Monday, April 2, 2018

What's In My Vacation Makeup Bag

Sometimes it takes a lot of thought to decide what I want to post on my blog.  Other times, an opportunity might just present itself and I decide to roll with it.  Based on this intro, you can probably guess that this particular post was created because of the latter.

On a recent vacation in Mexico, I came back to my hotel room one day to find that the cleaners had organized my makeup into a perfect flatlay.  So, of course, the blogger in me snapped a pic and decided I would use it for a blog post!

When it comes to beauty products, it's easy for me to get wrapped up in what's new and exciting rather than talking about staples that I love.  But what better way to showcase what I really love than by showing what packed with me on vacation!?  I already have a big problem with overpacking, so when it comes to my makeup, I try my best to just stick to 1 item per category (so just 1 bronzer, 1 blush, etc.) so that I can achieve both a quick and full makeup look.  

So with a huge shout out to the room cleaner that made this post possible, here's all the makeup I packed with me to Mexico:

There are plenty of days where I don't wear makeup at all, but when I do, I have 1 of 2 looks that I go for.  The first is a bit lighter while the second is full on.  On lighter makeup days, I skip the foundation and apply the Becca Aqua Luminous concealer, as its creamy formula blends in perfectly with the rest of my skin.  When I want a full-makeup look, I wear foundation and the Tarte Shape Tape concealer over top.  All the other products listed below I use for both looks, including two different setting powders.  I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder under my eyes and the MAC Studio Fix Powder for the rest of my face.
Primer - Maybelline Master Prime Primer (Blur + Smooth 100)
Foundation - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint w/ SPF 30 Sunscreen (Alaska Light2)
Concealer 1 - Tarte Shape Tape (Light Medium)
Concealer 2 - Becca Aqua Luminous (Fair)
Setting Powder 1 - MAC Studio Fix Powder (NW25)
Setting Powder 2 - Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Blush - NARS Orgasm
Bronzer - NARS Laguna
Highlighter - Becca (Champagne Pop)
Setting Spray - Urban Decay All Nighter


I love me some Benefit brow products.  For something quick and easy, I use the Gimme Brow gel, but if I want a more filled-in look I go for the Foolproof Brow powder.
Powder - Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder (#3)
Gel - Benefit Gimme Brow (#3)


No matter how light or how heavy I want my makeup to be, I'll always throw on some mascara.  But if I'm feeling a little more fancy, some eyeshadow and eyeliner might get thrown on too.  When packing eyeshadow, I always opt to bring 1 palette vs. multiple individual eyeshadows.
Eyeliner - Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper)
Eyeshadow Palette - Lorac Pro Palette 3
Mascara - Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise


Depending on where I'm going and what I'll be doing, the lip products I bring might change slightly.  But in general, as was the case with this trip, I'll stick with more neutral colors that I know will look good with everything.
Liquid Lipstick - Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick (10 Nude Flush)
Lip Stain - Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Stain (Forever Pink)


These brushes are my staples and can get me a wide range of looks depending on what I'm going for that day.
Foundation Brush - Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Sponge - Beauty Blender
Spoolie - Benefit Spoolie (similar)
Powder Brush - Large powder brush (similar)
Highlighter Brush - Smashbox Fan Brush
Blush Brush - Real Techniques Blush Brush
Bronzer Brush - Japonesque Contour & Highlight
Undereye Concealer Brush - Real Techniques Setting Brush
Eyeshadow Brush 1 - Mac 224
Eyeshadow Brush 2 - Real Techniques Medium Shadow Brush
Eyeshadow Brush 3 - Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush


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