Friday, January 04, 2013

What's in My Travel Makeup Bag? - Holiday Road Trip 2012

As mentioned in my last blog post, I went on a road trip for 8 days straight. There were 11 people on the trip in 2 cars. You can imagine how packed it was. With that in mind, I tried to bring minimal makeup products since we had quite tight schedule and would be on the road most of the time. I brought what I think essential to perk up my look only. I avoided makeup on certain days when I was on the road for hours. I felt more comfortable in "my own skin" like that.

I brought with me one makeup bag for all my makeup product and I stored all my brushes inside this container that I got for my birthday. I brought all the essentials for me except for my E25 brush. I really wish I hadn't forgotten this brush. So sad. It is hard for me to work without my favorite brush. =(
Regardless, I still am grateful to have these tools with me.

from left to right:
-Real Technique Foundation Brush
-Sigma F40 Blush brush
-Sigma F Powder brush
-Sigma E crease brush
-ecotools crease brush
-ecotools shadow brush
-myglam angled eye brush
-myglam eyeshadow brush


Again, I kept things on the minimal side. I had with me my relatively new Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. My shade is sand beige although later I found that it is a bit too yellow for me under certain light. I remember going to Sephora and asking for assistance in finding the right shade for me. The lady who helped me grabbed two shades and worked them on to my skin. I don't know whether it was the lighting or she was just off that day, but the shades were clearly too light for me yet she told me like I was a makeup newbie and assured me that one of them was the right shade. Anywhoo, I love the finish and coverage this foundation gives me. It has that glowy effect without making your skin look oily/shiny. I don't really use concealer with this foundation.
I also brought Maybelline Lumi  for my undereye area that tends to get darker.
I forgot to bring a powder, so when we stopped by at WalMart I decided to grab this Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. I've heard Tanya Burr/pixi2woo raved so much about this and she uses it on a lot of tutorials. I have to say for about a week I used it, it did a good job keeping my face stay matte throughout the day.
For bronzer, I went with matte bronzer as I always do. I chose theBalm Bahama Mama purely because its compact packaging. The same goes with blushes. I chose theBalm Hot Mama and Tarte because they were small enough to fit in my makeup bag and the colors were pretty versatile.
I also put my Urban Decay All Nighters into a mini spray bottle to set my makeup.


I prefer neutral shades when it comes to eye makeup. That is why my customized MAC palette  (Arena, Twinks, Embark, Satin Taupe) is perfect for me when I travel. I used to bring my NAKED palette, but this one is more suitable for everyday use because the shades don't deposit a lot of shimmer like most NAKED shadows do. But I have to admit, I wish I had brought other shades because I got quite bored after a while. Eyeshadow primer is a must, and I brought my mini sized Urban Decay

Primer Potion that came with the NAKED palette. I finally tried out Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara per Emily's recommendation, and I liked it. I still like Almay Get Up & Grow slightly better, but this does the job quite well for wimpy lashes like mine.

I have been using matte black eyeshadow for my eyeliner instead of gel or pen because I find this type of product doesn't smudge at all. At least the one that I am using which is Wet 'N Wild Panther. This is even darker than MAC .. from the swatches I saw on youtube. Sometimes I use this as a base for my eyeliner, but I find it work great on its own. I just use my angled eyeliner brush to create wing effect.

Last but not least, my makeup remover towelettes from Target. This didn't fit in my makeup bag, but it sure played major role in cleaning my face and prepare it for tomorrow's look.

Thank you everyone for reading this post. I hope you all have a great first week in 2013. Weekend is coming up. Have fun! Ow, and don't forget to subscribe! =)


  1. Wow, thanks for sharing. I could add this as one of my reference for my own Holiday trip.

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I should update my current makeup bag..haha..