Travel makeup

It’s been almost a year since I started traveling in a mildly insane manner. Boston, Michigan, various cities in Florida multiple times, Rochester, Albany, and now Roanoke, Virginia. Dan is here doing some kind of airplane training, and since there’s really no need for me to be home, I met him here after my weekend in Florida. It’s not warm enough to lay by the pool but it’s not snowing so I really can’t complain.

Through all of these trips, one thing has remained relatively constant: the ridiculous amount of makeup I bring with me.

I’m an over-packer in general, but since I never know what I’ll feel like wearing on my face it’s impossible to only bring a few products. I also try not to bring a lot of new stuff when I go away, just in case I hate it. Here’s some of the stuff that’s earned a place in my travel bag, along with a couple things I’ve been trying out.


First I’d like to mention this amazing bag. It holds a ridiculous amount of stuff and can be cinched into a surprisingly small package. It’s also waterproof so if/when I spill something in it, it won’t leak all over my clothes and I can clean it up relatively easily.



Brushes – my brushes are from all different companies and price points. I have a few from BH Cosmetics, Ulta, IT Cosmetics, Luxie, and Crown that come with me when I travel.

Sephora Color Switch – I love this little thing. I’ll never go back to using a paper towel or tissue to switch colors when I’m doing my makeup.

Eyelash Curler – this one came from BH Cosmetics, but they don’t make it anymore. It was only $6, which was the basis of its appeal. It’s fine. Nothing special.

Flawless Facial Hair Remover – this thing comes with me everywhere, just in case the ‘stache makes an appearance while I’m away from home.

Tweezers – I’m a fan of the Revlon designer ones. I’ve had mine for years and they’re still sharp, so they’re worth the $7 I spent on them.

Base products


Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer (not in photo) – this is one of the new products that I brought along, mainly because I knew I’d be in warm and humid temperatures and wouldn’t want or need to bother with a separate primer and moisturizer. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35, Light Plus – to be honest I have no idea why I bought this. I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, and BB creams aren’t normally my jam. It caught my eye because it claims to “blur imperfections, control oil and even skin tone immediately”. I’m into that. I’ll have a full review coming later, but spoiler alert: I like it.

Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Linen – awhile ago Ulta sent me a coupon for a free Clinique foundation with a consultation, and since I’m not one to turn down free makeup I went and chatted with the rep. It was a relatively painless experience, but I’m not sure she shade matched me quite right. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder – love LOVE this powder. It sets my makeup nicely and helps it hold up through sweat and humidity, which is really all I want from a powder. I don’t like that it only comes in one shade though, and the price is a little painful.



Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze – another relatively new thing I brought along for funsies. It’s fine. It’s not life-changing, but I do appreciate having it in such a huge pan for when I want to get the big brush in there and just go HAM.

Catrice California In A Box Bronzer & Blush Palette – I really like Catrice, and for the longest time, all I wanted in life was a blush, bronzer and highlight palette that wasn’t super bulky and cumbersome to take in my carry on. This has nice shades of blush and bronzer, and while I’m not crazy about the highlight it’s good enough for something I just slap on my face while I’m on vacation.

Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Blush, Natural Glow – is there anyone left in the beauty community who doesn’t know about and love this blush? I’m not crazy about the scent, but it is very vacation-y, and I like that it’s so sheer there’s really no messing it up. Definitely a perk for someone like me who’s really not good at makeup. I just pretend to be.

J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter, Moon and Back – this is the only product I currently own from this brand, but I really love this highlighter. It goes on really nicely and doesn’t emphasize whatever texture is on my skin. It comes in so many gorgeous shades, and the pattern pressed into all of the pans is really pretty. I’m planning to grab at least one more before it’s too late and Ulta purges their stock.



Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Original – an oldie but a goodie. Who among us doesn’t love this?

The BrowGal Instatint, Brown Hair – I think I’ve mentioned this once or twice before, but it appeared in a Boxycharm last winter and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s going to get too dry and crusty for me to use pretty soon, and I already know I’ll be repurchasing it.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara – this is another thing I’m trying out while I’m away. I like to buy the travel size of a mascara as a tester before committing to the full size, and I’m usually glad I did. I’ve only used this once and don’t have any complaints. Yet.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Amplify Eyelash Primer – more newness. I’m kind of loving all of the new releases from this brand, though I haven’t used this enough to form an opinion on it.

CoverGirl Flourish by Lash Blast Mascara – I’ve never been much for drugstore mascaras but this isn’t bad. It doesn’t irritate my eyes or migrate during the day. I even wore it on a travel day when I knew I’d be gross and tired, and it still looked good 8 hours later. I’m cautiously optimistic. Also, the packaging is my favorite color. Just a bonus.

Eyeshadow Palettes

Two palettes came with me on this trip, and they’re also pretty new.


Too Faced Tutti Frutti – Sparkling Pineapple Eyeshadow Palette – this is the first TF palette I’ve purchased in… a hella long time. This appealed to me because it’s unlike everything else I own. The earthy browns, golds, and greens have been calling to me lately, and I think the pineapple motif is very cute. It also smells like pineapple, and after TF’s obsession with peaches, it’s a nice change. It’s compact and sturdy, perfect for being shoved in my carry-on.


MAC Girls Smarty Pants Palette – ok, I would first like to say that I really hate this collection. I think that the names of a lot of the palettes, especially the original ones like Basic Bitch and Power Hungry are not only boring af, but they also leave me feeling a bit icky. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the earlier releases in this collection are misogynist, but I don’t think they’re very nuanced. I prefer Raver Girl, Pretty Punk and the other later releases. I think that MAC listened to what people were saying and came up with some more interesting shit, and I’m into it.

So this palette is a bit basic: warm neutrals. But the shimmers and metallics are so gorgeous, and I love the packaging. It looks like a composition book with some math-y stuff in it. It’s also small and sturdy so it fits easily with my other makeup. I’ve only done one look with it but I was happy with the result.

So now that you’ve seen the makeup that comes along on my adventures, what are some things that you bring with you? Do you stick to tried and true stuff or are you braver than I?


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    1. It’s basically the best thing ever and I love it. I could totally fit more stuff in it, like my skin and hair care, if I didn’t have to pull out all of my liquids to get through airport security.

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