Tuesday, 8 January 2013

What's in my travel make up bag?

I love reading about what is in other people's make up bags, so I thought I would share with you what's in mine, I really love some of these products, so I hope it is helpful for you.

Let's start off with the all important face products...

SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ sunscreen: To me, sunscreen is one of the most important things in my make up bag, I am quite fair and burn very easily so I wear it every day under my foundation. I like this one, it has quite a thick consistency but it absorbs quickly. It is important to look for a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, look for the words "Broad Spectrum" or "UVA/UVB" protection. I got this one from StrawberryNet, you can find it here.

Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation: I love this foundation, it is made of a mix of coloured pigments (green, purple and yellow) intended to correct discolouration. I think it is a great foundation for evening out skin tone. Just a little disclaimer- this foundation has no SPF. As I wear sunscreen everyday I prefer to use foundations without SPF as I find them more versatile. I don't wear anything with SPF on my face when I'm going out at night because flash photography can cause a white cast. If you are someone who doesn't wear sunscreen regularly, I would recommend looking for a foundation with an SPF.

Maybelline Fit Me concealer: This is a new addition to my make up bag and so far I am really liking it. The consistency makes it appropriate for covering blemishes as well as dark under eye cirlces, and I love travelling with versatile products like that! I like the wand applicator and the colour is perfect for my skin tone ( I am using the shade 15 fair).

Covergirl TruBlend pressed powder: My skin type is normal-combination (in the colder months I am prone to dryness and dehydration if I don't look after my skin), so I need a powder that won't highlight any dryness I may have. While I like this one, I am still on the hunt for the perfect pressed powder, if such a thing exists! I am always looking for any reccommendations so if you have any I would love to hear from you.

NARS blush/brozer duo in Laguna/Orgasm: These are two of my favourite products of all time, I had heard so much about these that I just bought the smaller blush/brozer duo to try them out and I understand their rave reviews. My skin tone is quite light and I find that if I lightly apply the bronzer it blends out really nicely and the blush is just gorgeous. When I get through this I will most definitely be repurchasing both products! For the moment, this little mini duo is perfect for travelling!

Now onto the eye products...


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze: I love this cream eye shadow from Maybelline, you can wear it alone or under powder shadows, it is smooth, easy to work with and doesn't crease on me. Well done, Maybelline!

Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow trio in Walking on Eggshells: I originally had about 4 eyeshadow trios/quads that I intended to bring with me but thought that would be a little extreme, and when I thought about it more I realised this is the eyeshadow trio I have been reaching for more than any others lately. I love that it is a neutral palette that can be worn during the day but the brown is dark enough that it can be easily turned into a night look, I particulary like the brown on my lower lash line. This over my Bad to the Bronze Color Tattoo is one of my favourite looks!

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition mascara: I love this mascara but my sister hates it, I think mascara is one of those things that is very much up to the individual. This mascara has a thicker consistency and can tend to clump if you use too much, less is definitely more with this one. I really like the look it gives with just a few quick strokes but if you are a person who likes to work with a thinner consistency mascara or likes to layer different mascaras, this may not be for you. I think I'm going to do a more in depth review of this because I just love it.

Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner: Hands down, my favourite liquid eye liner, the pen application is easy to work with and, on me, it lasts the whole day/night. I usually just dot liquid eyeliner along my lash line to make it appear fuller but I have also used this as a more bold eyeliner and it works well either way. If you are a beginner looking to try liquid eyeliner (or even if you aren't), I would reccommend trying this one.

Savvy by DB eyebrow pencil: Let's not forget our brows ladies! I actually did forget an eyebrow pencil so I picked his one up while at the shops, and I quite like it. My eyebrow pencil advice is always go lighter than you think you should, I have this in Taupe, even though my brows are quite dark, I really only use it to fill in a few sparce areas and create some more definition at the ends.

I only brought 4 lip products with me (in addition to the 3 lip balms permanently in my handbag at any one time) because I felt these were the most versatile, and are currently some of my favourites...


Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lip liner in Cherry Kiss: This is one of my favourite lip liners of all time, it is so well loved that I couldn't even read the label and had to Google what it was called... I love wearing this by itself or underneath lipstick. It is a colour that can be worn very lightly or built up to quite an intense colour. Definitely one of my faves.
Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Vintage Pink (180): This is a great lipstick, I also think this Rimmel product is very versatile, it can be worn lightly by itself for a more natural colour or built up over the Cherry Kiss liner for a more bold lip. The only downside to this lipstick is the scent, to me it just smells like lipstick from the 80s, but it doesn't seem to last on the lips so I can overlook it!
Revlon ColorStay lip liner in Red: I decided I wanted to have the option of wearing a classic red lip while I'm away and this lip liner/lipstick combo is one of my favourites. I just don't think you can do a red lip without a liner and this one does not budge.
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries In The Snow: This is one of my favourite red lip colours, it is a cool toned, almost pink red and I think it works very well with my skin tone (NW15 for reference), it is one of those reds that brightens the face and whitens the teeth. Paired with my Revlon liner is a winning combo.

And now, last but not least, the tools...

Revlon lip brush: I really think you can't wear a bold lip without applying your lipstick with a lip brush, it helps get the lipstick into hard to reach areas and allows for a more precise application, a must in any travel bag!
Cosmetica by Manicare Rounded Blending brush: A pretty standard eye shadow blending brush, but I like this one, gets the job done! Anything similar to this would be fine.
Sephora Complexion Poudre 53 brush: I love this brush, I bought it last time I was overseas and have used it almost every day since. On an everyday basis I would usually only use this for blush but for travelling purposes I will use this for setting powder, blush and bronzer, a great all rounder brush.
Sephora brush wand: The quality of these brushes isn't great but I really like the versatility of this product, I don't use this on a regular basis but it is good for the purpose of travelling. I do quite like the angled liner brush but the rest are a little average.
Revlon eye shadow blending brush: Although this is called a blending brush, I find the tapered shape is good for applying colour to the lid, it picks up and distributes colour well.
Last but not least my make up bag is one that I got in a Bourjois gift with purchase, I usually discard these bags pretty quickly or give them away but this one is cute and the plastic cover that you can wipe down is super handy, it's good to keep these when you find a good one!
I hope this has been a useful insight into what's in my travel make up bag, I would love to know what your travel essentials are!
Zoe xx


  1. I'm dying to get my hands on that duo by Nars <3 I love seeing what other people keep in their makeup bags too, especially the 'what's in my bag' videos on youtube lol x

  2. I love that eyeliner - so glad it was the first liquid eyeliner that I tried as it is so easy like you said. One of my fave make up items at the moment is the revlon lip stains - I am waiting for a deal to come up to buy some more :)

  3. You've definitely got all the bases covered! My make-up bag probably contains less than half of that when I travel! I always have a Chanel Bronzer with me - they are my must have. I carry a compact one with me and my favorite liquid one in my bag. And lip balm. I could have those two and be completely happy :) Can't wait to hear about your holiday!

    1. I know! Once I started writing it all out I realised how much I had! I think next time I'll try to condense a little more... It's definitely not one of my strengths...

      Holiday was amazing, can't wait to tell you guys all about it xx

  4. Have you ever tried MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural? I also have normal, combo skin that gets drier in the colder months and have been using this powder for the past three years all year round. I've tried to find drugstore alternatives but keep going back to the MAC. You can apply it with a damp sponge for more coverage or with a fluffy brush for less. It never looks cakey. The only downside is that it doesn't control oil very well.

    1. Hey CC, I have heard good things about MAC Mineralize skin finishes, I think I will have to give them a go! This time of year isn't too bad but I know as soon as Winter comes around I will have to search for something new. Very convenient we have similar skin types, I think that will come in handy! xx

  5. I'd love to try the NARS duo! Looks incredible! Great post and pics! :))


    1. Thanks so much! The duo is great, this is the mini version and I think it will last me for a long time, a good, slightly cheaper way to try out their products! xx

  6. I love that eyeliner!!

    Hugs from SWEDEN!

  7. What a fun post! Great idea! I should do a post like that too sometimes. You carry around lots of make up products. :) Love that. I guess mine looks similar!
    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love yours and will definitely follow!