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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

As the fiancé is still living abroad from me, trips to see him are inevitable at the moment (and on the other hand much awaited on both sides). For the next trip I wanted to show you what I am bringing and how I am bringing it (aka the actual makeup bag).

After years of bringing first one little Oilily bag and then an additional little bag (because the first one did not fit everything anymore), I upgraded over the summer and got the Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio for Home & Away. I had seen this on Fleur de Force’s YouTube channel and fell in love instantly. She however got the bigger version, whereas I stuck to the small one. I got a pretty good deal over an Amazon seller and paid only 38 Euros including delivery.

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As you can see above the case is made from a harder shell from the outside. This has the advantage that when stuffing it in your suitcase/travel bag nothing will be able to damage the inside. So no broken containers, powders or the like. The downsides of the shiney case are obvious: lots of fingerprints and the case also fits a bit less than I thought it would, as it is not bending to the outside either.

So what am I actually bringing with me on a little city trip? The makeup kit is divided into three sections: the front, the back, and the middle. Both in the front and the back part you find a little pouch, which is a) see through from the front and b) is magnetic in the bag so it stays within the case without a problem. This allows for better overview and is very convenient. The pouch to the left is reserved for base products only:

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1. I start with a primer and a BB cream, both from Smashbox. I usually use the Smashbox Dark Spot Correcting Primer, but found this little “trial” size version of the original primer as a “light” version aka oil-free and could not resist. The Smashbox BB Cream is very easy to wear and comes with SPF 35. I got the lightest color (fair), which fits perfectly in the summer but will be a tad bit too dark in the middle of winter, which I am trying to use it a lot at the moment, where it still matches.

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2. Afterwards I use concealer. I love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 51 Light Radiant for under my eyes as it is super moisturizing. For spots on my face and around my nose I stick to the Clinique Even Better Concealer in natural, as it gives a bit more coverage.

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3. Afterwards I set my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in transparent and the MAC 182 Kabuki. When being at home I prefer the Real Techniques Powder Brush, which is however quite big so for travelling I stick to this one (the effect is however more powdery). The Rimmel powder is the first powder I am trying after I used up my last MAC MSF in Light. I do like it but the packaging is just crap. I would not recommend taking this traveling if you have a rather “loose” makeup bag, because the lid will fall off for sure and the powder will probably get smashed and get all over.

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4. As my last step I set my concealer and brighten my undereye area with the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, which I am using since March (I got it in London) and I am loving it. I am using the Real Techniques Setting Brush, which I specifically got for this purpose. I do believe it does the trick and sets the concealer and brightens the area, however beware of using too much and then entering direct sunlight: major Twilight vampire twinkle glitter alarm.

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Moving on to everything eyes and cheeks related:

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5. On this trip I only brought my new MAC quads, which I put together myself. Funny thing is, that on all the blogs and on YouTube the girls seem to put together their MAC palettes again, after not having used them for quite a while (Urban Decay Naked and Naked2 maybe being a major reason for this). I myself never had many MAC eyeshadows (only “Mulch” and a point pot in “Bare Study” to be precise, but during August added “All That Glitters” and recently added 6 more colors because I really do like them. I do have my Naked Basics palette but as much as I love the idea of having a small palette to take travelling, I also do prefer the glittery colors, which are a bit scarce in the Naked Basics one.

Left Quad: TL (All That Glitters), TR (Naked Lunch), BL (Mulch), BR (Satin Taupe)

Right Quad: TL (Woodwinked), TR (Patina), BL (Sable), BR (Shale)

I brought three brushes to apply the eyeshadow, but forgot the take pictures of them (shame on me). One of them was however of course the 217 Blending Brush from MAC.

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6. As blushes seem to take up quite a bit of space (especially my beloved Benefit blushes) I stuck to two quite different colors. I brought Rockateur, the new one form Benefit, everything seem to be talking about, and a color which I love. It’s a mixture between brown and rosey and looks very natural on the cheek. At home I usually use a blush brush to apply it, for travelling however I just stick to the brush inside the packaging (and the Benefit brushes work quite well for me). The other blush I brought, is from a MAC limited edition (I think it was the Hey Sailor one) and it is called Fleet Fast. It is one of my darker colors and just perfect for fall. For applying this one I brought the Mineral Powder Brush (number 45) from Sephora. I just recently purchased this brush but love is so much already that I will buy some more, next time I am at Sephora. It reminds me a lot of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is ones of my favorites but only available in the Core Set, which I only have one. But this Sephora brush comes so close that it solves my problem 🙂

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7. Not without my highlighter. I brought a MAC trio, where I am only using the color to the left (and hit pan obviously). I love this color for right under my eyebrows and on the inside of my eyes. Super natural without being too glittery. For the face I brought the Benefit What’s Up Highlighter, which comes in a creamy stick form. It is a new kind of highlighter for me (my favorite being Lightscapade from MAC) but I think the small size (trial) is perfect for traveling.

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8. Last but not least I have some eye products but I am traveling light here. I brought the YSL Babydoll Volume Mascara, which I love and might have to purchase in full size. I brought one smolder eyes eyeliner from tarte in the color gold, which fits very nicely with all of the eye shadow combinations I can create with my two quads and as it is one of those jumbo sticks I can also use it to create a smudgy smokey eye. And last but not least I brought the Alverde Eyebrow Gel in 02 brown, so nothing fancy here.

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So what about lips? I did bring lip products, but TOTALLY FORGOT to take pictures of the products. I did not put them into the travel case but they went in to my carry on bag. I like to put them all into the bag with the liquids, because different airports have different rules about a lipstick being liquid or not (and I do not want to take a chance with one of the more expensive ones).

How about I make a separate post about my travel lip products? I hope this is how I am getting out of my forgetfulness.

Love, S.

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