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