Welcome back for another post in my Holiday Road Trip mini-series! Here's a recap of the posts so far:
The first few times I traveled back to Pennsylvania after moving to Florida, I took an entire train case of makeup back with me. After getting a little more mature and a little more realistic, I know can fit all my makeup and my brushes and supplies into this little Modella bag that I got a few years ago at Walmart. I searched their website, but couldn't find a similar one to link to but I'm sure they have lots of sizes and shapes in stores.
When you open up the main bag, there is a lid with a zippered pouch. The pouch is great for small items. In mine I have Carmex lip balm, two eye liners, and tweezers. On top of my makeup is another bag, which holds my brushes and other supplies.
This black bag came from a large Caboodles kit very similar to this one that I bought a few years ago. It's perfect for holding brushes and can even accommodate full size eye brushes but you'll need short face brushes because those tend to be longer. I was able to fit every brush that I use on an everyday basis. The bottom of this bag also has more storage.
Inside I have a small microfiber cloth, which I mostly use to wipe makeup off my hands. Under that, I have my eyelash curler, some travel size and sample size perfumes (the large one is Cherry Vanilla and I honestly have no idea what the little one is), Q-tips, and a mascara wand. I usually toss a travel size pack of tissues in there too but I didn't have any on hand when I took this picture.
If you remove the black bag, my makeup is stashed underneath. There are two reasons for storing the black bag inside. #1 It takes up less space than storing them separately. #2 It gives my makeup some added padding so it doesn't smack around inside the case. For this trip, I tried to really keep things minimal because I know I'm going to be really busy. I just packed my favorites and tried to stick to makeup that would work with any outfit. Here's what I'm bringing:
Jane Blush in Blushing Petal - This is not necessarily a favorite blush but it's a rosy shade that is close to my natural flush color and matte. It goes with everything and perks up your face while still looking natural.
Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Translucent Light - I've been using this ever since my beloved Healthy Wear powder was discontinued and I ran out. I don't like it as much just because it creates a lot of dust when applied but it works just as well. I wear it as my foundation on a daily basis.
NYX Eyeshadow Singles in Dark Brown and Bare My Soul - Dark Brown is actually a medium dark brown and Bare My Soul is a matte taupe. They make a perfect natural look when combined with a matte highlight.
Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara in Classic Black - My favorite go-to mascara. Although after looking at the forecast of rain, rain, rain I'll probably end up packing the waterproof version of this as well.
Pixi Brightening Peach Correction Concentrate - I've been using this to hide my dark circles which will definitely be bad when I'm running on less sleep than usual during my trip.
Wet N Wild Shadow Single in Brulee - A wonderful matte highlight that I use almost every day.
Hard Candy Shadow Duo in High Maintenance - One of my favorite shadows ever. Super versatile and looks great with my green eyes. Dramatic without being over the top. Easy to apply.
Maybelline Super Stay 24Hr Concealer - My skin has been pretty clear lately but travel often causes me to break out. I'll bring it just in case but hopefully I don't need it!
Travel Size Too Faced Shadow Insurance - I save this specifically for travel since it's so small.
(In the zippered pouch:)
Carmex Lip Balm - My lips tend to get really chapped when I'm in the cold.
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer Pencil - I like to use this on the lower waterline when I'm really tired to perk my eyes up. When I'm at home for a short time, I often don't get much sleep.
Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Espresso - Fairly new to me, bought just for this trip since it doesn't require a pencil sharpener. Now I'm in love and I've used it every day since I bought it. Can also double as a liner for the lower waterline if I want a more dramatic look.
Last but not least, I always pack a travel mirror. I have this one and it's nothing fancy but it does the trick for traveling. I like that it has the magnified side too so I can still pluck my uni brow while traveling. I don't want to look like this in my holiday photos.