Monday, 28 March 2016

Travel Makeup Bag: Ski Break Edition

I’m off skiing for five days this week and I’m currently writing this sat on the train to the mountains. My poor organisational skills aside, I’m very much looking forward to a bit of a short break and a chance for a little holiday. I generally find packing for skiing very easy (grab all the jumpers, throw said jumpers in a bag) except for when it comes to the makeup part. I managed to whittle it down quite a bit so I thought I’d show you which beauty bits made the cut and are going with me on my ski break!

Base // My Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and I have finally been reunited and I’m pretty chuffed. I’ve brought this primarily for when I’m out and about in the evening as I don’t expect I’ll wear foundation for skiing (although with an SPF of 20, this foundation isn’t half bad for skiing!). What I will be slapping on over my sunscreen is some of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This stuff is so long-wearing that I’m fairly sure it’ll survive the cold, the damp and my inevitable wipe outs.

Face // This is the part I’m probably most proud of myself for, because although this is a ski break and not a week in a city shopping and going out, I rarely go away without contour, highlight, bronzer and blush. Instead of lugging five different compacts with me, I’m finally actually travelling with one of the palettes I always say is “so good for travelling with” and bringing the NARS x Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette. Contouring duo, bronzer, a nice blush variation - this palette does it all! It isn’t actually available anymore, but NARS has since released something very similar here.

Brows // No surprises here, I’m sticking to what I know! I’m the kind of person who will go out barely wearing any makeup, but my brows will be in place. In light of that, I’ll most likely be doing my brows for skiing too, because without some sort of product to keep them in place they tend to go a bit mad. For definition I’m bringing my trusty Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil, which also has a spoolie on the other end, so that’s handy as well. To fix things in place I’ll be using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper because I know it lasts well all day and fills in any sparse areas.

Eyes // I will be going out for a few nice dinners whilst I’m away, so I thought I’d bring along a palette so I have some evening options. I absolutely love the Laura Mercier Artist Eye Palette for both everyday and evening, so I’m bringing that along with me. I almost never wear eyeshadow without priming my lids with the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, so that’s going with me too! I’m keeping things simple and only bringing a small travel size of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Jury’s still out on whether or not I love this, so I’ll let you know how I get on with it!

Lips // So here’s where I always tend to bring more than I really need. I haven’t brought any of my beloved bold matte lipsticks this time, because I know I won’t be using those at all during this break. Instead I’ve gone for a few more natural and fuss-free options. First off I’ve packed the Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Peony, which is a great one if I want to apply a bit of colour in the morning and then just top up my lips with a balm as the day goes on. I’m also bringing the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil for a bit of gloss and hydration. My evening option is the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in the shade ScĂ©nario, which is sheer enough to be dinner-friendly but still dark enough to add a little something to a makeup look.

So there we have it; what is in my opinion a very streamlined makeup bag and to most non-beauty-hoarders probably a completely excessive amount of products for a ski holiday. Ah well! I’m not entirely sure how I’ll go about getting this post up, because, as mentioned in my last post, I’ll be staying in an Internet (and TV) free chalet all week! Here’s to hoping my phone will be able to create a decent hotspot! I’m going to pack away my laptop for now, drink my chai, look out of the train window and try not to eat all my train snacks before lunch. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter!



  1. I love that you haven't chosen loads of products, plus with your shadow palette you can make plenty of different looks.

    Tasha x

  2. These are perfect products to take with you travelling!
    Jabeen x

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  4. The Nars cheek palette is something I desperately need for travel! There is pretty much every shade in there that I would ever want to use haha :) Lovely post
    Kathy x

    1. Admittedly the NARS palette is pretty heavy but there are so many products in there that I end up lugging it with me anyway, haha! Thank you, lovely! xo

  5. Have a great time away skiing, should be so much fun! Nice to hear that you think the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, I'm needing a new brow gel and was thinking about this one!


    1. Thank you so much! I definitely really recommend the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, I hope you like it if you do try it! xo


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