Tuesday, 16 January 2018

What's in My Travel Make-up Bag

The past month has been a month of travel for me. The moment my holidays began, I headed to Boston and then Chicago and it's been absolutely what the doctor ordered after a stressful month of finals. The hardest part was packing for the entire month and American domestic airline companies are really stingy with their baggage allowances.

It was hard enough stuffing practical-yet-cute winter clothes into a tiny carryon, but I also had to subsidise on beauty and skincare. I think I managed to bring a decent selection of products and I decided to share it on the blog for those facing a similar dilemma. All of these products comply with airline guidelines for carry-on bags, which is always handy.


I kept it pretty minimal for the face. To start things off, I brought only two skincare products with me because (A) I know myself well enough by know to predict that I'll be too lazy to go through a gazillion step skin care ritual and (B) space. The cleanser I brought with me is the Vitamin C Facial Wash from Soap and Glory. I got the travel size one which was around $4. I used it for the first time on this trip and it's been working pretty well for me. It's a gel based cleanser with pale pink beads in it so it doubles as a scrub. It also feels minty on the skin and removes all my makeup. I love the disinfectant-esque feel post wash and would definitely consider repurchasing a full size tube once I run out of it. I think it's worth mentioning that the travel size lasts a really long time! It lathers up pretty easily so the tiniest amount should do the trick.

The other skincare item I brought is a moisturiser. As we're smack dab in the middle of winter, every part of my body is withering away, moisturiser has become as much of a necessity as clean water and fresh air. The moisturiser I'm currently using is the Daily Balancing Moisturiser from Yes To Skincare's Tomato line that caters to blemished skin. The line promises clearer skin and as I haven't tried any other products from the line, I can't really vouch for the claim. Priced at around $8, this is something that I've really enjoyed using. I rarely find face moisturisers that I like and I was pleasantly surprised when I liked this from the start. It's very light on the skin and sinks in quite quickly without leaving the skin oily. It does make the skin super soft, which is always a bonus. I don't notice a major change in the radiance and clarity of my skin, to be honest, but it does hydrate which, in my opinion, is the primary role of a moisturiser. To be fair to the brand, I don't use this consistently. I only use it on days when my skin feels a little too dry. Most nights, I like to go to bed with a clean face and let my skin breathe and heal itself without the aid of other products.

For make-up, I keep my base pretty simple - foundation and then powder. I don't like heavy foundations with a lot of coverage. Nor do I like to go all-out with concealer, contour, and/or highlight. I'm really not into that trend. I like to look as close to natural as possible. For foundation, I'm currently using the L'Oreal True Match Foundation in Honey Beige. This shade is a tad dark for me but I manage to make it work. I mix in a little of my moisturiser and apply it with a damp beauty blender (yes, I finally jumped on that bandwagon!) and it covers as much as I like. The only problem I have with it is that it is super messy to use and the lack of a pump leads to a bit of wastage if you aren't a pro at measuring out exactly how much you need per use.

I set my foundation in place with my L'Oreal Mat Magique powder and Body Shop Kabuki Brush. I've mentioned this duo in every one of my beauty related blog posts so I'll skip it, for once.


I feel like I have my eyes sorted and set aside for life. I always reach for the same products so packing for a trip wasn't a touch decision to make, eyes wise!

I usually start off with a neutral eyeshadow all over the lid. I'm currently loving the third shade in the L'Oreal La Palette Nude. I'm nearly out of it and I'm on a wild hunt for a single shadow dupe for it.

I follow it up with a darker shade around the outer corner or with a cream shadow. I'm loving the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige. It stays within the realms of being neutral but at the same time, brings a little life into the eyes. I pat this on with my fingers because I'm lazy but I'm sure there are more delicate ways to apply it to look more put together.

Somedays I keep it simple with just mascara, usually the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which I've talked about so much! Other days, I love a perfect winged liner. Lately I've been really enjoying a brown liner and I find the L'Oreal Color Riche LeSmoky eye pencil in brown works perfectly for me. It glides on perfectly and comes with a smudger on one end to create a smokey winged look as well. For nights, I go for the bold black winged look with the L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Eyeliner.


I'm usually a lipstick hoarder and there's a constant lipstick graveyard in every single one of my bags. Downsizing was hard and picking less than a handful was even harder. I managed to get a combination of lipsticks and liners to create multiple lip looks within my realm of comfort.

I grabbed two liquid lipsticks, both from Victoria's Secret's Velvet Matte collection. Both are pink, but one more natural while the other is more daring. I got Love and Seduced. Love is more of neutral, natural pink colour where's Seduced is a deeper raspberry pink. They aren't completely matte and are not smudge proof but manage to dry my lips like a regular matte liquid lipstick. That being said, I do like the colours and choose to keep them on me for that reason alone.

The third and final lipstick I grabbed is Kinda Sexy by MAC. This is my trusty, comfort lipstick and I know every girl has one of those! When in doubt, I always reach for the nudes and this is the perfect nude for me and it's matte. It doesn't hurt that it smells like chocolate either! Yum!

I never go anywhere without lipliner and it's always these two that I have with me - Soar and Spice by MAC. Like I said before, nude is my go-to, but every nude-addict will tell you that there is a world of a difference between two nude shade of lip colour. Soar is closer in tone to natural lip colour whereas Spice is a bit more retro, a bit more brown mixed with pink. I tend to wear them on their own with a bit of lip balm to give my lips some definition and colour while still keeping it closer to natural.


Perfume is key to any makeup bag and the final step of your beauty routine. Every look and occasion is elevated by that key scent that defines your level of sophistication for that situation. It doesn't necessarily have to be a pricey designer fragrance. It just has to smell like one.

Travelling with fragrances is always tricky. Thankfully, we have been gifted with the invention of roller balls. Not only are these cheaper in price, they are also easier to toss in a bag of any size.

For this trip, I decided to cut myself off at two fragrances. My most recent fragrance purchase is Victoria's Secret Bombshell and Bombshell Nights duo rollerball. I think this was priced at around $18 and for a fragrance, it's really worth the money. With this one, you get two for the price of one. The original Bombshell is much more subtle and fresh compared to the Bombshell Nights which is a bit more flirty and powerful, perfect for the night time. I like that it comes in one sleek package to allow me the possibility of going from day to night without carrying my entire vanity in my bag.

New is always exciting, but the old is a tried-and-tested, all-time favourite. This one is Femme by Zara. It smells like a luxury perfume but comes without the burdening price tag. It lingers on the skin for hours and envelopes your body in a subtle yet striking heir of poise and sophistication. I have been complimented on this scent so many times. If there's one thing you take away from this post, let it be this perfume. I hope it urges you to test it out for yourself the next time you're at a Zara store.

What's your favourite product at the moment?

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