Thursday, May 23, 2013

Packing Makeup For A Short Vacation

You know that I don't travel light. I've already shown you the makeup train case and brush roll I pack when going away for a 10 day or two week vacation. But when only leaving for three or four days even I don't need to carry my weight in cosmetics. I picked the Paul & Joe cosmetics bag on sale last year (still available at, $38) for exactly this purpose. The size is great but what's even better is the layout. The bag holds several space saving compartments, including a perfect one for makeup brushes. I love it so much I'm considering getting a second one to carry skincare items or to use as a set for longer trips.

Now, to the items I packed. Most of the skincare products were in a separate bag, except for two I packed here: an SPF 35 moisturizing sunscreen (Olay. A press sample that I'm about to repurchase), and my BFF, the Best Face Forward serum oil that I can't be without. The makeup was:
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (travel size from a GWP), NARS eye shadow base, Serge Lutens compact foundation, Hourglass Ambient Powder (press sample), Chantecaille powder compact, NARS Creamy Concealer (press sample), Louise Young Essential Eye Shadow Palette, Chanel Eye Shadow Stylo in Black Stream and Jade Shore, Youngblood Mineral Blush in Blossom, The Estee Lauder blush/bronzer GWP compact I talked about yesterday; I still need to post a review about the bronzer), Chanel mascara sample (meh. I have yet to find a Chanel mascara I really love), NARS Satin Lip pencils in Rikugien and Luxemburg (press samples), NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss in Paris Follies (press sample), Chanel Glossimer in Crushed Cherry. I always have a couple of extra lipsticks in my purse as well as Chantecaille Protection Naturelle SPF 46 (a lifesaver on the go).

The brushes I packed were Hakuhodo small pointed Yachiyo, Hakuhodo eye brush G5523, Trish McEvoy 2B Sheer blush brush, Rouge Bunny Rouge Large Eye Shader, and three beloved Paula Dorf brushes: Smokie Lid, Sheer Crease, and Eye Contour. I was perfectly fine applying foundation with the sponge that's in the compact as I didn't need it all over the face, only in certain areas.

Lastly, allow me to introduce the newest addition to our family:  Gemma, Pippa, and Marigold.


  1. The kitties are *gorgeous*! Congratulations, and thanks for posting the photo!

  2. such sweet pussycats! yey, kitties! they totally fell into it, didn't they! lucky girls. (and wonderful names!!)


  3. Your kitties are adorable, and how apt that they have perfect natural kitty eye, nose and lipliner and highlights!

    Fascinating information on travel makeup, too, of course. I'm never quite satisfied with my sunscreens and will seek out the Olay and Chantecaille ones. ~~nozknoz

  4. On a recent two-day jaunt, in which I crammed everything I might possibly want in the cosmetics department into too-small cases acquired long ago and heaven knows where, I found myself wishing you would do a post like this -- thank you!

    And as a lifelong ailurophile, I love your cats, they are just beautiful -- and the names are enchanting.

    -- Annunziata

  5. The Paul and Joe yellow cat print cosmetics case is available at Beauty Habit at 20% off ( through May 27th. Coupon code is SUMMERCOLOR. Just thought you would want to know in case you are considering getting a second one.

  6. Congratulations on the new additions! They're absolutely purr-fect :-)

  7. Welcome to the new members of your family. They are absolutely beautiful.

  8. Hello pretty kitties! Always love to see your cats!

  9. Your makeup bag is so squee-able! =3
    And your furbaby trio is super adorable! Sending welcome huggles to 'em! ^^

  10. What a helpful post! I have periods of time where I travel frequently for work, so I keep a separate makeup and toiletries bag stocked and ready to go, along with a spare curling iron, in my suitcase. That way I never forget anything. I traded in my thin, plastic makeup bag for one that is more padded to avoid any makeup container breakage.


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