My original plan was to pack a lot more makeup. I wanted to bring along interesting stuff and do makeup for my mother and sister. Multiple times, if possible, and to allow my niece to play with stuff (nothing like an eight year old having a go at one's Viseart palettes). But as the Blond and I were cramming our luggage trying to fit in gifts for various family members (birthdays, housewarming) and remain within the airline's restrictions on size, weight, and number of articles it was clear that my cool makeup briefcase had no room in there and I had to downsize dramatically (meaning that I made some good drama out of it).
I own three of these Paul & Joe kitty bags, but my toiletries and skincare bags had to be bigger (see tombstone). However, I knew that I could fit enough makeup for eight days in the P&J (granted, I carried a separate brush roll). It wasn't easy and my choices were far from perfect, but here's the makeup I packed:
- Primers: Wet'n'Wild (Fergie edition, of which I still have a year' supply) for eyes, MAC Prep'n'Prime because I had the sample size tubes piling up in the drawer, and it's a good one. Laura Mercier basic face primer, because that's the one I trust the most and I had a full travel-size tube.
- Guerlain Baby Glow (medium). It's one of my top favorite sheer coverage/tinted moisturizers. The plastic tube makes it travel-friendly, and since that tube was reaching its end (I've repurchased since), weight was not a factor.
- Serge Lutens compact foundation. This one is for heavier coverage and support for the Baby Glow where needed. I'm on my eleventy seventh refill, and will keep on buying them as long as Uncle Serge allows.
- It Cosmetics CC Cream, the regular one with an SPF50 (travel size). I've been testing several It cosmetics face products, and this one seemed like a good quick face basic. I might need a full size.
- Illuminators: MAC Strobe Cream in a tiny sample tube and NARS Orgazm illuminator (a GWP size).
- Powders: NARS Light Reflecting (pressed) because I don't like traveling with a loose powder. Dior because the pressed NARS isn't always enough (I think this one might be discontinued)
- Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer (light/medium). It works and it's compact.
- Cle de Peau concealer in Almond.
- Stila Stay All Day liquid liner pens in black and Indigo.
- Pencil liners: Clio gel in Black Plum, Lancome gel in Cote d'Azour, and an old waterproof Armani black pencil. Using them as a base gave the neutral shadows more versatility.
- Viseart Cashmere palette. A perfect condensed neutral palette that served me most days.
- Chanel fall 2016 eye shadow quad. I wanted to show my mom that this really works, and also needed a little more variety that the Viseart provided.
- Eye shadow crayons: my very last Sue Devitt Victoria Falls (don't you miss Sue Devitt?), Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst and Sand glow, Rimmel ScandalEyes in Bluffing and Trespassing Taupe (one would have sufficed), Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner in 22 Dark Taupe Shimmer. I might have overdone the crayon thing and should have gone with an RBR custom palette instead.
- Daniel Sandler cream blush in , because it's beyond staple for me (and I'm about to hit pan), Le Metier de Beaute Echo single blush. It's another go-to that always find it way into my travel bag. Rouge Bunny Rouge stick blush in Manet. I should have taken something more pink or berryish, though. I got tired of these three and their neutral look.
- NARS Rikugien (which I ended up giving to my mother because it was perfect on her and I have two more), NARS Cruella for the red factor, Edward Bess Midnight Bloom, which is one of my most travelled lipsticks. MAC Finally Free lipstick, a failsafe choice under any circumstances, and finally Tom Ford Giacomo which I ended up wearing most often, because the days were bright and summery, and this coral worked well.
- MAC False Lash mascara, not my favorite by a longshot, but the size was perfect and it did the work.
- Glossier Boy Brow. I was not going to fuss with my eye brows, but wanted some full-proof reinforcement.
All I'll say is that it could have been worse. Much worse.