I’ve been seeing a lot of cool What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag YouTube videos and blog posts this summer. Thought I’d join in and show you what products I take. Plus this is very timely since I’m actually going on a short romantic ‘trip’ soon. I’m staying within the city, but he and I always have a great time.
But before I go into the details about what I’m taking with me, I’d like to blab a little bit about myself first. If this bores you, you can scroll down this post to get right to the makeup.
When I was growing up, my family and I hardly ever went on vacations outside Canada because money was extremely tight. Even when I moved out, traveling wasn’t a regular thing because I always had to keep a close eye on my budget to make ends meet.
Even so, I did manage to see some places including Montreal and Los Angeles. Although the destinations weren’t nearly as impressive or as exotic as Egypt or Spain, I always managed to have loads of fun.
As a kid, I would often get jealous of my friends whose families seemed to always go on lavish vacations every summer and Christmas. I’d wonder why their families got to see exciting places and do exciting things while my family’s vacations were almost always situated within the same province we lived.
As an adult now, yes, I still sometimes feel jealous when I hear about people going to exotic destinations for a luxurious vacation full of pampering, but I’ve finally realized something important: Whether I went on a road trip or just a simple day trip, I always had a fun time because it’s not always about where you go – it’s about who you’re with.
And now…onto the main topic of this post: What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag!
Have Makeup. Will Travel.
When I travel, I try to bring just the basics. And if you think this is bad, you should see how much other stuff I pack (i.e. clothes, skincare, etc.)!
I’m pretty bad at packing light because I tend to bring stuff that I’ll need “just in case” or things I may need based on my mood. Of course 99.9% of the time, I don’t need these “emergency” items and I have to lug it all back with me feeling rather silly.
*~* What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag *~*
Click on any of the below links to see my reviews, pictures, and swatches (if applicable).
Eye Shadow – I usually bring a shimmery gray because it matches everything & then maybe a bright colour in case I want to punch it up a bit.
- Marcelle Wet or Dry Eye Shadow in Cabaret (Gray) – I really need to review this since I wear it almost daily.
- NYX Eyeshadow Trio in Sweet Lagoon, Aqua & Ocean (Blues)
Eye-Shadow Primer - An absolute must when I’m wearing eye shadow. No creasing!
Eyelash Curler - This is another must. I wear glasses and have long lashes, so if I don’t curl ‘em, they’ll sweep the lenses, which is very annoying.
Black Pencil Eyeliner – A staple in my everyday look. I take a pencil instead of a gel liner because it’s easier for traveling with.
Pencil Sharpener - To keep my eyeliner sharp.
Mineral Foundation – Yes, it’s messy because the powder’s loose, but it works the best for me, it contains very few ingredients, and I’ve never liked the feeling of liquid foundation on my face.
Kabuki Brush - I need this to apply & buff out the mineral foundation.
Face Primer – Helps make my mineral foundation look better.
Lip Balm with SPF – I can’t stand lizard lips & I also like to protect my lips from the sun when I’m out.
Fluffy Blending Brush - Since when I’m traveling I use the sponge-tip applicators to apply the colour, I only really need this blending brush to soften the edges so there aren’t any harsh lines.
- Sigma E25 Blending Brush
Pocket-Sized Mirror - I wear glasses & am near-sighted, so when I do my eye makeup, I usually need to use a mirror up close.
- Free gift-with-purchase mirror I got with a Folica order
Cosmetic Case - Keeps all my makeup in the same place.
- Free VIB gift-with-purchase case I got when I bought something at Sephora
Okay…phew! Why do I pack too much? I’m hopeless! This is already my whittled-down list, sadly.
And I cheated a bit because everything except the retractable brush fits into my travel makeup bag, but I still wanted to include that brush even though I pack it separately.
Do you think I packed too much or too little? What are some must-haves you take when you travel? Have you traveled anywhere this summer?