Travel Makeup Bag

I’m officially on my summer holidays, I’ve finished my second year at university as of the day that I am writing this, I have moved out of my student accommodation and ready to start a summer full of adventures. My first stop is a trip up to Doncaster for Debra Bow’s 21st birthday celebrations, I’ve never been to Doncaster before and it’s safe to tp say that I’m excited to visit a new part of the country. Since being at university I have beaten my travel anxiety and will now happily get the train to by myself pretty much anywhere (which is always a plus point). This summer I will also be taking a trip to Egypt at some point, as well as going to Wales for another friend 21st and I’m also hoping to visit my friend in France at some point. I guess you could say I’ve got quite a bit planned for over the summer, and I cannot wait.

Travelling, however, does mean that I am unable to take my whole makeup collection with me and instead I have had to pick select products that I truly love and know work for me. While I have taken more products than pictured with me to Doncaster…these are what I will typically pack.

While I am more than happy to go makeup free, obviously it’s nice to get dressed up to go out for dinner in the evening…plus I don’t think I could go completely makeup free for an entire holiday. I just enjoy playing with my makeup too much. When it comes to going abroad I try not to take too many high end products, just incase disaster strikes and my suitcase is lost or they explode (packing them in my hand luggage just isn’t a possibility as I always over back as it is). Although I have been loving a few slightly pricier items at the moment, I’m hoping to trade these in for some cheaper alternatives though…just need to hunt these down.

I will typically use a Ted Baker large wash bag to carry my makeup, since it is big enough to take quite a few products…plus if anything does explode it’s normally quite easy to wipe it off the silky lining. I then take a smaller bag to hold all my brushes to stop them getting damaged in travel, at the moment I am using the Zoella Midi Cosmetic Bag and then I’ll normally have another bag which contains my skincare and shower items. So I hope you enjoy having a peek into my travel makeup bag.

Shop my travel makeup bag

To prime my face I always use my Laura Mercier Radience Primer, and while I only own a sample of it…I will soon be investing in the full size because I’m in love with it. This just creates a flawless base to build upon, or I can wear it alone just to give my skin more of a glow than it normally has. My current favourite foundation to use is Mac Studio Fix Fluid in shade NW15, this is the perfect shade for when I have a tan, however I do always take my Body Shop Lightening drops with me. These are a life saver for pale girls like me as they allow me to lightening the shade of my foundation rather than taking multiple different foundations with me. You could always take a lighter foundation and use the darkening drops instead to darken up your foundation, so it works well both ways.

I will normally carry two concealers, one for under my eyes and one for spots (or to create a cut crease if I’m feel adventourous) at the moment my two go-tos are the Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair 1 and Mac Studio Select in NW15, between these I can normally create a rather flawless base and I love how they work well together. I will often set the concealer under my eyes with my Joan Collins Paparazzi Duo Compact*, this product is extremely useful for travelling as it have a powder and a section of a lipstick making it great to throw in my handbag when I’m out and about as well. In order to achieve a bronzed look there is only one bronzer I reach for, and that is the Benefit Hoola, this is the only bronzer I have ever owned and I don’t think I’ll buy another as I love this one so much. For blush, contour and highlight I will always rely upon my Makeup Revolution Sculpt and Contour Kit in CO1, all together these products create a flawless face, that I can make more dramatic or natural depending on my mood.

For eyebrows I have been obsessed with having fluffy brows, and I achieve this look with the aid of Soap & Glory Brow Archery in Brownie Points, I picked this product up on a whim after wanting to try it since the days of Zoella raving about. I’m completely obsessed, it the perfect shade for my brows, it’s not too warm or cool and the formula is a great consistancy and it lasts ages without moving and sliding around my face. I also use the Benefit Gimmie Brow in shade 5, to not only set my brows in place but to also to brush my brow hairs up slightly in order to fluff them up. I thank Victoria from InTheFrow for sharing this idea, it’s completely changed my brow game.

Now we get to eye products…I not only too many of these but I also take way to many with me. At the moment I have been loving either olive/kaharki eyes or coral and orange look so there are only two palettes which can really satisfy my current needs. Before I apply my shadow I apply MAC Paint Pot in Painterly to create a nice even base, and to ensure my shadows game stays strong. The first palette I use is if I’m going for a more olive look, it is the Tanya Burr My Escape palette, now I normally wait a while before purchasing any of Tanya’s products so I can read reviews and such on it…however I couldn’t resist the colours in this palette since they’re so different from anything else I’ve ever owned. While it takes a little work to build up the pigment, sometimes that can be a good thing as you get to decide how intense you want your look to be. This palette is a bit chunky for my liking, but I’m sure you could always depot these shadows and pop them in a Z palette if your heart desired. If you ever see my rocking a coral or orange eye look I can tell you I probably created it with the aid of the Makeup Revloution New-trals vs Neutrals, this palette is so unbelievably pigmented that it can be slightly intimidating. They are very buttery and blend out extremely well, and they also last and an impressive amount of time for such a cheap palette…but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Makeup Revolution.

Rouding up the products I use on my eyes are the Glo & Ray Longwear Precision eyeliner which is one the easiest liner pens I’ve ever used and allows me to create a cat eye flick easily. Soap & Glory Smolder Kohl liner, which has to be the softest and most pigmented pencil liner I’ve ever used. Not only is it incredibly black but it also doesn’t budge off my tightline and I have to work hard to remvoe it. Finally Maybelline Push Up Angel mascara, which is certainly my favourite mascara at the moment, it adds both length and volume to my lashes and I can easily use the brush on both my upper and lower lashes without an issue.

I only ever tend to take nude lip colours with me when traveling, some of my favourites to carry are Mac Velvet Teddy (which I recently mentioned here), Ultra Satin lip from Colourpop in Likely, Ultra Glossy lip (also from Colourpop) in the shade Aquarius. I also take two lip products from Joan Collins beauty including Suzy Star and Marilyn, these lipsticks are extremely handy as in the powder compact that I use there is space for a lipstick to go in therefore I don’t have to dig around in my handbag in order to find a liptick. Depending on where I am going, I may or may not also take a bold lipstick shade as well.

Finally I’ve been loving wearing false lashes to glam up my look ever so slightly (although they also work for daytime wear as well), and my current favourite style to wear is by Kiss and it is their faux mink lashes in the style Boudoir. I love these because they’re long and fluttery but I can also still wear my glasses with them…which is always a positive thing. They’re also extremely light weight, and I don’t feel like they weigh my eyes down and leave me squinting and looking suspciously at people.

What’s one item of makeup that you love to take traveling?

Love you lots like jelly tots x


All photos within this post were taken by myself on my Fujifilm Finepix S4240 in unnatural lighting. They were edited on VSCO.

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