I've noticed lately that a lot of my favorite bloggers have been posting "What's in my _____ bag" posts featuring their purses, makeup bags, travel bags, etc. I think these are super fun to read so I decided to do a quick post of what I brought with me for a weekend away from home for a family reunion.
Compared to my entire makeup collection, which I fully admit is completely appalling, my travel makeup seems pretty light. Unfortunately, many of you may think I'm out of my mind.
When I pack my makeup I have the same problem as when I pack my clothes. I never have any idea exactly what I'll be doing while I'm gone and I have no idea how I'm going to feel like doing my makeup. The thought of wanting to do a certain look and not having the necessary products completely terrifies me. I realize that this is ridiculous but I can't really help it.
I have 3 different bags for my makeup. One for brushes, one for lip products, and one for everything else. I usually keep my lip bag in my purse. I like to keep my brushes separated from my other products so they don't get mangled.
I apologize for the poor photography. I had to use my camera and the dim light from the hotel lamp. And I'm sorry that my brushes are filthy. I've been too busy to clean them lately. =/ I'm also exhausted and a little drunk so I didn't do a very good job of arranging everything. Oh well!
First up, brushes!
Eye Brushes Left to Right:
1. Eyebrow brush, I have no idea what brand this is. I think I got it at Walmart forever ago. Nothing special, just fills in my brows nicely.
2. Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeliner Brush. This is the bomb dot com. It's the best brush I've found for MAC's Fluidlines.
3. Sephora Professional Platinum Smudge Brush (11). I use this (obviously) to smudge. Works well to soften eyeliner.
4. Sephora Professional Platinum Small Shadow Brush (15). This is an all-around great brush to have. I used it everyday with its larger twin, the medium brush (14), before I bought my MAC 217. It's great for highlighting and deepening the crease.
5. Essence of Beauty Double-Ended Smokey-Wide brush. I only use the top part of this brush. It's gigantic and very dense so it's perfect for blending out harsh lines.
6. Rock & Republic 204. This is a small brush with a domed top. I like it for putting a bit of color on the bottom lash line and highlighting the inner corners.
7. Sephora Professional Platinum Medium Shadow Brush (14). Like I said, I used to use this a lot before the 217 came into my life. It's great for doing a wash of color over the whole lid.
8. MAC 239. This packs on color like whoa. It also works great for cream shadows.
9. MAC 217. AHHHHH!!!! THIS IS THE BEST BRUSH EVER! Seriously. I probably could have brought only this and skipped every other brush except for my brow and liner brushes. But I didn't because I'm crazy. I want to buy 5 more of these because it's such a great multi-purpose brush. I really cannot say enough about how great this brush really is. Ladies, if you're new to the eyeshadow brush game, get yourself a good brow brush, eyeliner brush, and THIS BRUSH and you'll be good to go.
Face Brushes, Left to Right:
1. Ecotools by Alicia Silverstone flat-top duo-fiber kabuki. I use this to apply powder after my foundation. It blends everything together nicely and makes me look nearly flawless. It's also great for powdering throughout the day because it doesn't disrupt my bronzer and blush.
2. Domed blush brush. I have no idea what brand this is. I think it looks like a cross between a blush brush and a contour brush. I use it for bronzing and contouring.
3. Sephora Professional Platinum Airbrush (55). This is the only liquid foundation brush I've ever used. It blends everything nicely and does what it's supposed to do so I've never felt a need to try out any other brush.
4. Rock & Republic 102. I love love love this brush! It's natural, dense, and soooo soft and fluffy! I use it for blush and highlighter. You really have to use a light hand with it though because it picks up a LOT of product otherwise. I've ended up with clown cheeks before when I was in a hurry. If you're in need of a blush brush I highly recommend this one. I've seen it super cheap on HauteLook on several occasions as well so look for it!
On to the fun stuff!
Top row: Covergirl Nature Luxe foundation in Flax (310) and Origins VitaZing moisturizer. These are must-haves for me. The foundation is amazing; I really need to do a full review on it soon. It feels airy like a cross between a mousse and a liquid. VitaZing has become my HG moisturizer. If I let it sit and soak into my skin it gives me enough tint that when I combine it with my foundation I really don't need to use concealer.
Middle row: Physician's Formula Bronze Booster in Light to Medium, Benefit Sugarbomb, Benefit Coralista. Love this bronzer. It has a slight gold shimmer that doesn't show up on the skin. Sugarbomb is currently my favorite highlighter and Coralista is my favorite blush of the moment.
Bottom row: Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Light-02. I like this powder for the most part. I might try something with a bit more coverage, but it finishes off my foundation nicely and gets rid of shine.
Top row: NARS Pleasures of Paris eyeshadow palette, Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell palettes in Sand and Bronze. I threw in Pleasures of Paris mostly because I love purple eyeshadow, which is all that the Bobbi Brown palettes lack. Oh, Bobbi Brown, how you have won me over with these two gorgeous palettes. I've used them every single day since I got them. I plan on doing a full review of both later on. Sand is cool-toned so every single shadow is perfect for me. It has a lot more matte shades than the Bronze palette so it's perfect for work and everyday looks. The Bronze palette is warmer, but still very wearable even though I run a little cool. It's a bit of a shimmer bomb but the couple of matte shades included make this palette do-able for neutral work looks. Of course, it's perfect when you want to look like a bronzed goddess on a night out. ;)
Middle row: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Benefit Creaseless Cream in RSVP. I usually use liquid eyeliner, but lately I've been using Blacktrack Fluidline instead. I ALWAYS bring RSVP with me because it's a great multi-purpose product. It's a wonderful primer, a lovely wash of color on the lid, and it's gorgeous as a highlighter.
Bottom row: MAC Cork eyeshadow, MAC Short Shorts eyeshadow, Revlon eyelash curler, Garnier Anti-Puff Eye Roller, Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller, L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara, MAC Gilded White pencil, MAC Blue Noon pencil. Cork is my current go-to brow filler, and Short Shorts is currently my favorite highlighter. It also erases little blending mistakes nicely. I've had the Revlon curler FOREVER. It works, so I've never replaced it. These eye rollers are AMAZING. I couldn't live without them. They really work. L'Oreal Telescopic is currently the reigning Queen of Mascaras. It's the first mascara I've found that actually holds a curl with my stick-straight lashes. It lengthens like a dream as well and the comb-like brush coats even the tiniest lashes so it adds volume as well. The two pencils I tossed in as an after-thought. I do that often.
Top row: Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, H. Wood Beauty Lip Shine in Rose, 17 Mirror Shines in Bee Hive and Belle, NARS Mayflower lipstick. Blistex is always a must-have! I brought Rose because I haven't used it much and thought I'd experiment. Bee Hive and Belle are two of my favorite nude-ish lip colors and they're moisturizing and easy to wear. Mayflower is a sheer shimmery rose color. It's still new to me so I'm playing with it.
Middle row: Sonia Kashuk Retractable Lip Brush. This is necessary for the H. Wood Lip Shine because the pot is narrow and very deep. My fake nails make it impossible to use my finger with this balm without sticking a nail in it.
Bottom row: Sleek Pout Polish in Cadillac Pink and Electro Peach. These didn't photograph very well; they're actually much more pigmented than they look. Cadillac Pink is great if I want a bright pink lip and Electro Peach is a very wearable peachy-orange-red. They both can be sheered out or built up depending on the look you're going for so they're great for travel!
Whew! And that's my travel makeup bag! I think writing this post was really helpful for me because I realize how many things I could have easily left at home. I'd like to say that I'll learn from this experience and pack lighter next time but I'm not sure if that's true or not!
Do you pack the whole bathroom like me or do you have better self-control with your packing? Have any tips for deciding what to bring and what to leave behind?