Have Makeup, Will Travel

Last week I took a road trip, and any time I travel I always want extra space in my bag(s) for any necessities that I decide have come home with me…so I try to pack light(ish). Light is a relative term, but I do try to keep it to the basic “needs” rather than stuffing a bunch of random things in my bag that never get used. Hairdryers for instance – I use the one at the hotel (most hotels supply them these days). I pre-plan outfits, check weather, and try to pack one or two extras in case things change.  Make sure you actually count the number of days you will be gone though – somehow I missed a day this trip and ended up an outfit short. Good thing I was shopping!
For my makeup, I have one rule: take products that I know work. I also try to save small samples for travel because it takes up less space!
For eyes:
– I try to pack brushes that work for several things – this time I took the Urban Decay doubled ended brush that came with the Naked 3 palette and the small blending brush (similar here).
– Lorac Behind the Scenes eye primer (trial size) – it works, and it’s small.
NYX Love in Paris palette. Recently I shared a look using this palette. It is so versatile!
– L’Oreal Infalliable Liner because it’s tried and true.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for upper lashes (favorite).
It Cosmetics Tightline for lower lashes and tightlining. It. Stays. Put.
For face:
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless primer. I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but it works fine, and I know what to expect.
Beauty Blender – I can apply foundation with the large end and concealer with the small point. Double duty, and it packs well!
Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation…my current favorite. Great coverage, no fuss.
– MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. New purchase, but outstanding coverage. It doubles as a highlight.
NYX Cream Blush. I like traveling with a cream blush because I know it will stay put and it won’t break up if I drop my bag!
– The stippling brush by Real Techniques is perfect for applying cream blushes.
– Finally, to set everything, I pack my small Real Techniques setting brush and a trial size of the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. I primarily use this under my eyes or in my t-zone for shine control.

Looking at the list, it seams like a lot, but in reality I may not use every item. I pack these knowing that I can achieve a full coverage look or keep it simple. Best part? These things don’t take up much room…so I have more space in my suitcase for shoes. 🙂

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