Inside the make-up bag ….with Yolanda Zaw

[Kind of like ‘Through the key hole’ only with make up bags.]


Because we love nothing more than to have a nosy around another girls make-up bag and poke through all their stuff!

Today we go inside the make-up bag with Yolanda Zaw.

Yolanda is the health and lifestyle editor for and I’m sure hanging around Evoke HQ she has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the make up and style stakes!

Today Yolanda is opening up her make-up bag and telling us about her five favourite things.

Yolanda: As a journalist, I do get a lot of make-up sent in and being a typical girl, I love it all! The problem is, I don’t really know what to do with most of it and I tend to just store it all away and go back to my well-worn favourites.

The beauty bag that I have in my handbag is strategically small. I used to have a bigger one which I would overpack. I ended up lugging kilos of make-up everywhere with me. I downsized and now I only carry the essentials.

My beauty routine for everyday is pretty simple. I don’t like to wear too much make-up during the day unless I have an event or function. If I am going straight from office to bar, I slip a shimmer eyeshadow and a red lippy into my bag and just update my daytime look before I head out.

My top 5 favourites at the minute are:

  1. Lancome Hypnose Mascara (€28 in Boots)
    This has to be my all time favourite beauty product. My mother actually used it before me, I’m a little embarrassed to admit. She’s a big Lancome fan and I used to steal this mascara out of her handbag when I was a poor university student.
    Now I stock up on it duty-free every time I’m at the airport. Even on days when I’m going make-up free, I still like to apply a coat or two of mascara to just lift my look a little.
    Despite the fact that I adore this product, I have cheated on it with other mascaras but these affairs have been brief and always end badly!
  1. NARS blush twin – Orgasm & Laguna (€39 in Brown Thomas)
    I really like NARS products and this is my go-to blush. Orgasm has a really nice subtle shimmer and is great for the apples of my cheeks while the Laguna is more a deep bronze for contouring and shading.
    I didn’t really wear bronzer before I found this product but this combination really works for me and I often get compliments when I have it on.
  1. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (Not available in Ireland but with some work you can get it delivered)
    This is an iconic Australian product. If you see this poking out of a girl’s handbag, chances are, she’s Aussie. When I moved to Dublin from Perth, Western Australia (2 years ago)I brought over a dozen of these tubes. I have introduced all my friends here to them and everyone loves it.
    The all-natural ointment is actually for all sorts of things including burns, cuts, rashes but everyone I know uses it for one thing and one thing only: chapped lips!
    It tend to get really dry and cracked lips in winter and this is the remedy. I apply before I go to bed and in the morning my lips are soft and smooth.
  1. L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit (€15.29 in Boots)
    This is a recent discovery of mine. I was browsing in my local Boots when I spotted this. My eyebrows can be a little unruly at times and I’ve been looking for something to tame them and fill them in without the dramatic line you get when you use a pencil.
    The genius kit comes with a wax to smooth out and shape and a power to fill in and enhance. It also comes with a tiny angled brush perfect for brows and a mini-tweezer. The kit is ideal for the handbag.
  1. Revlon Photoready BB Cream (€14.99 in Boots)
    I used to wear a foundation each day, probably out of habit really. In my teens and early twenties I was prone to breakouts and I used foundation as a cover up. Nowadays, while I still get the occasional pimple, I don’t usually get all out acne anymore. When I eventually realised this about myself, I switched to a BB cream.
    I really like this one by Revlon because it matches my skin tone perfectly, has SPF and offers just the right amount of coverage without the heavy feel of foundation. I feel like my skin can breathe now.



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