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!