Toly Moly Aqua Aura Moisturizing BB, Hera Sun Mate Daily, TM Baby Doll BB PowderTM Partylover Shine Blusher, Innisfree Blush Brighter, ET Lash Perm Volume Mascara and Innisfree lip gloss.


  • May 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Loving all the answers 🙂 Keep them coming!!

  • May 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    In my make-up bag, I have Pur Minerals face powder/foundation, Pure Anada loose mineral eyeshadows, Pure Anada lipstick and lipgloss, an eyelash curler (Revlon?), Clinique spot corrector, Pur Minerals marble blush, Pure Anada loose mineral blushes (Spring and Morden’s Blush), Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm, Pure Anada natural mascara.

    Thank you for hosting this great giveaway!

  • May 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Foundation, Mascara, loads of eyeshadows,eye liners, BB Cream, highlighter, finishing powder, lipstick, lip gloss, eye brow pencil, blush,hand cream, moisturizer,nail polish, tweezers etc… 🙂

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

    blush, different eyeshadow colours, mascara,eyeliner, lipstick,
    eyelash curler

  • May 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Eyeliner, lipgloss, foundation, shadow….

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Right now, black eye liner, cover girl cover up, a nail file, a paper clip (i dunno), a pair of earrings (i think i need to clean it out..), blush, mascara, 1 compact of eyeshadow… wow..shavings from my daughter sharpening MY eyeliner.. *teenage girls..sigh* …. my eyeliner sharpener…

  • May 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    In my makeup bag I have 2-3 lipsticks, 1-2 samples lotion, 1-2 lipbalm, 1-2 blush, 1 concealer, BB cream.

  • May 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I have foundation, one black eyeliner, some face powder, and about 100 shades of eyeshadow lol.

  • May 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    mascara, lip balm, foundation, mirror

  • May 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    My wife has mainly a chap stick and mascara.

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