What's In The Bag? - Laura Struthers

Here at GDO HQ, we love getting a sneaky peak inside the makeup bags of some of the hottest influencers in Glasgow right now!  But what do we love even more than that? Finding out that looking Insta-ready doesn’t need to break the bank!

Laura Struthers is one half of the hugely successful Glasgow-based fashion and beauty blog - Betty and Jessie – who update their followers regularly with top tips on beauty, fashion and travel.

If you don’t already follow Betty and Jessie (otherwise known as best friends Laura and Emma) on Instagram – do it now (here)! You’ll soon be swooning over their Italian holiday snaps and ability to pull off a pair of palazzo pants like no one else!

We caught up with Laura this week to find out all about her beauty secrets.  She also talked us through her five ‘must have’ beauty products and we were stunned to find out that most of these are available for under a tenner on the highstreet! Yay!


1. Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist (£2.99, Superdrug)

“I recently found out about this extremely cost effective hydrating mist from Superdrug which I think is very similar to MAC Prep and Prime Fix Spray (luckily without the price tag)!  This is really refreshing, moisturises the skin beautifully and acts as a lovely base for makeup.  The mist includes Aloe Vera to give an instant burst of moisture whilst Vitamin E extracts help to protect your skin from harmful environmental effects and aging skin.

This Superdrug own brand spray is part of the ‘Vitamin E’ range which are some of my favourite low-cost products because they are suitable for all skin-types.  This is especially refreshing to spray in the heat to cool you down, whilst ensuring your skin does not dry out in hotter temperatures.  Just be careful when travelling with this product.  As I recently discovered when travelling…this bottle leaks….disaster!”


2. Maybelline Rocket Waterproof Mascara (£7.99, Boots)

‘Personally I feel most comfortable with waterproof mascara, especially in this rainy climate that we live in! I also just find that my lashes work better with this type of formula.

Maybelline Rocket Mascara is the ultimate mascara that provides incredible volume to lashes - even stubborn lashes like mine that are long and sit clumped together without mascara!

If you want to add that extra layer of glam to your look I would suggest heating eyelash curlers for that extra boost of volume.”


3. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ‘Champagne Pop’ (£32, Cult Beauty)

“If I had to limit myself to one luxury product, it would definitely have to be Becca highlighter in shade ‘Champagne Pop’.

If it was possible I would bathe in this highlighter.

It gives the most beautiful, shimmery glow that never fails to brighten your makeup and indeed make your look pop.  This works wonders whether I’m after a natural shine or looking to build up to a highly dramatic glow for night time.

I would definitely recommend investing in this product as it lasts what seems like forever, for me justifies the price tag.”


4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ‘NW20’ (£18.50, Debenhams)

“After trying many concealers from luxury to high street brands, the ultimate concealer for me has got to be MAC Pro Longwear, which I use in shade NW20. Not only does this amazing formula perfectly match my skin colour, it lasts an impressive 15 hours, covering those unwanted dark circles, imperfections and red areas.

My love for this formula is due to the fact that it glides on, easily blending into a smooth matte long-lasting finish that never goes patchy or cakey onto the skin.  I have quite oily skin, so it proves difficult to find products that suit my skin and stay in place like this concealer.

A top tip which I’ve learnt from the expert makeup artists at MAC was to mix the concealer in with your foundation as an extra layer, providing a non-cakey, extra coverage, flawless look.

Although at £18.50 it is not your classic drugstore price, I would definitely recommend and urge anyone who is searching for the perfect concealer to invest in this one!’


5. MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist (£5, Superdrug)

To finish and set my makeup, I use MUA’s budget-friendly fixing mist.  This is perfect for setting my makeup in place for the day ahead while giving a dewy glow.

This product was recommended to me by a local makeup artist who said she uses this on clients, so naturally I decided to try it since it was so cheap and I trusted her expertise. Turns out she was right! My makeup is never complete without a quick spritz of this.

Even compared to some of the higher end products, I find this comes out on top, so I always make sure that I have this in my makeup bag.

I would suggest tusing the original formula mist , as there is also a mattifying version that I find dulls my makeup slightly.  This could just be because I use a lot of mattifying products on my oily skin, though!

Instead I prefer the original formula which adds a dewy shine, allowing me to feel confident that my makeup will not budge throughout the day.


We'll be collaborating with Laura regularly during the run-up to this year's Girls' Day Out Show.  You might even catch a glimpse of Betty and Jessie at this year's show - keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned for more from our fab guest bloggers!



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