Sunday, May 13, 2012

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Since my last post, I've done a bit of travel.  It's always difficult for me to decide which makeup products will make the cut when it comes to packing.  I try to keep heavy foundation bottles out of the mix, and I'll make use of my travel eyelash curlers (Koji)--giving myself just a tad more room to add an extra lipgloss or two.

The cosmetics bag that i've been using recently is one that Alice Temperley designed last
Summer for Elemis.  It's sturdy enough to keep its structure, yet moldable enough to squish into my carry-on luggage.  I prefer to travel with my makeup bag on me, as airplanes do a number on my skin, and I like to have it all handy.

In preparation for our most recent trip, these were the items that I packed.  We were headed back to the islands, so I knew that the reality of applying heavy layers of anything, were little to none.  Chantecaille's Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer (in Glow), Urban Decay's cream highlight (in Sin), and NARS' Multiple Stick in the peachy Turks & Caicos seemed to fit the agenda.  Also, when traveling to warmer areas, I tend to either pack blotting papers or blotting powder.  I can't stand the idea of being in thick humidity, and caking on a colored powder to my nose.  Once I've done my makeup for the day, I'm only going to blot excess oil.

I do have some favorites (and if I were to do a Current Favorites post, these would absolutely be listed).  First, is Sue Devitt's Gel Bronzer in Beau Dore.  In comparison to Soleil Tan de Chanel, I much prefer the Sue Devitt.  It doesn't come across as muddy, has a beautiful thin texture, and can be built up without looking overdone.  It's a bit fail-proof in application, and I would even say fail-proof when used as a contour gel.  In general, Sue Devitt's products are formulated with such high quality natural ingredients, that my skin has yet to be irritated by them.

Kevyn Aucoin's Creamy Moist Glow in Bliss, is another lightweight product.  This one is superb for adding a bit of flush to cheeks, but much like with many of his products--it seems to be impossible to make a dent in the pot.  I've been using it for well over a month, and you'd never know by looking at it.  Kevyn Aucoin products tend to be winners for me.  They feel fresh on the skin, and are offered in a color range that is safe yet flattering.

The YSL Glossy Stains.  Of course I've fallen for these.  They are what I've been looking for.  Color, pigment, staying power, and moisture.  I couldn't believe that a YSL product would actually keep my lips moisturized in this way.  I like to do 2-3 coats.  The first, patted into the lips.  The second a very thin coat to seal in the color, and a third only if I'm trying to up the glossiness.  #13 (Rose Tempera--the Nordstrom exclusive), and #17 (Encre Rose), are the two that I've turned to the most as of late.

I may review some of these in more depth on a future post, but there you have travel makeup case!  Are you planning a holiday, or at least have one in mind?  What are your travel makeup must-haves?
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