Friday, 29 August 2014

What's In My Travel Make-Up Bag?

Make Up Bag and contents NARS MAC Benefit

I started the week by showing you the contents of my travel wash-bag, so thought I'd end it with a peek into the make-up I took on the same trip! I took a small make-up bag, and kept things pretty streamlined (for me, anyway!), and I was pleased with my choices.

Base products are always essential, and I managed to take two primers. Yes, I know that's hardly streamlined, but they were both minis so that barely counts as one. I used Benefit Porefessional over MAC Prep + Prime, purely because it was so hot the last thing I needed was more glow - mattifying products were the way forward. I took my trusty NARS Sheer Glow (I use Barcelona FYI), and it's BFF NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer. Clearly I was in a NARS-y mood when I packed because I took my NARSissist Blush Palette too. The full review is here, but basically it contains Laguna, Orgasm and an exclusive powder highlighter - it really is everything you need in one place and perfect for travel. Somehow my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick managed to sneak out of this picture, but I took that too, y'know, just in case

Not wanting to faff around with Dip Brow on holiday, I took my Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz, for brow perfection. I also took the Benefit They're Real Push-Up liner, mainly because it is compact and long-lasting, and I wanted to give it another chance. I'm still neither here nor there on it, to be honest. Glamour magazine provided me with a good old Clinique mascara (I am sure the Chubby Sticks were a myth, I searched hard) and I took my Shu Uemura curlers for fluttery lashes. I thought long and hard about which palette to take for eyes, and settled on the Sleek Del Mar palette (reviewed here) as it had a good variety of shades to get me in the holiday mood. 

I managed to keep the lip wardrobe to a minimum, taking just my Paul & Joe lipstick in Pink Stockings, my new love the Revlon Colorburst Moisture Stain in Cannes Crush (review and swatches here, if you're interested) and for a nude option, MAC Creme Cup. 

Restrained, right? Right? I didn't have a massive bag to lug around, but definitely gave myself options, so I feel I did pretty well here. Some days I look in my handbag at work and discover seven lipsticks, so this felt like a big achievement! 


  1. You have a great selection of make-up Amber. Xx

  2. Great picks, I always have to have my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish with me for touch ups and such :)

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  3. ooo i'm so jealous of your products! Your make up bag is so cute :) x

  4. Thanks Ella, I found all the things I took away with me really useful and either very versatile or an essential basic! x

  5. I really want to try one of those! x

  6. Thank you! The make-up bag is Cath Kidston. x

  7. Very restrained!! I usually end up taking way too many things away with me! xx

  8. Normally, I take way too much make up with me on holidays but this summer with three trips has taught me to restrain myself. What you have laid out here are mostly the things I take with me now as well. Well, you´d have to swap out some brands, etc but you get what I mean.
    xx Lisa

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  9. Did you cheat and hide make up away elsewhere? :P - I always thing I've done well and realise I've packed extra make up into my handbag or toiletries :)

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  10. great choices! I really want to Nars Sheer Glow - it's been on my wishlist for far too long!

    Alice x


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