I am a self confessed and well known over packer. If I am travelling for more than 1 or 2 nights, I am probably incapable of packing just carry on luggage. I recently returned from a 3.5 week European adventure and due to the constant need to carry our luggage everywhere between countries, set myself the task to create a minimal makeup edit. Here’s what I ended up taking and a mini review as to if I felt it an essential on my holiday or if I would give it a miss next time.
Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
I chose this foundation because it has versatility. It can provide light coverage if need be and build to a heavier coverage (see my review of this here). The other huge benefit of this foundation is the packaging. I would have LOVED to take my NARS All Day Luminous Foundation (my new holy grail) but it is frosted glass packaging and I was not about to risk it shattering through my makeup bag and suitcase. The Urban Decay is a plastic bottle with a pump. Ideal. What did I think of this foundation? It did the job. I am not as in love with this foundation anymore as I was when I got it. I feel like it seems to sit on top of my skin more now. Unsure whether this is a change in my skin or whether I am just noticing it more now. However, I would still choose this over some others due to the packaging. Another one I would consider next time instead is possibly the Bare Minerals BareSkin Foundation.
Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Stick Concealer
Yes, I took 2 concealers. One for my under eyes (Radiant Creamy) and one for my face blemishes (Stick Concealer). I was lucky to have pretty good skin on the trip and not too many nights out requiring a full face of makeup with that KimmyK under eye highlight. I would skip the foundation most days and just spot conceal any scarring or small blemishes. The Radiant Creamy only got used once or twice when I had a more formal occasion, but I think I could probably do without and just apply a highlighting powder over the top of my foundation.
Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
This was such a good choice. The palette worked as a subtle highlight, overall face powder and as mentioned above an under eye brightening and setting powder. Loved this. Used it even on my bare skin to just give it some glow but keep the oily shiny skin away during my days of exploring beautiful European countries.
Contour, Bronzer, Highlight, Brows and Eyeshadow: Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
This baby was my multi tasking life saver. It completely fits its purpose of an eyeshadow palette with a perfect shade range for day to night looks. That’s the obvious bit. The less obvious bit as that it also doubled as my highlight and contour palette for my more glamorous makeup days. The shade Puddin’ made for a perfect cool toned contour shade on my skin tone, Truffled mixed with a bit of Peanut Butter worked gloriously as a bronzer to warm things up and Butter Pecan may actually be one of my new favourite face highlights. This also worked wonderfully as my brow powders. Once again I would run Puddin’ through the entirety of my brows and mix in a little bit of Licorice in the tail to darken and define. After taking this palette with me on holiday it has well and truly achieved holy grail status and I hope Too Faced will keep it round long enough for me to repurchase when I need to, because I don’t think my collection is complete without this anymore.
Cheeks: Urban Decay Rapture Blush and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Blushed Copper
I took 2 products for the cheeks. Urban Decay’s Rapture provided me with the perfect daily blush. It blends beautifully into my skin (with or without foundation) and lasts all day giving me a wonderful healthy glow. Being a matte finish, it was super versatile and I pretty much used this every day. It can be built up and layered to appear more dramatic and mauve-y for am evening look. For something a bit different and on the other end of the spectrum I took Becca’s SSP in Blushed Copper. This product was actually relatively new to me as I only picked it up a week or so before heading on vacation, but boy am I glad I took this. It is a beautiful colour with a hell of a glow factor. You can use it as a highlighter, but because of the copper colour I preferred it as a blush and just skipped out on any additional highlighter. I also used this multiple times just dusted across the eyes with a bit of black liquid liner and mascara and it was easy and glamorous all in one.
Masacara: NARS Audacious Mascara
Being a #meccabeautyjunkie, I received a travel deluxe size of this. I hadn’t tried it before but though this was the perfect opportunity. It lasted me for the whole holiday and is still going strong and let me tell you, I LOVE THIS MASCARA. It is dramatic and bold. If you like perfectly separated lashes, you may not love this as the wetter formula makes it clump a little, but in a sexy way not in a “you have 3 clumps on your eyes” way. Luckily I have another deluxe size of this baby before I need to bring myself to splurge on the full size.
Eyeliner: Lakme Liquid Liner and NARS Larger Than Life Pencil Liner in Via Venetto
Lakme’s liquid liner is my holy grail. I have talked about it before so I will keep it short and sweet. I love me a wing liner that could cut a b**ch and I don’t travel anywhere without this. It is a difficult product to find outside of India but I am sure the dubdubdub can help you. The NARS pencil is another deluxe travel size as a result of my Mecca Maxima addictions. It is black. It is pigmented. It doesn’t smudge in the waterline and it lasts all day. I love it. I love NARS. I love eyeliner.
Lipsticks: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl, Glastonberry and 1975 and Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Mini in Make Your Move.
Let’s start with the Bare Minerals. It is a perfect nude for me. The formula of the Marvelous Moxie lipsticks are smooth, moisturising and super comfortable on the lips. Such a bonus that this was an adorable travel friendly size. This served as my daily lipstick which came with me everywhere in my handbag for reapplication. Then there were the 3 Charlottes. I basically wanted one nude (Bond Girl), one bright (1975) and one deep vampy colour (Glastonberry) and found all 3 within my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection. So those beautiful rose gold tubes of lipstick goodness came with me. I find the easiest way to change up a look is keeping it neutral on the eyes and mixing up the lip so I used every single one of these colours throughout the trip. If you don’t have these exact colours (I know CT can rack up the bank bills), stick with the general idea of a nude, a bright and a vamp and you can’t go wrong.
Here are the brushes I took as tools. As you can see by the photos they have been used, well loved and proved to be all I needed. I could have done with a couple less, but I definitely do not feel like this was excessive for a makeup junkie.
234/ Luxe Smoky Shader
224/ Luxe Defined Crease
227/ Luxe Soft Definer
230/ Luxe Pencil
322/ Brow Line
101/ Luxe Face Definer
109/ Luxe Face Paint
127/ Luxe Sheer Cheek
128/ Cream Cheek
105/ Luxe Highlight
Brows and Concealer Brushes
317/ Wing Liner
142/ Concealer Buffer
In addition to this I packed the following items:
- A hurraw lip balm
- A pair of tweezers
- A pencil sharpener
That’s it. I mean for many of you it may still seem excessive, but I felt like for 3 weeks of makeup I have done pretty darn well, even my mother who sees how much makeup I normally pack was impressed.
I hope this helps you all in your beauty packing for your next adventure. I will have a post coming up about my actual travels, what I loved, what I didn’t and a few a snaps from my adventures. If you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram to keep up with my ongoings @abohemianexistence.
Until next time
xox your local bohemian.