Sunday, 26 July 2015

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag

This week I'm off to Ascona for a brief, three day holiday. Whilst I'm chuffed to be getting away for a few days, I'm always faced with the debacle of what to pack, and, more specifically, what makeup to pack. Because I'm only away for a few days, I had to streamline my beauty packing down to the basics (okay, perhaps a tad more than the bare necessities) and I thought I'd share the products that I settled on.

The base: I know this seems very excessive for a short trip but I've somehow justified it to myself. The Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is a moisturiser that just gives a very slight tint with barely any coverage, making it a great base for any foundation. In order to achieve a more even complexion I've found that mixing the Erborian CC Créme HD and the Erborian BB Créme gives a dewy finish with a good amount of coverage. Lastly the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer generally comes with me on every trip - it's a super cheap product that gets the job done without any faff.

Complexion powders: To set everything in place I mostly reach for the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, it mattifies the t-zone without looking cakey and has really great lasting power. Sleek's Blush by Three in the shade Lace is ideal for holidays because it contains three different cheek shades that will go with most makeup looks, all in one nifty little palette! The Catrice Matt Bronzer is the bronzer I'm currently using. It's very warm toned and gives the impression of a sunkissed complexion, perfect for people like me, whose faces inexplicably refuse to tan. Lastly, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is my highlighter of choice. It's a great shimmery champagne highlight without a trace of glitter.

Eyes and brows: I think I managed to restrain myself fairly well here *pats self on back*. For brows I'm keeping it simple and sticking to the Maybelline Brow Drama tinted brow gel. I have fairly unruly brows that have a tendency to rebel and this keeps them in place all day. Thumbs up. In terms of eye shadow, I've packed MAC's Painterly Paint Pot as an eyeshadow base, it has a fantastic formula and keeps eyeshadow from creasing. The NARS St Paul de Vence Eyeshadow Duo will also be making an appearance on the trip. The two eyeshadow colours in this mini-palette are summery orange-tones that pair well with a bronzed face and a nude lip. My mascara choice is fairly predictable for me, Ive been using Benefit's They're Real! mascara for years now. It doesn't smudge, it holds a curl and it's almost waterproof - what's not to love?

Lips: Now this is where I'm very proud of my streamlining skills. When it comes to lip products my self restraint is close to nothing. I collect lipstick, lip balm and lipgloss like it's nobody's business and over the course of a month I'll end up with ten or so rattling around my handbag at once. Not ideal, I am aware. That's why I'm very pleased that I've whittled the choices down to just two. Firstly, the Chanel Coco Shine in Scénario. I picked this up recently in a sale and it seems to go with almost every makeup look. The other lipstick is MAC Velvet Teddy, a firm favourite of mine that is diminishing at an alarming pace and I will therefore be using it sparingly!

That's it for my travel makeup bag, I think I've been fairly reasonable in most categories and shan't need reinforcement when transporting my luggage. Now I just have to resist the temptation of chucking in another ten lip products before I leave!


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