Sunday, 5 January 2014

What's in My (Travel) Bag: Makeup Edit

Last month I shared with you what was inside my travel bag, after I'd spent the weekend away. If you'd like to familiarise yourself with that post, click here (it'll open in a new window). That post included the skincare items I took and I'll be showing you the makeup in this one. Like I said before, I wanted to pack light, but didn't want to find myself without a necessary item. The annoying thing about your beauty bag is you need the same amount of stuff whether you're staying one night or two weeks! A lipstick is a lipstick, whether you apply it once or a hundred times, it'll stay the same size, so it wasn't as easy as my skincare edit where I packed almost entirely 'mini' items. I've tried where possible to choose lighter and smaller pieces and did a sneaky little multi-task trick that I'll tell you about later. Before I let you know exactly what was inside, here's a close-up of the bag itself.
This photo (above) is from April when I also spent a night away from home and I found the bag so handy that I took it again this time. It's actually a pencil case from Home Bargains and cost 99p. I kid you not! I'm not sure if they still have it, at the time they had notebooks, stickers and everything with these little ladies on them.  I love that it's pretty, but still functional. You can see through it, it zips shut and if anything were to spill, it wipes clean.  Plus it's not massive, so you can't over-pack!
1. Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk 
2. Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in 005 Beige Ivoire 
3. Cosmetics bag containing Lancome foundation brush, Pout Blender brush and Airbrush and Dior backstage Blusher Brush (silver, sticking out). 
4. Dainty Doll Hot Pour Concealer in 001 and 002. 
5. Barry M Nail Paint in NP150 Red Glitter 
6. Shu Uemura eyelash curler 
7. Cotton buds 
8. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 03 Nude Shimmer 
9. Paul & Joe UV Pressed Powder in 003 Beach Baby 
10. Clarins Joli Rouge in 724 Simply Nude 
11. Paul & Joe Portable Face Colour Brush 
12. YSL Shocking Volume Mascara (mini) 
13. L'Oreal SuperLiner GelMatic in Ultra Black 
14. MAC Lip Liner in Test Pattern 
15. L'Oreal SuperLiner Perfect Slim 
16. Pout Plump (mini) 
17. Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (mini) 
18. Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in 01 Rose Flush
So, my lipstick of the week was this Clarins one and I really loved wearing it, it's a fab colour.  I absolutely adore TF Glamour Gloss, it's got this cooling, plumping feeling and the mauvey-nude colour goes brilliantly over the lipstick.  The foundation was the most bulky item in my bag, but other than decanting it into a little tub or something (which I didn't have), there wasn't a way around it.  Instead, I happened to be running very low a few weeks before, so kept a little in the bottle and started using the new one at home (and took the empty-ish one with me).  So although it looked big and the bottle is glass, it was a little lighter than usual and I had plenty left in it for the one application I needed.  Obviously if you sit mid range, shade-wise in foundation then you could look out for sachets free in magazines and that would do you for an application or two.  However I allowed myself this 'extravagance' seeing as I'm super pale (samples are usually far too dark for me) and my base isn't something I'm willing to skip.  The powder if I recall correctly I carried in my handbag, because it has a mirror inside (I had a separate mirror for applying makeup which I explained in my original post) and pressed powder is more portable than loose.  The retractable P&J brush was a gift from someone in a swap years ago on MakeupAlley and was one of the sweetest extras anyone included for me.  It was so kind to send a brand new brush like that.  It seemed more travel friendly than my usual big ol' Urban Decay brush for using with the powder.  
The eyeliners I was using at the time were the twist up pencil GelMatic and for my flicks Perfect Slim.  I used these to refresh my evening makeup as well as needing them the next day.  The Pout Plump probably could've been left at home and I could've used my Glamour Gloss instead, but I'm a creature of habit and this is the gloss I wear in bed.  Yeah, no judging!  I have a truck load of glosses, especially squeezy tube ones and bought a ton of Pout Plump when Pout went bust.  However other than needing to get through it all, it's extremely moisturising and I just love the cooling effect (even in my bed)!  That said, I'm pretty sure 50% of it ended up on the bed covers, sorry hotel! MAC Test Pattern in the middle of the image above, is my most favourite lip liner EVER, so it was an easy pick to take with me.  I'm going to be so sad when this ends and I really ration it these days (as you see I don't have all that much left).  It's a mauvey-nude and warmed up the Clarins lippie.  MAC bring it back!   
I decided against taking eyeshadow and this is where I got crafty.  I took my Lancome palette, as it contains separate blush, contour and highlighter colours in the size of an ordinary blush palette.  So I didn't bring my usual bronzer for contouring and used the one in the palette instead (applying with the flat foundation brush, while my Pout Airbrush was used to blend it all).  I prefer not to use a powder highlighter, so I packed the lightest DD concealer for that.  Now I'd read somewhere that (I think it was) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley uses the shades in this blush palette around the eyes.  Seeing as I'd already applied my makeup for travelling and only needed an eyeshadow for the next day, I thought I'd try this too, to cut down on extra items.  So I took my blender brush with me and using the shimmering gold Shadow Insurance as a base colour, applied the contour powder in the crease and smudged it around my lower lashline.  I also used the highlight shade under the brow.  It was really pretty and I'd definitely use it for this again.  I took the nail polish in case of touch ups (but didn't need it), the Clarins balm because you know, I panic if I'm not within 2 metres of one and the cotton buds are great for smudging makeup under the eyes and also sorting out eyeliner or mascara mishaps.

For someone who is accustomed to having enough makeup for the entire world at her fingertips each day, I thought I whittled this down to quite a small amount.  Yes I probably could've dropped some of the lip products and left the eyelash curlers at home perhaps, but I like to have almost my 'normal' routine even when I'm away from home.  I'm glad I had a few 'travel' sized items and the palette proved to be a great multi-tasker.  Are you impressed I crammed all this into a pencil case?


  1. ALL THAT went into a pencil case? Er, was it by any chance belonging to a strange man in a police box or an Edwardian nanny? Very impressed at the selecting!! Afraid when I travel, its touche eclat and eyeliner only!!!

    Thanks for your kind comment, that's probably ones of the nicest, most thoughtful comments a blog friend has left me! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and aren't too annoyed with me now. I wouldn't have blamed you if you were, I was stressing over it for 3 days before I did the big revelations on the 6th day!! X

    1. Do you know, now that I think about it, I think I popped the eyelash curler and foundation into my bigger makeup bag!

      Oh no, you poor thing, stressing about it. I wondered if my comment was a bit garbled as I was tired, but glad you understood it and liked it : )

  2. Hi, this is an out of the blue comment but hopefully one you will appreciate!

    I have always had sensitive, temperamental skin which flares up for no reason, meaning skin care is an absolute nightmare. I have ranged from Simple to Clinique to find something that works for me. I was reading reviews on Boots trying to find something to help and instead clicked straight to your blog as I realised I valued your honest opinions so much more. So a huge thank you for being so open about your skincare and various issues, so many bloggers seem to act like they just rub a wipe over their face in the evening and wake up with flawless skin!

    1. Michelle, thank you for such a lovely comment. I do appreciate it. I feel like I'm still trial and error with my skin. I'm not keen on using only acne specific products (it's a boring life that way) and reading ingredients before purchase...I want to be able to use what I like, but often it does break me out, so I do have to be careful. I've always been strict with removing my makeup and following a proper 'routine' so I hope that helps.


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