We’re just back from a long weekend in Cork, which I’ll be telling you all about shortly (though if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you might have seen some snaps, and possibly even a room tour!).
Like most people, I’m not exactly fond of packing - and it’s whittling down my beauty bits that I find the very hardest thing. Editing my makeup down to the things I’ll really need and use is certainly a challenge, but these days, at least I make an effort to be organised. Well, mostly.
This time I did quite well; I made a list, brought a couple of multi-taskers and didn’t forget anything bar a powder. Some products I brought are current crushes, others are old, faithful friends, and a few bits and bobs I brought with me for trial and testing purposes. So enough jibber jabber - what did I actually take with me?
FACE: The new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation landed in my lap last week so I brought it along this weekend, with the matching concealer. It could have worked out badly as I didn’t have a backup but luckily I liked them both a lot, especially layered over the Isadora Under Cover Face Primer.
EYES: Since I got my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette around this time last year it’s become an absolute essential in my kit. With five matte shadows and one satin, the shades are brilliant to work with and so versatile: I use it on my brows, as eyeliner and to create an everyday or softly smokey eye look. My Smashbox eye primer came with me too, along with my NARS felt tip pen liner – one of the best I’ve used – and Benefit’s They’re Real mascara.
CHEEKS: I’m forcing myself to try and master contouring so MAC’s Harmony came with me along with my Bourjois Bronzing Base. For blush, the Bobbi Brown Pink Coral blush is a pretty shade that livens up the face. My teensy little sample size of Benefit’s Watt’s Up came too.
LIPS: I’m so proud of myself, people – I brought just two lipsticks with me for a whole three days away! A sheer red from Paul & Joe’s new spring line, and a favourite YSL coral. You’ll be hearing more on both lippies very soon!
TOOLS: I packed my brushes separately in a little zip up pouch: my new Wayne Goss contour brush, eye brushes from NIMA Brush, Bdellium Tools and Sephora; Real Techniques duo fibre contour brush for blush and for foundation, my NIMA stippling brush.
Do you have any tried and tested travel beauty favourites? What do you never leave the house without?Share ‘em in the comments!