I’ve been both Australia-absent and blog-absent for about 3 months, and thought I’d celebrate my return down under with a blog post before 2013 ends. Deciding what makeup to bring with me was a fairly agonising process, I mean does one REALLY need 7 eyeliners? And what happens when I get a tan? But I’m happy to report that I think I created the perfect little travel makeup kit that you can use to achieve any makeup look – and all in one highly practical 16 x 24 x 6.5cm bag.
There is something about handy compartments that really get me excited when it comes to bags. This one is the Large Hanging Travel Washbag from Muji. When Lily Pebbles talked about this little delight in her video, it was immediately on the top of my wishlist. It has been in constant use throughout the past year thanks to my constant moving back and forth between two homes, and I can definitely say that it has held up superbly. Big ticks all round.
Here is my makeup. Let me break it down for you by compartment.
Back Slip Pocket: Urban Decay’s Smoked Palette
This Smoked Palette by Urban Decay was purchased this specifically for the trip, as I knew it would be almost all I needed…and I was right. Aside from a shimmery highlight shade (hence Ricepaper in my MAC quad) and a lighter everyday bronze (in came my Bobbi Brown cream shadow in Bronze Sugar). Although it is purely marketed for creating smokey eyes, I found it perfectly versatile for both day and night.
Top Mesh Pocket: Cheek Products
This little pouch contained my Nars Duo in Angelika Laguna and Sleek’s Face Form in Light. With these two cheek palettes, I had two blushes (one pink, one coral), a bronzer, a contour powder and a highlighter. And not only are they convenient, well-packaged and perfect for travel, but they are also both of extremely high quality. Cheeks – sorted.
Slim Zip Pocket: Eyeliners
Eyeliners were the perfect item to go into this little zipped compartment, and they are (in my opinion) the best way to add variety to your makeup. Small and light, but highly versatile – good quality long-wearing eyeliners in a variety of colours can also act as cream shadows and eye bases. I had a range of 6 pencil liners - a skin-toned one to use as a highlighter both on my eyes and my face (Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude), 2 neutral shades (Bourjois Metallise in 53 Feuille de cuivre and 52 Brun inoxydable), 2 colours to add that pop (Bourjois Metallise in 54 Bleu clinquant and Rimmel Scandaleyes in 009 Green), and a standard black (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion). I also threw in a black liquid liner (Soap & Glory’s Supercat) for creating winged eyeliner.
Back Elastic Rings: Primers and Bases
This is where I stashed my base face products – easily help upright by little elastic loops. I loved this feature of the makeup bag, as I could easily see my stuff from the moment I unzipped it. First on the left, I kept my Le Tan Daily Face Sheer Tint, which was a necessity in sunny Mauritius. Not only did it act as my daily moisturiser and SPF, but it also had a slight tint to it which meant it could be worn alone on good-skin days and beach trips. Next we have my Garnier BB Cream. I tried this out just before my trip, and fell so madly in love that I just HAD to take it with me. It was the perfect everyday ‘foundation’ for my oily skin, and was lightweight but still provided decent coverage. Then there’s Maybelline Superstay Makeup, my favourite fuller-coverage, long-wearing, flawless-looking foundation for nights out. I brought one in a darker shade, anticipating a tan, and am so glad I did. By the end of my trip I was thinning it out with a little moisturiser and using it for my daily face base. Finally, I brought the Pore Minimizer by Clinique, a great primer when you’re expecting a lot of sweat and oil production. The light and sleek travel-friendly packaging also get big ticks.
Left Compartment: Concealers
There are five products in this category, and trust me, I needed them all. The top one standing alone gets used more as a highlighter than a concealer, and is the L’Oreal Lucent Magique pen. It’s one of my go-to face products for a night out as a little under the brows, on the cheekbones and down the nose looks beautiful in photos. The second tier are my two under-eye concealers. Garnier’s Anti-Dark Circles Roll-On is a long-time favourite of mine, and is perfect for morning use with its cooling metal roller-ball and added caffeine as an ingredient. When wearing a fuller face, I use the Dark Circles Eraser from Maybelline as its coverage is much more heavy-duty. And at the bottom, there’s my pair of blemish concealers, aka two of my holiest of holy grail items. On the left, the well raved about Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that is even greater than all the hype it gets, and on the right, the Tea Tree Concealer by The Body Shop, which is pure magic for active blemishes thanks to the tea-tree oil it contains.
Right Compartment: Mascaras and Accessories
You’ll see later that I took a large assortment of falsies with me, but they were only used on special occasions and nights out. Sometimes I need my lashes to look their best, but still look real. For this purpose I used two waterproof mascaras – Maybelline’s Full ‘N’ Soft for something slightly more natural, and Covergirl’s Lashblast for a greater impact, though often I’d just slather them both on. And of course, I could not forget my trusty Shiseido Eyelash Curler, and my nifty little mascara guard that prevented those pesky smudges all over my beautifully appliede eyeshadow.
Front Mesh Pocket: Tools and Smaller Items
This pocket stashed all my little bits and pieces that weren’t everyday basics. From left to right, there’s my Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark, nail scissors that proved more useful for my bushy eyebrows and price tags on new clothing purchases, Manicare Eyepencil Sharpener, tweezers, and the mini Urban Decay Primer Potion that came with the Smoked palette. Not the most used items in my makeup bag, but still travel essentials nonetheless.
Main Compartment: Everything Else
All my bulkier items went into the main compartment, and were neatly packed in to ensure minimal movement and therefore minimal breakage whilst in transit. Australis’s Finishing Powder was the only face powder I brought, and it truly came in handy for keeping the oilies at bay in the humid weather. I also took with me a little MAC quad containing only two eyeshadows – Ricepaper and Woodwinked. These served as backup eyeshadows in shades that the Smoked palette didn’t provide, but only Ricepaper was really used. I had planned to purchase more single shadows when overseas but came back empty handed thanks to my indecisive mind. Next along is a whooooole lotta fake eyelashes. I used the packaging from a 4-pack of Ardell’s Demi Wispies to store them, and had a wide variety of different styles for different looks. My Brow Kit from Sleek was another true essential that I brought, as I cannot leave the house without my brows done. And finally, my three Bobbi Brown faves – the Cream Shadow in Bronze Sugar and the Gel Eyeliners in Black Ink and Sepia Ink. These items go with me EVERYWHERE, and are my go-to everyday eye products.
I LOVE my lip products. I think a good lip colour can pull a look together and create a statement in itself. That’s why I always have to travel with a separate bag jam-packed full of different lipsticks. This time, as I expected to experience both summer and winter, I had to be prepared with a wide variety of colours. My most used of the bunch had to be my Revlon Balm Stains as they’re pigmented, comfortable to wear, and easy to apply. I have raved on about them countless times, but to me, they make the perfect travelling lip arsenal.
I used Sigma’s Brush Roll to store all my brushes, and I brought a range of mostly Sigma, Real Techniques and Ecotools brushes. There were enough to avoid having to regularly wash them, but not so many that they didn’t all get used. The brushes were placed in its pouches according to its function. From left to right – eyeliner, foundation, concealer, under-eye concealer/blending smaller base areas, foundation, bronzer, powder, blush, contour, eyeshadow blending, inner corner and browbone highlighting, eyeliner smudging, cream shadow, base shadow, and eyebrows.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year for tomorrow. Stay safe, and I’ll see you in 2014!