Friday, July 5, 2013

Travel Makeup Bag: Oriental Summer


I've arrived in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur and I'm wondering how anyone can stand to wear makeup for an entire day. Here's the makeup I've brought with me to tackle the scorching heat of South East Asia!



I brought a variety of base options to enhance my complexion which has been extra spotty lately. I packed a sample of the Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in the shade Rich. The gel is pretty much colorless once applied and makes the skin look healthier while minimizing shine and the appearance of pores. It makes my skin feel really smooth and soft as well. For no makeup days, a bit of the gel will improve the look of my skin ever so slightly. The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is a nice base layer of sheer tint that I like to wear under concealer and powder for light makeup days. The shade is quite dark and I find that I can only use it when I'm tan. The Revlon Age Defying Concealer is one of my favorite and the shade I have is perfect for my summer skintone. For under eyes I'm still using Benefit's Erase Paste which I now like to apply with a fluffy blending brush in circular motions instead of pressing with my fingers. If I feel like wearing foundation I might want to prime first with the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch and then apply Clinique's Moisture Sheer Tint or Bourjois' Healthy Mix Foundation. I decanted a bit of each base into little sample containers because I won't need to use much during my trip.


For cheeks I'm keeping everything super simple. I'm bringing the E.L.F Studio Blush and Bronzing Duo in the original shade. The bronzer suits my skin really well when I have a bit of tan and the shimmers are undetectable once on my skin. While I have also have the full size of TheBalm's Mary LouManizer Highlighter, this cute eyeshadow sized version is better for traveling!


A handful of eye related essentials include the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara which I received from Influenster. The mascara does nothing for my lashes aside from a bit of separation but I just want to use it up. I also have the Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara which does little for my upper lashes but lengthens my lower lashes nicely. Again, I just want to use it up. The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is one of my travel favorites because it's no fuss and easy to use. I wanted to bring a bright eyeliner in case I felt like adding some color to my makeup and opted for Cargo's Swimmable Eyeliner in a teal shade. I use The Face Shop's Automatic Eyeliner in Black Brown as my brow pencil. To keep my eye makeup on my lids, I'm bringing E.L.F's Mineral Eyeshadow Primer which is probably the best inexpensive eyeshadow base. Lastly I packed a Physician's Formula Gel Liner in Brown.


I'm keeping it simple for eyeshadow because I'm a neutral girl through and through. Rimmel's Eyeshadow Quad in Smokey Brun is an excellent palette that I can use on the daily. For the easiest hint of shadow, Maybelline's Bad To The Bronze Color Tattoo is a favorite. The Wet n' Wild Vanity Palette also made the cut because I need a matte cream to highlight the browbone and a matte midtone brown to blend in the crease. 


For lips I couldn't narrow down my options so I'm bringing two lipstick-ish products and three glosses. The KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo in Red Coral is great if you're in the sun a lot because it has SPF 15. The Tarte  LipSurgence Natural Lip Lustre in Dazzled adds a bit of coral tint and glossiness without stickiness. The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk is one of my favorite glosses and a nice natural, nude shade. The plumping formula has a minty, tingly sensation which will be nice in the heat! The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef is a favorite of mine for summer. Lastly is the Revlon Colorbust Lipgloss in Strawberry which looks lovely on tanned skin.

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