If You Could Live With Only 5 Makeup Items, What Would Your Choices Be?

We all have a boxful or rather, a room-ful of makeup items, don’t we? All the new purchases from the Summer, Fall and the upcoming Christmas/Winter collections are making us spoilt for choices! With so many choices, what if, you could only pick 5 to live for the rest of your life from your makeup collection, what would you pick?

For me, I’m a sucker for eyeshadow palettes, especially from Urban Decay, so I cannot live without my eyeshadows! Hehe, so let’s dig into my 5 choices that I narrowed down! I honestly stared at my stuff, flipped open the drawers and all for so long before I decided on these.

Yes you have it, my holy grail foundation with defined brows, lots of colours to play with, naturally-flushed cheeks and moisturised lips with a healthy pink tint! These are my picks for a perfect face of makeup – no matter whether I’m stranded on the island with nothing else but these 5 items or not! 😀 Vain Roanna is vain!


As I have a face full of acne scars (sadly) with oily/combination skin, an oil-free foundation is a must-have for me. I love my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco! MY HOLY GRAIL! Usually I mix it with a bit of Tawny to get my shade but I can live without Tawny if I were to choose 1 between the 2. Basically, this foundie doesn’t break me out and I love it for its coverage – sheer to medium/full depending on how much layering. I still usually need my trusty concealer to cover some darker pigmentation though. (Can you spot the prints fading? This is how much I use it!)

Next up, we’ll do our brows, right? With the shu uemura Hard 9 in Walnut Brown, precision is definitely achieved! This is a definite staple for me because of its “Naginata (Japanese sword)” shape that makes drawing the brows so natural and fuss-free! However, the only thing that bothers me is that you have to bring it back for the store to get it sharpened from the beauty stylists. I kinda learnt how to sharpen it from my colleagues but.. still not enough confidence to do so myself >.<

We have eyeshadows next! 🙂 The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette! The reason why I chose this palette was because this is the most versatile palette in my entire makeup collection. Just observe from row to row and you’ll see this:

1st Row – Party/Smokey Look
2nd Row – Beach/Tropical Look
3rd Row – Jewel Tones
4th Row – Neutrals

Isn’t it versatile? I can do almost any look with it! With the high quality pigmentation, the eyeshadows are easy to blend as well! I love the fact that there is a matte highlight shade, Habit, as well! I can even use the darker shades like Lovesick and Smokeout as eyeliner!

Moisturise your lips with Dior Addict Lip Glow! 🙂 Hehe, I can’t live without this baby now that I got it! Heard so many reviews and raves about it and I finally understand why! I love the fact that this tinted lip balm is not oily like other lip balms. Instead, the texture is drier and more waxy/balmy, if you get what I mean. Oh, and the marshmallow candy scent makes me feel blissful everytime I use it too!

And of course, finally, Tarte’s 12-Hr Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful! Makes me sooooo blissful using it everytime! It’s a clay blush thus avoid water/moisture in case it hardens/spoils. Other than that, I just love the coral flush it gives me. I like that it isn’t too pigmented and hard to control. In fact, just swirl your brush once or twice and you can have that natural flushed cheeks! Very buildable too!

Alright, this concludes the 5 items I would pick! What do you think? If it was you, what are the 5 makeup items would you pick? 🙂 Do let me know in the comments below!

Create yourself and be gorgeous! ♡
XOXO

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