As you read this I’m
frantically happily packing for my trip to New Zealand tomorrow. After years of carrying a huge suitcase around with me on holiday, I finally decided to downsize my bag last year which means that I’m having to be really ruthless with my packing choices today.
One item that I’ve been particularly working at streamlining lately is my travel beauty bag. I used to be hopeless when it came to packing my make up ( I pretty much packed everything I owned) but recently I’ve come to embrace a much more minimalist approach. Of course this doesn’t mean I now only pack my lipstick and call it a day (these dark circles don’t hide themselves you know) but with the help of a few multi-tasking products I’ve been able to narrow down my list of beauty essentials quite substantially.
Here are 10 beauty/makeup products that I always carry with me whilst I travel:
I love wearing tinted moisturizer instead of foundation of holiday because it gives me with a very nice light coverage whilst still hydrating my skin. This MAC version provides some sun protection which is a welcome bonus but if I know that I’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun I’ll also pack a stronger sunscreen with me.
My Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette is probably my favorite product in my makeup bag so I never travel without it. I use half of the colors for simple daytime looks and the other half to create smokey eyes for the evening. I’ve also used it countless times on my friends to convince them that they need to buy one too ;) Urban decay palettes are a bit on the pricey side though so if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, Sleek also has a great range of eye shadow palettes available.
I discovered Bioderma’s Micelle solution last year and it’s been a great upgrade from my usual make up remover. It’s super gentle on the skin and it removes makeup very well. It also leaves your skin feeling soft and clean which is lovely.
I tend to lose or forget my pencil sharpener all the time so this eye liner by Smashbox with a built-in sharpener is perfect for me. It also has a great creamy consistency which makes it very easy to apply.
My honey gave me this travel set for Christmas last year because he knew how much I loved their creator Samantha Chapman (check out her makeup blog/channel here). They’re great value for money and the travel pouch they come in is especially handy.
This is a great product because you can use it on both your lips and cheeks (I’ve even used it as an eye shadow but don’t tell anyone as I don’t think you’re really supposed to). It’s also nice and sheer which is great for that natural holiday look.
This might seem like a bit of an indulgent choice but the truth is that this baby makes a hell of difference to my eyelashes. Between dead straight lashes and nicely separated curled up lashed, I’ve made my choice thank you.
Holiday time usually means a few late nights so I always pack a good concealer with me to hide the evidence of my party ways. I also use it to hide any blemish or to add a little bit more coverage if needed.
I’m not a huge fan of sun tanning for hours (I get bored way too easily) so I tend to fake that ‘sun kissed look’ with a touch of bronzer and highlighter instead. I also use bronzer for contouring.
Finally, no makeup look (however minimal) would be complete without a coat of mascara. This one by Clinique is waterproof which is perfect if you’re heading to a hot climate. I also like to wear it on the plane as I know it will stay put for a long time.
What are your travel beauty essentials? Do you have any favorite brands/products?