As you’re reading there’s a high chance I’m either on the plane, just getting to the apartment or walking the streets of Valencia – we’re visiting for my oldest friend’s hen do and I’m seriously excited to be enjoying some sunshine. Whilst we have had a nice spell of weather in the UK, I’ve either been cooped up in the office, at home doing freelance work – or it’s been moderately less nice at the weekends. My complexion needs some sunshine, pronto.
This has been a tough makeup bag to pack, on one hand I needed to be concise due to only having one carry on bag for 4 days. I definitely could pack lighter if it was just a casual city break – but being a hen do, of course there are multiple nights out planned an I do want a good chunk of makeup with me! I half grouped these products together when photographing, half didn’t – so excuse the semi-random order!
I have two small bags with me, that gorgeous mermaid bag which I’m using to house all my brushes, and things like hair bobbles and grips to keep them all in once place. I then also have a clear pouch from Kiehls to fit everything else
Makeup Forever central here! For concealer I’m taking the HD Concealer which I still haven’t got around to reviewing, and have actually used very little in the past few months as I’ve been trying to finish up some from my collection. I chose this one because it’s high coverage so if it’s too hot for foundation then I can just use some concealer instead! The HD Powder is another item still on my review list, I chose this because it’s translucent, so no matter how tanned I get it will still match. Lastly is the MUFE smoothing primer which is my primer of choice of late, I have already reviewed this but it’s great at blurring pores so even if I chose to wear no other makeup this would be a good just by itself as a base to make the skin look better.
How could I be without the Body Shop Skin Defence SPF? Simple answer I can’t – I already raved in my review about how much I love this stuff and it’s so lightweight it will be a perfect accompaniment for hot weather whilst still offering high protection. For eye primer I’m taking the Korres one, which yet again is still to be reviewed. I wasn’t sure on this on the start, but actually I really like this!
For foundation I’m taking the EX-1 Foundation which is currently the best colour match for me from my collection, sadly I’ve got a little too much of a tan for my Kat Von D at the moment otherwise that would have come. Haven’t put this to the test too much yet, but it’s supposed to be high coverage and long wearing, the few times I have worn it I’ve been impressed. I’ve also taken a little pot of Estee Lauder Double Wear in Pebble to match and mix as I’ll probably end up not matching EX1 after the first day!
I was torn on taking my sleek contour palette for a travel friendly duo, but I’ve hit pan so much on both now, I think there’s a risk it could end up shattering in my case. I opted for Mary Lou Manizer, a super glowy golden classic which should look great on bronzed skin. For bronzer it’s theBalm’s Bahama Mama which I hope will be dark enough with a tan too.
For blush I had a long debate on which to take – again torn between one that’s more travel friendly or whether to just pick my favourite, I went for my favourite, one I’ve spoken about many times – Peach Witty from Estee Lauder.
I’m also taking MAC’s Sunbasque which is a shimmery bronzer. I don’t use shimmer bronzers very often and this is really old – I’ve been trying to use it up this summer and have finally hit pan on it! I also have Freedom’s Ambient powder with me – it’s great as an all over powder for a glowy finish.
Probably a little bit excessive in size, but I liked that this can be a really diverse palette for me, with neutrals for the day and if I want to add more colour for the evening then the Violet Voss drenched metals palette just about has it all. I finally have a first impressions coming on this on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for swatches and shade comparisons.
I’m taking a pack of the Fleur De Force Couture Fleur individual lashes I spoke about in my last favourites. I’m not sure how my lash extensions are going to fair in the heat/chlorine from waterpark etc so I thought I would take these as backup, or to add an extra bit of oompf!
For mascara I’m taking the Givenchy Couture Noir Mascara mini sample for my bottom lashes only which I reviewed only last weekend. Black liner I have the Arcincil Star liner which is an amazing little gel pencil. Lastly my liquid liner is in the form of theBalm’s Schwing which is still going strong – I think one day it’s going to surprise me and just dry up, but it’s been going since November and mostly used everyday since.
Somehow I missed taking a picture of the brow products, I’ve chosen to take my new NYX Tame and Frame Pomade, which I’m experimenting with currently but also have a back up of Benefit’s Gimme Brow which I know fairs well with sweat and heat!
For lips I was strict and limited myself to two choices, Milani Amore Matte in Precious, a neutral rose option which I am absolutely in love with and a bright option from OFRA in the form of Malibu a bright purple pink which I have been yet to try.
I won’t go super into detail on my brushes, but I have all my Makeup Geek eye brushes, which are fantastic. My Fluffy angled real techniques brush, which is a bit all-purpose good for bronzer, good for the HD powder. My Quo blending sponge, which is just a must for foundation! These were dirty but were cleaned immediately after so they had time to dry off!