This post was supposed to go up when we flew out on Wednesday, but things came up the day before we had to leave so I didn’t have time to actually write the post. Anyway, it all works out because now I can tell you if I actually ended up using the stuff I brought. I find that no matter how long or short a trip is, packing makeup and skincare is always such a tricky job. Let’s start with the successful part of my packing: brushes! I love using the travel case that comes with the Real Techniques sets (Starter, Core, and Travel). You’ll notice that I don’t have a single RT brush in there. Sometimes I do end up bringing a couple, but mostly I take whatever brushes I want to. The best thing about it is that it folds into a stand that you can set out anywhere.To house my makeup I used the pretty Revlon bag that came with the Ultra HD Lipsticks I received last week. It’s a thin bag so I was forced to pack as little as possible. Not a major problem because we were only out for 3 days. Inside it I had:
- Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser with SPF 15
- Ellana Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in Toffee Mocha*
- Ellana Minerals Blush Duo In Kitten/Peach Passion*
- MUD Blue Corrector #3
- K Palette Zero Kuma Concealer Type 1
- Myra Vita Glow BB Cream in Ivory**
- NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer
- Stila Smudge Crayon in Antique
- Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach
- VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara
- Tweezerman Eyelash Curler
Most of this is my standard stuff. I packed that Pixi palette because I’ve had it for a while and never seem to use it at home… and now I have confirmed that it’s just not that great. The shadows struggled to last through a full day and the pigmentation of the one matte brown was disappointing. I didn’t end up using the bronzer at all because I failed to bring a brush for it and the VitaGlow BB Cream was a lifesaver for livening up my dull, fresh-from-sickness skin. I am glad that I packed the pressed version of my usual Ellana foundation because it was so much more compact and convenient to use. It’s also what I carried around for touch-ups.
No lip products in the photo because I carry mine in my bag organiser. I had a couple of Revlon Lacquer balms and some Burt’s Bees lip balms with me.
Packing skincare is an area that I feel I have figured out (more so than makeup, at least). The plastic bag I have everything in actually came with the suitcase I used and attached to the inside, so using that was a no-brainer. I took my usual VMV Hypoallergenics face wash, some cotton pads, Physiogel moisturiser, a tiny PH Care feminine wash, my Bioderma Cicabio Cream (had dry rashes around my nose area from blowing my nose too often when I had a cold), a Bioderma eye cream, the indispensable Rosebud Salve, a hair elastic, and Burt’s Bees makeup removing wipes.
I also brought a foot mask because hotel spa services charge an arm and a leg. Instead of going for those, I suggest an in-room bubble bath and a face and/or foot mask that you brought from home.
And that’s it! Tomorrow I’ll show you guys the little haul of makeup bits I picked up from Sasa. ;)
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