Hey everyone! I was hoping to have this post up before my short trip away to the Lake District, however I just didn’t have the time, so here’s a look inside my makeup bag with a little feedback of how I got on with the stuff I took. Such great English I speak!! Anyways isn’t the bag itself gorgeous? Such a bargain of a find from Primark for only £3! The moment I saw it I thought of the popular Urban Outfitters version and it was a great buy because I easily carried my makeup, skincare and body-washes inside.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in St. Moritz (£29) I went for this because it’s the most travel friendly of all bases, the packaging can’t smash nor is it heavy and it also contains SPF 30. This shade looks a little too dark at first but as it is a TM it blends just fine and leaves a healthy light/medium coverage. It’s also easy to apply with the fingers so no brush necessary. I really enjoyed using this overall, but I’m not sure that it’s better than the MUFE Face & Body (reviewed) because even with powder it did fade after 7ish hours. I was however always using a light layer and I didn’t use a primer so perhaps that’s why, but I’ll report back when I’ve used it long enough.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX06 (£36.50) You all know that I love concealers, it’s the one step that I won’t skip out due to my relentless dark circles! So when I had to pick just one, this was at the top of my list, full coverage, water-proof, long-lasting, creamy, brightening...and the list goes on. The only issue I have is that it can crease but with the right techniques it can work a treat.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 53 (£9.00) This has been my favourite face powder for a while, it provides light coverage, keeps any base in place for longer and matches my skintone pretty well! The mirror inside is also really handy for travelling and I always use this with a kabuki brush I got from a Dior highlighter. It worked well at setting the SSE, I don’t normally use this under my eyes because I prefer a yellow toned one, however it did the job decently well!
NARS Blush Duo - Laguna and Orgasm (£30) This was actually limited edition and I’m so glad I picked it up because it was my first encounter with the wonderful Laguna bronzer. I haven’t been giving this enough love so I decided to take it along with me and I loved using it! Orgasm has a lot of gold to it, without over powering the mix of red/pink and it looks super flattering against olive skin. Unfortunately this duo is actually limited edition, I have found a link which I included above but I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking it. However I think these blush duos are great value for money as you get around 5g of each shade which is very generous for the price.
Sleek Blush in Flamingo (£4.49) reviewed I have had this for ages! Around the two and a half year at least and again I don’t use it enough. It’s a gorgeous slightly blue toned pink shade which is a great change from my typical peach tones that I favour. Especially for the summer time, this shade of pink is perfect and although it involved a fair bit more blending out I really enjoyed popping this onto my cheeks - a true gem from Sleek!
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey (£21) I’ve mentioned this in a couple of posts now but my love for this shows no signs of dying anytime soon! This is the most perfect gold highlighter EVER, beautifully pigmented and small enough to slot neatly in my bag. I also find that baked products are a lot more sturdy to travel with, than powders such as the Mary-Lou Manizer which crumble easily so this is good all round.
Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 2C (£13) I don’t think I’ve had the chance to rave about these on my blog yet, but ladies, these lip liners are IN-CRED-IBLE! They’re my favourite formula of lip liner ever and worth every single penny. 2C is a very natural shade, perhaps a little deeper than my own lips meaning it makes a great base for any lipsticks. I feel like when I slightly over line with this lip-liner it looks believable and it lasts for a long time too - most of it was still on after a shower!
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (£16) Another newbie to my collection, I decided to take this along with me as a slightly mauve option however I didn’t end up using it! It’s a beautiful lip pencil but I still need to test it out a little before I can decide if it’s worth the pretty hefty price-tag.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Tiramisu (£2.99) This range is amazing, Rimmel’s lip liners rival high-end brands effortlessly and Tiramisu is a beautiful shade. It’s a deeper version of MUFE 2C and it’s one that matches a lot of my favourite lipsticks. Again it’s a shade I can always turn to, a quick swipe and I look more pulled together in an instant.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew in Nottinghill Nude (£6.49) has been a long time lipstick favourite, it’s one of the best nudes for my Stromboli skintone and its also really comfortable to wear on the lips. It also works well with any of the lip-liners mentioned above - a great lippie for everyday.
Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink ($5.00) has been my favourite from the three that I picked up, a dusty taupe with a matte finish - its not really a summer time shade but I’m still obsessed with it. I wore it to Alton Towers where it lasted pretty well! If you guys want a review on the three lippie stix shades I own do let me know ^_^
Colourpop Super Shock in Get Lucky ($5.00) This has been my go to eye product since I bought it so it was a no brainer for me to include this cute little pot in my makeup bag and I used it every single day. A little over the top to rock golden eyelids on the daily? Not at all ;D Sometimes I used it alone and other times I added some extra shadow. Either way this is the best $5 I’ve spent on eye makeup ever!
Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette in Brixton Brown (currently £5.24) The ideal travel palette, it has a highlight shade a lovely crease shade and a colour for deepening things up. Oh and lets not forget that red shade in the middle, a real pop of colour which I love to mix in with whatever shade I have popped into the crease. The quality of these shadows aren’t the most wonderful on the market, however it works well for such a small and portable palette.
Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in 001 (currently £3.97) this really is a blast from the past - the first eyeliner I ever bought and the one I stuck with throughout year 10. Eyeliner was my jam and this particular one is super black and decently long lasting. In fact it comes pretty high in my list of drugstore lines (coming soon!). The only issue is that the nib isn’t the finest, so it can be easy to overdo it.
Benefit Roller Lash Travel Size this is the only mini Mascara I have open so I took it along but didn’t end up using it. In general though it’s a decent one, it lengthens really well and doesn’t clump however it doesn’t add enough volume. So when I DO use it, a second mascara is essential.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate (£15) reviewed the most long lasting brow product I own, a holiday essential. I’ve spoken about this so much on my blog I feel like I don’t need to go on and on - just have a search through!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Large Synthetic Brow Duo 12 (£15) A newbie but seriously a total game changer. I always debated if it was worth paying extra for a proper brush designed by the Queen of brows - now I only wish I had gone for it earlier. Seriously no other brush can compare, it is amazing. Small enough to add shape without going overboard, slanted enough to create real hair like strokes and that spoolie? Yaaaas - one of my best purchases of 2015 without a doubt!
Makeup Forever Mist and Fix 30ml (£8.00) I’m still testing this out so I thought I would take it along and see if it made a huge difference - but so far not really. I usually test this by spraying half my face and then checking in later on, which showed me that it extends makeup wear marginally. But we shall see!
Topshop Lip Perfector in Ambition (£6.00) I picked this up with the hopes that it would be a lovely nude shade lip balm, however it just doesn’t really show up on my lips! It’s pretty similar to my natural lip colour and although I love the packaging and the whole applicator I wouldn’t repurchase this. It’s a nice little tube to carry around though and it does add a shine whilst doing an alrightish job of moisturising the lips.
The Body Stuff
Sainsburys Travel Set of 3 plastic bottles 50ml (£2.00) Such a bargain! These little sets are essential for anyone travelling away for a week or so, it minimises packaging, weight and they’re recyclable so yay for cute lil bottles. Also this set comes with a mini funnel which helped with the oil a lot.
Inside the bottles I put in the Una Brennan Superfacialist Cleansing Oil, Dove Damage Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo and the Soap and Glory Clean On Me Body Wash.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (£20) This rather pricey moisturiser has been floating my boat recently, I picked it up on sale and I’m so glad I did because it really is brilliant. They describe it to be a moisturiser, primer and even a makeup remover (not sure about the last one). It nourishes the skin so well and preps it well for makeup too.
Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Night Cream (£5) is awesome. I stopped using any night-cream for a while and just stuck with oils, but since introducing this into my skincare routine I really have felt the benefits. They have done such a good job with this, it manages to take away any tightness without being too heavy and my skin feels so plump once applied.
I also picked up the Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Wipes the travel pack which were on special offer at Sainsburys. I got these for removing eye makeup as I normally use an oil based cleanser, however I have to say I don’t recommend these at all. They weren’t kind to that delicate under-eye area and a couple of lashes fell out too which wasn’t pleasant! The other set of wipes I bought were the Sani Hands Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes which are a travelling essential when you’re eating out in my opinion. These came in super handy and I would definitely buy them again, they have a cool textured surface which helped to clean the hands.
And finally the brushes - but I'm not gonna list them out individually sorry ladies! Let me know if you need any details here, my wrists are aching from all this typing. In short Real Techniques and that fabulous Eco-tools duo (reviewed here) along with the most perfect blending tool ever - the beauty blender which I have a post about coming up soon ^_^
Anyways this post went on for far too long and took me ages to complete D: Serves me right for packaging so much right!
What are some of your favourites in your travel makeup bag?
Thank-you for reading ♥