What's in my (makeup) bag? (Travel edition!)

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You're probably not gonna believe me, but I brought like nothing makeup wise to Asia. I just didn't want to deal with it. I was going half way across the world, hopefully bringing back some cool stuff, and even my neurosis about the state of my skin wasn't enough to make me pack in the items, lol. Instead I brought one small makeup bag, a few items to play with it, and a few brushes to make it all happen.

Looking back to how I used it all I'd have to say that despite a few longings for purple eyeshadow I had everything I needed for a chill 'weekend' look. There were also a few items there to create a more dramatic look but I didn't end up sampling the HK nightlife.

If you're about to go on a trip I'd definitely recommend checking out your routine and seeing the possibilities for streamlining. I'm never gonna be the girl who only has enough makeup for one bag, but for 9 days? This didn't suck.



1) Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in Rich
2) MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
3) Giorgio Armani Blending Blush Duo
4) MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
5) elf Blush in Candid Coral
6) Milani Eyeshadow Quad in 01 Touch of Brown

The Perfect Skin Perfection Gel is pricey (SO PRICEY) but I like what it does. It doesn't cover imperfections so much as impart a slight tint that livens up the face - along with mattifying everything while being water resistant. Combined with my MAC concealer and powder, I don't think I ended up with sweat face, so I'm happy. 

This Milani quad is a powerhouse (when I remember I own it). The colors are super flattering and it contains the first shadow highlighter I ever fell in love with. The matte tan is great for shading in the crease area and the dark brown does double duty at the lash line to create a smokey effect.


1) Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Papaya
2) Tarte LipSurgence natural matte lip tint in Lively
3) Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara
4) Pysicians Formula Eye Booster Liner
5) L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
6) NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

A combo of well worn  favorites here. Each of them can be used to create a variety of effects (especially the two liners) so I was very happy to have all of them with me. I can't say I that I like the NARS primer more than my tried and true UDPP but it does the job and sometimes that's all you need.


(top to bottom)
Ecotools Blending Brush
Giorgio Armani Flat Eyeshadow Brush (travel size)
Ecotools Powder Brush
Mascara Spoolie
Crown C433 Pro Blending Brush
Ecotools Slanted Eyeliner brush
MAC 219 (limited edition)

And last but not least, there are the brushes. Mostly picked for functionality, the combo was very helpful while I was gone. It might not have covered my ever want and need but again - travel is about doing the most with the least so....I'm happy.

What do you think - could you have survived 9 days with the little pouch of makeup you see here? What are your must haves?


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