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.
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!
For concealer I’m taking one that does it all and that is the I.T Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, this 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.
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.
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.
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.
Essence Matte Lipgloss in Girl of Today // Urban Decay in Back Talk / Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry
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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