What’s in my make-up bag on vacation?
Packing for any trip can be daunting, but how can you decide what make-up products are most important to bring on vacation without lugging your entire collection? It’s important to think about the season, your destination and what you will be doing to help sort out what to bring. Also, if you separate your products into categories as I have below, that can also help you stay on track. I recently returned from a week at the Jersey shore, and want to share what I brought along. It turned out to be the perfect amount of items; I didn’t forget anything and didn’t over pack!
Most days I used the CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 followed by IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC cream SPF 50. If I’m just going out to grab a coffee or for a walk and don’t want a full face of make-up, I just put on my Obagi tinted SPF 50 sunscreen lotion and go! For more recommendations on SPF you can check out that blog post here. For concealer, I use two – Maybelline Age Rewind and Tarte shape Tape. The combination of these two in my undereye area is perfect! I set the face with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye pores pressed powder. It is very travel friendly and is great at keeping skin from looking oily and giving a flawless airbrushed look to the skin. For bronzer I used NARS Laguna that I have in a palette with Hot Sand highlight. The two in one is great for travel! My favorite summer blush is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in the shade “Tipsy.” It gives the perfect corally-peach flush and it’s goof proof! I never can put too much on.
I brought one eye palette, the e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2. This is a great travel-friendly size and has all the neutral warm shades I love that can make many great summery looks! If I was going out to dinner, I’d do a whole look with it, but for a quick look, I’d just use a little light brown color in my crease and I’d be done! If you want to know my other e.l.f. cosmetics favorites, you can check out that post here. The elf palette has a black and dark brown color which can be used as eyeliner, but I also threw the Estee Edit Inside Track Eye Kajal in 02 Bold Bordeaux. This is a double ended liner with the bordeaux color on one side (beautiful for green or hazel eyes) and a cream color on the other which I use to brighten my lower water line and inner corner of the eye. This is the quickest and easiest way to make you look awake and alert. (Another mini palette that’s great for travel is the Tartelette tease palette. It has six shadows and is no bigger than a credit card holder.) For my brows, I never leave home without Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. For mascara, I am currently loving Tarte’s Maneater. It’s not waterproof but I usually don’t care for waterproof formulas in general. For my other favorite mascaras, you can check out this post.
I packed a couple of neutral options and one brighter option. Tarte has a line of lipsticks called color splash lipsticks in a gorgeous turquoise tube! I have the colors “Daiquiri” (coral) and “Sunkissed” (neutral pinky peach). I also have my Kokie cosmetics liquid lipstick Lip Poudre in the shade “Infamous.” For more recommendations on Kokie cosmetics, click here. I brought one lip pencil that works with all the shades – it’s Urban Decay’s 24/7 glide on lip pencil in the shade “Liar.” This is the softest, smoothest pencil I have used and it really helps to keep your lipstick from fading.
Of course my beauty sponge needs to come wherever I am! As for brushes, I try to keep that simple too. I have some travel brushes that I have had for years, but basically bring a couple of eye brushes, one to set powder and highlight, and one for blush/bronzer.
Ready to Go!
So there you have it! I’ve worked to streamline the basics which really had me feeling organized and prepared for anything on my beach vacation. Stay tuned for future blogs on packing that will include packing clothes and beach bags for vacation! Wherever you are headed this summer, I wish you happy packing and fun adventures!
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