What is in my travel makeup bag?

My husband and I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Japan.  If you have never visited Japan I highly recommend it – it is such a frenetic, interesting place and I just love it.  As an avid traveller I am always reviewing what I pack and how I pack so I thought it might be interesting to blog about the products that I took away with me in my travel makeup bag for this holiday.

The first rule I set myself when packing makeup is to choose just ONE of everything for my travel bag.  This means I need to shop my stash carefully and consider the clothing I have packed as well as the events of the trip, when making my choices.  I need this parameter otherwise I get carried away with wanting a range of lipsticks and blushes and it gets excessive very quickly.

Face Products for travel: MUR primer, E.L.F. foundation and MUR protection palette.

Face Products for travel: MUR primer, E.L.F. foundation and MUR protection palette.

For my face products I selected on the Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer for 24 hour makeup protection.  This is a clear, silicone based primer and it works well.  My makeup needed to last from morning through to late at night most days and this was effective in helping that process.

The foundation I chose was the E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation with SPF 15.  This foundation goes on really nicely for me and lasts really well.  The shade I have is porcelain and it does oxidize a bit after you put it on so I choose a powder that is slightly lighter than I might ordinarily wear.  Saying that, I do really like this foundation: it is light with medium coverage and it looks natural.

Lastly, I selected the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in light.  This palette contains three cream concealers, a face powder, matte bronzer, pink shimmer blush and a champagne highlighter.  I don’t use these concealers under my eyes as these can look a bit cakey on my skin in that area, but they work well for spot concealing.  The lightest shade matches me well.  The bronzer is very pigmented! A light hand is definitely required and lots of blending.  The blush is really beautiful and neutral enough to go with any eye look and the highlighter is also lovely – not too bold.  I love this palette for travel as it is covers so much in one sleek palette with a good mirror.  I think these are being discontinued as they are in the summer sale section on the MUR website at the moment, so if you are interested you should go and take a look.

Eye and Lip Products: E.L.F eyeshadow primer, MUR Salvation Palette in 'What are you Waiting for?' MUR Amazing Volume Mascara, MUA clear brow gel, E.L.F. Lip Gloss Stick in 'Movie Star' and ColourPop lippie stix in 'Frenchie'.

Eye and Lip Products: E.L.F eyeshadow primer, MUR Salvation Palette in ‘What are you Waiting for?’ MUR Amazing Volume Mascara, MUA clear brow gel, E.L.F. Lip Gloss Stick in ‘Movie Star’ and ColourPop lippie stix in ‘Frenchie’.

For my eyes I took my trusty E.L.F. eyeshadow primer and the Makeup Revolution Salvation palette in ‘What are you Waiting For?’  This is a surprisingly versatile palette which can go from soft pink looks to light golds to richer browns and down right burgundy and black smokey eyes.  There is a great mix of mattes (in the bottom row of round shadows), shimmers and satins.  The shadows look a little same-same in tone in the picture, but I just love this palette.  The quality is excellent and they wear all day.  Also, the matte brown can work (although it is a little too warm) for filling in my brows – which is what I did by teaming it with the MUA clear brow gel.  I finished my eyes with the MUR Amazing Volume Mascara which I really like.  It has a fluffy, big brush and gives great volume without clumping!

The last two products that I brought with me were lip products.  For general wear I had the E.L.F. lip gloss stick in ‘Movie Star’ which is a pigmented balm.  It keeps the lips hydrated and looks very pretty.  I love tinted balms for travel because they are so hassle-free.  And lastly for nights out I brought the ColourPop Lippie Stix called ‘Frenchie.’  This is a very vibrant, matte red that lasts REALLY well on the lips and looks great.

So – that is what I took with me travelling in my makeup bag.  What are your travel must haves?  Any cruelty-free products you would like to recommend to me?

Thanks so much, and happy travels!

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