As promised, here’s a post on what’s in my travel makeup bag! I’ve done these posts before, but it’s been quite a while – time for an updated one. This time I’ll be away for three nights to attend my cousin’s wedding. I’ll be driving, so there are no airline-related restrictions (but I do tend to decant foundations to save space).
First, base products. I’m bringing two foundations – I’ve decanted some of my MUFE HD foundation (swatched here) into the larger jar. It’s shade 117 and 120 mixed, which is a good match at this time of year. The small jar has MAC Studio Sculpt in NC20 (also a good match), which has fuller coverage – I recently got a sample, and I like it enough that I may purchase it. I also have my standby powder, Guerlain Compact Meteorites in Teint Beige (I just opened up my third compact; my second one is almost finished, so I don’t want to travel with it – it’s more fragile now that there’s so much pan showing). I also have a Skindinavia finishing spray (gifted to me by a lovely friend) — I’ve been preferring it to powder lately since my skin is so dry this winter! I will eventually review it. And finally, I have a Clinique Airbrush concealer; it took me a while to warm up to this concealer, but now I find that I really love it for undereyes, brightening, and blemishes.
Next, other face products. I have two blushes with me – both rosy neutrals, but one cream and one powder. I’ve really been loving my MUA cream blush in Yummy (reviewed here) lately – it’s very easy to wear and goes with everything, plus is easy to apply. And, almost every time I travel I bring MAC Blushbaby, which is my long-time favorite neutral blush (you can’t see it in the photo, but there’s actually a noticeable dip in the pan at this point). Lately, I’ve been using NYX Taupe to contour (see a comparison of all my contouring products here) – it’s also great for travel since it’s inexpensive, and thus I don’t need to worry about breakage. And finally, I have Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – review coming soon!
I only brought a few eyeshadows – my trusty favorite, the discontinued Wet n Wild Greed Palette came along because it has one of my favorite matte blacks ever, and a great matte bone color that I use as a highlight shade. The other four shades are okay, but those two are the reason I brought it. I also have Armani Eyes To Kill 24 Smokey Copper (here’s myreview) and L’oreal Sahara Treasure Infallible – each of which is lovely as a wash, I’m not planning anything complicated. I’ve been skipping eyeshadow primer lately because my eyelids are dry (which is why I went for eyeshadow that doesn’t really need primer), but I still brought a MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre to use as a base just in case.
My other eye and brow related items are pictured at the top of this post, but here they are again. We have mascara, pen-style black eyeliner (easy to remove!), the Rimmel Taupe Scandal Eyes liner (for my lower lashline – still totally loving this!), and a selection of brow products – I just couldn’t choose! The Anastasia powder is quicker and easier to apply, but I prefer the result of the Browlash pen.
Lips are probably my favorite, so I brought some options. If I decide to go for a red lip for the wedding, I have Rouge d’Armani 400 (swatched here - the positive comments about it helped me choose it out of my selection of red lipsticks!). If I go vampier, I have Black Radiance Brandywine (swatched here) – which is also a great daytime lipstick worn as a stain. I brought two of the L’oreal Glossy Stain dupes – Berry Perseverance and Lilac Every After (which is a my lips but better shade on me). I also have an actual YSL Glossy Stain – #1 Violet Edition – but it’s hiding in my purse. A tinted balm, and my favorite (non-tinted) balm round out the lip selection.
All of this is inelegantly stuffed into a very unattractive bag:
I hate the design, but the bag is the perfect size for a weekend trip, and the separate compartment on top is just the right size to hold miscellaneous tools (eyelash curler, mascara guard, pencil sharpener, and tweezers).
Brushes live in my slightly dirty brush roll – I always travel with full size brushes rather than travel brushes these days:
And that’s it! Hopefully I haven’t forgotten something crucial; if I have, there’s a drugstore nearby!