Sunday, August 23, 2015

How to Pack a Minimalistic Travel Makeup Bag

You're out of town for a weekend and you want to look your best but bringing all your makeup just doesn't make sense. I watch a lot of "what's in my travel makeup bag" videos on Youtube and I'm surprised to see how many people travel with full size bottles of foundation and eight blushes for a three day trip. Here a few easy ways to minimize your travel beauty clutter.

I always have samples of everything so I usually bring along a mini base sample. However, contact lens cases are an inexpensive and great option for storing primers, foundations, etc. You can easily measure out a few pumps of product and estimate how much you'll need.

Bring cream products that you can apply with your fingers to minimize the number of brushes you need. I like to bring long lasting stick eyeshadow crayons so I don't need a separate eyelid primer.

In keeping with the idea of minimizing the brushes and tools you need, take liquid eyeliner instead of gel eyeliner or pencil liner which you might need to set or smudge with a brush. Opt for an eyebrow pencil or gel to tame your brows quickly in one step.

Bring a lipstain or liquid lipstick so you don't need a separate lip liner, lipstick and lipgloss. Or just bring a tinted lip balm for a hint of color. I usually like to bring one natural, MLBB shade as well as a bold red or pink.

One of the best ways to make sure you're not overpacking is to find a small pouch and make sure everything you take fits inside. If you're going on a three day trip, you probably don't need two big eyeshadow palettes. Be reasonable and know that your makeup collection will be at home waiting for you to get back.

How much you pack is ultimately up to you, whether you need 10 lipsticks to relax on a beach or you don't wear any makeup at all. I used to be an over-packer but after many adventures, I realize I don't like wearing a lot of makeup when traveling and I often stick to a single look for trips shorter than a week. If you want to simplify your travel makeup packing, I hope these tips helped you. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Recent Favorites: August 2015

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity and I haven't had much time at all to experiment with makeup. These are the beauty products that have been firm favorites as of late. There are a few old rediscoveries and as well as some new items that I've never shared on the blog before.

A brand new love is the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Scrub which I picked up on a whim from Wegman's while hanging out in Ithaca. This sea salt scrub has a refreshing citrus scent and a blend of lovely oils that linger on the skin after a shower. I prefer body scrubs that leave a moisturizing layer of oil and I'm happy to find an affordable one from the drugstore.

I've been playing around with a few different foundations and tinted moisturizers for my base but for under eye concealer I've been loyal to the Laneige Cushion Concealer*. This click type concealer out performs even my beloved Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector because it has higher coverage to cancel out darkness under my eyes.

Contouring has been a daily part of my makeup routine even though the newest fad is strobing (a.k.a glorified highlighting). My contour of choice these days is the bronzer from the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light. The color is just right for a natural contour with my current summer skin tone and the powder blends out brilliantly.

For eyeshadow I've been relying on the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage heavily. It's a shimmery brown cream that applies quite sheer so it's suitable for everyday. On days when I have a few more minutes to get ready, I've been layering the darkest brown shade from the Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Copper Chic on the outer edges of my eyes and the pearly cream in the inner corner. To counteract all the shimmer, I'll apply a matte brown shadow in my crease which is usually the Wet n' Wild Vanity shadow I raved about here (not pictured in this post).

My lashes have been getting a lot of love in the last few months thanks to the new Shiseido Full Lash Serum*. For a long time I've been intrigued by eyelash growth products but they're often very costly and most of the brands can be rather sketchy. I was stoked when I found out Shiseido was releasing a $35 lash serum and it's no surprise that this is a top seller in Japan. I've been using this lash serum mostly at night for the last two months and it's been great. My lashes have definitely grown in length and overall I look like I have more lashes. You're supposed to use this day and night but I'm a bit lazy in the morning and I'm already seeing good results by using it once a day. I'm pretty sure I'll be buying another tube once I run out of this one.

You can't really tell a huge difference in my bare lashes but once curled and mascara'ed, the lash serum's results are evident. Another product that my lashes love is the L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara. I didn't expect to like this mascara because the last one I used was the L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara (not the Intenza one) and it was very lackluster. The Intenza formula works way better for my lashes. It separates my lashes perfectly, adds length and holds a curl very well. It's definitely one of my top three mascaras right now.

I forgot to include a couple of lip products I've been liking but perhaps I'll do a roundup of those later this month. What have you been enjoying this summer?

*Products marked with an asterisk were provided by PR for consideration. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% honest.