The Makeup Bag: Holiday Edition

Travel Beauty -
Travel Beauty -

It’s all gotten all a bit too chilly for my liking around these Melbourne parts, so I’ve traded in the icy winds for a short holiday back home in the warmer *touches everything wooden* climes of Queensland.  When I travel (whether it be for a night or for a month), I unfortunately have the tendency to cart along the bulk of my makeup collection, so in the interest of not breaking my back when collecting my bag off the carousel, I’ve whittled down to a few select ‘must-haves’ and best multi-taskers to get me through my two week sojourn. So which products made the cut?


Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer: This beauty has the dual effect of hydrating and plumping up my skin so foundation sits beautifully on top, while keeping my makeup lasting longer throughout the day.

Napoleon Perdis Stroke of Genius Cashmere Foundation (full review here): Ah, I love these multi-tasking Napoleon products. This foundation has good coverage but is not heavy or cakey, blends well with either a brush or fingers, is long-wearing without touch-ups, and includes the all-important SPF.

By Terry Touche Veloutee: Two-in-one combo effect of light concealing and and subtle highlighting.

Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Concealer: My be-all-and-end-all concealer, this compact little palette is ideal for travel as it has your dark eye circles, blemishes and pigmentation covered in a snap.

Benefit Hoola: All the bronzing and contouring you need in one neat little package.

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (full review here): No, my obsession with this has not waned. Yes, I will keep talking about how much I love it. Even more on holidays, when it has your blush and highlighting needs covered in one.


Rebecca Moses Face Kit in Brown and Plum (Limited Edition): The ultimate travel companions. I mainly use the eyeshadows in these palettes, the selection of which cover pretty much any look you could dream up, but the blushes and the lippies come in very handy as well.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Liner: Am I the only one that thinks of these two as a package deal? I’m still in the ‘getting the hang of it’ stages of using the liner, so I’m excited about getting some more face-time with this while away to finally get it nailed. Along for the ride is a cute little They’re Real mascara mini.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: I’m having my brows threaded the day before I depart, so this nifty product is all I need to keep those brows tamed while I’m away.


MAC Crosswires: A versatile shade that can be used for both day and night looks, in the soft ‘Creamsheen’ formula.

Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Naughty Nude: Perfect for ‘no-makeup’ makeup looks.

Black Chicken Balm of Ages: The be all and end all of body balms. Ideal for keeping skin hydrated on the plane, soothing sunburn after a day at the beach, fixing chapped lips when the temperature drops… the possibilities are endless.


Real Techniques Expert Face brush: As this was the brush that ruled them all in my One and Only post, I thought it was only fair the Expert brush would make the edited travel-makeup cut.

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face Brush: Perfect for both blush and bronze application – I just give it a quick spot clean between the two.

MAC 217 Blending Brush: My go-to eyeshadow blending brushes. I have three on rotation at home but one will do the trick while I’m away.

MAC 195 Concealer Brush: The best friend to the Napoleon Pro-Palette Concealer, I use the bottom end to pick up and mix the three shades, and the brush to apply and blend.

And there we have it. Still too much? Not even close to what you’d take? Let me know in the comments!


  • Sheri

    You packed well! I always have a tendency to go overboard with blushes and lipsticks haha. That NP foundation sounds really nice, it’s a brand I don’t have much experience with so it was interesting to read about more NP products!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Yep I was definitely an overpacker for a while there but felt it was time to reign it in, especially when I never use it all! I’ve loved NP for a long time now, I think it’s because I had my first “professional” make-up application done for an event there and I just fell in love with the products… still go them to have event makeup done now, they always do an amazing job.

  • Lena

    Good packing strategy! I was in Queensland last week too – Sunshine coast. Plus I ended up buying lots more stuff at the mall both there and in Brisbane.

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Ah the Sunshine Coast is beautiful, I went the opposite way down to the Gold Coast but actually prefer the Sunshine Coast.. Hope you had a lovely time while you were there!

  • Tasha

    You’ve definitely packed well, very restrained ;) Hope you have fun in QLD! I hope the weather is good, the past weekend here in Brisbane was super rainy!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Yes I thought so, definitely tried to be more restrained than previous trips (although my bag was still right on that 23kg bag limit, so obviously I’ve made up the extra space in the makeup bag with other stuff ha). Yep I suffered through that rain over the weekend, but at least it was sunny for the time I went down the coast, thankfully!! :)

  • Gabs

    I never seem to pack properly when I go away, I’ll either pack too much or not enough LOL!!! Such a pain haha, anyways I really am enjoying your blog I love the layout its so crisp and clean!! Haha I sound a little crazy but I can’t get over how much I adore this layout!! | Makeup and Beauty Blog

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Aw thanks for the kind words :) I found this lot was a good amount for two weeks, didn’t really miss too much from home, so I think I’ve found my happy medium!

  • Beauty Bee

    What a great selection of products! I love planning what products I’m going to take with me before a trip… unfortunately I’m not going anywhere any time soon, so I’m enjoying your post even more (and perhaps living vicariously through it :P )

    I’m most intrigued by the Black Chicken balm – the name is so entertaining lol!

    • Angie || the maquillage

      Hehe yep I thought the same about the Black Chicken balm, I think it makes it more of a memorable brand with the quirky name!