Amsterdam Travel Makeup Essentials

My Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

My Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Every trip I say ‘I’m going to pack light this time’ but I always end up taking products I never use, So I’ve tried hard (very hard) to be ruthless with what I take on my city break to Amsterdam. I will be decanting the foundations into little pots so I don’t have to take the big bottles. I do that with most of my skincare too – it saves so much space & the little travel bottles & pots are super easy to get hold of. I get mine in Wilko & The Poundshop. So let’s take a look at what I am taking with me.

Travel Makeup Essentials Amsterdam

I’m taking two base products one for the day & a more high coverage option for the evening. I like to wear a base during the day that provides a good amount of protection from the sun. So I’ve opted for my beloved Tropic Tinted Skin Shade as this has SPF50 and it gives a nice light coverage too. It looks natural but gives my skin a nice even, healthy colour. This has been my go to base all Summer and I am excited to take it away with me.

For my evening foundation I have to take my Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear as this makes my skin look flawless without having to build up the coverage. It is a decent medium coverage and has serious staying power. I always feel really confident with my skin when I wear this, it is that mix of good coverage but still lightweight enough that you don’t feel caked in makeup!

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup

For concealer I’m taking one that does it all and that is the I.T Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyethis stuff is wonderful. It covers blemishes, redness and even hides dark circles and when I tell you you need the tiniest amount of product I am not exaggerating. It comes out quite thick but if you warm it up in between your fingers and take your time to blend it out, this concealer with work miracles. I have been recommending it to everyone.

I’m only taking one brow product with me and it is the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel, It’s a nice dark brown shade so matches my brows perfectly. It gives them a good amount of colour & helps cover any sparse areas and I like that it keeps those unruly brow hairs in place too. Such a fuss free product to use.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad

I don’t wear too much eyeshadow these days (lazy beauty blogger) so I am taking one of the Rosie for Autograph Cream Shadow Sticks. I have the shade Feline Fox which is a gorgeous metallic mauve bronze and it looks great on its own all over the lid or as a base for eyeshadow. It is creamy and I just blend it out with my finger, makes doing my makeup in the morning quick and easy.

Also in my travel makeup bag is the Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad which is my goto for an evening smokey eye. I love the shade Pop which is a stunning copper pressed pigment with a pop of sparkle. You just press this on top of the finished eye look with your finger to make it look extra special. All the colours in this quad are beautiful and pigmented & I love it when I get chance to use it. I have to be careful with it though as a couple of the pans are loose and tend to fall out in my bag! Must remember to fix them at some point before I lose them altogether.

Travel Makeup Essentials

I’m not one to wear blusher too often so I have packed my Soap & Glory Wonderbronze which is a multi shade mix of blush, bronzer and highlighter. It is pretty swept across my cheekbones for a nice daytime glow. The shades in this also make nice eyeshadows too!

I’m also taking my new delilah Cosmetics Illuminating Powder which is just gorgeous and more of an evening highlighter. It is a really nice mix rose gold, soft peach and lavender pink – so you just swirl your brush and add it to your cheekbones, brow bones and I like to sweep a little down my nose too. It just brightens dull looking skin, giving it an illuminating glow.

For an all over face powder I have opted for my bareMinerals Perfecting Veil, this adds a touch of coverage whilst helping to minimise shine and keep my makeup in place and looking flawless for longer. This is a firm favourite of mine because you can wear it alone for a very light coverage or over your foundation for that soft focus finish.

Travel Makeup City Break

The Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara looks nice with just one coat for a subtle everyday look but you can layer it up for more va va voom lashes so that is why I have to take this with me. It works for both day & night. I like how nice and long it makes my lashes look but it is also very quick and easy to remove.

Lips, now this is always hard but I have been beyond ruthless and have only packed 3 options (who even am I?) This Essence Matte Long Lasting Lip Gloss only landed on my desk this week but as soon as I tested it it went straight into my travel makeup bag. OMG the colour is a dusky matte pink and it looks fab on the lips and feels pretty comfortable for a matte finish. I would say it is a nice velvet matte finish and I am in love with the sweet vanilla scent of these too. So excited to wear this.

I never travel without my Urban Decay Lipstick in Backtalk – It is my favourite lipcolour and always makes me look awake and pulled together. It is a nude toned pink and I just take it everywhere with me! Although it is another matte option it dries down to have a satin finish.

The third lip option is my favourite Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry which is one of the intense shades. It is a nice lipgloss, lipstick hybrid and It gives me a nice amount of colour and they’re so easy to apply on the go. They nourish your lips as the formula contains Vitamin E so that is a plus too.

Makeup Swatches Travel Makeup

Essence Matte Lipgloss in Girl of Today // Urban Decay in Back Talk / Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry

My Travel Makeup Favourites

Lastly I am packing two black eyeliners. The first is my Essence Gel Eye Pencil, I use this on my lower lash line or to smudge out for a smokey eye. This stays put and for a pencil liner the shade is very intense black. The other is my favourite L’Oreal Superliner. I get the Black Lacquer option as I find when this dries down it still looks glossy and bold. I can get the more precise flicks with this and also right up close to my lashline. It is one of my Holy Grail products and this is a fresh one for going away and we all know how well a brand new liquid liner performs (bliss).

So there you have it, my travel makeup. I think I have managed to pack light this year?! Let me know if you struggle to pack light and what products you always take away with you.

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Autumnal Beauty Picks

Autumnal Beauty Picks

Autumn is my favourite season and I always like switch up my makeup at this time of year, so I was having a look through my collection & I thought I would share a few Autumnal products that I’ve looked out. I have put them with my everyday makeup so I will be prompted to use them more often. Let me know if you do this too?

If there was one product I am guilty of hoarding it is eyeshadows I just seem to be drawn to them and I like the shades which seem to feel quite Autumnal like the browns, coppers and plums. I simply love the MAC Sharon Osbourne Duchess Eyeshadow Quad I know it was limited edition but I just think its the nicest quad & one of the shades Embark is a permeant shade. This is my perfect quad & the colours are just perfect for this time of year & creating that Autumnal brown smoky eye. The four shades in this quad incase you wanted to know are Sweet Eyes, Sexy Eyes, Femme Fatale and Embark.

I also like too use MAC Amber Lights a lot at this time of year, its just the most beautiful copper, golden brown and I use it all over the lid for an easy effortless eye look. Its so pigmented and it  always looks beautiful. The Catrice eyeshadow in My First Copperware Party is a really lovely taupe and its my everyday eyeshadow of choice at the moment. Catrice is such an affordable brand and the quality of their products is impressive so if you get chance to try any then make sure you get a few eyeshadows they’re so buttery soft and the pigmentation is on a par with MAC!

Autumnal Makeup Producs

Bronzer for me is a product I have really discovered this year, or should I say discovered how to use properly! This Autumns bronzer of choice is the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder the packaging alone is beautiful and makes me feel extremely grown up. The product is equally stunning and it gives your skin just the right amount of bronze & glow. A light hand is needed because this is so pigmented and it stays put all day long which is great because I daren’t take this out of the house incase I break it. It is extremely pigmented but it blends out really well so you won’t look like you have just added a strip of bronzer to your cheeks. Its just an all round beautiful product!

Nail polish is so easy to switch up for the season and I seem to have an abundance of shades for Autumn I struggled to narrow it down to three. I love to wear deep plums, purples and the occasional grey too but in my lineup I have the beautiful Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace* which is a stunning deep plum with an iridescent shimmer, it looks vampy on the nails and Urban Decay polishes are easy to apply, this shade is opaque in one coat. Also how incredible is the packaging (skull on the lid). The Barry M Gelly High Shine polishes are some of my favourite and their shade range is vast, this beautiful Mustard polish was a gift for my birthday last year from Hayley and its the perfect Autumnal shade. I also have a set of mini OPI nail polishes and this Malaga Wine shade is a gorgeous berry red and is such a rich deep shade, it looks pretty on the nails. I think OPI polishes are fantastic quality and they always lately so long on me.

Beautiful Autumnal Products

When it comes to base I always like to wear quite a light coverage and I have been loving this Glo & Ray CC Foundation*, the colour was a little too light for me over the Summer but now I have no tan its perfect. I think its a good base for this time of year because it makes my skin look fresh and luminous but doesn’t cover up my freckles. So its quite natural looking, it does reduce the appearance of the redness in my cheeks and also the darkness around my eyes. Its a great daytime base and it leaves my skin looking healthy and even toned.

Oh the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are great for using as a base before applying other shadows or they work well on their own all over the lid. I always have to use this gorgeous burgundy wine colour in the Autumn and Winter its called Pomegranate Punk and its unlike anything I have. These wear so well on the lids and even though they are affordable I think they stand up to a lot of the high end cream shadows for quality!

I like to wear liquid eyeliner but often during the day I find it can look a little harsh, especially when I don’t want to look like I am wearing too much makeup. So I like to switch up the jet black liner for browns and I find Kohl liners are great and you can smudge them down so they don’t look too harsh or bold. The Clinique Quickliner in intense black honey is a pretty deep brown and I also like the Essence Gel eye pencil in brown. The Essence one is waterproof and is so creamy to apply.

Beautiful Autumnal Makeup

When it comes to lips I like a low maintenance lip product & if its not a lip crayon then I always reach for the Rimmel Apocalips, I find they apply so well on my lips & if you make sure to remove all the excess product off the applicator then you will be able apply the product evenly and it is so pigmented. I think the deep berry shades look best on me so as soon as Autumn comes around I get excited to wear all these shades. My favourite is the Apocalips in Galaxy which is a wine plum shade & I have repurchased this one a couple of times.

I would love to know what products you add to your makeup stash over Autumn / Winter.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.