Packing for a vacation is always so exciting. I used to be the person to pack way too much and I end up not using half of what I brought. However, NO MORE. I make it a goal to try and pack only the "essentials" and that goes for my cosmetics too!
My biggest tip when packing your beauty bag is to try and get sample sizes of products (if you can). For me, I have tons of sample products from work, it's perfect for perfume because why lug around a full 50ml fragrance when I can bring a little spritzer or 5ml of it.
Think logically about what you're bringing, if you are going to an event and not just lounging on the beach everyday then bring that bold lipstick and setting spray but if you're going to be in a swimsuit for a week, do you really need to pack 2 eyeshadow palettes and 5 different highlights? Probably not. Hurts to hear that doesn't it?
Let's break it down, what I bring when on vacation :
|| Clarains Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 - Got to keep that skin youthful !
|| Cover FX Illuminating Primer - Gives your skin a nice base glow.
|| Stila Perfecting Concealer in shade B- I don't like sitting in the sun baking, so this should hopefully stay the right shade as long as I don't get too dark.
|| Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Foundation in 32 Breeze (N) - Same goes for this, if my skin tone doesn't change this will be ok still.
|| Vichy Derma Blend Setting Powder - I LOVE this powder especially when I'm in extremely hot temperatures, my makeup doesn't budge!
|| Smashbox Contour Palette - 3 in 1, your contour, bronze and highlight and it's so compact!
|| Nars Blush in Orgasm - The perfect pink shade with golden highlights perfect for a beach vacation.
|| Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in #4 - It has the brow pencil on one side and a spoulie on the other, excellent for travel and even better that it doesn't require sharpening !
|| Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera - Because we all want to glow like a goddess on vacation, right?
|| Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer - No matter where you travel, you don't want creasing eyeshadow.
|| Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette - This is my favourite travel palette because it has my everyday neutral colours as well as my go to evening colour looks, plus I still can't get over how good it smells.
|| Lancôme Artliner in 01 Black - My go to for travel, long lasting and you don't have to pack an extra brush for something like a gel liner.
|| Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Nude Velours - To make my eyes appear wider and more awake.
|| Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara - My favourite mascara ever, this is just an obvious to pack, if I could only bring one item it would be mascara.
|| ROC Enydrial Repairing Lip Care - Always pack chapstick, you could always use a little moisture and protection from external factors.
|| Clarins Lipliner Pencil in 02 Nude Beige - A favourite nude lip liner, it works with the natural shade of your lips.
|| Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in 747 Rosy Nude - An enhanced colour to my natural lip shade and paired with the lip liner is a fantastic look.
I also obviously pack my beauty blender, brushes, eyelash curler and tweezers. Depending on where I am going I may pack a pair of false lashes and adhesive but I stopped bothering when I never took the time to wear them! To most people this is a lot to pack but I am a makeup artist after all so when I do wear makeup I like to put 110% into it ;).
Makeup is always something that I couldn't just bring a couple of items. If you were only allowed 2 products on vacation, which would you choose and why?